Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recipe: Easy Cheesy Bacon Potato Soup

Since it's just beginning to get colder here, I've started looking into my recipe books and on Pinterest for the yummy soups we always enjoy during the fall and winter months. One of my favorites is Potato Soup but I am lazy and I hate peeling potatoes so I started searching for an easier adaptation. And preferably one that doesn't call for a bunch of things I don't have! I wondered if I could use the bags of frozen hashbrowns in my freezer in place of potatoes, started Googling, and stumbled across a recipe for a "Loaded Baked Potato" soup that sounded great! I present it to you now, adapted to meet my pregnant cravings family's needs. :)

Easy Cheesy Bacon Potato Soup
Adapted from Mostly Homemade Mom

1 26 - 30 oz. bag of shredded frozen hashbrowns (any larger size bag will do, they do not need thawed)
1 small onion, thinly sliced and chopped
1 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup (or if you'd prefer a slightly different taste you can try other varieties like cream of celery, cream of mushroom, etc. - my favorite is chicken)
28 ounces chicken broth (you can use canned or make your own)
Dash of black pepper
4 ounces of cream cheese, cubed
2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese, plus additional for topping (Whatever shredded cheese you prefer)
4 - 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
Green onions, chopped

Combine the shredded hashbrowns, onion, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and pepper in your crockpot. Cook on low for 4 - 5 hours. Stir in cream cheese cubes, shredded cheese, and bacon pieces. Cook for on High for another 15 - 20 minutes, or until the cream cheese has melted. Top with additional cheese and chopped green onion.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Baby #4: Week 22

How many weeks pregnant: 22 weeks on Saturday (meant to post this then but forgot!)

Which trimester are you in: Second. And I'm now officially in my sixth month of pregnancy! Wow, that seems a lot closer to the end than I was thinking.

Bump photo: No bump photo this week. Next one is at 24 weeks I think.

How big is baby: Baby is now the size of a papaya!

baby development

Pregnancy symptoms: Growing/stretching stomach muscles = not fun belly pain and burning feelings around my belly button. I've noticed it more when picking up Zac or carrying him around. I have a UTI right now and that's not much fun either. I had one during my pregnancy with Zac that was pretty darn awful so I'm trying to head it off before it gets worse.

Belly Button - In/Out: Still in. I've actually never had my belly button pop out during any of my pregnancies. This answer is the same every week....maybe I should just remove it!

Cravings/Aversions: Random things still. I asked hubby for pizza the other day from this place we got pizza the other night (it was great pizza but I was just joking) and he very lovingly brought me home one. :) Well, not JUST for me. I didn't eat a whole pizza, I promise. I probably only considered it.

Sleep: Meh. Hit or miss. I've been having to get up to pee more and that irritatingly interrupts my sleep cycle.

Nesting: Quite a bit actually and that surprises me because it doesn't usually hit me until further on in the pregnancy. I spent pretty much all yesterday cleaning my living room, organizing, decluttering, and doing laundry. I've been experiencing a compulsive urge to straighten and organize things, even like I'm just riding along in the van. Or in the store. I've been finding myself neatening up shelves!

Maternity Clothes: Yep, yep.

Weight Gain: At my midwife visit last week I discovered I had gained ten pounds since my last visit. TEN! That seems crazy to me. Although, it wasn't a month since my last visit...it was more like seven weeks because of scheduling conflicts & things. I am measuring right where I should be, though and according to this chart I'm right on target so I suppose it's not a big deal. It just seems like a lot!

Movement: Lots! Fluttery movements mostly still but I've had a good strong kick here or there.

Gender: Still a surprise of course. I decided to go ahead and make one of those predictor things so people could have fun guessing though. You can go guess HERE.

Dad & Other Kiddos: Doing well. Zeke has been giving me silly/random suggestions for baby names like Taco and Brian. I've also noticed that he's been referring to the baby almost exclusively as "he."

Best moment this week: Midwife visit was good! Hearing baby's heartbeat is always special. I recorded it this time too so I could share!

Looking forward to: We are scheduled to go in for an ultrasound with my midwife's OB backup towards the end of this month to check on development. No concerns or anything, just making sure everything looks good. I haven't had any ultrasounds for this pregnancy. And I guess I kind of just felt like all the other kids had at least one ultrasound so this one should too. Is that silly? Oh well. I'm looking forward to it (seeing baby is always fun!) but am also a bit hesitant because I'm afraid they're going to tell us the gender by blurting it out or something. I'm going to make sure and say ahead of time we don't want to know - and then just reiterate that, I guess. So next time I post about this I'll probably have an ultrasound picture to share!