Thursday, January 10, 2013

| winter blessings ~ part 1 |

"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?"

 With winter in full swing up here in the north country, it is the coziest thing in the world to come in from fun outside and enjoy some warm supper. :) Can anyone relate to this? A couple of nights ago we were enjoying balmy temperatures of ten or fifteen degrees below zero~ needless to say, we burnt a lot of wood in the trusty stove that night.

 Anyway, I wanted to post the corn bread recipe ever since August when I first developed it, but have never gotten around to it... and the soup recipe is one our family enjoyed, just the other night.:) It's actually an Amish recipe, and the Amish, as anyone who has visited Amish country knows, (I went when I was seven and again about a year ago) are really good cooks.:)

                                  Creamy Potato Soup

         1 tbsp butter
         1 onion, diced
         4 large potatoes, cubed and peeled
         3 tbsp parsley, chopped
         3 stalks celery and leaves, chopped
         2 large carrots, chopped or grated 
         2 tsp salt
         1/4 teaspoon paprika
         1 1/2 cups boiling water
         white sauce
Saute onion in butter until tender. Add remaining ingredients, except white sauce, and cook until vegetables are tender.
 Add white sauce and stir until blended.
 4 tbsp butter 
 2 tbsp flour
 1 tsp salt
 1/4 teaspoon pepper
 4 cups milk

Melt butter over medium heat, stir in flour and seasonings and cook for five minutes. When smooth, add flour  and stir constantly until thickened.

Okay, here's the cornbread recipe.:) I seem to read that soup and cornbread are often paired together? I had a lot of fun developing this recipe. I never did write it down, though, so hopefully I'll be able to remember it...

                 Chunky Southwestern-Style Cornbread

                 10 strips bacon
                 2 tbsp butter
                 3 eggs
                 1/2 cup sugar
                 1 4 oz can green chiles
                 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
                 2/3 cup sour cream
                 3/4 cup flour
                 1 cup cornmeal
                 1/2 teaspoon salt
                 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 x 12 baking pan.
 Fry bacon in a skillet over medium heat; drain and reserve drippings.Crumble bacon and set aside. Cream sugar, drippings, butter, and eggs together, in order given, until smooth. Add sour cream and chiles. Sift together dry ingredients, and add with bacon and cheese. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden and toothpick inserted comes out clean.

God Bless.:)





  1. Hi Hannah!

    Good to hear from you. Thanks for the recipes. We LOVE creamy potato soup! And that cornbread looks really good...I'll have to try it at some point. I appreciate you sharing them.

    Yes, I know what you mean about the -10 to -15 degree temperatures. We've had a number of days like that, but it's the wind chill that can really get to you:) It has felt like spring...literally...for the past three or four days, as the temperatures have hovered in the low 30's. But they're headed back down to the single digits and negatives tomorrow. Freezing rain, sleet, and snow is predicted for tomorrow and Saturday. I have certainly tried to take advantage of the weather the past few days:) They're few and far between until spring comes:)

    Hope you are having a blessed night!

  2. Hi Hannah
    Those recipes sound and look so good. That cornbread sounds like it would be really really good. I will have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Glad that you updated. I hope you are all doing well. Have a good day. ~Salinn

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipes! I will have to try them out sometime! I just started following your blog and am really looking forward to seeing more posts from you! :)


  4. Thanks for the recipes .... hoping to try the soup today ... I THINK we have all the ingredients on hand :).
    Hope you are all well!
    Have a blessed day.
    Mrs. A
    PS. We all had a good laugh over how Zachary and Samuel address their letters to each other :). Tell Sir Zachary I think there will be a letter in his mailbox soon.

    1. Okay, I will.:) Hope you all enjoy the recipe if you do try it.:)I've really been enjoying the family updates lately and will try to leave a comment soon.:)

    2. It will have to wait .... no potatoes :(. OOPS!


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