Thursday, December 16, 2010

Santa Switch

December is here and one of the things our high school kids look forward to is the Winter Formal a.k.a. the Santa Switch dance.  Girls ask the boys, they pay for the dinner and the dance tickets.  Everyone looks forward to getting all dressed up and having a wonderful evening.
Here are some photos of my boys with their dates and their group of friends.

Evan with Ashley

 Colton with Alex

 Logan with Markie

Bo with Lauren

The Guys

They call themselves "The Bros"
I had this image made into a 16x20 poster for Evans wall.

The Beauties

These are little collages that I made for each of the kids.  
I made the border on the photos match the girls dress.  I hope they like them!

This is a shot of the boys making fun of Logan.  
Earlier in the day he got elbowed in the face at his basketball game.  
He has a black eye and a cut on his cheek.  

Group Photo
(Carlos' date had a basketball game and she met him at the dance)

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Might Just Be the Worlds BEST Potato Soup!

As many of you know, I don't like to cook.  But I am a mom of three growing boys, two of whom are teen-agers so I cook.  Every week night, I cook. I love easy recipes.  I love the dump and go kind of recipes.  (You know, open a bunch of this and that, dump it in a pot and it makes a delicious easy meal)
I hate to tend a stove, an oven, a boiling pot!  I'd rather clean up a mess than cook a meal.  All this being said leads me to the reason I write this post.  I found an AWESOME recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Soup.  It's easy.  It's delicious!  It's comfort food!  You can make it in a crockpot or on the stove top.

Here is the recipe:


16 oz bag frozen cubed potatoes
2   3 oz jars of real bacon pieces
8 oz cream cheese, softened
12 oz sour cream
16 oz milk
12 oz chicken broth
6-8 green onions, chopped
Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
Bread Boule (optional)

In a large pot or crockpot add potatoes, a 3 oz jar of bacon pieces, softened cream cheese, sour cream, milk, chicken broth, 3/4 of chopped green onions, salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on low heat, stirring often for approximately 1 hour in large pot (2-3 hours if using crockpot).
Serve hot in bowl or bread boule topped with green onions, bacon pieces and shredded cheese.

serves about 6 people, so make a double batch if you want leftovers or have hungry teen-aged boys!