I love the first day of fall!! I love the falling leaves, crisp morning air, and the thrill of knowing its my favorite time of season!
And what better way to kick off fall the with some delicious soup recipes. I would love to share one with you I have been making for years. It started with mashed potatoes and just developed from there. Curl up with a book and a bowl of this hot delish soup and I promise you, you will put this on your list of things to eat this time of season!!
Easy Baked Potato Soup
Mashed potatoes (use leftovers!)
1 small onion chopped
1/2 stick of butter
2 tbsp gluten free flour
2 cups of milk
1 cup of cheese ( I use cheddar)
Directions: Place butter and onions in a sauce pan and cook until onions are transparent. Add flour and keep stirring until you create a rue. Next add your cheese and potatoes. Keep stirring to melt the cheese. Add spices and milk. Simmer, but don’t let it boil. Serve.
And that’s it! Super easy and a great way to use leftovers. I love this meal! I usually just eat it like this, but you could load it up with bacon, sour cream, more cheese, or scallions!! The possibilities are endless.
So we decided to leave 2 days early from vacation. Why? 4 little kids were ready to come home and honestly so were we.
Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time. We made a ton of new memories. But if any of you have small children, you know vacation can be exhausting. They had just had colds the week before so we were also working with them healing from all that and building back up those immune systems. It wasn’t until Thursday night after Zach and I said we had had enough running around everyday, and decided to do a movie night in. Best. Day. Of. Vacation. The kids loved it. That’s when I knew our kids could care less about the beach. Sure they love going down, the ocean, new scene, you get the idea. What they love is the things we do at home….the quality time we spend together. I love that about them. They are very grateful for everything we give them, but mostly the time we put into them. Sure it’s exhausting. We are tired most days. But it’s worth it. When those little ones snuggle up to you on the couch and want to spend time with you and talk with you. It’s worth it.
So when our children tell us they are ready to go home, we listen. Everyone’s opinion matters in our home.
The weather has been beautiful down here. It started out rough.
Last week, we all got sick. The kids were able to bounce back, but Zach got really sick. Bronchitis to be exact. It landed him in the hospital two times the same day! Luckily, the medication they gave him he is back to normal with just a lingering cough.
Then it was the storm. Hermine was coming through and was trying to foil the first 3 days of vacation. It would mean I would miss seeing my friend and her family since they could only come down on days one and two. Luckily, the storm pattern changed and we were able to come down right on Sunday.
Because of those extra days down here, we have been able to visit Assateague, the park, go crabbing, fishing, and also do some mini golfing. We have been able to have rest time for all in the afternoon so everyone feels refreshed and no meltdowns occur. All in all its been wonderful.
Today is Wednesday. Beach day. I can’t wait to see my little guy Solomon play in the sand. He’s another year older this year so he will really enjoy it!
I absolutely love the beach. I love to relax (as much as I can with 4 kids)!! But, I’m always ready to come home. I miss our easygoing lifestyle. I miss the garden. I miss my chickens!!
Being away always make you appreciate what you have….
It’s been ages since I’ve posted. Sometimes life gets a little crazy, but here I give you the up to date on what is going on at our homestead!
As I type this, we are leaving for the beach in 30 min. I plan to document our journey via Instagram and hopefully through some vlogging.
We have had a busy August. We started homeschooling again and harvesting. We also planted cabbage and broccoli for the fall. The chickens that we raised since day olds are now laying! The kids are so excited about this, and it’s neat to see it all come full circle. Sadly, we had to put our rabbit Rosie down. She was old and appeared to be in pain and struggling. She served our family well and fertilized many gardens.
When we get back, I’m going to do our homeschool haul on curriculum this year. Normally we unschool, but I found some amazing books that if like to try out with the kids.
Keep checking back regularly. We have a lot of upcoming things that are going on this year! Can’t wait to share them!
Wish us luck, we have a 4 1/2 hour drive with 4 kids!!! See you at the beach 😊