Monday, December 20, 2010

December 17th

One year ago today
I was afraid
I prayed for peace all day
As I pushed and strained
When you were born
The strangest thing
I thought I loved you before
But the moment I saw you
I felt such a deep, shocking
I knew that a new chamber
In my heart had appeared
That I’d never felt before

One year ago today
Everything changed
You brought such a newness
Your first smile felt like
A proclamation of light
Into the darkness of our world
The strangest thing
I couldn’t have foreseen
How important you would be to me
And I know now what they mean
When they say that motherhood
Is the hardest and best job

One year ago today
Your little life ameliorated mine
You brought such sunshine
Your first laugh sounded like
The most beautiful music
Into my soul
The strangest thing
Nothing I used to think was funny
Compares to how funny you are
You are a little man
In all your antics and mannerisms
I see your daddy in you

One year ago today
I was blessed
With the gift of a beautiful son
The first time you kissed me
My heart melted and I knew
No matter where you go
Or what you do
I will always love and remember you
Of my heart
Son of my soul
Happy birthday to my little love

Monday, December 6, 2010

Crock Pot Corn Chowder

1 onion, chopped and sautéed until tender
3 cans sweet corn (or 2 bags frozen corn)
3 red potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
2 slices bacon, crisped and crumbled (optional)
1 32oz. carton chicken broth
¾ cup milk or half and half
¼ cup cornstarch

Put first five ingredients in crock pot.  Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 10-12 hours.  During last half-hour of cooking, stir cornstarch into milk or half and half; add to crock pot to thicken.

*** I should add a few notes to these recipes.  The corn starch in all my crock pot recipes really is optional.  I thicken my recipes because my husband prefers it that way.  Also, I do not like a lot of salt and find that the broths make the recipes salty enough for ME, however, my husband always adds salt to his dish so it might be a good idea to add a teaspoon of salt or so to the pot before cooking.  Again, totally optional.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Crock Pot Beef Stew

1 lb stew beef, cut into bite-size pieces
2 or 3 baking potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups baby carrots
1 can French onion soup OR one pkg French onion soup mix
1 32oz. carton of beef broth or stock
1 bay leaf

Put beef, potatoes, carrots, bay leaf and broth in crock pot.  Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 10-12 hours.  Optional: To thicken the stew, mix corn starch into milk or water and add to crock pot for the last 20-30 minutes of cooking.

Crock Pot Potato Soup

2 lbs red potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup baby carrots, cut in halves or thirds
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 32oz. carton of chicken broth or stock
¾ cup milk
¼ cup corn starch

Saute onion in 1 tbsp butter until tender.  Put onion, potatoes, carrots, celery and broth in crock pot.  Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 10-12 hours.  Mix corn starch into milk; add to crock pot the last half hour.