The Traveling Sisterhood: April 2013

Thursday, April 18

Loaded Baked Potato Soup Crockpot Style, A Perfect Winter Recipe!

A couple of weeks ago, I got an amazing new crock pot and I have just been so motivated to try new recipes with it!  One of the ones I've tried was one I really loved so I thought I'd share it here!  Everyone in my family loved it!  

I made our Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Better than Bouillon and they've very generously offered to give away a jar of choice to 10 of my blog readers!  I think it's important to point out that Better Than Bouillon Concentrated Stocks are fat free and have 1/3 less salt than ordinary bouillons. 

So here you have the recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Soup!  (By the way, BACON is in it.  And we all know, unless we're crazy, that bacon makes everything more delicious!)

6 large potatoes, peeled, cut in bite-sized cubes
3 cups Better than Bouillon Chicken Broth
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can cream of chicken

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream (optional)
8 slices bacon, crumbled


  •  Combine first 5 ingredients in a large crock pot; cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  • Top with sour cream (if used); sprinkle with bacon and more cheese.
Super easy!  And now for our...

Enter below by 4/26 at 11pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  In the meantime, think about what you'd like to make with one of the following: Au Jus Base, Beef Base, Chicken Base, Chili Base, Clam Base, Fish Base, Ham Base, Lobster Base, Mushroom Base, Turkey Base,Vegetable Base. 

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Better than Bouillon who provided me with these jars to review and give away!

Friday, April 5

Follow the Drinking Gourd: Civil Rights, Astronomy, and History for Little Ones

I recently taught my kiddos (grades K-2nd) about Civil Rights.  I based our unit around the book "Follow the Drinking Gourd".  Such an amazing story!  The pictures are bright and interesting, kids learn not only about freedom but even a bit of astronomy while reading it, and it's a very thought-provoking, and discussion-inspiring read.  I have to admit, I had a hard time answering all of my children's deep and honest questions without choking up--we're so blessed to live in a time when many children can't comprehend treating someone unfairly because of the color of their skin.  I was so touched and moved by the book, by the idea that so many people risked their lives on the Underground Railroad because they believed with more than words that all people really were created equal.  I told my children about my own story about the time when I visited a home that was used as part of the Underground Railroad... 
Once upon a time when I was a little girl, my Aunt Kat was visiting. She and my mom had this glorious idea to pretend to be "rich people" so we could convince a realtor to let us see an antebellum mansion rumored to have a secret room used by the Underground Railroad. They told me to put on my best dress and not to say a word. I was only too happy to get dressed up and that last part was easy, too, since I was one of the shyest girls in the world back then. So off we went, and I guess we played our parts well enough. The entire mansion tour was pretty amazing and then, just as the tour was about to end, we were shown to a hall closet. The realtor opened the closet door and, really, there didn't seem to be anything extraordinary about it. But when she pushed on the back wall, a door swung open revealing a long passageway. We walked down the passage and, to a little 9 year old girl at least, it seemed to stretch on for a mile. At the end of the passage, there was a room the size of a bedroom. It was pink and lacy and filled up with Barbie dolls, but 150 years ago this was a room used to bring slaves to freedom. 

Of course, after the story, my children wanted to see an Underground Railroad home themselves.  Unfortunately, we don't live near any states that were a part of it.  If you do, Google "Underground Railroad Home (or Museum)".  There are tons of places in the midwest, north, and south that you could visit.

"Follow the Drinking Gourd" is often used in school curriculum so I'll bet you can find it at most libraries.... or you can also watch the read-aloud embedded from Youtube.  After you read it, it will open up so much discussion with your kids.  Be prepared to be rewarded!   Later at night, go outside and find the "Drinking Gourd"--the Big Dipper--and talk about how thousands of slaves followed those very same stars to their freedom.