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Monday, June 4, 2018

Birthdays, Books, and Bread @JacquieRogers

Birthdays, Books, and Bread 
by Jacquie Rogers

This has been one of those frenzied weekends.  First of all, birthdays.  We normally have the June birthday celebration (daughter, brother, and son) the second Sunday, but my son has to work that day so we moved it up a week.  Then my daughter-in-law told us that their daughter would graduate Japanese kindergarten on Saturday morning.

I normally don't have a problem with last-minute plans, but this graduation posed several challenges.  First, it was at 10am.  I'm not a morning person.  Second, WSDOT closed I-5 for repaving.  Traffic in the Seattle area is horrific at the best of times, so Mr R wasn't overly enthused about negotiating jammed up alternative routes.  But he relented and we headed south.

Our granddaughter's kindergarten graduation
The graduation was really cute and I'm so glad we went.  But then we had to go home, which took two hours (for a 30-minute drive).

And start cooking for the birthday dinner.  I made bread bowls for potato soup.  Yummy.

Bread bowls were a hit with the kids!
Yes, that's bacon bits in the background--they go in the potato soup.  Idahoans do like their potato soup.  We call it Idaho Penicillin.  Cures what ails you and tastes good, too.   It's so easy to make, especially in an Instant Pot.  Recipe?  Nope, but I can tell you how to make it.

Dice potatoes and onions (same amount of onions as potatoes), and less celery or to taste.  Salt and boil in as little water as possible.  This is where the Instant Pot comes in handy because you can put water in the inner liner, the trivet, and then the pot of potato soup makin's on that--so no water in the potatoes at all.  Pressure for 20 to 30 minutes depending on how full the pot is.  When cooked, throw in a big wad of garlic, some bacon bits, and black pepper to taste, then pour in half and half until it covers the potatoes.  Stir and let warm through.  Voila!  You have delicious genuine potato soup and it's gluten-free. 

No, I don't have a picture because I did my utter best to ruin my Instant Pot by boiling the milk over--it was all over the place including in the electrical spot that's always supposed to be dry.  Luckily, Mr R and my sister-in-law fixed it.

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It's always advantageous to sleep with an engineer.

In case you haven't read it yet, the sixth book in the Hearts of Owyhee series, Much Ado About Mail-Order Brides is now available on Amazon.  Here's the cover:

Three mail-order brides, but his heart belongs to another. What’s a man to do?

I'm currently working on a story titled A Family for Polly, and it's connected to A Family for Merry by Caroline Clemmons.  These stories along with Carra Copelin's story will be released July 19 in a boxed set Under a Mulberry Moon, so be watching for it!

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  1. Precious photo of your granddaughter! I make potato soup but not so much onion or garlic. My mom wasn't big on spices and I don't think she ever used garlic or half and half. Otherwise, she made potato soup for anyone who was ill. Now we sometimes have it for winter supper. Bea orders it in restaurants. Anyway, it's a hit with most everyone. Keep those books coming. Love to read anything you write!


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