Recipe Challenge #51

I am excited about two things today. First the weather has turned much cooler and less humid. I really like the summer and temperatures in the 80s but when school starts back and the pool water starts to cool down, I am ready for cooler temps! Today, it feels like fall!   I found today’s recipe as part of a Disney group I belong to and have had it printed to try for several years!   The other reason I am so excited is EVERYONE loved the Kiebasa Potato Soup!.  I even heard a “This is the  bomb”  We did decide that some fresh homemade bread would definitely make this soup better!  The kids also said it would be a good snow day soup!    Here is a simple but delicious recipe, let me know if you try it!

-3 or 4 pounds of small red potatoes
– 1 Kielbasa sausage
-2 cans of cheddar cheese soup
-2 cans of cream of potato soup
– 1 cup of milk
– 1 cup of sour cream
-1 cup of cheddar cheese shredded
-1/2 cup of bacon bits

I used my casserole crock pot for this but I am sure a regular crock pot would work.

Chop potatoes and sausage into bite size chucks and mix together in crock pot. Combine soups, milk and sour cream in a large mixing cup and pour over the potatoes and sausage. Top with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. Cook on low for 6 hours until the potatoes are soft.

Serve with warm bread.


The official count is
Repeating 26
Maybe 8
No 17

ONLY 1 more recipe to go! I actually have pulled out several to try over the next couple of weeks !  One goal achieved this year!

5 Things Friday

  1. The weather has finally turned cooler this week. I turned off the air on Monday. The temperatures are going to take another cooler turn with highs on Sunday expected to be 63.
  2. Square foot garden- I pulled up 8 basil plants and hung in the building to start drying. I also bagged the ones that had been hanging since last fall.  I am not sure if we will use but for right now I want to save as much as possible. I am still getting a few tomato a week from the garden which is highly unusual for this late in September. Pimentos and peppers of several varieties are still growing. But by far the most exciting news of all is that we have sweet potato flowers!  I am going to leave these in the ground at least another couple of weeks before pulling up in hopes of even more flowers.
  3. Honesty disclaimer- I really debated sharing this so that is my reason for trying to hide it in number 3.  A coworker who I work in the same room with on a daily basis has tested positive for Covid-19. She texted me early this morning to let me know. I have been tested and will likely have results between Sunday and Tuesday. In the mean time, I have been advised to quarantine. The fear and stigma associated with this along with unreliable information is 100 times worse than even waiting to get my results. An example, when I spoke to my supervisor this morning, she stated that I did not need to get tested and did not need to quarantine. I chose to go ahead and get tested because of my Humira dose is due. By this afternoon, the story had changed to my co-worker could chose to get tested or just quarantine for 10 days while continuing to work remotely. But on the bright side, I will not be spending any money this weekend as I am stuck at home.
  4. My second job in Guam is starting to pick up. My goal is to work around 35 hours a week. So far I have been successful on scheduling around Zach’s baseball games.
  5. Lily will start Driver’s Education in 2 weeks!

Monday Menu Post

Last week we ended switching around several days because Baseball started!  I am so excited but it does bring a new level of complexity to our lives and schedule. Zach and Kendall start in person school 2 days a week. In some money saving news, our schools are going to provide breakfast and lunch for each student free until December 31st 2020.   Both Kendall and Zach are excited because eating at school is a treat for both!  We will save money by not packing lunch and we also will receive take home meals for the days they are not in school. Hoping to establish a good routine very soon.

Breakfast– Saturday-Bacon, eggs and toast Sunday- bagels  Monday- . Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast

Lunch-  Saturday- Pasta salad  Sunday-Lunch supplied by friends! I have tuna salad, pasta salad and  two regular salad for lunch this week.

Dinner-  Saturday- Taco Bell  Sunday-pizza from Aldi  Monday- Chicken nugget bowls  Tuesday-Taco Pasta . Wednesday- Ravioli ( found on sale for $1 a package, 4 packages for us!) Thursday- Left-overs .  Friday- Chicken and dumplings

5 Things Friday

  1. Zach starts his fall baseball season tomorrow with a pre-season tournament. This is a new team for him and lots of opportunity for growth.
  2. My personal saving challenge for the month is to save/find $369 to add one day to each of the kids tickets for December. So far I have $146 toward this goal.
  3. I am exhausted. I managed to work both of my jobs this week and I am starting to feel it. I am trying to keep my schedule a little bit flexible for Guam until getting a baseball schedule which means that I have schedule only 2 kids most night starting at 9pm.
  4. Zach and Kendall will start in person school next week on Monday and Tuesday. This will be an adventure for all. I am hopefully it will be easier to adjust than anticipated.
  5. The garden is continuing to produce just enough. We are harvesting basil, tomatoes, pimentos and peppers. I am excited to see more pepper flowers so maybe we can actually freeze some this year!

Monday Menu Post

This week it is back to reality and back to menu planning. Zach and Kendall will start in person class two days a week starting next weeks so we are slowing going back to a busy life. Another change this week is that because of a change in funding, the kids are once again receiving free lunches and breakfast delivered via bus. I am not sure how this will look next week when they are in school two day but definitely something to enjoy not stress over!  Guam is three nights this week and today (Labor Day) is my last day off until November.

Breakfast– Saturday-Bacon, eggs and toast Sunday- French toast with extra frozen for another morning. Monday- Breakfast bowls (extra left for the rest of the week). Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast

Lunch-  Saturday- Pasta salad  Sunday-Greggs with friends  I have tuna salad, and regular salad for lunch not sure about the other day it may be a sandwhich or another salad.

Dinner-  Saturday-left-overs Sunday- more left-overs  Monday- Thin steak and ranch potatoes Tuesday- Pepper steak, rice and egg rolls . Wednesday- Turkey enchiladas( from freezer)  Thursday- Instant Pot Creamy mac and cheese.  Friday- Grilled Chicken

Saving on Saturday

    • We spent around 3 hours outside today working in both our flower beds and our garden!  The saving part comes in that we did not pay someone to come and do this. A second way we are saving is that by cleaning up the garden we are able to extend the growing season and continue to save on our grocery bill.  I had to take pictures just so that I could remember the differences.


  • Mom and I made a trip to the Dollar Tree today. I was able to purchase new items for my sign for a total of $5.  I am so happy with the way they turned out!
  • Zach wanted Taco Bell for his birthday.  I decide to download the app in order to save time and headache for me placing such a large order. It actually worked the way it was suppose to and we have already earned two extra tacos for Free!
  • We had decided several month ago to have a much less than usual Christmas this year in order to be able to afford our trips to Disney.  I have started working on purchasing gift for the kids and I have decided that I am going to limit it to 3 gifts from Matt and I. The little ones at home will also get a Santa Claus gift but that is all!   Now to stick to this!