Green smoothie pants and still smiling.

April 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm 17 comments

slimeWell, as always I had a bit of fun this week and my darling Thinglets never disappoint. 

Little Pee Wee has been chowing down her twice daily “bulk up” baby smoothie.  It’s a mixture of avocado and banana with goat milk or water and looks exactly like Nickelodeon SLIME.  She gets a bit frantic about me shoveling it in her mouth and flaps her arms while smacking- mouth wide open, “WAHHH!” too slow mom- then smack, open again like a little bird. 

Meantime the Bubba had just emerged from an early morning (and yes, premature) bath time, thanks to potty training, so he was standing in the buff next to me insisting I “Wap Bubba, Mom!”

He wanted his “Nigh-night” wrapped like a cape around him.






You guess it, the Bubba got wrapped, Pee Wee got smacked and Mamma got SLIMED! ICK!

The awesome thing is I didn’t even cry or yell.

With company coming over for a Bible Study and no time for anything fancy we made our simplest meal ever.  Another winner suggested by my wonderful MIL who is forever surprising me with easy, feed an army solutions for my crazy hand to hand combat of a life!  I think she must giggle when I try to plan ahead by calling her in the morning “Do you have any ideas?”  then when she does I have to call her three more times before I can get it all written down.  I have to giggle at myself when I finally sit down to read what I wrote and it goes something like this…




Add sour cream or ?



Nearly as simple as getting SLIMED!

My kids even ate thirds!

Potato Soup for a Party:

Do I really have to go there? (Shopping List):

  • potatoes 24 sm- serves approx 15-20 people
  • sour cream or non-dairy milk (16oz sour cream)
  • 2 small onions
  • ham (if you like)

If I can do it you can do it! (Recipe):

I made this meal ahead so if you do not have time for that start at step 4 then back to step 1.

  1. Dice (into bite size pieces) and boil Potato’s (we used 24 small russets) 5-8min just until a fork can pierce one.
  2. Drain off most the water then smash up some of the potatoes (this will be the broth).
  3. Add sour cream (16oz- if you are expecting a crowd or if you plan to freeze and murder the menu plan  notion as I have done). You can also use Mocha Mix or another non-dairy substitute.  We pulled out some of the potatoes and made a second non-dairy batch for the Bubba.
  4. Season to taste.  Puree  and saute 2 small red onions (I can’t stand the texture of onion) with 4 garlic cloves (pressed) and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. The potatoes went (mostly) into a large crock-pot and then the onion mixture got stirred in and the whole thing simmered on low until we were ready to eat.
  6. Freeze the leftovers and re-heat in a pan over med/low heat or return the whole mess (I mean delicious and oh so gourmet soup) to a crock-pot on low 1hr (or more).  You can add more liquid if it is too thick at this point.  Water works fine.
  7. This is also delicious if you add diced up ham. I had some in the freezer and I added it in at the last minute.

Again, my main man, the real Goof couldn’t resist calculating the cost of this one.  We scored a huge bag of potatoes on sale for $0.99 and a container of sour cream costs about the same.  Realistically a $5.oo meal.  This meal would serve approx 15 people so it’s less than a $0.35 per serving even if we had to pay more for the potatoes and use some Mocha Mix.

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

I’ve also submitted this recipe at the $5 dinner challenge at check it out, there are tons of inexpensive ideas!

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Real life isn’t all roses or maybe it is. Anybody want dried sourdough starter?

17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gina  |  April 21, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    That’s an amazingly economical meal! Great idea!

  • 2. Wendy  |  April 22, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Potato Soup-a favorite. So satisfying and cheap. Goes with anything, even green slime.

  • 3. Kelly  |  April 22, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Sounds yummy! We love soups!

  • 4. glutenfreehomemaker  |  April 22, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I love potato soup, and I’m always willing to try a new recipe. I use milk, but the sour cream sounds delish.

    Love the green slime picture and story.

  • 5. Diane-thewholegang  |  April 22, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Potato soup is actually something I’ve never had. Yours sounds yummy!

  • 6. Emily  |  April 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    This sounds really good. And not too hard either.

    I was wondering what to do with that bag of potatoes!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • 7. Rachel  |  April 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    mmmmm, potato soup. It’s been a while since I had me some of that.

  • 8. purplemoose  |  April 23, 2009 at 9:31 am

    We loooove potatos, and I just bought a 25# bag so maybe we’ll do this next week!

    • 9. glutenfree4goofs  |  April 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

      Speaking of potatoes you should check this out this link for growing potatoes in a small yard. Can’t get any cheaper than that! I’m going to post some pics of our potato beds but it won’t be for small gardens/patios.

  • 10. gfe-gluten free easily  |  April 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

    It’s hard to beat potato soup! I think everyone has their own verison and they are all sooo good. Great deal on those potatoes. 🙂


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