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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Get Your Face On Party, Roasted Potato Cream Cheese Soup

I'm hooking up with One Crafty Mommy for Friday Follow!

Ok, I can't believe I'm doing this, but here goes! I'm doing a Get Your Face On Party with
The Stories of A to Z!

This is my before picture, yup, me with no makeup. My eyebrows are blond, my eyelashes are blond too!

Here's my little bag of tricks! I love the Cover Girl Lash Blast, it makes my lashes super long. I also love a good coverup and my trusty brush! I use Avon's Glimmer Sticks, gray for eyeliner and tawny for my brows. A little bronzer on my eyelids and cheeks, and I'm good to go!

What do you think? I know, I need my natural blond highlights redone!

Be sure and check out all the other brave blogger's over at The Stories of A to Z and see how the rest of blog-land looks without makeup!

If you know me in real life, you know me as a very chatty person, but for some reason I don't do it on my blog. Well, I'm going to try to change that!

I was looking at my laundry room which is also my pantry and craft room, I was noticing all the projects I need to finish. Some are started, some are just waiting. Sooo, I was wondering. What do you do to get motivated to get projects finished or just started?

I also wanted to take a minute and comment on my followers! Oh my gosh, there are 78 friends out there in blogland! I feel so honored that I have so many friends! Thanks everyone!

I don't usually have potatoes in the house, so when my sister in law gave me a bag of red potatoes, and I thought they would be yummy in a roasted potato soup. Then the more I thought about it the more I thought it would be good with cream cheese in it. My daughter is here visiting and she loves to cook with fresh herbs, so I decided to add the rosemary to the roasted potatoes. Jennie also suggested throwing in the whole garlic cloves too. I had some peppered bacon in the fridge that I needed to use up, so I added it to the soup too! (If you use regular bacon you'll need to add pepper.) This soup turned out sooo yummy! And the house smelled really good too while I was roasting the potatoes!

Roasted Potato Cream Cheese Soup

5 pounds of red potatoes
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 head of garlic, peeled
fresh rosemary
1 cube of butter
1/4 cup butter
1 8oz package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup flour
6 cups or so of milk
1/4 pound bacon
sea salt

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Wash and chop the potatoes. Do half of them kind of chunky and put on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh rosemary and half the garlic cloves. Chop the other half of the potatoes a little smaller. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh rosemary and the rest of the garlic cloves. Roast one cookie sheet at a time for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender. Cool.

Saute onion and celery in the 1/4 cup butter. Remove from pan and set aside.

Chop bacon and brown in a frying pan. Drain and set aside.

Put the large chunky roasted potatoes in a large bowl and mash them up just until you don't see any individual pieces.

In a large soup pot melt the butter and the cream cheese. Add the flour and stir for a few minutes. Add 3 cups of the milk and whisk until mixed well. Cook and stir until it just starts to boil and thicken. Add the rest of the milk, the celery and onion mixture, the mashed potatoes, the small roasted potato chunks and the bacon. Stir well. Season with sea salt to taste.


Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Can I just tell you that I love how you combined a post about your face AND potato soup? Beauty tips and a recipe all in the same post is like a mini magazine! You look beautiful and I applaud your courage to link up and join! said...

Ok - you look beautiful in the before picture!! And the after! The recipe looks amazingly yummy!
And the way I get motivated to get a project done is to either blog about it or invite people over! Works every time!

Jennie said...

Love the last picture of you, you look gorgeous and I must say . . . what a smashing scarf ;)

To get motivated? Hmmmm, either I'm inspired by my mom (or someone else out in Blogland) to do something or I wait until the last minute before folks are coming over and juuuuust get it done in time! Hopefully I'll get my curtains done before Reese's birthday ;)

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Carol! Wow, it has been fun seeing all the bloggers who participated! I only just found out about it, but I really wanted to join in, once I saw what good sports everybody else was being!!! I just did my post tonight! I can't imagine what people are going to SAY!!!.. You look great, and you made it look so simple too! Your soup recipe looks delicious! I always love new recipes!... Nice to meet you today! Enjoy the weekend! ~tina

maura said...

carol, you have a makeup bag like I do . Just the essentials, but a little goes a long way. Love your after photo- you look great! Thanks for your post. I really enjoy "meeting" new people! Have a great day!

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

You look beautiful...and that soup looks delicious...I have got to say that potato soup is my fave...though I've never been able to make it that well! Thanks for the recipe!

Blessings, Grace

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous! That soup looks delicious too! : )

Jenny said...

I haven't tried the CG Lash Blast, but it looks great on you. The makeup really made your eyes show up more. I also like Avon's Glimmer Sticks!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Okay, You are gorgeous! And that soup looks delicious! I love that it has cream cheese in it...yum!
BTW, I've gotten a couple emails telling me to confirm I am your friend. Is that from you? I got something like that one time that was a virus. Just wanted to check first. Cause you are my friend!!

Suzi said...

I'm a new follower from Friday Follow!

Suzi from

p.s. i love glimmersticks too, way better than having to sharpen eyeliner pencils - sheesh!

Sheri said...

Oh you look lovely and I just say I LOVE the scarf! I am so not good at wearing them, my teen daughter dresses me when I try to put one on. LOL

3boyzmom said...

Hi! Stopped by from Follow Friday and am now following you!

I look forward to reading your posts:)

Tangie (3boyzmom)

Steph said...

Loved this inspiring! Following you now on Friday Follow!

Denise said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow to say Hi!
I am adding you so I can come back & read more!
Please stop by!

Simply Stacie said...

Following you from the Friday Follow!

SquirrelQueen said...

Love the makeup, you look great. The roasted potato soup sounds delicious.

Thanks for following, I am now following you back.

Have a great weekend.

~Shelley~ said...

LOVE your blog...LOVE the recipe!!!

Visiting from "Friday Follow"! I'm your newest follower! Love for you to come visit me!

Have a great weekend :)
~Shelley @ Shelley's Swag

The Stanley Family said...

Just stopping by from Friday Follow! Happy to be your newest follower. I love your blog design!! I'd love for you to drop by my blog sometime! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

furygirl3132 said...

That soup sounds absolutely delicious, I'm going to have to try it! Happy Follow Friday! I am a new follower and stopping by to say hi, have a great weekend!


Feeling Fit With Dana said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow! I don't know if I could be brave enough to post without makeup. I like to think that I would be :) You look great without makeup! The soup sounds wonderful. I'd have to make a few adjustments (don't eat dairy or meat) but I could smell it from here!

Kelly's Lucky You said...

Love, love, love your blog!

Faves....the name, the art in the background, yummmmmmm - the recipe, the before AND the after. You're beautiful!

I found you through Friday Follow - nice to meet you!

Would you follow me back?

Kelly from Kelly's Lucky You

CRAZYMOM said...

hello! I am a baker too! I can't wait to try some of your recipes! I am following you through Friday Follow. Please come visit me and follow back. :)

Heather McDougle said...

I'm following you from Friday Follow!

Mrs. ATC said...

You look stunning :)Thanks for stopping by!

Richella said...

I think you look great! It was kind of fun to bare our faces for this party, wasn't it?

And my goodness, you must be quite a cook--that soup looks divine. I think you must be a very versatile woman, if you can combine a post about make-up with a post about potato soup. But come to think about it, that's life for a mom, isn't it? :)

Michelle said...

Your look great, too!! Yes this was alot of fun peeking at everyone's post. I've only been blogging about a month and can't beleive all the topics out there.I love all the recipes on your blog, I'm definitely going to follow!! Can't wait to try one..Thanks for sharing.

this blessed nest said...

i don't know where to begin with this comment...first your picture of before & after are just beautiful.
second, i can tell already that you are a beautiful person inside as well. look at all this yummy-ness on your lovely blog. i love to be in the kitchen when time allows (or not) and when the babies are not crying. those cries distrub my masterpieces in the kitchen, at times. :)

what a lovely blog you have!

Midday Escapades said...

You look beautiful and the soup looks yummy.

Thanks for linking up with Friday Follow! I am now your blog follower. Have a wonderful weekend and pleasure to meet ya.

~ Lynn

Megan said...

Your a brave woman!!! I wont even post a pic of me all dolled up. LOL
Congrats on winning over at Barbara Bakes. I was so happy to see it was you who won. And I LOVE that pot you choose. :)

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

Hi there! Thanks for joining the Blog Hop. I'm following you now. Love your blog. I'll be back later to read more.

Happy Follow Friday!


Erin said...

You look great both before and after! Following a bit late from Friday Follow.