Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pea Soup

This post is part of a real foods for the holidays progressive dinner link up! Click through to GNOWFGLINS for more information.

I was suprised at how well my family ate this the first time I made it.  I am usually the only one eating peas around here, although the two babies seem to enjoy a few as well.  The soup, on the other hand, was devoured by all!

  dried green split peas
  diced ham and/or ham bone
  sliced carrots
  chopped onion
  2 ribs celery plus leaves, chopped
  2 cloves garlic, minced
  1 bay leaf
  1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  salt and pepper to taste
  6 cups chicken broth

  Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the broth last.
  Do not stir ingredients.
  Cover and cook on high 4—5 hours or on low 8—10 hours until peas are very soft.
  Some of my family prefer it to be pureed in the blender before I serve it.

The best part is that other than the ham/ham bone, it is all ingredients we normally have in the house.  This makes it a perfect recipe for using and stretching that left-over ham from Thanksgiving!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Welcome Back

I can't really say that I "took the summer off", but I am thankful!  We had a busy summer, but enjoyed it thouroughly!  Now that we seem to be into a more scheduled routine, I hope to get back to adding some posts. 

The highlights ....

... spening time with friends and family

... Seed decided she was ready to stand up and start chasing the boys!
                                              (wrong way, girl!)