January 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings - January

Happy New Year!  Having to have said goodbye to my mom in November, I am glad to be starting a new year. I can hardly believe it is 2016!!!  It seemed different at times, in that 2015 flew by and was the longest year ever.

I have not created a card nor blog post in well ... about forever.  I almost had to look up my password for Blogger!  It was perfect that my peeps at SCS in the Dueling Darlings group are back in the rounds for 2016.  It is our first posting!!!

This round we are eating some soup and getting well - oh and creating a card to help others get well if needed.  Here is the card that I created with the oh so fun kit that Barb sent to the Diva group.  It was just perfectly matched and right on point with the theme.  Thanks, Barb!  Here is the card that I created with the Whipper Snapper Designs image.  Barb always sends the best embellies, so I tried to use as many of them as possible.

You know I love me some soup!  While I try to make the soup we eat homemade, organic and healthy as possible, we do enjoy to indulge occasionally in this yummy Potato Soup.

I went to Evernote to share the recipe with you.  By the way, Evernote is a great app to use to house your recipes - oh and every other thing you need organized in your life.  I really like that your recipes are always accessible via your electronic devices and it is great to use in the kitchen, on an iPad, while cooking.


  • 6 Slices Thin Bacon - Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
  • 1 Whole Medium Onion - Diced
  • 3 Whole Carrots - Diced
  • 3 Stalks Celery - Diced
  • 6 Whole Small Russet Potatoes - Peeled & Diced
  • 8 C Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 C Milk
  • 1/2 C Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt - More To Taste
  • Black Pepper - To Taste
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Parsley - Minced
  • 1 C Grated Cheese of Choice

Preparation Instructions

Add bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Pour off most of the grease, but do not clean the pot.

Return the pot to medium-high heat and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes, then add the diced potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper.  

Pour in the broth and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove 1/2 to 2/3 the soup and blend in a blender/food processor until completely smooth. Pour it back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Let it heat back up as you taste for seasonings, adding more of what it needs. Stir in cream.

Serve in bowls garnished with parsley, grated cheese and crisp bacon pieces.


Please be sure to visit our Dueling Darling blogs for the new year.  We have a few new members and you will not be disappointed!  Their blog are listed on the right sidebar.

~ Happy New Year ~


Tracie said...

A WOW Card. Love it. I really like how you colored the soup bowl and then cut it out. Beautiful. Going to try the potato soup. Thanks for sharing about Evernote also. Never heard of it.

Barb said...

Your soup sounds yummy!

Great card and I really like that your fussy cut! Do I see some eyelets on your card???????????????? Great layering too! Thanks so much for being a part of the DDD--and for being on my team!

kadie said...

Awesome card, Tami!! That distressing on the image is fantastic! What a great idea to go with the antique style of dsp Barb sent. Big hugs and Happy New Year to you, Sweetie!

Judy McMullen said...

Tami, your card is amazing! Love the design, the use of those gorgeous designer paper and, most of all, your absolutely stunning colored image!! WOW!! Great use of the embellishments too! Printed of that Potato Soup recipe...always love new soup recipes, especially at this time of the year! Also thanks for sharing the info on Evernote. So very, very glad to see you creating and posting on you blog, my friend!!

Laura Jean (LJ) said...

Wow Tami - this is fantastic - I love the coloring - it looks like a REAL bowl (one i would love to have).

The soup recipe sounds so yummY!


Terry Ladwig said...

I have to say that the way you colored your image is very cool. Love how you layered the papers and used the big button! I also have to say that I haven't seen eyelets on a card in forever....great use!!

~Paola~ said...

Ohhhhhhhh Miss T!! I wove wove woveeeee your fabulous card!!
Like the comment I just left for LJ your color combo is just as great too...
blue and brown marry sooo well together...but your 'soup vessel' takes the cake!!
It is truly gorgeous! what a perfect tecnique of dabbing and mix colors for a great vintage effect!!Kudos!! ♥ PS love your soup too..Yumnmmm!

Carol W said...

Oh my goodness Tami...I am so sorry you lost your mom. Not an easy life event. I lost my mom 12 years ago and miss her tons. Your cards NEVER disappoint This is a beaut...you chose such a pretty combination of dsp's and embellishments as well as your coloring on the image. You are rocking this kit...The soup sounds wonderful as well...can't wait to try it. So gld we are dueling together again.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Tami, your blog posts brings so many emotions/thoughts to mind.

First, condolences... I cannot even imagine how hard it's been for you these past few months. (((HUGS)))

Second, awe... okay, I'm drooling! Your coloring of that image is amazing. And your card. WOW!

Third, admiration... you are such an inspiration in your healthy eating lifestyle.

Fourth, giggles... you are human, too. Sometimes you just have to indulge and make that soup. It sounds yummy!!!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention.......... I love Love LOVE Evernote! ;)

MiamiKel said...

My friend, what a sweet and humbling post ~ for reasons that speak to the heart, soul and tummy!

I was sad to hear of you losing your mom - losing a parent somehow changes the people we are while strengthened the people we are to become. It's good to see you crafting and blogging! It's a creative outlet that does so many wonderful things ........ like your card!

Tammy, for reals! This card!! I am in love with your color works with the soup pot - what a kaleidoscope of wonder! It's a perfect match to your classic and elegant card design - with just the right brad bling fun off to the side :)

The soup sounds delish - will keep this earmarked!

Big hugs to you, dear ♥

dweatter said...

I love how you colored the image, what a great idea. Love your layout and colors.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Just beautiful- your coloring is gorgeous! And, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom- what a rough time of year to loose her. Big Hugs!

Darlene said...

Hello sweet friend! Your first paragraph really rings true with me. What a strange, awful year we both had. Here's to 2016! xoxo

About your card, all that I can think of is "WOW!" Absolutely LOVE how you colored the image, blues & browns are my fav combo and you really rocked it.

Hugs & prayers continue. Peace.