Thursday, December 17, 2015

Organizing a Small Pantry

Our pantry was overflowing and messy. And it was about time that I went through everything to make sure nothing expired was taking up valuable pantry space. Because folks, my pantry is tiny. 

Don't judge! Here is my pantry before (Notice the loose potatoes on the floor!). I'm embarrassed. 

And after! My husband and I went to Target and they have these awesome bins with removable dry erase tags. LOVE! And each bin came with an extra blue tag that I snagged for one bin that I had previously (the red one). 

I keep onion and garlic in the basket to the right because it keeps it dry and out of the light.

Heavy appliances on the right and miscellaneous on the left (chips, snack, chip clips, etc.).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

On cold winter days, who doesn't love soup? Especially broccoli cheddar soup! It's one of Will and I's favorite things to eat- and I've been wanting to make a version using out slow cooker for awhile. All you'll need to complete this meal is a loaf of french bread!

To start, melt 1/3 cup of butter in a skillet. Add 1 1/2 cups of chopped onion and saute for 3-4 minutes. Then add 2 cloves of minced garlic, 6 tbsp flour, and season with salt and pepper. Whisk the flour into the butter to make a roux for about 2 minutes. While whisking, pour in 2 (12 oz) cans of evaporated milk until smooth.

Then pour the milk mixture into a slow cooker and then add 5 cups of chicken broth, 5 cups of broccoli florets, and 1/8 tsp dried thyme. Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.

After cooking, turn heat to LOW or WARM and add 1/2 cup of heavy cream. 

Lastly, add 12 oz of shredded sharp cheddar and 2 oz of grated parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Enjoy :)