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Cold Snowy Weather and the Joys of Winter In Illinois

Posted Jan 31 2011 6:08pm
Oh my goodness! Two blog posts in a week's time - this is serious!

I was in the mood to do a blog post, and as I have been neglecting my blog I thought - you know what, that is a good idea.

Winter weather in Illinois, at least this year, has shown me how much precipitation really can fall on one place. And then subsequently blow around in gale force like gusts. I experienced my first "official" blizzard here this year, and I cannot find much nice to say about it. While where I used to live is only a few hundred miles away, and really not all that much farther south, we didn't get even CLOSE to the amount of precipitation in Missouri as we do here in Illinois. And don't get me started about the wind.

I know some people live in much colder places, and probably roll their eyes at people like me, but if you aren't used to it, well, it seems pretty extreme. We have a nice winter storm headed our way, actually looking to make its way to our neck of the woods a bit earlier than expected. I've heard talk of upwards of 24" of snow here, and in all honesty, I don't think I've ever seen that much snow in person. I am hoping it is an over-estimate.

With that in mind, I have been craving a hearty soup, but as we just moved into the new place, things are still in disarray and I do not have much to work with. I do, however, think I have the fixings for a nice crock pot potato soup. I'll then blend it in the food processor and may or may not run it through a wire mesh strainer. I am trying to figure out what kind of flavor profile I'd like to go with. I have garlic and onions, which are, of course essential. I could use veggie broth or milk, perhaps cheese or nooch. I am planning on throwing a bunch of stuff in the crock pot in the morning, so if anyone has any suggestions, please, send 'em my way.

I'll try to remember to take pictures and write down my recipes. I'm a DIY kind of cook, so it can be a bit of a struggle to put together recipes sometimes. :-) But I think I can manage.

Thanks to all you awesome readers who have stuck around!

'Til next time!
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