Define Your Style {A Dutch Boy Collaboration and Contest}

by Edie Wadsworth on October 7, 2014

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I always assumed that when I got really good and grown up and got everything in my house just how I wanted it, I’d stop wanting to repaint  and redecorrange my rooms.  I should have known that no such day would ever come.  My style continues to evolve and change and my love for creating a welcome and cozy environment for my family only gets stronger. [read more]

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When the Truth Comes Out

by Edie Wadsworth on October 6, 2014

“There is nothing to writing.   All you do is sit down to a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway

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I woke up at 3:15 on Saturday morning and crawled out of bed, fumbling around on the floor for my computer.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep so I made my way to the living room where I knelt down on the floor beside the sofa and prayed, “Please give me the courage to tell the truth. I need You.  Amen.”  And with only the angst in my stomach for fuel, I began to write about the hardest year of my life.

I kept getting stuck.  I kept wanting to skirt around the truth, wanting to say what needed to be said, but guarding the deepest hurt and shame like a fractured bone.  I wanted to tell the truth but so strong was the desire to protect myself.   I wrestled with it until I finally had the courage to write one true sentence.  Hemingway said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.  All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest thing you know.” [read more]

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Loaded Potato Soup

by Edie Wadsworth on October 2, 2014

Loaded Potato Soup via lifeingrace

Do you have any idea how happy I am that soup season is officially here?  SO HAPPY.  As in, I can hardly stand myself with excitement over which soup to make next.   If I ever open a little shop, I think I’ll bring a crock pot of soup in everyday just for the smell alone.  If my family would let me, I’d make soup everyday with some kind of delicious bread or muffin side kick.   I ALWAYS make a soup for the weekend and last week, it was spicy tomato with paninis (for lunch on Saturday) (BEST LUNCH EVER!) only two days apart from this loaded potato soup.  Nobody complained or noticed because it was SO GOOD.

We made this potato number last week and served it with a big salad and crusty bread.  OH THE DELICIOUSNESS! I hear it’s gonna be chilly this weekend so whip up a batch of this and enjoy the first chill of fall!  I have to say that I’ve recently fallen back in love with ground black pepper (as opposed to coarse freshly ground) and it’s the star of this little show here.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • cayenne pepper
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • can add a little milk if it gets thicker than you like at the end
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup added to soup, the rest for garnish
  • scallions for garnish
  • sour cream for garnish

What you’ll do:

  • Cook the bacon in a large dutch oven until the fat is rendered and then remove and save for garnish
  • Add butter and sauté onion in butter until translucent
  • Add salt, pepper and a pinch of two of cayenne (use ground black pepper and plenty of it for a great taste and kick!)
  • Add potatoes and stock and cook on medium heat with the lid on until the potatoes are tender
  • With a potato masher or an immersion blender, blend a LITTLE until it’s the desired consistency for you.  (I don’t blend much because I do like it chunky but it helps to thicken it to blend it a little)
  • Finish with the heavy cream and then serve with cheese, bacon, scallions, and sour cream

 

  • Loaded Potato Soup

    Loaded Potato Soup

    Ingredients

    • 4 pieces of bacon
    • cayenne pepper
    • 3 T butter
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 4 cups chicken stock
    • (can add a little milk if it gets thicker than you like at the end)
    • 3/4 cups heavy cream
    • salt and ground black pepper
    • shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup added to soup, the rest for garnish
    • scallions for garnish
    • sour cream for garnish

    Instructions

    1. Cook the bacon in a large dutch oven until the fat is rendered and then remove and save for garnish
    2. Add butter and sauté onion in butter until translucent
    3. Add salt, pepper and a pinch of two of cayenne (use ground black pepper and plenty of it for a great taste and kick!)
    4. Add potatoes and stock and cook on medium heat with the lid on until the potatoes are tender
    5. With a potato masher or an immersion blender, blend a LITTLE until it's the desired consistency for you. (I don't blend much because I do like it chunky but it helps to thicken it to blend it a little)
    6. Finish with the heavy cream and then serve with cheese, bacon, scallions, and sour cream
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On Humility, Parenting, and Being Teachable

September 29, 2014
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When he was four years old, he walked in with me to a Gross Anatomy lecture, his smile a mile wide and his tousled hair with his signature cowlick making him the cutest thing since sliced bread.  He wasn’t feeling well (or just wanted to spend the day with mom?) and since the lectures were […]

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My Best Trick to Getting Dinner on the Table

September 26, 2014
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“If we were taught to cook as we are taught to walk, encouraged first to feel for pebbles with our toes, then to wobble forward and fall, then had our hands firmly tugged on so we would try again, we would learn that being good at it relies on something deeply rooted, akin to walking, […]

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (and my midlife crisis hair)

September 24, 2014
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“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and […]

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Homeschooling?, Book Writing, & Ordinary Days

September 22, 2014
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“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.  Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.  Show them how to cry when pets and people die.  Show them the infinite pleasure in […]

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Chewy Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies {& a brand new blogging course}

September 17, 2014
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If I can be known for two things in life, let it be soup and cookies.  Okay, and maybe bread and buttercream. I don’t know if there is any sight more dear to me than just out of the oven, ever so slightly undercooked chocolate chip cookies.  And these will make you go weak in the […]

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The Spirit of the Lord and the Magic of Being Loved

September 15, 2014
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I got an email this weekend that brought me to my knees. A woman whose life looks perfect to everyone around her but is burning to the ground as she watches in disbelief.  And it doesn’t look like help is coming.  It doesn’t appear to be one of the stories with a tidy, happy ending. […]

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The 10 Books That Changed Everything

September 12, 2014
The 10 books that changed my life via lifeingrace

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~C. Eliot Everywhere you turn in my house, there’s a stack of books.  I TRY to keep them put away but no matter how much I hope to reform myself, I’m […]

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How to Set Up a Baking Center

September 10, 2014
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I’ve never quite had a baking center like this but it was a priority when we rebuilt our house. I’ve had various versions of one for a long time and here’s the truth of the matter—-if your supplies are easily accessible and organized, you’ll bake more.  (You might also like a full tour of the […]

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The Most Important Thing to Remember About Parenting

September 8, 2014
the most important thing to remember about parenting

The sun was pouring into the east sky, scattering orange like a blanket over everything.  She was sitting in the front seat, unable or unwilling to look at me, her head turned decidedly away and her body clinging to her side of the car sending its message loud and clear.  Was there a tear in […]

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The Best Decorating Trick in the Book

September 5, 2014
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(pillow to match my logo from my dear friend, Darlene, from this shop) I get antsy every year about this time.  I want to repaint all the walls and win the lottery so I can buy bolts of dreamy fabric and stacks of throw pillows.  Since I don’t buy lottery tickets, I’m probably not gonna […]

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The One Quality of Great and Generous Minds

September 4, 2014
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The boys were home this past weekend and so we lingered a while around the table, talking about their first couple weeks in classes and all the myriad of adjustments to be made when you begin a new season of life.  One thing that can be hard is all the new people that begin to […]

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A Workspace, a Boutique, a Dream

September 2, 2014
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As you know, I’m a fan of an inspiring workspace. After 3 years of living and working hard in this office, I still love it.  Despite the fact that it NEVER looks this clean.  An in, NOT EVER.  I stalk inspiring workspaces online a lot and am always trying to figure out how our spaces […]

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