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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor

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By Sheri Hopkins
Lifestyle Contributor

Hello everyone! We have had the best spring weather until today, Thursday. It’s very, very cold today. Winter is back again. Makes me want to bake and make a big pot of soup. Good old comfort foods.

We all love our children and our furbabies. Jacob Hopkins was spoiled but he was always a good kid, that’s this mom’s opinion. Jacob’s dad passed away when he was 21 years old. I was 18 when my dad passed, so I know how hard it is. They were very close and I know he misses him dearly. After his dad passed we would do lots of stuff together. We would take little road trips together. One time we were on our way to Eureka Springs to see the Great Passion Play. If you have not been it’s worth the drive. We were on some back road and Jacob is going to put the address into his phone for GPS. So he says, “Sheri take us to such and such address, to the Passion Play.” I can’t tell you how touched I was. I said, “you named the girl in your phone after your momma, how sweet of you Bub.” He looks at me like I’m crazy and he says, “mom I said Siri, not Sheri.” Busted my bubble, so her name was Siri, not Sheri.

I got him back one day. He came home from work and I had cut the face of Little Debbie off the box and put her picture on the fridge. He sees it and says “mom this is not even a magnet it’s cut from a box.” He also says, “your crazy” and “…there’s not one pic of me on the fridge.” I guess he was jealous of my Debbie pic on the fridge. If I would have had a daughter, I would have named her Debbie. Just want ya’ll to know I have a pretty good size Little Debbie magnet on my fridge now, a Little Debbie coffee mug, a Little Debbie keychain and a Little Debbie ink pen. I guess ya’ll know by now my family loves Little Debbie cakes.

On a healthier note, let’s make some soup! How about broccoli cheese soup in the crock pot?

CROCK POT BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP
4 cups broccoli diced small
2 tablespoons butter
4 cups cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 cup onion diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic (I but the one in the jar)
1/2 cup celery diced small
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cornstarch
Cut the broccoli into small pieces and place the broccoli, butter, onion, celery, and minced garlic in the crock pot. Mix the chicken broth with the cornstarch and stir the mixture into the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. After this cooking time, stir in the cream and shredded cheese. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted. Stir thoroughly right before serving and enjoy. Have a great week!

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