Tasty Tuesday–Potato-Parsnip Soup

I’m always on the lookout for a new soup recipe, and when I saw one for a potato-parsnip variety, I was intrigued, because I both really like potato soup and the flavor of parsnips. I made a few changes so it would suit us a little better, and in the end, it was a huge hit (and also a very pretty meal!)!

  • 2 lbs. baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 lb. parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Crème fraîche or Mexican crema, bacon bits, and chopped chives for garnish

Preheat oven to 425.

Toss potatoes, parsnips, onion, and garlic with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast in oven for about 40 minutes.

Combine vegetables with broth in large stock pot. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Puree in blender or with immersion blender until smooth.

Return to pot and combine with milk and cream and add salt and pepper to taste; heat though without boiling.

Garnish as desired.

Quote of the Day

They were talking about ribs in this episode of M*A*S*H, but this pretty much describes how I feel about Portillo’s!

“I’d walk to Chicago on my knees in the snow for a takeout order.” Joseph Stern as Master Sgt. Tarola in M*A*S*H

2020-21 School Year–Week Ten

Hymn of the Week–“Thy Strong Word” (Lutheran Service Book #578)

I can’t believe we’ve finished 10 weeks of school already!

Derivatives made an appearance in Turkey’s and Bunny’s calculus lesson this week…I guess we’re really in it now! They started a chapter on the muscular system in advanced biology. They read about Pavlov’s dogs in psychology.

Ladybug put all of the information she learned about slope, equations, and graphing together to solve some fun word problems about roller coasters in algebra. She and Chickadee read about the emperors of Brazil as well as Abdulhamid the Red in history. In science, she learned about phase changes.

Chickadee worked on arranging fractions from largest to smallest in math. She learned about the muscles that enable birds to fly in science. She’s really enjoying Mr. Popper’s Penguins! Her narrations and dictations in writing were about Pippi Longstocking.

Here’s a look at one of the more clever things Ladybug and Chickadee did in their election lapbooks this week…there’s a wheel that spins to rain glitter confetti down on the candidate family!

Next week, we’ve looking forward to spending some time on the Reformation!

Tasty Tuesday–Chocolate Malts

It may be getting colder outside, but it’s always time for a good old-fashioned malt!

  • 24 oz. chocolate ice cream (1/2 carton)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Tbsp. malt powder
  • 3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour in glasses and drizzle with additional chocolate syrup, if desired.