Broccoli Cheese Soup: another Crock Pot Recipe

I'm driving to a friend's wedding in Colorado today so I will probably be eating on the road; you can enjoy this delicious soup for me, kay?:) Road trippin with toddlers is not #1 on my most favorite things to do list, but I've learned a couple things to make it more enjoyable for us both. 

  • Dollar Store Goodies: I like to visit the dollar store and grab a couple new toys or boredom busters that I keep hidden until a diversion is needed. 
  • Movies: is there any explanation needed?
  • Toys: we pack up her Winnie the Pooh backpack with some favorite toys like figurines or a tea set, a flashlight, and cellphone.
  • Books: we visit the library and max out my card with new stories to read. She isn't quite ready to listen to it read, but she loves looking through the pictures at her own pace. Some of our favorites right now are Strawberry Shortcake stories and Barbie:)
  • Fun Songs: She loves activity songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, and If You're Happy and You Know It. I have them all on CD's and we'll play her favorites over and over.
  • Blankie: also, no explanation needed.
  • Fun snacks and candy: like juice boxes and lollipops! 

With a storm on the way, what better way than to heat up your insides with a hearty soup? (and hot chocolate...mmmmmmm) 

Broccoli Cheese Soup; another Crock Pot Recipe--via Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:
1 whole onion, diced
1 stick or 1/2 c butter. they're the same thing, don't ya know.
1/3 cup flour
4 cups milk
2 cups half-and-half or cream if you're daring.
4 heads broccoli, or a 16 oz bag of frozen broccoli.
1 pinch nutmeg
3 cups cheese, I'm partial to cheddar
dash of salt
pepper
chicken broth, optional

Directions:

1) Saute onions in the butter until translucent, then sprinkle in the flour. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute or so, then add milk and half-and-half, nutmeg, broccoli, and salt and pepper.
2) Cover and simmer until broccoli is tender. Done in a jiffy with frozen broccoli! 
3) Add cheese and let it melt.
4) Serve chunky, or transfer to blender and puree it. You may need the chicken broth to thin it. Heat it back up too.
For the Crock Pot Recipe:
Add all ingredients but the cheese to your crock pot. Cover and cook on either low or high until bubbly. Add cheese just before serving. Serve chunky, or pureed. 

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