Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Crock Pot New England Clam Chowder

Hi! I need to apologize for my extended absence. I hurt my back and continue to undergo treatment. It's nearly impossible for me to sit to craft, so my projects have been on hold since February. I am blessed with supportive and encouraging family and friends who keep me smiling. 

My son was home from college for the summer and was a tremendously uplifting and helpful to me. He even took up the hobby of cooking. He turned out to be a natural in the kitchen (states it's no different than following procedure in a lab:-)) so we had some delicious meals. 

When he went back to Clemson in August I was really worried about how I would get by since my hubby is so busy and I am unable to lift anything or stand for very long. Once again I was blessed.
Through a dear friend I was led to hire Fran, the most wonderful helper ever! She has been helping me several hours each day with everything from grocery shopping and laundry to carting me to      physical therapy. 

With Fran's kind assistance I have been able to continue to participate in my other favorite hobby, cooking! I have been cooking my way through Pinterest and trying a couple of new dishes each week. I recently pulled my trusty crock pot out of storage. I load it with something tasty before my appointments and return home to a mouth watering home cooked meal.

Today we made Crock Pot Clam Chowder, a recipe I found on a blog called Baked by Rachel. You can click on the link here for the recipe! This is a made from scratch chowder, so be prepared for some peeling and chopping, but the results are 100% worth it. I followed the directions exactly as written and could not have been more pleased with the results! Once you have everything in the crock you can go about your day and look forward to a creamy, flavorful pot of steaming clam chowder when you're ready for dinner. We had ours with cornbread and a mixed green salad. Dessert was courtesy of another dear friend, Sue, who baked a luscious batch of pumpkin cream cheese muffins. 

A huge thanks to Fran for all the chopping and peeling--you are totally AMAZING and I appreciate everything you do for me. Another huge thanks to Sue for feeding our dessert addiction!