I could really use a better knife.

Before I get started with today’s “What I Ate Wednesday,” I had to share something pretty cool.

This week, I am the featured blogger on the BlogHer website!! Thumbs up

Just click on the link to go check it out.  I was pretty excited to see my goofy face on another website! Winking smile

Anywho ….

Let’s jump in to another WIAW, hosted by the super-cool Jenn!  And even cooler?  This week I’m sharing a recipe that I found on Jenn’s recipe page!



The normal.

P.S. The hotel didn’t have bananas one morning this week, and it nearly ruined my whole day.  I’m such a drama queen. Smile with tongue out



I started with a delicious salad … organic romaine lettuce, organic broccolini, carrots, red onion, grated parmesan cheese, and a little Caesar dressing.  I am LOVING Brianna’s Asiago Caesar dressing.  Yum!


I paired the salad with Muir Glen’s Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. 


I added a little cheddar cheese and red onion on top, and sliced up half of a whole-wheat tortilla for dipping.  Very satisfying!



I bought some organic yogurts last week at Whole Foods.  These Stonyfield yogurts are really tasty!  I also bought a chocolate one that was incredibly good!



Baked Potato Soup!  This was made in my slow cooker and topped with a little cheddar cheese.  I also threw a couple pieces of whole-wheat bread in the toaster, and topped them with a little butter and garlic powder.  Red heart


I had a couple pieces of Dove chocolate.  Use your imagination on that one. Winking smile


And now, it’s recipe time!!

You can find Jenn’s original recipe here.  I didn’t change much, but I do want to give a couple of small tips along the way!

Baked Potato Soup

(Makes 4-6 servings)


  • 5 medium potatoes (I used Idaho “Norkotah”), peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 3 stalks organic celery, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sea-salt
  • 1/3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Peel and chop your potatoes.  (Tip #1: You can use a knife to peel them, but a peeler is way easier.  If you have a good one, that is.  Unlike the one you might find … let’s say … in a hotel room. Annoyed)
  2. Chop the rest of your vegetables. (Tip #2: A sharp knife makes the job much more pleasant.  And much faster.  And less painful.  Oh, how I love hotel living.)
  3. Add potatoes, celery, onion, and garlic to your slow cooker.  Then add the vegetable broth, butter, salt, and pepper.  Stir it all together and let it cook (covered) for about 7-8 hours on low.
  4. OK here’s the interesting part.  Jen said that if you want the soup to be really smooth, you should use a potato masher to mash everything up in the slow cooker.  If you want it a little chunky, you should use a wooden spoon. I, however, did not have either.  And trying to use a small metal fork or spoon to mash everything while it was still in the pot just wasn’t happening.  So I had to transfer portions of the soup to a large bowl and mash it that way, before returning it to the slow cooker.  It took more time, but it did work.  Just another tip, if you happen to find yourself in a kitchen with minimal tools. Winking smile
  5. After mashing your potatoes, add in the rest of your spices, followed by your cheese.  Mix everything together.
  6. You can then serve it right away, or let the flavors blend a little before serving.  Depends on how impatient you are. Smile with tongue out
  7. I served ours with just a little extra cheddar cheese on top, but green onion would also be delicious!





I really loved this soup.  It may not look the prettiest, but it had delicious flavor!


Many thanks to Jenn for her awesome recipe, and all of her help coming up with veggie-based meals! 


You really need to check out her recipe page … she has a ton of awesome ideas! Thumbs up

Question for ya …

Tell me something delicious you’ve eaten this week!

Unless it’s frozen-yogurt.  Please don’t make me jealous, because I still have not gotten my fix!

Ever made a potato soup?  If so, what kinds of toppings do you like to use in your soup?

Completely unrelated … any good TV shows you’re watching right now?  I need some new ideas!



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38 Responses to I could really use a better knife.

  1. Katie @ msfitrunner

    That soup does look good! I think I may have to make it tonight- and it looks inexpensive to make as well, perfect. I made a delicious creamy avocado pasta the other night- so good!
    Have a good day!!

  2. Pamela

    Kristen, I understand your frustration with dull knives.. I’m not sure how anyone can cook (and actually enjoy it) with them. I am having trouble sharpening a few of my own and am going to have to take them to a professional, because dicing an onion is so much more pleasant with an extremely sharp knife! Don’t the right tools make such a difference?! And what an analogy to our walk with the Lord as well ;) Love you.

  3. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    Congratulations!!! That’s very exciting! :)
    Have you watched Smash?? I just started catching up on old episodes and I’m hooked. It’s like a more mature Glee!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I haven’t watched that one yet! I’ll have to check it ou! Thanks, Alyssa!

  4. Mattie @ Comfy and Confident

    I agree with Alyssa. Smash is very good!!! I have watched it from the beginning and last Monday’s episode was very good. I also loveeeeeeeeee the New Girl. I giggle through every episode. It’s hilarious!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I enjoy The New Girl, too. I don’t always remember to watch it, but it’s so funny when I do! :)

  5. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    i don’t even really like baked potatoes but that soup looks great!
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  6. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Ooo that potato soup sounds awesome! I would love it :) . Something delicious I’ve eaten this week was the super yummy smoothie that I had on Monday night- I don’t really know why but something about it made it taste extra good haha. I LOVE the show New Girl! It’s only 30 minutes and hilarious!
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  7. Kat

    mmmt hat baked potato soup sounds awesome!! unfortuntely its too hot here right now to make soup, but it might cool down later this week! Ive really been wanting to try a baked potato soup, I never have before!
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  8. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    There aren’t really any new shows I love to watch, but the season premiere of Giuliana and Bill was on the style network last night and it was so good! I love her from E News and have been watching their show for years.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’ve been watching reruns of Guiliana and Bill on Netflix … I love that show! They’re so funny! :)

  9. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls

    Congrats on being the featured blogger that is so exciting!!

    I know what you mean about the bananas PB and B as I like to call it is one of my favorites too and I would be terribly sad if I couldn’t get my hands on a banana.

    Food I’m loving this week… the barbecue chicken I made last night!

    As far as TV shows… I”m kind of a reality TV junkie so I love Dancing with the Stars :)
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  10. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    you should just hop on a plane and come visit me in utah for some fro-yo. we could have fro-yo for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert together. then you could get your fix real easily! ;) you can stay at our house and there’s a fro-yo place within just a couple miles of us. you think i’m joking! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      If tickets weren’t so expensive right now, I’d be there haha! But that would be a very expensive cup of fro-yo!! ;) You could just mail me some … oh wait, I guess that wouldn’t work. ;)

  11. Lauren

    Tv shows- I am in love with the Vampire Diaries and am currently tolerating “Secret Circle” since they are making my characters have bad story lines. I have 25 episodes of “Ghost Whisperer” taped from when I had the flu and I taped every episode the Women’s Network had on. (Thank you DVR!) I also enjoy the cooking show “Kelsey’s Essentials” because she cooks with simple ingredients.
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    • notsodomesticated

      We’re in a hotel right now, and we unfortunately get minimal channels. Boo! What channel is Kelsey’s Essentials on? I’d be curious to check it out once I have cable again!

      • Lauren

        Oops forgot about the limited channel selection. Kelsey’s Essentials is on the Cooking Channel.
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        • notsodomesticated

          Well it’s still good to know for after we get out of here. ;) Thanks, Lauren!

  12. Faith @ For the Health of It

    Ooh, congrats on being featured! Love our publishing network :)

  13. Becca

    The best TV shows that I have been watching are New Girl and Happy Endings. They are both so funny and make me laugh every time :)

  14. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Oh goodness… this soup needs to come into my life and pronto! I am loving GAME OF THRONES! the second season just begun and it’s awesome so far :)

  15. Yellow Haired Girl

    That potato soup looks awesome, I definitely want to make it! I’ve recently rediscovered how much I love my slow cooker. Maybe this will make an appearance next week?

    In terms of TV – I just blogged TODAY about my new obsession with Dexter. It’s fascinating! And I totally agree with Becca who commented above me … if you’re not watching New Girl or Happy Endings, you need to start now :)
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  16. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I made cream cheese chicken chili last night in the slow cooker (and I added a can of Rotel for some spice!), and it was great! Other than that, the best thing I’ve had this week was a taco salad that I made for lunch on Monday.

    Big Bang Theory is my favorite show right now!!! The first time I watched it I didn’t like it, but after two episodes I was hooked!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I love Big Bang Theory … it’s hilarious!!

  17. kaceyt

    Congrats on being featured on BlogHer! I absolutely love Once Upon A Time and Modern Family!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Kacey! What channel is Once Upon A Time on?

      • kaceyt

        We watch it on hulu, but I believe it’s on ABC…careful, it’s addicting!

  18. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Congratulations on being featured on BlogHer!

    I love Stonyfield’s strawberry yogurt. Greek yogurt is still my favorite, but their yogurt tastes just as good.
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  19. Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat

    The soup sounds yummy! I bet it would good with Sweet Potatoes too :)
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  20. amy @ fearless homemaker

    congrats on being featured – that’s awesome! + your soup looks delicious. I don’t think i’ve ever made a straight-up potato soup – might be time to change that. =) i’ve eaten lots of great stuff this week. for lunch today, my husband + i walked to a local restaurant + got awesome gourmet sandwiches with couscous + salad. sooo good!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww that’s nice that you were able to walk! Sounds like a great day! :)

  21. Alison

    I would also be upset if I didn’t have a banana to eat each day. :)
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  22. Baking Serendipity

    I’m such a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast too! Love the potato soup! You’ve gotten so creative with that slow cooker…it’s seriously inspirational :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much! I’m trying haha!

  23. stephanie*s

    I made the ceaser chicken last week in the crockpot after reading it on here, now I am making the potato soup tomorrow! thanks for the awesome ideas :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Awesome! I hope the soup turns out well for you! Don’t be afraid to add plenty of salt and pepper … it really adds to the flavor! :)

  24. Stephanie*s

    Salt and pepper is always a must! :) the only thing I am doing different is I didn’t have veggie broth so I used chicken broth, and I’ll probably add some more red pepper flakes and then make some bacon To top it with so the hubby doesn’t freak out over a meal with no meat :) can’t wait, its in the crockpot now and luckily I picked a day when it’s chilly here in ga!

    • notsodomesticated

      I’m making a coconut curry kale stew in the slow cooker today … but I have discovered the “light” coconut milk curdles! Boo! Trying to brainstorm what to do to fix this!

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