Cooking, Uncategorized

Healthy Corn Chowder (So delicious!)

corn chowder
This corn chowder was delicious. I don’t have an Instant Pot so I made it in a pot instead.

If you make it without an Instant Pot modify it as follows:

  • Sauté the bacon, pull it out, sauté the veggies; put all ingredients except the cream/flour back into the pot and simmer on low.
  • Cook for 30-40 minutes. Then add flour and half and half and bring to a boil until thickened.

Healthy Corn Chowder: Instant Pot

by Sally Baer

I LOVE a good, hearty soup in the winter months. It warms the soul and heart. Many classic “cream” soups tend to be heavy, but this chowder is fairly light without missing the comfort and heartiness factor that you sometimes need on a cold, rainy night. I tweaked this recipe from Damn Delicious to make a lighter soup that’s a bit healthier than traditional chowders. I hope you enjoy! Xoxo


4 slices bacon, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 ribs of celery, diced
1 jalapeño, diced
4 small red potatoes, chopped
1 (16-ounce) package frozen corn kernels
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup half and half
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

First, Set 6-qt Instant Pot to the high saute setting. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in bacon, potatoes, corn, vegetable stock, thyme and cayenne pepper; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 10 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together heavy cream and flour; set aside.
  • Select high sauté setting. Bring to a boil; stir in heavy cream mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 4-5 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more vegetable stock as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with chives, if desired.

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YOU have power. Use it.

You have power. Yes, you do.

Even if you think you don’t, you do. Use it. Stand up for yourself.

Even if it makes the other person uncomfortable. Making them comfortable is not your responsibility.

Even if the other person is taller than you or louder than you or in a position of power, it doesn’t mean they have your best interest in mind. Fight for you. Fight for what YOU want.

Just because someone is talking loudly or sounds confident doesn’t mean they are right. Question them if you need to.

Too often, we give up our power to make someone else feel comfortable or because we think they know better. Don’t buy in to that. Chances are they don’t know better, they certainly don’t know what you want better than you, and you don’t need to make them comfortable.

I used to do this all the time. I gave up my power to others because I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, because I thought they had the answer, knew the right way to do it, because I thought I was being nice. But I’ve realized that doesn’t serve anyone and it leaves me feeling sad and small because I didn’t get what I really wanted out of the situation.

But I am turning this around. It still feels uncomfortable sometimes and sometimes I’m not sure if I misread the situation and said something when I didn’t need to. But I’m still proud of myself every time I make sure my voice is heard.

Make sure your voice is heard too.

Parenting, Uncategorized

My Baby is Growing Up

Now that my youngest is 18 months and growing up, I get a longing every time I see a little baby, knowing that each milestone my daughter (my youngest) reaches will be the last time I experience it. A friend of mine told me that I would feel this way when my youngest turned a year and she was right. I am sure I only want two kids, but there is a newborn on our flight that is crying at points and I just want to hold the baby. Both to help the parents and because I want to hold a newborn. Though I think that will upset my son who is trying to nap on me.

Sometimes I feel like biology is unfair – that it makes us long for another baby even after we’re sure our family is complete. Though I guess that biology and the smell of your children’s heads also makes you love them more than anything you’ve ever loved in your life so it’s not all bad.

Sadly, I write this on my flight home from my grandma’s funeral. My son and I flew to Chicago for four days to attend the funeral and spend time with family. (My son stayed with his other grandma during the funeral though he understood that my grandma was gone.) My daughter stayed in Seattle with my husband so I didn’t have to bring her, which I was grateful for, and they got to have some daddy-daughter time.

I was told that seeing her grandchildren grow up through photos and videos I emailed and posted on Facebook was the highlight of the last few years of my grandma’s life and that made me so tearful and happy. My grandma had also gotten to see them both last year when she celebrated her 90th birthday.

I’m glad to know that she is with grandpa and is at peace.


Tomorrow is a New Day

My kids made a huge mess all over the kitchen and living room (the big kid definitely made it much worse) – toilet paper everywhere, kid silverware and cups, plates, bowls, and Glad containers everywhere. Then the big kid started a restaurant using all the kid cups and straws he could find. They weren’t really dirty when he was done, but he threw all of them in to the sink and I no longer knew which were actually dirty. My husband worked well into the night in his home office coming up only briefly at a few points and for dinner. It took so long to make dinner with all the interruptions as I was trying to get the little one changed for bed and put down; play restaurant with the big kid; and tripping over all the plastic containers in our house. Dinner was ready later than I would have liked. The big kid didn’t want to go to bed and stalled and came out of his room over and over again. After he finally went to bed I still had to cleanup from dinner. Then I opened a bottle of wine and watched Gilmore Girls. Through my frustration I just tried to think “Tomorrow is a new day, tomorrow is a new day. Please don’t come out of your room again”.

Of course between the little one waking up in the night and me not sleeping well, I didn’t get a good night’s rest, sadly, but the next day was a little better. Probably helped that the little one and I had some friends over and the big kid was at preschool.

If this sounds like your day, hang in there mama (and maybe have some wine tonight).


First blog post

This is my first ever blog post! I started this website to write about my journey through parenting, my cooking, and crafting. This will also be a place where I post parenting resources to help others through this journey. Come join me!

The photo below is the sunset over Puget Sound from a dinner cruise in 2013. (You might have guessed we live in the suburbs of Seattle.)

2013-5-4 Sunset over Puget Sound