I hold my breath. Wait for the news. The news that my husband’s cancer is back. The news we have been warned about for months and test after test shows up inconclusive results…we wait…and we wait…and we wait.

The call finally came. The results are positive.

Here we go.

A road to intense chemos and transplants…and hopefully a cure.

Breathe. Pray. Love. Fight.

I won’t lie. This will not be easy.  I will spare you the sacrifices two young people make when cancer rears its ugly head. Let me just say, it is all worth it. Worth every effort, even if effort never seems to be enough. Worth every sacrifice, even when you thought it was the dream. Worth every moment of screaming, I WILL NOT GIVE UP, even through the bad news, bad days, and never-ending trips to the doctors.

And you know what? In the next few months, we get to eat lots of soup. Lots and lots of delicious soup. And man, do I love soup. I mean, I was pretty much giddy when the temps fell into the 70s – close enough for soup and chili weather for me! So, there are some pretty delicious times we get to look forward to.

To prepare for the next few months, we have been taking many several steps to ensure everything on our end goes smoothly. So, I am calling out to all of you for a bit of help.

I have created a page called “Guest Blog FAQ” and I am looking for some posts for the next few months to fill in for when I will be focusing on getting us through our new daily routine. I am truly blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of food bloggers and I would love to return the favor sometime down the road. If you would like to help out, please check out the Guest Blog FAQ page and let me know if you would like to be a part of our fight, one delicious meal at a time. :)

If you want to follow us as we progress through the next few months, I will be using the hashtag #teamwatson for updates on Twitter. (Yep, move aside Hermione/Emma Watson fan clubs!)

Thank you to all of my loyal readers and fellow foodies, I sincerely hope you enjoy this Creamy Potato Soup. Plus, I promise there will be lots more soup goodness to come!

Enjoy!



Creamy Red Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups red potatoes, diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
  • bacon salt (or you can use regular salt) and cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Use 1-2 tablespoons of flour to thicken, if needed
  • Optional: diced ham or bacon (fully cooked)

Method:

  1. In a large stock pot add potatoes, celery, onion, chicken stock, bacon salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium-low heat until vegetable become tender. Approx. 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  2. You can now pick using either an immersion blender or a large food processor. For immersion blender: Use blender to mash up soup to desired consistency, try pulsing in order to leave a few potato chunks. For food processor: Transfer half of the soup into the processor and blend until creamy, then stir back into soup for a nice mixture of creamy soup and chunky potatoes.
  3. Turn heat to low and stir in milk and cheese, stirring until completely blended in. If using ham or bacon, add it in at this time. Serve hot with desired garnish – bacon bits, cheese, saltine crackers, diced green onions, etc.

Source: modified from allrecipes.com recipe for Golden Potato Soup.

25 Responses to “Creamy Red Potato Soup”

  1. You two are incredible. Honored to be praying, hoping, cheering (and even cooking!) alongside you for the journey. Much love to you both. :)

  2. Courtney says:

    Oh Megan I am so sorry the news came that his cancer is back, lets face it that totally stinks. Lots of love your way and if you need anything please please let me know!

  3. Darrell says:

    Megan–
    I’ve never had the privilege of meeting you, but Jason is a treasured part of our Resurrection family. At my house, we’re a step or two behind you–going into a long week of waiting for test results, which may well confirm my wife’s sixth recurrence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Did the transplant bit back in ’05, now back working with Dr. ET. I’m saying a prayer for Jason and for you when I hit “submit,” and will continue praying for you guys. Recurrences are awful–but remissions rock! Live in hope.
    Joy and peace,
    Darrell Holtz

  4. Audrey's mom says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you. If I can come up with a recipe worthy of your fabulous site I would be happy to guest blog. I will go through our stuff and see what I have.

  5. Wow I only just discovered your blog and am so impressed for so many reasons. I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s cancer and my thoughts are with you. You both sound so strong and you are lucky to have each other. This soup (I’m also a soup addict) looks absolutely delicious and I’m totally bookmarking/pinning it to make soon. Your photos are stunning. Best wishes to you both.

  6. Katie | Healthnut Foodie says:

    Megan – I am so sorry that you have to endure these trials. Cancer sucks. :( I am adding you to my prayer list and will be praying for strength, insight, and healing for you and your hubby.

  7. Cassie says:

    Paul and I are praying for you both and we are here for you in any way. Your strength and faith are encouraging to both of us. Lots of love and hugs to you!

  8. First time on your blog. Sending tons of prayers your way!

  9. Kristen says:

    your positive attitude is inspiring. I want to help and will start out by adding you all to my prayers each night. Go #TeamWatson ;)

  10. Megan – my heart breaks for both of you. Prayers, sweet girl. Keep your positive attitude.

  11. Bev Weidner says:

    Praying for you guys….

  12. So sorry to hear the news! Keeping you both in my prayers.

  13. Brenna says:

    I’m so sorry! Hoping everything goes as best as it can. We’re all here for you!

  14. Helen says:

    Praying for you and Jason!

  15. Urban Wife says:

    Both of your will be in my prayers. God will see you through this time, no matter what the outcome. Stay strong! Phil. 4:13.

  16. Denise D says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both! (((((HUGS))))) :)

  17. Oh my, my thoughts are with you all. I know this sinking, sick feeling well. I am 6 months with no re-growth after 2 relapses.
    I will have you all in my thoughts and please let me know if I can help in any way.

  18. What a beautiful blog~ and praying that all goes well for you and your family~Barbara, Tupelo, MS.

  19. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

  20. Sorry to hear the bad news. Peace to you both. We’ll be praying!

  21. Noe says:

    I stumbled upon this beautiful recipe, but when I found out about your hubby’s cancer, I just can’t help but to feel sorry about it :c

    I have an officemate who is into the raw food lifestyle. She’s been spreading the good news about raw food and it’s healing powers. It’s been said to help with cancer so I’ve been suggesting it to people (friends whose family, relatives and/or friends) who are coping with cancer as well. I really just felt the urge to share it with you too as you might want to consider changing your lifestyle too for better health.

    I feel your passion towards cooking :) Keep it up!
    A little detoxification through raw food won’t hurt :)

    -Noe F, Philippines

  22. Oh my. I am so sorry to hear this. Hugs & healing prayers for you both! xo

  23. My friend Kristen just introduced me to your blog. Sending you a hug from Texas…and prayers…and wishes for your husband’s speedy recovery and remission.

    You have a beautiful blog. ♥

  24. Karen says:

    I’ve just started enjoying your blog this summer, and I’m speechless with this post. My prayers are with you and your husband during this time and I wish there was more that I could do. God bless.
    Karen

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