Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup

This Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup is just what you need when winter storms are headed your way.

Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup - this creamy soup will warm you up on a cold winter day

This winter has definitely been harder and longer than previous years.  Right now we are looking at a few more snow storms this week too.

When it is this cold outside, I like warm comfort food like soup.  There is something so relaxing about eating a bowl of warm goodness while watching the snow fall outside.   [Read more...]

White Chicken Chili

This easy White Chicken Chili is a great way to warm up on a cold, snowy day.  It is full of flavor and reheats well.

White Chicken Chili - this easy and spicy soup is a great meal to warm you up on a cold winter day
Can I be honest with you for a minute?

I seriously do not like winter.  Or snow.  Or being cold.  Or…well, the list could go on and on about winter related things.  But I feel better now just getting that off my chest today.  This winter we have seen more snow than we have in the last 5 years combined.  It has been crazy cold here too.

There is one thing I do like about cold, snowy days.  Big bowls of steamy hot soup!  Ok, ok.  There are a few other things…but, they are all pretty much related to keeping warm inside.  Fuzzy blankets, space heaters, hot chocolate, coffee…you get the picture, right?

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Getting your servings of dairy is a little bit easier when you eat Broccoli Cheese Soup for dinner.  Serve it with a fun bread bowl for something different at dinner.

Broccoli Cheese Soup - a creamy soup loaded with bits of broccoli and carrots in a cheese broth

Can I just tell you that I have the coolest job ever?  It might seem a little strange to you.  I mean I do start busting out the pumpkin in early August, start on the peppermint by October, and then I’m ready for coconut in January.

Oh, and I get to go visit cow farms and see how cheese is made.  Definitely a strange job!  But I seriously love every minute of it.

A few weeks ago I joined a team from the American Dairy Association Mideast in Cleveland, Ohio for a whirlwind trip of farms, food, and fun.  The first night we had dinner at The Lakehouse Inn & Winery on Geneva-on-the-Lake where we learned how to pair the right wine with different cheeses from Marianne Frantz, the founder of American Wine School.

I hope you are ready for some pictures…you are going on the virtual tour with me now.   [Read more...]

Nacho Potato Chowder

Potato Soup

One thing that I could eat every single cold winter night is a bowl of hot soup.  I’m not overly picky on what kind of soup.  It just has to be one that will warm you up from the inside out.

The other day it was really cold, and I was craving some soup.  As I looked through my cupboards, I found a bag of potatoes.  That got me thinking about this yummy potato soup that we had for New Year’s at my in-laws house.  I really should have gotten the recipe from my father in law before we left.  I decided to just wing it though.  Maybe I am starting to get braver in the dinner department after all.  [Read more...]

Easy Crock Pot Black & White Turkey Chili

Beans and Turkey Chili

It’s Black Friday and I am snug as a bug in my warm house eating pie for breakfast.  Are you one of the crazy ones who gets up at 2 am to go searching for a deal?  I just like my warm bed way too much to be one of those shoppers.  Now I will admit we have braved the crowds a few times on past Black Fridays…just never early in the morning!

We spent a fun day with family yesterday.  Our bellies were stuffed to the limits with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.  And let’s not forget the desserts!!!  We don’t mess around with desserts in our family…3 different pies, fudge, lemon bars, pumpkin dip and cookies, rice krispie treats, candy, and pumpkin rolls.  It’s quite possible we had more dessert than food.  Ok, maybe not…but we sure had our fill of the sweet stuff.  I personally felt it was my duty to sample every dessert…and they were all fantastic!!!

Thank goodness for elastic pants and soup to the rescue on the day after Thanksgiving.  Do you have leftover turkey or chicken in your fridge too?  This easy soup is the answer to your tight pants.  It is so easy to put together and even easier on your waist.  I need a few of these kind of recipes after eating so much yesterday:-)  [Read more...]

Pumpkin Potato Corn Chowder

Pumpkin Potato Corn Chowder

 I have been wanting to recreate this Pumpkin soup since last November.  Last year my husband and I went on a mission trip to Haiti with a group from our church.  You can read about it HERE and HERE if you want:-)  It was such an awesome and eye opening experience for me.  It is one thing to see the poverty from pictures and TV, but to experience it first hand breaks your heart.  One thing that I came back thinking was how I need to be so much more thankful for the things and people that God has put in my life.  I also realized how much I really can do without.

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Lean Mean Veggie Soup

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It’s time.

The time when I decide to get all serious about what I am eating.
I mean a year of baking and blogging tons of sweets
has taken a toll on my weight management.
Hello fatty, mcfatty here!
Lean Mean Veggie Soup | Inside BruCrew Life
Someone has to sample everything that gets posted here.
Unfortunately I feel the need to be the one to do that.
Jeans are definitely getting snug.
But don’t worry.
This is a band wagon that I fall off of way too easily.
There will be plenty of sweets still on here.
No need to punish you guys for my sweet tooth:-)
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Baking is a huge part of me
that I have no desire to part with.
I am just going to work harder at not sampling…
such big pieces.
But before more sweets, let’s talk healthy soup.
The first time I made this veggie soup,
I wasn’t impressed.
Honestly, I had no plans to make it again.
But my hubby is on the healthy eating band wagon with me,
and he requested it again saying, “It wasn’t that bad.”
(it really was that bad)
So at his request I bought all the ingredients again
and then changed out some things
and added a few more things that I felt it needed.
My kids are happy to report that the 2nd batch
was way more appealing!!!
We even finished off all the leftovers:-)
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Lean Mean Veggie Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12-14 servings

Lean Mean Veggie Soup

Loaded veggie soup is the right way to balance out your diet.


1/2 head cabbage, chopped
3 cups chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped carrots
8 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup diced onion
1 cup chopped radishes
1/2 cup chopped yellow pepper
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/2 cup chopped orange pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 can tomato paste (6 oz.)
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained (14 oz. each)
1 can diced chilies (7 oz.)
6 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup kale
salt and pepper


  1. Combine everything, except the kale and salt and pepper, in a large soup pan. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are soft. (around 30 minutes or so)
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the kale. Wait until the kale wilts to serve. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 12-14 servings. Refrigerate leftovers.

Stir Fry Soup

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One of the rules at our dinner table is
We have other rules that we enforce as well.
Such as: sit up, use a napkin regularly, no talking with food in your mouth, no reaching in front of others…all your basic food etiquette that you try to get your kids to remember.
But them slurping is the one that drives us the most batty.
Yesterday I had to be a slurper:-(
You see, I had to visit the dentist.
Now I am not afraid of this place,
but it is most definitely not my favorite place.
I mean 4 hands with instruments in my mouth…for two hours.
Yea, not going on my list of “places I like to visit”.
This is why I put off having cavities filled.
Who wants to sit with a bite block in your mouth for hours on end
with your head pointing down
while hands poke and prod like crazy?
And I don’t know about your dental assistants,
but mine is not the most gentle.
Although they are pretty good at giving me a break
from the bite block from time to time.
Now usually cavities being filled doesn’t take that long…
but lucky me.
I had a crown that needed prepped.
Extra goop and prodding for me!
Needless to say, that by dinner time
my jaw was in no mood to open…or chew for that matter.
I must have known that was going to be the case because
while I was grocery shopping after leaving
the tooth torture room,
I bought ingredients for 3 soups yesterday.
(I may have bought ice cream too because it is a proven fact that ice cream heals all pains)
So you can see why I had to be exempt from the slurping rule last night.
My jaw was refusing to open wide enough for the spoon to fit in.
I tried to slurp quietly but the kids heard it every time,
prompting them to think they could as well.
The new rule in the house is…
You can only slurp at the table if you have been to the dentist that day.
Maybe the kids will get more excited when they have to go again:-)
Stir Fry Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Stir Fry Soup

Sausage and stir fry vegetables make a delicious soup choice.


2 Tablespoons Italian dressing
1 pound sausage
1 carton chicken broth (32 oz)
1 package (16 oz.) frozen stir fry veggies (use what you like)
1 can white kidney beans, rinsed
1 can Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup macaroni noodles, uncooked
dash of oregano
cheese for topping


  1. Place sausage and dressing in a large saucepan and cook on medium heat until meat is cooked, stirring occasionally. Add oregano, broth, frozen veggies, beans and tomatoes and bring to a boil on high. Stir in macaroni.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 8-10 minutes. Serve topped with cheese. Makes 8 servings.


Slightly adapted from Kraft Recipes

Spicy Rice and Chicken Soup

Spicy Rice and Chicken Soup from - an easy chicken and rice soup made with spicy tomatoes and topped with avocado
Hello Winter,
Even though you are my least favorite season
you do bring lots of fun things with you.
Here are a few of my favorite things
that happen in the winter months.
Thank you for letting me enjoy these:

Hot Cocoa
Coffee Dates
Cute Scarfs
Flannel Sheets
Fuzzy Slippers
Hot Soup

Love, Jocelyn

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