Sooooo lets try this one more time.  I am REALLLLLY going to start blogging on a more regular schedule.   I sat down and jotted down some topics that will be reoccurring and hopefully timely…oh and interesting.   Speaking of which, what interests you?  What would you what me to blog about?  I mean I take a lot of picture of my kids…yes more so the babies (one day I may blog about that!!) I know that people like to see pictures of the twins…especially sleeping ones, and the house, but that’s about it.  Oh my gosh that’s it?  I am so boring.  But really send me an email.  Give me some topics.  I would love to know what you think and what you would want read about or see or laugh at.

Today however I am starting out totally easy.  A big fat easy recipe.  Did you know that before Instagram, my creative outlet was cooking.  I am by no means a chef and this will not be a cooking blog (I would not want to insult the pros ;)) but I’ll throw one up here every once in a while that my gang likes.   I love searching through recipes, finding one that the whole family might love, and creating it.  I think the foods you like and they way you eat tell a lot about a family.  My choices may make me look like Peg Bundy or some other really crazy mom at times but I am cool with that.  I definitely eat right and so do the kids but I am all for a good McDonald’s lunch or a cereal for dinner night.  Everything in moderation I think is okay…and even sometimes it’s a little more than moderation but……okay anyway back to the recipe.  

okay I was so impressed with myself when I looked at this image.  Food shots are harrrrrrd!  okay I was so impressed with myself when I looked at this image.  Food shots are harrrrrrd!

One of my favorite things to eat is soup….like I love all soups.  I could eat soup all day everyday and so could my kids…my husband not so much but I was thinking about me when I chose a recipe for the blog today…bahahaha. So I was looking at one of my ten trillion cookbooks…The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime. I love her cookbooks because they are filled with awesome pictures and so easy to follow.  Also her recipes are traditional and not too far out.  They aren’t too fancy…although sometimes a fancy recipe is fun because it’s a challenge.  This book was basically designed just for our family schedule.  They are super fast recipes which I totally need.  I work full time and I don’t get home until about five o’clock…so that is when I start cooking.  If I don’t want the kids to eat at ten o’clock (like my husband and I do….yes I wasn’t lying when I put that on Snapchat) then I need something quick and really really good.  My favorite soup to eat is vegetable and it has to have meat…like a good meat to broth ratio…it matters it really does!!! I mean I will eat it without meat buuuuut it is not the same.  To me its like using fat free dressing over regular…not as good and sometimes down right groooosssss.  I am a texture person and I just need to have it in there.  Same with potatoes, celery, and corn.   I need it allllll!!!!  This recipe didn’t actually call for corn but I added about a cup of it in there.

This was really easy to make, the most time consuming thing was taking the pictures of it…..just kidding, no I am not.  But really chopping up the veggies was the biggest thing and that was it.  I literally kept looking at the soup after each step admiring at how pretty it looked.  I think because of Instagram, I am always looking at things as a picture opportunity.  How dorky is that…oh well.

hold up...she was only there for a second and...there wasnt even food in the pot and the stoves not on....this is true Instagram staging at his finest and most dangerous. hold up…she was only there for a second and…there wasnt even food in the pot and the stoves not on….this is true Instagram staging at his finest and most dangerous. But I am pretty sure the food was cooking at this point.  In other news, how cute is she in Finns tank top that ironically was dangerously pinned to fit her with safety pins by Kaitlin...can you say mother of the year. But I am pretty sure the food was cooking at this point.  In other news, how cute is she in Finns tank top that ironically was dangerously pinned to fit her with safety pins by Kaitlin…can you say mother of the year.

So gather the ingredients and start snapping I mean cooking, or snapping and cooking because I am sure you could take some really pretty pics of this bowl full of goodness too.  Did I mention the babies literally attacked me the first time I fed it to them?  Emma side checked Mila just to steal a bite.  AAAAAAnd when they were done with that bowl I had to make another.  Then Finn tried a bite and had two bowls of his own.  Charles had a bowl and dropped it so he got another, and Kaitlin has eaten it for the past three days for lunch and dinner.  Needless to say it was a hit and really…that is just what I needed.

And finally this is how you make it…..


2-1/2 pounds Ground Chuck

1 whole Large Onion, Diced

2 stalks Celery, Diced…I used 4 (texture people texture!!!)

3 cloves Garlic, Minced

1 can (14.5 Ounce) Can Whole Tomatoes

3 cups Beef Stock Or Beef Broth, Plus More As Needed

1 whole Yellow Bell Pepper, Seeded And Diced

1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Seeded And Diced

1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Seeded And Diced- I USED A CUP OF CORN INSTEAD

4 whole Carrots, Peeled And Sliced On The Diagonal

5 whole Red Potatoes, Cut Into Chunks

3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt (more To Taste)-lthere was probably double in mine due to my salt addiction-Like if they banned salt, I would stop eatting.

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, More To Taste

2 teaspoons Dried Parsley Flakes

1/2 teaspoon Ground Oregano

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (more To Taste)- like a drop for me because even black pepper is too hot for this girl!!!


In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the meat with the onion, celery, and garlic. Remove the pot from the heat and drain off as much fat as you can.  I used really lean meat so there was virtually none.

Return the pot to the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir it all up and bring to a nice boil. Reduce the heat and cover.  Simmer the soup for 15-20 more minutes, until potatoes are tender but not quite mashed potatoes like I did…opps

It should appear to be somewhat thick, but if you’d like more broth then add more broth.  The next day mine had way less fluid but was still fabuloso!!!


  1. Payalthatte July 27, 2016

    Hey there! Popped in from Instagram, I just love your photography and your kids are so cute! Will be following your blog too 🙂

    • Katie Stauffer July 27, 2016

      thanks so much!! soo Happy you like it!!!!

  2. Grace July 29, 2016

    Hi. You made me chuckle a couple of times. I’m also a texture person. But i’m pretty sure I’m more picky … maybe, maybe not. What was the name of that soup? I either missed it or you didn’t write down what it was called … anyway, I make something similar. We hispanics call it Picadillo but it’s not really a soup like consistency even though I do like it brothy too. I serve it along with steamed rice and a side of salad. Yeah, and I can’t do fat free anything. Like you said, it’s all about moderation because I sure as heck love to eat pizza and hamburgers, all that yummy stuff.
    I have been actually wanted to ask you about what you do to keep yourself in good spirits. I’ve been following your Instagram feed and I have not once come across you sounding like you’re in a bad mood. I’m sure we all have those trying times but what helps you to not lose it? I love to read and write down inspirational tidbits but sometimes the routine does get to me even though I try to do something different each day.
    I do enjoy pictures of your adorable children and your house is very pretty but it would be nice if you would post about yourself more, things you do with your husband, extended family. I am aware that sometimes people may be hesitant about sharing so much but you can still choose the details you want to share. It’s just a thought anyway. And I don’t think you’re boring. I’m pretty sure your life is very busy.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Grace {@the_day_at_hand}


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