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October 22, 2013
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Douglas County Moms: Weather fall with this hearty soup

I’m so excited fall is here again. The weather, the colors, the events — all make this time special to me.

Growing up in the desert-like West Texas region, I didn’t experience the natural beauty there is in Oregon. Trees went from green to dry, brittle and brown quickly. I really appreciate what we experience here in that department.

No matter where you live, there is an air of expectancy that comes in fall. Things are changing and there is something special right around the corner.

We start gearing up for all the holidays and I see moods begin to shift. It’s a special time of year. I love it!

At our house, favorite recipes begin to be pulled from the recipe box about now. This is the time of year where our family starts cooking/baking/preparing all the traditional meals and treats we love.

Throughout the years, the list has grown to include such a wide variety of dishes. It’s been fun to try the new ones, but there will always be those special favorites that make it to the table at home, at potlucks, and given to friends.

One of our of-course-we-will-make-this-at-least-once dishes is Baked Potato Soup. It’s real comfort food.

The baked potato and toppings mix together in one pot (how easy is that?), making a special kind of potato soup for your family. The leftovers are even better, as the flavors continue to meld so nicely.

This recipe is pretty straightforward and simple, with regards to the toppings. We add sour cream, cheese, green onions and bacon.

You may want to take the liberty to doctor it up and make it a new family favorite at your home, too. Add some homemade bread and enjoy!

Marla Smart of Green is a part-time children’s pastor, a teacher and full-time wife and mom. She is one of several bloggers who contributes to Douglas County Moms on The News-Review’s website, You can read her personal blog at

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