Easy Corn Chowder
This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper but opinions are 100% my own. So was the yummy soup.
Pre-babies, my husband and I decided I would leave my full-time employer when the time came for me to be a full-time mom. As planned, that happened. But staying home hasn’t been quite the fairy tale I imagined.
Although my “board members” are shorter and cuter than the staff I left, they still demand time, attention and energy. Lots of energy. I didn’t realize how crazy-busy I would be as a stay-at-home mom.
I have always loved to create in the kitchen so visions of Mama Me lovingly turning out gourmet meals and baking cute-shaped cookies in my spare time figured into my pre-baby, imaginary life.
And at first, being home was easy. I was ready to do some serious nesting before the Big Event. Everything else paled in comparison.
Then, The Arrival. And life got busier.
You know how you hear about all those grueling short nights and long days that come with a newborn? I had my share but it wasn’t the difficult experience I know some women have. Don’t hate me.
In fact, I enjoyed it all so much that when I got pregnant again (surprise!) when Number One was just eight months old—after the initial shock—I thought, “I’m ready to do it again.”
You know how the reasoning goes: I already had all of the newborn paraphernalia; the boys would be close in age; they would be good playmates for each other; while they happily played, I would have free time for all the things I hadn’t had time for the past year.
And the clincher: I had experience under my belt.
Now…I laugh at my naïve plans. Baby Number Two caused multiplication of my love, but definitely divided my time.
Like many moms, I scramble to fit in all the must-do items every day, while desperately trying to include cherry-on-the-top moments, and keep my sanity.
Learning to make the most of everyday moments has been one of the happiest “secrets” I’ve discovered about being a mom. Laundry time? Make a game of it with the boys. A run to Target? Take the boys and make shopping an adventure. Everybody is hungry (again!)? Come help in the kitchen.
I still love to cook and bake by myself. Time in the kitchen is a creative outlet for me. But now that I often have small-fry “help”, I’m discovering cookin’ with my kids is full of teachable moments. It’s a great way to have fun together while we go about everyday life.
And fall is the perfect time to hang out together in the kitchen. Nothing beats bonding with your family over a pot of aromatic soup.
For example, we just made this yummy fall Corn Chowder soup recipe. It’s delicious—really thick and creamy. Target has some great deals going right now to make it happen. Buy 2 Hellmann’s or Best Foods items for $7. Buy 3, Get 1 Free on select Unilever food and ice cream brands, such as:
- Hellmann’s 30oz real
- Knorr Chicken Rice Sides
- Breyers Natural Vanilla
- Lipton Recipe Secrets
- Lipton Tea 100ct
- Country Crock Original 15oz
- I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Original 15oz
Even though my guys aren’t quite old enough to help with some of the food prep, they love the shopping part and they love to get ingredients out. I get big smiles when I let them do things like push on/off buttons and help pour prepared ingredients in the pot.
Stirring the soup is somehow fascinating to Number One and I’m the contented recipient of unsolicited, happy hugs. Garnishing with chives and bacon is “the best thing in the world, Mom.” #becausebacon. Must be hereditary…
I highly recommend spending time in the kitchen with kids! Try it and share your experience #FallFamilyCooking.
When I fall into bed at the end of the day, there are still times this stay-at-home mom feels I haven’t spent enough time with my kids. Just like a recently edited closet, life soon fills up with stuff and I find myself longing for more hours in the day. But, oh the perks…I kind of feel like I’m living my happily-ever-after, after all!
- 2 slices bacon
- 1/2 cup leek, finely chopped, white parts only
- 10 ounces peeled butternut squash, finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 2 cups fresh corn or thawed, frozen corn
- 8 cups water
- 1 tub Knorr® Homestyle Stock – (I like their Reduced Sodium Chicken
- 1 package Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Chicken flavor (a quick and delicious way to add extra flavor)
- Cook bacon in large saucepot until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon from saucepot. Set aside and reserve drippings.
- Cook leek, squash, celery and corn in reserved drippings over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add water and bring to boil then reduce heat to medium low and cook 10 minutes. Remove 2 cups of broth and vegetables and set aside.
- Stir in Knorr® Homestyle Stock - Reduced Sodium Chicken and Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Chicken flavor. Cover and cook 7 minutes or until rice is tender.
- Meanwhile, process reserved 2 cups broth and vegetables in blender until smooth; stir into saucepot and cook until heated through. Garnish, if desired, with bacon and chives.
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