Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

It’s been cold here in the Hudson Valley. Like, not just regular winter-cold, but chills-you-to-the-bones cold. The weather has me craving comfort food, and in particular potato soup. I have a great Crock Pot potato soup recipe that I love, but I didn’t want to wait for hours. I decided to make this version in my Instant Pot, and I was ladling up lunch in about half an hour — you can’t beat that!

Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Hearty, comforting, and ready in under 30 minutes!


  • 4 pieces bacon, diced (save for garnish)
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 4-5 medium russet potatoes, diced
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c. sour cream (optional: additional for garnish)
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (optional: additional for garnish)
  • dried potato flakes (optional: for thickening if desired)
  • sliced green onion (optional: for garnish)


  • Turn your Instant Pot on saute. Add the bacon pieces and let them cook until crispy, about 5-8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drain grease from bottom of pot, leaving just a light coating.
  • Add diced potatoes, chicken broth, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon or spatula to remove all the browned pieces off the bottom. Cook for a minute or two and then tur off Saute Mode.
  • Lock the lid and turn knob to SEALING. Set to pressure cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. When time is up, quickly release the pressure by turning the knob away from sealing
  • Open the lid and mash the potatoes until some chunks remain. Add can of evaporated milk, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Stir well. If the soup is too liquidy, add dried instant potato flakes a few Tablespoons at a time until you reach the desired thickness.
  • Top bowls with reserved bacon and sour cream, cheddar, scallions, and/or chives before serving.

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie

Oh my, how long has it been since I posted a recipe here? Ages, I’m sure. I’m afraid to even look back to see how long ago it was. Anyway, it’s blueberry season here, and blueberries are one of my favorite fruits! I’ve been meaning to head out to one of the local Pick-Your-Own farms, but with the heat… yeah. This lazy girl just didn’t get around to it. However, they have been on sale at the supermarket and last weekend I decided that I had to have blueberry pie.

This has been my go-to recipe for just about 20 years. Simple. Reliable. It’s the kind of pie your grandma would have made. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberries, easy, pot pie


  • Pie dough for 2-crust pie
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • butter
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice


  • Carefully place bottom crust in a standard-sized pie plate. Spread a mixture of 1/4 c. sugar and 2 Tbsp. flour over the bottom crust. Toss the blueberries with the remaining sugar and flour to evenly coat. Dot with butter and sprinkle the lime juice over the berries. Cover with the top crust, and use a fork to poke several holes. Turn edges under the bottom crust and crimp to seal. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 and bake for an additional 30 minutes. To prevent over-browning of the edges, cover them with foil when you turn the oven down.


Top with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!

How to Make Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee)

So, if you have an Instagram account, no doubt you have seen photos of people showing off their whipped coffee creations. They look absolutely delicious, and I was intrigued! When I read over the ingredients list, I had a hard time believing that what you start with will create that luscious cream, so I had to try it for myself!

Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee)

A fun, creamy way to create a beautiful glass of iced coffee using pantry ingredients.
Course: Drinks


  • Hand Mixer
  • Whisk


  • 2 Tbsp. Instant Coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Hot water


  • Using a hand whisk or electric mixer, whip all ingredients together until they form a creamy consistency. Once the mixture resembles whipped cream, you're done!
  • Add ice and milk to a glass and top with whipped coffee. Stir whipped coffee into your drink to combine everything into a delicious treat.

This creates a really strong coffee flavor, so keep that in mind. Apparently, this food trend originated in South Korea and was nicknamed “Dalgona Coffee” because it resembles the look of a popular street snack with the same name in South Korea.

It’s a fun way to mix up an iced coffee because you’ll feel like you just ordered a fancy drink at a cafe, even if you can’t leave your house!

February 11th Meal Plan

I know, I know, I totally missed Happy Homemaker Monday yesterday. L. was home sick and I was trying to plug away at the library print newsletter, so honestly I just ran out of time. But I was going through old (really old ) posts on my old blog, Pure Sugar and years ago I was so good about posting my meal plan for the week . I thought it was a really interesting snapshot of the recipes and food trends I was into at the time, so I decided to just continue it. Who cares if I make it in as part of a link-up or not? I’m reminding myself that by starting this new blog, it is for me… it’s a way to document and share and I would love for people to read it but if not, that’s OK too.

On the menu this week, Feb. 11-17, 2019:

Monday: Chicken & chicken pea tikka masala, rice, cucumber and red onion salad.

Tuesday: Turkey burgers, tater tots, sweet kale salad

Wednesday: Wednesdays are crazy here. L. has CCD from 4:30-6 and then Noah has CCD from 7:15-8:45. I’m blessed in that I am able to carpool with two family friends and it definitely makes the night a little easier, but dinner can be a challenge. I like to prepare something that is easy to fix and everyone can eat when it makes sense. This week I’m think of making sheet pan chicken fajitas, tortilla chips, fresh salsa and guacamole.

Thursday: ?? Happy Valentine’s Day! ?? I am meeting my parents up in the Berkshires and Laura is spending the weekend with them. If the timing works out (and my 16-year-old doesn’t have to work, video-recording the monthly town board meeting), D. and I are hoping to go out to dinner, but we will see!

Friday: D. and the boys will be winter camping with scouts so it’s just me for two nights! I think I’m going to make myself steak, baked potato, and salad

Saturday: Shopping after work, and since it’s just me I plan to get Moe’s take-out. Probably a chicken burrito

Sunday: Boys’ choice!

Maybe I’ll even start doing a week’s end wrap-up with dinner photos! I really enjoy seeing what other people are cooking up — I get a lot of inspiration that way. Might be fun to give it a go.

Menu Plan Monday