Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Slow Cooker Potato Cheddar Soup Recipe (And our delicious date night ideas) #TargetWedding

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When you're wedding planning, it's so hard to think about going out on dates. You're so in love and planning a ceremony and reception that will marry you to this person who you're in love with. Of course you want to go on dates with them.

But any spare money you have is imaginary. Your paycheck is going towards wedding things, like flowers and save the dates and makeup trials. You can't spend $50 on a dinner out when that $50 means the difference between having your programs printed on the nice paper or not.

But that doesn't mean you can't have a romantic date night at home. We spent many a nights cooking a meal and having coffee parties and movie nights at home when we were saving for our wedding (heck, we even do that all the time now).

Soup is a perfect meal, especially when you can make it in the slow cooker! Get a recipe for this slow cooker potato cheddar soup at www.abrideonabudget.com.

When you're creating your registry, this is stuff to take into consideration. You don't have to be like everyone else and register for towels and bed sheets. You can register for items you need that will turn into date night items.

One of my favorite fall date night at home recipes is Slow Cooker Cheddar Potato Soup. It's absolutely amazing, and super easy to make in the Crock-Pot® Programmable Slow Cooker (which you can add onto your Target Wedding registry).


Slow Cooker Cheddar Potato Soup Recipe


What You'll Need:
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 32oz. chicken broth
  • 6 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) half & half
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons green onions
  • sour cream
What's You'll Do:
  • Peel and chop your potatoes.
  • Chop one onion.
  • Chop five cloves of garlic.
  • Combine the garlic, chicken broth, potatoes, onion, butter, salt, and pepper. Cook in the slow cooker for 7 hours on low and 1 hour on high.
  • After 8 hours of cooking, mash the potatoes.
  • Add the half & half, cheese, and green onions.
  • Stir.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a pinch of green onions
You can serve in super cute soup bowls. It's so easy ... and a lot cheaper than buying soup at a restaurant.

See, when you're wedding planning, all you really want is easy. You don't have time to slave over the oven when you have invitations to stuff and address. So the slow cooker makes this so much easier.

I have a few other fall recipes for the slow cooker that are easy too: tortellini soup, sloppy Joe's, and apple pie cake (which actually came out a lot better than I expected). My mom has a bunch of slow cooker recipes too that she loves. Ask your mom. She might have a few in her recipe book too.

And, instead of going out for dessert (one of my favorite things to do, honestly), you can bake something with the KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 Qt Stand Mixer. Now, that's something we actually added to our registry but no one bought us. We did get the blender we wanted, so after our delicious date night dinners, we usually have either coffee or a milkshake, which is super easy to make in a blender. I'd make cookies if we had the stand mixer, and we could have those for dessert. My cousin actually made amazing cookies for Christmas last year with the mixer she received, so I would add that to your registry (and hope it appears at your shower). If it's just the two of you for dessert, you can get some great ideas in the cookbook Dessert For Two. Seriously, I'm in love with it.

You could do a classic date night of dinner and a movie by watching a DVD after dessert. DVD's are really expensive (in my opinion anyway), but you could also register for those. Heck, if you're really pinching pennies but want to have a cozy soup at-home date night, you could even register for potatoes. Target has a full grocery section so there's nothing stopping you from registering for ingredients to cook. Sure, I've never seen potatoes on a registry before, but I registered for an owl mug I really wanted. Just one mug. I never saw anyone register for anything less than a pair before, but I only wanted one. My friend bought it for me, so I'm sure someone will purchase potatoes for you.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What are your delicious date night ideas?

98 comments:

  1. My fiance and I absolutely love looking for complicated dessert recipes and then for a cheap date night we try to make them, and then will occasionally fail and make a delicious mess instead.

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  2. Date nights are the best nights. They're essential to keep the romance alive! My favorite? Cooking a meal together! We like stromboli (http://bit.ly/1vIRwLF) or buffalo chicken dip (http://bit.ly/1DSS5HK). It's nice working as a team. :)

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  3. We will make pizza and a fun dessert

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  4. We like to bake together and make sweets.

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  5. We get tacos and watch a movie.

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  6. We love doing fish, a veggie and some cocktails.

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  7. we like to go online and try a new recipe

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  8. A nice restaurant and a walk on the beach

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  9. I'd like a low key picnic and relaxing night with the lady.

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  10. My favorite date night recipe is grilled shrimp, steamed broccoli, and brownies for dessert.

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  11. I LOVE going out for sushi!
    KIMMY RIPLEY

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  12. does ordering in a pizza sound ok? i love pizza.

    danielle marie xdanimarie(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. We love to cook dinner together and watch a movie on TV.

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  14. I think a delicious risotto, a decadent dessert and a movie would make a great date night.

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  15. I think I will have to try this soup now - it sound FABULOUS!! I just found & made a new recipe for a Caprese Lasagna - & we got like 3 meals out of it - so that was a huge bonus too! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. grilling, a few beers, and a movie.

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  17. The first thing we do is pop open a bottle of wine!

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  18. We love a good steak and just time alone.

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  19. We're pretty basic.
    We enjoy a DVD we both like & a favorite pizza.
    thank you

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  20. I love to go out and eat lobster with a crab dip starter YUM!

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  21. I think the most delicious date night is a container of really good ice cream, two spoons and a movie. :)

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  22. I like pizza and a movie.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  23. I love going to our favorite Japanese place when we get one of those rare date nights. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  24. Any of our shows that we have on the dvr and lots of food!!!

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  25. We love doing a picnic with snack foods at the park or even in the living room.

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  26. We love to make homemade pizza together!

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  27. We love going out for a seafood dinner and then catching a movie.

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  28. I love making spring rolls and lettuce raps for date nights - they're light, they let you use your hands and interact with each other while you're prepping and eating, and they're delicious! Plus, if you and your date have different dietary preferences, you can swap out different ingredients very easily,

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  29. Going out to our favorite pizza place, its the best.

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  30. I like a big plate of nachos at my fav Mexican restaurant and a movie.

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  31. Dinner date at home making pizza + dessert

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  32. We make wings and sometimes have ice cream

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  33. We cook in all the time, so going out to eat at a nice restaurant is the best date night for us.

    Aria H.

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  34. We like to find new recipes and cook together
    Leidy R rafflecopter

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  35. Make homemade pizza...pile on the toppings. Have a few ice cold beers & have fun!!

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  36. Make homemade pizza...pile on the toppings. Have a few ice cold beers & have fun!!

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  37. Make chocolate fondue together!

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  38. My favorite idea is pasta and a side of salad.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  39. ours is usually a nice dinner out, followed by a long drive. We talk, we sing along with the radio. Sometimes we're just quiet and peaceful together, lol

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  40. My favorite delicious date night idea is a steak dinner!

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  41. We like to get Japanese and watch a movie.

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  42. My favorite delicious date night idea is doing an easy supper of bread, cheese, fruit and wine and snuggling in by the fireplace.

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  43. pizza and a movie!

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  44. i love cooking together and trying a new recipes

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  45. We've done fish and chips before. That's always nice

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  46. We would make some taco soup at home and watch football!

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  47. make a pizza together and watch a movie - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  48. We have a 3 month old and our last date night was a movie out. We typically like a nice dinner out.

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  49. Ann Marie HurlburtNovember 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    I love when my husband makes me the meal he made on our first date, fettuccine alfredo with shrimp!

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  50. Whatever he cooks will be fine with me!

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  51. I love making strawberry shortcake with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top for date night.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  52. Our favorite restaurant then couch warming.

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  53. My favorite date night is going to a restaurant called , Stir Crazy.

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  54. Ideally, my delicious meal would be served to me in a restaurant.

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  55. I'd like to go to a new restaurant to try it out.

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  56. Stuffed pasta shells since hubby loves them lol

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  57. our date nights usually involve popping a frozen pizza in the oven. we have two kids and work full time so... ha. there ya go.

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  58. I love having pizza and watching Netflix.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  59. My husband enjoys cooking & I enjoy baking. On one of our first dates once we got serious, he offered to cook me dinner if I brought dessert. I expected pizza or maybe an easy chicken dish or something but he had a lovely tortellini with amazing salad accompanied by wine. Now, after 6 years of marriage, we still occasionally have that meal. He changes up the sauce or pasta or salad type, & I make various desserts & we choose the wine together. It is always a lovely evening.

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  60. We like making homemade calzones. Sometimes I love to buy fresh pizza dough from Publix bakery when it is on sale. We like to add pepperonis, cheese, sausage or meatballs, and other delicious treats. We coat the dough with egg prior to putting in the oven to make it come out nice and glossy.

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  61. We love going out to dinner and then come home and watch a movie together.

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  62. We like making homemade pizza. It's more fun when we make it together and with wine. ;) We each make our own so that we get to pick our toppings.

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  63. wings,movies and snack on snacks is our favorite thing to do

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  64. We go to BWW's once a month to watch the UFC fight. Romantic huh?

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  65. Pizza and a good funny movie
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. a good steak and night out...


    cpsnsamples@aol.com

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  67. my sister in law to be gave us a great spaghetti squash with ground turkey, mix in a little tomato sauce and it came out delicious! It's our new favorite!

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  68. I love having pizza and watching a movie at home.

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  69. I usually make something I don't make all of the time but we both love which is a big juicy steak with baked potatoes and a salad.

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  70. A perfect night for me is a night in, with a home-cooked meal and at least two or three new movies ;) Too funny btw, since i'm making slow cooker potato cheddar soup tonight as well.......except for that i'm using frozen diced potatoes in mine ;) can't wait for dinner time to roll around lol.

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  71. my husband and i like to get dinner and a movie at home

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  72. Any dinner that I don't have to cook! ;) Like a ordering Chinese food or pizza and staying in to watch a movie! :)

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  73. I love going out to a nice Italian restaurant! I am a pasta fanatic!

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  74. Delicious date night for me would be a ton of popcorn and chocolate and movies with my man haha

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  75. We love to order pizza and watch a movie.

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  76. We love to make our own pizzas.....and eat them by candlelight of course :)

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  77. My favorite is eggplants parmesan and a cesar salad.
    timothyj228@gmail.com

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  78. Watching movies in with popcorn that has caramel and chocolate drizzled over it.

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  79. Homemade pizza is always fun!

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  80. Pizza and a movie with my husband is always a great night out.
    snowwolf222 at yahoo dot com

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  81. Ordering a delivery pizza so we don't have to cook - and we like pizza.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  82. Love shrimp scampi on date night.

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  83. Date nights are MUST! I love this creative idea/ideas, and this is something unique! Keeps the fun and Romance alive in the relationship! I love to use our Crock Pot (we got ours as a wedding gift) you can make some amazing slow-cooked meals in them. Yummy, making a dessert in one sounds really delicious! Awesome Post!

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