Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Butternut Squash and Ham Bisque

Butternut Squash and Ham Bisque

I got this recipe from a Family Fun Magazine many years ago and make it every fall! It's delicious and warm on those cold nights!

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 very large sweet onion, chopped
½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups peeled, diced butternut squash
1 cup peeled, diced all-purpose potatoes
5 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper, to taste
½ cup light or heavy cream
1½ cups diced cooked ham

Melt the butter in a medium soup pot or a large saucepan. Stir in the onion and rosemary. Partially cover the pan and cook the onion over moderate heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute.

Add the squash*, potatoes, chicken stock, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover the pot. Cook the soup at a low boil for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are very soft. Remove the pan from the heat.

With a potato masher; mash up the vegetables until they are a nice creamy consistency. Stir in the pepper, the cream, and the ham, and heat for several minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wendy’s Chili

I found this recipe on pinterest and have made it a few times..It’s delicious!

chili1 lb. ground beef
1 (29oz) can tomato sauce
1 (29oz) can kidney beans, with liquid1 (29 oz) can pinto beans,with liquid
1 c. diced onion
1 can diced green chiles
1/4 c. diced celery
1 qt. stewed tomatoes
2 t. cumin
3 T. chili powder
1 1/2 t. black pepper
2 t. salt
Brown ground beef in skillet. Drain off fat. In large pot,combine beef, plus all remaining ingredients & bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2-3 hours. Serve with Cornbread! Yum!!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jewelry Holders

Here is something else I’ve been working on!

Jewelry holders from recycled materials.




Chap Stick Key Chains

This last couple months I’ve been in school and doing a lot of Craft shows with my Paparazzi Business. It’s been a blast, but I’ve missed crafting as much as I use to. However, for a few projects, I have started my etsy store! see me at

Here is something I came up with myself! I’m am quite the copycat, but occasionally I do have my own idea! ;) Here it is!

Chap Stick Key Chain holders

Chapstick Holder Key Chain


They are actually the perfect size for USB drives as well!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012


I have been busy lately making fun dress-up stations. They are for sale for just $45/each, and I can customize for any room decor! They can also be used for winter coats, clothes, or anything else you need to hang. Take a look!

I'm currently working on an owl and a  pine tree w/ snow. Let me know if you have any other ideas!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more projects from Katee's Craft Cupboard!

Katee Smith

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Baby Blanket from Dress Shirt

A friend of mine is expecting her second child. She is married to a man from India, and it is custom in his culture that the baby is brought home from the hospital in a piece of the father's clothing. I wasn't able to make an outfit like someone did for her first child, but I did make a blanket out of one of her husband's dress shirts. They haven't found out the gender, so they wanted it to be gender neutral, and this is what I came up with...

It is only about 31in x 32in, but that's all she needed. Just big enough for a newborn. Plus, the center square is the pocket from the shirt, which perfectly fits a small stuffed animal as my baby present.

I even had a couple of left over squares to make her 2-year-old a matching monster!


First Birthday Ideas

My son recently turned one, and I wanted to show you a couple of things I did for his party.
Here's the shirt I made... I stuffed the balloon to make it 2D, and the string is loose except for a few spots to make it stay.


We had a water party with some of his little friends. For the party favors I came up with the idea of using sippy cups since almost all of the kids were at the age for using them. Inside each one I put a package of fruit snacks, three pieces of candy, and a small water gun. Pretty ingenious if I do say so myself!

Then I had juice, marshmallows, peanut butter/cheese crackers, fruit, and mini cupcakes for everyone but Hampton--he got a regular-sized one.

Here's my big 1-year-old! 
(He's always been a very serious kid)

Have a great day!

Picture Hanger

I'll make it simple--Window frame (free on side of road) + Chicken wire (also free on side of road) + nail/staple gun=

I glued ribbon bows onto clothes pins for a little something extra. (They could be smaller to fit better.) What do you think?