Fall Kick-Off

I promise you, this is not a blog dedicated only to singing the praises of my crockpot, but I have yet another crockpot recipe to share this evening! I almost tried to come up with something different, but this is perfect for fall/winter, so I figured I’d share since tomorrow is the first official day of fall.

Baked Potato Soup (recipe passed along from my Mom!)

Makes 8 servings.


  • 8 c. coarsely chopped peeled potatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/3 c.)
  • 1/2 pound bacon, crisped, drained, & crumbled
  • One 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • Three 14.5 oz. cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • One 10.75 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  • In the crock pot, stir together the potatoes & onion. Stir in the bacon.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, & pepper. Add the mixture to the crock pot.
  • Cover & cook the soup on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours.

To make things easier on myself, & since I’m always rushing to get out the door in the morning, I prepped the potatoes, bacon, & onion last night & set out everything else I’d need in the morning.

My plan to be prepared totally backfired this morning when I couldn’t remove the lid from the Pyrex container that held the onions (I didn’t want to chip my nail polish! ;-)). In turn, the Pyrex container fell to the floor, shattered into one million pieces, & resulted in a big pile of onions sitting on my dog-hair-covered kitchen floor.

Luckily, I had some additional chopped onion (in a plastic container!) that I could use instead!

To go with the baked potato soup, I finally used up a Tastefully Simple savory wheat beer bread mix that I’ve had for almost a year (the long shelf life is a little freaky, no?).


Making bread doesn’t get any easier than this!

I baked the bread & turned the crockpot to warm before heading to the gym for BodyPump!

Although this recipe might require a little more hands-on time than some others, I think it’s worth it in the end!

It was awesome to come home from the gym to a warm bowl of homemade soup waiting for me, & the bread was rather tasty as well. It had a nice crust on the outside, which made it the perfect companion for soup-dipping!


What’s your favorite kind of soup? What’s your favorite thing about the fall season?

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  1. Alicia Endy says:

    I love Austin’s Baked Potato Soup!! What I love about fall is the changing and falling of the leaves. Although I am not a fan of raking all of them up.

  2. vanessa says:

    First off I love your blog!!! In fact you inspired me to run out and buy myself a slow cooker! I’ve been experimenting with it for about a week now and I’m kind of scared to leave it on when I leave my house (which kinda defeats the purpose of having one ) so I was wondering if you could give me some tips on leaving certain foods in it for a couple of hrs. while I am not at home…
    Thanks soooo much for your time.

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Hi Vanessa! I’m glad you like the blog. :-)

      My slow cooker has quickly become one of my favorite kitchen appliances! So far I’ve cooked chicken, pork, & this soup in the crock pot & have never had any issues or problems with leaving it on all day. When I am going to be around, I usually use a crock pot liner to help with clean-up, but these tend to get pretty hot & I was hesitant to leave my apartment with the liner in the crockpot. Now, when I know I’ll be gone all day, I don’t use the liner which gives me a little more peace of mind (& clean-up is still relatively easy). Perhaps making sure you give yourself enough time to cook your meal on the lowest setting, rather than “high” might help a little as well. Like I said, I’ve never had any problems & I haven’t heard of anyone else having any issues either!

  3. Susan says:

    Hey! I LOVE your choice of beer for the beer bread! I also LOVE that beer bread! I wanted to also point out that You could use vegetable broth and cream of mushroom soup, to cut back on the amount of meat in the soup, even though you have bacon in there. I like all kinds of soups. I make a great “Chicken” and rice soup. Vegetarian of course. I love all things about fall!

  4. Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl says:

    Keep those crockpot recipes coming!!! I have a love/hate relationship with glass pyrex containters. I love that I can microwave them but I have the terrible habit of dropping them on my ceramic floor. I am SUCH a klutz.

    My favorite soup is chili, does that count?! I also love vegetable beef soup. Soup is the BEST.

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      This was the first one I dropped; luckily I got a ton of Pyrex stuff at my bridal shower, so I have two more of the exact same dish!

      Yes, definitely! I was never a huge fan of chili growing up, but I like it more now!

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