HodgePodge Soup

By Georgeanne Ford

A few weeks ago, I opened my front door, and immediately noticed a crispness in the air.

Finally… the much anticipated Fall season was in the works.

As I’m day dreaming about all things pumpkin and thinking there’s no way my morning could get any better, it did.

My phone rang. On the other end was a dear friend needing my help to create a soup. Her husband was craving both broccoli cheddar and potato soup.

The dilemma:

To make broccoli cheddar soup and add potatoes?


To create potato soup and add broccoli?

We decided the way to go was to make potato soup and add broccoli (mainly because bacon is more acceptable with potato soup). This has quickly become a staple for both of us, and it’s soup-er easy 😉

Modifications: My husband requested more protein, so white beans were a late (and great!) addition.

HodgePodge SoupCook:

Put everything into the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or on high  for 3. Stir midway through cooking if possible.

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Optional prep – My family likes the matchstick carrots and the broccoli florets chopped smaller, but if you’re in a time crunch or not serving picky eaters, it isn’t necessary. 


Top with cheese, chives, bacon, sour cream, or any other of your favorite soup toppings! We usually serve alongside salad and bread. 


 Cost = $13.75 excluding toppings, garlic 

and pepper, according to Wal-Mart 

grocery app. 

Wedding Reception

We were so thrilled that so many of our family and friends came to our reception after the wedding to celebrate with us!  After leaving the West Memphis First United Methodist Church, Carter and I rode off and headed toward 409 South Main, the old building where a great band, plenty of Corky’s BBQ, beautiful decorations, and many hugs awaited us.

These photos capture some of the night’s events, but hardly puts a dent in acknowledging all of our friends and family that were a part of our lovely evening or of the several hour dance party that ensued after the camera was put away.  I know you only get married once, but it’s a shame you don’t get all your favorite people together more often to “eat, drink and be merry!”

Also not pictured— Carter and me eating Corky’s BBQ on our bed in the hotel room at 2 a.m. after our wonderful wedding coordinator brought us our to-go boxes when we left them behind. Needless to say, we were STARVING!

Wedding Day Photos

Our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives (so far).  We’re so blessed with great family and friends, and could not be more grateful for everyone that helped make our day perfect!  And finally… I can share pictures!!



Rehearsal Dinner

I know I’m doing this a little backwards with honeymoon pictures up before the wedding, but when have I ever done things the most rational way?  Here are the ones that one of my best friends, Beck, took at mine at Carter’s rehearsal dinner.  Beck was a bridesmaid and has been one of my dear friends since about the 10th grade… more of her fabulous work can be found on Facebook at B Side Snapshots, including mine and Carter’s engagement pictures.

Beck took tons of great photos throughout the evening, but here are a few of our favorites:


This is my family… we hate we didn’t get one of Carter’s family, too, but we’ll have one later from the wedding 🙂
My maid of honor Becca. Don’t know what I’d do without this girl!!
Carter’s dad, Kenny. He was our emcee for the night, and he did a great job!
My dad giving his “Father of the Bride” speech. He went back to the River Inn several weeks after our dinner and the waiter remembered his speech, saying he’d never heard a father say “he couldn’t have hand-picked anyone better” about the man his daughter was marrying.  Dad is grateful he can honestly say that! 
Chris, Carter’s twin brother. I’m so lucky to get to have such a fun and loving brother in law!
My little brother, Clayton. We’re both blessed to have great brothers, who both got a little emotional 🙂 Love them to death!
Finally, the bride and groom! All smiles from a perfect evening and start to our life together.

We had the rehearsal dinner at the rooftop of the River Inn in Harbor Town (Mud Island, Memphis).  It was absolutely perfect–all of our friends and family were there together enjoying each other and the beautiful view of the city, and even the weather turned out to be perfect.  We hated for it to end, but we truly enjoyed each second and felt so blessed to have so many people who love us and support us all together.

Hawaii Honeymoon

At 6:00 a.m. on June 10th (yes, just a few short hours after our wedding reception), Carter and I were on the runway at Memphis International Airport en route to Oahu, Hawaii.  From the time we landed until we had to leave, we were in absolute paradise.

Our ride for the week…we got really attached!
We stayed at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore
Us on the balcony


Dinner at the resort
Pineapple ice cream at the Dole Pineapple Plantation
At Pearl Harbor on the boat ride to see the USS Arizona
Eating at the restaurant in the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
Fancy dinner on the last night



























As you can see, we had an absolute blast.  We loved laying by the pool and beach, watching surfers and driving around the island.  Our favorite spots were Kualoa Ranch, where they filmed pretty much any movie or TV show set in Hawaii– Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Lost, You Me and Dupree, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, etc…; Haliewa, a little surfer town on the North Shore; venturing into Honolulu, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, Pearl Harbor, and getting massages at our resort.  It was truly an amazing trip, and I can’t imagine a better way to start our life together!


Just a little about me and Carter—

After dating for round about four years, we became husband and wife on June 9, 2012.  We’d been living in Little Rock, but the weekend before our wedding, we packed up both of our apartments and moved to Jonesboro, Arkansas.  We got married, went to Hawaii, and then Carter started a job at ASU, Asst. Athletic Director for Football Operations.  So needless to say, we’ve had a lot of change and transition in the past month, but we’ve loved every second!  We thought starting a blog would be a good idea to catalog our adventures.