Friday, September 27, 2013

Cheeseburger Soup

So I already posted this almost 2 years ago - but I just made it again and it's SO good. You should try it! I always seem to have some extra ground beef to use up and this time I didn't have any peppers or celery, so I just added extra carrots and potatoes - I don't think there's any way to mess this one up. I also used fresh herbs that were still kickin in our garden instead of dried.

Final version:

Before milk and cheese was added:


Cheeseburger Soup
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
2 to 3 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, yellow or sweet, chopped
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced sweet red bell pepper
1/2 cup julienne sliced carrots (I just cut them in round slices)
3 medium yellow or red potatoes, peeled, cubed, about 3-4 cups
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried herb seasoning blend or dried leaf basil
1 quart chicken broth
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half or milk
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded or cut in cubes
salt and pepper, to taste
Brown ground beef, onion, and celery in a large saucepan or stockpot; add a little olive oil if necessary. Add the diced red bell pepper and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the chicken broth, carrots, potatoes, parsley, and basil or herb seasoning blend. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. 
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat; stir in flour until smooth, about 30 seconds. Slowly stir in the half-and-half or milk. Stir in cheese. Continue cooking, stirring, until cheese is melted and the mixture is thick and begins to bubble. Stir the milk mixture into the soup mixture until well blended. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Heat thoroughly. Serve with biscuits or crusty rolls. Serves 6 to 8.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

michigan days

the carousel, freezing sweet corn, fun with the Grandparents, the beach, a big bday....hard to believe the summer is over. but it was a great one. So thankful for those days and all our times together.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Some favorites lately

Lately I am loving these:

Old Navy Vintage Tees: So soft, wash well and affordable!

Pink Lady, Honey Crisp and Pink Crisp Apples - just got a couple bags at Aldi and can't wait to buy them right off the tree in Michigan - woot!

Roc night cream and Olay ProX age repair lotion. Found these creams on clearance at target and I'm loving them. They won in some of the categories that Good Housekeeping tested for the magazine so I was excited I found them on the cheap!


Seventh Generation Dishwasher Pacs: I have a crappy dishwasher and I have to flip it ahead at a certain point when it gets stuck on a cycle.....long story short, most soaps either don't clean everything well or they leave residue of some kind behind. These on the other hand I feel safer using and clean my dishes very well!
A win-win.

Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pacs, Free & Clear

Wunderbars by Cadbury -  the best candybar I have ever had. They are from Canada and my aunt brought me back four. They make me want to move to Canada......

Huggies Natural Care wipes - triple clean 1120 in a box. Get a great deal on these at Costco and they are seriously thick so I feel like I use 3 times as many of the thinner wipes to get the job done on my kiddos. Plus I use them for quick cleaning and a lot of hand wiping as well. They are great.

Trader Joe's Chai Mix (which now apparently comes in Pumpkin spice and salted carmel - YUM!) A good way to welcome fall :)

Costco's mini pizzas in the frozen aisle that I can microwave for the kiddos. And they are actually good. Our lunches always seem to be rushed so I'm thankful to have a quick option especially that Lucy likes.

Local Lovelies:

Wear & Share in Wheaton - Always find things I am needing for the kiddos in here. Good quality used items, in good condition and at a good price. The owner is awesome and the so is the store!

Swap Shop in Glen Ellyn - I mostly browse but have gotten some boots and sperrys there. Higher end consignment clothes, shoes and purses.

Gather & Collect in Glen Ellyn - Vintage everything & reasonable too. You could spend hours just looking at all the things tucked into each corner in there!

Monday, September 16, 2013

the 1 year dilemma

Ok Moms - any tips for me?

My little man is still nursing but I need to get him switched to milk soon. He doesn't seem interested in cow's milk and he's never taken a bottle. He does take a sippy cup which is good but only wants water or juice in it.
Any tips??

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Disney on Ice with Daddy

Someone was very excited to see Disney on ice!! Not even sure she had any concept of what was coming but sounds like they are having a Blast!!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Noah's bday

our guy turned one on 8/21 - more to come soon - left my ipod in michigan and need to steal the pics from my dad from his big party on 8/24. we are so thankful for our littlest one and for all the joy he brings us!