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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Yesterday was the first really cold day here in Ohio.  It was the perfect day for soup.  I wanted something creamy and hearty.  This has been a favorite recipe of mine for years.  I actually had some sourdough bread bowls and served it in those.  It turned out simply delicious. It looks so yummy that I forgot to take a picture before we devoured it.  Here it is afterward!  I hope you enjoy it!

Cheeseburger Soup

1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup diced celery
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
4 T butter or margarine, divided
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled, diced potatoes
(1 3/4 pounds)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
8 oz. velveeta cheese, cubed
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

In a 3 qt saucepan, brown ground beef; drain and set aside.  In the same saucepan, saute onions, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 T. butter until vegetable are tender, about 10 minutes.  Add broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile in a small skillet, melt remaining butter.  Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly.  Add to soup.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to low.  Add cheese, milk, salt and cream.  Yield: 8 servings

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rockstar hat

My friend's son is a little rockstar.  His bedroom has been rockstar and guitar themed since he was born.  It is really cute.

Back in the winter she asked me to make him a rockstar hat to keep his head warm.  I think it turned out really cute.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Angela's Gifts

My friend Angela ordered a hat and booties for each of her nieces as a Christmas gift last year.  I wanted to share these cute sets with you.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baby Gift Set

A friend of mine recently had her second baby boy.  I wanted to make her a special blanket for the little man.  Thankfully, I had it made just in time for her little man to be born.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Plum Jam

This time last year I was busy working on some future Christmas gifts.  One of them was plum jam.  I had made jam before, but never plum jam.  I had a ton of plums that were about to spoil and I needed to use them.  I had remembered from the movie Calendar Girls that they loved (in your best British accent) Plum Jam.  I figured why not give it a try.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My First Professional Cake

I'm sorry that it has been awhile since I last posted, but I have been incredibly busy.  It just seems that the busyness of life all hits at once.  Thankfully, I have been one busy woman making all kinds of gifts and taking orders from Jilly's Boutique.  I really wouldn't know what to do if I wasn't going 100 miles per hour most days.  On to something fun...

Over Labor Day weekend, I put in over 6 hours in cake baking and decorating.  The Wednesday before, I got a call to make a special first birthday cake for a little girl in our church.  I was very apprehensive as this is the first time I had made a cake for purchase and one of this size!

The theme for the birthday party was a sock monkey.  I sent some picture options for the cake to the Mom.  She choose a tiered cake with polkadots and a fondant monkey.  I had never worked with fondant.  I knew this would test my limits and see what I was truly capable.  If you know me at all, I am always up for a challenge!  Just tell me I can't do something and you have sparked a burning fire within me.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Pumpkin Hats

Fall is just around the corner and I couldn't be happier.  I love when the weather cools down, but is still warm enough to really enjoy being outside.  I'm ready for all the fall festivals, pumpkin patches, colorful change of trees and bonfires.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Second Course Cake

It has been a crazy busy week.  I'm beginning to wonder if life will slow down from here on out!  I do have a two week break before I start my third Wilton Cake Decorating Course.

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