Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe: This is absolutely my favorite soup to make. It is rich, hearty, filling and best when served with hot crusty bread.

Ingredients:

2 pounds hamburger (we used Thousand Hills antibiotic free)
10 medium potatoes cubed
1 large onion diced
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 1/2 cups celery diced
2 large containers of chicken stock
16oz of Velveeta Cheese
2 cups of milk
1 stick butter
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon basil
Sour Cream

In large frying pan brown your 2lbs. of hamburger, drain and set aside.

In a large soup pot melt 1 tablespoon of butter and then saute onions, celery, carrots and basil until tender. Add potatoes and hamburger then cover with chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmering until the potatoes are at your desired tenderness.

butter and flour

In a small skillet melt 1/2 cup butter then add 1/2 cup flour. Continually whisk until the mixture is bubbling. Pour into soup pot and bring the soup back to a boil. Stirring for several minutes to thicken the soup. Reduce heat to low.

Cubed cheese

Add milk, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is completely melted.

Remove from heat and serve. We garnished our soup with a spoonful of sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese.

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Menu Baggy Winecoat Review

Menu Baggy Winecoat

Menu Baggy Winecoat Review: Just when we thought we had seen it all! You can now disguise your wine or any beverage for that matter in a purse like tote.

Now we should be honest and say that we have not tried this. But, we have many friends who enjoy wine and would probably use this “winecoat” often.

Seems genius! The product has been designed from a 31 Bag-in-Box. The spout opening will fit all standard taps. You can adjust the size of the bag by rolling or folding the belt.

The rubber base gives the winecoat the stability it needs so you don’t have to worry about the bag spilling. You can purchase in black or white.

Menu Baggy Winecoat white

Need your wine to be chilled? No worries there is plenty of room to add cold packs. Another notable benefit would be if you aren’t a wine drinker you can purchase disposable beverage bags and fill your tote with your drink of choice.

This seems like a great gift for that hard to shop for friend. Tell us what you think, would you use the Winecoat? Leave us a comment below.

Here are the links to purchase the Menu Baggy Winecoat and the disposable beverage bags:

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Make Caramel From Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Make Caramel From Sweetened Condensed Milk: Is it really possible to make caramel just using sweetened condensed milk? We love caramel, so we put it to the test!

If you have ever tried to make homemade caramel you know it can be tricky to make. After reading that all you need to do is boil a can of sweetened condensed milk for 2 1/2 hours and like magic, you have caramel…we knew we had to try it!

We set out to see if it was just that easy. Watch the video below to see how it turned out for us.

It is important to let your sweetened condensed milk completely cool after taking it out of the boiling water and before opening the lid. The caramel will also thicken upon sitting in the refrigerator.

We are planning on pouring our caramel over ice cream and brownies. Delicious! It would also be perfect for dipping sliced apples in. The options are endless.

Do you have any quick cooking tips that you think we should test? Comment below we love to try it out!

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Sothei All Natural Body Care Products

Sothei products

Sothei All Natural Body Care Products Review: We love purchasing from companies that not only provide all natural products but also give back to charitable organizations.

We found Sothei products while at a charity event. If you have followed our stories and videos you may have picked up on the fact that I am going to be running the TCS NYC Marathon in November. I have the honor of running for Joint Council on International Children’s Services ‘Change For Children Campaign.’

Joint Council let us know that they had partnered with Sothei products in a fundraiser for the campaign, so this was a great opportunity for us to try their products.

The Sothei collection is hand made from all natural products. When possible they use only therapeutic-grade essential oils in their products. They offer products for the body and face as well as essential oils. The prices are very good, products start at $4.00 for a few items and go up to $45.00 for their complete Spa Gift Basket.

We wanted to try as many products as we could so we purchased the Sampler Set for $12.00. This set included 8 of their top selling products:

Sea Salt Face Scrub
Sea Salt Body Scrub
Exfoliating Face Wash
Herb and Charcoal Mask
Velvet Hand Soap
Hand and Body Lotion
Almond Oatmeal Bar Soap
Liplicious Lip Balm (full size)

The products came packaged in a cute decorative bag that would make it a great gift. I have loved all the products. My skin has been so soft ever since using these natural products and with the use of essential oils they all smell amazing. Instantly hooked on the lip balm. One big bonus to this line is that we knew what each and every ingredient was.

If you are looking to try some all natural face and body products I would recommend giving Sothei products a try. You can also contact them if you would like to have a Sothei product fundraiser for your favorite charitable organization.

Do you know of any companies that make a point to give back to charities? Let us know we are always looking for products to try.

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How to Crochet Boot Cuffs

Boot Cuffs Crochet Pattern

How to Crochet Boots Cuffs: Here is the latest installment of my crocheting chronicles. The boot cuff fashion fad had me on a quest to find the easiest how-to video on YouTube.

I’m not sure why but these were so tricky for me. The first set I took apart 3 times. Keep the yarn thin – thicker yarn will make them bulky and you don’t want to look like you wrapped an afghan around your legs.

This will be it for my crocheting posts for a while. My plan is to work on making infinity scarfs, hats and boot cuffs for everyone I know for Christmas (I don’t think my family reads our blog so my secret should be safe.)

I went with Aran (cream) Red Heart 6oz and used an I hook. In the video they used size 4 yarn – I will try that next.

Crochet Boot Cuffs Weve Tried It

So check out the video that I used below. Stop, rewind, stop and rewind some more – Do whatever you need to do to complete the project. Hey when you finish, we really want to see! Head over to our Facebook page and post a picture of your project.

Be sure to check out my other crochet projects: Infinity Scarf, Button Infinity Scarf and Hat.

How to Crochet Boot Cuffs

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Hibachi Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

Hibachi Yum Yum Sauce Recipe: We don’t know about you, but when we go out for hibachi the yum yum sauce is our favorite. While most just use it for their vegetables, we use it on everything.

We have tried various yum yum sauce recipes but the one that we found on Allrecipes.com tasted just like our favorite hibachi restaurant. It is amazing how even the kids will eat their vegetables with this delicious sauce.

Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients:

1 tsp. tomato paste
1 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 tsp. paprika
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
1 tsp. sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup water

Whisk all the above ingredients together. It is best if covered and refrigerated overnight. We couldn’t wait that long and used our yum yum sauce after 2 hours and it was delicious.

Grilled Vegetables: Cut up vegetables of your choice, put in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Toss to lightly coat. Place on heated grill or frying pan turning as needed until cooked.

If you are need of a great fall dessert to go with your dinner,  we recommend that you try our Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe –  It is amazing! Recipe Here

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