The weather is beautiful... I loved summer and I love that fall is coming up. I got to watch my brother, Griffin, graduate college and play in his LAST year of baseball. I got to hang out with my youngest brother, Chase.... watching him play his first year of HIGH SCHOOL baseball and having him come stay with us for a few days. I've had the privilege of taking SO many awesome people's photos this summer... And booking more into the fall! I love love love love it! Life is good! I get to do what I love with my life... Having my own business, staying home with Sienna! Aaron got a promotion and we are moving soon- up towards our parents and close friends/family. I planned our little girls 1st birthday party and it went great (minus my migraine). Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte is back for the fall season. We have been scouring houses looking for what will be our new HOME! I've started getting more and more orders again for the fall and winter months of my crochet hats... 6 in one day actually! I better restock my yarn stash. I had a garage sale with one of my best friends, which was a huge success. Speaking of garage sales... I spent my summer Fridays and Saturday mornings with Sienna (and sometimes Bentley) getting Starbucks, a caramel roll from the bakery, cruising around town to scope out all the good deals. I was in HEAVEN doing this all day... So fun! Pretty soon I'll start cooking my cheeseburger soup, set out my fall decorations, and watch Hawkeye games with Aaron. Ill get to start filling a new house with all of our things.... Go out on more (any?!) dates since we will have family to babysit, plan our winter vaca with friends to Jamaica, and enjoy the cooler weather. As I type it's 99 out today!
So... Life is good. There's so much more to appreciate and recall from the summer and to look forward to for the fall. But, for now... Aaron was home a day early this week, we ate out favorite pizza (Zeno's) for dinner, prepared for our tailgating in Iowa City trip tomorrow, Sienna is asleep in my arms as I type, and Breaking Bad is on our TV while an amazing smelling candle is burning. I'm surrounded by a man and baby that love me... A dog who is my best buddy... Parents and siblings that are great... Friends that I'm becoming closer and closer to as we get older.... And a "job" that's all mine.
My little baby girl, Sienna, and I had a fun day together. Just mama and baby (and Bentley, of course!) time while Aaron was out of town. I dressed her up, laid her down... and 3 shots later... this little beauty was taken! I got a quick print and hung it on my wall already. I couldn't be more proud and love how happy she looks in this photo! She really is the happiest little thing- and this shows it!
I have been SO SO SO bad at updating my blog... muchless on a regular basis. Whoops. I have been so busy.... mmm, SWAMPED, actually, with crochet orders and photo-taking. So, running that business plus being a mom, dog mom, and significant other, has been keeping me SO busy.
YAY!! I am so excited to be that busy!
I am really random today.... but... thoughts of the day-
I just ordered roughly 4 new patterns for baby boots/shoes/sandals, 4 new hat patterns.
I need to make my mom or myself an infinity scarf w/my new, super soft yarn
I should make a flower headwrap for myself.
I need to get roughly 48 new listings on my Old Soul Charm, Etsy store (puppy baby hat, flower hat, headwrap, scarf, shoes, etc)
I am going to keep on booking through my orders and get sent off
I need to edit 2 photo sessions worth of pics to get caught up, and prep for the next!
I want to make Sienna a Valentines Day hat.... and then a St. Patricks Day one
Speaking of St. Patricks Day... I need to get going on a red beard for Leprechaun hats!
What ideas should I start for doing Siennas SIX (6!!!) month photos?
AND.... order photos for us and grandparents. I'm about 3 months behind on this.
Order a 6 month photo canvas of Sienna... or a large to replace in frame... or get another frame.
Make more hats for The Market and take them there in a week and a half when I go back.
Make another chick hat for Sienna for Easter
Try out a new BUNNY hat- with ears that stick up and everything... closer to Easter.
Get all of these also on Etsy.
Order new photo props/check out some local stores for "fun" stuff
So... Aaron has been requesting I make this soup since last winter. Seriously. I told him it was not a spring/summer meal, and I would be making it again in the fall. Wellll... guess what. Now that it is fall, he once again requested it. Yesterday was too warm- but today? Today is the PERFECT day for this soup! Cold, cloudy, and rainy. Sienna and I have stayed indoors the entire day... in our pajamas. She has been sleeping through the night, with the occasional wake-up during the night. I decided to stay up late last night (12:30) working on editing photos/business. I thought- "no problem, she has been sleeping until about 8:30 a.m., I can survive on that much sleep one night". No. She decided to wake up at 3... and 6. I then fell asleep in the rocking chair feeding her- until she awoke at 8:30. Ughhh..... So, I made the executive decision to stay in our pajamas- nice and warm- all day. :) (Okay, yes, I did shower and I did wash her up!) I had gotten all of the ingredients for the soup on Monday, waiting for the temps to drop again. Today is the day- and I am sure Aaron is going to be chomping (pun intended) at the bit to get home and eat! I doubled my batch so I can freeze and have a nice, easy meal another night. I serve with homemade bread or something like Pillsbury flaky biscuits. Yuuummmmmmmm.
4 c potatoes
3/4c onion (1 sm onion)
3/4c carrots (Picky eaters? Leave out.)
3/4c celery (Same with these.)
1 jalapeno...seeded and minced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tablespoons butter
3c chicken broth
1 lb hamburger
1-2c (i used 2!) shredded cheddar cheese
1/3-1/2 of box of Velveeta, cubed
1 1/2c milk
1/4c sour cream
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
A couple "squirts" of ketchup and mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over medium
heat: cook and stir vegetables, jalapeno, garlic, and beef, until beef
2. Stir in basil and parsley. Add broth and potatoes.
Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12
3. Melt the remainder of butter and stir in flour. Add the milk, stirring until smooth.
4. Gradually add milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Stir in cheese. When cheese
is melted, add sour cream and heat through. Do not boil. Season with
Garnish with bacon bits, chopped pickles, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce if you so desire!
YUM! Today we are having one of Aaron's co-workers and his family over for dinner after work to grill. In Iowa today it's mid-70's and perfect warm fall grilling weather. Burgers with garden tomatoes, cheesy potatoes that I just mixed up, along with green bean casserole and a pasta salad is the menu. Had it been last week... we also would be having homemade apple crisp- with apples from my grandparents backyard! This week... what to make for dessert was on my mind. Now, I have about 15 boxes of brownies still in my pantry from my coupon raid this summer, but I wasn't feeling those. I wanted something more "special". Fall Oreo Truffles it is. Easy, quick, and ohhhh soo fulfilling for those chocolate after-dinner cravings. Wanna make some? Herreeee it issss! Enjoy.
1 package Oreos (Halloween orange cream filled ones)
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 packages Bakers semi-sweet chocolate squares, melted
Sprinkles in your fave fall colors
1- Crush Oreos. I just throw 'em in my blender and turn it on, stir, turn on again. Done.
2- In medium bowl, combine soft cream cheese and Oreo crumbs. Mix with spatula until all evenly blended.
3- Roll cookie/cream cheese mixture into about 1-inch balls.
4- Melt chocolate in bowl in microwave until all smooth
5- Roll Oreo balls in chocolate- place on cookie sheet/wax paper.
6- Sprinkle on your sprinkles!
7- Refrigerate until hard, at least 1 hour. Then, store in sealed container.
8- Eat one to make sure it turned out okay.
9. Repeat step 8, above.