Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Requested- CHEESEBURGER Soup Recipe!

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.

Cheeseburger Soup:

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
1/2tsp basil
1/2tsp parsley
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
1/4c flour
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 is brown.
2. Stir in basil and parsley. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes.
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 cayenne.

Garnish with bacon bits, chopped pickles, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce if you so desire!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Show some LOVE!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Oreo Truffles

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.
10. Share!

*Recipe adapted from Kraft Recipes.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sienna Lynn is {almost} THREE months!

I am starting to take photo's for others, as well as keep on with more and more of Sienna. This weekend we were busy with lots of "mini shoots"! She turned 12 weeks yesterday, and I can't believe it! Smiling constantly is my absolute favorite thing these days! Enjoy the pics!

Friday, July 20, 2012

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Remember You're Her Daddy"

Remember you're her daddy
when she's crying late at night,
when she needs a little loving
to know that it's alright.
Remember you're her daddy
when dolly's lost an arm,
when you take the time to fix it
because you can't resist her charm.
Remember you're her daddy
when she's had a real rough day,
when school's been pretty tough on her
and nothings went her way.
Remember you're her daddy
when she goes on her first date,
when you tell her to be in by ten
and she's not home 'till late.
Remember you're her daddy
when she makes you very proud,
when in a very awkward way
she stands out in a crowd.
Remember you're her daddy
the first man she's ever kissed,
and when you go away
you'll be very, very, missed.
Remember you're her daddy
remember I'm your wife,
we know that you'll love us
for the rest of your life.
 Copyright 2002
Christine Michaels

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dress Clothes and FREEBIE!!!

Alright everyone- lets have a little fun!

For all the men out there or the man in your life needing some new dress clothes- I have the perfect place for you to do so! Shirts, pants, suits, ties, etc- these are top of the line AND, come with some awesome discounts! Visit Dardis Clothiers. THEN, in order to get the promo code (discount!) enter Griffin Hatten as your rep and he'll hook you up! ("Like" the Dardis Clothiers Des Moines Facebook page or email him for extra info)

BONUS- not only will you get the great clothes you need.... the FIRST person to make a purchase through him will also receive a FREE Old Soul Charm hat for a little one ($25 value!). Hurry on over!! First one!!

Remember, enter Griffin Hatten as your rep for your discount, and let him know you were referred through Old Soul Charm.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rue La La Free $10 credit w/link! :)

Since I am into some "super-couponing" lately- here is a link to a free $10 credit! :) Head on over to and get yours! :) Anyone who signs up for a new account here a FREE $10 credit. Please note that this credit could take up to 48 hours to show up in your account. You can use this credit to purchase anything on their site and the deals change daily, so if you don’t like anything you see when you get your $10 credit, you can check back later (in the past, Rue La La has even offered up some great deals on gift cards. They also have really cute Little Rue kids’ section with lots of bargains on great brands!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Before I was a Mom

Before I was a Mom

I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom- I had never been puked on,
pooped on, chewed on, peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom-
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do
tests... Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a single grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom-
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put
her down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom. Before I was a Mom-
I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my
body. I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry
I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so
important and happy.
Before I was a Mom-
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10
minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the
heartache, the wonderment,
or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn’t know I was
capable of feeling so much,
before I was a

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Update: About ME!

So, it appears I haven't updated my blog with my 'about me' for a while. So... for any of those of you that are reading this and wondering- here it is! About me!

Name: Heidi Lynn
Age as of today: 27 {ahhhhh, seriously?!}
Current location: Iowa
College: Yep, MBA!
Marital status: {don't even get me started... ;)} Not married yet, boyfriend and I living together for 3 years
Boyfriend name: Aaron Lee
Kids: One on the way! Due in June.... baby girl! And our "first" child- our miniature black goldendoodle puppy, Bentley (I'll attach a pic!}
Food: Now?? I'm pregnant, so.... most everything {sweet}, unfortunately! Love me some seafood also. Yum.
Drink: Water w/lemon, skinny caramel macciato's, Stella Rosa wine
Past-time: Crocheting, couponing {yes, I get tons of free stuff... all the time!}, walks with my puppy, Bentley {and anything else with him, actually!}, decorating, researching, cooking, shopping, family and friend time, and being silly with Aaron!

So, to wrap it up.... I'm a small town girl who has since lived in bigger places. Aaron and I met 5 years ago, started dating 3 years ago, and have been about inseparable ever since! We help each other, make each other grow, challenge each other, and most of all- make each other better- together! We are SO excited to have moved back from Monett, Missouri to Marshalltown, Iowa, for Aarons career and to be closer to our family and friends. We loved living in SW Missouri, had tons of great life experiences, and are so happy we had that. But... we are thrilled to be back in Iowa to have our baby girl. We want to raise her here, close to family and friends! This is our first and we are busy preparing everything for her! We started our Lamaze class last night, and we even enjoy that! Our life is going to change drastically, and we know that... but we are both in a great place in life to start that next chapter! In my spare time, I love to cook {try new recipes or make my own}, crochet {see my Old Soul Charm Etsy store}, spend time with our little goldendoodle, Bentley, coupon {I LOVE good deals and free things!}, take walks, and stay connected to family and friends. Life is good!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

SUPER Pregnancy Green Smoothie

Okay... I'd be lying if I said I wasn't obsessed with these. Literalllllyy... obsessed. I don't know what I'd do this whole pregnancy without these! They give me needed vitamins... annnndd... all that good stuff! But really, they taste great and make me feel like I am giving my baby lots of good "stuff"... as well as myself, of course! I drink one DAILY, and almost feel deprived if I am somewhere and cannot have one. 

So... now that I've talked this smoothie up enough... here is a little "recipe" for my "Super Pregnancy Green Smoothie"!!! Try it and let me know what you think!

*Crushed ice
*Water/{Orange} juice
*{Mixed} frozen fruit

*Prunes {SERIOUSLY!!!!!- they make it SO good!} I promise I'm not 95 years old... and we all know that they can "help" a pregnant lady :)
*Any other fruit you like {blueberries are great and turn it purple!}
*Yogurt- I don't put it in mine, because I don't like the {creamy} flavor/texture it adds, but it is up to you. I MUCH prefer my {GREEK!!!} yogurt on the side... makes for a perfect breakfast! 

To start- get all of your ingredients ready to go! You can see in this I'm using a little oj, banana, frozen mixed fruit, prunes, and- of course- spinach.

Next.... throw it all in your blender {make sure you have one that will blend the ice}. I start with a little ice first {cup?}, enough water/oj to cover it, two handfuls of {fresh} spinach, a banana, and about two handfuls of frozen fruit. Here is where you can also add any other things to it... like I am adding my prunes in this one!
Got everything in? Mix it up! If it doesn't seem to be mixing enough/properly, I usually add a little more water and it starts turning! You will most likely need to use a spatula to scrape down the sides about mid-way through {the darn little spinach gets stuck on the sides}.

Get ready to enjoy........

Pour into a tall glass, get a {thick} straw, and ENJOY all of this fabulous pregnancy SUPER smoothie!
How was it??!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring! Pink Flowers, Mothers Day, Just-Because-Days!

So, two weekends ago was my moms {35th? ;)} birthday! Her, my dad, and my little brother, Chase, were coming to stay with us for the weekend, because my older-younger brother, Griffin, was playing baseball in Mount Vernon {by Cedar Rapids}, and we were all going to attend. I had been wanting to crochet my mom something for quite some time, but, this time of year, when the weather had been in the 80's, I just didn't feel like a scarf was my best bet! I know she would love a blanket {and that will come} next, but I need to find a {perfect} pattern and get started on it! {Finish my baby blanket, first, though!} SOOO... what did I whip up for her that weekend? A bouquet of a dozen roses, of course! I had spotted the pattern for these little pretties on a Pinterest link, so I just grabbed all my pink and green yarn, and got started!

Pattern I used is found here.

Her finished product!

I am not putting these on my Old Soul Charm ETSY store, because, frankly, they take too long and labor-intensive to make! Butttt..... that being said, if you or anyone wants one, or a dozen like these, message me, and I'll see what I can do!

Aren't they gorgeous? I heard they look beautiful sitting on her table at home- and are the perfect "spring-time" accessory!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Baby Crochet!

So... as many of you know- we are expecting our 1st baby in June! We couldn't be more excited, and since finding out... I've been busy crocheting baby hats, headbands, and just started one, of probably many, baby blankets! Booties/shoes are next on my list to tackle as well!

I am going to show you all that I've been working on... pics or sites of them done by the originators! I'll upload my finished product pics as soon as we get our new DSLR (coming soon!). :)

I think these products will all be perfect for the new baby... for CUTE pictures as photo props, etc! 

Like any? Let me know and I can maybe whip one up for you! They will be added to my Etsy store then as well. I create something new basically daily or every-other day. Any requests or any good ones you've seen? Let me know!!!

Multi-Color ELF Hat
Mine is a couple shades of pink, green, gray, yellow, and navy. Adorable.

Newborn Earflap Hat
This is the first thing I made, before knowing if we were having a girl or a boy. Mine is white with gray piping... and I will be adding a baby pink, super-light flower!

Owl Hat 
LOVE these! I think they are so precious. Mine is fuchsia on top, pink on bottom, with green and yellow accents!

Teddy Bear Hat
The picture they have on this helps- isn't is so sweet?! I am in the process of making this one now... and I cannot wait to have it on my babe taking some pics.
 Beanie Hat with Flower 
Mine is light brown with a huge light pink flower... and matching light pink piping/trim around.

Flower Headband
Okay... So this is an example pattern that I've used. I must admit I have made MANY different headbands with many different flowers (some big, some small!), colors, thicknesses of the bands, etc.  They're so cute on- why not make multiples?! :) We have an Iowa Hawkeye one, a white and pink one, an all sparkly-light-pink (super-sweet) one, etc!!