Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cheeseburger Soup

1/2 lb. ground chuck
3/4 C. chopped onion
3/4 C. shredded carrots
3/4 C. diced celery
1 t. dried sweet basil
1 t. dried parsley
4 T. butter divided
3 C. chicken broth
4 C. diced peeled potatoes
1/4 C. flour
8 oz. Velveeta cheese
1 1/2 C. milk
3/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 C. sour cream

In a 3-qt. pan, brown beef, drain and set aside. 
In the same pan saute onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 T. butter until veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add broth, potatoes and beef, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter.
Add flour, cook and stir 3-5 minutes, or until bubbly. 
Add to soup, bring to a boil. 
Cook and stir 2 minutes. 
Reduce heat to low. 
Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper, cook and stir until cheese melts. 
Remove from heat; blend in sour cream.

This is a favorite dish at our house!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Quiet Retreat On Lake Michigan

Last week on our way to Hillsdale College parent's weekend, Curt had a day of CE in Chicago. When we left downtown Chicago we had a little extra time, 
and so we stopped at the small town of New Buffalo, MI for a night and half-day. 

The Harbor Grand

I had found a small hotel online that ended up being a delightful place to stay. Called the Harbor Grand, it was not super impressive at first sight but was sparkling clean with amazing service and beautiful views from our lake-side room.

The marina near our hotel.

The views directly out our window


We were invited to free s'mores on the fire in the evening before bedtime. We ate supper in the hotel restaurant--delicious food in a quiet, classy atmosphere. Free breakfast of our choice brought to our door in a basket in the morning at our preferred time was part of the package. It was lovely.

We enjoyed a long walk down by the water.

I recommend this quiet little town in southwestern Michigan.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hillsdale College Orchestra: Parent's Weekend


Curt and I enjoyed seeing the girls this past weekend for Parent's Weekend.
We got to sit in on orchestra rehearsal Friday afternoon 
and then enjoyed the Saturday night concert.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sweet Innocence

The innocence of children -- what sweetness! 
Protect your little ones and soak up every moment with them!
Childhood passes quickly.