Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Family, yard pictures and a fall soup

We enjoyed another weekend of company when my sister-in-law and her family came to visit us.
The boys have grown quite a bit since the last time we saw them. I think Jerry was feeling a little short in this picture ;-)

The girls had a blast spending time with their cousins they don't get to see very often. We enjoyed spending time around the house as Jerry and I have been battling a bad cold virus.

It was a gorgeous fall day and it was nice to sit outside and enjoy the breeze.

The boys enjoyed picking a bunch of raspberries and we froze them and sent them home with bagfuls. We also had a lot of fresh pears we sent home with them as well.

We even have some juicy plums growing in our yard.....so delicious right off the tree!

Still some lovely flowers blooming around the yard as we walk around.

Even spiders are still enjoying the weather.... as long as they are outside....I'm good! LOL!!

Flowers on my porch are still blooming nicely.

After all the beauty on Saturday, we had some clouds roll in with wind and rain on Sunday.....

Today was a bit chilly and called for a warm jacket at the bus stop for Miss Kathleen :-)

She left me this awesome note on the table when she left for school. I just love these moments as a mom....truly make my day! Kit Kat was the nickname her friends at her old school gave her.

As I walked back to the house after she got on the bus, I just took in the stillness and beauty of the day and the slight fall changes as the trees begin to lose leaves and change colors.....

Jerry finally got the flag pole put up he has always wanted, and it turned out really nice. Was a beautiful day to see the flag blowing in the wind this morning.

Was also the perfect fall day to make cheeseburger soup in the slow cooker. This is one of my girl's favorite meals.


Cooking spray
1 garlic clove minced
1 medium onion chopped
1 rib celery chopped
1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
2 Tbsp flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup evaporated milk
8 oz low fat cheddar cheese cubed
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 salt
pepper to taste
tortilla chips

Using cooking spray, cook onions, garlic and celery until tender.

Spray cooking spray into bottom of crock pot. Spoon in the vegetables.

Then cook the meat, drain and add to crock pot.

In small cup combine flour and 1/2 cup broth, stir until lump free. Pour flour mixture into skillet with 2 1/2 cups broth and simmer. Pour in slow cooker stir in evaporated milk, cheese, paprika, salt, pepper and cook 2 hours.

Add crushed or whole tortillas to soup to flavor and enjoy!!!

Of course I forgot to take an after picture.....and there were no leftovers..... lol.....next time! :-)

Have a great evening!



Nonnie said...

Great pictures. The cheeseburger soup looks good and I am saving the recipe to try.
Your girls are growing up. Love the note.

McVal said...

So nice to get caught up with your family!! I have GOT to try that soup! We love cheeseburger anything!

Beloved's Redheaded Bride said...

Your new home looks so peaceful. I am glad that you are enjoying it. Such sweet notes from you sweet girl. It is not quite cool enough here to have cheeseburger soup but I will enjoy being able to pull out some fall recipes.

Sonya Ann said...

Beautiful, your family, home and pictures!

~ Noelle said...

I just LOVE seeing all of your photos... that yard... that house.. the scenery!

Tara said...

That sounds yummy!!!! Happy fall!

Chelle said...

Your soup sounds good. I will have to try and make it sometime. Your yard looks really nice.

Camille said...

Your property is absolutely gorgeous, Jill! How wonderful to have your very own raspberries and plums right in your yard. What a blessing to have had some special time with your nephews....your girls looked happy to have their cousins around. :) Hugs to you! Camille

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Your place is so lovely! I can't believe how many flowers you still have blooming. Most of my garden froze out the second weekend of Sept, just as the tomatoes and cukes were really coming on. What a bummer! Glad you got to spend some time with your nephews :)