Throwback Thursday Camping

Throwback Thursday Camping.

I’m not sure what year this was taken, but it’s definitely a flash from the past. I love my brother’s big grin. I’m sitting next to my Uncle Mark and my dad is next to him. We had such fun times in that camper. The table top had a map of the United States and we could look where we were headed and where we had been.
Throwback Thursday Camping

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Tower of Terror Wordless Wednesday Disney Style

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World is one of my favorite attractions. My kids hate it, but we love it.

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The details are amazing, as usual.

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Daily Snuff Meow Monday

I’m starting Daily Snuff on Instagram. If you want to see more of Snuffy, and who wouldn’t, you can search the #DailySnuff hashtag on Instagram or follow me @ElleBMB on Instagram.
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Meet Big Al our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week.
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Alan (Big Al) is a 6 year old male domestic longhair mix who was brought to Lollypop Farm to find a new home because he was a stray. Big Al is indeed big, weighing almost 18 pounds. If you’re looking for a big lapful of cat, he’s your guy. He’s available free of charge to approved adopters, age 60 and over, through Lollypop Farm’s Seniors-for-Seniors program.

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It’s Almost Disney Side Time

I received free products in order host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

It’s almost Disney Side Time! Our package arrived yesterday and I patiently waited for everyone to get home before I opened it. We had a blast opening it up and finding so many wonderful items to help us throw a fabulous Disney Side party.

Disney Side Time

I wasn’t sure yet which direction I would take with our party but after looking over all the fun items in the box, my teen asked if she could have a Disney Side party with her friends. Yes! If my teenage daughter wants to have a Disney themed party, of course I’m going to say yes. It will be fun to plan our Disney Side party together.

For great tips and ideas on how to throw your own Disney Side @Home Celebration for your friends and family, visit DisneySideCelebrations.com. You’ll find delicious recipes and magical themes to help showcase your family’s Disney Side!

I received free products in order host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

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Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Soup

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Soup

This year I’ve been on a soup making kick. I’ve always preferred baking over cooking. Mostly because everyone loves what I bake and when I cook a big meal there is always someone who doesn’t like sauce on their chicken, or it won’t eat those vegetables, or will only exist on chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, and air. I still get those complaints when I make soup, but I don’t care. I love how the house smells as the soup is coming together and I enjoy adding all the ingredients and coming up with something so comforting and delicious.

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Soup

I’ve made this Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Soup several times and it’s a hit. I love its creamy cheesy deliciousness. As much as I’m enjoying making these soups from scratch, I’m also a girl who loves any shortcut in the kitchen that will save me some time. Every week I buy a rotisserie chicken from Wegmans and use it in different recipes. For only $4.99, it’s a bargain and a time-saver. You can cook a couple of chicken breasts to add to the soup, but I’ll just cut up some of the rotisserie chicken.

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Soup

1 medium onion – diced

2 to 3 cloves of garlic – minced

1 stick of butter

1 cup of flour

1 tsp garlic powder

black pepper to taste

8 cups of chicken stock

2 cups cooked chicken breast – diced into bite size pieces

2 heads of broccoli – chopped into bite size pieces

1 cup half & half

2 cups of cheddar cheese – shredded

3/4 cup parmesan cheese – shredded

In a large pot melt the butter and add the diced onions and garlic for 10 minutes or until the onions are translucent, stirring frequently. Whisk in the flour, stirring constantly to prevent lumps, until it makes a nice roux. Add the chicken stock, chicken, and broccoli. Add pepper and garlic powder. Simmer for 35 to 40 minutes. Just before serving, add the cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and half & half. Stir until the cheese is melted and enjoy!

Most recipes call for salt, but I don’t add any to this soup. Between the chicken stock and cheeses, this is salty enough for me. Last week I added 2 cups of mushrooms that were in the fridge and they were a great addition to the soup. I also admit to not being exact in my cheese measurements. More cheese is never a bad thing.

 

 

 

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