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After sleeping on it I’ve decided to share;)
Here is my recipe for French Onion Soup that everyone loves. This is pretty much an all day affair kind of soup so make it when you plan on spending the day at home.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make my famous French Onion Soup plus 8 beef bullion cubes I forgot to grab out for the photo.
In a soup pot add your stick of butter and about 1/4 cup of olive oil, let melt over medium heat. Thinly halve and slice 3 pounds of onions. Add them to your pot, stir and put a lid on. Let them cook for 1.5-2 hours until they are soft and translucent but not brown. Stir every 15-20 minutes.
The onions will really cook down. When they look like this add your salt, pepper, bullion cubes, Worcestershire sauce, Thyme, garlic and brown sugar. Let cook together another 20 minutes or so. Slowly add 3 cartons of reduced sodium beef broth. Bring to boil and leave it there for 30 minutes then let simmer 4-6 hours.
This time we topped our soup with Provologne (my hubbies fave) cheese but I prefer Swiss then just put in the microwave for about 15 seconds until the cheese gets all melty
This soup is even better on the second day if it lasts that long!
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That’s where I dropped all my babies off this morning. I have been counting down the days since we got back from our road trip until the first day of school. Now that it has come and the drop off is done I feel kind of ….empty? lonely? I don’t know. It’s the first time in 11.5 years that I am with no children, yes Aubrey was in PK last year but it was only 3 hours. Speaking of Aubs…poor girl I think it really hit her today that she would be at school ALL. DAY. LONG. She really was not her usual bubbly smiley self and it made my heart sink a bit, I hope she is doing fine and loving this new step in life. Bash was super excited for school…smiling and pretty much running to his classroom. Tae…well this is where the tears really flowed, I can’t believe she is in 6th grade…crazy how quickly that has gone by. She did not want me to get out of the car and take pictures of her in front of her school ;( We compromised and I sent David for 2 quick snaps. That pretty much put a knife in my heart. Now I’m crying again. Ugh.
All the fighting and whining and complaining…for the love of Pete I was just done. It is so hard to already work from home but to work from home with 3 kids in your ear is just plain ridiculous. Thank you to those of you who totally understood my situation this summer I REALLY appreciate your patience and am so excited for our upcoming sessions.
Here’s my babies this morning.
My mom had this small image (smaller than a wallet) of my grandmother on her dresser. The picture is probably about 65 years old and was obviously in bad shape. I tried my hand at restoring it for her and am happy with the results. I would love to restore more of my family photos in the future so the following generations have them to look back on.
It is nice to be home! We had a FABULOUS road trip and in reality I would have loved another 3-4 weeks but there is NOTHING like sleeping in your own bed in your own home! I’ll update more on our trip later along with some pictures after I get though proofing my sessions (though I really did not take as many as I should have. I was really enjoying time with family and friends.) and will also get to blogging the sessions from before my trip so stay tuned for those. I am continuing to book sessions for this Fall, starting September 1st-November 15th for guaranteed print delivery for Christmas. Newborns and Maternity can be booked for as early as this week.
Here’s the numbers for our trip:
1,069.84 in Gas
16 States we drove through
4 Toll Roads
42.70 in tolls
2 Number of items run over on a highway including a pipe that fell off the van in front of me in Kansas and a metal ladder in Kentucky.
8 Hotels we slept in
10 Strange Beds
568,527 Approximate number of insects on the Durango.
5 Sessions to proof
1 Natural Wonder
3 Times we crossed the Mississippi River in different states.
0 Speeding Tickets, Accidents and Number of times I thought I’d need a rubber room. <~~~Possibly the best part of the trip? ;}