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Warm up to Something Good // Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe

December 16, 2016

Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe with Shredded Sargento Cheese Toppings

Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe with Shredded Sargento Cheese Toppings

This is sponsored advertising content from Sargento Foods. The opinions stated are my own.

Living in Utah, my family has learned to embrace the cold winter months.  We love the outdoors, and come hot or cold, it is always nice to get outside and enjoy family time!

We recently had our first big snowstorm here in Utah!  As soon as the first big snowfall hits, our kids are chomping at the bit to get outside and play in the snow, and of course, build a snowman!  I always love seeing how excited they are for the fresh fallen snow!

Videography Credit: Modern Atelier | Styling and Creative: Caroline Armelle Drake | Assistant Styling and Creative: Sarah Larsen

We successfully made our first family snowman of the year!  He might be the cutest one yet, and the kids promptly named him “Frosty!”  We came in from the frigid air, and warmed up with a nice warm bowl of cauliflower cheese soup, complete will all the fixings!  We teamed up with Modern Atelier to capture our fun family time in this video, and it is something I will cherish in the years to come!  I hope you enjoy it too!

One day my kids won’t look out the window with such excitement when they see that it has snowed, and one day they won’t be asking to build a snowman.  So, I’m going to embrace, and hold onto these memories as long as I can of being together and enjoying that excitement that only comes with the optimistic eyes of children when they look at fresh patch of snow!

I’ve always hoped to create a warm cozy home that my kids can come home to and feel warm and safe.  And, most of all feel joy and love here.  I love moments like this where we can enjoy our time together, and make those lasting memories!

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with Sargento Cheese

I’m excited to partner with Sargento Cheese again to share with you my new recipe for a smooth yummy and cheesy cauliflower soup!  It is so tasty, and will warm you up this winter!  The key ingredients that make it shine are the Sargento Traditional Cut Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and a little added kick using Sargento Traditional Cut Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese.
Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe with Shredded Sargento Cheese Toppings

Cauliflower Cheese Soup
Serves 6

Ingredients
3 tablespoons (¼ cup) un-salted butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half milk
1 1/2 cups water
14.5 ounce can of chicken broth
2 to 2 1/2 lb head of cauliflower, washed, and trimmed
1 3/4 cups Sargento Traditional Cut Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3/4 cups Sargento Traditional Cut Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard

Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Soup IngredientsDirections:

In a large stock pot, melt butter.  Cook the onion over a medium to medium low temperature for about 10 minutes.  Mix in the flour to create a roux and stir for 2 minutes.

Stir in the half and half milk, water, and chicken broth.

Add the chopped cauliflower.  Bring it to a boil, then simmer and cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium low.

Place the soup into a blender.  You will need to do it in batches, and blend until smooth, then pour it into a clean pot.

Return back to the heat over a medium heat.  Stir in the Dijon Mustard, then stir in the Sargento Cheese, and stir until melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with some tasty toppings:
Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Green Onion Slices
Bacon Crumbles

I hope this recipe helps warm you up this winter too! Stay warm friends!

Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe with Shredded Sargento Cheese Toppings

This post is sponsored by the Real Cheese People at Sargento Foods, who believe great meals start with real, natural cheese, shredded fresh off the block. 

Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

The Secret Life of Pets Max Puppy Pops & Family Movie Night Ideas

December 8, 2016

DIY Puppy Chocolate Max from The Secret Life of Pets Pops

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Party Snack Tray

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, all opinions are my own.

A favorite Family Tradition of ours is to have a Family Movie Night every Sunday night that we are available. It is a fun way for our family to be able to spend time together, laugh,  have a fun treat, and a good time!  We each get a turn to rotate what movie we all get to watch, and the kids just love having their own night to pick!  My cute five year old Thomas is so into dogs right now.  He might even spend more time on all fours, than upright these days!  He even has asked Santa Claus for a dog bone for Christmas! So funny!  He was so excited to chose The Secret Life of Pets (Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray!) for our Sunday night movie night choice!

The Secret Life of Pets Family Movie Night Ideas

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Party Snack Tray

The Secret Life of Pets Family Movie Night Ideas

The Secret Life of Pets is a cute comedy about the lives that pets lead when their humans leave for the day.  It’s by the same humans that brought us Despicable Me, which we were huge fans of!  The all-star voice cast includes Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. The new DVD and Blu-Ray release also features nearly an hour of bonus content, plus three mini-movies including: Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions!

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Party Snack Tray

The Secret Life of Pets Family Movie Night Ideas

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Party Snack Tray

DIY Puppy Chocolate Max from The Secret Life of Pets Pops

I love to put together fun treats to coordinate with the movie of the night!  I made a movie party tray with some “Pup” corn, “Meat Sticks,” Secret Life of Pets fruit snacks, and some “Puppy Chow” with assorted snacks including graham cracker bones.  I also decided to create some fun “Puppy Pops” inspired by the main character Max the dog!

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Nightly Bedtime Routine // Bedtime Stories for Kids

November 19, 2016

Bedtime Routine Tips for Kids

Bedtime Routine Tips for Kids

Can we all agree that as parents, that sometimes the word bedtime may as well be a four letter word, ha! I kid!  It can just be hard sometimes when everyone is tired and you just want to get to bed!

I have found that my kids do much better with bedtime  when they stick to a routine.  We definitely have been good at it at times, bad at it at times, or so so, but a solid routine has definitely helped in our home over the years.

Kids reading The little Elephant who wants to Fall asleep by Carl-John Forssen Ehrlin

Reading books has always been a part of our bedtime routine for my kids.  It has been very interesting how this has evolved over the years.  When they were babies my husband and I were reading them the books every night.  But, now that they are getting to be good little readers, my oldest two are immersed in their own books, and my youngest is learning to read on his own as well!  It feels so good to see the bedtime routines and habits we have established for them early on has continued as they are growing older.

I am excited to partner with Random House Kids today to introduce you to Carl-Johan Forsseìn Ehrlin’s new book, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep, and share with you some of our  favorite bedtime routines, and most importantly our favorite tip to get our kids to fall asleep, and stay in their own beds at night.

 


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