Nacho Soup

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This is a jazzed up, cheese-heavy version of my original Taco Soup recipe (linked here) and it’s perfect for cold weather when all you want is to inhale calories. I love that it’s a warm bowl of soup combined with nachos - could there be a better combo? Serve this with tortilla chips and a large variety of optional toppings (avocado, sour cream, cilantro, etc.) at a family gathering, football party, Bible study group, etc. and you’ll be everyone’s new best friend.

Ingredients
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cans black beans, drained
1 can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can Rotel, undrained
1 cup frozen corn
1 can chicken broth
1 package of taco seasoning
8 oz shredded colby jack cheese (freshly grated will melt better in the soup)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 jar white queso
Salt & pepper to taste (Approx. 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp salt)
Roughly chopped cilantro to taste

Instructions

  1. Brown the meat and drain grease.

  2. Sautee onion for 1-2 min, add garlic, cook another 1-2 min, and finally add green pepper to cook for another 1-2 min.

  3. Add meat back into your pot, and add beans, tomatoes, Rotel, frozen corn, broth, cilantro and seasoning. Bring to a simmer and cover for 20 minutes.

  4. Make sure your heat is on low and your simmer has slowed before adding dairy (sometimes you need to remove the pot from heat for a minute), or your cream will curdle. Add in cheese, cream, and queso. Stir until combined.

  5. Serve with cilantro, avocado, sour cream, CHIPS (mandatory!!) etc. Warning, your husband may inhale this so quickly that he burns his tongue. It’ll be worth it, promise.

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Halloween Party at Love of Character

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“Cheers!” This was the CUTEST little Halloween party at one of our favorite local shops Love of Character. Mary had all of these darling little Meri Meri costumes for the kids to wear, and they were treated to some yummy spooky cookies. Her party supplies is always the cutest - I love how it’s all set up here. It’s a sweet, whimsical Halloween vibe, and that’s the only vibe that my scaredy-cat-self can handle even as an adult. (Halloweentown circa 1998 is about as scary as I can go.)

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I was like no way is B going to keep this headband on the whole time, but she LOVED it. We’re venturing into the costume phase, and I’m so ready. Also love that these Meri Meri costumes are so easy to throw on over normal clothes, and they’re really comfy for little ones.

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The cookies were made by Sweet Sugarlicious - another local vendor that we LOVE!

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Love of Character is where it’s at for party supplies and gifts! I’m linking their Halloween category here so you can shop it all online: https://www.loveofcharacter.com/halloween/

B's Room Tour for Fall

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It’s FALL, people! The rest of our house is pretty simply decorated for the season (saving the big holiday decor for late November post-Thanksgiving - I have like 5 totes just for Christmas. CAN’T WAIT.) Anyways, I did a poll on Instagram asking how many people decorate their kids’ rooms for holidays, and got a 50/50 response of yes/no. I think the reason why I’ve started decorating B’s room is because she’s so easily delighted by new things, and it’s much easier to keep everything in place since her room is not a common play area. This may change over time, but for now it’s really fun to throw a little festive decor out just for her room.

I’ll link everything at the bottom of the post, but if you shop Target often you’ll recognize some Dollar Spot items. Last year, I bought all real tiny pumpkins, but thinking about having to buy them every year just seems silly. This year, I grabbed a bunch of these cloth ones from the Dollar Spot to store for seasons to come.

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This “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” book is even sweeter than the Casper movies, and I love the illustrations in it. The ABC book is also a cute one - great for babies and toddlers. (Linking everything at the bottom for you!) Even if you don’t decorate your kids’ rooms, swapping out their normal books for holiday books is an easy way to be more festive for any season. B loves learning all the new words that go with each holiday! She loves to say “Punkin!” and “Goes!” (Ghost) when we go into stores that are decked out for Halloween.

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Every year I’m tempted to buy a different candy bucket, but there’s something so classic about this guy. He’s just so happy, especially with a pretty flower headband from Avery & Grey (p.s. her Fall stuff is GOOD - linking here if you want to shop!)

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Pom-pom garlands are my love language. I need to get another one of these for Christmas in B’s room because I love how it carries the seasonal colors around her room. I don’t think you have to completely swap out all decor to match a season - instead follow a color scheme and coordinate with the seasonal decor you DO have. The mint-colored camera and orange stuffed animal on B’s bookshelf are a great example of this!

B loves these bats from Hobby Lobby! She points to them and says “Batty” thanks to Sesame Street, and it’s the absolute CUTEST.

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Shop the post below:

Books
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
Halloween ABC Board Book

Decor
Cat pillow
Bat garland (Hobby Lobby in-store only) - Similar here
Pom-pom garland
Chipmunk doll (similar here)
Jack-o-lantern candy bucket
Flower headband
Tiny cloth pumpkins - Target Dollar Spot
Jack-o-lantern tin - Target Dollar Spot
Modern rocking chair

B’s Outfit
Mustard ruffle sweater - Zara
Black leggings - Cat & Jack at Target
Flower headband - Avery & Grey

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