P.S. I hate cauliflower but love this!

Copy-Cat Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup.

I was a little skeptical when I was making this soup at first. I have tried to make recipes off of pinterest before and hated the end result. But this one is awesome! I love Zupas and this is one of things I get when I go there! P.S. I hate cauliflower but love this!

Here is the recipe. It is AMAZING! So close to the soup they make at Zupas! Enjoy!



  1. Melt butter and chopped onion together in a large sauce pan and sauté for approximately 10 minutes over medium heat until onion gets golden in color.
  2. Add flour and stir to make a roux. Heat while stirring for a couple of minutes.
  3. Slowly add half and half along with the milk. Gradually add and stir the entire time. Following the milk, gradually add water and chicken broth and stir constantly.
  4. Add chopped cauliflower and heat until boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until cauliflower is tender. This will take approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Place contents of sauce pan into blender and blend until smooth. Remove center part of blender cover to allow steam to escape.
  7. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan; heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in mustard and cheese until melted and smooth.
  8. Serve soup topped with a little cheese for garnish.

Taken from http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/09/copy-cat-zupas-wisconsin-cauliflower-soup/

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Sugar Cookies: We’re obsessed with cookies period!

It seems like all throughout the year I crave sugar cookies. Maybe because I really only get them once a year. Mom (Hawkins) always makes such good cookies during Christmas and then we usually go over and help her decorate them right before Christmas. This is her recipe that originally came from her Aunt Bev. It is to DIE for!

Well anyways, I wanted to make sugar cookies but all I had was Christmas cookie cutters. LAME! So I asked my mom if she had anything besides Christmas cookies cutters and she had Valentines Day ones. So I borrowed them from her. I know its not Valentines Day. But the hearts are still fun. After they were all baked me and Bryson frosted them. We got sick of frosting after a while and started to just start throwing frosting all over the cookies. So thats why in the picture of all of the cookies theres some ones decorated pretty crazy. Sorry for the low quality pictures. These were taken from my phone so they aren’t that great of quality.

Happy baking!

Ingredients (Cookies):
2 cups Sugar
2 cups butter
6 Eggs
6 tsp baking powder
7 cups flour
4 tsp vanilla

Cream Butter and Sugar together. Add eggs; mix well. Refrigerate overnight. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Powdered Sugar
Food Coloring

Mix together and frost cookies after they cool.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie MADNESS!

Okay you guys! I love chocolate chip cookies. Besides reeses peanut butter cups, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. I guess you could call it my #guilitypleasure.

If you have a Kitchen Aid you have to at least make these once! And if you don’t… you still should!

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Cook Time: 7-12 minutes (depending on your oven)   Level: Easy   Makes: About 52 cookies

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
12 ounces milk chocolate chips (I usually only use half a bag so 6 ounces) I think it tastes better with less!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla in mixer bowl. Attach flat beater to mixer. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl with spatula. Turn to speed 4 and beat about 15 seconds more. Stop and scrape bowl with spatula.

Turn to Stir Speed. Gradually add in baking soda, salt and flour to sugar mixture and mix about 2 minutes. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds more. Stop mixer, scrape bowl again. Add in chocolate chips and mix on Stir Speed for 15 seconds.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cooking sheets. Bake for 7 to 12 minutes. I like mine to be really moist so don’t overcook them. Leave on baking sheet for about a minute after removing from oven, then put them on wire cooling racks.

I am not joking these are the best ever! Enjoy!

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