Lovin' Summer =)

We are absolutely loving summer this year!  The weather has been HOT HOT HOT!  Some days it has actually been too hot, but all in all it's been nice!  Last Monday we took a ride to my hubby's parents new camp.  What a ride to get there!  It's like 30 miles down a long dirt road, and then you have to get on another road and another road...and well you get the point!  Once there you have to park your car and walk about an 1/8th of a mile in the woods......and then you are finally there!!  And once you are there the view is amazing!  There are very few camps on this lake and it's great!  Emma had such a blast splashing in the water and swimming!

We got her this new chair with an umbrella and she loves it! 

I love spending days like this with my family!  We had a picnic lunch there and just enjoyed spending time on the beach and in the water!  Can't wait to go back again!!

Every once in a while Emma and I take a ride to the University of Maine gardens.  There flowers there are always so beautiful.  Of course I love going there to take photos.  And Miss Emma is my model =)

I really can't believe how she is growing and that she will be starting kindergarten very very soon!

So tonight for dinner I wanted to try a new recipe that I found on another blog!  It's called Cheeseburger Macaroni.  It was super yummy!  It reminded me a lot of hamburger helper...but completely homemade and much much better! 

You start with these ingredients:

Brown 1 lb of lean hamburg and then drain.  Then add these following ingredients:

1 pkg of Taco Seasoning Mix.  2 cups of beef broth.  1 can of Ro*Tel tomatoes with green chils.  And 1 cup of elbow macaroni.  Mix all of those ingredients with the hamburg.  Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 15 minutes.  While that is simmering gather these ingredients to make the sauce:

In a saucepan melt 2 tbsp of butter.  Then add 2 tbsp of flour.  Whisk in the flour and cook while whisking for about 5 minutes until fragrant and light brown in color.
Then add 3/4 cup of milk.  Whisk the milk and bring it to a boil.  Whisk until smooth and thickened.  Remove from the heat and add 1 cup of cheddar cheese.  And then add salt and pepper to taste.  Then pour it over the hamburg mixture!!

And there you have it!  It was really yummy!  The Ro*Tel tomatoes add quite a bit of spice so if your not into spicy foods I'm sure you could substitute it with just regular canned tomatoes! 

I hope everyone had a really great weekend!!! =)

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