A Tour Of Our New House – A Blank Slate And Mixed Metals

Light Blue House Dark Brown Door Garage

Who knew that building a house would involve so many details. It was so overwhelming, but in the best way possible. I enjoyed every second of it. I’m so happy to start with a fresh blank slate and can’t wait to begin decorating. Is there any better way to spring clean that sell your house and start with a new one ;) We’ve worked so hard for so long for this moment with baby in our new house, and we really couldn’t be happier!

Get ready for full on pic overload – Pinterest inspired details, mixed metals, herringbone backsplashes, and a Restortion Hardware look for less!

Lake House

About a 100 feet of our property is on a lake, so I really wanted to go with a lake meets cottage theme for our house. I want a comfy cozy home that is inviting and entertaining. The decor will eventually feature lots of candles and throw pillows. I LOVE transitional design – mostly traditional bones like our brick fireplace that will stand the test of time with touches of contemporary pieces, such as glam lighting, that can be switched out easily when they become dated. I also wanted a few rustic touches since we live on a lake.

Light Blue House Dark Black Front Door Black Garage Door

I ended up going with a mixed metals theme inside the house of dark rustic bronze and super light and shiny chrome, so I thought I’d continue the high contrast in colors outside with a light gray blue siding and nearly black front door and garage doors. I thought the look turned out light and airy and I can’t wait to add a couple of dark wood rocking chairs on the front porch.

Restoration Hardware Bronze Lantern Sconces Look For Less

I had no idea that these Minka Lavery Crossroads Point outdoor fixtures were a Restoration Hardware Cambridge Sconce look for less until long after I’d picked them up. I LOVE these lantern style sconces! The bronze sconces and chrome door hardware was a way for me to mix my metals on the exterior as well.

Mixed Metals Foyer Bronze Pendant

As you walk into the foyer you will be facing the living room and kitchen. Down the hall, my office is the first door on the left, a bar leading into the kitchen is on the right, and past those doors on the left is our garage, laundry room, and upstairs to the bonus room. You can also take a right from the front door to get to the basement.

Mixed Metals Living Room Kitchen White Tongue Groove Beams Ceiling Bronze Chandelier Traditional Brick Fireplace

The view from the foyer of the living room, kitchen, dining room, and screened in back porch. The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. We had a housewarming party and John’s first birthday last weekend and there was plenty of seating between the island bar, the dining room, the outdoor table, and our new living room sofa. Pardon my husband’s ugly chair. It will be replaced soon lol.

Mixed Metals Living Room Kitchen White Tongue Groove Beams Ceiling Bronze Chandelier Traditional Brick Fireplace

If you followed along throughout my building process, then you probably recognize my favorite feature of this entire house, the white painted tongue and groove and beams ceiling. It was inspired by a pic I found at Pinterest and when we started designing our space, we thought, why the heck shouldn’t we go for it?!?! It was our most expensive upgrade, but so worth it. It captures the lake cottage feel I was going for perfectly. The trim guys did an amazing job and said it was fun to work on a ceiling other than coffered or tray. I’ve only had popcorn, so this is above and beyond amazing to me!

Mixed Metals Living Room Kitchen White Tongue Groove Beams Ceiling Bronze Chandelier Traditional Brick Fireplace

Another shot of our white painted tongue-and-groove and beams ceiling with a bronze chandelier.

Traditional Living Room Screened In Back Porch

Here’s a shot with the camera’s focus on the back porch and yard. My Chesapeake extending outdoor table came in, but we’re still waiting for the chairs. It gets a little buggy in Florida, so we love that the porch is screened in so we can keep the french doors open and catch a breeze. It makes the room seem so much bigger when we’re using both spaces. We have a yard full of beautiful oak trees and Spanish moss that lights up in the sunset. That chaise sofa, seen here at Instagram, has become my fav spot for blogging.

White Tongue Groove Beams Ceiling Bronze Chandelier Traditional Brick Fireplace

Most of my ideas for the house came from Pinterest or Houzz (I highly recommend their email newsletter). I would actually have the idea first, and then search both of those sites for a match to what was going on in my head. This brick fireplace and mantle is exactly what I wanted to add a bit of rustic traditional charm to the place. I thought it all went well with the tongue and groove ceiling. I gave the trim guys this exact mantle pic and they matched it up so perfectly! Pardon the childproofing bumpers I added to the brick the second we moved in lol. The door on the right leads to our bedroom hallway, pics below.

Mixed Metals Kitchen Living Room Bronze Chrome

Moving on to the kitchen, the 3 bronze pendants above the island were the first thing I purchased for the house before we even started building. I knew I wanted rustic, so the bronze was perfect, but I also wanted a house where a fancy candlestick would fit in, so we mixed up the metals by adding in chrome doorknobs, faucets, cabinet hardware, and chrome light fixtures. All white cabinetry got bronze hardware, and all other cabinetry throughout the house {brown and black} were dressed up with matching chrome knobs and pulls.

Mixed Metals Kitchen Chrome Bronze Pendants Black Barstools Black Island Hop Up Bar Super White Quartzite Black Leathered Granite Herringbone Backsplash Subway Tile

I thought the kitchen may turn out to be a super hot mess because I didn’t have samples of everything to compare to one another. We went with a quartzite countertop {super stong material} in Super White on a black island, Absolute Black granite in a leathered finish over white cabinetry with bronze glazing, bronze hardware on the white cabinetry, chrome hardware on the black cabinetry, a white Asian Statuary marble {which I think is actually a carrara} for the backsplash in herringbone and subway tile to coordinate with the island, bronze lighting, and a chrome faucet and pot filler. Wow! That was a lot to fit into my brain and try to imagine it all going together. Somehow I think it all works :/

Mixed Metals Kitchen Chrome Bronze Pendants Black Barstools Black Island Hop Up Bar Super White Quartzite Black Leathered Granite

I picked up these black swivel ladder back barstools because I loved the shape, but I didn’t like the cherry seat, so I painted them black.

Traditional Island Legs Bar Hop Up Black Cabinetry White Granite Super White Quartzite

The island is a combination of pics I found at Houzz and Pinterest. I love the super deep hop-up bar, traditional legs, and molding around the base. The guy that installed our cabinetry was super excited about our island, which is a huge compliment to the design we picked out.

Super White Countertops Traditional Kitchen Island Hop Up Bar Black Cabinets

Black cabinetry, chrome drawer pulls, chrome cabinet door knobs, and Super White quartzite island hop-up bar countertop.

Mixed Metals Kitchen Chrome Bronze Super White Quartzite Countertops Black Leathered Granite Cabinets Traditional Brick Fireplace

We wanted a bar hop-up so that we could hide the dirty dishes in our sink, but we also didn’t want our countertop broken into two shallow pieces so we asked the builder to make each level as deep as possible. We had our housewarming party catered from a local barbeque place, so the countertop was perfect for the buffet line. Because of the depth of the hop-up, we needed legs rather than corbels for support, and I love the way it turned out!

Mixed Metals Kitchen Chrome and Bronze Hardware Traditional Hop Up Island Black Cabinets Leathered Granite Super White Quartzite

Mixed Metals Bar Herringbone Backsplash Carrara Marble Asian Statuary Black Leathered Granite Cabinets Chrome Bronze Hardware

From this angle, you can see the kitchen, the bar pass through {bar at right, walk in pantry at left} the foyer hallway if you had taken a left from the front door, and then my office.

Herringbone Backsplash Carrara Marble Asian Statuary Chrome Pot Filler

This backsplash was an idea I had and of course, I found a great example at Pinterest via Houzz. I hear that in design, you are supposed to repeat elements, so this herringbone backsplash behind the pot filler is repeated in our bar space, pics below.

Mixed Metals Bar Marble Herringbone Backsplash Carrara Asian Statuary Black Leathered Granite Countertops Cabinets

In my attempt to repeat elements, but make the bar a little different and more modern than the other spaces, I repeated the herringbone backsplash from behind the pot filler, and then went with a black-on-black look with the Absolute Black leathered granite seen in the kitchen over the same black cabinetry used for the island and the chrome hardware. I think it turned out so fun! This was actually a butler’s pantry that we turned into a bar with the wine fridge. Directly across from the bar is the walk in pantry and it all passes through to the hallway outside my office.

Mixed Metals Bar Marble Herringbone Backsplash Carrara Asian Statuary Black Leathered Granite Countertops Cabinets

This is a close up shot of the Asian Statuary white herringbone marble backsplash. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably already seen the three decanters and the cupcake plate I picked up a while back from a flea market in Georgia and the backsplash in our “wine and keys” party pic the day we closed.

Glam Home Office Chrome Chandelier

If you turn around directly from the bar pass through, you will be in front of my office door, which shares a wall with the front door in the foyer. This is probably the space where I have really gone from one extreme to another mixing contemporary and rustic pieces with my wood x-legs desk in a Tuscan finish and the super sparkly chrome chandelier.

Glam Home Office Chrome Chandelier

The table in the corner on sawhorses will be my photography set up for all of my product and food pics. The window space is perfect for tons of good natural lighting.

Glam Home Office Chrome Chandelier

The x-legs desk and the white bookcase are both from Pottery Barn Teen. Their pieces are perfect for smaller spaces, are much more affordable than Pottery Barn, and certainly don’t lack in style.

Glam Home Office Chrome Chandelier

The white geometric open sides bookcase, based on a vintage original, will be my “to-do list” housing all of the products I need to review.

Glam Home Office Chandelier

I’m crazy about the pull doors made of wood and glass. I really wanted a glam office with hints of rustic pieces, so the doors just add one more sparkly glam touch to the mix.

Glam Home Office Chrome Chandelier

My desk is in the center of the room directly under the chandelier for a little bit of drama. I also thought that would free up the corners of the room for storage and seating. I’d like to add a chaise or lounge chair to the empty corner so I can relax in my own space while I blog. I’d also like to do layered rugs in this room – a room size rug filling most of the space with a smaller rectangle rug over that under my desk.

Stained Stair Staircase Steps Post Handrail

This is the staircase leading to the upstairs bonus room, my husband’s office. To the left is the garage door, to the right is the laundry room, across from the stairs is the drop-zone, and I’m standing in the hallway with the bar pass-through behind me. I love the stained stair steps, post, and handrail.

Mixed Metals Transitional Bathroom Black Iron Chrome Granite

This is my husband’s bathroom upstairs. I’ll show you his office/bonus room when he gets it a little more put together. I went with a more masculine look to this bathroom with a black and gray “pebbled” granite, black mirror, black cabinetry, black cabinet hardware, and a chrome faucet.

Transitional Bedroom

In the living room, to the right of the built-ins was a doorway that then leads to this doorway. This is the hallway to our bathroom {first door on the right}, then walk in closet {second door on the right}, and then the bedroom.

Mixed Metals Bathroom Bronze Chrome Hardware Lighting

Going clockwise, my husband’s vanity is on the left, then the tub, then my vanity, then a small room for the toilet, and then the shower on the right.

Mixed Metals Bathroom Bronze Chrome Hardware Lighting

I need a wide angle lens. It was so hard to get a lot in these pics when I only had so much room to back up into each space.

Mixed Metals Bathroom Bronze Chrome Hardware Lighting

We’ve gone for mixed metals in the master bathroom as well. The white cabinets have bronze glazing and bronze hardware, and then we went with chrome for the faucets, lighting, and all other bathroom hardware. The bronze and gray in the tile pull it all together nicely.

Mixed Metals Bathroom Bronze Chrome Hardware Lighting

The his and hers chrome hooks right outside of the shower were much better than a towel bar.

Mixed Metals Bathroom Bronze Chrome Hardware Lighting

I love the glass shelf for additional storage in our insets. We have two shower heads, one on either side, and then a rain shower head above.

Mixed Metals Bathroom Bronze Chrome Hardware Lighting

I have yet to use that tub. I need to find the time!

Transitional Bedroom Lake House

This is our master bedroom. I can’t wait to get in here and start decorating! I love the 3 picture windows above the bed. They literally give us a different beautiful “picture” all day long!

Transitional Bedroom Lake House

Transitional Bedroom Lake House

In this room, we have tray ceilings and french doors that lead to a balcony overlooking our backyard and lake.

Transitional Bedroom Lake House Master Balcony

Master balcony overlooking the backyard and the lake. We hope to stain the deck and add a bistro set.

Transitional Bathroom Mixed Metals Chrome Bronze

This is a pic of our guest bedroom. Between our kitchen and dining rooms, there is a small hall that leads to the guest bedroom, a bathroom, and John’s nursery.

Transitional Bathroom Mixed Metals Chrome Bronze

Transitional Bathroom Mixed Metals Chrome Bronze

Again, I really need a wide angle lens so I can fit more of this bathroom into one shot. It turned out to be my favorite bathroom with the traditional medium brown wood cabinetry and contemporary chrome hardware and lighting.

Transitional Bathroom Mixed Metals Chrome Bronze

Glass walk in shower with bench seating.

Transitional Bathroom Mixed Metals Chrome Bronze

A reflection of my puppy on the guest bed.


This is John’s nursery. Now that he is a 1 year old big boy, I think I’m going to switch this room up all together. I have lots of fun ideas!

Oak Trees Spanish Moss Lake House

John on an impromptu walk {which is why he’s pantsless lol} in our back yard, discovering pinecones and trying out his brand new shoes!

The only other spaces I have yet to show you, because they need a little work is our upstairs bonus room {my husband’s office}, the laundry room {maybe it will be “Pinterest-worthy” someday} and our unfinished basement. If we have a second baby, then the guest room will become a nursery and we’ll finish off the basement as a “guest suite”. I can’t wait to start decorating. Lots of pics on that coming soon I hope :)

“I’ve Moved” Giveaway – My Biggest Nail Polish Giveaway Ever!


The past three years have been the craziest of my life and everything really ramped up to an insane pace the last few weeks! In past year alone, I’ve had a baby, moved twice, built a house {who knew picking out everything for a house would be such a MASSIVE project?}, and the list goes on all while working full-time and blogging. I’ve done things to simplify my life, like selling my first blog thelooksforless.com, and now that we live in the house we used to visit daily as it was getting built, we have about 45 minutes a day of our life back.

Meanwhile, spring nail polish collections from PR companies have been piling up at my doorstep {I’m a lucky girl}. In exchange for this nail polish, I always promote the brand by swatching each color, taking pics, editing those pics, uploading, writing a review, and repeat for each color. So I have two options, I can either spend an entire few weekends swatching and taking pics of all this nail polish, or I can stick to my plan of simplifying my life and promote the brands by hosting massive giveaways. It’s all yours my friends!

First giveaway up is OPI, including the smokin hot 12 piece Brazil collection, Gwen Stefani’s rock star 6 piece nail polish and studs collection, and several new spring offerings from Nicole by OPI. When this contest ends in two weeks, I’ll have an equally as big Zoya giveaway! I’ll get back to my regular swatching/posting schedule as future collections come in, but until then, it’s time to empty my “to be reviewed” shelf! One lucky reader will win 30 bottles of OPI polish, a $265 value.

The Brazil Collection



The Brazil collection includes Next Stop…The Bikini Zone, Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around, Taupe-less Beach, I Sao Paulo Over There, OPI Scores a Goal!, AmazON…AmazOFF, I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?, Toucan Do It If You Try, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, Live.Love.Carnaval, and Red Hot Rio.

Gwen Stefani for OPI


This collection includes Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen in a boxed set that includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.

Nicole by OPI


At Least I Pink So, I’ll Have The Salmon, Something About Spring, Always A Flirt!, Emerald Empowered, Teal Me Something New, Oh That’s Just Grape!, That’s Putting It Mild, Taupe Of My Class, This Blue Is So You!, Fabulous Is My Middle Name, Be Awesome

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire OPI nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There is one mandatory entry, US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends April 8th.

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It All Led To This Moment…


3 years of trying to get pregnant
over 300 IVF shots
3 pregnancies
1 that barely took
another that took me past my first trimester {biggest heartbreak of my life}
and two months after my miscarriage, because I wanted to try again as soon as possible, we were pregnant for the 3rd time!

the past 12 months…

sold our first home together and moved out when I was nine months pregnant into a rental
sold thelooksforless.com while moving boxes into the rental
went into labor 3 weeks early before we were out of boxes
the baby was just as much trouble getting out as he/she was getting in, but as i woke up from my morphine nap, i met my baby “boy”!!! {greatest joy of my life}
we didn’t even have a name picked out yet, try figuring that out while doped up!
got stuck in the hospital for a week because baby john had high risk jaundice
got home, finally, and started my maternity leave in the brick floor house (with a baby, yikes!)
started building our dream home while our rental was falling apart
ended up in the hospital again for a week when john got RSV that led to pneumonia
moved out of the rental on john’s first birthday, exactly a year after we moved in

and it all led to this moment…

a very happy healthy 1 year old baby boy in our dream home! how beautiful is his view? he’s a lucky boy and we are very happy parents!

this weekend, two weeks after moving in, we had a big first birthday and housewarming party to celebrate. it’s crazy how our goal of having a baby and moving into our dream home collided into the same moment! i’m so happy and so exhausted. i’m also so ready to enjoy a slower pace for a minute and enjoy our new house. and hopefully start blogging again!

Not Exactly A Break, But I Hope To Be Back Soon…


If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that sweet little face landed us in the hospital for a week and I feel like I’m just now starting to recover. We were in the final stages of building our house and baby boy came down with RSV that led to pneumonia. I’ve never been so scared in my life.

I took him to urgent care on a Sunday night because he had a super high fever and it was at that time that he was diagnosed with RSV. Little did I know what that would mean for him in the days to come. We took him in for a follow up on Wednesday with his pediatrition and although he was really sick with a fever, runny nose, and congested cough, his oxygen levels were fine. Just hours later that night, as I was trying to get him to sleep, he was moaning with every breath he took for two hours. I had no idea that moaning meant that his oxygen levels were super low and he was trying to open his airways. His eyes were closed, his head was back and he just kept moaning. We called his pediatrician’s after hours nurse, she could hear him in the background and said, that’s not normal, take him to the ER.

You can imagine the rush of anxiety I felt as we’re scooping up a few belongings and racing out the door to the ER on a day that most things were shut down due to icy roads. When we got to the ER, they said his oxygen levels were very low and a chest X-Ray showed signs of pneumonia. The RSV had also led to a cough that sounded like croup and an ear infection. Poor buddy. From the ER they immediately admitted him to the hospital and taped oxygen tubes to his face. After about 12 hours in a regular hospital room, he wasn’t responding well to the regular flow oxygen and they had to elevate him to ICU, which of course led to another panic on my part wondering “what’s next”? What’s after ICU? Will they be able to fix him there.

We ended up staying in ICU for exactly a week because his progress was so slow. He had oxygen tubes up his nose, heart monitors on his chest, an IV in his wrist, and an oxygen monitor on his toe. It was all I could do to keep him from pulling or getting tangles in all those cords and it was just so sad.

When we finally got him home, he was back to destroying his nursery as usual, which was the moment I had dreamt about all those days in the hospital. All I wanted to do was roll around on his floor with him, unattached to wires are tubes, giggling and dancing, as we love to do together. It was as though he hadn’t been put through it for all those days. He still had evidence all over his little body in the form of band-aids and bruises from the 9 IVs they attempted before they finally got one in him, but he was happy and smiling like nothing had ever happened.

We jumped right back into catching up on life… working, finishing up our house, packed, moved the day John turned one, he started walking, had a couple more teeth come in, and we’ve been in our new place for exactly a week. It’s been a crazy month of highs and lows! It’s so nice to be in our dream house with a happy and healthy baby… I mean, toddler :/ Oh I can’t believe my baby is growing up, too big too fast.

Now that we’re finally starting to get settled in to our new life at our new place, I hope to start blogging again very soon! I have my very own blogging space and I hope to put it to good use. Lots of pics coming soon, but for now, I just wanted to say hey and I miss you all!

Earn Rewards For Searching With Bing!

Bing Rewards

Did you know that you can earn rewards just for searching the web? I’d love to know how many searches I do on a daily basis… all day, everyday. We are moving into our dream home on Friday {YAY!}, and I’m sure I did no less than a thousand searches for house ideas as we were building, and now I’m sure to do a thousand more to decorate. If only I had known about Bing Rewards at the beginning of this project. Luckily, I know now, so my searches are about to get more interesting and so fun!

Bing Rewards

It’s kinda fun to do a search and watch your reward points balance go up in your dashboard! You can even search using your iOS mobile device, which is huge for me since I live on my iPhone. Now that I have a baby, the majority of my searches are on the go or in his nursery {check out the bistro sets I found using Bing in the pic above while on a road trip), so earning on my phone is a huge benefit.

There are so many ways to earn points including simply filling our your profile, adding the Bing search bar to your browser, and inviting friends! Once I get my balance going, I can’t wait to cash my points in on Amazon {more house stuff, yay}, Target, Starbucks, and Sephora gift cards. They have SO many options to choose from! The more you search with Bing the higher your status in the program (e.g. Member, Silver, Gold status etc.). The higher your status the more value you get – things like discounts in Bing’s redemption center and access to exclusive earning opportunities.

Ready to starting earning rewards for searching the web? Join Bing Rewards for free today!

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Save $10 At Darby Smart On Your Next DIY Box

Darby Smart Moroccan Tile Coasters

I had such a blast working on my DIY Moroccan Tile Coasters from Darby Smart, that I thought it would be fun to team up with them again! This collab is all about you! Darby Smart is offering all of my Fab readers a $10 off coupon towards the DIY box of your choice when you use promo code “FABFATALE”.

Darby Smart Monthly Mystery DIY Box

I saw that a bunch of you picked up the Moroccan Tile Coaster kit after you saw it here and I loved the Instagram pics you shared! For your next box, I have a couple of fun ideas for you! My first pick is Darby Smart’s Monthly “To DIY For” Mystery Box. Their past mystery boxes have been packed with DIY goodness, so I can only imagine what’s in their February box! The monthly boxes are $19 {$9 after promo code} and gives you everything you need for a chic DIY. Each monthly box is limited, so get yours before they’re gone!

Darby Smart DIY Mixed Media Canvases

My second fav {of many} is their Mixed Media Vision Board Canvases. I’m really not sure how they can include all of this for only $19 {$9 after promo code}, but somehow they pull it off! In this box you will receive 4 canvases (4×4 each), a circle punch (5/8 inch), gilded decorative paper, 6 acrylic paints, 3 pouncers, Mod Podge & brush, a sharpie, and DIY Instructions. I love that so many of these ingredients are reusable for other projects.

Darby Smart has SO many fun DIY kits to choose from. They also sent me their Wood Burning Kit and I can’t wait to try it soon! Remember to use promo code “FABFATALE” at checkout to save $10 on your next DIY box, for a very limited time only!

If you’ve tried out Darby Smart before, I hope you’ll share a pic of your DIY project at my Facebook page!

This post was sponsored by Darby Smart. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

I was CRAVING beer cheese soup the other day for some reason and after looking up menus to every restaurant that serves soup in town, I couldn’t find one that carried beer cheese soup so I decided to make an entire pot of my own at home. I couldn’t help but to keep tasting this as it simmered on the stove and I was nearly full before pouring myself a bowl. It was SO good!

This soup can be toned down or up depending on the type of cheese and beer you use. I used an IPA beer and sharp cheddar, so my soup was pretty strong, which is exactly how I like it. For a more mild flavor, opt for a beer that isn’t too strong and a mild cheddar cheese. This is so good served with slices of crusty french bread on the side.

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup


  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beer
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk or half and half
  • 6 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • popped popcorn, for garnish


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together carrots, onion, celery, and garlic. Stir in hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Pour in chicken broth and beer; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Stir in flour with a wire whisk; cook, stirring until the flour is light brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Gradually stir in milk, whisking to prevent scorching, until thickened. Remove from heat, and gradually stir in cheese. Keep warm.
  3. Stir beer mixture into cheese mixture. Stir in Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard. Adjust for hot pepper sauce. Bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Serve topped with popcorn.

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beer cheese soup recipe – via allrecipes.com