Monday, March 31, 2008

Ole!

Before I even start, I have to apologize for not giving you this a-maz-ing recipe before now. Wow! How terribly unthoughtful of me. I mean really, its just about the best thing you can put in your mouth!

Okay, so without further ado, here it is!


Mexican Casserole

Tortilla Chips
4 oz. can of green chilies
1 pint sour cream (16 oz)
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teasp. oregano
1 teasp. cumin or chili powder
1 lb ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 lb shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese blend

Brown meat and onion with some salt & pepper.
Mix sour cream, evap. milk, chilies and spices in large bowl.
Drain meat of fat and add to sour cream mixture.

Layer just enough chips in a 13 x 9 casserole to cover bottom and sides.
Add meat/sour cream mixture over chips.
Sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve with shredded lettuce, salsa and remaining chips.

Oh, lawzy mercy, is this a good recipe! Mom has been making it for yeeears and its one of my comfort foods. (This, and cream of wheat loaded with sugar and butter, don't ask...)

I made this last night for dinner and the kids loved it to pieces (literally, like, pieces all over the floor). I served it with brown rice and black beans and all that type of yummy stuff. I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef to cut back on the fat a little bit. It wasn't terrible, but I like it with beef better. Of course.

Oh and the leftovers...the leftovers are a vision! Really they are delicious. Just as good as the first time around. ;)

Anyway, make this one and let me know how it turns out!

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Frivolous Friday

In light of my recent discovery of "The Austen Within" I couldn't resist picking up this DVD at the best store ever. It was only $5...unbelievable.

Maybe it should be included in my Mom's Night Out tonight. Of course, that would mean that a portion of the evening would technically be "Mom's Night In." But I'm ok with that.

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the night?

Mom's Big Night Out

I am in dire need of a night out. By. My. Self.
As a mom, sometimes I feel like all I do is nurture, nurture, nurture. The problem is, living with two toddlers, a relational husband and two dogs the nurturing always seems to be aimed in a direction other than my own.

Sometimes you just feel...done.
I don't think my raging Spring fever is helping anything either.


So, I'm taking a night on the town. It's gonna be a big one with an exciting, organic-filled stop at .
And then on to to pick up a copy of and drink a little tea and putz to my heart's content.




Thursday, March 27, 2008

Similarities

I was watching American Idol last night (big surprise) and it dawned on me. When Paula talks her comments are very reminiscent of the [greatest] Superbowl commercial, The Talking Stain.


"Hum...You look fantastic tonight...ahhh...ahem...hehehe! Yes, you...um, when you sing you are just a shining star!"


Take a peek and tell me you don't agree...I dare ya.




Bed...


Are there ever days when you just wish you could climb back in bed and start over in a few hours?
Ugh...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

An Ode To My Hubby...

On His BIRTHDAY.



Look how sweet he is as a baby!



Our first "March 25th" together. In 2002.




Today.



Happy 26th, Baby!


Monday, March 24, 2008

Requesting A Little Green




Ay yai yai!


I am getting really tired of the broooown grass and the brooown mud and the old broooown leaves and the greeeeey sky and the blaaaah eternal winter that will not leave us.


I'm requesting a little green...no, a LOT of green. You hear that, God? Green. That's what I want.

I've got it bad.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday



Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
-Hymn by Charles Wesley

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bunnies, Peeps and Easter Eggs

A Little Celebration Never Hurt Anyone!

Mama just couldn't pass up the bunny cookies in the refrig. section at the store.
"Homemade-schmomade..."
Our first experience with "Peeps"

Does he look like his father here, or what?!


Minutes after this picture was taken we had a majorly loud, active sugar high and then a terrible slump...

Dying Eggs:


It's so easy to feel like a Superhero around Beck. Shouts of jubilation would erupt whenever a white egg would emerge from the "juice" a different color.


Honestly...how sweet is he?

Sticker fashion.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

No matter who you are,
what you've done,
where you've been,
what you know,
what you think you know...

It was for you.
Remember Him today.

Hawks Ahoy!

Eeek! I've got a trio of hawks hunting my puppy. They've been circling all morning. They disappear and reappear in direct accordance with whether Teddy is in the backyard or not.

Don't worry...mama Hen will protect him!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Austen Within

I am Marianne Dashwood!
You are Marianne Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are impulsive, romantic, impatient, and perhaps a bit too brutally honest. You enjoy romantic poetry and novels, and play the pianoforte beautifully. To boot, your singing voice is captivating. You feel deeply, and love passionately.

Take the Quiz here!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

You Probably Think This Song Is About You

"I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty, but I am too busy thinking about myself."
-Dame Edith Sitwell

Tee hee!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hosanna!

Today is Palm Sunday.

A depiction of the Triumphal Entry.

"And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord...Hosanna in the Highest!'"
Mark 11:7-10


Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring Salad

This is one of those essential warm weather recipes that I love to make on and off all Spring & Summer. Every other week you can find a huge bowl of this salad in my fridge. I'm the only one who likes it here - Mr. B. is sort of afraid of it - so I get the decadent honor of dipping my fork in the serving bowl and eating straight from it. Divine!


Oriental Salad
Dressing:
1/4 c. olive oil
2 T. sugar
1-2 T. vinegar
2 t. soy sauce
1 flavor packet in chicken Ramen noodles
Mix it all up until Ramen flavoring is dissolved.
Salad:
1/2 c. slivered almonds
3 c. packaged coleslaw cabbage
3 c. packaged shredded broccoli & carrot mixture (found next to coleslaw in produce section)
1 package of Ramen noddles - uncooked
Toss ingredients together. Crumble Ramen noodles on top.
Add dressing and toss.
Devour in a very unladylike fashion.
These measurements are approximate. Some people like more dry or wet salad so tailor it to your taste.

Frivolous Friday

So, frivolous Friday has become all about celebs for me. And that's ok...because it's frivolous!

Anyway, I was just thinkin' about some of my favorite Hollywood leading ladies and thought I'd compile a short list. Here goes:

Reese.
She's adorable. She's a mommy. She's a fun little thing to watch on the big screen. She's southern. And she's blond.
Loved her in: Sweet Home Alabama and Walk The Line


Rachel.

She has this classic beauty. Looks great in red lipstick. She's funny. She dated Ryan Gosling - which is really delightful! She worked at McDonalds when she was young...something I may or may not have been forced to do by my cruel, demanding, unsympathetic mother...
Loved her in: The Notebook and Mean Girls


Ellen Burstyn.She is lovely. She reminds me a bit of my mother-in-law (it's a good thing!). She has this great color of grey/blond hair that I'd like to have someday.
Loved her in: The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

And, of course...



Julia.

Who doesn't love this girl? She's America's Sweetheart. She looks delicious even after bearing twins. She has the best smile.
Loved her in: Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias and Notting Hill. Oh! and My Best Friend's Wedding

Okay, so there they are. My favorites.

Who's your favorite?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring Came.

I welcomed her.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Stealing Spring

Spring.
It's a memory.
A wish for the future.
It's maddeningly absent.
So, I've decided to steal a little spring. Head over to Chez Fifi and check out her "Spring Has Sprung" post. Whaddya say...wanna be my accomplice in stealing spring?
Image from Chez FiFi blog.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Subway Love

I'm not the hugest Subway fan. I don't adore it, I don't hate it. It just is.

Buuuuut, I found something new there that I L.O.V.E.

The Spinach Artichoke Chicken Sandwich. Oh my, oh my, oh my!

Try it. You will love.

Friday, March 7, 2008

And A Little Frivolous Friday For Ya...

Phew! Three posts in one day!


Okay, can I promise you something? If you're a mom (and you probably are) you're going to loooove this site. It's a web series called In The Motherhood and it's hilarious! (Thanks, Jamie!)


Click. Go there. Watch. And...laugh.


And how much do I love Jenny McCarthy? I mean yeah, she's a little bawdy, but oh-so-funny and her hair is adorable!

For the Birds

Potty training, that is.


I must be really bad at this mommy thing because Beck is just not getting the hang of this. We've tried bribing, shaming, celebrating, running around with nothing on the bottom (not me, him), asking "need to go potty?" 5,000 times an hour, and reading books like Everybody Poops and It's Potty Time!


So why isn't it working? Any advice from the mama's out there? I'd love a little help...


P.S. I can't potty train my puppy either, so maybe it's just me.

You Cannot Lose My Love

I had the privilege of singing and playing for my MOPS group this morning. It's been awhile since I've been able to consistently minister with music and it was nerve-wracking but fun!

I think I've talked about the music of Sara Groves before. She is an exceptional song-writer. Her music is so real and fluid at the same time. Love her.

These are the lyrics to the song I sang for the group of mothers. It talks about the love a mother has for her child...and the love God has for his children. Us!


You Cannot Lose My Love

You will lose your baby teeth.
At times, you'll lose your faith in me.
You will lose a lot of things,
But you cannot lose my love.

You may lose your appetite,
Your guiding sense of wrong and right.
You may lose your will to fight,
But you cannot lose my love.


You will lose your confidence.
In times of trial, your common sense.
You may lose your innocence,
But you cannot lose my love.


Many things can be misplaced;
Your very memories be erased.
No matter what the time or space,
You cannot lose my love.
You cannot lose,
You cannot lose,
You cannot lose my love.

Know this truth and be blessed!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

"Whoever Said...

'You can't buy happiness' didn't know about puppies."
-Anonymous

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

...Jason Castro...

I may want to put David Archuletta in my pocket but Jason Castro is slowly winning over my ears (and maybe my heart).

His mello persona, scruffy dreds, raspy, sensitive voice and [uncannily] pretty features never cease to delight me when he steps onto the Idol stage.

Listen to his version of Hallelujah and swoon...

I'm tellin' ya, if this guy had an album out I'd run (not walk) and buy it.

P.S. I could never really fall in love with him though. I've made a vow to myself never to date a guy more pretty than myself. ;)

Too Much HGTV

We've been sorta glued to HGTV at our house in the last few weeks. Maybe it's Spring Fever making us itch to do something new. So...we have plans. Lots of plans. Hopefully you'll be seeing many "before and after" photos here in the coming months.

Living room before:

Disregard the mess...it's our house after Christmas morning. But notice the stark walls. Now, I'm a white decor type of girl, but this white is more due to busyness (or laziness) than a design choice.

During:

I picked this brown using this waaaay fun little tool on the Behr Paint website.

The accent wall after:
Love this color! There was a point last night when Mr. B. and I looked horrified at each other thinking it looked like Army Green instead of Delightful Brown. But now, in the morning light and dry, it's perfect. Phew!

We're going to add a little crown molding to the top and paint the other walls a complimenting lighter color. To Be Continued...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

On Days Like Today


The deck is abandoned for a late winter storm and we are glad that the saying, "In like a lion, out like a lamb" is true of March.

Hibernation, bear style, sounds like a very good idea.

HGTV saves my sanity.

Sweet, toothy grins also save my sanity:


Beck, showing us his "happy face."

I dream about a garden in the spring. With newly planted tomatoes, strawberries and blooming tulips.

I wonder if the weather gods got the memo that we left Minnesota weather behind two years ago and moved south...

Joy comes in the form of a girl in piggie tails talking on a pink cell phone:

Evie's FIRST pig-tails!

Have a happy Tuesday!