January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King day or MILK day as my 5 year old called it. We are out of school and home getting things "done."

Today is a good day. I feel good, which is becoming more and more rare.  I hate being unhealthy. I am attempting to change that. I started a medical driven program through the clinic I'm working for. I will report as time goes on. Right now I am taking 4 supplements and doing "medical food" supplements for Diabetics. I am excited and I am motivated. I pray it lasts.  I am tired of feeling sick, I am tired of having no energy and I'm tired of not being the parent I always envisioned I would be BECAUSE of my health! I am TRYING. I am HOPEFUL. I am GRATEFUL!

I am thankful for Martin Luther King. He was a voice to a generation that listened. I pray more men and women like him will stand up for what is RIGHT in America. We need it!

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August 12, 2013

 It's a big week in the life of our little family of two. L turns 5 on Thursday..F I V E! WHA?  AND...the very same day starts Kindergarten!!! I don't know about you but I think that's kinda cruel for mama's...especially mama's of only one little! Today...Monday...I feel calm and collected and okay with everything. We have "Back to School" night tonight where we meet her teacher, see her classroom, etc. I have no idea how the week will progress emotionally. L spent the last 10 days with Grammy and Papa and came home last night feeling very emotional. She cried about a lot of silly things and could not go to sleep.  I'm going to chalk that up to "transition". I think...kids just know when things are changing.  It's normal but not easy.

Actually, I'm excited about the changes that I'm trying to incorporate into our lives and excited to "get started."  One of the biggest changes HAS to come from me.  You see...well...um...I have a problem.  I am a lazy slob! I've always had "issues" with keeping things neat and clean but in the last 3 years it has escalated to a ridiculous place. I am ashamed to admit that my house is so embarrassing NO ONE and I mean NO ONE would get in without a notice and a notice that was probably at least a week or 2 out...if not more.  It thwarts every area of my life and my child.  She is 5 and it's on like donkey kong! When your child, driving along in the car randomly says, "mommy....our house is not pleasing to God" it's BAD! She said that about 2 weeks ago and it has rung in my ears ever since.  So...I sent her to Grammy's and made a plan to get started on the long overdue task of cleaning and decluttering.

She left on Thursday and was not going to be home for 10+ days. WOOT! Time to clean and organize without the distractions.  So...Friday came, Saturday, Sunday...Monday, er...Tuesday, Wednesday..uh..Thursday, Friday...yep...and Saturday arrived. The DAY BEFORE I was to go pick her up.  I had done NOTHING! NOTHING! I got up Saturday, watched about 3 episodes of Downton Abbey, Series 1 again..for the third time and kept telling myself. "I have to get up an get busy."  My ever enduring sis in law was headed over later that day to help reorganize and clean L's room for part of her birthday present.  I finally got up and started about 12:30.  I made some headway and we did get her room finished and was so pleased with it.  I continued the next day, because I was on a roll. I made A LOT of headway. It is now Monday and I still have a lot of work to get done.

I'm writing this mainly for myself. I know I really have no audience at this point, so it's easier to make all these embarrassing admissions to cyberspace.  So this will become a place of admissions and working it out.  I need accountability, if only to myself.

I am realizing that small steps are necessary in developing the habit of keeping my house and life decluttered.  It will be hard to start slow but I'm determined to do it this way because my past efforts have always failed in sticking to it.

I still have some areas that need lots of work ie. the craft closet, my bedroom, the garage, but I am starting small so as to not set myself for failure.  Today I will continue cleaning, bathrooms, floors, laundry.

Non negotiable task this week. Cleaning the kitchen every day.  This is SUCH a huge thing for me. I'm so embarrassed to admit it. I used to tell people that I was  "clean" person...just messy.  That has become a lie. I do NOT keep a clean kitchen.  And what is so messed up is if I go to someone's house whose kitchen is filthy, I get so grossed out.  ME=hypocrite!

Today I have:

unloaded the dishwasher

Cleaned the kitchen



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February 5, 2013

Chili's Enchilada Soup

I have to say, this is one of my all time favorite restaurant soups. I get every single time I go to Chili's. The first time I made a copy cat recipe was about 1999 and it was an absolute hit but it was painstaking and a lot of details and ingredients so I only made it a few times. So with the help of millions of mommy bloggers, the obsession with recipes and food networks and all that,there are a plethora of tweaked and scaled down versions of this same recipe and while I looked at a dozen, I still tweaked it to my own liking and I think it turned out smashingly! Here is exactly what I do:

I stew a whole chicken to make my own broth and have chicken for 2-3 recipes. I don't like this soup loaded with meat so I only use about a cup of shredded cooked chicken. So stew, boil, roast your chicken and get you a cup of it. I also do not spend the money on Masa Harina flour because I never use it and I've found it is NOT necessary. I ALWAYS have tortilla chips on top of the fridge. Those work perfectly in enchilada soup. I use about 20 round Tostito chips(any brand will do..this is just a size reference, you don't want too many because it will be too thick and TOO "corn" tasting.

I also use a stick blender to blend it until smooth...this is a HUGE help but not necessary, you can always use your blender. The stick is just a lot more convenient.

2 Tablespoons of oil
1 cup or one whole diced onion
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 28 oz can of tomatoes(crushed, whole, stewed, diced..any will do)
1 quart of chicken broth (homemade, canned, box...)
2 tsps. of chicken base(I use Better than Bouillon paste)
1 10 oz. can of red enchilada sauce
1 can of ranch style beans
20-25 round tortilla chips
1 tablespoon of Adobo
1 packet of Sazon (if you don't know what this is...get to the Hispanic isle and get you some to ALWAYS have on hand)
1 tsp. of black pepper
1 cup of diced, cooked, chicken
1 cup of shredded colby jack cheese

If you are THIS kind of cook...add more cumin, add more coriander, add more onion or garlic powder or whatever spice you want MORE of. I tweak with sprinkles of this and that if I need to. It's not an exact science and sometimes just throwing in similar spices will get the EXACT flavor you are wanting. ADD HEAT IF YOU WANT (I can't because of my little one

In LARGE dutch oven, soup kettle, TUB, heat the oil and add onions and garlic, Adobo, Sazon and chicken base. Cook until onions are soft (5 minutes). Add tomatoes, broth, enchilada sauce, ranch style beans and tortillas. Cook on med. high for 10 minutes. Blend all ingredients until smooth in blender or with stick blender. Simmer for one hour then add chicken and CJ cheese. Heat through and serve with tortillas strips and more cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, etc. (I leave out the lb. of velveeta that Chili's puts in their soup because of the fat and calories. It is creamier and richer with it so add it if you want. It's VERY VERY good but I think this is a little healthier alternative and just as tasty!

ENJOY! Photobucket

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January 3, 2013

Here We Go!!!!

So- it's been awhile since I've been here. We left for vacation in Nashville and then headed down to the sunny Emerald Coast in Florida. WE had such a special and fun 10 days! We made it back after our trip through 8 different states and 14 hours on the road and got slammed with every kind of Christmas, holiday, cheer there was to have. Christmas parties and holiday events, Christmas programs and dance programs and school parties and shopping and wrapping and cookie parties and family get together's, a carriage ride through downtown to look at Christmas lights, SANTA and his cookies, reindeer and their carrots, squealing and jumping up and down, eating YUMMY food and laughing with family and friends. Ultimately giving thanks and saying thank you to the One that makes everything good in our lives possible. Jesus! JESUS! You are and will forever be our greatest gift and joy.

We have survived the last several weeks without sickness(knocking on wood now), without major upheaval and WITH lots of fun and love. I know precious families who have lost loved ones, right here at home. I am reminded of the horrible tragedy in Connecticut and those moms and dads that likely sat around at Christmas with the biggest hole in their heart. I've prayed for them and cried for them...those and the ones here at home. Loss is so great and it darkens the holidays...every year after. I pray that the love of God and light of Jesus will shine so brightly in their lives especially at the holidays.

Smashbook page 1
We are in 2013...a date, as a child, that seemed from outer space but here we are. We survived the "end of the world" according to the Mayans..that wasn't so bad but yet we still have to face Obama and whatever his true agenda is. God help us. Protect us. I'll write more as the days come. I'm in LOVE with my new Smashbook! Go get you one...SO.MUCH.FUN!!! Here are pictures of our days the last few weeks! Enjoy and HAPPY 2013!!! May God richly bless you and your family!

Love, L
A little doodle I did for the inside cover of my Smashbook!
Telling Oscar goodbye...it was a little sad!

So pretty!

So happy it snowed Christmas Day!

CLEAN!(not for long)

Devon Energy Building GIGANTIC Christmas Balls they were SO cool!

OK Premiere Carriage...GOOOOOD People!

Sneaky Oscar helped us grow candy canes!

The BEST sugar cookies EVAH! Box of Funfetti Cake Mix and Follow these directions!

My new coffee TOY=LOVE

It's SNOWED!! So perfect!

New Year's Black Eyed Peas!

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