Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recipes + Dorito taco salad

Well summer is over and school Started and work started for me which means I look for easy and quick dinners. 
 Dorito taco salad is a meal that every member of my family ate. That equals success.

                     • 1lb ground beef
                     • 1 cup black beans 
                     • 2 romaine lettuce hearts
                     •  1 tomato, large 
                     • 1 cup Catalina dressing 
                     • 1 packet taco seasoning 
                     • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
                     • 1 cup nacho cheese 

                   1. Brown and crumble the   
                     Beef in skillet on medium 
                     high. Drain grease. Add 
                     Taco seasoning and water. 
                      Stir until boil, simmer for 10 
                      mins on low. Let cool.
                   2. In a bowl mix together 
                       Chopped lettuce, black 
                      beans, tomatoes, and 
                      cheese. Add beef and 
                      serve or chill 
                      in refridgerator. 
                      When ready to serve add
                 Doritos and dressing



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Family+ being in the present

Life is so hurried, distracted and for sure not easy. Changes can be stressful and hard for us to make, but change can make us stronger by living in the present. 

Here is a list of simple ways that I (we) can live in the now and the moment.

Disclaimer: this info was taken from the book, What a girl needs from her Mom.
By Cheri Fuller

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Letting go

We hello! I am hopefully back after taking sometime off. I had to focus on the summer and enjoying the time I had with my 3 amazing children.

Sometimes life can be full of joy and contentment, other times it can be filled with fear, anger and the unknowing. 
On Monday July 6th, our life got scary. My husband came home at a little later time than usual , but I just figured he had to work later, but then I look into his eyes and know that this was not a typical Monday. 
 The words, "I lost my job today" were said and I,at first was in denial and did not think it really happened, BUT it did.
 The tears began to flow and the worry of everything set in.
 We both knew this was a blessing because he was so unhappy, but we wanted to have control and have a job in place. Sometimes God has to push you out the door and get the ball rolling. 
 Through this process, Ryan and I are learning that we have to LET GO and trust God. His plans are much bigger and better than the plans we have for us, but the waiting is painful. The bills will start piling up and numbers will have to be scrunched tight. 
God has blessed us with a job I can work from home and not worry about childcare and can still pay some things with my income, but it is trusting that it will be enough. 

I (we) know the God will provide and not sure when or with what, but we need to just TRUST and know that GOD is in control and we will rest in that.
I just ask for prayers that a job comes soon so we do not have to get to the struggle point and not have to move , which we really want to advoid.
I found this binder on my daughters desk and teared up. How sweet is this. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer list

Well we are 2 weeks into our summer break, however because of all the rain we have gotten, it has been hard to enjoy the summer things we have on our list. 

Sometimes it is hard to figure out what to do without a plan in place. I had the kids help me make a list on a chalkboard with all the things we want to do and try to do all of them by summers end. They also wrote, so the handwriting is unique.

Something's on the list are things we do every summer , others are new and we want to do. 

We try keep activities cheap or free with maybe one splurge.

Disclosure: please excuse the messy paint on the chakboard. 

What things do you have planned?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Freedom Covenent Church

On Sunday, our small group had the opportunity to serve breakfast to the homeless and then attend their church service.

 I will tell you that is the most humble experience. In the society today, everything is about more. We always want more and to be honest, I have thought at times I want more.
 You know what though? We do have more. We have jobs and food to feed our hungry mouths. Beds to keep us comfy and warm, showers to keep us clean, clothes to choose from. What else do we need? The only thing we could use more of is Jesus.
 It was a great experience for the kids to see and know that this breakfast may be the only meal they get for a day or even for a week. Some live in boxes or tents or wherever they can find a place to eat .
 We are so blessed beyond measure.

 One of the light all moments that I took away from the church service is , we should never feel bad about the blessings we have , because they are blessings from God.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Easy banana bread

I had some very ripe bananas and did not  want to throw them away so the girls and I decided to make easy banana bread.

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed (I used four)
    1/3 cup melted butter
    1 cup sugar (they say you can easily use 3/4 cup, I went with a cup)
    1 egg, beaten
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    Pinch of salt
    1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • Mash bananas 

    Mix the egg, bananas, vanilla in a bowl and then add flour last. 

    Pour the mixture in a 8x5 bread pan and cook for an hour @ 350

    This turned out so yummy. Next time I may add strawberrys to the mix. I bet that would taste even better.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Teacher gifts

I have taken a little tiny break from blogging. The stomach bug got our  house and we were down for the count and I had to finish the school year teaching. It got really rough and crazy for the last couple weeks.
 Now it is summer break and I can be lazy. Yay for lazy days of summer.

One of the posts I had in planned was to post the teacher gifts I gave the teachers at the end of the year.
I always try to do something simple, but meaningful.

 I always try to give books that describes the teacher or teaching in general. Books to me are the best gift. They can used year after year. I have the kids write a note in it and then I always add one as well. We sign are name and date it. 
I remember teaching and getting books with a note inside and I to this day, still use the books and remember who gave it to me.

I gave this book to the elementary teachers. It is about a class describing how unique each teacher is. 
I asked the kids in word to describe their teacher and that was he word we wrote in the page.

The preschool teachers got Mrs. Spitzers Garden.  The teacher in the book has a classroom of plants. She waters them everyday and makes sure they are growing . At the end of the book, the flowers have grown into beautiful plants, just like preschoolers blossom towards the end of the year. 
The kids love giving them and the teachers love receiving them. It's a win , win.

Hope everybody is enjoying your summer so far.