The best part about our “retirement” is that we finally have the chance to sit still and plant roots. After much discussion we settled on the amazing southwest. We’ve been here almost 3 weeks now and it’s been great. The days are warm, sunny and breezy. Which is amazing for February seeing as much of our family is dealing with tons of snow and ice. While the weather is amazing, the best part for me is finally having the chance to make a home. In our previous homes I’ve never decorated much for fear of having to turn right back around and take it down. I’ve found myself addicted to Pinterest searching for inspiration for rooms and my eventual garden. Our taste are very vintage eclectic. We love metal signage, bright colors and bold statement pieces. The house we are in has a few accent walls but they are brown on tan. A paint job is needed. This is kinda the look and feel I am going for.
52 in 52 weeks. Photos of my family once a week for a whole year(52 weeks)
We eat tacos a lot. I mean like at least once a week sometimes more. Venom loves tacos and Taco bell. Everytime we pass on she thinks we need to stop and get a taco. This recipe was created after trying to think up a different way to serve tacos. Its a variation of Taco Pie that my Step-Mom made when I was younger. Its now a family favorite that when made leaves no leftovers. Its easily adaptable to your food preferences. this is my base recipe and I change it up from time to time. Add what you want. I’ve added rice, olives, jalapenos, topped with lettuce, crumbled corn chips and more.
Recipe: Taco Bake
1lb ground beef
2tbsp taco seasoning
1can Rotel tomatoes
half of a medium onion
1 can of refried beans
1- 2cup package of cheddar cheese
3 or 4 tortillas
9×9 baking dish
1.) cook ground beef until brown. While meat cooks Heat up Refried beans in a pan.
2.) dice onion and add to beef. Cook until edges become translucent.
3.) Drain liquid from tomatoes and mix with meat and onions.
4.) sprinkle taco seasoning over meat. mix until all incorporated.
5.)lightly grease baking dish before placing a tortilla in the bottom.
6.) Spread with refried beans
7.) add a layer of meat (I used about have of the meat mix)
8.) Add Cheese.
9.) Top with Tortilla and repeat for a second layer. ( you can add more than 2 layers but my pan fits 2 nicely)
10. Top with a generous heap of cheese.
11.) put in oven for 10-15 mins. Cheese should be melted and tortillas golden brown.
12.) Serve and Enjoy. Garnish as you wish.
2013 is officially over and gone. What a year it was. My life seemed to be in total and complete chaos at points and complete perfection at other. So is life I guess. Here are my top 5 best moments.
1. Celebrating another great year of marriage with my amazing husband.
2. Giving birth to my second beautiful baby girl.
3. Over coming and making the best of health situations.
4. Started The Diaper Wars (which turns ONE this month!!!)
5. Went to Boston/ Salem, MA/ DC and my first MLB Game (Woot woot Congrats to the Red Sox for winning the series.)
This Year is going to be even better. The biggest thing I’ve learned is to not sweat the small stuff. Everything happens for a reason even if we don’t know what the reason is. I have learned to live in the moment and take it one day at a time. Its defiantly something I want to continue on in to this year. That is my main goal. I also want to continue on with the blog(s) and growing the business. I’ve been researching new designs and resources available to me. I’m excited about whats to come.
As for this blog, now that I have mastered how to create digital PDF Patterns I plan to offer more on here as well as tutorials. I am also going to be doing a 52 photos in 52 weeks. its a weekly photo of my girls to show the change and progression as they grow. I may do Bones and I as well. Or make it a weekly family photo.
Have a wonderful and amazing New Year! Happy 2014
Wow what a busy couple of weeks I’ve had. We had or weekend trip to Florida, which while there Venom burned her fingers and screamed bloody murder for 5 hours straight before crying herself to sleep. We spent the whole time in the hotel room and driving. I didn’t even get to go to the popcorn place I love. I guess I will be mail ordering that. Nothing like fresh though. When we got home, We spent the rest of our week cleaning and purging. Since our spring was so chaotic and we didn’t get to “spring clean” we are doing it now. Over our last few moves we have accumlated things that we don’t need, should have been thrown out 3 moves ago, or things we no longer using. Some how we ended up with boxes that were nothing but trash/junk to be thrown out. I was not thrilled about finding that.
We’ve all been sick and cranky as well. Venom is cutting her 3year molars. Roo is going through a growth spurt. Then the seasons are changing and so my Menieres has flared up full force again. I’ve only touched my machine a few times and I’ve been on the laptop just as much. I did manage to get Roo’s Halloween costume made and have Venom’s drafted. Hers is a bit more complicated than Roo’s. So it’s taking a bit more time. She is going as Twilight Sparkle and Roo is Spike.
Have you decided on Halloween costumes yet? If so what will you or your little ones be?