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Goodmorning Zombie

23 Jan

E woke up at 5:00 a.m. this morning with a serious boost of energy! I know I looked like a zombie and probably was absolutely no fun to play with but she seemed to have a good time playing by herself. Which brings us to 12:15 p.m. E barely ate any of her lunch (she did have a huge breakfast) and it took her all of 2 minutes to pass out as soon as she was laying on the couch. I picked her up and put her in her crib without waking her up and that never happens! Somebody was tired!! I’m not sure if this is going to be a continuous thing and I am crossing my fingers it’s not but I’d have to say she has been an angel all day long.

So here I am a little on the exhausted side trying to figure out what I want to eat for lunch and a little on the bummed side. I tried the Lasagna out of the Deceptively Delicious book and didn’t add the puree‘s just so I could see if I liked the recipe before I added deception 🙂 It wasn’t exactly my favorite thing in the world. This recipe is quite different from the way that my family usually makes lasagna so I was going into it with an ehh kind of mood. She uses cottage cheese and we use ricotta, she uses mozzarella and we use cheddar (and lots of it!!), she uses canned whole tomatoes pureed and we use tomato sauce (again LOTS of it!). I think I’ll stick to my version of lasagna and see if I can add deception that way. The way that she instructs you to make the meat it clumped it all together so it made it hard to spread out evenly in the pan, and the tomato wholes made it watery and not really saucy. The other thing I wasn’t to crazy about was that it was kind of bland. I think I would double the amount of garlic that she put in and maybe some other italian spices.

So far it’s the only recipe that I have tried that I don’t like! So I am not giving up, but I am making my own homemade lasagna 🙂

B has been amazing all day today. When he woke up and realized that E and I had been up since 5:00 a.m. he made breakfast for me, cleaned it up, took care of E when she needed attention, made her lunch, cleaned it up, and is now making me lunch. 😀 I am the luckiest girl in the world. He is even making tea (with the help of my instructions). What an amazing guy.

B plans on watching football all afternoon, and I’ll be watching the Steelers game tonight!! GO STEELERS!! And I am crossing my fingers E stays the little angel that she has been all morning so we can continue to have a completely lazy day (hopefully including a nap for me!)

I’ll be more interesting tomorrow, I promise 😉

Love Always,


Taco Soup

26 Nov

Taco Soup!!!

This is a meal I always have on hand CONSTANTLY. It may sound gross and look gross but oh baby it is NOT! This has been a traditional in our family since my Freshman year of highschool. My parent’s friends made a recipe that was similar to this and of course we edited to our liking. I have only met two people in my life that have tried this and didn’t like it. One – a highschool friend who didn’t like hamburger meat, beans, or tomatoes … and my husband who doesn’t like beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers, basically the entire thing. He’s a very picky eater though so don’t take his word for it!


One Pound of Hamburger Meat

One can of Rotel

Two cans of Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes

One can of Chili Beans

One can of Corn

One packet of Ranch Salad Dressing Seasoning

Two packets of Taco Seasoning


In a large pot pour in Rotel, Tomatoes, Chili Beans, and Corn with the juices and everything and cook on low heat stirring occasionally. In a medium-sized skillet, ground one pound of hamburger until cooked thoroughly and then strain. Add hamburger meat to the large pot and stir. Add the two packets of taco seasonings and one packet of ranch salad dressing seasoning. Stir until mixed completely and turn to medium heat for about 6-8 minutes.

AND VOILA! It’s done!

Extra Ingredients if you so choose:

We use Scoops to put the soup into and eat like a taco!!

Other things that are fun to add, shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and anything else your little heart desires!


This is perfect for cold weather and so easy to make its ridiculous. It is also awesome leftovers. If you are lazy like me a small-medium size bowl takes about two minutes in the microwave and it’s back to warm goodness!! Or if you are like my mother it takes a couple of minutes on the stove.


Love Always,


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