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Hopping to It: September 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Taco soup...crockpot style

I saw a video the other day from crockpot girls for a taco soup! It looked so yummy! So today while wondering what to make, well that came to mind! I made a few adjustments and have no idea the outcome but here is what I did!
I ground two pounds (I doubled the recipe) of beef and I added one pack of taco seasoning.

Four cans on beans, two pinto, one with chili sauce and one navy(I didn't have the forth can of pinto. Recipe called for two cans pinto and two cans pinto with Ranch.). I didn't see the pinto with Ranch so I adapted)

I added 3 cans diced tomatoes

Two cans drained corn

I used salsa (had to get this, it has frogs)

And the recipe said ranch package, but since I am allergic to MSG, I found this. It has Ranch and bacon, so we will see.

I'm going to cook all day-looks more like taco chili!

Will service with two kinds of chips, cheese and sour cream!

I'll update tonight how yummy or not!:)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Before and after-kitchen

Ok, so in our house there is always dirty dishes! And even after I did this cleaning job, there where was cup thrown in by Jeremy. But I saw on Fly lady a video of before and after of a kitchen. It happens to us all! Before you know it, junk takes over, dirty dishes everywhere. So today in 2 hours ( dealing with kids mixed in) here is what I was able to do!

The before, morning dishes and a lot of junk sitting around.

One of the kids I deal with!!

20 minutes in

45 minutes in


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where was I?

It seems that this is the question everyone whats to know on Sept 11.  Or on the day the shuttles blew up, or that day that the tornadoes hit.  Most days we may not remember what we were doing, but on those days that have impacted us in ways we are still realizing, we remember where we were.
I was at Ascension Lutheran Church, subbing for our child care center 3 year old class.  The director came in told me that Pastor Bernie called about the first plane.  We thought it was just an accident.  Then she came back in and told me the second plane hit, I said this is no accident.  Soon the news about the 3rd and 4th plane made it's way to us.   I finished subbing and headed over to church to lead a women's bible study.  After talking about the morning events, I spent the morning glued to the little TV we brought into the office and waited for news from my husband who was working at Redstone army base. 
I was 8 months pregnant.  I was facing a world of unknowns for my son who was soon going to make his way into this world. 
10 years later, most of my children only know that world after 9-11    Homeland security, 9/11, terrorist, twin towers, tolerance, wars...these are all words that are in our everyday life.   But this has not effected my children in terms of growing up.    They still play out side, ride bikes, go to school, go to church, go to baseball games, travel, laugh, cry, learn more about our country and their faith and to be proud of what they believe in and not to let anyone tell them they are wrong because of what they believe in. 
10 years ago while teaching that ladies bible study class one of the ladies was telling me of an other Sept 11, back in the 1940 when she was a child, hidden in a room in a house in Germany with bombs exploding around her.  We all have our stories to tell.


Bowling Time

Today we had a church youth and family bowling event! We had twenty people show up and loads of fun was all around!!


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Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Little Cheer

Today we let AnnieQ do a little cheerleading camp up at our local Highschool. It is a fundraiser for the cheerleading team.

-annieQ is next to the girl in red shirt-she has pants on in front of one of the cheerleader with the yellow shirt.

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Better Oatmeal

I'm not one to always push products, but I found the most amazing oatmeal and it's not Quaker.

-I found these at Krogers for a $1 each box. I thought I would try them. I love the fact they already have flaxseeds in them. And when you pour the hot water in, it smells soo good!
Also another nice little feature is the package also can be used to measure the water to mix in then microwave! This is a hit in our house!

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