Thursday, October 30, 2008

Think About It Thursday - Some Friends...

Some friends....
Current mood: blessed

It's crazy how you can know a person, be friends with a person for sooooo many years, almost half of your life in fact, be in their wedding and have them in yours, then lose touch for a few years here and there, only keeping in touch periodically over the years and yet when you do meet up, it's like you have never been apart at all! You can just pick right up where you left off and catch up over coffee with all the goings on in each others lives. It is so nice to be able to talk to someone who knows you so well, and you in turn know equally as well so that when you sit down, the conversation just flows freely with no awkward pauses or silences. If there is silence, it is a comfortable one. To offer encouragement, support and advice and know that you are getting the same honesty in return. It is so nice to be able to be yourself around this person and know you aren't being judged by your actions--past or present. To know that even through all the years, there is that special bond, a place in each other's hearts, that this person will always hold, no matter the time or distance that may part you.

I am so blessed by the amazing special friends that I have in my life! I love each and every one of them!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2-Point Weight Watcher Taco Soup

I literally "stole" this recipe from my neighbor, Mel a month or so ago when she was organizing her recipes!!! I have been dying to try it so yesterday, I finally got around to making it (with a few minor changes)! And it was YUMMY! The best part, it's only 2 points for ONE CUP of soup! And left overs can be frozen to zap in the microwave for a quick lunch or dinner later on! Woohoo!

What You Need:

1 lb ground turkey, ground sirloin, or lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 (1oz) envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, dry
1 (1oz) envelope Taco Seasoning mix (hot or mild), dry
1 (16oz) can pinto beans
1 (16oz) can chili beans (hot or regular)
1 (16oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (8oz) can diced Mexican-style tomatoes
1 (8oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (4oz) diced green chillies (mild or hot)

**Note, I subbed a can of Hunts Tomato Sauce for the tomatoes since D wont eat the things**

1. Brown meat with onions and garlic and drain.
2. Mix ranch dressing and taco seasoning into meat.
3. Without draining, add all of the other ingredients
4. Simmer 1 hour or in crock pot on low as desired, stirring occasionally.

Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped black olives, and crackers or Fritos!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Meal Plan Monday ~ October 27th


Okay ya'll, tryin' to get "back in the saddle"! =) Here's what's cookin' in my kitchen this week!

Monday - Taco Soup
Tuesday - Steaks, salad, and baked potato
Wednesday - Spaghetti
Thursday - Girls Night In! Drinks and Spooky Snacks will be served at my Cookie Lee Jewelry Party!
Friday - Halloween - I am makin' chili!

For more Meal Plan Monday ideas, click here

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Costume

This year I am doing something different for Halloween...I have decided to MAKE my own costume!!! =) A) because the costume I wanted was only available online, and I couldn't bring myself to spent $50+s&h on something that I hadn't tried on, and B) because I couldn't see SPENDING $50+s&h on something that I will more than likely only wear ONE TIME! In the not so recent past, $50 was nothing, a drop in the hat, but these days, times are harder, things are tighter, and now instead of just myself to think of, there is my daughter. So here will be my attempt at "craftiness", which I am sadly lacking, unless it has to do with writing, because I really don't think I have a talented bone in my body! :P

This is what I am hoping my costume will resemble. Stay tuned for more pics on my progress!

Deviant Housewife