Tuesday, December 29, 2009

{Taco Soup}

Now that it’s winter, I love making soups & stews. Every time I mention having Taco Soup, I get lots of requests for the recipe so I thought this would be the best place to share. (I wish I had a picture, but unfortunately, I don’t . . . maybe I’ll add one later when I make it again.)
Taco Soup
1 lb ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped
1 can pinto beans
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can corn
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can chopped green chilies (or Rotel for a little spicier soup)
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Dip mix
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
Brown ground beef with chopped onion & add salt & pepper to tasted. Mix together all other ingredients & simmer. (Do not drain any of the canned ingredients). Serve with chips, sour cream & cheese.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

{Deck the Halls!}

Believe it or not, my house in the last few years was totally decked out at Christmas time. It was like a winter wonderland. This Christmas I’ve decided to Simplify a little bit so I went through all my decorations and am sending about half of them to charity.
Yeah, I’ll probably end up having a whole new collection of stuff but for now, I’m going with less is more.
House LightsA couple years ago we had icicle lights and they looked AMAZING that is until the Oklahoma wind blew them up on the roof. So, this year, we switched to red & white. My goal is to eventually make it look like a gingerbread house.
SnowmanThis little guy greets you as you pull into the driveway.
Front Door WreathWreath on my front door.
StairsHeaded up to the Man Cave now.
Jingle SleighLast minute, half-off purchase at Hobby Lobby. I’m usually horrible at vignettes/centerpieces but I was pretty pleased with this one.
Upstairs tree
Upstairs tree closeup

This little tree is a new addition and I love how it turned out. I actually kinda like it more than our big tree downstairs.
Well, that’s it. If you want to see more, I’ll have some pics on Flickr.

Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

{It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas}

Well, it has for some time now but I’m just now getting all my pictures uploaded. There are lots of pics so I think I’m going to have to do this in more than one post.
Blue&White-SnowmenThese little guys greet you when you walk in the front door.
Christmas-TreeTree in the daytime. My tree use to be light blue, white & silver but I’ve added some red and turquoise this year.
Candy Cane CenterpieceCenterpiece & Snowman Dishes in Dining Room. Can you tell I just threw a bunch of leftovers together for the centerpiece?
Acrylic SnowmanThe string of lights broke on this Acrylic Snowman. :( I have quite the collection but didn’t want to show you my messy kitchen in the background :)
red navy snowmenHow cute are these guys?
White-SnowmenMy snowman village. My mom bought me the set on the right. It’s one of my favorite decorations.
Ok, that’s all you get for now. Come back tomorrow and check out the rest of my decor.
Happy Holidays

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

{A Little Break}

Some of you may have noticed the big white rectangular box in my left sidebar. Well, that would be my Etsy shop. It’s empty. “Why?”, you ask. Well, in getting ready for the craft show last Saturday, I decided that after 3 years of running the shop, it was time for a break. So, from now until the first of the year the shop will be closed. During this time I plan to re-group and work on coming up with some new and fresh ideas.
Now, don’t worry. I’ll still be around, blogging, Twittering & Facebooking so if you are involved in any of those, let’s be friends!
Also, during this time, I would love to hear any comments/suggestions for the new year!
One more thing, so you don’t have to look at the big white box, I’m going to replace it with my Etsy Favorites!
Happy Holidays
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Monday, December 14, 2009

{Christmas Gift Tag Freebie!}

I’ve been wanting to create something to give my readers for a while now but haven’t had the chance, until now.
I was creating some gift tags tonight to use for our Christmas presents and thought, “hey! why don’t I share these with everyone else!” So, here ya go! Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

{Are YOU a Fruitcake?}

Browsing Etsy, I came across these fun Fruitcakes.
BeadCard  BagCard set
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Friday, December 4, 2009

{Frosty the Snowman}

So, everyone that knows me knows that I am obsessed with snowmen! When I decorate the house for Christmas, it is literally a winter wonderland! (I’ll be doing a post a little later of my decor  ;D)
Check out these snowmen found on Etsy!
Paper MacheCharm BraceletHangin AroundMugCandy CanesCoffee SleeveWhimsical
Did you enjoy the frosty little clan? Be sure to click on the pics to visit the creators’ shops!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

{Thanksgiving & The Aftermath}

I’ve been a bad blogger again. I have a good excuse though . . . . . . . Thanksgiving.
Here was my schedule starting Monday the 23rd:
Monday:  Work until 4pm / Go to store / Go home & work on cleaning house
Tuesday:  Work until 4pm / Go home & work on cleaning house.
Wednesday:  Work until 1pm / Go home work on cleaning house / Set table for Thursday
*I was soooo excited to have everything done early enough to get the table the night before!  It was a first for me!  :D
Place Setting Place Settings
Thursday:  Thanksgiving All Day . . . . . . . it was a good time.
Friday:  Rest Get up / Go eat breakfast / See what was left from the morning madness / Spend more time with family
Saturday:  Get up early / Drive two hours to visit Grandpa & family / Take pictures (it was the perfect setting . . . learned a lot about my new camera & what I need to do going forward when taking pictures) / Drive two hours home / Go to bed
Emma & Papa
Sunday:  Rest Get up, go to church / Go to lunch / Go to store  / Get out Christmas decorations to decorate / Prepare & eat dinner with family
Monday:  Get up & go to work (remembered I had to work late) . . . worked until 10:30pm  ---- Ugh, will I ever get some rest?!?!
Tuesday was better, I didn’t do much after work and last night I didn’t do anything so here I am, back to blogging! Did you miss me?
Stay tuned because I have lots planned (that’s what happens when you take an extra long break)!
Hope everyone else’s Thanksgiving was more relaxed than mine.

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