20 + Years

Life after Homeschooling

For over 20 years (5 children) at this time of the year I would be making lessons plans, gathering unit study supplies and making books lists in preparation for the new school year.
Not this year. This year I am under the shady tree with a cold drink and a stack of my favorite magazines.
#myjobisdone #lastchildgraduated

Taco Spaghetti

My husband found this on Pinterest. I love it when he finds new things he is willing to try out!

Taco Spaghetti

5 oz. dried spaghetti, broken
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
1 Jar of Southwest Salsa
1 cup sliced pitted black olives
1 cup colby jack or cheddar, shredded
4 oz. can diced green chili peppers, drained
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is brown. Drain fat. Stir in water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked pasta, olives, half of the cheese, salsa, and green chili peppers.

3. Transfer mixture to lightly greased 2-quart round casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake until melted.

4. Serve with shredded lettuce, tortilla chips, tomatoes, and sour cream, if desired.

Taco Spag

Memorial Day

While today we remember men and woman who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces, it is also a day of general reflection for loved ones who are gone – a focus of our memory on them.

How it became a summer kick-off and BBQ event I do not know. Yes, we are having our family BBQ today. The husband (former Air Force Sargent back in the day) would not have it any other way.

It has also become a big race car weekend – Nascar and Formula One. Again making my husband very happy.

I did most of my food prep Saturday and Sunday. With the help of the family, today will be a holiday for me too, allowing me even time to write here.

I have some good news about my Mother and Mother in Law.

My Mother had a radioactive PET scan 2 weeks ago and when she met with the surgeon last week for the results he told her that the tumor they biopsied after being found in December 2013 is gone. He has no explanation that he can give for why it is gone. I do know that many people were praying for my Mom and it is nothing short of a miracle.

My Mother in Law has had a terrible past few months and was taken from the senior living home and hospitalized twice. The last time being very scary life and death stuff. She was in the this last time for almost a month.

She is out now and in physical therapy to get her legs strong again. When I last saw her she was able to use her walker again, but tires easily. While in the hospital one of the doctors on her team asked if he could be her doctor. She jumped at the chance and said yes. This will be wonderful, instead of when she is feeling ill and putting in a request to see the Physicians Assistant at the home (and then waiting) she or one of us in the family can make an appointment for that day or the next and keep ahead of all these health issues.

Very good news indeed.




I Could Never be a RN

Hats off to medical people everywhere!
I have been taking care of convalescing Mothers and Mother in Laws. Some of the medical aspects of what I have to do make my head spin.

Things have settled into a routine and I am coming to terms with the fact that I have a 20 hour a week part time job. I am also always on 24 hour call/ 7 days a week.

I did eventually get the Christmas decor put away. A week later I got out my regular “pretty stuff”. I did make a quick trip to Ikea before my Mother in Law was released from the Rehab center (for stroke recovery). I had decided to make new curtains for the kitchen window. The least expensive way was kitchen towels from Ikea :- } Next post I will add photos of my “pretty stuff.”



Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 C Jiffy Baking Mix
1/2 C Sugar
3/4 C Milk
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 bag Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
cupcake liners

Heat oven to 400 degrees Mix ingredients by hand or in a stand-up mixer. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 -20 min. or until skewer come out clean. Makes about 14

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Christmas Photo Cards – Christmas Already?

Is it to early? I don’t think so.

I am also the person who like to see seasonal decor up and available in the store 2 or months ahead of the actual time. I like to see what is available, what is new, what are the prices. For us it takes time to save up the money if there is something I have my eye on.

I know people complain and complain “Christmas already?! We are not even through Halloween” I guess they have their reasons, but I don’t think they realize how many people out there are like me.

Well the retailers do. And then there is the whole craft industry and folks who make their gifts and decor. 4 week before Christmas to make these things will not work and the crafters and craft industry thank goodness know this.

Christmas Card Photo- I can not decide which I like better.

For this one I found the template at Poofy Cheeks and followed the links to Chelsea Peterson Photography Facebook page. I used a combination of Photoshop and Foto Fusion. I needed a chalkboard font. I found several here at Fonts Cafe .

7x5 Chrsitmas kids

For this one I found the template at I Heart Faces and downloaded the zip files. I used a combination of Photoshop and Foto Fusion. I used Photoshop to change the color. I used Foto Fusion for the type.





























It is silly, but I have never been so excited to send out Christmas cards. Last year at the Christmas season the realities of 3 years of unemployment and scattered temp jobs and unemployment insurance stopping while it was decided if we could have an extension or not made for a Christmas that was not.  If it had not been for a kind family bringing us food straight from their pantry and refrigerator, we would not have even had food that week.

I could not send out cards, there was not even money for stamps.

Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast

There are several recipes on the Internet for this. I found this on Pinterest, followed the links, but never pinned it.

Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast

  • 1 loaf Texas Toast
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons C and H Super Fine Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen *or
  • 2 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Butter, for frying
  • Extra blueberries, icing sugar and pure maple syrup, to serve

*what I did is bought a jar of Wild Blueberry All Natural Fruit at SaveMart for under $4.00. I spread the jam on between the slices before cooking and a bit on top before eating.
Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fully combined. Add blueberries and beat again (or I spread the jam on between the slices before cooking). Spread cream cheese over half the Texas Toast slices and sandwich together with remaining bread.

In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and cinnamon. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat and add a knob of butter. Dip sandwiched bread into the egg mixture for about 20-30 seconds on each side and then place into the frypan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining bread. I had a little extra left, so I saved it for the next morning made it again.

Dust with icing sugar, serve with fresh blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

I received a hand-me-down itouch. I was playing with the camera for these photos.

Baker's Sugar

Blueberry JAm

French Toast cooking

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