Friday, June 28, 2013

"Never eat more than you can lift. " - Miss Piggy

We FINALLY had our second dinner club! Of course I forgot to take pictures. There were only five of us able to attend last month. The theme was "Cinco de Mayo"!

Dishes included chili dip, Chicken Tortilla Soup, enchiladas, and spicy salsa & guacamole. All were washed down with margaritas of course! All the food was delicious, although I didn't like my dish that much. :( The enchiladas were a little too beany for me. Is that even a word? If not, it is now!

We all voted again and the winning dish by an unanimous vote was.....

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP!!!! (Congratulations mom!)

She said she got this recipe from a teacher she works with at school. It was delicious! Unfortunately, my daughter didn't like it, so I will have to wait until she moves out in order to make it. Only 9 more years to go!

If you like Mexican food, and you can't have dairy, this is a perfect recipe for you! You can make it as spicy as you want with your salsa. Enjoy it!! And hope you had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo!!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
(This dish can bee made on the stove or in a slow cooker!)

1 can of refried beans
1 16oz. can of chicken broth
2 cups of salsa (my mom used mild, but you choose your spiciness)
3-4 chicken breasts cut up into bite size cubes
1 can of black beans, drained & rinsed
1 15oz. can of whole kernel corn including liquid

If you are cooking on the stove, bring all ingredients to a boil. In a slow cooker, mix all ingredients and cook on auto for 4 hours.

Serve topped with grated cheddar cheese and sour cream!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

“Love is like seaweed; even if you have pushed it away, you will not prevent it from coming back.” - Nigerian proverb

I'm baaaaaaaack!!!!!! I know you all have been so depressed in my hiatus, I'm sure you have had nothing amazing to read while you waited! =) Self-centered much Kate?!

Honestly, the end of the school year and softball almost killed me! I had no time to breathe, almost literally. So if you are one of the many, many people I haven't responded to emails or posts, I truly apologize from the bottom of my heart. I am slowly, and I mean S-L-O-W-L-Y working my way through all of it to respond. I've only been on summer break since Thursday and Grace had a playoff softball tournament this past weekend, so really, this is day 3 of summer vacation!

Any who.... although I've been absent from the blog, my ideas and thoughts have not been. I've been jotting things down to write about and projects to take on while off for the summer. I can't wait to make blogging more of my weekly plans!


This is my blogging notebook. I have loved it, but it is not as organized as I'd like it to be. I try to write my ideas and points about the idea below it. Eventually, it gets very random in this thing! I'm working on a more organized way to plan.

If you know me, you know I have have binders and notebooks with lists for literally EVERYTHING!! Below it my "To Do" binder. I get made fun of wherever I go with this thing. For one, it's the smallest binder many people have seen. It seriously is cute it's so small. Then I have it divided into categories: Home, School, Blog, Miscellaneous. Of course people say, "You must have a lot to do." In all honesty, if I don't write it down, I can not remember to do it! My mind is all over the place half the time, and I try to do eight things at one time, so simple things like "make dentist appointments" can COMPLETELY slip my mind if I don't write it down.

I like to categorize it so that when I'm at work and remember something I have to do at home, I can write it on the at home list that I will look at once I'm home. And vice versa. Blog just holds ideas I think of in the car, or in the shower, or at 3am when I'm wide awake, all times and places that I do my best thinking! I usually don't have time to write details, but I can quick jot down the idea and move on so I don't forget later. Miscellaneous holds my errands and whatnot.

Ok, so I'm crazy! I know, but it's how I function. I even have a notebook for different things I'm involved it. I have TONS of these notebooks. If you are a teacher you know how composition books are overflowing in your storage. Well I decided to use a few of my donated notebooks. I have a notebook for different activities I'm involved in, like the dinner club and book club I started this year. I thought I was pretty creative in making "dividers" for the notebook so I wouldn't waste a whole notebook for one activity. I really don't need a whole notebook to manage those ideas. Those are pieces of duct tape and white label stickers I had. I'm so fancy aren't I! More like cheap, I know!

Categorizing my lists have seem to help me maintain calmness and not seem so overwhelming with one HUMONGOUS running to do list. Thought I'd share for anyone else out there looking to organize their random thoughts! :)