Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

I wanted to share a soup recipe that I made yesterday. I was trying to clean out some things I had like potatoes and frozen beans. I thought soup would be perfect! It turned out really good so I thought I would pass along!

Vegetable Beef Soup

1lb ground beef
1 onion (chopped)
6 oz tomato paste
14.5 oz Stewed tomatoes
8 oz tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1/2 beef broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp wet garlic
4 potatoes (peeled and diced)
14.5 can of green beans 
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen Lima beans
1 cup frozen black eyed peas

1. Brown ground beef with chopped onion. Drain if needed.

2. Add everything else! 

3. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1hr, stirring occasionally, or until you eat! {Mine simmered for about 2 hours}

Then make a grilled cheese sandwich to go along with it!

It seems like a lot of ingredients but it's things that you mostly have on hand. If you don't have the kind of beans that I used you can also substitute it for other beans, or whatever else you have that you like in soup!

Jared said it needed more salt and pepper so just go with what you like on that! I thought it was perfect!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Do you ever get so overwhelmed with MESS everywhere?? I don't know if it's just Finn or what, but he will make the biggest mess in about 2 minutes{tell me your kids do this to!}. It drives me crazy!! I like to put Wells down for a nap and spend a little time on the computer downstairs, checking emails, messing on the Internet, paying bills and whatnot. I can sit down and seriously in just a few minutes look over and this is what I find!

I like to keep his toys somewhat organized and I get so tired of organizing EVERYday! I try to make him do it but he always wants me to help {wouldn't you if you had that kind of mess!}, and I like it organized and he throws it all together! 

Well, I guess I will let it slide because he doesn't feel good and he is pretty cute..

Guess I better get to cleaning!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Miscellany Monday!

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1. Pinterest is the best invention ever.. At night Jared and I like to sit {after the kids are in bed and we can silence!} and search the Internet. I find recipes and other things that I like to remember, and now I just hit "Pin it" and it goes right to my page. I use my iPad to cook with everyday and can just pull up the recipe and sit my iPad right there with me and get to cookin'. I found this under-the-counter iPad speaker thing at Kohl's that I REALLY want! It would be great for the kitchen!

I also have been doing a lot of DIY projects that I have found on there. {my camera is upstairs and i'm to lazy to go and get it right now!} I will post pictures later!

2. Days before Christmas and my kids have colds!!! ugh..I have one that was up all night crying and snotty, and one beside me right now crying and snotty! Fun times! We have been VERY fortunate to not have anything up until now. We have things planned for the week/weekend so I hope they kick it quick. If not they are going out snotty...everyone else spreads germs so I guess we will to!

3. I have been trying to do a post with pictures for days now and can't get them to upload! 

4. My kids DO NOT like Santa! Finn will not even get close to him and wants nothing to do with him! It doesn't bother me at all that Finn says "I don't like Santa Claus". We play with our Little Peoples nativity set everyday and talk about the real reason for Christmas..That's all that matter's to me. 

This is the best we got this year and I don't even attempt to do better! 

This is the Little Peoples Nativity Set. 

It is really neat for little kids. Mine is a little different but pretty close.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Wells!

Happy 1st Birthday to Wells!

We gave her a pink 4-wheeler for  her Birthday today! 
{forgetful me forgot to charge it last night so she won't be riding it for 10 hours!!}

We couldn't have asked for a sweeter little girl! She has the best little personality and is so pleasant. Not to mention we could just eat her up she is so cute! Ha! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

1st Birthday Party

Saturday we had Wells' 1st birthday party! We had a simple little party and it turned out great! 

{beware there are a ton of pictures!}

Everything turned out perfect and we are enjoying just laying around, relaxing with the kids today! We have been working ourselves to death getting the basement done. I can't believe Wells is 1 already, and for some reason it's really sad for me this time around. This may be my last 1st birthday, or maybe not, who knows!