Wednesday, August 5, 2015


We've added quite a few FAVORITE dishes to our biweekly meal plans, I'm always looking for more that my kids will eat (and with picky eaters, one whom won't eat CHEESE, it's a struggle) 

I'm going to be adding tried and true recipes here.

The first one Korean Beef using ground beef

My husband works for a company that offers deep discounts on beef products, and we almost always have a freezer full of ground beef. A lot of our recipes use it and when I found this one I was so excited... my kids LOVE rice and East Asian food.

My husband found this recipe online.. maybe, I honestly don't know.

This has been a hit since we first made it & it's been on our monthly or bimonthly year plan for a year now.

This recipe is so good, even better than take out!

We usually double it to have plenty of left overs for the hubs to take to work for lunch.

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1lb ground beef
1T sesame seed oil
3 garlic clove, minced
¼C brown sugar
¼C soy sauce
½t fresh ginger (or 1/8 ground ginger)
black pepper, to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)
6 green onions, chopped

Cooked white rice  (I make 2 cups when I double the recipe)

TIP: Use a potato masher to break up your ground beef while cooking!
Like this you can find on Amazon!

1. In a large skillet heat sesame oil and garlic, add ground beef and cook until browned.


2. While the meat is browning... in a small bowl mix the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger and pepper.

{I'll also start the rice now}

3. When the hamburger is browned, drain and return to the pan.
Pour the sugar/soy sauce mixture, mix it all together and simmer 5-7min.

Serve over warm rice and top with green onions.


When in season we like to serve alongside roasted asparagus, this time we boiled carrot strips in chicken broth and it was delish.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Blogging for 13 years || throwback entry: that scary time when Evan almost died.

SO I feel like I've been blogging for 13 years. Oh wait, I kind of have.  Only way before it was called "blogging" it was "journaling" and it was semi private. I have "met" SO MANY of my good friends online, lots I've actually met IRL and still call friends.  I can put it out in the Wide World now because the site I actually wrote at self destructed over a year ago.  

I did save all my entries (a frikkin lot) but they're all in html form and hard to navigate through.  

I was looking though them today because it's a great record to look back on when I'm scrapbooking to remember backstories behind some of the pictures.

I came across this entry from March 1, 2006 (Evan was 5)

I wrote this after a scary incident when Evan had to be flown in a medical helicopter.

We had so much love & prayers given to us by virtual strangers. 
A lot of the ladies that left comments are still great friends until this day.

Here it is:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Raising my kids on TV, Video Games, Junk Food and Love

..And the Greatest is LOVE.

Thinking about how I want to write more in here.  I plan on posting a few updates on our visit with my sister & her family. Also, Cannon's dental surgery.   When I can find the time/pry the computer keyboard out of Kendall's hands during the day.

We're a month into SUMMER VACATION from school already, what!?

I feel like I've been anxious for the past month just dreading/worrying/feeling guilt over Cannon's surgery... but now that that is over & went well I can relax and just do summer.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Day in Snapshots | #adayinsnapshots


Making "Day in the life"s or "DITL" has been something I have loved to do for a long time.   I use to make then and post on an online "opendiary" (before "blogs" were a thing).

a few from 2007:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Our Cloth Diaper Journey || Cloth, I just can't quit you.

*Not a sponsored post, 100% my own, honest opinions. Does contain some referral links

I never cloth diapered my oldest two kids. Quite frankly it never once crossed my mind, I didn't know that was a thing people still did.  I never questioned the money I paid for diapers (although I did always go for the cheapest, usually Luvs) or the wastefulness of tossing so many diapers away each day.  Never once thought about it.

Then I had my youngest, Cannon, who is now 2.
Also I never breastfeed either of my older kids, again never really thought about about, never attempted it.

I guess, I plead ignorance, I was one month into being 20 years old when my first was born, and 22 with my second and I never knew anyone who breastfed, and didn't have any close friends that had kids... so there is that, also I was totally fine with giving my babies formula and they turned out totally fine so I have no regrets.

With Cannon, We decided to have him when my daughter, youngest of my two then, was 7 going on 8. So it had been awhile, It seemed like so much had changed but I think mostly information was more easily available this time around.  With the internet, Facebook, blogs, vlogs... other ways of doing things were easy to find, and honestly, I think if I had a baby right now, things would be even more different (only 3 years later) and not for the better, I feel like I've been opened up to SO MUCH MORE that never even crossed my mind even a few years ago... things that could go wrong, things to stress about, the "best" way to do things....  I'd be a stressball with some of the things I've learned about pregnancy/birth/babies since then..

Anyway, all that brings me to how I fell in love with cloth diapers.

I breastfed Cannon (well exclusively pumped BREASTMILK for him, and for the purpose of this story, he was drinking breastmilk.) He had a different kind of poop than I could ever remember, as breastmilk fed babies tend to have. And he was having "poop explosions", the kind that require total outfit (and sheet) changes, multiple times a day, well into his 3rd month.

I ranted about it on Facebook, as you do, and a friend of mine (from the internets, actually, I've never met her IRL) recommended cloth diapers to me, and even offered to send me an old stash she had, her son was well past potty trained and "They needed a good home."  "Of course!" I told her, I'll try anything, and I'd seen other online friends talking about and posting pictures of cloth diapers and they were so cute!

She ended up sending me (from Canada, nevertheless!) about 12ish? Diapers  Most were old Bum Genius 4.0 aplix (Velcro if you're new and don't know that's the generic name for Velcro, or "hook and loop") and a few fuzzibunz and tons of "inserts" (microfiber).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memorial Weekend visit with friends & ZOO

Last weekend we had visitors!  {which is pretty rare}
Good friends we made {including Kendall's BFF} when we were living in Iowa traveled to us to stay a few days.

It was really nice to see familiar faces, and really hard to believe we hadn't seen them for a whole year.

Kendall has been keeping in touch with her best friend through text/facetime but they were pretty excited to see eachother.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Project Document Your Life | April 2015

Our April Video -
Lots of beautiful weather, family time, a new vehicle and volunteering!