Friday, October 23, 2020

Rock The Vote?

 Is that even a thing anymore?

Back in my day, it was huge!  I remember back in 1992, all the music groups and actors trying to get all of us youngn's registered to vote (and of course actually getting to the polls to cast our vote). 

On a side note: Polls, I haven't been to those in ages since I live in Oregon where we have been able to vote by mail, long before Covid. (Sorry got sidetracked).

Madonna, LL Cool J, Michael Jackson and heck even Dee-lite, remember them? They were all over the airwaves telling us what to do!

But alas, I had just turned 17 so it would be another long 4 years before I could vote but you bet your bottom dollar that I registered the second I could because you know Marky Mark said to.

And now how many years later, I have voted EVERY.SINGLE election because it's a civic responsibility that I take very seriously.  The main reason why I choose to vote is because it allows me to participate in choosing who represents me and my beliefs.  It gives me a voice! The problem though is not everyone thinks the way I do.  I see it in some of my friends, family...Some have the mentality that their vote doesn't matter, it's just ONE vote.  BUT it does (even more so on a local state/community level).  If to many people have that same train of thought, then it is just not the ONE vote but who knows how many other votes. Think about that. 

The one thing I ask though is do your research, ask questions, watch the debates, make sure whatever you are voting for (local measures) or whoever you are voting for (President, City Counsel, etc) that you are making an educated decision. 

Here is a great article that I ran across about Why Voting Is Important.

Now what are you waiting for?  V-O-T-E! 


Thursday, October 22, 2020

{Recipes} Taco Casserole

Anything that resembles a taco or burrito is always a big hit at our dinner table.  I made this partially on the stove and then put it in the oven to finish up. This can be made completely on the stove as a "One Pot Wonder". 


3 lb ground beef (I bought mine at Kroger this week on sale for $7.47; that's $2.49/lb!)

 15 oz can of Black Beans (.69 @ Winco; had from previous shopping trip)

2 Roma Tomatoes, diced. (.88/lb)

4 oz Preshredded Lettuce ($1.69 for 8oz bag; I only used about 1/2 of the bag)

4.5 oz Kroger Sliced Olives ($1.50 for 2.25 oz; $3.00)

8 oz Nacho and Taco Blend Shredded Cheese ($2.69)


1) Turn oven on to preheat to 400 degrees.

2) Brown hamburger on stove in a large skillet, drain.

3) Add Taco/Fajita or Burrito Seasoning* of choice and 15 oz can of Black Beans into skillet with hamburger. Continue to heat up for approximately 3-5 minutes.

4) While hamburger is browning, dice up the 2 tomatoes, set aside.

5) Once the hamburger, beans and seasoning is ready, pour into a 13x9 casserole dish.

6) Spread layer of cheese on top of hamburger.

7) Cook in oven for approximate 5 minutes to allow the cheese to fully melt.

8) Remove from oven, spread a layer of lettuce on top of cheese, spread layer of diced tomotoes and olives on top of lettuce. Add another layer of cheese, if you really like cheese like us. 

9) Cook in oven for another 5 minutes.

10) Remove from oven and serve! 

Add a dollop of sour cream* and/or roll into a tortilla ($2.69)

Total Dinner Cost: $18.26 (includes tortillas even though we only used 2). 

Serves 8. 

$2.28 per serving. (We have tons of left over so I will be using this for lunch tomorrow)

*I did not include cost of seasoning or sour cream in total dinner cost since I have a large containers of both on hand and did not purchase specifically for this dinner.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Going To The Chapel...

Going to the chapel and were going to get married. Nope, not me.  My oldest daughter!

After 15 years of dating they "finally" married in a rustic barn on October 10th. And her vision of a rustic wedding was "on point."

Even though we had to improvise a tad bit due to weather (it had been raining quite a bit prior to the wedding so we had to move their outdoor, on the grass next to the lake wedding under an awning next to the barn)....but it all worked out beautifully. And for several hours before and after the wedding it did not rain! We even saw a rainbow! And fireworks! 

First Look

Lighting the Unity Candle

Husband & Wife

The Lake

The groom was handsome. The bride was beautiful and now to begin the next chapter of their lives (which hopefully means a few grand babies for me).

I wish these two so much love and happiness in their life together.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Coming Soon!

What a whirlwind of a weekend! My oldest daughter got married this past Saturday!

Now to shift my focus....BIG changes coming soon to the blog! My 10 year blogiversary is coming up! Can you believe it?

I hope you stick around and come visit again to see the rebranded site!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Confessions of A Non-Superwoman #31

 It's been a hot minute...not that I have not had anything to confess because boy have I!  

1. I have been so inconsistent in writing on this blog, it is not even funny.  Funny thing, is there still seems to be a bit of traffic, not sure how but ok. Keep a look out for some upcoming changes here. 

2. My dishes have literally sat in the sink since Sunday night.  In my defense (since for some reason I feel like I need to defend myself), we started distant learning this week, my son is camped out on our kitchen bar so time in the kitchen while he is zooming, to distracting. And then to clean the kitchen later in the afternoon/evening, what?  I'm tired! LOL. So they have sat for a few days.                                  


3. AND distant learning.  We are only 4 days in but if I am overwhelmed, even though I am only still supervising at the moment (no major assignments assigned just yet)..I can only imagine how the kids are feeling being stuck on these zoom calls, 3-4x a day.  One thing for certain, I *loathe* zoom calls. Did you get a chance to see this "The Different Types of Students On Zoom" from a few months ago? Which one is your child?

How are you holding up?  Any confessionals? Remember you are safe here!  We are all imperfect and in this together. 

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