Sunday, November 10, 2013

Checking in

Hello everyone! I am truly very sorry about being MIA not only from blogging, but from reading all of yours as well. I just cleared my insane amount of unread posts on Bloglovin' and hope to try to start back up again.

Me and the family are well. Emma is now 19 months old. She is doing so much. Talking is her new favorite thing. She keeps trying to say new words everyday. I love it!

As for the reason for my disappearance; I can only say that I haven't had a lot of time at work to read or blog. I did most of this there and then updated at home. When I tried to log on the other day, it looked like Bloglovin' is inaccessible from work now. I thought I was going to cry. I can't promise I will be totally back, but I will try!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Guiness shepherd's pie

I was on the search for a new meal to cook for us at home and figured, why not try a shepherd's pie recipe?! I looked a few up and I first tried one made by Alton Brown. It turned out good, but the herbs in it was too much flavor inside it for us. I came across this one from The Hungry Housewife blog via Foodgawker website. 

Sure, there are more steps to making it, but OMG it is delicious! Aaron and I love it and so does little miss Emma! Anything she loves is definitely a thumbs up! 

This recipe has become part of my regular meal plan. I make it about once a month, I think. I'm sure I will make it even more so when the weather cools down. 

Here is the recipe! (copied from site)
Tonight, I actually made a smaller batch of it since there is just the three of us. Again, it came out amazing. 

  • 1 ½ pounds Organic ground beef 80/20
  • 1 (1lb) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 2 packets of dry Brown Gravy Mix
  • 1 medium onion
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 bottles Guinness Beer
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste ( I actually have forgotten this a couple of times and it came out fine)
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (I don't add this)
  • 3 pounds baking potatoes
  • ¼- ½ cup milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • Salt and pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 375
Potato filling
  1. Boil the potatoes in slated water until fork tender.
  2. Drain completely and place back in pot so all of the water evaporates.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl add butter and potatoes.
  4. Mash until smooth, while adding the milk for a medium consistency.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
Meat filling
  1. Cook and drain ground beef.
  2. Place drained beef back in skillet and add 1 bottle of Guinness.
  3. Cook until beer has almost cooked out.
  4. Add tomato paste to meat
  5. In a medium sauce pan, prepare the brown gravy according to package directions,
  6. however, use beer for half the liquid called for( 1 cup water, 1 cup beer)
  7. Pour gravy into meat mixture.
  8. And cook all together until you get a nice thick gravy.
  9. In medium skillet with olive oil sauté onions until soft and translucent.
  10. Add mixed vegetables to the onions and cook until warm throughout.
  11. In a 2 quart baking dish, add meat as bottom layer, the add vegetables, and then add the mashed potatoes. Top with Shredded cheese.Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese in nice and bubbly

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The teen months

Emma on her new Anywhere chair

Emma is 15 months old this month. I cannot believe how quickly time has flown. She has grown so much and is doing so many new things now! Yes, I long for the days when she was so tiny she would just lay there and let me hold her, but I love watching her do new things and experience everything. 

Emma's stats: 
Height: 31 1/2" 
Weight: 24 lbs 14 oz. 

Loves: looking through books, Little Einsteins, Princess Sofia, her Belle rag doll, walking around, being tickled by daddy, giving kisses and saying mmm when doing it, taking baths, any pouches that include spinach.

Dislikes: raspberries, sitting still, cow's milk, not being read to

Words she says: Hi, Bye, Puppy(no clue what she is referring to though, we don't have a dog), Teddy(she said this today), Daddy, Pat(it's what The Little Einstein's do), ba ba (when I tell her it's bath time)

Things she does: dances a little bit FINALLY!, chases mommy and/or daddy playing peek a boo, looks at you and laughs when she does a downward facing dog pose, waves all the time, tries to open the doors with keys, gets excited when hearing keys because she thinks she gets to go bye bye too. 

Emma doing what she loves...reading. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Vote for ME!

Vote for my button on Peacoats and Plaid's blog button design battle!

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Kirstie from The Semler Life
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th

I hope all of you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

I am sorry I haven't blogged much lately, I am clueless as to what to write about right now.

Monday, July 1, 2013

June Reads

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley : Rating: ***
This book was very hard for me to get into. I'm not exactly sure why. It involves a lot of fairytale characters which was sort of interesting and there were parts with the woodcutter that I found particularly good, but then it would get weird or I'd get lost again.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover : Rating: *****
If you didn't see my post about it before, well it was an excellent book. Well written and so emotional. I literally cried while reading this book which hasn't happened very much for me while reading. I'd blame it on having a baby, but no, the content was that heart-wrenching, I couldn't help myself. Even though there are parts of this book that one might not feel comfortable reading (the parts I cried about), I still think it's an excellent read and everyone should check it out.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson : Rating: *****
I am so glad I left this book to read until this month. I needed a funny book after reading Hopeless. This was the perfect book for that. I seriously was cracking up and my husband would look at me reading, like, "are you ok?" I ended up telling him about the book since he knew about the one before this and he was all, I want to check it out! So he is now reading it on my Kindle too. He thinks she is a riot! Check it out if you haven't already. If you are a blogger or a blog reader, I am sure you've heard of The Bloggess. That's whose book this is. Read it now!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern : Rating: ****
Great book! I was truly surprised that I liked this as much as I did. Marco and Celia's duel leads to love, death, excitement. As the first line in the book says: The circus arrives without warning. Find out what happens during the competition between Marco and Celia by reading this book. It was a very quick read in my opinion. I read it much faster than I thought I would a 500 page book.

My Beginning by Melissa Kline : Rating:***
Interesting story, I just feel like there could have been more to it or maybe not so quickly wrapped up.

A Walk in the Park by Jane Green : Rating: **
I think this was an ok short story. It pretty much left me hanging and wanted more to it.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Music Mashup!

The Princess Diaries

Linking up with Meghan over at They Call Her Meghan  and Elle at The Princess Diaries for Music Mashup. Join in the fun by clicking the link above!

Here is my list of 20 songs on my iPod with it on shuffle :

  1. Soar by Christina Aguilera
  2. Hollowman by Trapt
  3. Extra Smooth by Aaliyah
  4. Scream by Avenged Sevenfold
  5. Shining Star by The Manhattans
  6. Pretender by Madonna
  7. I Turn to You by Melanie C
  8. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
  9. Oceans by Pearl Jam
  10. Everybody by Backstreet Boys
  11. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks w/ Tom Petty
  12. Pasion by Daddy Yankee
  13. Someone Who Cares by Three Days Grace
  14. The Game by Disturbed
  15. Cruz by Christina Aguilera
  16. Wonderland by The Psychedelic Waltons
  17. Battery by Metallica
  18. Just Got Wicked by Cold
  19. Now That You Got It by Gwen Stefani
  20. Can't Nobody Hold Me Down by Puff Daddy & Family
I know these are all SO random!!!

and now for the questions:

What was the first CD you bought?

I believe it was Weezer's first album. It was self titled. Who didn't love The Sweater Song??!!

What song or album has had the most impact or changed you the most?

I would have to think that would be Flyleaf's first album. It moves me so much even though I am not religious. I absolutely love their music. 

Most embarrassing song on your music player?

I think that would have to be Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

First concert you attended. 

I was 21 and it was Backstreet Boys! So AWESOME!

What song has the top # of plays on your iTunes?

I have no clue. I don't use iTunes so much. 

and I don't have a lock screen because I don't have an iPhone or iTouch.