Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tamale Pie

I got home so excited about a recipe that I had found on Pinterest for Tamale Pie. It was a part of a once a month cooking blog that some friends and I are getting ready to try. Well, low and behold, my sweet husband went on one of his I-am-going-to-throw-out-everything-no-matter-its-value sprees. I had the ingredients but for the life of me could not find the recipe on pinterest (no I didn't pin it, yes I am an idiot.) So I decide to wing it and do my own thing.

It. Was. Amazing.

I did enough to be able to freeze the tamale part and just add cornbread mixture next time.

2 lbs ground beef
1 bell pepper
1 small zucchini (finely chopped)
1 medium carrot (finely chopped)
1 onion (half of it or all of it if you really like onions)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can tomato sauce
Chili Seasoning (Basically just season it the way you would your chili)

Brown your meat, strain and return to pan.
Add in your veggies and let that cook for a few minutes.
Add in your chili seasoning and cook for a few more minutes to allow meat to season.
Add in your tomato sauce and cook on simmer until veggies are done. 30 min or so
(If you are freezing, cook but don't overcook your veggies. That way wen you warm it up again they are not already cooked to death.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
While this is cooking mix up 2 packages of corn muffin mix. (I like sweeter tasting corn bread but you could do regular cornbread mix)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Spoon chili into pie pan. Add cornbread mixture to the top and spread until it covers pie pan.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown.

If you are freezing it wait for it to cool down before putting it into containers.

Really so good and definitely going onto our meal plan around here.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Roasted Chickpeas

Made these last night and they were great. Read a blog that says to bake them for 30 minutes...take them out to let them dry and rest a little more....then bake them again for 20 more minutes at 400 degrees.

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, thoroughly drained and rinsed (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • *   Cayenne or roasted red pepper. You don't need much at all.
    I poured it into a zip lock bag and then put the beans in after I washed and dried them. I put a piece of parchment paper down but might just spray the pan or do foil next time.

    The trick is to get them crunchy not dried out. I think next time I will know what my limit is before they burn and cook them right until they are done.

    Middle rack on an oven works the best but bottom if you have to.

    Such a great snack and cheap. I think next time I am going cook the beans myself instead of using canned beans.

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Blast from the past....

    This could be a good Wordless Wednesday because there truly are no words for it.

    I found this picture the other day and nearly wet my pants laughing at it. Oh I miss my friends sometimes.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Coming down slowly....

    So I don't hate you and I didn't de-friend you....well...maybe you.

    Moral of the story is that I decided to take a break from Facebook and the start of Lent seemed like a perfect excuse to do so.

    Actually I am taking a break from all media. CNN, Yahoo News, Fox News (oh wait...I'm not that stupid). See, I have this problem with anxiety. Rumors of North Korea building a missile and I am hiding in the basement. No joke. Pope resigns and it's obvious that Jesus is coming back tomorrow...duh. So when my panic attacks reared their ugly head recently, I decided that a break from media was what I needed. What I really mean is, now I have more time for Pinterest because it's technically not media.

    So what am I going to do during this down time? Glad you are pondering that question as well.

    1. Post Kennedy's 6 month picture.
    2. Take Kennedy's 7 month picture before her 8 month one is due.
    3. Post more on this blog because my mind still operates in Twits and Facebook statuses.
    4. Text my friends more because I look at my phone 1,343,236,634,234, times a day thinking I still have FB on it.
    5. Read, Read, Read, so if you have any good books and your name is NOT Sara Beth and your suggestion is STILL NOT Angels and Demons after 14 years of friendship....then leave a comment below.
    6. Clean out Kennedy's clothes to make room for the trash bags of church hand me downs that are coming my way.
    7. Spend some time soaking in my little family.
    8. Spend time with Jesus (I know this is the Sunday School answer but it really is in the plans)
    9. Do a once a month cook with my cousins
    10. I just felt like there needed to be a number 10 to round out the list. List are no fun with 9 things. ready for the Peevy blog to be updated much through the next few weeks. I have to have something to do.

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Kennedy 5 months

    Kennedy turned 5 months on November 28th (which also happens to be my mom's birthday). Kennedy had her first Thanksgiving at the Fire Department because daddy had to work. Daddy has to work all the holidays this year and that really stinks. It's the life of being the wife and daughter of a fire fighter I suppose. Still, it was a great day. We went to the fire department first and had a big feast with all the guys and their families. There were so many little kids running around the place. After that, we went to Grandmother's house to have family Thanksgiving with Mimi, Poppa, Aunt Amber and Charlie. It was so fun to have this little girl this year for all of our Celebrations.

    She's growing a lot in her length. We took her for a well visit on November 12th and then 9 days later had to take her for a not so well visit for a head cold. In that 9 days she had gained a whole pound and a quarter inch. She's still little for her weight at only 13 pounds but almost 26 inches which is 6 inches longer than when she was born.

    We tried rice cereal once during this month and SHE. HATED. IT. Hated it I tell you. So, we'll try again next month.

    She's growing so fast. She's starting to babble and mimic us a lot. Those two little teeth crack me up. She doesn't know what to do with them so she makes the funniest little faces.

    We can't wait for next month to see her in her Christmas fun.

    Kennedy 4 months

    Kennedy turned 4 months old on October 28th. She is still a little thing. She's only in the 25th percentile for weight even though she eats ALL. THE. TIME. At 4 months old she cut her first two teeth. All she wanted for Christmas was her two front teeth and boy did she get them. She is only really fussy on the day that the break through; but that day is always a doozy. She is still sleeping through the night for us. We both really appreciate that. She's a happy baby that really loves to laugh and people and well...nothing. She'll just be cackling laughing for the heck of it. She has started to grasp some things really mama's hair and earrings. I now know why people chop off their hair when they have kids.

    We love you Kennedy Anne!

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Kennedy's dedication

    Brandon and I started going to Celebration a little over 4 years ago. When we started there, we weren't even married yet. We have loved our time at Celebration and can't wait to see where God takes our church.

    Kennedy was dedicated to the Lord on September 9th by our Pastor Mike Day.

    Mike did an incredible job of telling our story and remembering the path that it took for us to get our sweet girl. He charged us as parents to bring our little girl up telling her all the great things the Lord has done in our lives. He charged us to defend her, comfort her, provide for her and most of all love her.

    Mike always does a great job of reminding the church that it really does take a village to raise a child. To love on them, watch them play and grow and help them along the way.

    Kennedy had a crowd of family and friends and there to celebrate her dedication.

     Our good friends the Kindigs. Scott and Kim have been a HUGE blessing to us and love our baby girl.
    Kennedy's friends. She will love being in the children's ministry and youth group with these fun kiddos soon.
    Betsy and Olive!
    All the kiddos!
    Me and my sweet girl!
    Mama and her baby!
    Mama wanted to take some pictures!
    Love this sweet girl and we are so thrilled to have this day with our family and friends.

    Three Months Old

    So before my kid turns 4 months old next week...I might want to post her 3 month pictures. Oops.

    Kennedy turned 3 months old on September 28th. Just in time for football season. Of course Mama rolls with the Tide ....

    and Daddy is a Vols fan.

    So we had to take 2 pictures for this month.

    Kennedy is getting so big. She had a very big month. She rolled over from front to back and back to front this month. She aslo started cutting her first tooth. It's just barely poking through but it's there.

    Kennedy loves to suck, chew, eat her fingers. She loves her piano mat that her Mama Kay bought her and loves her monkey bouncer. She is cooing and laughing up a storm these days and I love capturing those sweet moments in my mind.

    She has changed so much in the last few weeks that it's amazing to think where we will be a year from now. I really didn't think that time would pass by this fast but it has really flown by.

    So thankful to be this girl's mama.

    Tuesday, October 02, 2012

    A new man in the house

    There's a new man living with me these days.

    I don't really like him. At All. Not one bit really.

    I know that one day I will love him. LOVE HIM. Might even name my first son after him.

    Probably not.

    Did I mention that I don't like him? He's making my life so hard right now. I just want to pinch his little head off.

    I've dealt with him before, but basically it ended up on me quitting him or dare I even say....cheating on him.

    I have a feeling he's sticking around this time and that really makes me angry. I know he's for the best but UGH I wish I could live my way and without him.

    I guess for now I'll have to deal but in the meantime. Welcome back....

    Dave Ramsey!