Monday, February 22, 2010

My Little Daisy

A few weeks ago, Mallory had her little induction ceremony for her Girl Scout Daisy Troop. There are 10 little girls in her troop, one from her old preschool, one from her current kindergarten class, and lots of new friends.

She was so proud of her little smock and her daisy pen. She can't wait to start getting her badges!!

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We picked up our cookie order on Saturday and have been delivering cookies all throughout the neighborhood! She was quite the little salesperson :-)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What's For Dinner Wednesday Giveaway!!

This is the last week to enter the contest for the free gift, a $40 value! All you need to do is leave a comment with your recipe or if you are a blogger, link up to it using MckLinky! Details of the contest can be found HERE.

Tonight's dinner is Stuffed Peppers!!

Servings 4 (I only made 2 servings, as my picky eaters won't eat these!)
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 20 min

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Ingredients:

4 medium sized Bell Peppers (I used orange tonight, but if you are on a tight budget, the green ones are tasty too! Remember, when you are buying these, break the stems off before you bag them, you are paying by the pound, and the stems are useless!!)
1 1/4 lb ground beef
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
1 can (11.5 oz)V-8 juice
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice, I like to use a Mexican blend
Salt & Pepper to taste




1. Cut the stems and de-seed the peppers. To shorten the cooking time in the oven, I like to boil them for about 10-15 minutes in a pot of shallow water to kind of soften them.

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2. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the box.
3. Brown the ground beef then add the cooked rice to the pan. I like to add the cheese now too, so it melts a little. Salt and pepper the mixture to your taste.

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4. Place the peppers in a baking dish with the hole side up.

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5. Fill the peppers with the meat and rice mixture, leaving a little room at the top for the stewed tomatoes and V-8 juice.


6. Pour 1/4 of the can of V-8 juice in each pepper, then the stewed tomatoes on top of that. If there is left over stewed tomatoes, just pour them in the bottom of the pan of extra sauce;-).

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7. Place in a 350* oven for about 20 minutes.

We like to eat the Stuffed Peppers by themselves, but they would be good with mashed potatoes too!

Enjoy!!

We are also linking up to Today's Creative Blog!!



Friday, February 12, 2010

Our Trip to Illinois!

This was the video that I took with my new camera right when we got out of the car, the first time the kids played in the snow. (Please excuse my annoying voice, why do we sound so different to ourselves than we do to other people?) They were having a mini snowball fight! I have another one to share next week, as this site will only allow one upload a week for free, and I'm all about the free stuff :-) I'll be back soon with pictures, as I have 708 to go through, edit and re-size!

In the Snow from kacey Matthews on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's for Dinner Wednesday Giveaway!!

Sorry I didn't have anything planned for last week while we were gone, we were lucky to just get out the door on time for the airport!!

I would LOVE for more of you to just leave a comment or link up to this fun idea! The giveaway this month is a great one, a $40 value you're sure to love! Don't be shy, you don't have to include pictures!! Click HERE for the giveaway details!

Since we are going to the Florida State Fair tonight and eating delicious corn dogs, here is the recipe for what we had last night! It was dreary, rainy, windy weather last night, so I opted for White Chicken Chili. This is a cheater recipe, as some nights, I just want EASY, and this is EASY!!!

White Chicken Chili

1 lb chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 pkg McCormick White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix
1 tbsp oil
1 cup water
2 cans(15 to 16 oz) White Beans, undrained
1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheese

Assorted toppings: sliced avocado, chopped cilantro or sour cream

There is one ingredient that I left out of the picture, Hunt's Diced Tomatoes!

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My plan was to cook this all day in the crockpot, but I was gone all morning and forgot to put everything together before I left. If you do remember to do this, you don't have to cook the chicken first, just dump everything together and cook on low for 8 hours.

The other option is to cook the chicken in a skillet for 3 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink, then put it all in the crockpot for 1-2 hours on high. I add the cheese about 45 minutes before serving to really thicken it up, as I like my chili thick!!

Before Cheese:

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After cheese:

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Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

We're HOME!!

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Just a quick stop in to say hello and that we are back! We had a great trip, the plane rides were uneventful, the kids were well behaved and there was snow!!!

I'm off to lunch with my girlfriends today, so I'll be back tomorrow with lots of pictures from our trip!


I went for another run this morning with my friend and did MUCH better! No stopping and we ran pretty fast (for us!) Maybe it's because it was in my neighborhood this time??

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Jack's Big Birthday Celebration!

I was having lots of problems with my computer last week and finally figured out it was a faulty MOUSE! I was planning a big post about Jack turning F-O-U-R (Jan.24th) but my mouse had other plans!

We took a family outing to Toys R Us and let Jack pick out a special toy for his big day. He chose some remote control cars that played laser tag with each other. Then we headed over to my parents to have a family birthday dinner to celebrate with his cousin Kyle, whose birthday is January 23rd!

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Here's Jack sitting on top of his favorite present from my aunt - a set of beginner drums! Our house hasn't been the same since, and I think I've grown a few more grey hairs!!

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This past Saturday, we celebrated his birthday with his friends at Planet Jump! Every year, with the exception of his 2nd birthday, we have celebrated his birthday with his friend Anna (who is a week younger than Jack).

Here they are for their 1st birthday card picture.

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Their 3rd birthday card picture.

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And this year! Boy, they have grown up!!
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Here are some shots from the party, there were so many people at Planet Jump because it was a rainy day.

The walls are just plain colors, so I made this banner to personalize it a little better. I love the way it turned out & it was so simple to make!

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Jack, Anna & a friend coming down the big Superman slide!

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Jack playing air hockey!

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Best Buddies!

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Our party room!! I think we needed a bigger room!

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The cake! Instead of having a themed cake, we have always opted to put their picture on the cake to keep it neutral!

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Jack having fun eating his face from the cake!

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Back home getting ready to open presents!!

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Happy Birthday to the sweetest 4 year old boy! Your mommy & daddy love you very much!

The kids and I are flying to Illinois tomorrow to see my best friend from college & her kiddos, crossing our fingers that there will be snow on the ground to play in too!! I have a few more posts to share from Nate's big birthday bash and an exciting new adventure for Mallory! I hope everyone has a great week!
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