Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Days and Taco Soup!!!!

Sunday night it snowed and we got about 6 to 7 inches of snow. It snowed and iced all day Monday, and today it hasn't melted hardly any. School was called off Monday and Tuesday and it looks like I will be staying home tomorrow as well. I have been cleaning and catching up on laundry. I am a little worried about how many days we will miss with this winter weather. We have already been told that we will probably be coming to school on spring break and our upcoming winter break. Especially if we don't go in on Thursday or Friday. I am enjoying the relaxation right now, but come April I will be ready for spring break!!! Oh well... I guess time will tell. Last night I made this wonderful taco soup. It was perfect for a snow day dinner. Here is the recipe.

Taco soup
2 lbs. ground beef
2 cups chopped onions
two 15 1/2 ounce cans pink kidney beans
two 15 1/2 ounce cans pinto beans
one 15 1/2 ounce can niblet corn, drained
one 14 1/2 ounce can Del Monte Mexican tomatoes
one 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
one 14 1/2 once can Del Monte tomatoes with chilies
two 4 1/2 ounce cans diced green chilies
1 small can black olives, drained and sliced (optional)
1/2 cup green olives, sliced (optional)
One 1 1/4 ounce package taco seasoning mix
One 1 ounce package Hidden Valley Original Ranch salad dressing mix
Corn Chips
Sour Cream
Grated Cheese
Chopped onions

Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large crockpot or a stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, chilies, olives, and seasonings, and cook on low setting all day (6 to 8 hours) if using a crockpot, or simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a stockpot on the stove. To serve, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with sour cream, cheese and onions.
Yummy...I also make corn bread muffins to serve with it.

As you can see the snow is still covering just about everything.
It was so deep that you couldn't even see my boots.

Mable loves the snow. Monday when it was powder she was running around like a puppy.

Today the snow had a thick sheet of ice on top of it. Mable wasn't heavy enough to break it, so she would just slide around on top of it. See how her little feet are still on top of the snow.

Monday, January 10, 2011


I have been meaning to post this for a while!!!
December 10, 2010, Kale and I graduated from Piedmont College. Piedmont is a small, private school that is close by to our house. We are very blessed to have a good college so close by. Kale graduated with his Bachelors degree in history and I graduated with my specialist degree in early childhood education. This is the third degree that I have completed and I couldn't be happier!!! Finally, I am finished!!!!!! Yeah!!!
Getting my specialist was a good experience. I have learned a lot and made great friends in the process. All the classes I took are in something called a cohort, which means that I took the same classes with the same group of people through the entire specialist degree program. So, we were together for a year and a half. The cohort program was great because it allowed me to get to know and learn with a group of educators that are in the same position and walk of life that I am. We all had alot in common and it was great sharing ideas and becoming friends along the way. I am going to miss seeing them, but I am not going to miss the projects and papers I had to write!!!
Here are a few pictures from the big day.

Kale drinking his morning coffee on the way.

The last three pictures are my favorite. Kales mom does photography on the side and capture the true essence of us in these pictures!!!