From as long as I can remember Chorizo con Papas has been one of my favorite things to eat. I prefer to eat them as tacos in corn tortillas. The rest of my family prefers flour tortillas so I keep an ample supply of both. While we were iced in the house over the weekend, I imagined most homemakers to be baking me? I was making tacos, more tacos, tostadas…you get the idea!
1 12 oz package of chorizo
1 6 medium potatoes
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Whenever possible I use Chorizo de San Manuel. It is the best chorizo that I have ever tasted in the USA and it is made just down the street from where I grew up. I have found it in many grocery stores in many cities in the US. Whenever I happen on it I buy a few and freeze them.
Place the olive oil, onions, and sausage in a large frying pan on medium to medium high heat. Remove the outer casing of the sausage so it is no longer in the form of a link, but just ground sausage.
Stir the sausage and onions together and cook the way you would cook ground beef, until the sausage is browning and the onions are tender.
Ready to add the potatoes.
While the meat is cooking peel and chop the potatoes then add to the browned sausage.
Stir together then cover and cook on medium low 20-25 minutes. Cook them home fry potato style stirring several times to prevent the bottom from burning.
When the potatoes are tender, add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat tortillas and serve with your favorite salsa. I love green salsa. We tried the Goya brand for the first time and really liked it. You can also serve with cheese and or sour cream if you like, but I just like them plain. Oh yum! I think I might go and have some more…
We have been iced in our home since Friday morning. I’m not gonna lie. I’m LOVING it. I see Facebook posts of feeling stir crazy, not me. It feels like we’ve had a much needed staycation.
The kids woke up and could not stand it until they got outside. I was so surprised that it was 21 degrees! Can this be my Texas? They were expecting snow, but weren’t too sure what to think when they realized it was mostly just ice. Faith hadn’t quite gotten up and ready in time to join the rest of them, though she did come out later.
Look at my rose bush! It was something like 80 degrees the day before and there is my rose completely frozen!
Why, yes, they did actually slide on ice–once!
The skating was ever so much more fun. They actually spent hours “skating.”
Bobby wasn’t exactly thrilled about the white stuff that took over his playland. About this time he started crying, and I took him inside. It was about the same time that Faith appeared on the scene. I’m sad I didn’t get any photos of her playing out there too.
It was been a wonderful time of family. I am just so thankful for it. We played lots of games of UNO including my husband’s new version of “Fast UNO” that he insists should be a blog post. We watched some movies and though I wasn’t much in the mood so do a lot of baking, I had fun cooking just simple foods we love to eat like tacos and tostadas. I hope that wherever you are you were able to enjoy your weekend too! Are you staying warm?
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I am always looking for a great deal, especially when it comes to phone service! At the #APlusPlan Twitter party we’ll be chatting about a great offer for students. Have you been thinking of getting a mobile plan for a student in your life? Or are you a qualifying student? You’ll want to learn more about the #APlusPlan!
Right now, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores are offering a fantastic promotion that can help save on mobile phone bills! If you open a new Sprint account at Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile stores for any eligible student, you can get 12 months of free talk, text and 1GB data with an Unlimited, My WaySM plan with the purchase of a qualifying phone!
The savings don’t stop there! If you add a new phone line on the Unlimited, My Way or My All-inSM plan on the same account at Best Buy the account will receive an additional 12 months of free service for the student lines to share!
Student Line Requirement: Must be an active student enrolled in a U.S.-based elementary, middle school, high school, college, university or accredited institute. Student phone must be purchased at Student Activated Price and activated on an Unlimited, My Way plan, and Account holder must provide proof of student eligibility.
Unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for smartphones are regularly $70, and Unlimited talk, text and blocked data for basic phones is regularly $50 a month, so you can imagine how those savings add up – you could save between $600 and $840 a year! If 1 GB of data isn’t enough for your tech savvy student, you can easily add an unlimited data to your plan for just $10 per month!
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December just seems to fly by doesn’t it? Kids programs, work parties, get togethers, gift exchanges–all are so much fun, but make for a busy time of year. We will be sharing tips for saving time and money on last minute gift items for anyone on your shopping list. I love that signature celebrity perfumes and colognes for men and women are available at the Walmart Beauty department for a great price!
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1. Realize there may be a greater purpose for your situation. You may not be happy at your job, but you might be there because the person across from you is open to the Gospel and you are the person God chose for that blessing. Maybe there are things you are learning where you are that you will use later in life for your good or the good of others. We weren’t put on earth just to find a situation that makes us happy. We need to find joy in every situation.
2. Look for the good and be thankful for it. Count your blessings. No really, I mean sit down with a piece of paper and write down all the good things. I do this often in my marriage. Living with anyone day in and day out things can get on your nerves. Sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy over a bunch of little things, like for instance, my husband generally does not put things away after himself, and when he does most of the time he doesn’t put it back where it belongs. Silly I know, but sometimes it can feel like everyone is out to sabotage all the cleaning that I’ve done. If I start dwelling on this line of thinking I can start to go crazy. But there are so many good things about my husband. How silly to get bent out of shape over one little habit of his right? So when I feel like I’m going over the edge I sit down and write down all the good things that I can think about him. He works hard, comes home after work, plays with the children, teaches them God’s Word…. I list his great qualities, and then I thank God for them. When I start to dwell on something that gets on my nerves, I go back to the list.
3. Pray. Pray for the people that are making your situation difficult. Pray that God would bless them, that He would change their heart. Ask God to show you how you can be a blessing to them. Realize they may be behaving horribly because of other situations that are out of control in their life that you know nothing about. Genuinely seek to love them even if they don’t seem to care about you.
4. Realize your situation could be worse. Things can always be worse. And I don’t just mean people in other countries don’t know where their next meal is coming from, while that is true that’s not what I’m talking about. You might wake up tomorrow and lose that job that is making you crazy and all of the sudden you wish you had that regular pay check again. You might be in a hurry to take a different job only to find the next one is worse in ways you never imagined. Be patient. Seek the Lord’s will and not your own.
5. Seek forgiveness where you’ve been wrong. It’s hard to be the one to humble yourself and ask forgiveness especially when you also feel wronged by the other person. But doing the right thing is up to you, you can’t make someone else do what is right. I have never, ever regretted apologizing. I do however, feel regret for times I was stubborn and didn’t seek forgiveness.
6. Remember to laugh and find joy through the hard times. My husband and I don’t have the perfect marriage. We argue and complain when we shouldn’t, and so on, but eventually we always end up laughing, and I think that helps keep our marriage strong. When the kids are driving my crazy I will find that nice thing one of them said or did and I will repeat that in my mind. I think joy can be found in every situation if we will just look for it. Even if it’s only to realize how much more we’ve learned to depend on God or to realize more and more that He IS in control.
7. Take it one day at a time. I remind myself often that God gives me the grace I need when I need it and not before. I can lump in my mind all the things that might come in the next year and agonize that I won’t be able to handle it, but that’s just worry. Things will change. Time will heal. How does God want to use you in the situation today? Life is not all about you; it is all about Him.
Here are a few things that I remind myself of when I am struggling. What would you add to the list?
Disclosure: Bing sponsored this post — but my love for Smart Search and finding easy projects is all my own. #ThisIsBing
The girls have really gotten into the Christmas spirit and are aching to decorate. Now, I agree it’s high time, but I do have a few excuses. You see we came home from our Thanksgiving trip with the stomach flu. We’ve now had three down for the count! It’s kind of hard to get into full decorating mode in the midst of sickness, but after the kids worked so hard the other night on their own Christmas craft I wanted to encourage them. I’m a great facilitator!
I recently downloaded the 8.1 upgrade to Windows Microsoft. It took several hours, but it was smooth sailing, and I am loving the upgrade. It is so much easier to use with my touch screen and thanks to the return of the start button I will now be able to sleep at night! Ha! Along with the upgrade came the new Smart Search powered by Bing. Bing’s Smart Search in the new Windows is a faster way to find what you’re looking for and get things done on your touch device. One search brings you information from across your device, the cloud, apps, and the web. Visual results designed specifically for touch make it easy to find what you need. You don’t have to open a browser—just swipe and tap to start searching.
The kids and I looked together for a craft that they could make on their own with just the stuff in their craft box. We quickly scrolled through the “Smart” summary of results. For a variety of popular searches, you’ll see a rich, visual summary of the most relevant information from across the web and apps.
We especially loved being able to quickly scroll through the images. The Christmas tree with the hole punches caught my daughter’s eye and we took a closer look.
Last minute, well it’s not exactly last minute, but if that is synonymous with easy then this looked like a winner! We clicked again on the photo and it sent us to the website. My girls looked at the instructions and knew this was what they wanted to do.
They got busy first drawing their tree and then cutting it out.
Once the tree was cut out it was easy to punch holes through both sides with the tree still folded.
One of the kids cut up little squares of tissue paper for the lights.
Then they got busy taping the tissue paper to cover the holes. Between the four kids they made three trees one for my window and one for each of the girls’ rooms.
I love the way it looks in my window!
This was such a fun easy craft and the kids, and I had a blast looking for it with the New Microsoft Bing Search. Anyone with a PC or tablet with Windows 8.1 can use Bing’s Smart search. Now, what will we search for next? I’m thinking…yummy Christmas recipes! Click the link and to check out Bing’s quick 30 second video explaining what Smart Search is and how to use it!
My daughter Joy handed me a picture she had drawn. “It’s you!” she said. I admired it. “Read the poem on the back! I wrote you a poem,” she urged. I turned the paper over and began reading her sweet poem:
We love you
Love us and we’ll love you
Oh how we love you
Very beautiful you
You are my mom, you are!
And how we love you.
You, you , you…But do you love me?
I smiled from ear to ear as I read, until I reached the last line. What? Doesn’t she know I love her? She was so proud of her poem, but…how heart breaking. She was waiting for my reaction so I blurted out a couple of compliments, but I suddenly felt nauseous. I am a horrible mother. She doesn’t even know I love her? How can that be? I knew I had to address it, but I didn’t want to make a huge issue out of it either. I couldn’t wait. I had to know.
“Honey, I love your poem. It’s so sweet…but…uh that last line…don’t you know I love you?” I held my breath.
“Oh, yeah. I know you love me! It just sounded good in the poem!” and she skipped on her merry way. I just smiled, but I’ve been laughing at myself ever since!
I was listening to Fawn Weaver from Happy Wives Club speak at Bloggy Boot camp in Dallas a few weeks ago. The conference was almost over, but I had had a wonderful time of learning new things and meeting wonderful people. I was sitting in the very front as Fawn talked about how she got her book deal. This lady is amazing how she went after and pursued her dreams and now just two short years later her book is a reality. Fawn encouraged the audience to think bigger. She was inspiring! Then all of a sudden she pointed to me from the stage! I know I stopped breathing. “Esther…” she paused, “…small goals!” She must have said a few more words, but those are the only three I remember, and then she went on. I was, well, mortified to be honest!
I had connected with Fawn online through BlogFrog a couple of years ago and was excited to meet her in person. I had that opportunity just before she went up to speak. As she stood talking to the group of us ladies, she was very much trying to help and encourage. She went around the circle and asked each one of us, “What is your end game?” When she came to me, in a couple of short sentences I summed up my two posts What I learned from Jeff Goins and Why I still call myself a blogger. Basically I told the group that I had already met my blogging goals albeit they were small, and that I was just happy with what I was doing. I don’t have a desire for blogging to be a career. Right now I am a Christian wife, homeschool mom to five, and homemaker. That is my career! Granted it doesn’t pay much! Ha ha!
Blogging has been an avenue for me to realize some of my dreams WITH my family like being able to travel and do some fun things. I don’t want it to take away from my family. Honestly, as I have listened to so many great speakers at conferences I am even more determined to keep my blog small. I have heard famous bloggers talk about the exciting things about making it big, being on TV, traveling, meeting famous people etc, but when it came to talking about their families and especially their kids there always seems to be regret. I don’t want that regret. I want to be around for my family. I want to be with them.
I am at a place in blogging where I know that I could be doing more, making more with it. Believe me I think about those things. If I do a redesign, work more on SEO, take a photography class to improve my photos, work harder at more informational posts instead of just talking about my family…the list goes on…if I spend the time and money my site and traffic will improve leading to bigger and better opportunities. But guess what? All that takes time and or money, and it’s not time I can afford to spend right now. My family is too important. Now I may slowly work on some or all of those things over time, but it will remain a part time job for me right now. I am actually turning work away. I need the time more than I need the money.
So, yes, my goals for my website may be small, but that’s only because I’m dreaming big in other areas. I have big dreams for my husband and kids, for our family. So what’s my end game? It’s raising children who will love the Lord and want to raise children of their own. It’s growing old with my man and still laughing together when all the kids are gone, and we can’t remember our neighbors’ names. It’s wanting to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant” when this life is over.
Although I was mortified in being called out in front of everyone, I know that Fawn was only wanting to encourage me. I am excited for what Fawn and others like her are accomplishing. But me? I’m more than happy with what I’ve accomplished with my website and maintaining it (for now at least), and that’s okay too!
I’m linked with Whole Hearted Home, What I learned Wednesday and Works for Me Wednesday.
One of the positive things that came out of all Faith’s tooth problems is that she and I got to spend quite a bit of time alone going back and forth to the doctors. You would think that finding one-on-one time with kids as a stay at home mom wouldn’t be a big issue, but with five kids it is something I struggle with. So many times I will have put all the kids to bed and then realized that I never hugged one of my children that day or told them that I love them. I want each one to know and feel like they are special to me.
So when Faith asked me if we could get shakes on the way home one day, I’m so glad that I took the time to spend just with her. Burger Box is my favorite place to go for shakes.
I am actually not a huge shake fan, but Burger Box hand scoops Blue Bell ice cream into their shakes. Need I say more? The mint chocolate chip shake at Burger Box is my all time favorite. The huge chunks of chocolate just melt in your mouth, yum! In fact I wish I had one right now!
We each ordered a shake and then split the Jalapeno Poppers. We had so much fun talking and laughing. It always amazes me at how much closer I feel to one of my children after getting away for a little while just with them. “Mom, this was a great day!” she said as we walked back to the car to go home.
Even though I hadn’t planned the outing together I’m so glad I took the time. Jason is really good about being spontaneous and taking one child on an errand with him to spend some special time, but I have a harder time deviating from my plan. This was one occasion that I’m so happy I was spontaneous; maybe there’s hope for me yet!
I am not a crafty mom. I’m just not. Drawing and coloring of any kind is on the top of my least favorite things to do list, right up there with sewing. But my kids love all things crafty, and I think that’s great. As a non crafty mom I do facilitate their craftiness. See that big blue box in the back? That is our craft box. While I rarely sit down and do an organized crafts with the kids, I do keep this box full of all kinds of items that allow them to create to their hearts’ content.
While on some days they all sit around the table and each work on their own masterpiece, today they all collaborated to make a Christmas tree. While Faith worked on the tree…
The other kids drew ornaments to decorate the tree.
They all had so much fun drawing and cutting out their ornaments.
Tada! They were done just in time to eat supper. Perfect timing.
Even my five year old came up with his own ornaments. For his, he made a circle of glue, sprinkled glitter on it, and then cut it out! My home isn’t always this harmonious, but it was so fun to watch and listen to them work together and help each other to make their Christmas tree.
Now, I need to figure out how to encourage the girls to sew even though I won’t touch a needle…hmm. Sewing and I just don’t get along, but that’s a story for another day.