Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cheeseburger Pie

I'm always on the hunt for easy weeknight meals... things that I can put together pretty quickly after school with items that I typically have on hand.  When I came across this recipe for Cheeseburger Pie I knew that the kids would love it and I had everything in the pantry and refrigerator and so I went for it.  Everyone at my house loved it so I thought I'd share!

What you'll need...
- 1 lb ground beef (I use 93/7)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar
- 1/2 cup bisquick
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 eggs
- a few pinches of salt

Step 1 -  Brown the meat with the onion.  When it's cooked and drained, mix in a few pinches of salt.

 Step 2 - While the meat is cooking, mix together 2 eggs, 1 cup milk and the 1/2 cup Bisquick.

And spray a pie plate with cooking spray.

Step 3 - Pour the meat into the bottom of a pie plate and top with cheese.

Step 4 - Pour the Bisquick mixture over the meat and cheese.

Step 5 - Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.  I did 30 minutes and it was a little too brown on top, but still super tasty.

There you have it!  Crazy easy and my kids gobbled this up.  I served it with carrots, banana slices and yogurt and put a leftover slice in each of the boys lunch boxes for the next day. 

 So this definitely isn't gourmet ;)  or super pretty to look at, but here's my plate after I took the picture...

And this was after I fed the kids their multiple helpings :)

So, if you're looking for a crazy easy dinner (or lunch!) idea, try this one out.  I think it would be great with Italian sausage for breakfast as well.  

Happy Thursday, friends!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Three Things Right Now

1 - Burp Talking
Forget reading, writing and arithmetic.  Luke has taught himself how to burp talk and it's currently his proudest accomplishment. 

2 - Reading
Luke spent his summer reading classic literature like Captain Underpants and Franny K. Stein ;)  I told myself that as long as he was reading I was okay with it being what he wanted to read.  He just took a reading level test and he's reading at the level of a 5th grader in their 4th month of school.  Well.... I guess it worked.  He is reading voraciously and we're making lots of trips to the library.

3 - Tomato Juice
I don't remember the first time Luke tried tomato juice, but he's having a total love affair with it right now.  In his lunch, when he get's home, with dinner... what eight year old asks for tomato juice when he comes in from playing outside?

1 - Preheating
We're back in our school morning routine and Mason is STRUGGLING!  He is my late sleeper and being up at at 'em so early is rough on my sweet boy.  He takes a bit to "preheat" in the mornings and I've been getting lots of extra snuggles which I love :)

2 - Sweet Friend
Mason is SUCH a sweet friend.  He is always thinking of others and is my kid who pretty much always willingly shares.  Last week he came home from school and asked to not have us pack him his favorite after school snack (PB crackers) because that meant he couldn't sit with his friend Abby.  Abby has to sit at the peanut-free table and he wanted to sit with her so he said that he wouldn't have a snack so he could sit with his friends. OMG SO SWEET!

3 - Talking After School
This week the floodgates of conversation after school have officially opened.  I hear ALL about his day including specials, recess, the puppets in his classroom, after school care, all of it.

1 - Pirate Ship
We had promotion Sunday at church last week and Griffin FINALLY got to play on the big pirate ship playground.  For the last year every single Sunday she's asked to go on the "big kid side" of the playroom and it finally happened!  We've heard about it all week and she can't wait to go back next week to play on it again.

2 - Christmas Time
She is STILL obsessed with our Chatbook full of pictures of last Christmas.  She asks for "Christmastime" on the daily and we're about to have to start a countdown or calendar or something  I love that she is just as enthusiastic about all things Holiday as I am. :)  

3 - Miss Lisa's House
GG is back at Miss Lisa's house and LOVING IT!!!  The play doh, the pink kitchen, the friends!  She's excited to go every morning and is chatty chatty about her day when I pick her up.  She's pottying like a champ and even wearing underwear during her naps there!  We LOVE Miss Lisa and I'm having a hard time believing that this is our last year there.

1 - I'm tired.
Yes ma'am.  There's mom tired.  There's teacher tired.  Then there's teacher/mom tired.  It's a whole other level and it is REAL.  I'm hoping that after this upcoming weekend I'll be all caught up and my body will be fully adjusted to our schedule.  I'm working ahead on lessons and shouldn't be up making new and improved SmartBoard lessons at 1 a.m after this weekend.

2 - Organizational OCD
I think it's just the start of school and new routine and all of that but I have been nesting HARD lately.  I've also been highly caffeinated so that could be part of it :)  As much as I love cleaning out my dresser after 11 p.m. and re-organizing nail polishes - ain't nobody got time for that.

3 - Ciabatta Bread
I'm currently having a love affair with the take and bake ciabatta bread from the Kroger around the corner from our house.  I'm popping pieces of it in the oven every chance I get.  It's 8 minutes for warm, crusty goodness and I have to stop myself for making a meal of it twice a day.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!!!  What three things have been going on with y'all lately?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday - Advice for Your High School Self

Hey, Friends!  I hope that all of my y'all who had kids go back to school yesterday had a wonderful first day.

In the spirit of back-to-school, we're sharing advice for our high school selves and so here I go...

Girl, STOP wearing those Doc Marten sandals!!!  STOP!  Take your $130 of hard-earned babysitting cash, buy a pair of Old Navy flip flops and put that money away for the day coming up when you're going to want to trade in your curling iron for a really good straightener.

GO!  To the movie, to the game to the party.  To the concert, to the meeting, to the class.  JUST GO!  You may not know anyone and you may feel totally out of place, but you also may end up meeting great people and having a fantastic time.  And if not... what did you miss out on???  Nothing.  That's what.

Get your hiney OUT of that tanning bed!!!  I know you want to look cute for Prom, but trust me!  

Also, enjoy those daily frosties from Wendy's while your metabolism is still ridiculously high.

Last, people may not like you - and that's okay!  STOP trying to convince them.  Because now you're being fake - which isn't a cute look.  OWN who you are and run with it.  The people who love you love YOU!

Now print this off and tape it up in your locker next to your Dave Matthews Band sticker...

Sidenote: This quote MAY be hanging up on my bulletin board now.  People pleasing is a HARD habit to break, y'all ;)  

Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Recap - First Pitch Edition

Saturday morning this chick was SO PUMPED for dance class!  She took a break this summer but is in a 3/4 year old combo class this year that I'm so excited about.  She put her "lee-tard" on first thing in the morning and waited by the door :)

Before we left she and Kitty had to get in a few good puddle jumps in.

Rainy day boots

While Griffin stretched and twirled and bunny hopped I sipped tea and wrote out notes for this week.

After class I let her hang out and watch a few of the big girls dance... she would have stayed for an hour!

After dance we had to run by the grocery store to grab milk and GG REALLY wanted a sheet cake.  When I explained that it wasn't her birthday and therefore I wasn't buying the cake to feed 40 people this happened...

.... I sipped my Starbucks and let her have her moment and then we went about our day :)

When I got home this was waiting for me on my doorstep!!!  So proud of Shay!  The book is GORGEOUS with tons of great recipes and beautiful photos. 

It was rainy on and off that afternoon and so instead of swimming the littles did this...

... followed by a little bit of this...

Gibi got in on the snuggles :)

Sunday morning we attempted a picture, but this was the best that I got :)

It was so nice out that morning and I was able to break out one of my FAVORITE Fall dresses.

And I LOVED Griffin's pre-Fall ensemble.  ;)

We spent pretty much all of Sunday afternoon finally cleaning out the garage (PRAISE JESUS!!) while the kids rode bikes and scooters in the driveway and then the boys got invited to the park with Jack and Ben and had so much fun with their friends while Dave and I wrapped up the garage.

Pretty sure they had way more fun than we did :)

After we finished we spent some time getting fixed up by Dr. GG.

Last night Dave and the boys went to a Frisco Rough Riders game with my dad, Dave's brother Stephen and our future SIL Cynthia.  It was extra exciting because Dave got to throw out the first pitch!

It's a really random story, but a few months ago (probably about 6), Dave had the kids at Home Depot for a kids workshop and got suckered into signing up for one of those "enter to win a yard makeover" things.  ;)  He got a call a few weeks ago that he won.... but not the $10,000 yard makeover (AAAAHHH!), but a pack of tickets to the game, food and throwing out the first pitch.  SO RANDOM! 

This scenario would have been my worst nightmare, but he was cool as a cucumber and not nervous at all.  YAY, Dave!!!

Love that he did it in flip flops :)

 The crew spent the rest of the game eating #allthefood and snapping me crazy pictures :)

The boys had the BEST time and it was Mason' first baseball game and so special that he got to watch his daddy throw out the first pitch!

Happy Monday, Friends!  And don't forget that tomorrow is Show and Tell Tuesday!  We're going to be sharing advice for our high school selves.