NFL Draft

Did I fool you? You really think I'm going to talk about the NFL draft? I don't know anything about it at all! 

But today Ella is wearing her daddy's old Vikings shirt from when he was her age. She looks really cute.

The kids were supposed to wear their school colors today which happen to be Vikings colors. That's good because we don't have any school t-shirts or anything. 

I just got some work in. The sooner I get it done the sooner the weekend can start!


Keeping the Momentum Going

I'm trying to stay in this blog updating mode. Unfortunately for you there hasn't been much going on these past few days. The weather has been gorgeous so we've been outside quite a bit. Monday morning I pushed Sam in the trailer while I was on my rollerblade's for a couple hours. I'm not sure how far it was, but quite a ways. It's was still a bit cool, but the sun was out and it was so quiet on the trail. Only saw a couple other people and had a great time. 

I've been starting to get some lawn projects done. We don't have any big projects for this year. We're getting a sprinkler system put in next month here. We're on the list; just need them to get to us. Hopefully in about two to three weeks. That will be nice because our yard needs some help. Other than that I just have some dead grass from the dogs that needs to be seeded. That's about it for yard projects this year. 

I have three weeks or so - weather pending - until I can start planting some things in the garden. I'm itching to go to the store to pick some things out but I have been patient so I'll hold out a little longer.

And since I did all that work that past couple days my back is pretty sore today from the raking I did and my legs are a little sore from weeding the garden. Yes there's nothing in the garden except for weeds. Well not anymore that is.

Sam and I went to the park this afternoon. It was much nicer out today than they had originally forecast which was nice. 

These photos haven't been edited; they are straight out of the camera. Sam is wearing one of his three new favorite shirts. His Ironman, Transformers and the Avengers. Thanks Grandma!!



A Little Sewing

This weekend was pretty cool and rainy so I decided to finish up and do some new sewing projects. I also cleaned by closet (again) and cleaned up my sewing table (again). These things need cleaning quite often.

The first thing I finished was a dress for a little girl named Breigh. 

I know it's not a full picture, but it's the same pattern I've used before for a number of Ella's dresses. I then made a little skirt for Ella with a pattern I had found online and just hadn't used yet. It's now my favorite, super easy skirt pattern. The ribbon at the bottom really adds something to the skirt!

The pink fairy fabric I had found at Joann's when I was in Sioux Falls over Christmas. I was just going to get a little and then found out it was on clearance for $2 a yard. Yup, I bought it all!! 

Well the sun is starting to come out a little; maybe it'll be nicer tomorrow. I can't wait for the temperature to get a bit warmer!


Rice and Bean Burritos

I'm really trying to get back into the blogging mode around here. With the nicer weather comes better moods and getting back into the swing of things. I have been very busy with working and just all the other everyday things. 

I successfully gave up sugar for lent. Lent has since come and gone and I really haven't gotten back into it at all. Some days I do crave something sweet to eat, but it passes much easier than before and I'm not scouring the kitchen looking for something. 

I've also started eating a more plant-based diet. This is basically vegan eating; not a vegan lifestyle. I still do eat meat occasionally. The meat that we have in our house is from local farms, so it is better in that regard. I've lost about ten pounds since Christmas time; although five of those pounds were just cookie pounds. :)  

One of my favorite meals is rice and bean burritos. This is an inexpensive and healthy meal that I thought I would share with you. You can also dress it up or down depending on what you want to put in it. I usually keep it very simple. 

All I do is make some rice - usually about 3 or 4 servings. I use long-grain rice or brown rice; you can use whatever you'd like. Once that is cooked I add black beans. I buy my beans dry and can them in my pressure cooker. I have quite a stock of canned black beans, but you can add just a can from the store too. After the beans are mixed in with the rice I add some cumin. This gives it a great flavor rather than adding a store bought seasoning which is all salt anyways. Add as much as you would like; I don't add too much because the kids don't want it too spicy. After the cumin is stirred in I add in salsa. I honestly don't know how much I put it. I just pour until it has the consistency that I like and you can use any salsa you prefer. 

Once everything is all mixed together you just put it on your tortilla. You can add more salsa or cheese or anything else that you would like on your burrito. I usually just add salsa, I love salsa, but not too hot for me!

I even took a photo last time I made some. Another great thing is that I'll usually make it earlier in the day and it'll be all ready for dinner time.


The kids sometimes don't like burritos so I'll make them a burrito quesadilla. I put it all in between two tortillas with cheese and cook it for them. It's the same thing, but they love it. I can't quite figure it out, but whatever works. :)

I was going to make this last night for dinner, but we had an unexpected guest come over. Auntie Jill was in town for the evening and we went out to dinner instead. Yum!


Spring Break

And I don't mean me taking a break either. I know it's been a while. Usually around this time of the year there isn't much going on anyways.

About a month ago the kids had their spring break. We had the most beautiful weather too! I surprised the kids and took them to the Como Zoo. We all had a great time.

They also had their spring flower show at the conservatory. It smelled so nice in there and the flowers were so pretty!