Thursday, April 24, 2014

Quick & Easy: Sheperd's Pie

Y'all know how I much I love to cook but did y'all know that I prefer the meals I make to be quick and easy? I mean, most of us do right? This Sheperd's Pie is one of those quick recipes that is so good your entire family will think you spent the entire day slaving over the stove. No worries, your secret is safe with me!

What You'll Need:

1 pound ground turkey (or beef, chicken, etc.)
1 15 oz. can mixed vegetables
Worcestershire Sauce 
Your favorite season "all" seasoning - I use Tex Joy
Mashed Potatoes - I used two pouches of Betty Crocker's Instant Roasted Garlic

What You'll Do:

Brown your ground turkey in a pan over medium heat; season with Tex Joy. Heat oven to 350*. Once the meat is browned, spoon in the mixed vegetables and sprinkle with desired amount of worcestershire sauce. Let simmer. Meanwhile prepare mashed potatoes per directions on the package. Transfer meat mixture to the bottom of a baking dish and then top with mashed potatoes. Bake the pie for approximately 10 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned. 

I also made a brown gravy to serve on top of the Sheperd's Pie along with my famous cornbread. This one was a huge hit at our house; Chris had never eaten it before but he is glad now that he has! The kiddos loved it as well and gobbled it all up - a HUGE plus in my book! 

What is your "go to" quick & easy meal?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Weigh In!

Happy hump day ya'll! We're half way through this week and that is something to get excited about; but for now it's Wednesday weigh-in time! 

I lost another 3 lbs. this week! I was super excited to see that when I stepped on the scale this morning! Apparently what I've been doing is working! Whoop! I got in a great workout this afternoon and I'm feeling great. Since I'll be kid free this weekend I plan on hitting the gym hard in between my client's photo shoots. I'm seriously looking forward to sweating it out! 

I was given a 3 day trial of Plexus Slim this week; I did it for two days and for some reason I just didn't drink it the 3rd day. I will say it tasted great - like kool aid, but a little sweet for my liking. Totally tolerable though! For me, there is just no way to tell if something "works" in 2 to 3 days so I kind of blew it off. I think I may be "over" the quick fix stuff. I know a lot of people believe in it and it has worked for many. I just don't know if it's something I want to give a real shot. 

Regardless, I'm happy with my results for this week and I'm hoping I see something similar out of this upcoming week. We're going out of town in exactly 4 weeks from today and I'd like to shed another 10-12 lbs. by then! I may be dreaming! 

How'd you do this week? Have you ever tried Plexus or something like it? How did it turn out for you?

Linking Up!
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Catch 22

Pouring My Heart Out Today.

I started this blog for many reasons; when I first began blogging I was a coupon blogger but I burnt out on that pretty quickly. I knew that I had more to say and share with people than just the latest deals (no offense to coupon bloggers - I give y'all HUGE props for what yo do - it's hard!). I began writing in this space to share my life, my heart, and my family. Any blogger knows that when you start a new project all you really want is for people to read what you write, to love what you write, and hell we really love it when you share what we write. Am I right y'all?

It took some time but as I continued to publish more content and engage with my audience my readership grew, and it has continued to grow. My  numbers are small compared to many standards but I have Google Analytics - I know y'all are there! I'm thankful for my loyal readers. However - it seems that I've found myself in a bit of a catch 22 here lately. 

I longed for readers in the beginning, but now there are people reading my blog that I wish would stop reading! There are people who have taken it upon themselves to lurk in the shadows of the internet to read up on me and my life. Is it curiosity? Is it jealousy? Are you just plain nosy? My God, stop torturing yourself with every tiny detail of what is going on over here because it's really none of your business.

Except for when you do.
Knowing that certain people read this space kept me from writing for awhile; I felt sorry for some of you because you were subjected to reading things that you probably didn't want to see. I felt like I had to hide my happy so that I wouldn't offend or hurt feelings. Why I felt the need to protect you is absolutely beyond me. I didn't want to share my life with you; I didn't want you to know me. I didn't want you to know my story.

I made the decision a long time ago to share my life in a public way by writing this blog. I made that decision and I have to deal with the fact that what I write here is open to anyone who chooses to read it. I can't stop you from coming here and obsessing over what I write. That's fine! If you want to torture yourself with the details of my life go right on ahead. I appreciate the boost in page views. While I don't love knowing that you've been here creeping (and I do know) it doesn't bother me so much anymore. I just smile and shake my head and go on about my day. 

So for those of you reading from the dark corners of the internet (you know who you are): I hope you enjoy your time here, and I figure you must since you keep coming back. 
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