Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Days & Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole Recipe

Good Tuesday everyone! Last week's Spring Break didn't feel very spring like at all. But this week...WOW! The temp's have been in the 80's! Crazy.

The kids played in the water with neighbor kids yesterday. My yard was wet and muddy but they had fun. I was cooking our supper while they played and I thought I would share the recipe since some seem interested in the comments yesterday.

Unstuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

1lb of browned ground beef
2 packs of Lipton or any brand Spanish Rice (Note- you can use plain white rice and it is great)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
2 bell peppers chopped small
Mozzarella Cheese for topping

Brown the beef. I season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper and I add my bell peppers in halfway so they can cook a little. Not too much. I cook my rice while I am doing the beef and peppers. Once the beef and rice are done I mix them in a 9 by 13 pan and add the sauce and then top with Mozzarella Cheese and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

That is it. Simple and good. My husband and I love stuffed bell peppers and my kids love the inside of them but not the actual pepper and I came across this recipe and it has been a perfect meal for my family. There is usually very little left.

I add French Bread to this.

Here is a little peak at my back deck. It is so welcoming! I got me a wind chime. I love it. I have been wanting one for a long time. I enjoy listening to it so much. I am not sure why but it just relaxes me.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Chat- Marine Mammal Field Trip

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. I have been up and down but I know it will turn around. Last week was spring break here. I got a couple of things done in the home as far as cleaning. I did the laundry room, office area, files and papers, Hannah's bedroom, and the sitting entertainment area.

I didn't get all I would have like but that is okay. It is hard to squeeze in everything in a couple of days. I usually can't get a lot done while homeschooling as far as deep cleaning. Most of my projects and deep cleaning has to wait until our summer break.

We took a field trip even though we were on Spring Break and had a fun time. We headed to the coast and went to a Marine Mammal Research center and explored. It was fun. I coordinated it for our local homeschool group and it was a little stressful but it all ended up good. *Smiles* Being responsible for a large group is always nerve wracking to me. But it was fun and they all learned.

Here are some pictures from our event.

We are back in full swing here at Keeping Home with school. I have some big decisions I am praying about in regards to next year as far as curriculum and tutoring for Hannah. We are still trying to decide on the best option for her.

Today I am really just trying to get back in school mode and do basics in the home. We are having unstuffed bell pepper casserole for supper.

What about you today?  What are your supper plans?


Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Review~A Stolen Heart

Cover Art

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé.

But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

My Thoughts.....

When I signed up to read this book I was for sure this would be right up my alley. I wish I could say that it was. Although, I felt it was a sweet book it took a LONG time to get through. I had a very hard time from the VERY beginning getting connected to the characters and story. I am not really sure why. As it really seemed to have a good story line just for some reason I couldn't get into the first several chapters.

Lydia one of the main characters seemed lovely, strong, and full of good character. She was also very clever and resourceful. Travis seemed romantic from the beginning to me. I am not sure why but he did. My favorite character was Aunt Bertha. Although, I truly disliked the way it ended for her. I did enjoy reading the sweet relationships and friendships that developed. I felt at times I was right there in the kitchen with Aunt Bertha, Catherine (a friend & family member) and Lydia. I liked how Lydia showed good character in so many situations. Hiring Opal (which was her suppose to be fiancé new young pregnant wife) to help her as Edgar (husband to Opal and suppose to be fiancé to Lydia) was missing. At first you dislike Edgar because you felt he did Lydia wrong by marrying someone else and etc. but that changed for me towards the end. You will have to read to know why. *smiles*

Amanda Cabot the author did a good job with twisting it all at the end. But to me the MEAT of this book was in the last few chapters and to be honest the book could have left out a ton of chapters and it would have been great. It dragged out too long and I lost interest very quickly. I did read most of the book but skipped a few pages here and there because I was losing interest.  If I were not reviewing it and wanted to give it a very fair review I would have put it down and probably passed it on.

I give this book a 3 in half out 5. There was mystery, romance, twists, and surprises but it was just all at the end which was kept it hard for me to be interested to stick to it.

About the Author.......

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

I was given a free copy by Revell Publishers and no compensation was received. My thoughts are solely my own.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Getting Some Things Done

We are having our spring break this week from home school. But it really hasn't felt spring like. It is cold!!!

I cleaned our laundry room area today. This area is home to my little office space where I store bills, papers, and school things. I would show a picture but my computer is not available and I'm posting by my phone.

I cleaned dryer, washer, baseboards, cabinets, counter, and floors. I went through all paper files and organized cabinets and drawers.

I also deep cleaned my oven. It wasn't planned but it got accomplished.

I forgot to mention the other day that I also saved $20 by taking my sons to a different hair place for their hair cuts. I chose to take them to a Beauty College. Students cut hair and style it as apart of their learning and the price is half the price of a salon. They did a decent job. I would do it myself but I'm way to nervous to try and my oldest said NO WAY. *Smiles*

Tomorrow I plan to work on my Hannah's room, and plan for our field trip to a Marine Life Institute on Thursday.

Have a super day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Chat-Spring Touches and Cutting Expenses

Hello friends! I hope you are all well. It has cooled off a lot here in my neck of the woods. I just got back from a refreshing walk with my husband. It was almost a little too cool. But it was nice none the less.

There has been little pops of Spring added to my décor. I have scaled back so much over the years. I add just little pops here and there now opposed to full fledge décor. I used to swap things out every season and holiday. That can get expensive, clutter making, and time consuming for me.

This weekend I earned $50 by dog sitting and walking. My daughter started a dog walking and dog sitting venture in our neighborhood. We never expected it to take off the way it did. But she had so many offers that all fell on the same dates (due to spring break) that she needed help with. We split the jobs.

I used the money to buy towels WHICH I found on sale. I was jumping with joy. I found beautiful towels that were thick and big that were name brand and originally $16 a piece for $4.79. We were in DESPERATE  NEED of towels and a new bath mat. Our towels were BAD!!!!

                             Blessed with a watercolor painted postcard by a blogger friend.

I also saved $59.69 a month. I cut out some expenses by cancelling a few memberships. I cancelled my gym membership, pureflix (Christian movies online), Hallmark Movies online. I was happy to start saving this.

Hope you all have a good week. I plan to do a little Spring Cleaning this week. What about you?


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Homeschool Happenings-Science Lab Field Trip

Our homeschool group took a trip two weeks ago to a local university where they opened their labs to do chemistry demos and biology demos. The kids had a really good time. We had some refreshments afterwards. We aren't really big "science" people (we love history) and I was not sure this would be a field trip we really would like but we had a splendid time and they learned a few things.

Aren't these science cupcake toppers so adorable??!!

 Kyle with a couple of his friends. Kyle is the one on the far right.

Working with a sheep brain. My kids were very disturbed by this.

Ethan got an EKG as well as my youngest Kyle.

Kyle touching a sheep heart.

Hope you have a good day. It is raining here. I got chicken taco's cooking in my the crockpot. I have been revisiting Mrs. Laine's Letters. I cleaned our bathroom. Finally it is finished being remodeled after our leak and mildew issue. It is all fresh and clean.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Chat

Thank you all to the prayers, encouragement, and suggestions that you left me in the comments in the previous post. I sure love my blog community.

I thought I'd share a couple of goals I have this week. I have been very unmotivated but I thought I would share in hopes of accountability.


Pay Bills
Clean Fridge
Clean Car
Clean Purse
Print a form and fax it
Walk a few times this week ( I had been doing it daily even in rain but I have slacked)
Get some sun! In other words.... I need to get outside

That is it for me! Any goals for you this week?