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Monday, December 10, 2012

Reflections, Revelations, and Refried Beans

Soooooo...How long until you are out for the Winter Break?

I'm not sure...
I have to think about this, I mean really, I hadn't even thought of it...

Yeah, right!

I just can't wait!
We will be running around here like Betty's with our heads cut off!
Christmas Eve is at our house (again).
Then Christmas Day is actually pretty uneventful.
And the day after that, The Mr's parents are going to be in town.

So in addition to working for the next 7 school days, I have to do all the regular
pull-your-hair-out Christmas things.
Last minute shopping.
Present snooping.
Present snooping.
Present snooping.

(if you are ever inclined to give me a gift, which  I am about the most grateful person you will ever know BTW, be sure that you do not have to hide it -
or heck, for that matter, even have to leave it unattended for any length of time.

I'm a snooper.

I can't help it!
I have to look.
I literally cannot help myself.

I have even had conversations with myself.
Like "Self, you know how disappointed you would be with the Littles if they were snooping and ruined a big surprise."
(I pretended that I listened to myself, I didn't)
I waited until I wasn't looking and then I peeked anyway!!!

With all of the crazy holiday stuff going on in the Squirrel household, we have developed some terrible
and I mean TERRIBLE eating habits lately.
I have come home sooooo wiped out!
I have meals planned(sometimes), but we have to pass three or four places to get to the house and it is so much easier to stop and throw away all the dinner trash then it is to go home, cook, listen to the Littles and the Mr complain, and then have to clean it all up!!

But I walked past a full length mirror (those should be outlawed in EVERY STATE) when I took
the oldest male Little to the Dr the other day- and wow.
Gee- Willikers, Beav.
I was shocked and amazed!

That was not the same person that was in there a few months ago-
I don't know where she went, but she was not present in my reflection.
Maybe she left for Winter Break early?

So the Mr and I talked.
And he is a VERY intelligent man, so he disagreed with every flaw that I saw in that EVIL full length mirror.
He swore I must have been seeing things.

Technically, I was.
I was seeing LOTS of things,
Lots of round things.
There were round cheeks (top and bottom)
some roundish hips
and when I stood sideways, there was a little bit of "round-i-ness" there too.
At first I was perplexed because I distinctly remember having the last Little almost 9 years ago-
so I couldn't for the life of me figure out what it was.

And then it hit me.
I saw a hint of a #3 with no onions from Mickey Ds. I saw a little of a #4 with no tomatoes from Wendy's- with the $.99 Frosty
(can't argue with the price)
There was also A LOT of Dr Pepper and a ton of other yucky meals and food choices rearing their ugly heads!

So it was decided that we (I) would get back on track.
Making that menu every week.
Shopping responsibily.
Cutting out the empty calories.
Having more fruit on hand.
Portion size.
Portion size.
Portion size.

So we spent a little more than usual (kind of ironic- spending more to eat less)
 and we bought a few things that were already portion. And lots of ziplocs to pre-portion- that way a box of something doesn't disappear in the blink of an eye.
We reinstated the Fruit is the only snack after 7 rule.
I like that rule- I love some sliced fruit.....

We are brave little squirrels, knowing that candies and cookies are going to find their way to our door step over the next month or so. And it is going to be rough getting back into my kitchen fulltime
(I really don't enjoy it that much)
As in I LOATHE it.
Like if I were a housewife in the 50's , they would have burned my apron, taken away my batter bowl and mixing spoon, and blacklisted me from any potluck socials-
I'm not a "bad" cook- I just don't do it with a smile:)

I did make a yummy EASY dinner this evening-
I credit it to the 5 Ingredients or Less Cookbook that the Mr bought me a few years ago- I was a little insulted.
(Not as insulted as the year he gave me Trivia for Dummies for Christmas, but perturbed nonetheless.)

It was super easy.
You only need
1 bag of tortilla chips
1.5 lbs of ground beef
1 can cream of chic
1 16 oz jar of salsa
shredded cheese

Spread some cooking oil on the bottom of the pan. Put 3/4 of the bag of chips in. Pour the cooked ground beef mixed with cream of chic soup on top.
 Add the jar of salsa, then cheese. bake for 25 mins add the rest of chips, bake for 5 more or til chips are golden.
 I also made these easy peasy burritos

1lb ground beef
1 can refried beans
shredded cheese.
I think the pics explain....

 (There are only 5 of us, but the Mr always makes the next day's lunch from the leftovers)

 A box of spanish rice.
And Voila!
It's a meal that even Truman would beg for:)

 So let's recap.
I had a revelation about our horrible eating habits and I cooked one meal!
Yippee for me!

(Really, it's the little things that make me happy)

I have two more Easy Peasy meals on my menu this week- if things don't get too crazy, I'll tell ya about those too!

In the mean time,
stay away from any Full Length Mirrors-


  1. I want to make those burritos RIGHT.NOW! Thanks for sharing :)
    Teaching With Style

  2. Haha Squirrels you and I would be booted from the 50's together for our lack of cooking enthusiasm. I sometimes feel bad for my husband. But not bad enough to make it my new hobby or anything. He knew what he was marrying ;)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  3. Oh Missy Squirrels, I was already laughing at the title! My goal is to have something other than cereal for dinner one day this week. I guess that doesn't count as cooking...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  4. Hee Hee loved your post. Here is another easy meal and it works in the oven or crockpot. Chicken, breasts, thighs whatever. One big can cream of chicken soup and one big can cream of mushroom soup, one package dry Lipton onion soup mix. Combine soups including dry put chicken in acake pan, cover with soup mixture, cover with foil bake till done, I don't time things I go by smell. Make some rice, green salad, aaaaannnnddd food.

  5. Looks yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

    I have a Gooseberry 5 ingredients or less cookbook (that I WANTED for Christmas). I LOVE IT!

  6. Any cookbook that is 5 ingredients or less and has meals with chips and sals is a winner! Can you share the name of that cookbook? And good luck with the better eating! :)

  7. Love it! My Mr. does all the cooking. He is really good and I am now a bit round myself. Thanks for the smile.

  8. We are a burrito family here too. Although we do our own style.

    Whenever I want to increase healthy and lose some weight I dumped the processed foods - ie. milk, sugar, bread and anything related. I increase NON-processed, lots of NO cooking ingredients. Just wash, cut up, and serve style.

    Salads are actually way quicker to make than a normal meal. :o) Oh and you can eat as much as you like - and NEVER have to stop for portion size. Ever.

    Here's a salad we serve: raw silverbeet (spinach/chard?), tomato, cucumber, capsicums (bell peppers) red and green. Bean sprouts. Raw cashews. Chia seed. A dressing of sorts. Sometimes we make our own dressing with orange juice (fresh squeezed - at home by us) and avocado. You can add whatever you have in the house. Grate some carrot as well. We sometimes also pick up a salad (leaf) mix to add for variety.

    Chop up fairly small. Not big pieces.

    Next time we do a salad I will take a photo for you and post it so you can see what it looks like. :o) It looks yummy, and tastes yummy too.

    The Paper Maid

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