New ‘do!

I got my hair cut today. I wanted to do something different, because I was tired of dealing with my hair. So the other day I went browsing for pictures on the internet and I found this:

My hairdresser said, “Let’s do it!” and though I was nervous, I decided it was time.

We took before pictures at the studio. My hairdresser said they’re meant to look awful. I’m not sure if they’re meant to look THIS awful, but there you go. Ignore the circles under my eyes that make me look like a hag 😉 And yes, she did deliberately mess my hair up a little before she took the picture. Ha!

And here’s the after pictures. I am SO happy with how it turned out. It’s amazing how much curl is really in my hair when all that length and bulk isn’t weighing it down!

This side view is my favorite because you can see how well-shaped and fun the cut is. I love it!

Mexican Goulash (recipe)

Weeks (and weeks) ago I asked on Twitter for some hamburger ideas. I was…fresh out and I had hamburger that had to be used. Someone suggested Goulash, which I just knew my family wouldn’t eat, but when I went searching for a recipe for it, I found one for Mexican Goulash on allrecipes.com. Right up our alley (with modifications, of course).

Mexican Goulash based on a recipe from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or a few Tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (or whatever pasta you like)
  • 2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Brown hamburger in skillet.

2. Add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes.

3. Add taco seasoning, chili powder, oregano, cumin and mix well

4. Stir in water, tomatoes, green chiles, corn and bring to a boil.

5. Add pasta, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until your pasta is tender.

6. Top with cheese, cover and cook for a few more minutes, only until cheese is melted.

Serve with cornbread!

For variations, you could use ground turkey, or add sausage for additional flavor. I found the original recipe (not posted here) way too bland so I added a lot of spices and seasonings. How you manage those to your family’s taste is the key to this recipe. You can make it spicier or blander by adding/removing spices or using less of them.

A few fall pictures

I know I haven’t been a good poster, but I got some good shots of Brianna this weekend, both at soccer and for Halloween. She’s growing so fast, I have to share! (as a point of interest, on Saturday, she had two soccer games and I took a total of 1100 photos!)

Brianna and one of her soccer coaches (who is also a friend of ours. He is GREAT with kids)

Brianna and her dad

One of the games had kids versus parents to end the season

This cracks me up because of the cows in the background. Makes it look like we’re playing in a field.

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