Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baja Baby!

Looking for something yummy and easy to make? This is a quick and delicious meal! I usually make it when it is cold outside. Like today.

This is a picture of the dinner before the pasta was added:

I used my daughter's Kodak Playsport videocam to film it and then uploaded it to Youtube. I may get this blogging thing down some day!! I filmed this a few weeks ago. It is only 47 seconds long so you have to watch it!

I also serve it with blue chips and roasted salsa verde from *Target*.

I adapted this recipe from another blogger. If you are the blogger that originally posted this recipe, please let me know and I will give you credit and a link!

Baja Chipotle Beef & Pasta Dinner
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, washed & diced
1 can corn (drained)
1 can petite diced tomatoes, do not drain
1 can black beans (drained)
1 box wagon wheel pasta, cooked and drained

Brown ground beef. Pour off drippings. Add green pepper and onion and cook just until a bit tender. Add corn, diced tomatoes, black beans and cooked pasta. Stir over heat until heated all the way through.~this is the point that I put some aside for my little one that doesn't like it spicy~ Add desired amount of Baja Chipotle sauce and stir. Serve warm. You can top it with shredded cheese or sour cream, if desired. Also delicious with blue corn chips & roasted salsa verde, as pictured above!

Thinking warm thoughts!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

AP Tuesday, Virtual Coffee & a Hidden Talent

Yesterday I had a lot to accomplish in a just a few hours and I realized that I haven't been making my daily list. I quickly whipped out a notepad and jotted down my list. As I sipped my coffee this morning, I was surprised to see that got everything done on yesterday's list. Thus the name for my blog, Check It Off. I function so much better with my daily checklist. I am definitely going to be using my lists this week! The past few weeks I have been focusing on completing little tasks, which will help our life to run a bit more smoothly. Also, I really would like to have photos of my family in the picture frames, rather than the ones that come in them from the store!

LAST WEEK's LIST Anti Procrastination List 1/31/11 (get done by Feb. 8th)
My Focus word for February is PHOTOS
Get Photos in Frames NOT DONE, going on back on list. Hoping to have new prints by Friday! 
Delete Photos on main computer that are not worthy of keeping (going back 1 year)NOT DONE,going back on list for this week
Sign, Copy & Send tax documents to accountant for personal & business PARTIALLY DONE (I signed, waiting on hubby to finish, read TEAM effort!
Set up Microsoft Word on Ana's computer (finding the disk will be the hard part!) DONE

THIS WEEK'S List Anti Procrastination List (get done by Feb. 15th)
My Focus word for February is PHOTOS
Get Photos in Frames
Delete unwanted photos going back 2 years
Reconcile January bank statement & produce business info for accountant
Spray paint new photo frames & hang on photo wall

Tonite I am taking the kids to a tryout for a local musical production of Sleeping Beauty. I am not sure if we will actually be able to participate in the production, but I think it will be great experience for them! ~I am a bit nervous for  them, they are a bit nervous, too! So we will just see how it goes!

Tomorrow night are soccer tryouts for my son's travel team. You know spring is not too far away when soccer tryouts are happening! I find this to be a better predictor of spring than the groundhog!

The kids' Valentine's parties are this Friday, so I have a bit of baking to do. Their Valentines are done! I am also in charge of the guessing game. I am going to come up with a few containers where they need to guess the number of items in the jar. This is such a great game for second graders. Maybe I will have the party helper Moms guess, too. Wouldn't that be fun to see who is closer, the kids or the Moms?

Remember the camera my friend was selling? Well she decided to keep it. My friend and I were playing with it at the ski lodge and a man came over and told her what a great camera it is and showed her a few tricks. She vowed to use it more and learn more about it. And she said I can keep it for awhile longer. Sweet, huh? I am getting very close to buying my new camera. I am just deciding on the lens I want. I cannot wait! 

My training is really coming along. I am going to sign up for another month, since I have already seen good results in 3 weeks! My favorite is the H.I.T. (High Intensity Training) class. It is kickboxing and I LOVE it! Such a wonderful feeling of power and strength when you have on the gloves. Not easy, but very fun!

Upcoming blog posts this week:
My interview with Lucy the Slipcover Queen and photos of her Studio/Work Room
A post with a recipe for a yummy winter recipe with a video starring me and Marissa

If you have a chance, please pop over to my friend Marla's new blog, Random Thoughts. She is an awesome photographer, writer, ski instructor and the list goes on! Also, she is thinking about sharing her Manual for Mothers of Freestyle Skiers. What a friend!

We are getting a bit of light snow. I had to help my husband pull the snow plow out this morning. It was stuck and he couldn't get it out by himself. Cathy to the rescue! Yep, I am a  woman of many talents. Now go find your hidden talents!