Crock Pot Italian Chili

Homecoming week It’s homecoming week friends here in Estes Park, Colorado. Isn’t my girl adorbs? GO BOBCATS! She’s going to kill me for posting this photo of her on my blog. But I can’t help it, she’s so stinking cute. Busy fall nights have made all of the work I did a few weeks ago prepping 15 frozen crock pot meals sooooo worth it. I’m becoming the diva of the slow cooker!

Yesterday I fixed the crock pot Italian Chili and it was a hit with the hubs. I asked some Facebook friends if they wanted the recipe and 30 or so of you said yes. So here it is:

Crock Pot Italian Chili

Crock Pot Italian Chili 1 pound cooked ground beef (I fry up 6-8 pounds of ground beef at a time and freeze them in quart bags. I usually just thaw out the meat and use it as needed) [Read more…]

Crock Pot Chicken and Biscuits

Lately I’ve been obsessed with my crock pot. Fall is always so busy. Between long work days and teenagers headed in different directions, finding quick easy meals to throw in the slow cooker has been key to keeping our family together at meal time.

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This Has Legs

This has legs

It is a strange saying. One I use often. A saying I can identify with.

It reminds me of when I was in junior high and my friends called me Bird.

Kids called me Bird because I had long knobby ostrich legs that didn’t quite fit the rest of my body.

The nickname stuck.

Thanks to Facebook sometimes the Bird reference resurfaces.

Like I said, I don’t mind because it reminds me where I am right now with work, and my work is personal. So there is a connection. Hang with me here…

I’ve got several projects in the cooker that I find myself saying to myself and others~ This has legs.

Projects and ideas that  God willing, have the potential to get up off the couch and walk down the road. All on their own. Ideas that could inspire others.

Honestly? These ideas scare me a bit. But those are the best ideas to feed aren’t they? They ones that intimidate you, stretch you? The ones that you know once they start moving forward will change you, change others, and give hope. The ones that require sacrifice and determination.

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A Stewardship Challenge

My Journey

Many of you know that our family has been on an amazing journey since January when my husband got this crazy idea to get healthy. I thought it was going to be all him. Looking back, I too needed to make some personal changes.

It has not always been easy. At the beginning of the year when I chose my one word for 2012 as Steward, I had no idea that this concept would permeate everything.

Work and Family.

How silly of me.

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To Forge A New Trail

This verse always seems to creep up on me when I find myself in any kind of season of change or new opportunity. I know that I am not the first pilgrim who has walked this earth who has drawn strength and excitement from the words of Isaiah the Prophet:

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43: 19 NLT

I got a visual picture of this a few weeks ago when I was in Pennsylvania on a trip to the Laurel Highlands Jeep Jamboree. Jeff and I got an amazing opportunity to go to this event and represent Jeep as band advocates. There in the middle of a tree dense forest, our Jeep Rubicon started making a new pathway through the wilderness. [Read more…]

Friday with Freda ~ You’re Going to Climb What Mountain?

Grandma has been asking me a million questions all week about my Pikes Peak climb today.

You’re going to climb what mountain again? Pikes Peak, remember the one we drive by all the time? 

How long will it take you? About five hours.

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Time to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

A few weeks ago my daughter had to try out for what instrument she would play in the band. We are a band family, so like the geeks we all are, we went to support her through this rite of passage.

A couple of things happened that I did not expect.

The first was she was able to get a sound and different tones out of EVERY SINGLE  instrument she tried.

We were so proud of her! Instead of hoping for one or two options, we were looking at about six.

The second thing that happened, taught me a valuable leadership lesson.  She was willing to try every instrument, except for the clariment, thank GOD.

Even the tuba.

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Friday with Freda ~ Somethings You Are Never Too Old To Try

Since my Grandma Freda moved in with us last year, there have been a multitude of “firsts” for her. It started with her first trip ever on an airplane to move to Colorado with us. She still talks about the journey and hopefully it wasn’t her last plane ride! There are just some things you are never too old to try I guess.

Here is just some of the things she has proved you are never to old to try since moving in with our crazy family:

1. Jeff convinced Grandma to ride in his Jeep with the top off. She LOVED it, and can’t wait to do it again this Summer.

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