The Grateful Life

Acting Crazy January 14, 2013

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We were squishing three adults and two car seats into Chris’ car this weekend.

Chris informed Caelum, “Mama is going to ride in the back between you and Everett.”

“So we don’t act crazy??”

Yes sir, that is EXACTLY it.



You Rock January 10, 2013

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Caelum is learning letters at daycare.  He knows that his and daddy’s names start with a C, and he knows there is a C in the middle of my name.  I received a magnet from the Fargo Marathon, trying to entice me into running a race again this year.  It is personalized and says my name in place of “Fargo.”


Caelum was looking at it yesterday, and I helped him find my name.  He asked me what the other word was, so I told him “Rocks.”

This morning, not long after waking, he of course was standing in front of the fridge, contemplating his first course of breakfast.  He pointed out the magnet again and said, “Mama, this says you.  You.  Rock.”

Yes, my darling boy, I do.  And please don’t forget it.


Eggie Muffins January 8, 2013

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½ red bell pepper, chopped

½ green bell pepper, chopped

½-1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 cup broccoli florets, roughly chopped

1 lb. ground beef

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

¼ c. shredded cheddar or Marble Jack cheese

2 tsp. seasoning salt

9 eggs

¼ c. plus 1 Tbsp. milk

¾ tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Brown hamburger along with onions. Drain and rinse hamburger. Return to heat and add seasonings, peppers, and broccoli. Cook for a few minutes, then remove from heat.

Whisk together eggs, milk, and baking powder.

Lightly spray or line muffin cups. Spoon out the hamburger mixture evenly into each cupcake.

Sprinkle a few shreds of cheese over each cup.

Ladle or pour the egg mixture over meat and cheese. Fill to the top, but be careful not to overfill.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.


  • I give all the veggies a rough chop together in a small food processor or with a hand chopper.
  • Frozen broccoli florets work as well as fresh.
  • This makes 12 regular-sized muffins, plus some. I got 12 regular plus six minis out of a batch. You could put a little less meat into each cup and get probably 18 regular sized.
  • Consider placing a sheet pan underneath your cupcake pan to protect your oven from any possible overflow. If you’ve overfilled them at all (which is easy to do), it will burn on the bottom of your oven.
  • Works with any meat or veggies you would enjoy in an omelet – breakfast sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.

Adapted from Six in the Suburbs.


Lazy Sunday Stew January 1, 2013

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lazy but delicious

lazy but delicious

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 can tomato soup (from Grandma MaryAnn)
1 can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
1/2-1 c. water
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained (could sub lima beans)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and pepper

Brown hamburger; keep it in larger chunks.  Drain and rinse, add onion, celery, and spices to brown.  Added remaining ingredients, simmer for 30 min. or until sweet potatoes are soft.