Monthly Archives: December 2008

Taco Soup


Abraham, over at 22 Words, has requested people send him links to recipes for a virtual potluck of sorts. I thought that I would fulfill his request and put my taco soup recipe on “paper”. Gosh, I hope that didn’t sound vain.

I must admit that my friend, Maja, had a hand in getting me hooked on this dish. Leave it to Maja, a mother of seven, who is Danish and cooks like you wouldn’t believe, to make sure I didn’t leave her home without one recipe for my back pocket. This recipe is easy on the brain! I’m thankful God put Maja in my life to show me what true hospitality looks like.

Anyway, back to the recipe. No one in my family likes onions or large chunks of tomato so you’ll find none in my recipe…but you can always add them if you’d like!


1.5 lbs ground beef, drained
(1) pack Ranch dressing
(2) packs taco seasoning
(1) 29 oz can tomato sauce
(1) 29 oz can water
(2) cans of shoepeg corn
(2) cans of black beans

Brown, drain, & rinse beef.
Add tomato sauce & water. (After emptying sauce, refill can with water)
Drain/rinse both corn & beans – add to pot.
Add Ranch & taco seasoning.
Heat & stir!

Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and corn chips.

This recipe makes a lot of soup so it’s perfect for eating half now and freezing the other half for later. YUM!

Enjoying time with cousins

My three love to spend time with their cousins.

The boys pose with their cousins, E & E, on Mitch’s side of the family.

Luke enjoyed jumping on the trampoline with his cousin, Emily.

After helping Emily build a cardboard tunnel on the back porch,
Abigail joined in to help decorate it.

My kids would have had their picture taken with their older cousins, Meredith & Ethan, but they were busy doing the typical teenage thing (texting).

A prayer for the new year


A prayer for the new year, from The Valley of Vision:

O Love beyond Compare,
Thou art good when thou givest,
when thou takest away,
when the sun shines upon me,
when night gathers over me.
Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love didst redeem my soul;
Thou dost love me still,
in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.
Thy goodness has been with me another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to advance,
when beaten back making sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past.
I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.
If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
thou wilt be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
I shall see thy face the sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.

Free YORK photo shipping


If you are like most people, you took a lot of pictures over the holiday and need to get them developed. I use various online photo developing sites, including York Photo, where they have $.08 prints everyday. I’ve been very pleased with York and will continue to use them. As a plus, they release several codes a year for free prints or free shipping.
I received an email today with another code for free shipping on an order of 100 prints. I can do that easily! To take advantage of this offer, go to York Photo, register a new account, upload your photos, and then use coupon code PRINTSHIP100 upon checkout. You do not have to be a new member to use this code…it’s good for all members, new and old!

This coupon expires January 1st and is good for only one use.

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