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bring home elsabeth

Good morning!

Are you happy to be starting a new week?  I am.  As much as I used to dread Monday morning, I am so thankful these days that the end of the weekend doesn’t hold an impending sense of doom.  Of course I was by no means springing out of bed with a smile on my face at 6:30 this morning, but I’m not sure that’s even possible anyway!

We had a slow and easy weekend…just how I like ‘em:)  As I’m sure you can all identify…they are few and far between.  So, we soaked up every moment.

Saturday morning Farmer’s Market trip was picturesque – with the beauty of fall only intensifying every day.  I ate an apple on the way and was positively starving by the time we left!

We picked these up for the baby – and she was a happy girl:)  And don’t worry, they’re vegetarian. Peanut Butter to be exact.

After leaving the market (one bushel of swiss chard in tow) we stopped by Starbuck’s for a soy half caf latte for two.  Aren’t coffees the best when they’re shared?  Having my own straw just isn’t the same.

The rest of Saturday included a long walk down to Main Street.  There was a vintage car show going on downtown, and we were hoping to scope it out, but as we progressed toward Main, we began to notice a disappointingly steady stream of vintage cars cruising past us.  By the time we got there, there were only a few stragglers remaining:(  So, we just turned around and headed back home.  Stopping for mini photo shoots along the way.

Doesn’t matter what kind of face or noises you make, this girl refuses to look at the camera.

Honestly, I was a bit lazy all weekend as far as food was concerned.  I made a huge batch of crock-pot taco soup on Friday, and we ate it probably 4-3 times between then and Sunday.  At least it was delicious!  Leftovers are the way to go in my book:)

Crock-pot Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (really you can use whatever kinds of beans you want!)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans – you got it, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 can sweet corn, no salt added, drained
1 can rotel
1 can diced tomatoes
3/4 small can tomato paste
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
about 1 cup water

Directions
1. Dump everything into the crock pot and turn crock pot on low.  Allow to simmer all day.
2. Come home from work, give it a quick stir, and eat up! But careful – it’s hot!

It’s really very complicated.

*You may want to add more or less water, depending on how thick you want it.  The husband and I like it nice and hearty!
**I know this recipe has a lot of “cans” in it – and I know you’re technically supposed to limit canned goods, but sometimes convenience just wins out.  Sorry.  Actually, no I’m not.

Served with a side of homemade corn chips, sprinkled with sea salt and baked at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Watch them closely because they go from not quite done to charred in about 1 minute flat.  Not that I would know.

I also had a side of leftover roasted kabocha squash.

You may have noticed this really hideous looking squash in my fall post a few days ago.  I basically sliced it up and roasted it at  400 degrees for about 25 minutes.  And let me tell you, I have eaten it for about 6 meals since then.  I have tried butternut squash once and honestly really didn’t care of it.  This guy is a whole different ballgame folks. If you haven’t tried kabocha squash – stop reading right now and go get one.  You won’t regret it.  It was a bit expensive (around $5 I think), but it’s lasted so long, and was totally and completely worth every dime.  Every time I get ready to eat it leftover, I just toss a few wedges on a cookie sheet and re-roast them.  Tastes like the first time every time!

Anyway, before I go I wanted to let you guys know about something called “Share the Love Week” going on over at a really lovely blog, 3 Boys and a Little Lady.  I just stumbled upon this blog about a month ago, and I haven’t been able to stop reading since.  Right now their family is trying to bring home the little girl they’re adopting from Ethiopia, Elsabeth.  I don’t think I’ve really mentioned this before on the blog, but Jon and I have a huge heart for adoption.  We hope and pray that we can adopt a child one day, but since we aren’t quite on that road yet, I’m excited about the opportunity to help out a family that is.  Emily is having an auction of sorts with different Etsy shops, and all the proceeds go toward their adoption fund.  It starts tomorrow morning, so please check it out if you get a chance!

Love you guys!

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6 Responses to “bring home elsabeth”

  1. thank you, thank you, thank you!

    i really appreciate you posting about elsa :)

    blessings!

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  2. LOVE the pictures. We’re not having a great fall foliage year b/c of the heat and lack of rain. And that stew/chili looks great. Gotta try that one. Isn’t kaboacha the best. It pairs really well with black beans and spinach or kale too.

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  3. Love to learn that you guys have a heart for adoption too! We are going through infertility, and are most likely going to be adopting a child. We have spent so much time researching, reflecting and praying about this subject. :)

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    candice Reply:

    Wow, girl. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with that. Not easy I know.

    But so cool that you guys are thinking about adoption! I think adoption is such a special and unique opportunity. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers:)

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  4. Oh my – I haven’t been blogging or reading blogs in a couple wks so while catching up today I see your cute fur baby and those
    Yummies- that soup looks soooo good and kabocha squash -
    Oh I miss that and I am soooo looking forward to it again this
    Fall after I cook up the 2 acorn ones I grabbed
    The other day ;)
    Be Blessed !!!
    ;0)

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    candice Reply:

    Aww, glad you’re back! Sometimes it’s good to take a break:)

    I have actually not ever tried acorn squash – definitely need to change that asap!

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