it rained yesterday. it was wet and cold and dark. we stayed inside and played indoors. our day was filled with fun despite not being about to enjoy the fresh air and the trees. 

the [little one] is cutting another tooth, so she was a little sad today, but still very happy considering. we got together with friends and took pictures in the morning which was great. it is both of our daughters birthdays this week and next and i wanted a couple of portrait shots of myself done for my website. it turned out to be a great time and i also was able to capture a few shots that i really like. I am still working on others, but here are a few that i did. it helps to have such a cute subject! isn't she just precious!

i love this first one. she is standing against an open window which made great light.

this next one i love because i feel like it could say so much. one of the girls is in the light while the other is in the darkness and the way she is standing and the position of her face almost looks like there are two different individuals pondering and observing the same thought. it reminds me of an internal struggle or observation.

later that afternoon we had more friends come and play which was fun for all of us. mom got some adult conversation and [the little one] got some kid interaction. the joys of play dates!

i had no idea what to make for dinner yesterday and frankly didn't want to cook, but knew i had too. i wanted to make something easy and use what i had on hand. i had hamburger, but wanted to have a light meal (that meant, no potatoes, meatloaf, gravy, meatballs...). i remembered this soup my mom used to make when we were all living at home. She would use cabbage, hamburger and V8, but i didn't have V8 and i couldn't get a hold of her, so we just went for it. I used chicken stock, diced tomatoes, hamburger, cabbage and an onion. i seasoned it well and served it with biscuits and sour cream. IT WAS DELICIOUS! [the man] liked it too. in fact he ate it for breakfast this morning.

you can serve it with or without sour cream, but we all know i love it, so i would go with WITH! There are not a ton of "convenience" foods that i use. They are generally more expensive and i don't mind doing the extra work of making things from scratch, but one of the convenience foods that i think is "worth it" is this little gem...

They literally take like two minutes to throw together, they are good (not great for you) but they get the job done for certain meals. You don't get flour all over the counter and you can mix it all in one bowl! I LOVE THEM! They make 6 biscuits and are less than a dollar. There are two other flavors. there is a honey one which we like and a garlic cheese that we could do without. anyway, they are nice and actually taste good.

this is a great throw together meal that is so fast!

plus with winter coming up, it is nice to have some "hearty" feeling meals that are nice on cold, dark days that don't pack a ton of calories.




2 (14.5 oz cans) Chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz cans) Diced Tomatoes
1.5 lbs Lean Ground Beef (i bet turkey would be good too)
1/2 A Cabbage (roughly chopped)
1 Onion (sliced)
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp - 1 tsp Chili Powder (depending on spice level you want to achieve)
1/2 tsp - 1 tsp Smoked Paprika


Slice onion and saute with olive oil in Large Pot over medium heat until transparent.

Add meat and lightly salt and pepper. Cook until Brown.

Add Chicken Stock, Tomatoes, Cabbage and Seasoning.

Taste liquid and add salt or spice to taste.

Bring to Boil.

Boil for 5 minutes.

Turn town and allow to simmer on low for 30-45 minutes.

Cabbage will cook down and flavors will blend.

Serve with sour cream and Warm Bread or Biscuits.

*This soup, like most, is great the day after!

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