Barrett had a great time in Greenville with the family. He got to play with Landon a lot and really enjoy the weather. They went to a baseball game, played in the kiddie pool, and had a nice Easter lunch. Wish I could have been there!!
Landon and Uncle BB
Landon in his Easter best
On an up note - it's been a really beautiful week in Charlotte! We're talking 80 degrees (at least) and blue skies. I think everone in NC has had the same weather. It really makes you want to head to the beach!! I sat out on the porch for a while with Buddy yesterday and today. At one point it was so warm that Buddy actually got up, left me out there, and went inside! I went to get a new book on Saturday and came home with two, plus a new cookbook. I got The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I love Nicholas Sparks books...easy reads, sappy love stories, life lessons. And - the movie is in theaters now, so I know I'll see it and I like to read books before I watch the movie. I also got The Last Lecture and finished it! If you haven't heard of it or haven't seen the TV specials...you should really You Tube it. Or better yet - read it! It's the story of a professor from Carnegie Mellon who is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He's given about 6 months to live and in that time, he is asked to give a "Last Lecture" at the university. Great story...
And - the new cookbook I got was a Hungry Girl cookbook. I just love Hungry Girl. I subscribe to her weekly emails. She comes up with great tips and recipes - all Weight Watchers friendly! So, we can make anything out of this cookbook, and I don't have to worry about it being 1000 calories! :-)
Speaking of recipes, this week's Tasty Thursday Treat was VERY tasty! I got the recipe from my sister. Barrett gave it a 4.5 out of 5. :-)
South of the Border Casserole
-Add 1 tsp of olive oil to a large pot.
-Add 1 lb 93% lean ground beef. Cook and drain.
-Add 3/4 cup chopped onions. Stir until onions are soft (bout 7-8 minutes).
-Turn up heat. Add a can of whole tomatoes (chop them up a little), 2 jalepenos chopped (I used pickled but fresh would be good. They are much hotter though so be careful) and 1/2 a green pepper
-Add 2 cups of fat free sour cream, 1 Tbs of chili powder and a little salt. Stir it all together.
-Once it starts to boil, add 8oz of pasta.
-Lower heat and cover. Stir every five minutes for 25 minutes or until noodles are soft.
Um...yum. Really tasty, a little spicy, and very filling.
Another fun factoid - my mom and stepdad are moving back to NC! They've been in Mississippi for about 3 1/2 years...and they are coming back! My stepdad actually came back this weekend because he's starting work tomorrow. My mom will probably be down in about 4 weeks or so. We are excited that they'll be so much closer to us now....back in Burlington! :-)
Hope everyone has a wonderful week.