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I don’t feel old – at all! I really don’t! Help me out here – I am using that theory that if you tell yourself something enough, you will believe it! Yet, I look in the mirror and my stomach is not as hard and shapely as it used to be. And my husband, bless his heart, was watching some kind of he-woman competition last week and pointed out that my legs USED to look JUST LIKE one of the gals who was in the lead – I guess I was in pretty decent shape back in the day… At least he still “checks me out so he can compare. 🙂

And now, I am old enough to have one bird gone from the nest. Those of you who have already passed this stage know already, but I have found that it is just an odd feeling to describe. Oh, there are times she is missed at the supper table and I know Emmet misses trading off chore duties with her. But she has blessed us several weekends already with LOADS of love – I mean laundry! LOADS, I tell you! In fact – we are on our way to get a new washing machine this week. 20 years I got out of the old Maytag. Can’t complain there!

Emmet is always really excited to have Kaydee there for his games on Friday nights!

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Kaydee is always glad to eat some good, home cookin’! And yes – Emmet LOVES that I cook more when she is home, too!

This weekend we made taco soup since it was cool and blustery outside. I know there are dozens of delicious ways to make taco soup, but here is what we concocted with what we had in the freezer and pantry:

Brown 2# of ground beef (Kaydee wanted a LOT of meat – she doesn’t think she gets nearly enough in the dining hall!)
Diced onion – as much as you like. We used about 2/3 of a sweet onion; add it to the beef just as the beef is getting done
Chili pepper – lots of it
Taco seasoning – about a pack (I keep a big can of it and just dump)
A can of baked beans (I didn’t have any chili beans or great northerns or black…we were really making do & it tasted great!)
A can of pork & beans
A can of stewed tomatoes chopped to small pieces and undrained
A can of Ro-Tel
1 1/2 pound Velveeta
What was left of a tub of sour cream (probably a cup or so)

Get this all heated through and the cheese all melted and enjoy with some Frito’s on top. YUM!!!! Our family really likes chili, but this is a nice change-up. We made a batch of sopapillas for dessert and it was a perfect meal on a Sunday night.

Kaydee is back at college this week and Emmet is back to having me help him fix a lunch every morning because the school lunches just don’t cut it for farm boys playing football.  And me, I just keep working and buying LOTS of groceries!

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I don’t think it matters if a gal lives in the city, in the country, on a farm, ranch, a downtown loft, or at the end of a cul-de-sac in a suburb. The age-old question is the same…What’s for supper? We have had extra people eating at our house quite a bit over the past couple of weeks. My kids LOVE it because I tend to cook more and better when we have guests. I am not sure why – I certainly feel no need to impress them. I guess I just figure they won’t rummage through the cupboards and fridge to find something more if they didn’t get full the first time around like my own kids will.

Besides having guests at the table, the kids are HUNGRY by evening. They head off to school after doing their chores in the morning, get a MUCH LESS THAN ADEQUATE amount of protein and calories for lunch, head off to practice or home to do more chores/projects and then finally get fed sometime after 7 p.m. when I have had time to get home and fix something. I could not be more disappointed in the new rules our school cooks must abide by. The protein and caloric limitations and not suited to farm kids who are burning several thousand calories each day between sports and work!

Alright, enough of my rant…sorry, just had to get that out – again.

I really wanted to write today to tell you about the supper I made last night. It occurred to me as I was putting it together, that I was including nearly every animal in a barnyard! We had “Company Chicken” with rice and snow peas. (Yes – if  you remember from previous posts, Matt skipped out on the peas, LOL!) I had ingredients that came from a beef animal, milk cow, chicken, and a pig. Pretty cool – the kids decided we should change the name of the meal to barnyard supper!

So, here it is:

All of my ingredients except the chicken breast.

Butter a baking dish and line with dried beef.

Stir together sour cream and cream of mushroom soup.

Wrap chicken breast pieces with strips of bacon, arrange in baking dish, and cover with sour cream mixture.

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees and serve over rice with your favorite green veggies. YUMMY!!!

This meal definitely falls into the top 5 favorite list for my kids. They did inform me last night that I do not fix it as often as they would like for me to. And – yes, it is a perfect meal for the night before game day. Good carbs and protein!

 From me and my family – thank you to the farmers who grow everything in this meal that we don’t! That would be the chicken, bacon, peas, rice, and dairy products!!!

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