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She’s crafty!

I got a cricut for Christmas, so obviously I had to build a craft room. I was having so much fun putting the craft room together that I never used the cricut. I finally got brave enough to try it and now I am totally obsessed! I need shirt ideas so I can continue to make more shirts! Our 4th of July shirts turned out so cute! ❤️❤️❤️

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Campout Chicken Taco Soup

Instead of dealing with all the drunks out on the road for New Year’s Eve, I decided to head out to Lake Tawakoni and go camping.  I guess I should use the word “camping” lightly, because going in a travel trailer isn’t exactly roughing it!  In fact, a lot of people actually LIVE in their travel trailers.  I stayed at the Sunset Resort; I think 99% of the people who were there actually live there.  My two favorite parts of the trip were starting a campfire each day and cooking out, not that I cooked over the campfire or anything.

One of the best things I cooked was a Chicken Taco Soup. I’m not sure why, but everything tastes better when it’s cooked outside, even if you use regular kitchen utensils like I did.  This crockpot soup was made ALMOST entirely from cans so it was really EASY!! Not only that, I bought all generic cans, so it was really cheap!

  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10 oz.) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 Shredded Rotisserie Chicken

Pour all of the ingredients in the crockpot, cook on high for as long as you want. I think I had it on for a couple hours.  Stir it occasionally.

Garnish it with chips, shredded cheese, sour cream, or anything else you can come up with!  This was delicious!!! I will probably even make this for dinner at home!!

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Can I add expert camper to my resume?

My favorite thing to do in the Austin area is to float the Guadalupe river.  I have enjoyed our annual trip with my Dallas friends for the last three years.  Last year was the first time we camped out there and we had such a great time, we decided to do it again.  My friends got there early and got to float on Friday, too.( I only got to float on Saturday.) We took the five hour excursion on Saturday and I loved every second of it.  We still had to walk a little this year, but not nearly as bad as last year during the drought. Luckily, we stay at Mountain Breeze campgrounds, because that part of the river is outside the city limit, so this is a no can ban area and people can drink on the river.

This year proved to be much more eventful than my previous camping trips. This year it decided to rain. Well, rain could be an understatement.  It POURED.  It was so scary because there was lightning, thunder and buckets of water being poured on us for about four hours straight. The electricity at the campsite went out, which is ok, because I really didn’t need a fan anyway. I was so cold last night. That’s really odd in July!! It didn’t help that I also forgot to bring sheets, pillows, and blankets. Luckily, the tent that I put up by myself didn’t leak too bad.  I can’t say the same thing about my friend’s tent.  I’ve decided that if it had to rain, I’m glad it happened on the last night. I don’t think I would have made it a second night had it rained the first night.

I set the tent up all by myself and even put the overhang tarp on by myself.

My friends classed it up a bit with the UT chair and yard art.  They even had Christmas lights.  Next year I’m going to have to do a little better with the decorations.

Had a great day floating on the Guadalupe River.

This was the bottom of my friend’s tent after the rain storm. I think they are going to have to get a new tent.

Camping Meeting

I’m going to go camping in April.  We had a meeting at Ramos’ to discuss what we wanted this camping trip to look like and where we wanted to go.  This is going to be a one day trip, so we can handle a hard core camping trip.  By hard core, I mean we can forego the shower on the list of non-negotiables.  I figure I can shower before we go on the trip and shower again when we get home, so it should be doable.  Mike told me to make sure that everyone understands what kind of camper I am.  I’m pretty sure that means the type that needs to be waited on hand and foot, but I’m ok with that.

I’m pretty excited about where we chose to go.  I’ve heard really great things about the area and how pretty it is there.  We have one more camping meeting prior to the trip to discuss food. Mike missed our first meeting because he can care less where we go, (and he had to work), but he has already said he won’t be missing the next meeting!

Since this was a meeting, there were notes and emails that went out to all the prospective campers.  I’m pretty sure this is going to be a great time!! I can’t wait for the next meeting!!

 

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