Waking up this morning, looking around my very messy, cluttered bedroom I thought “I can hardly wait until my life is less chaotic and I have all the time in the world for housework giving me a clean and organized home AND no clutter.” Clutter tends to make me bitchy; I can ignore clutter for so long but then after a while I can no longer ignore it, I explode and get rid of everything. As I walked down the stairs toward the kitchen, I looked to my left and my bloody Christmas tree still hasn’t been taken down and some of the opened gifts are still sitting in their boxes under the tree! How is it before Christmas all the decorations and the lit up tree looks magical and after Christmas decorations looks junky? Mental check – get Christmas tree and decorations all put away this weekend and then I realized between both my boys, my husband and I, we have about six or seven hockey games and/or practices this weekend. Chances of us getting everything packed and put away are slim to none. I started to feel a little overwhelmed, frustrated and started wishing for a real life only to realize; this is my real life and it’s as real as it gets. The boys are healthy and active in hockey and school. My husband and I are exhausted but we are healthy and happy. At times when we are really busy tensions can fly, but mostly we argue, laugh, cry and we do this all together. I never make new year’s resolutions because I don’t believe in making resolutions and not keeping them, but this morning I made a resolution. A little late I know, but I decided that I’m going to stop wishing my life away and grab on to what I have now and embrace life to the fullest, even if it means – cranky, mad, tired, too busy, loving, funny, happy and sad – no matter what life throws at me I’m determined to embrace it knowing that this is my life, right here right now. There really isn’t a tomorrow there is a today, the moment is now, I’ll worry about tomorrow tomorrow. Difficult for me to do because I tend to be a planner, a person who wants to know my direction on any given day but in 2014 I’m going with the flow and seeing where that takes me. We forget that every day is a gift, a gift to cherish, a gift of joy. It’s now the end of the day, 10:30 pm to be exact, I started writing this post this afternoon on my lunch break , finished my afternoon of work, drove home ate dinner and back out the door to my son’s hockey game. I’m off to bed to start again early in the morning for two hockey games, housework in the afternoon and then a friend’s for dinner and start all over again Sunday..Yeah I’m busy, tired and my house is a damn mess and I could stay home miss the games to clean the house, but the time is right here right now and I’m gonna take it!
OUT THE DOOR SOFT TACOS!
I make this recipe often when I’m in a big rush. Very simple and quick to put together – faster than driving through the drive through!
Beef – as much as you like
white onion – diced
fresh garlic – as much as you can handle(minced or diced)
diced celery, red or any colour of the rainbow pepper
Any other veggie you think would work – really I grab whatever is in the fridge.
cumin if you like
Salt/Pepper to taste
hand full of fresh parsley if you have some – no biggie if you don’t
can of diced tomatoes
greek yogurt or sour cream
soft tortillas – make it really healthy and buy whole wheat – I do like the white unhealthy ones better!
Pour some olive oil in a frying pan, add diced onion, garlic and cook until softened.
Add ground beef, all seasonings and cook until no longer pink – if there is lots of fat – drain and return to frying pan
I add spices until I think it taste right – you’re the best judge for amount
Add celery, all other vegetables and can of diced tomatoes
Lower heat and cook until all vegetables are soft – 10 minutes or so
Spread greek yogurt over tortilla
Pile on hamburger mix, cheese, lettuce and top with salsa – wrap and serve – better yet bring frying pan with hamburger mix, lettuce, cheese, yogurt, salsa to table and let them serve themselves and then after dinner have them clean up after themselves too!