T-ball, pageants, and homecooking.

These last couple of weeks have been full of missed bedtimes, baths in the morning, and trying to cook at home in little amounts of time. Welcome to spring!

Glitter Bug started t-ball and so far has loved every moment of it. Secretly
 I think she likes showing out. Plus I have proof about it.

She just had to pose like this.

Last Saturday was her first (and last) pageant. Normally I would say no to doing pageants however, this was for Relay for Life. So I figured sure it is for a good cause. She sure looked beautiful! 

Diva Pose

I say last pageant because when it was her turn to walk across the stage she got upset because there were so many people there. (I can not blame her because I would be the same way.) So now we have a cute dress up dress to play with.

Home cooking has been hit and miss definitely this past week. There were a couple of nights when I scored mom points for the yummy suppers. I would have to say the biggest hit was the steak pieces and mushroom over mash potatoes. 
My own take on a Diner, Drive-ins and Dives recipe. 

This was super easy to cook!! We all love the show is one of a favorite shows to watch together. Glitter Bug is turning into a foodie. Bless her heart!

Anyway, this is similar to one we saw on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. I will say the original was inspiration  for what I made. I had some steak which needed to be used. So I thought sure why not.
2 steaks cubed
butter or oil to brown the meat
fresh mushrooms
potatoes, mashed
Put the butter or oil in a skillet. Cook until brown. If there is a lot of the butter or oil left drain.  At this point you should have some good dregs on the bottom of the pan. You are going to make a roux with this. (I found I had to add a little more butter to help with the roux.)  After your roux is made put the meat back in and add mushrooms. ( I also added a little brown gravy mix to the whole thing.) The mushrooms are going to reduce and release some water.) Cook until the mushrooms are done. 
Hubby and Glitter Bug LOVED this!! There were no leftovers. I guess this will be added to the favorites list.   
Would love to hear if you try this. 
Until we next meet,

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Family Dinner Night

We like to have family dinner night each week. This is where there is no cell phones, no TV, nothing besides Glitter Bug, Hubby, and Mamma. 
Each week one of us gets to decide what we are going to have.(This week was my turn.) All of us have a weakness for a good home made taco,  so tacos it is. 

We love our olives!

Now, the season we use it not from a package. It made sense to Hubby and I to try to make our own seasoning since we both love to cook and we are trying to be healthier. After many different combinations we found one which tastes wonderful! Plus it is Gluten Free!!  With so many people having problems with gluten this is a great recipe to share. I am guess you want me to share right?! Okay, don’t worry I love to share yummy stuff.
Homemade Gluten free Taco Season
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup of onion powder
2 Tablespoons of ground cumin
2 to 3 Tablespoons of garlic powder
1 Tablespoon of Paprika 
dash of cayenne pepper (just for taste)
2 to 3 Tablespoons of corn starch (for thickening)
Mix all together and put in air tight container.
Use 2 Tablespoons and 3/4 cup water per pound of meat. 

Homemade Taco seasoning

With ours we use more garlic because we love it. Also this is great not just for tacos. When Hubby cooks he uses it lightly as a seasoning especially with roast.  
I hope you give it a try and let me know.
Until we next meet,

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Amtrak Ride

Guessed the big news yet? Well, just in case the title of this post didn’t give it away, the town I live in got an Amtrak stop again!! Yes a train stop!! This was the first time in over 40 years there has been a stop in our town.

 One of our signs.

I got the chance to ride on the trip to Texarkana with 150 other people. We made good time boarding the train taking only 11 minutes according to the Superintendent of the Chicago line, Joy Smith. She greeted us upon boarding. I was unable to get her picture.
Did  I mention we had to be there before 5:00 am?! YES 5:00 am. I did get some picture of all of us there. 

Coworkers from Historic Washington 

Shelia from Sweet Southern Blue
My best friend Holly

Superintendent Brandon and me 


We were all bright and cheery at this point waiting for the train. 


Side of the train

These are on the side walk leading up to the platform.

The ride over was very smooth. It didn’t seem like we were moving at all. Before long we got to our stop. They helped us off the train and were super friendly. Wonderful people. I did score this cool picture with an employee.

Mr. Curtis Dancy and myself.

Next time Glitter Bug and Hubby will have to ride.  I better get planning on a trip for us this summer including a train.

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