Saturday, February 27, 2016

Let Go and Cool Things Happen ... My Story ... #CatholicHippieMom


I am so impatient. It's one of my worst character traits.

The hippie concept of LETTING GO makes me INSANE!

But I did it recently and it always works out when I did it so I don't know why I am surprised. Here's what happened.

I was owed about $500 from different magazines who had not paid me for my articles they had asked me to use. Well, most of them asked me. Some of them just USED THEM and then were surprised when I asked for pay.

I had been bugging them  ... emailing and calling and emailing and invoicing ... to no avail. Some took the time to lie to me and say the check was in the mail but most ignored me.

Then I said, "Forget this. I am moving them from the CURRENT part of my financial spreadsheet and putting them all down at the bottom as their own unit and I am accepting that I will probably never see that money. I will work on new articles for great publications that actually do pay and respect me as a writer and a person."

I put them out of my mind and moved on, focusing on blogging and proofreading and ebooks and print books and articles.

Then $210 came through from one magazine. I was able to use that to pay off a long-standing medical bill. Then today another $25 came through from something from TWO YEARS AGO.

I will happily take it! If the rest never comes through I will be okay.

It's like when I was divorced at a young age then dated a man twice my age for about 18 months then that also didn't work out (everyone cheated on me back in those days). So I hardened my heart and was like, "Forget this. I don't need a relationship. I'm just going to play around."

Then enter Mr. Kerrie ... my best friend and life partner of almost 21 years. I tried to be all cool with him like I didn't care and didn't want to get hurt AGAIN, but he wasn't having that. It was pretty clear pretty early on that God brought us together and that God was probably SMILING, saying, although of course I could not hear ...

"Kerrie, I'm sorry you had to go through an abusive marriage and all the heartache of that. And please know that I held you in my arms as you cried all night on the couch in your apartment in the ghetto-ish part of town after things were over with that other guy back in 1995. But I have BIGGER AND BETTER things in mind for you. You won't even believe this but you are going to marry this rockin' guy and have FIVE kids and be a proofreader and writer at home while you homeschool your kids and find your friend tribe and travel the country. It's going to be off the chain, girl."

It's the hardest thing to let go of something. But when you let go, you open up for other things.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bacon Cheeseburger #TaterTotCasserole #Cookbook #Free on #KU

Would you believe me if I told you I know how to make tater tot casserole over 30 ways?

I do.

And I put them all into an ebook cookbook then threw in a few chocolate recipes for good measure. It's only $2.99 over at Amazon and right now I'm working on the print version of it! Check it out

In the meantime, here's one of my family's favorite recipes:

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

1 ½ pounds ground beef
2 10.5-ounce cans cheddar cheese soup
½ pound bacon, cooked crispy
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 pounds frozen tater babies
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped onions

1.                   Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
2.                  In a skillet, cook bacon on medium heat until crispy, then put it on a couple of paper towels to soak up some of the grease.
3.                  In the same pan, cook ground beef and 1/2 cup chopped onions on medium heat until meat is brown. Drain the fat, then put meat/onion mixture in the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan.
4.                  Dump the bag of tater babies over the meat and arrange them so the meat is all snuggly and covered up.
5.                  In a bowl, mix the evaporated milk and soups. Pour mixture evenly over the top of the tater babies.
6.                  Top with cheeses.
7.                  Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes.
8.                 Take out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Shepherd's Pie Your Kids Might Actually Eat #catholichippiemom

Box mashed potatoes (even though this is faster, my husband is not a fan, so I actually peel, boil and mash about 6 medium potatoes)
1/2 stick butter for potatoes
1 can peas, carrots, whatever or cook up some frozen veggies
2 lb. ground beef
1 T. garlic, pinch onion salt, pinch thyme, pinch white pepper
2 packages brown gravy mix (yes, I DO know how to make real gravy, thank you very much)
Melt a couple of frozen zucchini cubes into gravy (or not!)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese for on top

1. If you use real mashed potatoes, add at least ½ stick of butter and some white pepper. Otherwise, make the boxed variety as directed. Set aside potatoes. This morning I used heavy whipping cream because I needed to use it up. So these aren't lazy potatoes, they are heart-stopping potatoes! My husband doesn't like instant so I usually make real mashed potatoes.

2. Brown 2 pounds of ground beef in 1 T. minced garlic. Drain the fat and put the beef in a 10” x 8” pan, or whatever you have around. Add some onion salt and thyme and mix. You can skip the onion salt, but don’t skip the thyme! You need the thyme/time.

3. Cook one of the brown gravy mixes according to the directions, sneaking in a couple of frozen zucchini cubes, if you had a few baseball bat-size zucchinis over the summer, like I did. Dump the gravy over the ground beef and stir it around. (alternatively, you can put flour on your ground beef mixture then heat it up a little and pour in some beef broth and beef bouillon to make a lovely gravy with the meat in it) 

4. Open up a small can of peas or carrots or corn (or none of the above if your kidshate them all) and add to beef mixture. If your kids hate veggies, puree some and sneak them into the beef mixture.

5. Spoon potatoes over beef mixture.

6. Cook at 350 degrees for ½ hour.

7. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and cook another couple of minutes.

8. Prepare the other brown gravy mix and serve some over each individual piece of “pie”.

9. Smile to yourself that you snuck veggies into dinner!

By the way, I’m usually the anti-Martha Stewart, so if you have problems with this recipe, please contact her because she will know what to do.