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Choose to Live Your Life in Abundance in the after--- after the spouse dies, after the marriage ends, after the kids leave. Join me on my journey of CHOOSING LIFE in my after. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live- Deut 30:19

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September 30, 2019

New Mexico Green Chile Chili- Four Ingredients

The days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are getting cooler here in New Mexico. My favorite thing about fall here is the colors the spring up (or fall down) this time of year. Fall is my favorite season!!!

I've been investing in good quality pots and pans. My son and daughter-in-law gave me this dutch oven to add to my La Creuset pieces. It can be found here:

I had limited groceries the other day and didn't feel like going to the grocery store! A terrible problem that I know all of you can relate to. I looked at what I had and came up with this easy recipe so I thought I'd share!! I call it New Mexico Green Chile Chili ( I still have my Texas roots. A big bowl a chili cures so many ills!!!)

I realize that in Texas, true chili doesn't have beans. But remember, this is New Mexico Chili so I can add beans!!!

Here is what you need: 4 easy ingredients

1 to 1&1/2 Pounds of Hamburger Meat
1/2 - 1 Cup of Green Chilis
1 Can of flavored beans (my favorite come from a great grocery store in Texas call HEB)
1 large baking potato

In a large pan, cook hamburger. While hamburger is cooking, you can put the potato in the microwave so that it doesn't take as long to cook in the chili. (You can decide if you need to do this by your time frame-- and how hungry your family is!!)

Once the hamburger is cooked completely, drain. I also always rinse mine. Add beans and green chiles.  For this dish, I don't drain the beans. The potatoes will soak up some of this flavor. Add as much green chile as you can stand. It adds such a great flavor to this dish.

You too can buy these beans no matter where you live. You can go to the HEB online store to buy all kinds of great products. I always order their coffee. The link to the beans can be found here.

You must use authentic New Mexico chiles!!! Here is a link to the ones I used. Green Chiles.

Cut the potato into cubes and add them to the mixture. Let it sit for a few minutes or up until the potatoes have cooked and are tender.

Serve your family and enjoy!! It's so easy, and the flavors are great!!!

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September 18, 2019

Peak of the Week! 9-18-19

Gives me all the good feels!!
If you like what I share, please share me. The links to most social media tabs are at the top of this post! Thanks for reading!!

Happy Happy Peak Of The Week!! I hope it is as beautiful a day where you are as it is in my neck of the woods!!

 Two times tomorrow it will be 9/19/19 9:19.19. Just a random thought!!

I'm home from 2 weeks in Texas. I had such a great time. I saw my family and had so much fun with my mother and sister!! I also saw many of my wonderful friends!! It certainly fed my soul!! Now, Scout and I are back to our routine!!

I'm sharing pictures from my time in Texas along with all things piquing my interest right now!!

I was able to run with a friend who stood (really ran) by my side after losing my husband. She trained with me and ran the New Orleans Marathon with me. I was so sick the day of the race, and I didn't know if I would be able to finish. She had already looked for another marathon for us to run so I could accomplish my dream. Luckily I was able to finish all 26.2 miles. I'll never have to do it again!! :) As I was running way behind her I was thinking, --I've never missed seeing someone's backside the way I miss seeing this backside!!!

Sunrise Run!

She was far ahead of me, but I was just happy to get to run with her again!!

The Coming Death of Just About Every Rock Legend- It really is sad to see so many of the great rockers of my youth dying!!! What will we do when those like Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger are gone. I can't imagine it!!!

I came home to find an order from Grove. This is another subscription service that I can customize however I want. All products they sell are good for you, your home, and the planet.  If you use my code below, you will get a 5 piece gift set with your first order. 

Design Mom- I love following Design Mom. I started following her years ago when they lived in France. She also featured me on her blog several years ago. (Here) She has now moved back to France and is doing a series of article on the move, living abroad and all things French!! I love reading about their life there!!

Things in Texas that I miss:

Beautiful Sunsets

I never thought I'd miss cows, but I do.

There were several pregnant cows in the pasture while I was there. I was hoping to get to see some baby calves, but I missed them. My son sent me this video of a baby right after it was born!! So sweet.

Things in my life right now:

I'm loving these pillows from Amazon!!

Can be found here.

What I'm reading: Hillbilly Elegy   I've had this on my Kindle for a long time. It was a top book recommended by Bill Gates and President Obama last year. I started reading it again, and I'm finding it fascinating. It can be found Here.

What room I'm concentrating on for organizing and cleaning: Office
Dr. T is building bookcases for me. We have books all over the house. I'm so ready for this project to be finished so I can get this office organized and styled!! I'm very excited about it. Here is our current situation:

Our couch has become my bookcase!! Hopefully, it will be finished next weekend!!
Podcast I'm obsessing over: S-Town Oh My Goodness!! This is a good one. I binged it while driving the two days it took me to drive home from Texas. I'm still not finished, and I have to listen to find out what happens.

Happy Wednesday!! How are you choosing life today? I'd love to hear from you!!
September 02, 2019

What I Read- and saw the movie!!

I have wanted to read Where'd You Go Bernadette for several years. When I heard the movie was about to come out, I immediately checked it out from the library!!

My "splendor in the grass" read of the summer!!
Book can be purchased HERE.

Where'd You Go Bernadette is a fun, light-hearted read. Can't we all use a book like that right now?
Bernadette Fox is an architect who because of a bad experience in Los Angeles has given up on design and people. She finds herself living in Seattle with her husband and daughter where she doesn't fit in with the other moms at her daughter's school.

After an amusing incident where a mudslide ruins her neighbor's house, Bernadette is confronted by her husband and an intervention "team" which includes an FBI agent who is investigating a Russian group about to steal her identity.

Does it sound crazy yet? Yes, it is!!! It is a crazy and very funny plot that had me turning each page ready for more. The book is creatively written in that the plot is progressed mostly through text messages and emails-- not traditional prose! This concept adds to the fun of the storyline and definitely aids in character development!! It's very fascinating to take it apart and analyze.

Part of the story takes place in Antarctica. I became fascinated with this continent through the author's descriptions. It made me definitely want to learn more about it. It also made me desperate to see the movie so I could see what it looked like. I stayed in my seat through the last credits to learn that they did indeed film parts of the movie there (as well as Greenland).

I always think it's best to read the book before you see the movie, but in this case, I highly recommend it!! You get a much better feel for the characters- especially Bernadette who is so weird and quirky and so so likable!! Also- the movie strays from some fairly significant details of the plot that are fairly predictable in the book.

This was such a fun, easy read. I am a slow reader. When I check out an ebook from the library, I usually have to extend my time to have it checked out. I read this book easily within my two-week time frame-- with days to spare.

What are you waiting for? Find out what happens do Bernadette in this hilarious book!!!

Movie Trailer: