Monday, November 23, 2015


I'm proud of my children for so many reasons. Both of them. But recently, I'm proud of my youngest for her maturity.

It's been years that her father chose to severe ties with her over the most ridiculous reason. While I tried to get him to reach out and was met with utter ridiculousness, there came a point that I stopped. But, even through my child's hurt, I always told her that he loved her. Even while she stuttered through tears that I was wrong, I repeated he loved her. I let her allow herself to be angry and sad and tried to help her deal with it all. She's left with physical and emotional scars. All of this hurt my heart.

It's also been years since she's seen my mother. I severed that tie when she was about 12 years old. I was protecting my children from her dysfunction. She allowed that tie to be severed. Both my girls have known when they were 18, they could seek out a relationship with her. I never stood in the way of that, as my oldest has just that.  My youngest has chosen to not rekindle anything with her. What she does miss is her cousins.

So, this Christmas she's decided to visit her father and grandparents with her sister. I'm in complete support. She wants to see her cousins, and I never stood in the way of that.  I know my mom will certainly make this into something about her, but it's not. It's her cousins she wants to see. It's her Popo she wants to see. Unfortunately, I can't take my mother out of the equation no matter how much I hope.

She wants to see her dad and hopefully start to mend. While I have my own way that I think that should go.....something like with him on his knees begging for her forgiveness.....this is her thing and I'm happy to just support her.

I'm stunned at her maturity. She is the one who has chosen to see her father. It is her that sat down with me over a month ago and asked for my guidance and input. When all along, it should have been her father who should have made this step. Years ago. While I know this way is so much easier on her father and how he would want it to go because that leaves him free from making any step on his own or owning up to anything or making him make himself daughter needs this. A girl needs her dad. She needed him years ago.

I hope he does take accountability. He failed her. I hope, really hope, he acknowledges that. She deserves to not feel like any of this is her fault.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Moody Moments Photography

I've been working on photography for roughly ten years or so. I'm starting to book sessions and thought I'd put together some examples of my services!

You can visit Moody Moments Photography by clicking it!

Photo Restoration and Editing

Senior Group Session

2015 Waco Cultural Arts Festival

Teenage Shoot

Wedding Shoot

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Awesome Potato Soup, Y'all!

Yesterday, my awesome neighbor texted me and asked if I wanted their dryer.

If you know me, you know my dryer died. Well, according to my husband it just needs a part. A part I know nothing about. It must be hard to find or not even in existence because he would have ordered it and repaired the dryer by now. Right? That's what I'm thinking.

I gave up on washer dyer repair last year when I repaired the washer pump ALL BY MYSELF. I earned my Appliance Badge that day, so I'm done.

The dryer works, it just squeals like a hundred cats being stretched to death. I couldn't take it. So, for months I've been drying things out on the clothesline outback. That's all well and fine, I honestly don't mind doing it. It saves on electricity and my hippy side knows it's better for the environment. But, with winter coming there's no way I'll get anything dry.

So when my neighbor texted me....I did a happy dance. Well, an old crippled lady trying not to break my hip happy dance. And guess what?! I moved it in. By myself. Installed it. By myself. Woohoo! Now the old dryer, which is huge, is sitting in the dinette until the hubs takes it out.

ALL that said to say this.....while cleaning the kitchen today, I had to shove the old dryer out of the way a little bit and I spotted a huge bag of tators the hubs got the day. Potato Soup. Perfect for this chilly, overcast dreary day.

Here we go!

raw bacon, chopped (up to you. I only used a few slices for toppings and to be able to use the leftover grease in the soup)
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 to 10 potatoes, peeled and cubed
4-6 cups chicken stock, or enough to cover potatoes

3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings
3 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Cook your chopped bacon in your soup pot and take it out.
Leave enough bacon drippings for onions.

Cook onions for about 5 minutes, or until translucent.  Then
add garlic for another minute. 
Add some salt and pepper. 

Add potatoes to the pot and toss them to get them all
coated and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add chicken broth and boil for about 20 minutes
or until the potatoes are all cooked through.

In another pot melt butter....

...add flour and whisk thoroughly... 

...pour in the milk and whisk until it's thick....


Pour the cream mixture into the soup, stir and cook for
a few moments. 

Blend about half the soup smooth and return it all
to the pot. 

SMOOOOOTH! And season....

Top with bacon, sour cream, cilantro, cheese...WHATEVER!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Lasagna Soup

Last night my daughter sent me a link to a recipe for something called lasagna soup.

I'm Italian.

There is no such thing as lasagna soup.

This is something that a housewife tired of making casseroles came up with. Right?

Basically. From what I can gather.

But, whatever. I'll give it a try. And as usual, not following the recipe but using it as rather a guide.

Here we go.

Remember....this is me making up a try and follow along.

I used 4 links (one package) of Fit and Active brand Fresh Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage. I cut the casing off and squeezed out the sausage into my big soup pot with about 2 tbsp of olive oil.

To that I added one chopped onion. I browned the sausage and chopped as I went (like ground beef).  I added a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes then filled that can up three times with water and added that to the pot.

Slice two zucchinis and add to the pot.

Seasonings - a tablespoon (or more...totally your preference) of chicken bouillon.
These, are totally up to you. I add seasonings to this is a guess-ta-mate.
                     1/2 tbsp- salt
                     2 tsp - pepper
                     2 tsp - garlic powder
                     1/2 tbsp - dried chopped basil (if you have it, you can add fresh basil at serving!)
                     2 tsp - paprika

Then cover and let all that cook for about 20 minutes....until the zucchini is tender. Then add your noodles. Again...totally up to you. I had a few lasagna noodles left over from the last one I made, so I broke those in and then added a package of wheat penne pasta.

Cook until the noodles are done and VOILA! It was delicious.

I have had so many ask me for the recipe that I decided to blog it....and I only have one pic. Dangit! I knew I should've brought my camera in the kitchen!

So, I'm sold. I won't Dago Snob this recipe. It was really good and can have SO many different variations from adding mushrooms to mini mozzarella balls or making it vegetarian.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Easy Cream Veggie Soup

Today was grocery shopping day. For the mister. Not me. He is the main shopper of the house. I'm lucky, I know.

So I had to clean the veggie bins out. Broccoli, carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic.  Threw it all in a pot and boiled everything until it was very tender.

Then, I got a a big bowl and my blender.

I did several rounds, but just scooped the veggies and a little broth with each round and blended it until it's smooth. Do NOT put the blender lid on tight....the steam needs to escape so I just hover it or put the lid on wonky. Also, wait a second before you take the lid off. There's a couple of air bubbles that need to escape as well....and getting hot HOT soup on your skin isn't pleasant. *Runs to apply more Neosporin to my wrist*

Save about 2 cups of the broth for later, you may need it.

I cleaned out the pot and transferred the puree from the bowl back into the pot on low heat. At this point, it's not seasoned. When I make these soups, I feel it's always best to season it after it's all pureed and almost ready to eat.

After it's all back in the pot I season it and add some milk for the creamy texture.  Now....this is all completely up to you. It's your preference. But I added chicken bouillon, garlic salt, cumin, paprika, curry, cayenne and salt and pepper. I do a little first...tasted then adjust. Then milk and the broth is to your taste as well.

The end result is a beautifully creamy silky soup.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Easy Flour Tortillas!

I try to make as much as I can from scratch. Not only is it easier than you think, it's also  a good time to teach your kids how to cook homemade!  I also am a huge proponent of knowing what you're putting in your body.

Last week I slow cooked a pork loin and I froze it after making my husband lunch before he went out of town on business. He just really had to have that loin. Today I pulled it out of the freezer, defrosted it and heated it up with some sriracha sauce and seasonings.....made some spanish rice and black beans and the fixin's of lime, cilantro, cheese and avocados!

And, of course, made some four tortillas. Watch the video and see the recipe below! 

*The recipe below yields 8 tortillas....I doubled the recipe because I knew we'd have leftovers of the meat and sides and this will be our lunch tomorrow!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil
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In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in water and oil. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Divide dough into eight portions, let it rest for another ten mintues. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle.
I cooked mine on a flat top over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. (You can use a nonstick skillet with cooking spray if you like as well) Keep warm. 

Yield: 8 tortillas.

Nutritional Facts

1 tortilla equals 159 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.