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Today is Super Bowl Sunday! Who’s excited?! Haha.

I’m excited about the commercials and the FOOD. I’ve been pinning appetizers on pinterest for the past week since Neil and Bryan decided to have Super Bowl at Bryan and Megan’s house. They host, I cook. Here’s tonight’s menu:

– Sausage and cheese wontons. I’ve made them once before and everyone loved them.
– Meatballs. You can’t have a party with appetizers without having meatballs!
– Baked chicken nuggets. Really excited to see how these turn out.
– Corn Casserole. It’s different and yummy. At least, I think so…
– Cheesy ranch potato bake. Never made it but it’s looks tasty!
– Peanut butter cookies. Plain and simple and delish!
– Good ol chocolate brownies. For my husband. Who else?

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For those of you not use to Southern food, Wikipedia  defines cowboy beans as “a bean dish popular in the United States. The dish consists of beans and ground beef in a sweet and tangy sauce. The flavor is similar to baked beans but with a southwestern twist.” Yadda, yadda, yadda.

My mother’s been making cowboy beans since I can remember and I love her recipe but due to my father’s picky-ness, she has to substitute some awesome ingredients for some not very awesome ingredients. For example, my father won’t eat onions. At all. Not even tiny chopped up pieces. So when I had my MIL’s cowboy beans for fourth of July lunch I noticed it had those yummy ingredients that my mother could never add to her’s. What’s funny to me is that, when half of the family said, These are great cowboy beans! my MIL didn’t know what we were talking about. She thought they were just a different form of baked beans. Which I guess is correct, unless you’re not use to cooking Southern food, but she is so I don’t know what’s up.

What I do know is that these beans are good ol southern home cookin’ at its best. PS, you can have cowboy beans as either a side dish OR an entree!



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cans pork n beans
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 bottle ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  2. On high to medium heat, brown beef and drain.
  3. Chop pepper and onion and add to beef.
  4. Add in pork n beans.
  5. Add beef and bean mixture to a baking dish.
  6. Combine together mustard, brown sugar, and ketchup.
  7. Pour over beef and bean mixture without stirring together.
  8. Bake for 1 hour.
  9. Stir together before serving.
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I’ve been using DailyMile to track my milage… every day that’s pretty enough outside I walk with my pups. My normal route is 2.54 miles. I realize that since it’s just now winter, nice days are going to be few and far between so when I can’t walk outside I’m going to hope on the elliptical that’s currently at the lake house. My wonderful husband is going to bring the elliptical to the apartment so that I can run on it at my leisure.

As far as toning up, which is one of my resolution this year, I’m going to stick with the 100 workout. It’s not very easy for me but it’s something that I hope to be able to do without almost dying while doing it. Best of all though, it will produce results.

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I have been getting back in the habit of running and exercising again. Mainly because I joined a gym. So that has helped a lot. I might share what the Personal Trainer told to do. Daily mile is my fav for logging miles.

I’ve been saying this all day and to anyone who will listen…I don’t think semester is going to be as hard as I might have imagined it. KNOCK ON WOOD.

Every week is going to be different but the best thing is I only have ONE Monday this semester and only three Fridays. I don’t have many Wednesdays and after spring break, I will only have classes on Thursdays. The rest of my days will be spent doing my practicum. One of the many things we did today was write down our first and second choice of hospitals and our first and second choice of departments for our practicum. My first choice is Western Baptist, Labor and Delivery. I really, really hope I get it.

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