Afternoon Shenanigans

by Joanna @ Southern Daisy on April 20, 2016

So many things have happened since my last post!  On March 9th, I turned THIRTY!!!!  I know, I can’t believe it either.  I used to think that thirty was SO old.  Like, when you turn thirty, you are a legit adult.  I mean, being a wife and mother of two boys had me doing a lot of “adulting” already, but once I turned thirty it’s like I could feel my youth being sucked from me.  Haha!  Don’t get me wrong, I still feel ever bit as young as I always have, it just feels like I have to be more responsible now or something.

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Another big thing was that we moved from our large, beautiful home into a much smaller rental house while we, Lord willing, build our dream home.  Our new house is going to be everything we have always wanted in a home, and I will even have my own photography studio separate from our house!  That will be such a blessing!  I can’t tell you how many times I have apologized to clients because of all the toys that were scattered around, or the dishes that were left out on the counter.

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Our puppy, Skye, is now a huge 73+ pound giant of a dog, and is steadily gaining between 3 to 5 pounds a week.  It won’t be long before she passes up Kaylee, our St. Bernard.  Here’s a snapshot of her growth so far.

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Speaking of Kaylee, she and Skye had quite the play session the other afternoon.  Here’s a little bit of what went down.

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Skye and Kaylee - southerndaisy.com

Well that’s just ridiculous.  And could Kaylee look any more like a senior citizen?  I mean, she is eight years old, but she looks at least twelve in this picture!

Skye and Kaylee - southerndaisy.com

Grayson wanted to get in on the action.

Skye and Kaylee - southerndaisy.com

Not sure what Kaylee is doing here.  Probably gagging on a stick.  Don’t worry.  She’s fine.

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See?  What a goober.

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Then there’s this precious face.  I mean, how could you stay mad at a face like that?

English Mastiff Puppy - southerndaisy.com

We just love her.  She’s been a great dog so far!

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Grayson says she’s his dog, and loves her a lot more than Oliver does.  Oliver doesn’t like when she comes up to him when he didn’t invite her.  He basically likes her only on his terms.  Whereas Grayson doesn’t care what she does.  He just laughs and snuggles with her and tries to play.  It’s so cute to watch.  I’ve heard him say on many occasions, “I love you, Skye!”

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dogs and kids - southerndaisy.com

dogs and kids - southerndaisy.com

dogs and kids - southerndaisy.com

Then there was the time I told him to give Skye a hug, and he did this.  Haha!  We’re still working on appropriate positions for hugging dogs.  Luckily Skye didn’t take offense.

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Oliver would much rather play with a dandelion than take pictures with our dogs.  Which is fine by me.  It made for some great photos!

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Love these boys.  I often get asked if they are twins when we’re out and about, and although they are almost 20 months apart, I feel like they’re twins most of the time.  The only difference is that Grayson can communicate better than Oliver and is potty trained.  Hopefully Oliver will be trained by two and a half just like his brother.  So we’ve got three months to work on that. :-)  So far he isn’t interested.

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The Pioneer Woman’s 7-Can Soup

by Joanna @ Southern Daisy on January 26, 2016

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

As a stay at home mom, I often get tired of eating “kid” food for lunch.  Normally I’ll just eat off the kids’ plates, heat up some chicken nuggets, or make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for myself.  Sometimes I’ll just snack my way through the day, without a REAL meal until dinnertime.  I’m sure many of you SAHMs can relate!

Today, however, I decided I would made myself a scrumptious and filling lunch, that’s also super easy to make!  Bonus — my youngest son loves it too! (We won’t get into my oldest son and his pickiness today).

Several months ago, I saw the Pioneer Woman make this soup on her Food Network show, and since then I have made it several times.  This soup literally only uses 7 cans of ingredients, and an optional block of Velveeta cheese (although, I don’t know anyone in their right mind who would choose to opt out of the Velveeta…it’s scrumptious!).  The best part?  You don’t even have to drain any of the liquid out of the cans!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 can (15oz) black beans
  • 1 can (15oz) pinto beans
  • 1 can (15oz) kidney beans
  • 1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (10oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Ro*tel)
  • 1 can (15oz) southwest corn (or fiesta style corn)
  • 1 can (15oz) no bean chili
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese (optional…but not really)

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

Add all the beans to a heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.  Remember not to drain any of the cans!  Just pour the whole thing in, liquid and all.

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

Add tomatoes and corn,

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

and the can of chili.  The chili gives the soup a nice kick.

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

Stir all the ingredients together and add salt to taste.  Cover, reduce to simmer, and let it cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

Cut up the Velveeta into cubes, and add it to the soup.

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

Stir the cheese into the soup until it’s all melted and wonderful.

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

Then, ladle yourself up a big bowl of deliciousness!

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

How good does that look?  And it’s super filling too!  The perfect soup for a cold, dreary day.

Pioneer Woman 7 Can Soup - southerndaisy.com

Here’s my little Oliver with his bowl of soup.  That bib didn’t stay on long, and now he has soup on his shirt.  Oh well. :-)

The Pioneer Woman's 7-Can Soup
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can black beans
  2. 1 can pinto beans
  3. 1 can kidney beans
  4. 1 can southwest corn (or fiesta style)
  5. 1 can diced tomatoes
  6. 1 can Rotel
  7. 1 can no bean chili
  8. 8 oz Velveeta cheese
Instructions
  1. Open all cans and add contents (including liquid) to a large pot over medium heat. Add salt to taste. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut cheese into cubes and stir into the soup until melted. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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