I Am in Love

 Posted by on August 19, 2011  Add comments  Tagged with: , ,
Aug 192011
 

With a washer and dryer.
Shhh…..don’t tell my husband.

After listening to me complain yet again about how I couldn’t fit blankets or comforters in my at-least-10-year-old washing machine, which we bought used in 2003, my husband said, “We should just get new ones. Just pick out whatever you want.”

I always find conversations like this amusing because under ordinary circumstances, my husband is extremely frugal. I have trouble convincing him to spend $40 on a pair of shoes that he will wear every single day, and here he is telling me to spend $700 on a washing machine. But I’ve noticed that I seem to be the chink in his frugal armor (he is very cute. If he were any cuter, I would not be able to stand it).

After much research, I purchased this LG high capacity front loading washer and dryer from Home Depot during their “10% off plus free delivery” sale.

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I bought them online, and went through Shop Discover, so I earned another 10% back because Home Depot temporarily doubled their cash back percentage as part of a back-to-school promotion. We’re also eligible for a $50 rebate from our utility company, because these machines are so amazingly energy efficient.

I can wash twice as many clothes per load, which means….ta da!

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No laundry piles on the floor! I’m actually caught up, people! And because I could actually walk through the laundry room (which never happens…I seriously don’t recall the last time I could even see the floor), I pulled everything out, swept the floor, and wiped down and organized the storage shelves, bins, and hooks.

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My new machines also use much less detergent, and they even play a little tune for me when finished, instead of the excruciating “BZZZZZZZZ!” that I had grown accustomed to.

I love them so very much. I can’t even tell you. The next time one of my children pees all over her mattress pad, or barfs on his comforter, I will not have to scrounge for quarters and drag my sorry self to the laundromat. Woo hoo! Isn’t it interesting how motherhood changes our definition of excitement?

In other news, Bee enjoys school, though she did have a bit of a rough patch on the first day, when she saw some old friends in the lunch room. She told her teacher that she missed her friends, and wasn’t sure that she would fit in with the older kids, but yesterday was a much better day for her. She came home happy and excited about school, and we’re sure that once she settles in to her new routine, she’ll be fine. She just needs some time to adjust. This morning I put a note in her lunch box that read, “I’m very proud of you. You’re a great kid. Have an awesome day at school! Love, Mommy.” I even drew a little smiley picture of myself, even though I stink at drawing. But I wanted to make her laugh.

I’ve been feeling very uninspired in the kitchen this week, and yesterday afternoon, I spent about 10 minutes staring at a package of ground beef, hoping for an a-ha! moment (I guess I thought maybe it would pipe up and tell me what I should do with it? I don’t know).

I finally decided on chili mac, an old favorite, with a side of cornbread, and it was so GOOD!

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I can’t believe I’ve never shared this recipe with you, because it’s flavorful and filling, and you can make a quick and easy vegetarian version by simply omitting the ground beef, and adding another can of beans. It’s also kid-friendly – 2 out of my 3 kids like it (I’ll let you guess who the ultra-picky family member is – it shouldn’t be hard).

Heather’s Chili Mac

INGREDIENTS
1 cup elbow macaroni
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
1 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (if you like it spicier, you can sub diced tomatoes with green chiles)
1/8 cup brown sugar
1-2 teaspoons chili powder (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more, if you like it hot)
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream to garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until just al dente; drain. (Important – do not overcook!)
2. In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, brown ground beef with onion and green pepper until juices are clear and vegetables are tender. Drain off excess fat.
3. Stir in kidney beans, condensed tomato soup, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, and seasonings. Stir in cooked macaroni. Heat through. Garnish with sour cream and shredded cheese, and serve with a side of cornbread.

Well now…I must quit stalling and get busy on my desk work, which I was supposed to do yesterday but didn’t (because procrastination is my middle name). Have a great weekend, everyone!

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