Imgur + Grocery Mistake = Delicious Supper!

John loves Imgur. I’ll hear him giggling away in a corner of the sofa and it’s almost always something he’s pulled up on Imgur.  I Haven’t been sucked in yet, but I was interested when he showed me a sort-of recipe that involved crescent rolls, refried beans, and hamburger. It looked like something that could be put together in less than fifteen minutes (which is about how long I can stand without my back pain becoming more than I can tolerate) and that we’d all like.

So I made a grocery list and John and I went shopping. Michael has been doing most of the grocery shopping lately, and he got into the habit of shopping on the way home from work each evening. You’d think this would be fabulous, very European. The freshest fruits and vegetable, bread hot out of the oven, meats carefully wrapped by the butcher. Not so much.  We ended up heating up canned or frozen meals most nights, and I’m not entirely sure he ever visited the produce section.

This led to my shopping trip with John. I needed something green in my diet, and something that didn’t involve cardboard or cans. The problem was that the grocery was busy and at about the halfway point (Mexican and Oriental aisle) my back was killing me even though John was pushing the cart and doing all the lifting. All I had to do was walk and point, but it was too much. I really, truly felt the need to just sit on the floor and lean against a refrigerated case. So I told John we needed to pick up the pace. I grabbed at what I thought was a package of taco mix. It wasn’t – it was a package of enchilada sauce mix. So here’s what we had for supper (a pain pill and a long rest later). The guys loved it so much I didn’t have the heart to tell them it was a “mistake meal”!
imgur supper
2 pkgs refrigerated crescent rolls
1 can refried beans
1 lb ground chuck, cooked and drained
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup shredded chopped cheddar
1/3 cup picante sauce
1 cup enchilada sauce mix
toppings of your choice (sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, etc)

Preheat oven to 375.
Once meat is drained stir in enchilada sauce packet and set aside.
Roll out one package crescent rolls on cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.
Press seams together to form large rectangle.
Spread refried beans on rectangle.
Top with beef.
Add onions and cheese.
Add picante sauce.
Roll out second package of crescent rolls on countertop and seal seams.
Place on top of other ingredients and seal edges with tines of fork.
Bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Slice and serve with your choice of toppings.
Serves four.

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End Your Week With Happy Kids!

— 1 —

My thirty-year high school reunion was this past weekend.  I didn’t go, but I was totally stalking the whole thing on Facebook. Everyone looked wonderful, and it sounded like they all had a great time.  But Michael was working, and I just couldn’t take my high-school BFF up on her offer of being my transport. It’s an eighty mile trip each way, and she’s a busy teacher with a lot going on in her life. To be completely honest, I was a little afraid to go. My memory just isn’t anything close to what it used to be. I don’t know if it’s the pain, the meds, the stress, or some combination of them all, but I have huge gaps in my memory. Even with nametags on I’d think – “I know him. We were in homeroom together.” Then I’d realize that wasn’t possible because homerooms were alphabetical. And some names brought no memories. I can honestly say I knew nearly every single person in our graduating class of six hundred . . . but I can’t remember the teachers, the classes, the funny stories – it’s all just gone. And that horrifies me, because I loved high school. Also, how would I answer when people asked, “What are you up to?” I mean, I don’t want to lie, but an honest response would kinda put a damper on the party mood, ya know? Talk of disability, suicide attempts, looming foreclosure, etc is a downer at parties.

— 2 —

 John and I were able to catch up on the episodes of Doctor Who we’d missed in time to watch the finale together on Saturday. It was a fabulous way to celebrate the end of Marching Season and a break for us all. I wish there were more shows Michael and I enjoyed watching together, but John and I have a whole list: Walking Dead and Talking Dead are our favorites, but Doctor Who and Face Off are a ton of fun as well.

— 3 —

In fact, SPOILER ALERT we were debating how long Eugene would last with the group now that he’s admitted he has no “secret cure”. Then there he was on Talking Dead afterwards, mullet still intact, so obviously he last quite a bit longer on the show. BTW, is there anyone else who finds the post-Apocalypse Beth more appealing than the actress herself? For some reason she annoys me.

— 4 —

I did host my first Nerium Twitter Party on Tuesday as planned. It wasn’t a big crowd, and I still ran over a bit, so I’m going to have to edit it down before I do it again. There are just so many important facts to share about Nerium, and so many fantastic pictures! Editing my Facebook and Twitter Parties for Nerium is harder than editing a manuscript.

— 5 —

Speaking of manuscripts, I’ve been a NaNoWriMo slacker this week. I could make all sorts of excuses, but what it comes down to is I just plain didn’t do it. Right now finances are more important, so Nerium comes first. Someday I will make money from my writing, but with Nerium I get paid every week. So that’s where my time and energy is going. Here’s my Nerium website if you have no idea what I’m talking about. It truly can make huge changes in the way you look and the money in your bank account!

— 6 —

John turned sixteen on Wednesday! Unlike his older brother, he’s in no hurry to get his permit.  He thinks things through very thoroughly, and is appropriately cautious about the responsibilities driving will entail. Of course there’s also the issue of the sole car in the family being a massive tank that simply can’t be parallel parked. That’s going to have to be rectified before he can take his actual driving test!

— 7 —

Last night I got to spend some time with the Kennedy Kaboodle for the first time in a LONG time! Even though Maeve slept through my entire visit I filled up on baby cuddling and little boy hugs. Then I got an update from Rachel on her 5K training and her favorite story in mythology. SO nice to hang out with people who understand just getting through the crazy day-to-day and enjoying the moments as they come.  And I always come away with great app or plugin suggestions, a new book idea, and some new songs in my head (in a 45-minute drive!)

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Twitter Party on Tuesday!

I just can’t tell you what s blessing Nerium has been for Michael and me. I feel productive, even though most of what I do is chat with people on the phone or via text or email (usually from bed on my phone), occasionally going out for a Wine and Wrinkles party! Since I LOVE Twitter parties I thought I’d throw one and see how it goes :D It will be Tuesday the 11th at 7 p.m. EST.

I’ll be giving away a bottle (two-month supply) of Nerium’s flagship product, Nerium AD Night Cream ($110 retail value), to some lucky party-goer! Follow me at @angieballard on Twitter, and the hashtag is #beautifulskin. If you want to make it easier use and enter the hashtag. It will show you ONLY tweets with that hashtag, and will attach the hashtag to anything you post or re-tweet. Easy-peasy, even for Twitter newbies!

You can learn all about Nerium, see some impressive before-and-after photos, and ask all the questions you like!

Look at this adorable little boy Nerium helped:

and this woman, who got amazing results! (I waited until someone identified her and confirmed the pics before I was willing to post them. I didn’t believe it was the same woman!)
confirmed pic

If you aren’t available Tuesday evening, let me know and I’ll email you info on Nerium, or invite you to a Facebook Party, Twitter Party, or a real life Market Party if you’re in the Louisville area! If you’ve already heard about it and are just searching for someone to order from please feel free to browse my website at We have a fantastic gift box available starting the 11th as well, so check back to take a peek at that (or let me know whom you want me to send a link to!)

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