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Stream Christmas

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It’s only December 5th and the holiday movies have been available on streaming services since the beginning of October. Recently, Netflix jumped on the original Christmas movie content by following the Hallmark and Lifetime made for TV movie model. I’m typically not a fan of these types of movies, but I figured I would give Netflix a chance since I’ve enjoyed so much of their other original content.

Last year, I decided to watch ‘A Christmas Prince’.  I love Rose Mclver in iZombie so I figured I would enjoy this movie. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing and the acting in this movie. I knew it was going to be cheesy and ridiculous (it was) but it is a fun movie. 
This year, Netflix released a sequel called ‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding’ which was just as cheesy, but not as good. The story was lacking and the acting fell flat. I still enjoyed the movie for what it is and they definitely left it open for more. A royal baby perhaps? 
Recently I’ve had trouble sleeping. Th…

SMH

All I can do is SMH at my blog these days. It's been almost a full year since I've posted.

Updates? As a full-time working mom, I'm still struggling to balance everything in my life. I've discovered that you can't have it all and compromise and sacrifice are all part of being a parent. I have to come to terms with the fact that I can't do everything and sometimes my house is just going to look like a war zone.

I guess my blog can be quiet and basic for now.

Keep it Real
-iEllie-


Silence...

Life. What other excuses could there be for the silence? 
2017 was a year of change for my family. I received a promotion at work and spent the summer selling our first home and buying our forever home.  
Now that the holidays are over and things are starting to settle down, I'm beginning to look at the things in my life that I've neglected. From my knitting to my weight (dang baby weight) to my blog, I realize it's time to make some goals and start focusing on some of the things I enjoy. 
This version of my blog is over 10 years old now (ouch).  When I started this version of my blog I was a LOST college student. I was in a long distant (failing) relationship and I was just really beginning to explore what would become my career.
I've not been good about blogging recently, one reason is that I have a full-time job and a three-year-old, but if I really think about the reason it's because I don't relate to this version of myself anymore. 
iEllie was a personali…

Pokémon Go Walmart Thief!

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I had to go to Walmart after work last week and decided to try and play Pokémon Go before I left. This happened.

***I am fully aware that you cannot actually steal a Pokémon. This video was just for fun. The interaction did actually happen though. Dude did catch the Pokémon and I was left empty handed. :( ***

Wild Rice & Sausage Casserole

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This is a favorite of Logan's. 
Wild Rice Casserole

Servings: 10
Prep time: 0:20
Total time: 0:50
Categories: Dinner, Main Dish


Ingredients

• 2 boxes of uncle bens wild rice cooked ( cook by directions on box)
• 1 can of water chestnuts (drained)
• 1 onion diced
• 1lb sausage


Directions

Cook wild rice as directed on box. 

Brown sausage and drain. Put back on medium high heat and add onion and water chestnuts. Sauté until onions are translucent. Water chestnuts should be crunchy still. 

Combine sausage and wild rice mixture in oven safe dish. Bake on low for 30 minutes. 


Shepherds Pie

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Recipe: 
Shepherds Pie
Servings: 8 Prep time: 0:30 Total time: 1:00 Categories: Main Course
Ingredients
• 1 Pillsbury pie crust (cooked by directions on box) • 2 bags of green giant frozen mixed veggies (cooked as directed) • 6 servings instant mashed potatoes (cooked as directed on box) • 1 lb ground beef • 1 onion diced • 1 clove garlic diced. (I use the pre diced garlic in a jar. Use 1 tablespoon). • 2/3 cup beef broth • Salt & Pepper (i do this to taste) • Pam/spray butter
Directions
Bake pie crust as directed on box, cool. Cook both bags of vegetables in microwave as directed on container. Make 6 servings of instant mashed potatoes as directed on container. 
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 
Brown ground beef, drain. On medium/high heat, add ground beef and onion to pan. Cook stirring occasionally until onions are translucent. Add garlic, veggies, beef broth, salt and pepper. Cook for five minutes stirring until broth is absorbed. 
Fill pie crust with beef and veggie mixture*. Spread a layer of mas…

Salmon Topped With Salsa

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It's a new year and time to make some resolutions. One of my resolutions this year is to cook more and eat better.
I decided to check out some recipes on Food Network today. I came across this really easy salmon recipe. We usually don't eat much fish so I thought this would be a good thing to try. 
It was very easy to make and it turned out delicious! I'm definitely adding this to my recipe box. 
Visit the link below, there is a great video to show you how to make it. Logan kept watching it on repeat. 
Salmon Baked In Foil: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/salmon-baked-in-foil-recipe.html