Sep 1, 2015

Taco Chili

Taco Chili

Taco Chili
Soups, Stews and Chili
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 4 servings

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can chili beans in sauce
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can corn with liquid (if using frozen add 1/2 cup water)
1/2 cup white rice (long grain or instant)
1 (28 oz or two 15 oz) can peeled and diced tomatoes with liquid
1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes and peppers with liquid
1/2 can (2 oz) black olives, sliced
1 package taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef and onion until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set in crockpot.

Place rice, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, diced tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, olives and seasoning mix in the crockpot. Stir well, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with corn chips, shredded cheese and sour cream

Tip: Freeze leftover black olives. Place in freezer container and cover with the olive juice or water. Use in other dishes like Spaghetti and Tomatoes

Random Thought - Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

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Aug 31, 2015

Sometimes you just need to laugh


True Story!!  For anyone dealing with lower extremity Lymphedema, this meme will surely make you nod your head in agreement!

Aug 20, 2015

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins
Yield: approx 1 dozen

1 box yellow or spice cake mix
1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree (not the pie mix)

Pour dry cake mix into bowl, add the can of pumpkin. Mix together and pour into paper lined muffin tin, Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.

Random Thought - Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat drinking beer all day.

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Dill Dip

Dill Dip

Dill Dip
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 2 Cups

1 cup sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1 Tbsp minced onion flakes or 1 tsp onion powder
2-3 Tbsp dried dill weed
1 Tbsp parsley flakes

Mix ingredients together, until well blended.  Chill several hours or overnight. Serve with raw vegetables.

Random Thought - What was the best thing before sliced bread?

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Croissant Omelet Breakfast Bake

Croissant Omelet Breakfast Bake

Croissant Omelet Breakfast Bake

1 can  (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 oz. thin sliced deli Ham, chopped
6 eggs
1/2 cup  milk
1/2 tsp.  pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1  cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Dried Parsley, optional

Heat oven to 350ºF. Unroll dough in 13×9-inch baking dish; press to cover bottom of dish, firmly pressing perforations and seams together to seal. Top with ham.

In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk and pepper until blended. Pour over ham. Top with cheeses.

Bake for 25 min. or until center is set. Sprinkle with parsley & serve!

 Random Thought - I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future!

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Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup
Soup, Stew and Chili
Yield: 4-6 servings

1 lb. ground round
1 small onion, chopped
1 T. minced garlic...
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
14.5 oz. petite diced tomatoes with juice
8 oz. tomato sauce
3 1/2 C. beef broth
1 C. uncooked elbow macaroni

In a dutch oven, brown the meat (there was no grease with mine to drain, but if you have extra grease, drain it off). Add in the onion and all the seasonings. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add in the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce and stir well. Add in the broth and macaroni. Cook, covered for 30 minutes over med. heat.

Random Quote: "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper." - Adelle Davis

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Jul 6, 2015

Break the Silence & Speak Your Truth

Five years ago on July 4th 2010, my husband beat me for the first time. I still to this day have no clue why, except that must of been the day that he lost his soul to the darkness eating him away from the inside.

The weather was beautiful and we spent the day with the neighbors grilling, eating, drinking, playing and laughing too much. After the sun set there was an impromptu fireworks display from the people a couple streets away that we all watched, and then our neighbors bid us goodnight.

About ten minutes later I looked over at my husband and said I was going to go inside and asked if he would help me take a shower (I have a disability and he is my caretaker as well). He said "Wait! I bought some fireworks for tonight, let me go get them.."  Tired from the days activities I headed toward the house and replied "Let's do them tomorrow." I knew he had been drinking and I didn't want him blowing his face off, but I left that part unsaid. He protested and was insisting I stay outside. I said "Honey it's late, I'm tired, I just want to go inside." When I turned to see if he was coming with me is when it hit me; his fist square in my face. It was so hard I was knocked to the ground with that one punch.

I lay there dazed with the world swirling and then all of a sudden he jumped on me and punched me in the face and head about four more times. He got off me and went into the house. I laid there in the dirt and cried for a couple minutes and then attempted to get up. I had managed to get up on my hands and knees when  he came back outside. I thought he had come to help and apologize, but I was wrong. He kicked me in the side which knocked me back to the ground fully then kicked me in the head.  He started cursing and yelling at me to get up as he paced back and forth. Every minute or two he would stop pacing, come back at me hitting me repeatedly then resume his cursing and pacing. This went on two or three more times before he finally went back into the house.

I was in shock and crying. I had no idea what was going on or why I was I was being attacked. Where was the loving husband I married? I knew he was drunk from the BBQ but he had never been violent before, had never even raised a hand to me. I managed after about ten minutes to get up and crawl to the deck, where I pulled myself the rest of the way up with help from the railing and steps.  Once I got inside I found him passed out in a chair with a can of beer spilled all over.  I had no idea what to do, I was just in a fog. I washed up, tended my wounds and went to bed.

We had separated for about 3 months but I got really sick and needed his help so I gave in to the pleading to give him another chance and that "it would never happen again" (oh those famous words...) The abuse continued of course... the excuse/apology was always "sorry I was drunk". I tried fighting back but with his physical strength and my disability it usually proved to be a futile effort.

On Nov 2011 I ended up in the hospital for 5 days due to stress and anxiety. Four months after that he almost killed me...I was in ICU for 12 days on a ventilator with 3 blood clots in my lungs from a beating earlier that week. He would not even stay with me in the hospital (his excuse was the cat needed him home) The times he did come visit he was drunk and snuck alcohol in to drink while there and they had to throw him out for threatening my Dr. I went home on oxygen (and would spend the next three years of my life on it 24/7). After he beat me yet again on Labor Day of 2012, I finally found the courage to call 911. The police arrested him and I spent another 3 days in the hospital. 

He was in jail for one whole day. He plead guilty to domestic violence and was sentenced to 18 months probation, court ordered AA, community service, domestic violence classes and monetary fines. He went and stayed with his ex but I had no family or friends around to help me (he used to get pissed if someone called me or came over to see me so I had pretty much stopped staying in contact with anyone to keep the peace.)  Being even more disabled now that I was on oxygen I was even worse off.  I called the domestic violence shelter and they said they were all full and couldn't help me, but I could call them for counseling referrals (gee thanks). After a few months my husband moved back in staying in the second bedroom. I had nowhere to go, no money, and no one else to help with my care, I felt absolutely trapped.

During this time he went to all his court-ordered things even AA, and although he never did quit drinking or hit me again during those 18 months, he was emotionally/verbally abusive and he punched holes in the walls and cupboards of the house. We argued constantly, literal screaming matches and I ruined the bedroom doors slamming them in sheer frustration. Probably about a month after he finished his probation and was free of the court system he hit me again, just once, but it was enough... I was terrified, panic and anxiety had taken over my every waking moment of when the next beating was coming. I slowly worked on rebuilding bridges with my family without him knowing.

A few months later he lost his job for drinking at work, got another about a month later and promptly lost that one too for the same reason. He pretty much quit even looking for a job after that, he only wanted to stay drunk and refused to get help for his addiction. At this point he was drinking 24/7 and was never sober. He hardly ate, would drink til he passed out, and when he woke up would immediately pour another. He had quit giving me my therapy so my medical condition deteriorated to where I couldn't walk, he refused to help me with daily care, refused to help clean the house or take me to my doctor appointments. One night he even turned off my oxygen in the middle of the night while I was asleep.

I told him to leave and he refused... I tried locking him out of the house when he went to get more alcohol and he would break down the door to get back had deteriorated to a constant chaotic carousel of alcohol, vile arguments and ugly threats; my severe depression started spiraling into serious thoughts of suicide and I was convinced I would be better off dead.

About a month later my Dad and Step-mom drove up from out of state with their pickup truck. I pleaded with my husband one last time to go to rehab and get help, then we grabbed my oxygen, my medical necessities  some clothes and my computer, threw them in the truck and left. I left everything else I owned behind. My health at this point was so bad my step-mom did not think I was going to even survive the thirteen hour trip south, she thought she was bringing me home to die. Less than two weeks after I left, he sold our house, moved in with his brother and started a relationship with a woman from the internet. So much for true love and marriage vows.

It has been 9 long months now since I left. I still have depression, panic and anxiety attacks, still have terrifying nightmares and other symptoms of PTSD but I am breathing without oxygen most days, I can walk again for short distances, I've been doing therapy that my step-mom helps me with. I am no longer chained by fear and I am very slowly learning to smile and find joy in life again. My husband taught me one of the biggest lessons of my life, which was to value my own worth.

I hope by speaking about this that it helps someone else who may be struggling with Domestic Violence in their lives. Please don't give up, even if it takes you awhile to get out of the situation or you go back just to leave again and again; the average person will leave their abuser seven times before leaving for good, this does not make it in anyway your fault.  - All my love to you and I understand, Moira

Jul 1, 2015

Breaking the Silence

Break the Silence, Stop Domestic Violence

An abuse victim leaves her abuser on average seven times before she leaves for good. It’s hard to understand why women stay with or return to the men that hurt them, but you have to remember an abuser’s most lethal weapon is his ability to manipulate his victim’s mind. Leaving is far more difficult than people think. Fear, intimidation, lack of financial resources, and shame are just a few of the reasons women stay or return. If children are involved, it’s even more complicated. Many women truly have or feel they have nowhere to go. She won't ask you for help, she feels you will sit in judgement of her, not understand and think she is stupid.

Crisis shelters fill up fast and are few and far between as it is. And sadly, as far as we’ve come in regards to strengthening laws to protect women, it’s still way too easy for abusers to track down their victims and murder them. That is when most murders take place, after she leaves. So some women just stay, hoping to survive another day. We need more crisis shelters and we need to educate people more about the dynamics and mechanics of domestic violence. And most of all, we need to shed our own preconceived notions about the victims. They need our support and empathy. I learned that the hard way. I used to judge other women who stayed with their abusers too. And I stayed on that high horse until the man I loved knocked me off with his fists.

You taught me one of the biggest lessons of my life, which was to value my own worth.

Sep 30, 2014

Hungarian Goulash (Mylar Meal/ReadyJar Meal)

Hungarian Goulash - Mylar Meal / ReadyJar Meal - The Senseless Housewife
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Hungarian Goulash
Mylar Meal / ReadyJar Meal
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 4 servings

1/2 cup dehydrated onions, chopped (1 cup if Freeze Dried)
1/4 cup dehydrated green bell pepper
2 1/2 cup freeze-dried Thrive roast beef slices
3 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp tomato powder
2 Tbsp beef bouillon

Mylar Meal: Add all to a quart size mylar bag (5 mil thick) with a 100 cc oxygen absorber. Seal closed with an iron, Label with meal name, date and amount of water needed. Store your mylar meals in a cool, dry, rodent-resistant container, like a five gallon bucket.

Ready Jar Meal: Add all to a quart size canning jar with a 100 cc oxygen absorber. Screw on lid and ring. The jar will self-seal on its own. Label with meal name, date and amount of water needed. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.

To Eat:

3 cups water

Combine all ingredients in pot with 3 cups water and soak for ten minutes. Bring to a boil, stir well, cover and continue cooking with the lid on for one minute. Simmer until tender or remove pot from heat and put in Insulated Thermal Cooker (or transfer to a wide mouth thermos) to save energy/fuel. 

Serve over instant mashed potatoes, instant rice or cooked noodles

Random Quote - "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."- Thomas Jefferson

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Hungarian Goulash (Freezer Meal)

Hungarian Goulash -Freezer 2 Crockpot - The Senseless Housewife
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Hungarian Goulash
Freezer 2 Crockpot
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 4 servings

3 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds stew meat or roast, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 seeded, chopped green bell pepper
1 cup white onions, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp tomato paste or ketchup
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup red wine

In a medium bowl, combine paprika, salt and pepper. Coat beef cubes in spice mixture.

Add meat and remaining ingredients to a ziplock bag. Label and Freeze.

To Eat:
Thaw, pour into crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.

* To prepare without thawing first freeze the meal without adding broth and wine. Write on the label to add those in liquid form to the crockpot the day of cooking.

Serve over dumplings, cooked noodles, mashed potatoes, or cooked rice.

Random Verse: Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3:18

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