Bullocks with Butterflie Wings

best of 2010

Posted in blogging, concerts, deployment, military, parenting by MommyTaco on 30 December 2010

My BFF MeganDubYuh is starting up a nifty little End of Year meme that I wanted to be sure to participate in. Here’s the deets for you to follow along:

“It is so easy to focus on the negative things in our life. Let’s all take a minute to talk about the best moments of 2010. In the five categories below list out your #1 from 2010. Post it on your blog and link back to this post (and post to Mr. Linky at the end of the post). We can use this as a blog hop and to review the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century.

The categories:

Best song to sing along to in the car.
Best movie.
Best TV show.
Best website to waste time on.
Best memory you made.

My Answers:
Best song to sing along to in the car
hard to pick a Best song, but the most frequently listened to was “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas – Sidney absolutely LOVES that song and would request it for each of our MANY road trips

Best movie.
Toy Story 3

Best TV show
What Would Brian Boitano Cook? (thanks @ajuribe for the super laugh-fest recommendation!)

Best website to waste time on
Facebook. Seriously, I couldn’t begin to tell you how much time I’ve wasted on there.

Best memory you made
There’s no #1 best but here’s a few amazing memories that were made: first official deployment ceremony, sending off my man;
becoming a Scentsy Independent Consultant;
road tripping from NM to WA w/ my BF MeganDubYuh;
the ups and downs of R&R;
visiting my high school BFF for the first time in 9 years;
seeing The Black Crowes for a second time – woo!;
meeting some of my Tweeps, @sara0120, @ajuribe, @tammymunson and @armywifebethany;
making friends with some of the lovely other spouses of Taco’s unit, and the Twitter MilSpouse community…and finding that we really can make it through one of the most difficult events of our lives

I must say, this year has not been a boring one!

it’s like this and like that and like this and uh

Posted in concerts, military, moving, music, travel by MommyTaco on 29 November 2009

(currently listening to: The Black Crowes: Before the Frost…Until the Freeze)

Yes, I do realize that it’s bad etiquette to point out how long it’s been since an update has been made to your own blog. But I’d rather point it out myself than have any of you start nagging at me. My apologies, been rather busy with things that don’t involve the computer. And that in itself is amazing!

I have continued the year’s running theme of concert-goings and had the most amazing opportunity to see The Black Crowes perform here in El Paso. Add another sprinkle of awesomeness in which I was able to see them with one of my BFFs, my Mindikins. I am so glad that she was able to come and just chill with me for a few days, and add another most-awesome-moment-in-life to our books together.

We have been blessed to spend the past two weeks with family. My mom and some of the in-laws came to visit for the hubs’ graduation from AIT. We also shared a week early Thanksgiving feast with my in-laws while they were here. Who says you can’t celebrate a day of thanks & togetherness a week earlier than the traditional occasion?

Hubs’ graduation came at a perfect time. He was allowed 10 days of leave before in-processing his new unit, and that leave had to be taken immediately. Fortunately in with that 10 day window was the Boy’s week off of school for the holiday, and after everyone left town we were able to head to Clovis to spend a week with family there. None of them (minus Mom’s trip to see us) had seen the hubs since he left for training in April, and I know that everyone enjoyed having the time together again. We were even lucky enough to have a friend offer to drive to Clovis and help us tow hubs’ truck back down to El Paso for us. He and his wife didn’t have any Thanksgiving plans, so they got to be adopted into the family for a day and enjoy a fine feast.

I don’t expect that anything will slow down around here in the months to come. Christmas is coming up soon, and I still don’t know what our plans will be for that. Time to face the music that Uncle Sam runs our schedule now and that we may not get to spend Christmas with family this year. Then comes the wondering if this holiday will be spent together next year, making this year’s holidays even more precious.

Ah, the military life where everything is beyond your control…and beyond your opinion. It’s a good thing that God knows what He’s doing, when it seems that nobody else does.

Bran Muffins *nom*nom*

Posted in concerts, food, recipes by MommyTaco on 28 June 2009

A while back, my Grammie made some of these muffins and I just had to snag the recipe off of her. I’m always looking for some way of making my daily food intake healthier. These are yummy and great for a snack any time of day. I like them best with some fruit & yogurt as a morning snack.

Since the recipe makes 12, you can certainly throw some of them into the freezer for up to a few weeks. This is a handy thing for someone who likes to do weekly or monthly prep-cooking on the weekends. 😉

-Bran Muffins-

1/2 cup + 2 tbs all-purpose flour

1/2 cup + 2 tbs whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

2 cups Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal (twigs, not buds)

1 1/4 cups fat-free milk

1 egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Spray 12 muffin-pan cups with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In large mixing bowl, combine cereal and milk. Leg stand about 5 minutes or until cereal softens.

4. Add egg and oil. Beat well. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined.

5. Portion evenly into muffin cups. and bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

6. *OPTIONAL* Try adding some raisins and/or sprinkling muffins with brown sugar before baking.