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Bean and Brown Rice Casserole {Meatless Monday}

Bean and Brown Rice Casserole


2 cups brown rice

1 can Red Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can White Navy Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can Pinto Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 medium onion (chopped)

2 medium tomatoes (chopped)

1 cup frozen corn

1 cup frozen peas

2 TBS Olive Oil

3½ cups Vegetable Broth

Salt & Pepper (t0 taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 375ο
  2. In a 5 qt Dutch Oven (I use a cast iron pan. Most. Amazing. Pan. Ever.), heat oil and sauteé onions until tender.
  3. Add the rice and cook until slightly opaque (about 10 or 15 minutes); stir to keep from sticking (if needed add a little more olive oil).
  4. Add beans, tomatoes and vegetable broth to the rice and onion mixture. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cover tightly and place in the oven, baking until rice is tender and the broth has been absorbed (about an hour).
  6. Add the corn and peas, return to the oven and bake until heated through (another 15 minutes or so, add more a tad more vegetable broth if needed).
  7. Season with salt and pepper and serve.



Random Saturday


1. Today we were finally able to celebrate Miss 15′s birthday.  We had cupcakes and ice cream. Her mother lacks creativity and baking skills so we ate store~bought cupcakes.
Thursday Snow

2. Thursday morning the kids came running into the house screaming and whooping “School is cancelled! School is cancelled!” So I hopped up out the bed to find out why. It snowed. Seriously guys, don’t wake me for less than 2 feet. And don’t cancel school for less than a foot.

Washer and Dryer

3. This week’s Project 52 2012 Edition theme was “fashion”. You’d think this would have been easy for me given the bags, shoes, jewelry and cosmetics that I have in this house. Instead, I thought a washer and dryer would work. An “A” for creativity?

Breakfast {Hickory House}
4. This morning the hubs and I went to the Hickory House, our favorite little restaurant, for breakfast. They have the best southern breakfast. Ever. And that’s not an exaggeration. Most couples opt for date nights, we opt for date mornings. We try to go there at least once a month. It’s during these times that we sit, talk and catch up on all the things that have happened during the week. I think these breakfasts have brought us closer. No, I know these breakfasts have brought us closer.

So how was your Saturday?


Snow Cover {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

Snow Covered Plant

Yesterday we had our first big~shut~the~school’s~down~we~can’t~survive~this snow. I think it totaled about .25 inches but it made for a beautiful picture.

I’m linking up Misty and Kim with for Shoot. Edit. Submit.


Pioneer Market Fruits & Vegetables {This or That Thursday}


I big puffy heart fresh fruits and vegetables. Seriously, nothing compares to fresh produce. Especially produce from a locally owned store. So I was beyond thrilled when I discovered Pioneer Market Fruits & Vegetables just down the street from my house.

The first time I went in, I was little hesitant (I always am when I go to a new place, especially in a small town) so I picked up a couple of apples and some strawberries and scurried out without talking to anyone. The second time I went in, I knew I wanted to get more of, well, just about everything.

So Miss 18 and I browsed the shelves and we saw shiny red apples…

And bright yellow lemons surrounded by grass green pears and golden oranges…

And I can’t forget the Anjou Pears…

Pears and Lemons
Or the pumpkins that were bigger than my head…

Pie Pumpkins

I ended up walking out with fruits, vegetables, cheese and a completed photography assignment, which you can read about by clicking here.

This has become my new favorite grocery store. And if you’re ever in the area, I recommend that you stop in and say “Hi” to Shelby and Kelly, the owner’s granddaughter’s.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday and Rachel for Show Off Your Shot.


And It Was Good {Word Filled Wednesday}

Word Filled Wednesday

And it was good.

For the past few days, God has been dealing with me about the power of the tongue (truth be told, He’s been dealing with me and this issue for more than a few days) but the other day, it finally hit me…

Genesis 1:3 says that God said let there be light and there was light. He didn’t go through a long creative process, He simply spoke and it was. And it was good. That is power.  Jesus spoke and blinded eyes were opened. That is power.

And as children of God, we also have that same power in our speech. We have the power to heal and to hurt. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” I want my words, thoughts and actions to bring beauty.

I want Him to say about works “It was good.”

I’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions for Word Filled Wednesday and Katie Lloyd Photography for Scripture & a Snapshot.

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