Archive for December, 2009

Tired of regular tacos? Try this recipe!

The Little Write Gal loves tacos but sometimes I get tired of them.  Tonight instead of traditional tacos for dinner, I made this taco casserole. As a rule she doesn’t like casseroles but she really loved this one!  I thought I would share the recipe because if you are like me you are always looking for new things to cook for dinner.


1 lb. ground beef

1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 jar salsa

1 can refried beans

2 c. Mexican shredded cheese (I actually used only about 1 c.)

Tortilla chips


Brown ground beef.  Add taco seasoning and fix per package directions. Mix jar of salsa in with beef then set aside.  Spray casserole dish with Pam. Crumble tortilla chips in bottom of casserole dish.  Spread refried beans on top of chips. Spread beef mixture on top of beans. Top with shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes until cheese has melted and entire dish is hot. Serve immediately.


What is your New Year’s resolution for 2010?

With 2010 right around the corner have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet?  Making resolutions is a very common practice and even our federal government has a page on the most popular New Year’s resolutions. According to this site, the most common resolutions are to lose weight, manage debt, and save money. 

Every year I try to make multiple resolutions which usually equals FAIL.  This year I am going to resolve to make ONE resolution and hopefully stick with it.  Like most Americans I would like to lose some weight in the new year but even more important to me is to be physically fit. So I am trying to get in the habit of exercising at least four times a week and am happy to report that I have exercised now for two consecutive days for 30 minutes!  Yay!  I have this Kathy Ireland Total Fitness Workout at home that I used to do a long time ago. It is very motivating so I thought I would dust it off and start using it again.  I will let you know how it goes.

What are your resolutions for 2010?

Merry CHRISTmas!












I would like to wish all of the Write Gal’s readers a very Merry Christmas! As we spend time with family and friends this year, let us remember the real meaning of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

~ For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6, NIV ~

Merry Christmas!

Wordless Wednesday

How to save money on your outside Christmas decorations.  😀  Happy Wordless Wednesday and Merry Christmas!

This Christmas give Jewelry Designer and make your little girl’s Christmas shine

This Christmas, The Little Write Gal has asked for games for her Nintendo DS. Shhhhhhhhh…..don’t tell her but she is getting one of the games she has been dying to try – Style Lab’s Jewelry Designer.  I was lucky enough to receive a copy to review from Ubisoft. 

Jewelry Designer allows girls to design a variety of jewelry pieces using a range of beautiful colored beads and charms. Using the stylus, girls can create earrings, necklaces, bracelets, cell-phone charms and bookmarks. Players can upload their unique in-game creations on UbiWorld, Ubisoft’s online destination site that is integrated with Style Lab Jewelry Design’s game functionalities. Using the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, girls can upload their created necklaces, earrings and bracelets inside the Style Lab Jewelry Design Boutique. Once the final design is uploaded, players have the option to purchase their own creation through ArtBeads where the actual piece will be delivered to their home and can be worn in real life.  Style Lab Jewelry Design is rated E for Everyone and has an MSRP of $29.99. 

I like how Jewelry Designer has an interactive feature which allows you to purchase the designs that your child creates using the game. This is definitely something unique from your normal DS games. Jewelry Designer would perfect gift if your daughter is creative like mine.  If you see The Little Write Gal don’t tell her this will be waiting  for her under the tree.  She does read her Mommy’s blog so hopefully I can keep her from reading it until after Christmas.

Macy’s Gift Card Winner

Congratulations to Meredith who is the winner of my Macy’s $25 Gift Card giveaway

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December 5, 2009 at 12:15 am

I’d love to win this for my twin sister… shes had a rough year, especially lately and could use some retail therapy. Thanks so much for the chance and Happy Holidays!

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Thanks to Macy’s for sponsoring this contest and thanks to everyone who entered!

I hate my new gray hair

I am a natural redhead and often get asked what “color” I use for my hair.  Well the color I have you can only get from my parents!  I LOVE my red hair and always have.  The last few weeks I have been noticing at first what I thought were blonde streaks in my bangs and at my roots.  A friend of mine pointed out by yanking one out that these are not blonde hairs I have noticed, they are GRAY!!  OH NO!!!!!!!!!!  I thought it wasn’t possible to go gray before you turned 40.  Well apparently not because I am gray and I have a while to go before I hit 40.  And whoever said redheads go gray last were WRONG!  What I hate is the coarse texture and how the gray hairs are all wiry. 

I guess wrinkles are next.  😦  I HATE getting old.  Dear Santa this is NOT what I wanted for Christmas.

Wordless Wednesday – Our Smiling Dog

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

I will miss Oprah’s Favorite Things

Every year I cannot WAIT until the Christmas episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show showcasing Oprah’s Favorite Things. I love to watch the reaction of the audience and how they are totally thrown off guard that they are attending probably the most infamous episode of Oprah for the year.  There is speculation on the Web that Oprah’s Favorite Things is canceled for 2009.  Since Oprah is going off the air in September 2011, I was really looking forward to this year’s show.  I have  a major sad face that I won’t have it this Christmas.  😦  Hopefully the producers will bring it back next year. I certainly hope so.

In the meantime I will have to settle to win some of Oprah’s Favorite Things.  Currently on there is a 12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes where you can win everything on the O List for the December 2009 issue of O Magazine.  Also there is another contest where you can win some of Oprah’s Favorite Things from years past.  I have entered both and my fingers are crossed!

Will you miss Oprah’s Favorite Things?

The Write Gal got a facelift!

No I didn’t get THAT kind of facelift — a blog facelift.  🙂 I am SO excited about my new blog design courtesy of the amazing Stefanie of La De Daa Designs.  If you are looking for a blog header, button, banner, Twitter page, or total blog makeover,  you will be delighted with Stefanie’s blog design services.  She is very talented and one of the most patient people I have ever met. You might imagine that since I am a writer I am not a visual person and I never know I like something until I see it. Stefanie has spent countless hours working on my design until it was what I envisioned.

My personal opinion is that having a custom blog design really enhances your blog and makes it more appealing to read.  If you are interested in working with PR reps, a custom design makes you look like a more serious blogger.  Stefanie is talented and affordable too!  If you hire her tell her The Write Gal sent you.

This Christmas blog design is really putting me in the Christmas spirit. I hope you enjoy it while you are here and thanks for visiting.  In  January I will be rolling out the new and improved Write Gal design that will look at lot like this one only with different colors.  And if you want  a great blog to add to your reader, check out Stefanie’s Mommy’s Quiet Time.  It is already in my blogroll in my sidebar but you can read it by clicking here.

P.S.  In real life lipo comes before facelift but I am not sure Santa can deliver that!

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