Shoe Thoughts + Delicious Hamburger Stew

I've found some shoe hits and misses from 2015 that I haven't shared yet so here's a quick and random mix of shoe musings:

1. My summer sandals are breaking and I'm so sad! I've been looking for a replacement since last year and hope to find one this summer! I've noticed I'm moving away from the beloved flip-flops I used to always wear to more structured sandals over the past few years.

2. Jack Roger's 'Lauren' Sandals are so cute but weren't comfortable in the front for me and were just a tad too long in the foot but they are definitely beautiful. If they were super comfy, I definitely would have loved to keep.

3. Fei Yue's Fe Lo Mesh Sneaker is exactly what I was looking for in a summer sneaker that's cute and easy to match with yet breathable. :)

4. Vince Camuto's 'Carlotte' Pointy Toe Pump is super cute so I debated a bit but they're a bit too big to keep. :(

Here's a super delicious hamburger stew/soup recipe that is perfect for the middle of this chilly winter because it warms you right down to your toes:


2 lbs. ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped
4 cans (14.5 oz each) stewed tomatoes
8 medium carrots, thinly sliced
4 celery ribs, thinly sliced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pepper

1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onions over medium heat until no loner pink; drain.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until veegetables and rice are tender.
4. Uncover; simmer another 30 minutes longer or until thickened.

* Makes 5 batches (4 servings each) and can freeze 3-cup portions for up to 3 months and to use after, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Trander to saucepan; add 1 cup of water and cook until hot and bubbly.

Nutrition per 1 cup serving:
165 calories
16g carbs
30 mg cholesterol
584 mg sodium
6g fat (2g sat. fat)
2g fiber
12g protein

Leaving you with the quote of the day, "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible to the visible." -Tony Robbins


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