The temperatures have dropped, no I take that back, plummeted. Like below zero, bone-chilling cold. So what do you do? Stay inside, possibly in your sweats all day (I really need no excuse to stay in sweatpants) and browse the internet for those lingering cyber Monday sales. Because that’s what I get to do all day…. –>IN MY DREAMS<– Instead you can bet that I am chasing around four kids all day. Yes, that is my “other” job. I guess you could call it parenting with a splash of babysitting as I watch my nephew as well. Three girls, one boy, what could go wrong? Well, if you want to know the truth, just about everything. –>EEK<-
From getting locked in the bathroom and tearing out the door to get in, to daily throwing of food, rubbing blackberries on my freshly cleaned windows, swirling toys in the toilet, diaper changes, spit-up, more diaper changes, hitting, crying, fighting and time-out after time-out after time-out, it really is a pretty simple job. –>INSERT EYEROLL<–
So what keeps me sane in the most crazy moments? Putting a spin on the structure of corporate America and applying it to my stay-at-home / babysitting job. You see, if you can get a feel for what it would be like if we applied the same structure it would look a little bit like this.
Dad = Investor
Mom = Head Boss / Manager of all affairs / HR Manager / Chef/ the list goes on and on…
Big A = Supervisor and so good at tattle-telling
The twins (My nephew (Baby B) as well as my Middle A) = Unruly employees
Baby A = Intern, trying to find her place
Yep, this is our life. The investor providing the funds for the operation, the boss trying to make it all work. The supervisor watching every move, tattling when necessary and of course bossing around like it is her job. The twins, always…always in to something, working against me instead of for me (unruly I tell you) and the intern just trying to find her place in this messy corporate world we’ve created. –>SIGH<–
Here is some proof of my daily work environment:
The unruly employees…protesting the decision of the boss, out on a work trip to the Holiday lights parade and taking a “time-out” break from throwing their work projects (toys) down the stairs in spite of the looming deadline.
The supervisor and her intern completing daily tasks…project work and diaper changing 101.
The supervisor and her employees finally doing their job, cooking, taste-testing and mixy-mixy-mixing in the boss’s actual work.
The boss and her intern smooseling the investor (or the investor bribing the boss to stick around).
Luckily for my employees, they get fed well on company time and funding (thanks to the investor). Pretty great work environment, huh? So what do I feed this unruly mess? Secret ingredient taco soup. Why secret ingredient? Because anytime I tell them its a secret ingredient (even when it isn’t) they eat better and anytime I can sneak in a little extra veg (I do so). Is that reason enough?
This soup is hearty, and creamy you don’t even need the cheese. –>GASP<– I know, I’m a cheese addict as well. Eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner or possibly all three. It really is pretty amazing and just what the boss ordered after a crazy hectic work meeting. –>AHEM<–
So to help you get through your own jobs I thought I would provide you with a little daily relief as you follow my employees on instagram. Each day is a new day, a new work environment and a new encounter with the unruly employees. Don’t wait to follow, the employee Christmas party is just a few weeks away! Excuse me as I provide back-up to my supervisor. The employees are at it again and the intern is following in their footsteps…….
Help, I need an intervention!
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1 cup whole corn
- 15 ounces diced tomatoes, with juice
- 2 (4½-ounce) cans diced green chiles
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2-3 cups tomato soup (leftover)
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 2-3 tsp ground cumin
- ¾ tsp ground paprika
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef along with chopped onion until cooked through and onions are tender. Add garlic during last few minutes of browning and keep crumbling. Drain excess fat. and place in slow cooker along with tomatoes, chiles, broth, tomato soup, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and season with salt and pepper to tastes.
- Add in corn, black beans and pinto beans and cook on low until heated through 3-4 hours.
- Add ½ cup water or broth to thin soup if desired.
- Serve hot topped with desired toppings.