December 22, 2010

taco soup.

I love taco soup. I've created my own twist on it. My family went crazy and loved it. so, I thought i'd share it :] Enjoy. 


McCall’s Super Swell Taco Soup! 

Ingredients: 
2 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey 
4-5 ounces tomato sauce 
1 cup of water 
2 cans cream of chicken 
2 cans pinto beans 
1 can white kidney beans 
1 pack frozen corn 
4 yellow squash 
2 tomatoes 
2 limes 
2 avocados 
1 packet mild taco seasoning 
¼ cup of garlic powder 
¼ cup of Ranch 
Grated cheese 
Sour cream 
Tortilla chips 



1-In a Dutch oven sized pot, brown ground beef (or turkey) with garlic powder and lime juice. 
2- Once browned, add cans of cream of chicken, cup of water, ranch, and tomato sauce. 
3-Dice tomatoes and squash and add to soup. Stir for 5 min, then let sit for 5 min. 
4-Add full pack of taco seasoning and stir well. 
5- Drain and add cans of pinto beans. 
6- Pour whole can of white kidney beans including juice. 
7-add frozen corn. 
8-let sit on stove covered for 10 min or till steamy hot. Serve. Top with tortilla chips, sour cream, grated cheese and avocado. 
Serves up to 10 people. Enjoy. 

December 13, 2010

FINALly.

It's finally finals week. Joy to the whole wide world of college students! I am stoked. I just had to do 4 major project,
I turn them in and.... Christmas break here I come!!
Things I'm lookin forward to for next semester....
*will be almost down to the 6th month missionary mark ;)
*I'm taking classes I'm actually interested in.
*I'm going to loose weight :)
*I get to start dancing and swimming again!
*no more silly art classes. (found out you really don't need an art degree to become a successful photographer.)
*I'm learning guitar :)
So there are a few things to look forward to.but most of all I'm excited for the break and chillin with the fam and friends.
Merry Christmas break!.... FINALly.

Random:
Check out this awesome picture of my dad as megamind. Lol


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December 9, 2010

I miss a certain boy.

so recently I've become super jealous of my those of my Elder friends who'll be coming home soon. I just miss my Brevin so much. 8 more months. I made this video to cheer me up =) Enjoy.
 

December 8, 2010

dear finals...you suck + good luck elder hansen.

It's not even finals week till next week...
I am sooo overwhelmed.
I don't sleep well [hence me writing this at midnight]
I eat garbage. (well not literally, just that stuff that makes thunder thighs occur[which aren't needed, cuz they're already here])
I survive off Caffeine... Coke to be specific [as in the soda, not the drug. lol]
I want to pull my hair out
I want to severely damage something
I want to go ninja on my art board and break it in half as well as all other art things that i bought that are just going to go to waste.
I want to shred every piece of fabric in my room and glue it to the walls with the $10 glue gun i had to buy just for my art final, that also gave me a 2nd degree burn.
I want to paint the walls with the water colors i bought.... the teacher never got around to that assignment
I want to plant a money tree and hopefully it will grow from the college back to my pocket
I want to cry cuz institute ends tomorrow
I want to turn back time and take different classes cuz im not good enough to be an artist. Excuse me if you don't consider pushing a button that takes a picture an art.
next week have to stay till thursday to simply go to class and hand in an assignment... that i'm already done with. 
grrrrrrrr.
I just wanna go home! 



ON A HAPPIER NOTE! 
One of my best friends, Nate Hansen, entered the MTC today!
He'll be serving in Argentina. Cool eh? 
He really has been my best friend for the past year, and I really have no idea what the heck i'm going to do with myself when i go home on weekends. lol
                                                      I think he's pretty awesome
                                                     He's my husband number 4. lol
                              Good luck my dear buddy! 

November 29, 2010

last year as a teen. weird.












<3 i turned 19 on Thanksgiving
i don't like turkey. btw. ha.
swell birthday weekend, with family and friends
i got an ipod touch. :] first ipod ever. I'm stoked. 






November 24, 2010

blast from the past.

haha remember these? I use to email one of these every week to my family when i was in jr high. ha. thought it'd be fun to fill out one again (it's sure funny to see how much the answers have changes... or stayed the same.)
enjoy.
WHAT WAS YOUR:
1.Last beverage: Dr. Pepper 
2. Last phone call: Jameson at 2 am trying to get in the house. ha
3. Last text message: Brandon 
4. Last song you listened to: Everything you do- He is We
5. Last time you cried: practically all of last month
HAVE YOU EVER:
7. Been cheated on: eh... no
8. Kissed someone & regretted it: no
9. Lost someone special: yes
10. Been depressed: yep
11. Been drunk and threw up: no
LIST THREE FAVORITE COLOURS:
12. teal
13. green
 14. purple
THIS YEAR HAVE YOU:(2010)
15. Made a new friend: lots of them :]
16. Fallen out of love: nope
17. Laughed until you cried: haha yep.
18. Met someone who changed you: yes
19. Found out who your true friends were: for sure.
20. Found out someone was talking about you: yeah
21. Kissed anyone on your friend's list: nope
22. Done a stupid crazy thing that had you smiling for weeks: ha. of course
23. How many kids do you want to have:  3+
24. Do you have any pets: 2 brothers
25. Do you want to change your name: i love my name :]
26. What did you do for your last birthday: Spaghetti factory with my boys. Rico and Porter 
27. What time did you wake up today: ha. well.... 1. lol
28. What were you doing at midnight last night: cleaning my room. ha. I'm a clean-aholic
29. Name something you CANNOT wait for: a certain boy to come home 
30. Last time you saw your Mother: an hour ago
31. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life: my college schedule
32. What are you listening to right now: John Mayer
33. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom: ha. yeah.
34. What's getting on your nerves right now: nothing... surprisingly. 
35. Most visited webpage: fbook.
36. What's your real name: McCall Allison Parrish
37. Nicknames: McCoolio, McCarl, McCuca, McAwesome, McCrazy... etc... ha.
38. Relationship Status: i love a missionary, but i love dating too. 
39. Zodiac sign:  Saggitarius
40. Male or female?: Female
41. Elementary:  Bennion
42. Middle School: Bennion
 43. High school/college: Taylorsville, Snow 
44. Hair color: Dark Brown, red tints
45. Long or short: long
46. Height: 5' 7''
47. Do you have a crush on someone: most definitely 
48: What do you like about yourself: I'm kind of a big deal. ha. jk
49. Piercings: one of each ear
50. Tattoos: nadda
 51. Righty or lefty: Righty
FIRSTS :
52. First surgery: Wisdom teeth
 53. First piercing: ears
54. first best friend: mom and dad
55. First sport you joined: Swim team
56. First vacation: Disneyland 
RIGHT NOW
59. Eating: nothing..hungry though
60. Drinking: Nothing
61. I'm about to: get some lunch
62. Listening to: I'm still good -Miley Cyrus
63. Waiting on: Dad to come home so we can go get my bday present :]
YOUR FUTURE :
64. Want kids?: I sure do
65. Get Married?: yep
66. Career?: Domestic Goddess/mini Photography Biz
WHICH IS BETTER
67. Lips or eyes: eyes...blue eyes. 
 68. Hugs or kisses: long meaningful hugs 
69. Shorter or taller: Taller
70. Older or Younger: Older
71. Romantic or spontaneous: Both
72. Nice stomach or nice arms: I honestly could care less
73. Sensitive or loud: sensitive
74. Hook-up or relationship: relationship... duh.
75. Trouble maker or hesitant: Hesitant
HAVE YOU EVER:
76. Kissed a stranger: no
77. Drank hard liquor: no
78. Lost glasses/contacts: ha yep.
79. Sex on first date: heck no. waiting for marriage.
80. Broken someone's heart: probably.
82. Been arrested: nope, pretty close though... lol old mill..
83. Turned someone down: yeah
84. Cried when someone died: yes
85. Fallen for a friend: yep
DO YOU BELIEVE IN:
86. Yourself: i try to
87. Miracles: yes
88. Love at first sight: first sight with a nudge. ha.
89. Heaven: yes
90. Santa Clause: Yes
91. Kiss on the first date: depends
92. Angels: Yes 
ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:
94. Had more than 1 girlfriend/boyfriend at a time: No
95. Did you sing today: All the time.
96. Ever cheated on somebody?: No
97. If you could go back in time: I wouldn't change a thing. I've learned too much from all my bad times.
98. If you could pick a day from last year and relive it, what would it be: Madrigal performance at the Special Need's school. Amazing experience. 
99. Are you afraid of falling in love: Never
100. Posting this as 100 truths?: um.... duh?

November 22, 2010

exceptional.

things that are exceptional in my life this weekend:

-weather warnings... lol jk.
-sleep
-my family
-garlic butter
-NCIS
-chocolate
-friends
-missionaries
-snow
-scentsy
-talents
-photos
-my birthday!
-the smell of turkey
-mashed potatoes
-relaxation



November 18, 2010

happy (early) birthday to me.


my friends threw me a surprise birthday breakfast.




got me mah favorite treats and everything Buzz!




 5:30 happy morning faces.









My amazing cake with all things Buzz












Meet McCall at 5:30am.... ha.




Love these gurls, they be the best!

November 17, 2010

i can't sit still

I can't sit still today.
I'm sick.
but all i want to do is get  stuff done
i cleaned my room
vacuumed
wiped down everything
cleaned the bathroom
i even cleaned the toilet
i did all my laundry
i organized
i wiped down the kitchen
i (finally) got ready for the day
i went to sewing
half way done with my quilt
worked on it for 4 hours on mon and 2 today
grabbed a coke from mcdonalds. (shhhh)
did my art assignment: charcoal drawing of a sheet.
packed to go home tomorrow
got everything ready for me to go to bed.
now what?
i don't have yoga for another half an hour!
k fine.... i guess it's facebook time. ha
I CAN'T SIT STILL

November 14, 2010

November 12, 2010

never alone.

Lady Antebellum
Never Alone lyrics

Feat. Jim Brickman.
Music Video
May the angels protect you
Trouble neglect you
And heaven accept you when it's time to go home
May you always have plenty
Your glass never empty
Know in your belly
You're never alone

May your tears come from laughing
You find friends worth having
With every year passing
They mean more than gold
May you win but stay humble
Smile more than grumble
And know when you stumble
You're never alone

Never alone
Never alone
I'll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn't goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you're never alone

Well, I have to be honest
As much as I want it
I'm not gonna promise the cold winds won't blow
So when hard times have found you
And your fear surround you
Wrap my love around you
You're never alone

Never alone
Never alone
I'll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn't goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you're never alone

May the angels protect you
Trouble neglect you
And heaven accept you when it's time to go home
And when hard times have found you
And your fear surround you
Wrap my love around you
You're never alone

Never alone
Never alone
I'll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn't goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you're never alone
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you're never alone


November 11, 2010

favorite quotes of the week.....

‎*"You can pick your nose and pick your friends but you can't wipe your friends on the couch."
*"When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to find out they are not it."
*"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same"
*"TO BE A STAR, YOU MUST SHINE YOUR OWN LIGHT, FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH, AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE DARKNESS, FOR THAT IS WHEN THE STARS SHINE THEIR BRIGHTEST."
-UNKNOWN
*"We can do no great things---only small things with great love." -Mother Teresa
*"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Emerson
*"When we let go of fear, only then, can we gracefully move from what was into the miracle of what can be"
*"Life is like a straw only you can make it suck"
*"the definition of a missionary is someone who leaves their family for two years, so someone else can be with their family for eternity." [i love my missionary]
*"Life is not measured in the number of breaths you take but in the moments that take your breath away."

November 7, 2010

some awesomeness i learned from stake conference.

Here are some notes I took at Stake Conference this morning that I thought were really great and was amazed how perfect they were for me. =] Enjoy. 


-are your spare time activities helping your eternal progression?
*You do good, you are good, strive to be even better.
-Temple Attendance. The Lord will bring you abundance of peace. Find time to make it to your sacred place.....the temple.
*D&C 88:124
-Very rarely are there better or best activities after midnight.
*take the opportunity to sleep.
-If you put God first in all you do, things will fall in their proper place, or fall out of line.
-create an environment in your home that invites the spirit and helps you to live the Gospel.
*YOU'VE GOT TO SPEND MORE TIME REJOICING!
-Romans 12:12
*Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
-Make a conscious effort.
*Spend more time thinking of the Savior and his love rather than bombard yourself with self doubt.
-[we have to stop running around screaming for help and just stop and be still, "and know that i am God."]
*the Lord will give you the power to push all sorrow and doubt away.
-DON'T PASS THROUGH THE TEMPLE, LET THE TEMPLE PASS THROUGH YOU.
*if the Lord brings you to it, he'll bring you through it. 
-Prepare for a mission, but be a missionary in the process.
*The Lord is with you, He will guide you in your plan- He will help you press forward. 
*****and of course it wouldn't be a YSA stake without:
-Pray for your future spouse.
*Marriage will be the source of greatest joy.
-Leaving behind 2 individuals and coming together unified as a marriage. 
-Date a little- look for what you like and want and is NECESSARY in a young man/future spouse.