Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Pictures

This year was the first year that I wasn't home for Halloween (also known in my house as my dad's birthday). However, I did get to see all four of my nephews this evening, as they all came up to my dorm to visit for a while! :) Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment!




Here are Kyle and Cody posed on my stairs, their favorite part of my room!



Cody, the ever-so-handsome mummy, is posing it up against the loveseat :) 



Kyle looks very Woody-esque in his cowboy costume!
(It is his third consecutive year to be a cowboy, by the way.)




My Decepticon was all out of fuel by the time he got to my room :(



However, Spiderman was wide awake and ready to save the world from an excess of candy!



Andy is such a cheesy little guy, but I wouldn't want him any other way! :)



Sometimes, superheroes still need their mommies...or in Andy's words, "My Mama!"

It was a good Halloween, indeed! I hope that everyone else had a safe and fun celebration!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nine Week Post Script

Yes, Debra, this is for you!

There are a couple of things I may have forgotten in my last post that Debra brought to my attention! :)

Items from my personal (non-school) life:
-Carissa and I still get along splendidly. I am fortunate to have a roommate like her, and I can only hope that she feels the same way. With each passing day, she is becoming more of a friend and less of an acquaintance. We look out for each other, and we even hang out on occasion, mostly in the form of accompanying each other on trips to Wal-Mart. We have a great partnership as roomies, as we both respect each other's boundaries. It is my hope that I can only be this lucky in the roommate department next year, because I will sorely miss her!

-I don't know if I have mentioned this yet or not, but regardless, I am excited, so I will mention it anyway! At the semester break, my bff, Tonisha, is moving back to Enid!!!!!! Not only is she moving back to Enid, there is a high probability that she will be living in the dorms, which means that she will live right across the street from me! I am uber excited about this, as I miss her so much. Tonisha even has Carissa's blessing, as she, too, is excited to have her as a meal companion and as a visitor in our room on many occasions. (Carissa and Tonisha actually have many similar personality traits, so it's no wonder that I get along as well as I do with Carissa.) Regardless, I am so excited for next semester for this reason! :)

-Last, but definitely not least, Tevis. I don't want to write about him to a sickening extent, because I know that no one really wants to hear me gush. Believe me, if I wanted to, I could, but I won't, out of courtesy to my readers. However, since I have been asked about the current status of our relationship, here is the definitive answer for the moment!

Things are going quite well for the two of us. I have never lived this close to a boyfriend or any guy that I have cared about, so this is a new experience for me. I am now able to go hang out with him, essentially at a moment's notice, which I love. His family enjoys having me around, and they have even asked me over to supper a few times. I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression, though, because it almost seems as if we are constantly in each other's presence. That is not so. We usually see each other between most of our classes, and talk for a short while before we have to go our separate ways. Also, Tevis has to work quite a bit, mostly because he has a few financial obligations he has to meet, so most weeknights, we don't get to see each other. I am fine with this, only for the fact that I am not the kind of person to be exceptionally clingy in a relationship. I need a little bit of space, while I still need to be around him.

Since we are able to see each other on a more regular basis, our time spent together has become not as much about going out, but about enjoying down time together. Usually, this means curling up on the couch to watch movies together at his house. (Since he has a TV, and I don't.) We have had a fun date at DaVinci's, and have gone to look through the telescope at the observatory. Just last night, he came over for a little bit, and we sat on Carissa's loveseat (she doesn't mind) and listened to music from my laptop or watched YouTube videos. As you can tell, the time we spend together is not as formal as before, but I think I enjoy this more than anything else. I don't have to be lavished with extravagant dates constantly, because that just isn't my style. I prefer a small, cozy setting, where we can truly talk and grow in our relationship.

Granted, everything isn't always roses and sunshine, because I sometimes find myself frustrated at the fact that he works a lot. Of course, I always have to take a step back and look at his side, then I remember that I shouldn't get so worked up about it, because at least he has a job and is earning an honest wage. Also, he is loyal to his work and doesn't merely blow it off for something trivial. Furthermore, it gives me an excuse to make an 8 or 9:00 trip to Braum's for some orange sherbet or a cinnamon roll! (Carissa usually joins me on those excursions.) And, as the adage says, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Nonetheless, the good definitely outweighs anything negative. It is hard to believe, but, in two weeks, we will have been dating for a year :) This has been one of the best years I have experienced as of yet, and I hope that the best is yet to come. If I had known when I had met Tevis, all the way back in 2001, what would eventually become of us, I never would've believed it, because I thought he was "icky" back then, like the third-grade girl I was. He is an amazing boyfriend, and I am blessed to be with him. It doesn't matter where we go, or what we do, I always enjoy myself. Whenever I am down, he always knows how to pick me up. When I am freaking out about life, he helps me to calm down and not worry about petty things. We have common outlooks on most things, and, when we don't, we still understand and accept each other. Both of us have no qualms about spending time with each other's families, even extended family.

Now, I am gushing, and everyone who is still reading this, is probably about to gag. (I honestly don't blame you, but commend you for still reading!)

I will end my post with this: I truly love him, and I know that when Tevis says that he loves me, he truly means it, and that means more than anything else ever could. I know I am young, but I can't deny what I truly feel. I've said it before, but it bears repeating, God has blessed me with an amazing boyfriend, and I am thankful for all of the time we have spent together, and I am hopeful for the time that I hope is to come!

Nine Week Update

So, on my way out of class today, I realized that I have yet to give an update on my classes for the semester, unlike last year, when I updated on a monthly basis. What can I say, priorities are different these days? I have more of a life than in high school? (I know that one isn't necessarily true!) Who knows. Anyway, here is my update of classes and activities for the first half of this semester. Also, I will be able to enroll on Monday, more than likely, so I'm pretty pumped about that! I digress, here is my update!

Astronomy
I like this class. I don't like that this class is at 9:00, though; it's a little bit early to be discussing mysteries of the universe, in my opinion. Things are going well. So far, we have discussed history of the Universe, light, planets, and are currently discussing stars. My teacher is probably the best part of the class, as he is hysterical, in my opinion. To paint a better picture, he is in his mid-sixties to early seventies, and has been in the Astronomy game for at least forty years. He has told us about his dog named Proton (he actually named two dogs Proton, but his wife wouldn't let him use that name for the third dog). He claims to be in constant correspondence with Astronomy dignitaries at other universities, including the author of our textbook. He also told us that he nearly got in a fistfight with a NASA official at the White House because my teacher asked for grant money...I'm pretty skeptical about that one, honestly. Regardless, this class is nice. I like the labs, both day and night labs, and I have seen lots of interesting things from our night sky, including Jupiter and other random nebulae. Love it!

College Algebra
This class is very easy for me, as it is basically a review of Algebra II. The worst part of this class is the obnoxious clan of high school girls that are taking the class concurrently. I sound like a hypocrite in saying that I don't like the concurrent students, since I WAS one last year; however, I am certain that I didn't act like they do in any of my classes last year. They also insist on incessantly flirting with a basketball player in our class, which particularly grinds on my nerves. I will avoid discussing that anymore, but this class is going well otherwise.

Plane Trigonometry
I enjoy this class thoroughly. I am thankful that I had a great high school Trig teacher, because that is making this class much easier for me. We just finished a section on trigonometric identities, and I have no idea why this is so, but those were much easier for me now than they were in high school. I had so much trouble with identities in high school, but I had no trouble whatsoever in my college class. Seems odd, but it's true. Now we have moved onward and upward to the Laws of Sine and Cosine (my favorite), vectors (They remind me of "Despicable Me"), and polar numbers (those aren't too terribly bad).

Freshman Orientation
There isn't too much to say about orientation, but it is going well, regardless. I don't enjoy that it is at 8:30 AM, but the fact that my teacher is definitely a morning person makes it a little bit easier. (She is caffeinated and ready for action at 8:30.) Also, I won't have to go to this class after November 15th, so that makes it even better!

Comp II
I love writing. Everyone reading this should know that by now.
I don't love this class. At all.
It isn't terrible, but it definitely isn't my favorite. (Trig is, by the way, if you were curious, which I'm sure you weren't.) As we progress, I my disdain for this class only grows. The first essay went well, and I had an easy time writing it, as we had to write on the contrary of a widely held belief. My second essay was tougher for me, as I had to think of an issue in education, and find three sources on EBSCO (I really hate that website.) regarding the subject. I finally settled for writing about the issues with American math and science education. I actually ended up getting a very good grade on my paper, although I think it had lots to do with the fact that I have good grammar in my writing. My teacher actually told me that he enjoyed being able to read my essays and not having to constantly mark comma splices and fragments as he does in most of the essays. The last essay I wrote was mentally difficult. We had to do a rhetorical analysis, which is basically writing about writing. I didn't like it, but I fear that that wasn't the end of it. We had the choice of analyzing a CS Lewis essay or the Declaration of Independence. Because the CS Lewis essay was too dense for my taste, I settled for the Declaration, which I thought was much easier to analyze.
I will be glad to have finished this class, and never have to take another comp class ever again.
I will be glad when the primary source of my writing is only for pleasure in my blog.

Activities
-PLC: So far, this group has been good to be a part of (besides the fact that that is the reason I have a free ride.). Earlier this month, we went to OKC Rocks with the Tonkawa PLC, and it was a fun time, although the Tonkawa group isn't my favorite. We have also had to attend a few on-campus lectures by OU history professor, Dr. Fears. His lectures were about events that changed American history. We only had to attend two of his lectures, and I have only attended one so far. (The last one is next Monday.) PLC was also in charge of the blood drive we held yesterday on campus, and I was also able to donate!

-Lit Club: I truly love the Lit Club! It is a small group, but everyone is so fun to be around. The biggest activity the Lit Club has going right now is that we are hosting an NOC night at the Gaslight Theater this weekend, when they produce the play "And Then There Were None", which is based on the Agatha Christie novel. (And my cousin, Evan is in it!) I am excited about attending, and will probably purchase my ticket either today or tomorrow!

Here's to a good last half of this semester!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cheeseburger Cups

Gina found this recipe in a Quick Cooking cookbook last spring and decided to give it a whirl. It is easy to whip up, and my nephews always gobble it up! Thursday, I made these for lunch, as per Cody’s request. (He ate three, by the way) Enjoy!



 Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
½ cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1-½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tube (12 oz.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
½ cup cubed Velveeta

Instructions:
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Place cooked ground beef into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce; set aside.

Press each buttermilk biscuit onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin cup. Spoon the ground beef mixture into the cups; top with the cheese cubes. Bake at 400° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.



 
Yield: 5 servings

Recipe Notes:
-Instead of using Velveeta, I always just use a little bit of shredded cheese (any kind works well) sprinkled on top of the cups. It will save a lot of prep time that way.

-Homemade biscuit dough works just as well as using canned biscuits, if you prefer that route (or don’t have any canned biscuits on hand). Also, if using canned biscuits, I definitely recommend using the regular-sized biscuits, not the small biscuits. From a voice of experience, it doesn’t work as well. You will have to roll out the biscuits, and it is a generally frustrating experience, because the biscuits don’t roll out as well as you will want them to.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Wonderful Week :)

After having a not-entirely-great week last week, I have had a wonderfully great week this week, and I am ever so thankful!

Sunday was a good start to my week, as I woke to rain (my favorite!). Church was nice, and we had our shrine celebration later, which I also enjoyed. By the time the day was over, I had taken about two naps, which are also my favorite, especially when accompanied by rainy weather. Eventually, I got everything loaded up, and I trucked back to town in the rain. The remainder of Sunday night was pretty uneventful, as Carissa never gets back until late on Sunday nights (like 11:00 or midnight, usually).

After a lazy, rainy Sunday, Monday brought forth a beautiful, sunny day, that left me with LOTS to do. I woke up feeling pretty frazzled, but I decided that everything would work out as it should. All of my Monday classes went well, and I accomplished all of the tasks I needed to. As usual, I was waiting for my 1:30 lab and doing my Trig homework in the meantime. (Yes, I do my homework as I should.) I just so happened to check my phone for the time, and I noticed that I received a text from Tevis asking me if I wanted to join him on a trip to DaVinci's (a local coffeehouse). It was so ironic that that happened, as I was supposed to meet a lady there at 4:15. After I got out of my lab, I met him at his house, and we headed to DaVinci's with his stepsister, Brooke, and his bff, Alex. It was my first time to ever meet Brooke, and we got along nicely. I really have to hand it to Tevis, as he was sweet enough to sit through my meeting, which was something that I wasn't going to make him do :) (Alex and Brooke left before my meeting, btw) We headed back over to his house, and his mom, Kim, had me stay for supper (Monday really was a great day!). After eating, I made the quick trip back to NOC so I could do my two hours of tutoring, and then I was invited back to have some ice cream and watch a movie. Our ice cream was just great, as could be expected! Then, we were going to watch one movie (I'm not certain which one), but Tevis's little sister really wanted to watch her Winnie the Pooh movie, so we obliged. After the movie, I finally went back to my dorm and ended my Monday.

Tuesday was just as good, although it is my early day. I know, it's only an 8:30 class, but it's early for me! After having an uneventful afternoon, Carissa came back from her classes and we decided to head over to the cafeteria for supper. We had already decided to go to the volleyball game at 6:30, but we still had quite a bit of time after supper, so we went over to the library, where I printed off a few assignments to turn in the following day. While in the library, I was sitting and waiting for my computer to boot up after I logged on. (Their computers are notoriously slow at logging on.) I was feeling a bit tired, so I happened to rest my head in my hands for a few moments while waiting. Suddenly, I saw a guy come over to me and say, "Hey, are you alright?" I honestly didn't think he was talking to me, because there was a lady sitting next to me. Turns out that he was, and that he thought that I was on the verge of a mental breakdown or that I was very "downtrodden" (his exact words), because of my appearance. I was quite surprised that he thought so, but politely told him that I was just waiting for the computer and feeling a bit tired. He mentioned something about the fact that he was writing a paper for his psychology class about the effects of stress. Apparently, I appeared to be a textbook case of stress overload or something. I'm not entirely sure, but I know that Carissa was laughing hysterically over in the book section after seeing all of this transpire. I explained the situation to her later, and we both had a great laugh over it. The volleyball game wasn't anything too exciting, as we lost miserably. Oh well, such is life. We were done with that by 7:30, so we headed back to our room, and were left to figure out something to occupy ourselves with for a few hours before it was bedtime. We eventually settled for figuring out how to remove a light fixture so that we could change a light bulb that has been out for a few weeks now. (Maintenance is virtually useless, so we have learned). The entire process of changing the light bulb was terribly hysterical, but it was also a situation that you had to be there to fully appreciate the humor of it. Needless to say, we were successful, and that was about the extent of my Tuesday activities.

Wednesday's excitement didn't happen until around 8:30 that night. On Monday night, I had told Tevis about the telescope on campus, and that last week my parents and I went and got to see Jupiter through it. He seemed genuinely interested in it, and told me that I needed to invite him to go look through it one day. Because it is only open on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and I knew that he had to work on Thursday, I figured that if he wanted to see Jupiter, Wednesday would be the night to do it, so I mentioned it that morning when I saw him between classes. He seemed pretty noncommittal at that point, but he was also half-asleep, so he wasn't too enthusiastic about anything. He told me that he would let me know what time if he was able to, so I went on my way. It was getting later in the evening, and I settled for catching up on episodes of "The Office", because that is literally the extent of my life some nights, and I figured that Tevis wasn't able to go that night. Just when I had made this premature assumption, my phone rang, and he asked me if I was ready to go over and look at Jupiter! We went over and looked at it, and it was awesome, although it was better the previous week when my parents and I were there. However, last week, the moon was almost full, and it was relatively close to Jupiter, so it blocked out a lot of its features and Tevis and I didn't get to see them as well. We also looked at some nebulae, which I always love. I really enjoyed spending a little bit of time with him that night, and it was also a cheap date, since it's free to go look through the telescope!

Thursday was my least eventful day, which is why I won't go into great detail about it. I would bore myself even typing about it, so I will just leave it at that.

After taking an unnaturally difficult Trig quiz, that wasn't really that hard, but required much more thought than usual, I experienced my high point of the day. Tonisha happened to be back in town for the weekend, so I hung out with her all afternoon! She was getting her hair done, so I went to watch while that happened. (Her mom is a hairstylist, btw, so it was no big deal for me to just hang out and talk to them.) As a reminder, Tonisha is black, and I have never seen her get her hair done. I also find the entire topic to be interesting, as her hair is so different from mine. She ended up getting her hair done in a "natural" style, which means that her hair has no chemicals on it. It is much shorter than I thought it would be, but it looks cute on her! What I enjoyed most was getting to catch up with my best friend, and just chat the afternoon away, like old times. I also enjoy talking with Tonisha's mom, Roslyn, so that made it even better. After she was done with her appointment, I brought her by my dorm and let her see it while I packed my things for the weekend. I stopped by her house for a little bit after I was done at my dorm, because Tonisha invited me over and her little niece was there. I didn't stay too long, but I enjoy going to her house because it feels like a second home to me. When I finally got home, I was greeted by Cody and Kyle, who were pretty excited to see me! It was great to be at home after a long week! Also, my mom made pork chops and stuffing for supper, so that made it even better.

The biggest thing I really accomplished on Saturday was getting my laundry done and the house tidied up a little bit. I got to see Wyatt, Andy, & Gina in the morning because Wyatt apparently missed me and wanted to come over to see me. I think they were both excited to see me, because they were constantly talking about something or getting my attention to let me see something they were doing, so much so that I was feeling a little bit overwhelmed for a few minutes. I got to go out with my dad, sisters, and Gina's boys to check cows, which was a nice way to get out of the house on a beautiful Saturday morning. After a little while of confusion about our exact plans, it was agreed that Tevis would come over here for supper last night. It was a little bit of a last-minute plan, but it worked nicely. He got lucky, because my dad pulled out rib eyes to put on the grill, and they were AWESOME! After supper, we watched "The Mask", which happens to be both mine and Tevis's favorite movie. He had to leave a little earlier than usual, so he could go home to make some food for church, but I was still happy that he was able to come out and eat with us. After he left, I even happened to stay awake for a little bit of SNL, although I didn't enjoy that episode as well as the others.

After all of that, I fell asleep, and ended the week on a high note. I am so blessed to have the life I have, and I couldn't be happier! I hope everyone else has a great week this week! (I will, because I have Fall Break on Thursday and Friday!)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

An Interesting Thought on Life

This is a picture and story which I happened to find on Facebook just a few moments ago. I loved the story, and thought that it would be worth a share on my blog! Enjoy!






One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from God.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My TV Debut!

So, I just wanted to post a quick update on our Quiz Bowl team...I won't say exactly how we did, but I posted the link for you to go see for yourself! Our episode is the NOC Red Team vs. Connors State, which, for some reason, has the logos for SWOSU and Southwestern Christian, instead of our logos. Enjoy! :)

http://www.ksbitv.com/mind-games

Monday, October 3, 2011

What I Live For

Yesterday afternoon was one of the best afternoons I could've asked for. I got to spend it with my four favorite boys, aka my nephews!

On Saturday night, I was at Gina's for a little bit and I realized that it was the first day of October, which means that Halloween is right around the corner! Halloween isn't necessarily my favorite holiday, but I do enjoy it (mostly because of my nephews). Anyway, Wyatt is quite the connoisseur of Peanuts TV specials, so much so that he has most of the holiday specials on DVD. Being that it was late at night, I decided that I should have a movie date with my nephews the next afternoon, so that we could watch it together!

Yesterday afternoon came, and I headed over to Gina's house to commence my date. Cody and Kyle already happened to be there, so that also saved me a step of going and getting them from their house. After we got the movie started, I got to snuggle up with the boys and watch the classic "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" The boys all enjoyed it quite a bit, even little Andy, who stuck around for a little while. While he was there, he learned how to say "trick or treat", although it sounded more like "Tick Teet". He also LOVED seeing Snoopy! It never fails to amaze me how perceptive the boys are, as they asked why everyone was always mean to Charlie Brown, and that they shouldn't be mean to him. Wyatt and Kyle also told me that it would be mean to call someone a "blockhead". The boys are very smart; sometimes, I think that adults should look through the world in the eyes of a child, and perhaps there might not be as many problems as there are today.

After the movie was over, the boys went outside for a while, and I happened to be talking to Gina and Emily. Not long after we started talking, Wyatt and Kyle came in and sat with us. Gina and I were asking Emily about possible baby names if she happens to have a girl. Kyle told us that she should name her Amanda Jr., which I personally love :) Then Wyatt told us that Emily should name the baby Flower, because it's a pretty name. Naturally, Gina, Emily, and I thought that their suggestions were pretty cute, and had to laugh about it.

A little while later, I ended up playing Candyland with Cody, Wyatt, and Kyle. (Andy was an innocent bystander, who really just enjoyed sitting between Cody and Wyatt.) Naturally, we experienced highs and lows during our game. Cody beat us all, by the way. Kyle, Wyatt, and I were plagued by the character cards that invariably moved us all the way back to the beginning, or to Plumpy, who Cody lovingly dubbed as Plumpster for whatever reason. After what seemed to be an eternity, we finally finished our game, and Andy had free reign over the board. Andy sat and played with the blue gingerbread man and made him run all over the board. Shortly thereafter, he told us that he was "done" with the game, and nicely handed it over to my mom.

That was really all that happened, but there is nothing that makes me happier than getting to be with my nephews. I find it hard to imagine life before any of them were born, as it seems as if they have always been here, and our family seems more complete with all of them. Although I really hope that I am able to impart some wisdom on my nephews, and teach them some things, I know that they always teach me something. I have learned that there is nothing better than a sloppy hug and kiss from a two-year-old. I have learned that sometimes, just playing a board game or reading a book can make an entire afternoon worthwhile. I have learned that if everyone was nice to each other, we might not have problems. Finally, I have learned that we should treat everyone and everything with the dignity they deserve, even quadriplegic grasshoppers.

The biggest thing my nephews have taught me is that nothing comes close to the feeling of being unconditionally loved, regardless of how old you are or how old the one who loves you is. Things might not always go right, you might get a few bumps and bruises along the way, you might even get mad at each other, but in the end, love remains. ♥

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Beef & Green Bean Pie

I always talk about how good home cooking tastes after being at college all week. Don't get me wrong, the dorm food isn't gruel and slop, but, really, nothing can ever compare to a meal cooked at home. Anyway, last night when I came home, I decided to make this tasty dish for supper, as it is one of my favorites. When my mom and I first came upon the recipe about five years ago, in a Country Cooking cookbook, I was a little bit skeptical, but decided to give it a chance, and now I love it! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped green pepper, optional
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 oz.) cut green beans, drained
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 tube (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 egg
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Paprika

Directions:
In a skillet, cook beef, onion, and green pepper (if desired) until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, green beans, salt, and garlic salt. Simmer for 8 minutes or until heated through. Meanwhile, separate crescent dough into eight triangles; place in an ungreased 9-inch pie plate with points toward the center. Press onto the bottom and up the sides to form a crust; seal perforations.

In a bowl, beat egg and 1 cup cheese; spread over crust. Stir 1/2 cup cheese into meat mixture; spoon into crust. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Recipe Notes:
-When the recipe calls for 1 pound of ground beef, only use 1 pound of meat...There was one time I didn't, and the results were disastrous.
-If there is a specific type of shredded cheese you would prefer to use, or a specific type you have on hand, then go for it! I have used all kinds of cheese, and each tastes perfectly fine. Also, you can cut down on the amount used if that isn't quite your style.