Thursday, October 29, 2009

Some Books I Love

The Luxe (Luxe, #1)       Rumors (Luxe, #2)       Envy (Luxe, #3)
I picked up this series of books several months ago to fill my head with nonsense after Lariann died. Reading was a good distraction from the trauma of real life.I read a lot of book the months following, but these are the only ones I have decided I want in my personal collection. The Luxe, Rumors and Envy were a joy to read.
These books follow the life path or 4 young women between 1899-1900 as young New York City Socialites: Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, and Carolina and their trials and tribulations and the rise and fall of their stars.
I fell in love with the characters and found myself rooting for them in their times of triumph and sad for them in their times of need. I was sad to discover, after reading Envy back in June that it was not in fact the last book and I had to wait until October to read Splendor. I preordered the novel several months ago and have just been waiting and waiting for it to arrive.
I received Splendor in the mail on Tuesday afternoon and finished this book at 12:38 am this morning. As a whole, it took me less the 7 hours total to get through. Splendor (Luxe, #4)It has been a while sine I have been so involved in a book that I haven't been able to put it down. I am horribly tired today and can hardly keep my eyes open, but I made the choice to stay up and now I'll pay for it. Was staying up that late to read worth it? Probably not, but I enjoyed myself.
All of the Luxe books have been incredibly addicting and I found myself truly caring about Elizabeth, Diana, Henry, Teddy and the rest of the cast again. I found myself cheering out-loud at one point and nearly heart-breakingly sad at another. Most of the time I was reading this I had a cheesy grin upon my face because I was so immersed in the lives of the characters. 
I love Loved LOVED the fact that not everyone got their happy endings. Books like that really get on my nerves sometimes, but this one wrapped up nicely. This book was a good ending to the series - everyone pretty much got what they deserved.
Now I find myself wanting more. I want to learn about the lives that were changed by the choices and decisions that were made, I want to know more about Teddy and oddly enough, I want to know more about Aunt Edith. I want the back story to how Elizabeth's father knew. I want more of these characters.
This is a book that would probably transition well into movie format, and I'm sure that they would be so much better then the Twilight movies, heck, you could probably cover all 4 books in a 2 hour movie. How about someone makes Luxe instead of wasting time turning The Host in to a movie.
Now it's on to read The Gathering Storm that arrived in the mail yesterday. I had a hard time not picking it up yesterday and starting to read it as soon as I opened the box, but my need to know what happened in Splendor won out over my need to see what Rand was up to... But it's on for tonight. I'll probably pick up the book when I get home from work and it will scarcely leave my hands for the next week, at least.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Which one to read?!

Spaghetti and meat ball. Yes, there is only one.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I made this

Steak with roasted red potatoes, greem beans & rosemary butter sauce

U2 10.23.09

So much to say and so little time … First of all, I think my brain went on vacation* this past weekend as well, and forgot to leave a number where I can reach it in case of emergency, and it hasn't come back yet.

*Seriously. I have made simple mistakes that for me are so stupid like mistaking The Cure for Depeche Mode and Counting Crows for Hootie and the Blowfish... Something I wouldn't normally do. And lets not even go to how long it took me to come up with the name of a U2 song (In God's Country) even though I could sing all the words to it.

The question I have been asked the most this week has been… How was U2?

Before I get to that though, let me tell you about my weekend in Vegas.

I had never been to Las Vegas before. It's never been high on my priority list. I used to think Vegas was so far away, and I guess 400 miles is far, but not as far as I thought*. I have realized as I have gotten older that the world is a much smaller place then I was led to believe.

*I remember back in High School when my friends invited me to go to St. George with them on Spring Break. My mother threw a fit because it was so far away and didn't want me to go, but because I was a responsible teenager, and stubborn to boot, I went anyway. That was my first trip away from home without my family. Over the years, and now having a sister-in-law who lives in St. George the road between here and there has gotten shorter with at least 2 trips down a year, and when you think about it, Las Vegas is just another 100 miles down the road… We've already driven this far, we might as well keep going, right.

Thursday Night…

The trip down was fun, it was just me and John and Becca. We spent Thursday night at John's sister's house* in St. George and got to visit with the family there. We watched an awesome show on VH1 about the 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's**. Great show. All the while confusing their daughter because I had introduced Becca as my "sister" and not as my "sister-in-law" and she just couldn't figure out how we were sisters and we didn't look anything alike.

*Thanks for the rooms Kristin! We really appreciated it.

** The Top 3 were:

1. Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer"

 2. Def Leppard "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

3. Duran Duran "Hungry Like the Wolf"

Friday morning…

The day dawned bright and early, and we sent out for Vegas with a detour along the way. We decided that since we couldn't check into our hotel until 3:00 pm we would drive over and check out Hoover Dam.

We took the scenic route down NV-169 through miles and miles of nothing. We did pass The Lost City Museum along the way, as well as the Valley of Fire*, and a little rest stop called Red Rocks (which was literally just a bunch of big red rocks with an outhouse.)

*John says to never go to The Valley of Fire. There is nothing there but red sand and snakes.

Eventually after a few construction zones in the middle of nowhere and several hours we arrived at Hoover Dam* one of the "wonders of the modern world." While there we took the Dam Tour, watched a dam movie, took some dam pictures, looked at the dam suspension bridge they're building, rubbed the toes of the dam guardians, visited the dam gift shop, bought some dam souvenirs, used the dam restrooms and then went on our dam way back to Vegas.

This detour was pretty dam fun, I had never been on the dam tour before so that was neat to me. We took the dam cheap tour for $11 per person. This dam tour took you down to the power plant and gave you some dam interesting information that took about 30 minutes. The other tour was $30 per person and took 2 hours to go through all sorts of different dam rooms and an abundance of dam** information.

*I think the Dam is cool. This was my second voyage out to the dam.

**By the time we left the dam Becca was pretty tired of us using the word dam so much, but when you're at the dam don't you just have to put the word dam into every sentence possible… We sure think so.

Eventually we made it to Las Vegas and thanks to the Garmin we found the Eastside Cannery Hotel and Casino without too much difficulty. And it turns out the hotel was basically right around the corner form Sam Boyd Stadium and we got a pretty good look at the stadium as we drove in. None of us could see the stadium from our rooms, but it was neat none-the-less.

Friday Night….

After a short rest we piled back in the car so Becca could drop us off at the stadium at 6:00 pm and she turned around and drove to the airport to pick up Norm whose flight landed at 7:00 pm.

John and I cut in line and got into the stadium in just a few minutes and joined the mosh-pit that was the merchandise stand, bought some t-shirts and pushed our way out again… Then we bought water and headed to our seats.

Our seats were great. We were in section 122, row 18, seats 2-5 just on a little diagonal angle from the stage. There were no obstructions in our view, and no people too tall of too fat to see around. The night was perfect, cool, but not too cold, clear skies and a nice breeze.

There were celebrities in the crowd and an ex-president in the press box.

Stepping into the stadium was breath  taking. The stage was huge. The crowd was electric. I was so excited to get this party started.

The stage was magnificent. One gigantic space ship in the field of people taking us all to another place to experience U2 like never before. I have to say, that THIS stage comes in 2nd in my Top 4 favorite U2 stages.

My List*:

  1. PopMart 1997
  2. 360 Tour 2009
  3. Elevation 2001
  4. Vertigo 2005


*Hmmm… that's a harder list then I thought. I don't know that any of them fit in a "bottom slot" of my list. Maybe I should make it my Top 5 list even though there is no #5 and that way no one loses out.

The opening act* came on shortly after 7. It was the Black Eyed Peas. I don't like them. I would say that they sucked, but I can't decide if they sucked because they were bad, or if they sucked because I hated them. They played for about 45 minutes… I don't think it was a whole hour.

*Opening Acts for U2 that I've seen:

1997 Rage Against the Machine – sucked

2001 No Doubt – not terrible, but still not a band I listen to.

2005 Kanye West – sucked

2009 Black Eyed Peas - sucked

Ground Control to Major Tom started playing. The crowd roared, the lights went out, the stage lit up. U2 took the stage around 8:45 pm and played until well after 11:00 pm.

The concert was AWESOME! Really, that's the only description that I can come up with for it today. I loved it, I loved every minute of it. Dancing to the music I love, Singing along with the band I love, Sharing that special experience with the people I loved… All that only made it better. The crowd was awesome and you know everyone was there to see U2 and everyone there loved it.

Tangent: I don't know if I will ever be accustomed to the way people are at events outside of the state of Utah. Here, people will get their beer limit and move on, but at the U2 concert I had a hard time deciding if there was a beer limit. Most people were completely sloshed before the doors even opened, and as soon as they had their souvenirs the next stop was the beer stand. I swear everyone around us was super drunk, and the Nashvillians* who sat behind us were not only completely drunk before they came, but after the concert there were no less then 20 bottles under their seats and at least that many empty cups. This group also discussed how they had smoked their pot in the parking lot before the show and leaned over to ask John if he had any. When he replied that he did not they lady said "I know you have some and you just don't want to share" With her disappointment with John's answer she leaned over me breathing on me with her rancid beer breath and asked if I had any … yeah, sure lady, get a life.

*All of the Nashvillians behind us had to be in their late forties so their drunken stupidness was just that much more stupid in my opinion. Younger drunk kids you can just shake your head and comment on how stupid they are, but the older they get it turns from disappointment to pity.

Here's what they played.

2.Get On Your Boots
4.Mysterious Ways
5.Beautiful Day "In God's Country" snippet
6.I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For "Stand By Me" and "Viva Las Vegas" snippets
7.Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
8.No Line on the Horizon
10.In A Little While
11.Unknown Caller
12.Until The End Of The World
13.The Unforgettable Fire
14.City Of Blinding Lights
15.Vertigo "All These Things That I've Done" snippet
16.I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight Remix "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" and "Two Tribes" snippets
17.Sunday Bloody Sunday
19.Walk On "You'll Never Walk Alone" snippet


20.One "Amazing Grace" snippet
21.Where The Streets Have No Name

22.Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
23.With Or Without You
24.Moment of Surrender


By the end of the concert my ears were ringing, my head was fuzzy from all the pot smoke around us, and my voice was scratchy from all the cheering. That's how you're supposed to feel after a concert. (I prefer without the pothead, but it usually comes with the package.) It was great. I think it only took us about 45 minutes to get out of the parking lot and head back to the hotel.

I didn't get to sleep until after 2 am even though I was so tired.

Side Note: The hotel was nice. I guess it's newer so it's not so run down or smelly as other casino/hotels I have been to. Very nice, I could stay there again. One complement to the hotel – nice curtains! I didn't wake up until 8:54 am but when I opened my eyes the room was still pitch black. I loved it. I wish I had such great light blocking curtains at my house.

After getting room service for breakfast (there was an hour wait) we got ready to go out to the Strip and took off for my first experience of Las Vegas.

We went to the Outlet Stores first and did a little shopping. I got a new purse and a Pooh Bear. Then it was off to the Strip. We went to Cesar's Palace first. Wandered around for a while and did a little more souvenir shopping. John got some nifty Batmobile's from FAO Schwartz.

After a few hours there we went to MGM and looked at the lions. We walked through the casino and out to the street. We had dinner at the brand new Hard Rock CafĂ©. Went to the M&M Store, and The Coke Store… was there somewhere else? I don't remember. But that was enough for our day. We went back to the hotel. It was only 8:30 Vegas Time, but it was 9:30 Utah time. And we were all tired.

Sunday… We drove home. That is a long drive.

Well, it is now Tuesday and it is snowing here. I miss the warm weekend that I had in Vegas where the daily temperature was about 80 degrees and then we come home and it in the 40's!! Granted, I wouldn't want to live in that climate because I do enjoy the fall and some times the winter, but the idea of being a Snowbird and go to warmer weather for the winters*.

*I have always thought that Hawaii would be a nice place to live 80 degrees year round with the beach and the trees, but eventually, I think I'd feel trapped with no way off the island and then claustrophobia would set in and it wouldn't be so fun anymore.

That is the travel log. I had so much to say about the concert, but words just don't seem right. I think that to really understand the experience of a U2 concert you just have to go to one yourself.


I almost have John convinced that we should go to Seattle on 6/10/10 just to see them again.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This one is watching me so we can't leave...

Sleeping Noranti

Monday, October 19, 2009

yep, that's my life

An explanation for all the pictures below... Friday night, I received a phone call from my eldest brother offering tickets to Star Wars In Concert. the only hitch was, it started in Salt Lake City at 8:00 pm and it was 7:28 pm when my phone rang. But I wanted to go so I packed my husband into the car and zoomed to SLC going 75 mph in hopes of getting there on time.


For being a Friday night, the traffic wasn't anything I expected it to be so we had clear sailing all the way in. We parked and then walked the block to the Energy Solutions Arena just in time to meet up with Norm, grab our tickets, dash down the stairs, sit down (Norm put us in floor seats just off to the side,) and take a breath just before the lights went out.


It was just the same old Star Wars music, preformed by the Star Wars Symphony Orchestra (how cool is that?) and Choir, but throw in a gigantic screen showing clips from all 6 movies, some awesome pyrotechnics and to top it all off ... Anthony Daniels as the host/narrator made it just that much more ... geekey?


Side Note: Sure, there were a few moments* where each of us had to stifle some tears at the thought that Lariann really would have liked to have been there, but the concert itself was amazing.


*There was also a moment in there when Senator Bail Organa hands new born baby Leia to his wife, and Obi-Wan hands over the new born baby Luke to Aunt Beru where I got a little teary eyed and wished that someone would just hand me a baby to keep for my own…


They had a lot of Star Wars memorabilia in the halls, including original costumes, art work and weapons. I took pictures of a few things, but I only had my camera phone so they didn't turn out as good as they could have.


Side Note: I loved that they had the Yoda puppet in an action pose. I like Yoda more now after Episodes 2&3 and his action sequences. That makes him more then just the wise old sage, it makes him the wise old sage who could also kick you butt.


Above all, we loved it.


What else happened this weekend? No much, thank goodness. Saturday, for the most part, was pretty slow. I slept in until 9:30-ish, got up, dyed my hair, got dressed, covered my hair in super-hold aqua net*, played on the internet, ironed a shirt, dressed my husband, had family pictures taken**, ate dinner at Garcia's, came home, folded laundry, watched a movie, watched Saturday Night Live, and finally went to bed.


*I think my hair came out okay, but I spend the day quoting a line from Young Frankenstein “Hair, Darling!” every time John would touch it.


**No, I did not end up buying makeup. I just put on some mascara and lipstick/chap stick and hoped that it would all turn out okay. And like Bebo’s Girl said in the comments from last time that cousin Jenn should be able to fix*** any problems in photo shop.


***Speaking of fixing problems with the pictures… when we were saying our goodbyes that evening I jokingly asked that she make me a little thinner and take out that fat belly roll and she said ‘I can do that!’ She sure is super helpful. The pictures looked pretty good when we scanned through them on the back of her camera so I hope they all turn out great when I actually have a finished product in my hands. Thanks again Jennifer J


Sunday, I slept in until 10:30 am, watched the last half of Star Wars: Episode I, showered, got dressed, dried my hair,  watched Star Wars: Episode II, watched Star Wars: Episode III, went to the in-laws for birthday pie, came home, watched most of the last disk of Transformers: Season 2, and finally went to sleep...


And now it's Monday again. There are only 3 days until I leave for Vegas for the weekend! 4 more days until U2! YAY! (I'm only a little excited!)

I'm getting my flu shot today so I'm gearing up to feeling like crap for the next 2 days. But hopefully this will help me avoid the worst of it this season.

Not much else happening in my world, I just have 5 days of work to get done in 3 days of time.


Horror Movies we have watched:

Trick 'r Treat*

Young Frankenstein

Boy Eats Girl

Dracula (Bram Stokers)


*Loved this movie. This has been trying to come out/be released on DVD for several years now. It has been sold and resold to different production companies over the years and has shown up as a trailer on lots of different films over the years, and we have been waiting for it. So we were kind of expecting it to be super bad or scary or inappropriate, be there was nothing in it that we hadn’t seen before.  I recommend this movie to anyone who has a hankering for just a good Halloween flick. (Warning: There are some naked boobs in it briefly, so if you’re a morally upstanding citizen, or if you have kids you’d watch it with, you might not want to watch it.)


And as a final note: There was some absolutely amazing lightening as I was driving into work this morning and it really did just come out of no where. It was low to the ground and super (strobe light) bright. It was awesome, but I have to admit that I must be a super nerd because after the first flash that was super close-your-eyes bright I had to check my clock to make sure that I hadn't been abducted by aliens. (You know, the bright flash of light and then the loss of time scenario.)  


I think that is a good sign that one has watched too many Sci-Fi shows. what do you think?



Friday, October 16, 2009

Star Wars In Concert 10.16.09 Thanks Norm!

Girls Talk To Much

Well, this has been one super crappie year. I’m glad that it’s October so it will end soon and I'm ready for it to be over with. It seems like one bad thing after another happens to us, but thankfully this week was an exception. :)


Side Note: I'm going to start using the tangent formula that I have learned from this guy's blog as it also seems to fit the randomness of my brain at the moment.

John and I have eaten out a lot this week because he's feeling depressed so it's just easier to go out.

Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving so we had a fantastic Turkey Dinner at Marie Calendar’s. Tuesday was Date Night that always ends us up at the Texas Roadhouse (mmmmm, my favorite.) Wednesday night the mother-in-law called and told us we were eating at her house, baked chicken thighs and potatoes. And last night we actually ate at home and It's a super easy chili that is really good with some bread and butter and a glass of cold milk.


As well as having to run all of our usual errands I got to go out and buy some new toys for kids 3 and under so I can start baby-sitting my 1 year old niece on Thursday nights for a little while. (which I am loving!) We apparently only have toys for older kids, matchbox cars, mini star wars figures, princess that could easily loose their heads in a baby's teeth... so yeah we needed some new toys. But I wont complain because I have been itching for a reason to buy the Leap Frog Fridge Farm that my mother-in-law has had on her fridge for the last few years. I love that stupid toy, and Matilda was loving it yesterday as well.

After dinner on Monday it was a trip to Target - no farm, but I did find a super cute talking tea set. Then after dinner on Tuesday it was a trip to Toys'R'Us - here I did find the farm and also acquired a set of fisher-price roll-a-rounds pets. Which leads us to after dinner on Wednesday when I got to baby-sit my niece Lucy and also got to go though some of Lariann's CD's and claim a few that I wanted. Then Thursday after dinner we winterized our swamp-cooler, put away all the hoses and sprinklers, did the dishes, blindly threw-out a ton of junk from the black hole we call a second bedroom, vacuumed the living room, clipped the claws on the cat and baby-sat my Matilda. So it's been a busy week. and it's not over yet.


Tonight we have a family dinner with the in-laws for Dad's birthday (which is on Sunday) so again I don't have to cook (yay!) and that will probably take up most of our evening. As for tomorrow.... Well, I'll sleep in as usual, while john wakes up at an ungodly hour to watch cartoons, order comic books and do the laundry. I think I'll clean the kitchen tomorrow and try out a little more organization on that other room we have. Then I have to shower and do my hair, dress the husband and be at Layton Park by 4:30 pm to meet up with our fantastic cousin Jennifer to have a family portrait taken.


Tangent: I'm about 90% sure on what I'm going to dress John in, but as for me and my clothes I have no idea. If anyone wants to come over and dress me tomorrow, my closet is open. Now it's really down to when we are getting our hair cut - can we fit it in today, or am I willing to wake up early tomorrow to get it over with before my day gets into full swing... or is it just going to have to wait until next week. What time does the salon open, and will the right stylist be in to take care of my hair because I have decided that only chubby girls ever cut my hair right … and if she is not in am I willing to put my hair into the hands of one of those skinny chicks that always seem to mess up my hair. That’s almost to frightening to contemplate.


Nested Tangent: But then that leads to make-up where I have thought: should I buy some and try to cover up my splotchy face for the pictures? and then, should I just start wearing makeup in general? my face has seemed a little blotchier then it used to, and I am getting older and my skin is not so good as it used to be. But then I remember Andrea’s lament recently about their most recent family photos where she says that she should not have worn make up.* So then I think what happens if I look terrible with make-up and then I have a photo of me immortalized with yucky face and my failure to be cute totally ruins Jenn’s portfolio and we’re all forever cursed with the idea that Liz decided to wear make up.


*I do agree with this statement, but only as far as a few of the photos, the rest really did look okay.

All this has kept our minds off of the fact that last Monday John was told he can't have the job at the Central Plant* due to his "medical condition" even though he has done his 5 years of apprenticeship, hasn’t had a medical issue in three months and is a licensed boiler operator in Slat Lake City, but at least he does have a job so we should really be thankful for what we have and not count our eggs before their hatched. But this has not sweetened my relations with the his employer one-little-bit. Grr. I hate them.


*The lead man is finally retiring on December 14th after all this time, but it doesn’t matter anymore, the dinosaur flu has done its most hurtful work with this job denial. Stupid stupid dino flu.

what else... um, I have decided that I WILL go back on my Atkins Diet. I will start on October 26 after I get back from vacation and finish off all the Dr. Pepper I still have in my desk. (it would be a shame to let it go to waste.)


Oh yeah, I have also tried to get my exercise in this week too, but mostly it was just taking an extra lap around the store we were in, and doing some squats and lunges while putting the hoses away, but I am going to officially say that I have gotten my 3 days worth of exercise for this week.

Speaking of vacations... there are only 6 more days until U2 in Las Vegas! I thought this day would never come, especially since I have been counting down since, like, day 99 or something. Yay! I'm SUPER EXCITED!! I have to say, that U2 is always number one on my list for best live concerts ever - they even beat out NKOTB.  


Side Note: What are my rankings of best concerts ever .... (not that I have been to a ton in my short 30 years of existence*)


#1 - U2 (all of the ones I've been to since 1997 Pop, Elevation, Vertigo, and now 360**)

#2 - Barenaked Ladies (they put on a fantastic live show)

#3 - New Kids on the Block!

#4 - Hootie and the Blowfish 

#5 - Dave Matthews Band


*the first concert I ever went to was PC Quest with my brother Norm. He won tickets off the radio. It was at Classic Skating in …um… Sandy I think. What do I know, I was only 12 (or maybe 13.)


** yes, I’m already ranking this concert even though it isn’t until next week. I already know it will be awesome.

I'm such a music dork, I own way too much and then wonder why my computer runs slow when I only have 10,000 songs stored on my hard drive. What was I thinking when I just accepted all that new stuff from Scott?!*


*I was thinking: this is an awesome band, I made her buy this, I always wanted these, I want this one because it’s quintessential Lari, this one has “our song” on, I will take this one because Scott will probably just trash it if no one takes it**


**Does anyone need a well loved copy of Moulin Rouge DVD? I already have one.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October is here again

It has been Halloween Movie month for almost a whole week now... what have we been watching?
American Psycho 2
My Name is Bruce
Jolly Roger
Blood and Chocolate
30 Days of Night
there is another we watched last week, but I just can't remember what it was.

My cubicle buddy.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Nice. Homer has a body.

New Recipe

Hey all, I just thought I'd share this yummy Chili recipe that I discovered. It makes four 1cup servings - if you need more I'm sure you can double it.

Beef and Bean Chili

1 lb Ground Beef (or any meet you choose)
1 large Onion (Chopped)
6 Cloves of Garlic (I add a small palm full of freeze dried garlic)
1 Tbsp of Chili Powder
2 tsp Ground Cumin
1/8 tsp (or less) Cayenne Pepper
1 large jar of Salsa (I use mild)
1/4 c Water
1 can Beans rinsed (Pinto or Kidney - I'm sure black would be good too)

Cook Beef, and Onion in large saucepan ober medium heat, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, until meat is browned 8-10 minutes.
Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper; cook until fragrant, about 20 seconds, making sure the meat is coated.
Stir in Salsa and Water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, stiring occasionally.
Stir in Bean and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
Makes 4 servings.



This is the origional recipe. It was too spicy for us, but if you like spicy here it is ....

1 lb Beef
1 Large Red Bell Pepper Chopped
1 Large Onion Chopped
6 cloves Garlic
1Tbsp Chili Powder
2 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 large jar Green Salsa
1/4 c Water
1 can Pinto or Kidney Beans (rinsed)

add the bell pepper in at the beginning with the onion and beef and then cook as above.