Turkey Trot, Hawkeyes Win, A Bet and our Harley Holiday’s

The Weekend in Review


Turkey Trot- hosted by the Council Bluffs YMCA.  Thursday morning offered us a high of 28 degrees, and the run took place alongside the Missouri River, including a crossing of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.  Needless to say it was cold!   My girl, Jessica, ran it with me. 

ImageEven though the wind was in our face, it was still a really neat experience to run across the bridge.  The Bob Kerry Bridge runs across the Missouri River, allowing people to be in Nebraska and Iowa at the same time (what a touristy thing to say).




The rest of Thanksgiving Day was spent attending three family dinners.  And, sadly, I didn’t take but ONE picture.  Just one!  I guess I was soaking in all the family time.

Dinner 1: Grandpa Goecker’s. 

ImageClint and my Gr’pa shootin’ the shit.


Dinner Two:  My mom’s.  My uncle and aunt were in town so we swung by to chat with everyone for a few hours before heading to…

Dinner Three: Clint’s mom’s.  Dinner, cocktails and family time for another few hours.



Hawkeye vs. Husker Game

ImageWe are Hawkeye Supporters in this house!  I don’t call myself a fan, because I don’t follow every last thing the Hawkeye Football Team does, however I always root for the Black and Gold. 


ImageHow fun is my Grateful Hawkeye shirt? (and my ridiculous selfie)


It was a great game and awesome to see the Hawkeyes take the WIN!


We had some friends attend the game in Lincoln, so they came up to our house afterwards to celebrate with a few beers.


I said a few…. ahem….


A few years ago, Tyree and Clint made a bet on the Husker/Hawkeye Game.  Huskers won, which meant Clint lost and therefore had to wear Tyree’s Husker Shirt for the night.



Well, paybacks are a B!tch, and apparently this bet is long standing.  Doesn’t Tyree look adorable in this Hawkeye shirt??





It started to look like Christmas in the Pirtle household!  I spent the entire day decorating while watching CSI reruns.  It was a PERFECT day.



My entire tree is Harley Davidson theme. 

Did you expect anything else?  I mean, really.





I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!

Cheers to a great Sunday!


Beef and Veggie Noodle Soup

Soup Sunday!




Beef, Veggie and Noodle Soup


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch plus water to make paste
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies
  • 10 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2 cans beef broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas
  • 1/2 bag frozen carrots
  • 1/2 bag frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni


  1. Brown ground beef, minced garlic and chopped onion.
  2. In a large soup pot to beef and onions add cornstarch paste and stir well until well incorporated.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except for the macaroni and cook on medium high heat for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup elbow macaroni and cook until tender.
  5. Adjust seasonings according to your taste.  I added more Italian and garlic seasoning at the end.