Spanish Wednesday…

Even with it being my day off yesterday, I was overly busy and forgot to post my Taco Tuesday recipe (DOH!), then someone left a comment about Spanish Wednesday, and yes, I can redeem myself 😊 Here’s one of my in-laws favorites that Grandma Hawks makes when she visits for the summer from the Keys in Florida…

Enchilada Pie

  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup rinsed canned black beans
  • 3 large flour tortillas
  • 1-1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese

 

  • Heat oven to 400ºF.
  • Brown meat with onions in large nonstick skillet. Add salsa, taco seasoning, corn and beans; mix well. Cover; simmer 5 min. Remove from heat.
  • Place 1 tortilla in deep-dish 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray; top with layers of 1/3 each of the meat mixture and cheese. Repeat all layers twice; cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake 30 min. or until heated through, uncovering for the last 5 min. Let stand 5 min. before cutting to serve.

 

*top with sour cream, olives, or any garnish you would like…

Photo credit: Allrecipes.com

More Mexican style recipes for Taco Tuesday!

It’s Taco Tuesday, so let’s keep with the Mexican theme for some awesome dips that everyone will enjoy!

 

 

Johnson’s Famous Mexican Dip

I never had this dip until I met my husbands family, so we call it the Johnson dip when someone requests it…so good even the Jones’s loves it!!

 

1 block Velveeta cheese

1 can Ro-tel tomatoes

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 lb. ground hamburger (I use turkey)

1 roll of ground breakfast sausage (I also use turkey)

 

Instructions:

Brown hamburger and sausage together, drain.

Cut Velveeta in cubes, put in crockpot, add the beef and sausage mix, then the remaining ingredients and stir often until cheese is all melted, **on low about 2 hours, on high about an hour**

 

 

 

7-Layer dip (I only make it 6 layers)

 

2 can refried beans

1 container of sour cream

1 package of Cheddar or Mexican Shredded Cheese (or any kind you like)

1 bunch of green onions (diced)

1 small can of sliced black olives

1 jar of salsa

1 packet of taco seasoning

**Guacamole makes up the 7th layer if you want it—-spread on top of the sour cream layer**

 

Instructions:

1 Mix half pack of taco seasoning with the refried beans

2 Layer the beans on the bottom of the shallow baking dish

3 Mix rest of the taco mix with sour cream and spread over the beans

4 slowly pour salsa over the sour cream

5 Top with cheese, green onions, and black olives

6 Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving

SERVE BOTH WITH TORTILLA CHIPS

The dog that stole my heart 🐕

I’ve talked about my kids, hubby, mom, etc.. but I have not properly introduced my baby Arlo, our Doberman. I never really had animals growing up, and never planned on getting any because in all honesty, I’m extremely busy with family, work, and school. I’m not saying I’m not an animal lover, I just preferred not having any, until my daughter was about 2 years old. I use to give a family friends cat and dog IV fluids a few times a week, and my daughter just loved her doggies,  so I told my husband I think we should get one for her. I was expecting one of those cute little dogs with the annoying bark (lol), well he wanted a man’s dog, the Doberman! His uncle was doing his last breed, and he just had to have one of his dogs, being the wife that I am, I agreed, well the first time around the dog didn’t get pregnant and his uncle wasn’t going to have her try again, not lying I wasn’t upset about it… then apparently the dogs went off on their own and made puppies!! So in May of 2016, my husband drove to Arizona from Michigan to pick up our new puppy, the new puppy that weighed 50 pounds by the time we got him! At first, it was a huge adjustment to our household, I was use to leaving when I wanted, but that can’t happen with this dog because he cried every time we left, so I always had to get a sitter for the dog if I needed to be gone for a long period of time, thankfully that stopped and we’re able to leave for couple hours at a time. Arlo has become a very spoiled and spunky dog, and overly smart (I know we all say that about our kids), but he truly is. I’m not sure how this routine got started, but every night when I come home, he greets me, goes straight to the stove for a treat, then I let him outside to do his thing, when I get to bed, he makes sure I’m on my side so I can pet him for 5 minutes, then he just goes back to my daughter’s room to sleep with her, and when my husband gets up to go to work, Arlo will wait till he leaves, wakes me up to let him out, then he beats me to my side of bed to sleep there lol..We do this every single day!! What I find hilarious is, everyone is so scared of this 100lb dog with the big bark, and that’s all it is, a big bark, looks are truly deceiving, he’s really a big baby, my big baby! Our family is truly complete with him, not only is he my husband’s best friend, he’s all of ours, especially my daughters.

Brave, Fierce, Kind

Those three words described my little girl perfectly, and happens to be the shirt she was wearing when we were at the burn clinic for her follow up after her surgery, I didn’t even notice what her shirt said until her doctor said it was the best shirt for her. Her surgery for next week has been cancelled since her arm still has some inflammation from the last one, so we are back to the avosil lotion and will check it again in January. Listed below are reasons why I think my little care bear (nickname lol) lives up to those three words so well.

  • Brave- Not only has this experience been traumatic and terrifying for her, starting when she was only 1 year old, she embraces it, telling us that she knows it will make her arm better and she’s not afraid, so we can’t be afraid.
  • Fierce- Everything she does, wears, plays, etc..it’s done with just the right amount of passion, always striving to be at her best!
  • Kind- My little girl thinks of everyone before herself, even at the young age of 4 years old, she makes sure mommy and daddy are okay with the things she has to go through, she is way stronger than we could’ve imagine. *On a side note from a previous post Always say goodbye, right after Kelly passed away, we were at the store and she picked up cough syrup, she said we need to buy this for Bailee’s mommy so she won’t be dead anymore and Bailee won’t be so sad. I thought that was the sweetest thing, but then I realized I had to explain death to her so she didn’t think they come back, and that broke my heart, so hard to tell children the true meaning of things. of course she was sadden by this, but she just had to run and give Bailee a hug and tell her that her mommy will always be with her even when she can’t see her.
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Momma has a new man 🤣

 This isn’t going to be my typical recipe, money saving post, this is going under my dysfunctional family tab! My father passed away 16 years ago, my mother never dated after that, we honestly didn’t think she ever would, my parents were together since mom was 15, celebrated 26 years of marriage before my father passed. Well, we were wrong, she actually started dating months before she told any of us! We all know the new man, known him ever since we’ve moved to Michigan from Georgia over 30 years ago, not really going to go in that story, but it’s pretty freaking funny!

  So, the new man is coming over for Thanksgiving, and while I was visiting at mom’s yesterday, she was getting her dinner list together, and asking me if I can do the ham at my house because she may not have room in her stove, especially cooking turkey, etc. I tell her no problem, she said good, I need you to bake all the pies also, they’re already cooked but new man thinks she cooks everything from scratch. This is when mother-daughter role starts going in reverse, I’m sitting there teasing her she can’t start a new relationship in a lie, and how the heck did I get nominated to be the freaking Betty Crocker of the bunch? She goes well you have four kids, he’ll think you like to bake, well when his butt asks for a recipe, or expects me to bake him another pie while he’s visiting, I’m gonna send him to the grocery store you picked it up from 🤣 

My poor mother, she’s so conservative, so innocent, then she ends up with a loud mouth daughter like me, that loves to pick on her every chance I get (I get that from my daddy lol), I’m pretty sure she’s glad I have to work that afternoon, so I won’t be there for long to embarrass her that bad lol.. I’m kidding, I will be on my best behavior while he’s here, it’s so nice to see my mom smile again, it’s been way too long since we’ve seen her genuinely happy, but I’m not promising anything on Christmas 🤣

Frugal Saturday, Christmas edition 🎁🎄💰

I know I typically do money saving posts on Friday’s, but it must’ve slipped my mind.. I should’ve posted this last month, but buying gift cards for Christmas today reminded me to post this, sorry it’s a late tip, but you still have time, and prepares you for next year. 

A few years ago I started buying at least one gift card at every payday, I stuck with stores and restaurants I knew my family would like. Usually in February (give myself a month after the holidays lol), I would start buying them,  ranging from $20-$30, and would keep them with the receipt in a safe spot until they’re needed,  I don’t only use them as Christmas gifts, but birthday gifts and graduations etc. So now when there’s an occasion I need to buy a gift for, I don’t need to panic because I already have one, and this saves so much money waiting till the last minute to buy all the Christmas gifts. Luckily, my nieces and nephews are older and they love gift cards, so this works in my family  

*I suggest picking up a couple Visa type gift cards during the year for the special occasions like a wedding gift or graduation

HAPPY SAVINGS!!!💰💰💰

 

 

 

Enchiladas 2 ways!

As you can tell, on Tuesdays we eat Mexican,  so here’s another family favorite recipe for y’all!

Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada:

1 whole rotisserie chicken shredded

1 can each cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup

1 1/2 cup sour cream

1 small can green chiles

2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

Flour tortillas

Instructions:

In saucepan mix soups, sour cream, and chiles together, mix well.

Fill each tortilla with chicken and 1 cup of cheese,  then roll up, place seam side down in baking dish,  repeat until pan is full. Pour sour cream mixture over tortillas and top with remaining cheese, bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. *I don’t always cover with tinfoil, if you do, just uncover the last 10 minutes to brown.

Beef enchiladas:

1 pound hamburger (or turkey)

1 onion

2 cups of cheese (whatever you prefer, I normally stick with Monterey or Colby Jack)

1 pkg of taco seasoning

1 can refried beans  (optional)

1 pkg flour tortilla shells

2 cans enchilada red sauce (I use small cans)

Instructions:

Brown beef with onion, add taco seasoning mix. Spoon mixture in tortilla shells (add beans if prefer), add some cheese before rolling up, place seam side down, pour red sauce over tortillas, top with remaining cheese, cover with tinfoil. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, uncover and bake till cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with your favorite toppings, Enjoy!

Cookie Recipes!

These are the cookies I’ve been making for my sons fundraiser, and to be honest this was the first time making cookies from a recipe (I prefer to bake pecan pies lol)…but these cookies received such good reviews, I figured it was only right to share them….Enjoy!!
Gluten free chocolate chip cookies:
*these weren’t part of the list, but my cousin asked me to make them for his wife, and they were a big hit in my family, so we added them to the order form. *I took this off the Bob’s Red Mill site, so the links should work. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking Flour
Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
  • Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
    3. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until just creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until well-blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
    4. Scoop or roll dough into balls, about two tablespoons each. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Let rest, preferable chilled, for 30 minutes.
    5. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely.
    Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons hot water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
    3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    1 cup of sugar, 1/4 c additional to roll cookies in
    1 egg
    1 1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 1/4 cup flour
    Instructions:
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees, grease baking sheet. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar, beat in egg to mixture. mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until creamy, stir in salt, baking soda and flour. Roll dough into 1 in.balls and then roll in sugar place on baking sheet and flatten with fork. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
    **After the first round of cookies I put in the oven, I discovered if you let the batch sit in the fridge for a few minutes, the dough is easier to handle. I also used parchment paper with all the cookie recipes.

Tasty Tuesday!

Taco Tuesday in our house, isn’t always tacos, it’s our day for Mexican dishes.. Today I’ll give our take on chili, in different ways, especially since the weather is getting colder, who doesn’t like warm comfort food?

Chicken Chili (my fave)

1 package McCormick white chicken chili season mix

1 pound chicken breasts, cut in ½ in cubes

1 can white corn

3 cans white northern beans

1 tbsp oil

2 cups of water

Directions:

  • Heat oil in skillet, cook chicken until no longer pink
  • Stir in season mix, water, beans, and corn..simmer for 25 minutes
  • Top with your favorite garnishments, I use Monterey jack cheese and sour cream

 

**These directions differ from the seasoning mix package, but still comes out full of flavor**

 

Turkey Chili

1 pound ground turkey (I prefer 85/15) *can use regular ground hamburger

2 cans stew tomatoes (or 2 cups crushed fresh tomatoes)

2 cans of dark red kidney beans

1 can Chili beans

1 can of light red kidney beans

1 onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped

2 jalapenos seeded and diced (optional)

1 chili mix (hot or mild)

 

  • Brown turkey meat with onion and green pepper
  • Add all ingredients and simmer for at least an hour
  • Top with favorite ingredients and enjoy

 

Husband’s famous Chili

2 pound of stewing beef (can use any beef or steak that will tenderize)

3 cans stew tomatoes (or 2 cups crushed fresh tomatoes)

3 cans of dark red kidney beans

2 can Chili beans

2 can of light red kidney beans

1 lrg onion chopped

1 lrg green pepper chopped

3 jalapenos seeded and diced (optional)

  • ½ packages chili mix (hot or mild)

 

1     Brown stewing beef with onion and green pepper

  • Add all ingredients and simmer for 2 hours until beef is completely tender
  • Top with favorite ingredients and enjo

 

 

Mommy Monday!!

Here it is, back to Monday, after a busy weekend of working and making dozens of cookies for my sons fundraiser, I am exhausted. I’m not going to dwell on what day it is, instead I’m going to make it easier for me. Thankfully for the power of Youtube, I was able to sleep in a little while my daughter watched her shows on my phone, I did manage to make it to the grocery store, but it’s going to be hot dogs for dinner since I have to work a little earlier this afternoon, and that’s okay. There is no such book that says we have to cook a full healthy meal everyday, and we are the parents that buy only meat, veggies, and fruits for meals, but today will be the exception. So for those who are dwelling it’s Monday, not sure what to do for dinner, and the thought of folding that laundry making you cringe (mine is currently in the basket until tomorrow lol), don’t! Own your Monday, do what you want, things can wait until the next day, you are the boss and Monday is just your little annoying employee that can’t be fired! Cheers to Monday….and it only being 4 days away from Friday!!