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Taco Bake

Taco Bake
One food item I always seem to have in my pantry or in my fridge are flour tortillas. They are good for so many things. Tortillas can be made into so many different types of snacks for kids (and grownups). You can cut them up and fry them or bake them. Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1 packet taco seasoning * water as called for on back of seasoning packet 3 large flour tortillas (8-inch size) 1/2 cup Salsa Con Queso 1 1/2-2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend Directions: Brown and crumble ground beef. Add in taco seasoning and water (following directions on back of seasoning packet). Once the taco meat is ready, turn off heat and add in 1/2 cup salsa con queso. I like a mild salsa con queso. Give it a good stir, until thoroughly combined.It don't look all that pretty, but don't worry, we're gonna dress her up a bit. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray an 8-inch round baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the bottom of the pan with a flour tortilla. Then add 1/3 of the shredded cheese.

Nutella: The World Needs You There are times when I feel like an ostrich. It’s like I have my head buried so deeply in all the minutia of daily life that when I stick my head out into the world I’m shocked (and often appalled) and what’s going on. I’ll be honest. With all the uncertainy around us, it is nice to have some things that remain simple and pure, regardless if you’re 7 or 37. And that’s Nutella. No matter what, that thick layer of Nutella that I slather onto a piece of bread always tastes the same and always brings back that pleasant feeling of chocolate and sugar and hazelnuts and fresh bread. And for all those that mock Nutella’s claims of being a healthy snack I’m sending a big dose of “shush” your way. Just shush. Nutella makes people happy. So in honour of World Nutella Day, if you don’t mind, I’m going to curl up here in my little corner of the world with some Nutella Meringues to be followed by a piece of bread slathered in Nutella to be further followed by spoonfuls of Nutella straight from the jar.

Blueberry Coffee Cake Doesn't this look heavenly? A few years ago I put together a recipe book for my family with all of our favorite family recipes, and one of my favorites that my mom used to make was coffee cake. I used her recipe for this, but tweaked it just a little. Here it is: Coffee Cake 1 3/4 cup flour 3/4 cup sugar (I actually used closer to 1/2 cup) 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup milk 1 egg (I added about 2/3 pint blueberries) Grease pan. Topping 1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used a little less) 1/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3 tbsp. firm butter Mix topping together. Let me know if you try this recipe & like it!

Creating Through Life: Crock-pot Lasagna Crock-pots are amazing! It's so nice to prep for a meal in the morning and it be ready to enjoy when you get home after work. Making lasagna in the crock-pot is so convenient and it makes a ton. You can have it for multiple days or you can freeze the leftovers. Have you ever made lasagna in your crock-pot before? Directions 1.) * Variations Add chopped onion and garlic to the ground beef in step 2 Use Italian sausage in place of ground beef or with ground beef Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to the cheese mixture. Zucchini fries and seasoned sour cream Have you guys listened to the song Up With the Birds by Coldplay? I am a bit of a CP fanatic. Dan rolls his eyes at me any time I mention Coldplay. This song, though, it is really great. Elijah is spending the night with his auntie tonight, so Dan and I have had special time with our sweet Sammy. The boys are back from their shower. First, prepare the zucchini fries. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine: 1/2 cup skim milk 1 large egg Whisk until combined. In another small bowl, combine: 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Mix well. Cut 2 large zucchinis into 3-inch by 1/2-inch strips. Coat the zucchini strips with the milk-egg mixture, followed by the breadcrumb-cheese mixture. Place onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Seasoned sour cream! In a medium bowl, combine: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream Stir until smooth. Add: Juice from 1/2 of a lemon 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

Baked Cheater Churros Baked Cheater Churros Oops, I meant to update two days ago but I had so much going on! My sister and her boyfriend came up to visit over the weekend, my DB had his law school ball, and I’m traveling all over the states. You know the phrase, “What would you do for a Klondike bar?” Ingredients 1 sheet frozen pastry puff, thawed 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup melted butter Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole This is my sixth month participating in the Improv Cooking Challenge which is hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. As always I looked forward to participating and finding or coming up with a great recipe which included the two theme ingredients. This month the participating bloggers were asked to make any recipe of their choosing using the two given ingredients of potatoes & cheese. I knew immediately what I was going to make as this recipe has been a favorite in our home for a few years and as I haven’t made it in ages nor have I ever posted the recipe to my blog, well it was time to make it. Back the end of 2006 when we first brought Maisie home, not only was I very sick but she wanted no part of me putting her down or leaving her so that I could cook. NOTE: A reduced fat & lower calorie version can be found here: Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder & paprika.

Instant Mug o' Mac & Cheese in the Microwave My daughter likes her organic boxed mac and cheese just as well much as the homemade stuff I make in the oven. The other day I went to make her our quick box version for lunch and we were out! I knew it was finally time to try something I’d always thought of but never attempted: making mac and cheese in the microwave. Since she only needed a small portion I knew a mug o’ mac and cheese would be just the right amount for her. Instant Mug o’ Mac & Cheese in the Microwave 1/3 cup pasta 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup 1% milk 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Combine the pasta and water in a large mug or bowl. Remove it from the microwave and stir in the milk and cheese. 10 Tasty Mug Cakes That You Can Make in Just MinutesRainbow Cake in a Jar10 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Baby2 Minute Salted Caramel Mug Cake20 Salads Hearty Enough for Tonights Dinner

Christmas Morning Treats! In these final days leading up to "the big day" we are all scrabbling to put the finishing touches on Christmas Morning! Don't forget to have a little breakfast treat ready... That said, here's a yummy recipe to enjoy while you lounge in your new robe & slippers... and while the kiddos play with their new toys from Santa! 2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted 1/2 C. maple syrup 1/3 C. packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 C. chopped pecans, optional 1/4 C. chopped almonds, optional Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring. Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and enjoy! the step-by-step pictorial on how to Merry Christmas!

12 Fall Crockpot Recipes (Condensed Soup Free) | The New Home Ec By ashleyhackshaw | I’ve been using my crock pot recently to try and serve healthier meals. It’s been a challenge to find yummy slow cooker recipes that aren’t full of sodium and MSG because of the condensed soup ingredients. Here are a few recipes that I’ve bookmarked that are perfect for fall and can be made with as healthy and natural ingredients as you like. I just found out about slow cooker liners…it saves on cleanup time! There’s a coupon on the Reynold’s site if you click here. (more after the jump) nggallery id=’125610′ 24 sinfully sweet dessert recipes in a jar 20 delicious salads hearty enough for tonight’s dinner The 50 best recipes under 100 calories 41 copycat recipes from your fave fast food joints 7 food additives you should think twice about before eating About ashleyhackshaw ashleyhackshaw Ashley Hackshaw is the editor, designer, and DIYer behind the wildly popular Lil Blue Boo.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies I like you. Have I failed to mention that lately? Shoot. You and your nice sayings and dinner ideas make my day. Seriously. I made you cookies. (Clearly, cookies are best with chocolate and books. I think you need more time for you in your days. Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookiesrecipe from How Sweet It Is 1/2 cup butter1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup brown sugar1 egg1 tsp vanilla1 tsp red food coloring1 1/2 cups flour1 tsp baking soda1/4 tsp salt1/3 cup cocoa powder1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Cream butter and sugars. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder until just combined. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.