Posted in Beef, featured

Low and Slow

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Recipe Here!

Sometimes I forget which boards I have, maybe I should fix that…..  anyway- its a snow day in Iowa- Blizzard Warning- we kinda got missed last night, but more on the way.  What a better day to have something in the crock pot, but I didn’t think of it until 1  pm- so I needed something that didn’t take 8 hours- so smothered beef tips it is!!!



Not many changes to this recipe!

1- I hate peeling potatoes – if I had some Simply Diced Potatoes I would have used them, but I didn’t – so small size b potatoes that I just cut into quarters worked.

2-  I didn’t have canned corn- I hate it!  So frozen corn it was!  I didn’t add any extra water even though the corn in the recipe was undrained.

3- I added garlic.


Easy- SUPER easy- hardest part- cutting the meat- which is easy!  Tip- Don’t have your meat all the way defrosted- still I little frozen- WAY easier to cut!

Did they Clean Their Plates???

Mom-  Really good- I would like the meat a little more seasoned- and the sauce too- I even added garlic- but I could have added more.  The potatoes in it were great skin on and all buttery and perfect.

On a scale of 5 I give it a 4

Girls- Since it was a snow day they snacked all day so weren’t very hungry, but they liked the meat and corn.

Dad- He ate everything and then some!  The meat melted in your mouth!


Keep- great meal to put on low or high!

Posted in Beef, Chicken, featured, Uncategorized

Chicken, Bacon, Cream Cheese Mini Taquitos- Oh MY!

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Recipe HERE!


Ok – so I did something I don’t usually do- I kinda did a comparison- a what????  I followed the recipe- sort of- and but changed a few things……  PS- I won’t make two very often- especially two ways so enjoy it while you can!!!


1- I had some ground beef and since I only had 1 can of chicken I did a half and half- I added a small individual chili can to the beef, some salsa, half of the cream cheese and put it inside the tortillas.

2-  I used Recipe Bacon Bits- way, way, way faster!!!

3- Who has time to cut those little circles- so I put the filling in half of the tortilla and folded it- worked awesome- you can cut them in half or thirds- really easy to eat!  A little harder to fry though

4-  I didn’t have fresh avocado, but I did have some Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs- so I added some sour cream, mayo, dill, a dash of onion powder and garlic (it already had the vinegar in it and onion powder and garlic, but I like those so I added more!!!)

5-  I don’t like frying so I baked half in my oven at 425- just had to put a little cooking spray on the outside of the tortillas!


Easy- Hadley helped with most of it- she did the guacamole and mixed the chicken mixture- I fried and did the oven.  Baking is MUCH easier then frying.

Did they Clean Their Plates???

Mom-  I liked the baked better then the fried- and I LOVE fried tortillas!  It was warmer and crispier!  The filling needed some spice- maybe some salsa or garlic- was a little bland.

On a scale of 5 I give it a 3.5

Girls- Hadley had both- she liked the baked chili tortillas.  Harper only had the chili.

4 year old eat half  7 year old ate 1 bite of the chicken and all of the chili.

No Dad tonight- he is working!!!


Probably keep- it would make a good app for a party and the dipping sauce ROCKED!!!  Not sure I can eat plain old guacamole again!!!

Sorry for the crappy photo- didn’t feel like getting out the good camera- I served Birds Eye Southwest Protein Mix on the side- would be good mixed into either.  Left is fried and right is baked.



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Hello! It’s me!

Yep that’s me- I’m a part time photographer, full time art teacher, full time mom and foodie!!!


Hi- my name is Tanya!  I love to cook and eat- then again who doesn’t!!!  Of course I love Pinterest- who doesn’t right!  This weekend I was trying to figure out how to make my pork loin and of course I got on pinterest and typed in Pork Loin- tons of hits- hours of looking because – hey – that led to potatoes and desserts and everything else- then I remembered- somewhere in my FOOD board I had pork loin recipes- I was SURE of it!  So I set  out to check it out- after sifting  through hundreds of pins I realized- I bet I have only made 25% (at most) of the pins I have pinned!  What the ………. world!!!  So here I go- starting at the bottom I’m going to start making some of those wonderful meals I pinned at the beginning of time………..or the beginning of Pinterest as I know it.  I’ll give you a rating- give you a link- let you follow me on Pinterest- you know all that good jazz!!!

And……I promise I live in the middle of Iowa- so I might will probably substitute some ingredients -because lets face it- I can only get a limited selection from the 1 grocery store within 25 miles- and how wants to drive 30 minutes for Gouda cheese…………