Posted in featured, Pasta

So I bought some Sausage

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I had bought sausage to make meatballs, but I didn’t want to make meatballs so I made this!  But of course I changed it a bit!

Find the recipe here!


1  I did use a crockpot or whipped cream cheese- I used 1/2 a block of cream cheese.  I completely omitted the chicken broth because I wasn’t cooking my tortellini in the crock pot.

2.  I did 1 can of tomatoes and added some extra Italian seasoning.  I let that cook for about 10 minutes, added my cream cheese while I boiled my pasta (4 minutes and that was done!)

3.  The sauce gets thick- probably because I didn’t have as much liquid- so before I added the pasta I added half and half- just enough so it wasn’t to thick—–YUMMMMMMMMMMM!  Added pasta and sprinkled with cream cheese!


Easy!  Hadley helped- she “tested” it while it was cooking!

Did they clean their Plates?

Yes- Dennis said it was pretty filling and very rich- you don’t need tons!

Keep or Delete

I will keep it!  Next time I might even do it in the crock pot!


Posted in featured, Soups

What to make on a Snowy day in……MARCH?

We live in Iowa- Northeast Iowa- its March 12th, and we are in a winter storm WARNING!  Oh dear!!!!  So let’s have some SOUP AND BREAD BOWLS!!!!  But I didn’t have any yeast……….so I made beer bread bowls!  If I knew how easy beer bread was to make from scratch I would have never spent all that money on Tastefully Simple beer bread mix!  I literally had it mixed up in 5 minutes!!!  Two recipes tonight- both have beer in them!

Recipe 1

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Recipe HERE!


I actually baked these in my Corelle soup bowls- you can put them in the oven for temperatures up to 350 so I baked them from 30 minutes and perfection!


Very easy- mixed it up in 5 minutes.

Did they Clean Their Plates

In no time flat- they all loved it- Sunday night you know Austin is here and so was Gabe.  Hadley ate one before supper- she loved it!

Keep of Delete

Keep- not only is is easy, and good its very cheap and I always have all the ingredients on hand!!!!

Recipe 2

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I love soup- not always cheese soup- so I did change this a bit!!!  And it was good!

Recipe HERE!


I didn’t put the jalapenos in it- there is no way Dennis would eat it!  I also added roasted potatoes.  While the veggies were simmering I diced the potatoes, then I tossed them in olive oil and salt and roasted them for 35 minutes or so until they were golden brown- stirring once.  (I also just fished out the veggies with a slotted spoon instead of straining.)

I added them to the soup after the cheese- just to warm them up and keep them perfect.


For me it was easy- for some it might be a little hard but the website will walk you through it if you don’t understand how to make a basic rue.

Did they Clean Their Plates

Seconds for everyone!  Really, really, really good.  I would love it with the spice!

Keep or Delete

KEEP!!!  Great on a cold winter……..or snowy March Day!

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.