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When mom is home alone what will she eat????

What do I make when I know that the girls will be gone with their dad for a father daughter dance???  Slow Cooked Corned Beef!!!!  I know weird right…..well let’s start with a little story!  Every year for St. Pattys day my mom made corned beef- so i have ate ALOT of corned beef- I love it- but I HATE THE SMELLL of it cooking.  So when I make it I usually put it on the good old Traeger- but this year I was busy on St. Patty’s day and didn’t make it until later.  And I didn’t have time to babysit it on the Traeger because I was in and out all day.  So I tried a new recipe and let me tell you something………….IT DIDN’T SMELL BAD!!!!  I think its the apple juice!

Here is the recipe!


None- when I made the Rueben I made my own sauerkraut- which really did stink- but was it AWESOME!!!  It would actually be very good on the Traeger- so next time that is what I will do!


Easy- really easy- put it in the crock pot and forget about it!


I did!!!!!  It was so good I froze the left overs for a later date!


Keep, share etc- I gave it to my mom right away!!!!

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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…………