I don't know about you, but our lives are crazy busy this time of year. Our big evening time commitment has been baseball practice and games. And with all four boys home from school and bouncing off the walls, it's a little harder to do anything too complicated. Plus I don't like to spend a long time in the kitchen when it warms up outside.
We love Mexican style food so I usually have everything on hand to make quick and easy dishes like this taco pie. Some more of our favorites...Kid Friendly Oven Baked Tacos, Easy Weeknight Chicken Fajitas, Easy Enchilladas.
I should also mention that I don't use any taco or any other prepackaged seasoning mixes. I generally avoid those kinds of processed foods, plus I think real food seasoned simply just tastes better. This recipe is so simple. Just 6 ingredients plus salt and pepper to taste and all of your favorite sides and condiments. We love guacamole and make it all the time. This will be so good with fresh tomatoes and salsa this time of year.
1 1/2 lb. ground venison or lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel, I use mild store brand)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
8-12 oz. shredded cheese (depending on how cheesy you like it)
Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Brown meat with onion, garlic and cumin. Add tomatoes and half the cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Use a large oven proof skillet or transfer to an oven safe dish.
3. Add remaining cheese on top.
4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serve with your favorites:
Hard or soft taco shells
Disclosure: I received complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.
You may not be thinking about cozy pajamas in May, but these Ugly Christmas Sweater pajamas are perfect for cool spring nights. And if you are traveling at all this summer, they are extra snuggly for cold air conditioned hotel rooms. We have been traveling a lot and we experienced some cold stormy weather last weekend so I was glad to have these warm, cozy jammies in my suitcase.
And here's the fun part, remember the attic scene in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation when Clark got stuck in the attic wearing these dinosaur pajamas. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation is one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time and now I have my own dinosaur pajamas just like Clark Griswold!
I ordered a woman's medium, but the small probably would have fit just fine. I am on the tall side so I wanted the extra length of a medium. These are made from soft velour fabric. The pants are elastic at the waist and the top is button front. These are super comfy, the coziest pajamas!
Want to win your own favorite pajamas from UglyChristmasSweater.com? Winner's choice of any pajamas or onesie.
I never intended to write this recipe as a post, but when this throw-together leftover soup was so good, I knew I had to. I had a nice size piece of leftover roast beef that we just weren't finishing in the fridge so I decided to make this leftover makeover recipe for dinner last night and we loved it.
One thing I love about making soup is how forgiving it is. You could substitute your meats and vegetables in this soup and try different combinations to use what you have on hand and clean out your fridge. A great way to reduce food waste.
To start this soup, I sauteed onion, mushrooms, and garlic in a little olive oil to tenderize and caramelize. I ended up adding a little butter when I thought it needed it. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and continued to cook over a medium heat until soup started to bubble. I then reduced heat to a simmer and continued to cook for 25-30 minutes.
Easy, healthy and delicious soup perfect for busy weeknights and a great way to use up leftovers and reduce your food waste. Which will save you money too. The less food you waste, the more money you will save.
Note: If you do not have leftover roast, you could use beef for stew or ground beef or venison. You would need to brown the meat first with the onion, mushrooms, and garlic. If you are using beef for stew instead of leftover roast, you may need to simmer longer to make sure meat is tender.
2-3 T. olive oil
1 onion, diced
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. butter (if you need it while sauteing)
1-2 pounds leftover beef roast, cubed
1 can 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes
1 bag (10-16 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables
1 quart (4 cups) vegetable or beef broth
2 cups water
1 tsp. creole seasoning (We like Tony Chachere's)
Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
1. Saute onion, mushrooms, and garlic adding a little butter for flavor as needed in a dutch oven or large pot. Cook until vegetables tenderize and caramelize a little.
2. Add beef, diced tomatoes, mixed vegetables, broth, water, and seasonings. Bring to a low bubble, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes (20-30) to blend flavors.
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.
Allergy season is always a tough time for me. It has been so bad in the past that I have had to lie down with a wet wash cloth over my eyes to feel some relief. My eyes are sensitive. It doesn't take much for them to water, even bright sunlight can have me squinting and tearing up. I knew I was a good candidate to try Similasan Allergy Eye Relief because of my experiences with seasonal allergies.
My husband and I have both been using these eye drops this allergy season and have found them refreshing and soothing. So much better than the itching, watering, burning, downright painful experiences of my past.
These drops come in a glass bottle so you actually squeeze the plastic tip instead of the bottle. It seems a little odd at first, but they are actually very easy to use.
Similasan Allergy Eye Relief drops are made with natural active ingredients of Eyebright (Euphrasia) and Sabadilla which are flowers. Eyebright (Euphrasia) is intended to temporarily relieve minor symptoms such as a thick mucus and/or watery discharge, redness, and swelling of the eyelid. Sabadilla is intended to temporarily relieve minor symptoms such as watering eyes and eyelid redness.
These eye drops do not contain antihistamines or vasoconstrictors.
Similasan Allergy Eye Relief drops are available at a long list of retailers including Amazon, CVS, Dollar General, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Meijer, and Walmart.
You may have already seen this on facebook and instagram because this proud mama posted it everywhere. My husband who tends to be really creative made a fairy garden last week with the boys to enter in the Murray Woman's Club Floral and Iris Show.
The boys gathered everything for this project from the yard and the arboretum which is basically an extension of the back yard.
So much detail! They meticulously glued sticks together to build the house and furniture using a hot glue gun.
I love this little fishing pole. My husband made a little clay fish to dangle on the line.
They even made a little clothes line and tiny iridescent clothes to hang on the line. This stone was borrowed from our flower beds.
The boys made this tiny pecan shell vase and arranged small flowers in it. Our oldest made this little table and stool from sticks and an acorn.
My husband chipped away bits of stone from the large stone to make these little stepping stones.
I think this little tree is adorable. It is made from four pieces of Juniper glued together.
The boys were so excited to win 1st place in the fairy garden competition!
I made a quick video of the fairy garden and posted to youtube.
The boys did an amazing job and had fun doing it! I am so proud of them and my awesome husband.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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