Friday, January 23, 2015

{Easy} Taco Casserole



Casseroles are such lifesavers, aren't they? With 3 young kids, I don't have 2 hours to spend in the kitchen. I need quick, easy and something my family will actually eat. Taco Casserole is one of our favorites. I serve it over tortilla chips and love the extra crunch. Here's what you need:


Ingredients
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
1 c. sour cream
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained
1/2 c. chunky salsa
1 c. shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Brown the ground beef and drain. Stir in taco seasoning and prepare according to the instructions on the seasoning packet.

3. In a large bowl, mix together sour cream, Rotel and salsa. 

4. In a 2 quart rectangular baking dish, layer refried beans, the sour cream mixture, then the taco seasoned ground beef. Top with cheese. 



Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. 



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

{Crock Pot} BBQ Chuck Roast





I love pot roast. And even though this 2-envelope pot roast recipe will always be my favorite, every now and then I want to try something new. Barbecue pot roast is easy to make, it has an awesome smoky, sweet and savory flavor and is super tender when it's done. Here's what you need:

Ingredients
4-5 lb chuck roast (I used two 2 lb. chuck roasts)
1 c. BBQ sauce
1 c. teriyaki sauce
3 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 c. onion, chopped
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. hickory liquid smoke
1/2 c. brown sugar


Directions

1. Place the chuck roast in the bottom of the Crock Pot. Then pour in all of the other ingredients.






Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. 






Your barbecue pot roast is done! 




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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentine's Day {Black and Gold} Heart Specimen Art




I've been wanting to do specimen art for so long now and I'm glad that Valentine's Day finally gave me a reason! I'm having so much fun doing my decorations in black and gold this year and I'm glad to see that gold is making a comeback. 

So...ready to make your Valentine's Day Specimen Art? Here's what you need:

Supplies
8 x 10 canvas
Rust-Oleum Satin Spray Paint in Black
4 -12 x 12 sheets of gold scrapbook paper, different patterns
Heart paper punch (Michaels)
Tacky glue
Ruler

Directions

Spray paint the entire canvas black and let it dry overnight.




Using the paper punch, punch out 6 hearts in each pattern.




Glue the hearts to the canvas, making 6 rows of 4 hearts. The border hearts were 1 1/4" from the edge and the hearts were spaced 1 3/4" apart.





Let the glue dry, and your specimen art is ready!





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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Creamy {Crock Pot} Montreal Chicken



This is one of my favorite Crock Pot chicken comfort food recipes to make in the winter. Sometimes you just need a meal that warms you right up, is super easy to throw together, and has the perfect blend of seasoning and creaminess. My whole family loves it! Here's what you need: 


Ingredients

3 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless
1 can cream of celery condensed soup
1 1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. butter
1 brick of cream cheese
2 Tbsp. Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Grinder
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 c. onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Low fat alternatives
1 can 98% fat free cream of celery condensed soup
1 1/2 c. skim milk
1 brick of fat free cream cheese
No butter 




Directions

Place chicken breasts on the bottom of the Crock Pot. Put the remaining ingredients in the Crock Pot, cover, and cook on low for 7-8 hours.



Before serving, remove chicken breast, shred it with 2 forks.





Return the shredded chicken to the Crock Pot and stir well.


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