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9 Feb

Well hello there. Yes it has been awhile! Like almost a year. Why you ask? I’m a lazy bum that’s why.

Ha

No seriously. I’ve been super busy. With a young kid that is super crazy and a little one that needs her eyes on me at all times it is hard to even go pee by yourself! But I’m going to try and be better and make the time cause I really miss it.

Update: cooking is a lot easier!! I guess it’s true what they say. The more you practice, the better you will be.

I hate it when they’re right.

I actually like it now (okay maybe like is a strong word, maybe “I don’t throw a temper tantrum when it’s time to start cooking” is a better phrase) which is crazy to me. I fought it tooth and nail and really wanted to just feed my family cereal and frozen pizzas every night, but *sigh* I felt I should do better. Baking is my favorite, but thou shall not live on cookies alone. Enter the crockpot and casseroles.

I will be posting some more recipes soon! So stick around.

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Nacho Bake

14 Aug

Now this is a recipe I have been making for years.  Is a crowd pleaser and is just plain yummy.  Healthy…..um no, but yummy yes!  And easy of course.  It combines some of my favorite foods into one.  What could be better?

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 box Velveeta Shells Dinner
  • favorite salsa-Joe T.’s is great
  • tortilla chips
  • shredded cheese
  • Taco Bell taco seasoning (this is not usually in with the seasoning packets, but usually on the Mexican isle)
  • 3/4 cup water to mix with seasoning
  • sour cream-to top with if you want

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Brown meat and beginning cooking shells.  Add seasoning and water to meat when browned and let simmer.
  3. Drain pasta and add cheese packet.  
  4. You will layer the meat and shells in small casserole dish.  Spoon on salsa and top with some shredded cheese.  Crunch up some tortilla chips and sprinkle on top.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes or until chips start to brown.
  6. Serve with sour cream if you want.  (I usually don’t use this)

Source:  Adapted from-http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/velveeta-nacho-bake-90606.aspx

Easy Banana Bread

14 Aug

OK, when it says easy.  I mean EASY!  I love banana bread, but have found soo many that I do not love at all!  They are too nutty, too dry, don’t even taste like banana, and the list goes on.  I came across this recipe on Pinterest and decided it was easy enough to try out, even if it wasn’t very good.  To say the least, my hopes were not very high.  But to my surprise it was sooo good!  When I mixed it in the bowl it smelled sooo good I almost ate it then, but then remembered there were raw eggs in it and that I was pregnant.  I would have to wait.  Boo.  But then it came out and I tried the first warm, crumbly piece and was thrilled!  I had found a yummy, cheap, easy banana bread recipe!!!  Everyone that loved it tried it.  Even the dog who got to benefit from the crumbliness.  Hope you enjoy it like I did!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix-preferably a moist one
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 very ripe bananas (buy too many bananas and now they are all brown?  PERFECT!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and sprinkle flour on all sides.
  2. Mash up bananas in bowl.  Add cake mix and 2 eggs.  Mix together.
  3. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and top is fully cooked.  (My toothpick came out clean in places, but then noticed some doughy spots where bread splits on top).  

**Check regularly because I am a big believer on not just setting it and forgetting it.  All ovens are different and some cook slower/faster than others.  My bread was complete about 40 minutes and was sooo moist.  You do not want dry bread!!

Source:  Adapted from-http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2011/11/easy-banana-bread.html

Cooking with a Newbie

17 Jul

Through this blog I will be writing about new recipes that I am trying with my family.  They are recipes I have found on Pinterest, online, and in cookbooks.  I am new to this cooking thing, so this should be exciting.  🙂

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