Archive for October, 2011

October 31st, 2011

Chicken Taco Chili


Looking for an easy dinner for tonight  {I am most nights.}  Look no further.  Throw this in your crockpot and forget about until dinner time.  It seems that we usually have multiple nights every week with activities that coincide with dinner time.  So I love things that can be done in the morning and are ready to eat when we are.

Chicken Taco Chili


2 large chicken breasts
1 onion, chopped
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
2 10-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 packet

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October 28th, 2011

5 Fast ways to say HAPPY HALLOWEEN! (and Printable Gift Tag)

Are you ready for Halloween?  Here’s some fun ideas in case you need some last-minute inspiration!  Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Orange Soda – Halloween Style

Remove the labels with hot water and goof-off.  Cut pumpkin face with black electrical tape and adhere.  Add a ribbon and this will put a smile on anyone’s face!

Halloween Peeps Smore Kits

Such a cute idea from Southern Vogue!  Just add 1 graham cracker broken in two, 2 fun-size Hershey bars and one ghost peep!

Hot Chocolate that will warm your heart!

Use edible markers to make ghost faces – won’t

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October 27th, 2011

Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts and Spinach


Stop before you put that marinara sauce over your ravioli – there are other options!  Here’s a truly delicious alternative and very simple.  The toasted walnuts are an unexpected, but wonderful compliment to the cheese ravioli.  Serve it up with some good bread for a Meatless Meal; or use it as a side to grilled meat.

Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts and Spinach


1 16 oz package cheese ravioli (fresh or frozen)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 cups fresh spinach

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped large

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

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October 26th, 2011

Simple Apple Dumplings

So, doesn’t this look delicious?  My 5-year-old is sitting behind me trying to see what I am doing and as soon as this picture comes up on the screen he is excited.  “Are we going to have those apple things again today?”  Unfortunately, we are not.  If only we had crescent rolls in the fridge.  And too bad it is snowing or I might go to the store to get some.  Yes, it is snowing here right now.  I really wish it wasn’t, because snow and I really are not friends.  We have tried to get along, but we just

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October 25th, 2011

Pepper Steak

My family loves pepper steak – especially Jocelyn {I probably should have let her post this recipe, but since I made it for dinner I decided to go ahead and take the pictures}.

Jocelyn and I do have one small difference of opinion about this recipe – We both love this tender beef in a light tomato sauce with fresh bell peppers; however, I like the bell peppers, but Jocelyn loves the bell peppers!   So, I will tell you to add 2 peppers to the recipe , but Jocelyn would tell you to add 4 peppers!    You choose, either way

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Caramel Potatoes

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