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Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

This is a recipe that I’ve had for awhile and I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there to get it to our liking. I’ve actually had it on the menu plan for the past couple of weeks but haven’t been able to make it as we’ve just had some hectic schedules here lately.

You can call the kids in to help with this one. My littles like to tear up the tortillas and sprinkle on the cheese while the girls like helping to stir the meat and bean mixture and spread the sour cream. You can also let them help make a salad to go along with this yummy dish!

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground meat (I like to use ground turkey for this)
  • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 large can refried beans (I use a 31 oz can) or you can use about 3 c. homemade refried beans.
  • 2 – 3 c. Shredded cheese
  • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish.

Brown the meat and onion, if using and drain any excess grease.

Add seasonings and stir in refried beans.

You can also mix in a can of soup if you want to make it go a little farther.

Mix one can of soup and the sour cream in a bowl.

Spread 1/2 of the sour cream mixture in the bottom of your greased casserole dish.

Tear 4 flour tortillas into bite size pieces and spread over sour cream mixture.

Layer 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture over this.

Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

Repeat the layers, ending with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, yellow rice, and a nice salad for a hearty meal.

This would probably also work well as a freezer meal if you wanted to double the recipe and make an extra casserole for later.

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Blackberry Pig in a Poke

Blackberry Pig in a Poke

For the Dumpling Dough:

  • 2 c. self rising flour
  • 2 T. Shortening
  • 1/2 c. – 1c. milk, (maybe a tad more) just enough to get the dough soft

For the filling:

  • 2-3 c. blackberries
  • 1 c. sugar

For the glaze:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • nutmeg, optional

Directions:

You will need a large pot with boiling water and a cheesecloth or flour sack. (I used a large flour sack towel.

Gently mix the blackberries and sugar together, let sit.

Mix the shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add the milk to form a soft dough. Roll the dough out, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle. Get it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Now take the blackberries and spread them onto the dough leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Carefully roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and form into a circle.

Be very careful and place this onto your cheesecloth or flour sack. Tie the ends up tightly.

Now drop this into your boiling water and let cook 20-25 minutes. Watch closely to prevent boil overs.

While the dumpling is cooking you can mix the glaze.

Whip the butter with a fork or mixer and then gently stir in the brown sugar.

When the dumpling is finished cooking remove it from the water. I let mine sit in the colander for 5-10 minutes.

Then carefully open it up and slice it or spoon it out of the sack. (You could try to transfer it to a pretty platter but mine didn’t make it that far when they found out what I had made.)

Then spoon some of the brown sugar glaze on top, it will melt into the dumpling.

Gently sprinkle, or grate, a bit of nutmeg on top.

Enjoy!

I think this would also be good with some vanilla ice cream.

If you aren’t crazy about the brown sugar glaze you can try this one:

Glaze:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 T milk

Directions:

Whip the butter until fluffy.

Gradually add in the sugar.

Add the vanilla and mix well.

Add just enough milk to make it spoonable.

Serve over the dumpling or your favorite dessert.

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A Special Christmas Treat

Ok, so I’m not entirely sure what the real name for this should be but this is the name we came up with last night. Papa D has been talking about this dessert that his Granny would make and how much he enjoyed it and would love to have some. The only problem was no one had the recipe nor did anyone know the real name for it.

When he explained it to me I thought it sounded similar to the Blackberry Dumplings my mom-mom always made. Yummmmmmmy! So for the past few months I have been researching and trying to find this mysterious recipe. I’ve went through some of my old cook books and then looked online too. I’ve found many similar recipes but nothing that seemed to fit what he was describing so I figured I’d just kind of ‘wing it’ and make my own recipe.

This was a bit scary as I’ve never tasted nor seen what this was and I didn’t want to ask Papa D any more questions as he might figure out what kind of surprise I was planning. I did manage to talk to Mr. Awesome’s mom who had made this before and got a little bit more information but she wasn’t really certain about all of the ingredients or amounts either as it had been a long time since she had made this too.

Here is the recipe I came up with. I may still tweak it a little here and there but it was really good just like this. You may also want to add a little cinnamon or spices but Papa D isn’t too crazy about cinnamon. (I’ll try to remember to snap a picture of this treat the next time I make it to add to this post.)

Blackberry Pig in a Poke

For the Dumpling Dough:

  • 2 c. self rising flour
  • 2 T. Shortening
  • 1/2 c. – 1c. milk, (maybe a tad more) just enough to get the dough soft

For the filling:

  • 2-3 c. blackberries
  • 1 c. sugar

For the glaze:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • nutmeg, optional

Directions:

You will need a large pot with boiling water and a cheesecloth or flour sack. (I used a large flour sack towel.

Gently mix the blackberries and sugar together, let sit.

Mix the shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add the milk to form a soft dough. Roll the dough out, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle. Get it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Now take the blackberries and spread them onto the dough leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Carefully roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and form into a circle.

Be very careful and place this onto your cheesecloth or flour sack. Tie the ends up tightly.

Now drop this into your boiling water and let cook 20-25 minutes. Watch closely to prevent boil overs.

While the dumpling is cooking you can mix the glaze.

Whip the butter with a fork or mixer and then gently stir in the brown sugar.

When the dumpling is finished cooking remove it from the water. I let mine sit in the colander for 5-10 minutes.

Then carefully open it up and slice it or spoon it out of the sack. (You could try to transfer it to a pretty platter but mine didn’t make it that far when they found out what I had made.)

Then spoon some of the brown sugar glaze on top, it will melt into the dumpling.

Gently sprinkle, or grate, a bit of nutmeg on top.

Enjoy!

I think this would also be good with some vanilla ice cream.

If you aren’t crazy about the brown sugar glaze you can try this one:

Glaze:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 T milk

Directions:

Whip the butter until fluffy.

Gradually add in the sugar.

Add the vanilla and mix well.

Add just enough milk to make it spoonable.

Serve over the dumping or your favorite dessert.

 

 

Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman

I love cookbooks and when I was given the opportunity to review this one, Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman, I was ecstatic!

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This is a great cookbook filled with different twists on old recipes and then some new recipes that I’ve never heard of like Coca Cola Salad.
Many of these recipes seem very easy to make and I can see my kids learning to make recipes like Cream Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Celery in the kitchen.
There are also some great tips included in the book as well like how to pair wines with certain dishes. I am definitely going to try out the recipe for the Self-Crust Coconut Pie which sounds AMAZING!
All in all this is a great collection of southern recipes and I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

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Christmas Activity: Wreck-It Ralph Gingerbread House

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Look what I just found! Just in time for the holidays. And it’s free! Grab yours here but hurry because I don’t know how long this will be available. This looks like so much fun but it will take a bit of time.

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Grain-free Christmas Cake Recipe

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Fun party game: see if your guests can guess what this delightful treat is made of!

This cake is healthy enough to serve for breakfast, but decadent enough for a dessert. And it’s SO PRETTY: https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/Christmascake/happy2bmyownboss/ Continue reading Grain-free Christmas Cake Recipe

Do You Need A Break?

Hey there! I don’t know about you but I’ve been so crazy busy here lately that I have been ready to just throw my hands up in the air and say ‘ENOUGH’. No more Christmas, no more cleaning, no more school! My house was pure and utter CHAOS today and it has been for the past week. I don’t know why everything seemed so hectic but something had to change.

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FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

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My kids love the lessons from Kids Cook Real Food Site. Your kids will love them too!

Why don’t you check out this FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make and see for yourself!

Go ahead and give it a try… you never know you may just find your kids are helping you out a lot more and you can take a well deserved break! You might even enjoy the snacks they make and find a new family favorite!

Gift Cards Are The Ultimate Perfect Gift

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Sometimes you have those people who don’t really want or need anything and they can be so hard to buy for… just like me. I always appreciate a gift card, especially when it is for something that I wouldn’t buy for myself or to a store that I normally go to anyway. Here are a few of the interesting cards I’ve found today (many of them can be sent via email to make it easy to reach those far away):

General: (You can use this anywhere!)

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Reblog: David Lebovitz’s Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

These look so good!

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week, don’t finalize your menu before you check out this roundup of favorite holiday recipes by pastry chef and food-blogger extraordinaire David Lebovitz.

via David Lebovitz’s Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup — Discover

Youtube, Yellow Rocks, and Yamato’s

 

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Sunday was DS15’s birthday! Yeah, he is growing up. I am so proud of all the accomplishments and progress he has made over the past few years and I know that he will continue to learn and make progress in the years to come.

In case you don’t already know DS15 has Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, and several other disorders that can make life quite challenging at times. These challenges have been hard for me to overcome sometimes as a single parent and they can overwhelm anyone at times. Life has definitely been a roller coaster over the past few years. Continue reading Youtube, Yellow Rocks, and Yamato’s

Buttermilk Biscuits

I remember learning to make these when I was really young. My first experience baking them was in a wood stove! While I’m thankful for modern conveniences nothing compares to the taste of those first biscuits I made.

A lot of people shy away from making biscuits from scratch but they are really quite simple. Continue reading Buttermilk Biscuits