BEEF and CHEDDAR SOFT TACOS

This is a super simple meal!

1 lb. ground beef

1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cheddar cheese soup

1/2 c. Thick and chunky salsa or picante sauce

8 flour tortillas (8-inch)

2 c. Shredded lettuce

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In medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef until browned, stirring to separate meat. Drain.

Add the soup and salsa. Reduce heat to low and heat through.

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I makes Spanish Rice to go along with these tacos. And YES, I cheat at it!! One bag is the right amount for my husband and I.

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Spoon about 1/3 cup meat mixture down  center of each tortilla.  Top with lettuce.  Fold tortilla around filling.  Serve with additional salsa.

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I served a fresh or canned fruit with it.  The strawberries made this plate so colorful and inviting. IT WAS A DELICIOUS MEAL!

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Easy Vegetable Soup

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1 lb. ground beef

1 onion

1 (28oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (16oz.) frozen vegetables

1 (16oz.) kidney beans, undrained

1 (14 1/2 oz.) beef broth

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 garlic clove

 

Cook ground beef and onions; drain. Add remaining ingredients. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

IMG_1264On Book: Returning to the quaint coastal town of Haven Harbor, Maine-a place she once called home–Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Haven Harbor by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot on Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the switchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects.  As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have tires to her own mother’s cold case…

My thoughts: Mom found…Gram making arrangements for her funeral…This book had me under its spell before page 4! What happened to Angie’s mom, how could she just up and leave her little girl? These are questions I asked myself through the book. I thought the book was written very well as far as plot, but there are errors in it. Some of the characters names were wrong in places, that does irritate me but I try my hardest to move on. To me Angie does not seem bitter to anyone in her past other than her mother. She also seemed to me to stay just far enough unattached from any of her old friends to be  hurt by them. The secret she has held in since she was younger comes out (I’m not telling what it is…want to know, read the book)! The death of the associate could have been caused by many people cause he seemed to have offended every single one of the Mainely Needlepointers. Will the needlepointers get their money? Will Angie stay? Is Gram the killer? Go on and read the book to find out!

Meal Menus for April 3-April 9 2016

I usually plan meals out for my family. It saves myself time at the store plus I don’t have to always ask myself “what’s for dinner”! Sometimes I have a specific order I do them in and other times I look at the list and see what sounds good after a long day at work.

Here is this weeks:

Spaghetti/Garlic Bread/ Green Beans/ Salad

Chili Cheese Dogs/ Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Vegetable Soup

Chicken Rice-a-Roni/Cajun Cornbread

Leftovers

Beef Quesadillas/Salad

Meatloaf/ Mashed Potatoes with Brown Gravy/ Peas

Happy eating!!

 

 

PIZZA PASTA BAKE

1 LB. ground beef                                    3/4 c. water

1/2 onion                                                  3 c. rotini pasta

1 clove garlic                                           2 c. mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. Italian seasoning                        36 pepperoni slices

1 (14 oz.) pizza sauce

 

***Preheat oven to 350***

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Cook the beef with onion, garlic and Italian seasoning. Drain. Add pizza sauce and water. Stir. Add pasta, 1-1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 20 pepperoni slices cut in half. Stir well.  Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour in pasta mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Top with pepperoni slices. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for 5-10 minutes longer.  Serve with salad and garlic toast.

I made it with pork sausage. My husband and I really enjoyed the flavor this meal has to offer.

Oatmeal Scotchies

1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. butter, softened

3/4 c. sugar

3/4 c. brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3 c. quick-cooking oats

1 2/3 c. (11 oz.) Butterscotch Morsels

***Preheat oven to 375***

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New Books-January 2015

Don’t forget on January 6, 2015…Release Day!
-A Seamless Murder (Magical Dressmaker’s Series #6) by Melissa Bourbon
-All the President’s Menus (White House Chef Series #8) by Julie Hyzy
-Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death (Comfort Food Mystery #3) by Christie Wenger
-Feta Attraction (Greek to Me Mystery #1) by Susannah Hardy
-For Whom the Bluebell Tolls (Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series #2) by Beverly Allan
-Ghost in the Guacamole (Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series #5 by Sue Ann Jaffarian
-In Hot Water (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade #3) by J. J. Cook
-Lie of the Needle (Deadly Notions Mystery Series #3) by Cate Price
-No Ghouls Allowed (Ghost Hunter Mystery #8) by Victoria Laurie
-Scoop To Nuts (Nut House Mystery #2) by Elizabeth Lee
-Snow Way Out (Snow Globe Shop #1) by Christine Husom
-Twisted Threads (Mainely Needlepoint Mystery #1) Lea Wait

MUST HAVE BEEN A BUSY YEAR!

The second half of this year has just flown by! I got married in August, started a new job, and found out we are expecting a baby in March 2015!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful year and that you all have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON! I hope to be able to post more in the new year!

I have read lots of books since the last post! Here is the list and my star ratings for them!

Bowled Over (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery, #2) by Victoria Hamilton – 3 Stars

The Heist (Fox and O’Hare #1) by Janet Evanovich – 4 Stars

Killer Crullers ( Donut Shop Mystery #6) by Jessica Beck – 4 Stars

Fit to Die (A Supper Club Mystery #2) by J.B. Stanley – 3 Stars

The Chase (Fox and O’Hare #2) by Janet Evanovich – 5 Stars

Murder, Simply Stitched (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery) by Isabella Alan – 4 Stars

50% Off Murder ( Good Buy Girls #1) by Josie Belle – 3 Stars

Death of a Robber Baron By Charles O’Brien – 4 Stars

Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum #20) by Janet Evanovich – 5 Stars

Chopping Spree (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #11) by Diane Mott Davidson – 4 Stars

Murder at the PTA (Beth Kennedy #1) by Laura Alden – 3 Stars

Murder under Cover (A Bibliophile Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle – 4 Stars

The Chocolate Cupid Killings (A Chocoholic Mystery #9) by JoAnna Carl – 4 Stars

Katapult (Kat Colorado #2) by Karen Kijewski – 4 Stars

Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery #2) by Victoria Laurie

Chili con Carnage by Kylie Logan – 4 Stars

Pall in the Family (A Family Fortune Mystery #1) by Dawn Eastman

Motif for Murder (A Scrapbooking Mystery #4) by Laura Childs – 5 Stars

A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis #1) by Laurien Berenson – 5 Stars

Mulch by Ann Ripley – 3 Stars

Kansas Troubles (Benni Harper #3) by Earlene Fowler – 5 Stars

Biggie and the Poisoned Politician by Nancy Bell – 5 Stars

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris – 5 Stars

Dead In The Mud (Amanda Hazard Mystery #5) by Connie Feddersen – 5 Stars

Frill Kill (A Scrapbooking Mystery #5) by Laura Childs – 4 Stars

Zero Day (John Puller #1) by David Baldacci – 4 Stars

HAPPY READING!!!!