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Cheesy Beef and Black Bean Burritos

Cheesy Beef and Black Bean Burritos

Even though I am almost 100% Italian,  I love making Mexican dishes.  Especially Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Quesidillas and Chili!   We probably make a Mexican dish at least once a week. This week was one of my favorites,  Cheesy Beef and Black Bean Burritos. These are so easy to make and so good. This recipe uses my homemade taco seasoning. I make it ahead of time in bulk. You will only use 3 tablespoons for this recipe. Start off by sautéing 1 small onion in a little olive oil. Cook for about 5 minutes then add 1 pound of ground beef. Cook through breaking it up as it cooks. Drain the ground beef once it's all cooked. Add 3 tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning and 2/3 cup of water...

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Chewbacca Granola Bars Recipe – A Fun Star Wars Treat

Chewbacca Granola Bars Recipe – A Fun Star Wars Treat

We are huge Disney and Star Wars fans and we recently took a trip to Disney World to visit Galaxy's Edge.  It was AMAZING.  They did an incredible job recreating Star Wars.  My husband, oldest daughter, and oldest stepson are HUGE Star Wars fans and they could have spent all their time in Galaxy's Edge. I grew up with Star Wars.   My brother had all the Star Wars playsets and I was his playmate.  I don't remember minding that much as it was fun.   A couple of years ago I even met a stormtrooper and R2D2 while on a press trip. In honor of this Galaxy's Edge, I have a fun treat that you can make with the kids - Chewbacca Granola Bars! Aren't these Chewbacca Granola Bars adorable?  They are...

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How to Make Italian Style American Chop Suey

How to Make Italian Style American Chop Suey

  We are Italian. My mother was born in Italy and came to the US when she was 7. She is 100% Italian and is an amazing cook. I've learned from her and put my twist on some things. My husband is Portuguese but he cooks like an Italian there are some things he cooks better than me! :-). When he makes American Chop Suey, he uses Tomato soup. Now, I'm not saying that's not good because he does a GREAT job. But when I make it, I make it Italian Style. So you're probably wondering how to make Italian Style American Chop Suey? Keep reading, it's really easy. And so GOOD! Italian Style American Chop Suey One of my favorite parts of this recipe is that clean-up is easy. You'll only need two...

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How to Make Crustless Pizza with the Dash Mini Heart Waffle Maker

How to Make Crustless Pizza with the Dash Mini Heart Waffle Maker

Make Crustless Pizza with the Dash Mini Heart Waffle Maker Dash makes a mini Heart Waffle maker which would be perfect for making mini little crustless pizzas!  Make waffles or crustless pizzas into the shape of a heart for a fun treat! Instructions for Crustless Pizza in the Dash Mini Heart Waffle Maker Spray both the top and the bottom with Pam. Then put shredded mozzarella cheese on the bottom. Then add a little pizza sauce on top of the cheese.  Not much because it will spread out. Then add pepperoni or whatever topping you would like. Finally, close the dash and let it all melt together. These won't take very long so be sure to check after a few minutes to see if they are done.  These...

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Detox Water Recipes to Kick off Summer Right

Detox Water Recipes to Kick off Summer Right

Summer is almost here and that means swimsuit season.  On top of that, you will be wearing clothing that most likely will be showing more skin.  You won't have to be embarrassed this summer with any unwanted pounds.  Try one of these detox water recipes to help you reach your healthy goals! 15 Detox Waters to Kick off Summer Right Fruit Detox Waters Blackberry Sage Flavored Water | Skinny Mom - During the summer months, a refreshing drink is essential for surviving the heat.  When you sip on this mixture all day, you are sure to cool off! Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber, and Mint Water | Back to Her Roots - Strawberries and good for detoxing your body and they are a natural teeth whitener too!...

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How to Make a Hamilton Inspired Birthday Cake

How to Make a Hamilton Inspired Birthday Cake

If you are a BIG Hamilton fan like my daughter is, you may like this Hamilton Inspired birthday cake her friend made her.  Simple yet perfect for the Hamilton fan to celebrate their birthday.  All you need now is the Hamilton Original Broadway soundtrack!  Oh, and the actors.  That would make for an awesome birthday party! Hamilton Inspired Birthday Cake This Hamilton Inspired three layer cake was delicious.  She made a chocolate chip cake which she used a yellow cake recipe for and added chocolate chips.  She put frosting between the layers of cake and used skewers to keep all 3 layers in place so they didn't slide. The top layer was trimmed with yellow balls of fondant that were covered...

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Easy Cheesy Mac & Cheese Recipe

Easy Cheesy Mac & Cheese Recipe

Growing up I had a friend who liked to add yellow mustard to her mac and cheese.  I thought it was odd until I tried it and then I realized it was really good!  Here is a super simple recipe for Mac and Cheese that includes mustard that I highly suggest you try before you judge it! EASY CHEESY MAC & CHEESE Prep Time:10 mins     Cook Time:35 mins Ingredients 8 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni (4 cups cooked) 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can   CAMPBELL’S® Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup 1 ½ cups milk 2 to 3 tbsp.   FRENCH’S® Classic Yellow® Mustard 3  cups (12 oz.)    shredded American or Cheddar cheese 2  tbsp.   butter, cut into pieces Directions COOK macaroni according to package directions using shortest...

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15 Spicy Sriracha Recipes

15 Spicy Sriracha Recipes

Sriracha is the new buzz and ranges through all ages and generations.  It's been around for a while but just recently became a famous household condiment.  Personally, I got addicted to it as well.  It has a super spicy kick but, like a lot of hot sauces, it doesn't leave you hanging in the taste department.  Check out these 15 Spicy Sriracha Recipes we found that not only sound amazing, but look amazing too!! 15 Spicy Sriracha Recipes Sriracha Cauliflower Bites with Peanut Dipping Sauce | Kim’s Healthy Eats - Are you in to using cauliflower as a substitute for some of your food? Try this zesty appetizer! Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Tofu | It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken - If you're in to vegan...

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The Best Salad: 20 Tips to Make the Best Salad Bowl

The Best Salad: 20 Tips to Make the Best Salad Bowl

  We all know how important greens are in our diets. But salads can often turn out disappointing when we make them ourselves. Whereas, a simple salad bowl from your favorite restaurant can taste amazing. Ever wonder what makes this difference? Some very basic steps can turn your homemade salad from boring to wow! In this article we have gathered our top 20 tips, so you can make a chef’s salad dish, at home, by yourself. And if you are a fan of plant-based recipes, The Picky Eater is what you should explore to make healthy eating simple, flavorful, and enjoyable! Pick Your Greens Wisely The quality of your ingredients makes a huge difference in your salad. Hence it is important to know...

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Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Breakfast Ideas for Kids

I've seen it in movies and I've seen it in real life.  You finally get the kids up and to the table and they start complaining about what you made for breakfast or everyone is running crazy around you and you just want them to sit down, be quiet, and eat.  With kids, it's easier to get them to do things if they think it's fun and games not responsibilities and chores. Check below for 15 breakfast ideas for kids to make your mornings a little smoother! 15 Breakfast Ideas for Kids Puppy Face Biscuits | DIY Beautify - What kid doesn't love puppies? Give them a couple of these in the morning and see their faces light up. Pancake Poppers | Deliciously Yum - Make pancakes easier for kids to eat...

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14 Tasty After School Snacks

14 Tasty After School Snacks

I don't know about your kids, but when my girls walk through the door after school, the first thing they say is "I'm hungry"!  Without a doubt it happens each time.  I don't even get a 'Hi Mom!'.  If you have hungry kids after school, check out these snacks that are perfect for after school. Tasty After School Snacks String Cheese Pencils | Money Wise Moms – These cute pencil look alikes will please your kids and give them a neat snack to show off at school or at home! Homemade Mango Fruit Roll-Ups | Just a Taste – This is a great way to make sure your child is getting a serving of fruit every day! DIY Frushi | Kids Activities – These are super cute and will encourage your child to eat...

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10 Delightful Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipes

10 Delightful Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipes

10 Delightful Valentine's Day Cookie Recipes We love making cookies. I mean who doesn't?  Valentine's Day is the perfect time to pull out those heart-shaped cookie cutters that are hidden in the back of your draw, and make some cookies filled with love!  We collected 10 super yummy Valentine's Day Cookie Recipes that we think will be great for Valentine's Day.  These would also be fun to make with the kids! 1. Sour Cream Sugar Cookies From Saving Talents Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these sour cream sugar cookies! Cut them into hearts or other romantic shapes, then top with a cream cheese frosting dyed pink and red. Get the recipe here. 2. Valentine's Milk Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies I...

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Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes

Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes

My kids are very picky eaters but when it comes to chicken, they will eat it just about any way I make it.   So needless to say I cook chicken a lot and I'm always on the look out for new chicken recipes, but especially quick and easy chicken recipes.  Below are 13 chicken recipes that are quick and easy to make to help any night of the week. Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes Easy Fajita Chicken Bake | The Pinning Mama – Want a quick and easy Mexican chicken dish for dinner without the hassle? Check out this spin on fajitas and you won’t be sorry! Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole | Favorite Family Recipes – My family has made the soup version of this for years and you can make a lot in very...

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

My family LOVES tacos. There are some months when we have tacos once a week! It's an affordable meal that we can customize to whatever we have on hand. Which we usually have most of what we need on hand as sour cream, shredded cheese, and soft taco shells are a staple in my house. Several years ago I started making my own taco seasoning as well for a few reasons. The most important one being is it was much fresher than the prepackaged brand and I knew what the ingredients were! But also because of the cost of it and taste. I could make several servings of taco seasoning for the cost of one pre-made packet! If you are making tacos a lot, then the savings add up pretty quickly! And...

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Nutter Butter Snowmen Cookies {no bake}

Nutter Butter Snowmen Cookies {no bake}

Is it snowing where you live today?  Chances are you are being blessed with beautiful white snow today and if you aren't, let's make believe you are!  Here is a fun cooking craft you can do with the kids and they'll love the final outcome - cute Nutter Butter Snowmen cookies!  There is no baking involved, just some melted chocolate and a lot of fun! Nutter Butter Snowmen Cookies Snowmen Cookie Ingredients: 1 package  Nutter Butter Cookies 1 package of Ghirardelli White Chocolate Wafers Variety of  colors M & M candies Royal Icing Ingredients:  2 egg whites 1 C powder sugar 1/2 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp vanilla Black gel food coloring Snowmen Cookie Directions: Before you begin, line a...

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