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Beef Fajitas


I can’t promise you that I’ll write everyday or wont miss a week here and there…but I’m trying. Thank you all for the patience and kindness you’ve given me. I’m super behind in reading your messages, but I’m working on it! I made this recipe out of desperation and searching 100 different fajita recipes, because my been fajitas always taste like crap.

I’ve been trying to make meals at home as much as possible. Some of the meals I’ve been making are things I’ve already posted here. I have had no time to make meal plans, because things are always so chaotic. We’re actually going to burn clinic once a week right now. We’re also scheduled for surgery again this week on Thursday. I’m going to try my very best to get back into a good routine. I guess we will see what happens. I can’t wait until this is all over!

2 lbs of sirloin

2 bell pepper, sliced, various colors

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 juice from a lime

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Mix all together in a pan. Put in the oven at 400 degrees. Cook until done. 15-20 minutes.

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Tater Tot Casserole


I love the idea of tater tot casserole. The problem is I HATE mushrooms. Most recipes call for cream of mushroom soup. I decided to trade it out for cheddar cheese soup. It turned out pretty good. Coop was really pleased.

The other day our freezer went out.  I had to literally stuff all the contents of this huge freezer into our tiny side by side fridge. Well only half of it fit. In a state of panic I tell hubby to call his mom, let’s stuff the rest in hers and what wont fit we’ll just cook. He got everything but one ham into her freezer. He asked our neighbor to store it. Thank GOD for them!

My hubby had met this one guy who works on appliances. He decided to call him. The guy ended up coming out on a Saturday night, which we didn’t expect. I was so grateful! Now it’s fixed and all our stuff in it and ready to go!

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cheddar cheese soup

1 8oz bag cheddar cheese soup

1 bag tater tots

ground beef

Brown ground beef and drain. Mix with soups. Layer in a casserole dish. Top with cheddar cheese. Top with tater tots.  Bake 350 degrees until tater tots are browned.

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Philly Cheese Steak Pizza


The other day I told you Coop and I made pizza. Here it is. He doesn’t like to help a lot, but when I make pizza, he’s there. I love spending time with him, so I’m always willing to do things that will get him to spend time with me. It’s really easy to make your own pizza. If I could make bread, I’d probably make my own pizza dough, but I can’t. I’ve tried to before, but its just gross. It tastes like nothing. I buy my regular ol’ store bought in the refrigerated section pizza dough.

I wanted to post this yesterday, but we went to my parents house. My dad bought some electronics that he wanted hooked up and they asked the hubby to install it. We usually cook over there when we go, but this time we went and picked up food from a place called Bocelli’s. They’re ok. Their pizza is my favorite, but we had pizza last night, so I got baked Ziti. I didn’t realize it didn’t have a meat sauce, so poor hubby had a meatless dinner. It’s good for you to do that sometimes, but he’s not a fan. Needless to say he ate it anyway. I hate that their menu isn’t specific about stuff sometimes. I rarely buy pasta there though. If we go there, we generally will buy pizza.

Sorry it took me so long to post this….try it out and enjoy!

Pizza dough of your choice

Mozzarella Cheese

Alfredo sauce

frozen philly cheese steak meat (found in the freezer section)

1/2 onion

1/2 green bell pepper

salt and pepper

Chop onion and peppers and sauté in a pan with a little olive oil. Once the onions are translucent add the meat a little at a time. Chop up as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to your liking. Bake your pizza dough to the directions. Add alfredo sauce. Top with cheese and then meat. Bake until cheese is melted. Serve!

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Meat Loaf



I HATE meatloaf!

No, Seriously….You don’t understand.

My mother used to make meatloaf when I was a kid. I always wanted to gag AND it gives me heartburn like crazy. Now, I’ll eat it as an adult, but I don’t like it. I feel bad when people make it and in the back of my head I am thinking, OH NO PLEASE NOT MEATLOAF. Ugh….

Ok, let’s get serious. I’ve learned to accept the fact that others around me do like meatloaf. I don’t want my loved ones to miss out on something they like.  My husband loves it. He used to beg me to make it, but I don’t do it much anymore. Tonight I felt like it was a meatloaf night. I use Hunt’s Meatloaf Sauce. I just love it more than anything else I’ve tried. I used to use just tomato sauce, but this came along and I loved it so I kept using it. Enjoy this meal!


1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 egg

1 onion, chopped and sauted

1/4-1/2 cup oatmeal

1 can of hunts meatloaf sauce mix

Salt and pepper to taste

Heinz 57 or Ketchup

Mix everything together.  Be careful about adding too much sauce and too much oatmeal. It should be wet, but not too wet. Put on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Shape into a loaf. Swirl on ketchup or 57 sauce. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Let cool. Serve.

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry


My mother in law has been so helpful with our journey to help kids. She has watched Cooper while we attended classes, she’s came to events, she’s cheered, she’d totally stepped outside her comfort zone at some times. She has supported every decision we have made, even if she hasn’t always agreed with them. I’m thankful for all she’s done to help. She moved here from another state. She lived about 6 hours away. After her husband had passed, she eventually decided she was needed here. At the time I thought nah, we’re ok, but we’d love to have her…but over time I’ve seen how much I really did need her help and support. God knows what he’s doing, for sure.

While we’ve been on this journey there’s been days here and there we’ve needed her. I’ve had to call her last minute and ask her to drop everything to rush over to get Coop off the bus, or I needed her help to do something. The last 10 weeks I’ve had to ask her to come sit with Cooper one night during the week, in order to do our classes to work with kids. She’d come over and stay for hours and cook everyone dinner.

My mother is great too. She helps out when she can, but my mother has health issues and also works a full time job. I’ll say that while dealing with my own mother’s health issues, my other mother stepped in and did whatever she could do. She’s even offered to help with my mother while she was sick. I’m so lucky to have two great moms. I could never wish for more. God has blesses me.

This recipe is NOT mine. My mother in law made this recipe on her own, from different recipes she found. I’m pretty picky about my Chinese food…and this is a good homemade version. I really like it. Make it and serve with any kind of rice you’d like. It’s all good! Thanks for the recipe!!

1.5 lbs stir fry beef.

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 bags of baby broccoli florets

1/2 bag of shredded carrot

1 small onion, chopped

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup bbq sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Mix soy and beef and sit aside. Saute onions, broccoli, and carrots in skillet or wok. Cook meat in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside. Mix water, soy, bbq, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch together and add it to the wok. Add meat and veggies. Cook until sauce is thickened.

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Burger Revamp


My parents came over. Mom and I decided we would use some leftover cheese from the local grocery store and stuff our burgers. We decided to use the charcoal grill too. See the pretty smoke ring on that burger?? It was really good. We loved it. It’s hard to stuff burgers though. At least for me. I never can seem to get the cheese securely covered to prevent it melting out. This time it turned out pretty good though. I’m sure many of you guessed that I like to mix it up a lot. A while back I posted a rub for burgers, today I’m posting a stuffed burger. I think my motto is, use what ya got. Anyway there’s no recipe for this bad boy. Play with your food ya’ll!

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Swedish Meatballs


I found this recipe here.

It’s the best one I’ve tried yet- to date. I normally wouldn’t try this with pork, because I’m not a huge pork fan…but I decided to give it a go. I was so shocked at how good it is! I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe.

I’ve been sitting here waiting for the kid to get home. He’s really not going to be happy with me. The reason why is because he has to clean his bedroom and the game room. In addition he has to pick his clothes up out of the floor in the bathroom. It makes me laugh because he gets all cranky and whinny. He asks every single week, multiple times to get paid for chores, but we keep telling him no. First off, there are things he’s required to do, because it’s his space. I wont pay him to clean his room….However, I’d be willing to give him money if he did other things in the house in addition to cleaning his space. We had the idea of collecting cans, because we buy a lot of canned drinks. Well he refused to get out and do the work for them…so here we are back at square one….teaching a child responsibility and independence is hard work ya’ll!

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 lbs ground pork

1 lbs ground beef

1/2 cup panko

2 large egg yolks

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

salt and pepper

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup all purpose flour

4 cups beef broth

3/4 cups sour cream

2 tablespoons parsley

Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and cook until translucent. Combine the ground beef and pork. Add panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg, cooked onion, and salt and pepper. Combine. Use a small cookie scoop to measure mix into even balls. Roll in hands. Add oil to skillet and brown meatballs in batches. Brown on all sides and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Make the gravy by melting butter in a skillet. Whisk in flour in and cook until lightly browned. Whisk in broth. Once slightly thick. Stir in sour cream, salt and pepper. Stir in meatballs. Stir occasionally. Cook about 8-10 minutes.