A little bit of compromise…Taco Lasagna

So I took out some ground beef a couple days ago and things got busy and I never made anything with it. So I decided last night I needed to make something with it. That morning I asked the kids if they wanted taco’s or lasagna and of course, they all want something different…yep this is my life!

All day I was thinking ok, what am I going to do for dinner and then it came to me…why not try taco lasagna…it sounded good to me! And man did it taste good too!

So I present, Taco Lasagna (without Ricotta since the kids don’t like it)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

6 lasagna noodles

Jar of pasta sauce

1lb -1 1/2 lbs ground beef

package of taco seasoning

shredded taco cheese

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  1. Β As the oven is preheating cook the noodles and brown the beef
  2. When the beef is done add the taco seasoning as directed on the package
  3. Spread some sauce in the bottom of a 13×9 casserole dish
  4. Place 3 noodles long way across the dish
  5. Add some more sauce ontop of the noodles
  6. Scoop half of the taco meat on top of the noodles with sauce
  7. Top with shredded cheese
  8. Repeat layers (#4 – #7)
  9. Put in the oven and bake for 15 mins
  10. Cut up and enjoy! (definitely on a paper plate!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being the BEST we can be!

Remember when I said a couple of weeks ago that my goal this year is to be the best I can for myself, my kids & my husband. One of my steps to accomplishing this is soaking in as much information as I can to help shift my mindset and thinking! The past couple of weeks besides listening to some podcasts as I am folding laundry I have been reading a couple books.

These two books have definitely reminded me about some things I already knew and enlightened me with some others. I definitely recommend these if you need a reminder of how amazing you are and how to just prioritize the things that mean the most to you and how to slow down!

You are a Badass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book got 4 stars from me, So much greatness! The hardest part is believing in yourself and GOD and leading that happy life! Do what you were made to do! Yes some may think, yeah ok, life doesn’t work that way, but it could, make the changes you need to if you want life to work that way, or heck…BELIEVE!

Slow Down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book also got 4 stars from me. Initially it wasn’t what I was expecting but more times than not it got me thinking on how I need to slow down and let the little things happen and embrace and enjoy them. Life is too short. Our babies do not need to grow up that fast.. let them be kids and enjoy it with them…it goes so fast.

As I write this, “Our babies do not need to grow up that fast.. let them be kids” I remember how the society is also making them grow up so fast, what happened to playing in Kindergarten? My 5 year olds are coming home basically doing algebra (no joke! if you saw what my daughter was scrawling on a piece of paper you would think it was something she took from an older child, not from copying in class) and reading chapter books (or we have to read it to them, but STILL). We need to not let society and our task lists rush us through those little moments that might means so much to our littles because it just isn’t the right time.

Don’t get me wrong, I say these things all the time but as the next day comes and the hustle and bustle starts the day is over and I accomplished very little and rushed my kids and DID NOT slow down and enjoy the picture they drew me or “fully” watched or looked at what they wanted me to see. I am making it every effort to keep this in the front of my mind and be mindful of what I really want. I want to enjoy and remember the little moments, see their smile when I took the two seconds to fully look while I am trying to make dinner or check something else off that list.

I don’t know what is next, what I will listen to, what I will read, but I know each day I am trying to be aware of the things around me and try to not get wrapped up in the mundane but enjoy life, my kids, husband and all around family a little more!

I encourage you to try and be mindful of the things you rush with your kids because it is “slowing” you down, take a deep breath and SLOW DOWN. Enjoy those moments because before you know it they will be gone. My kids are 3 and 5 now and looking back, knowing who I am, I rushed and missed too much! BUT there is so much more ahead and I plan to enjoy it the best and most I can.

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Hello 2019 – Baked Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

So it has been about a year and a half since I have posted here. I continue to keep the site active (not that anyone is still here) because I do have desire and hope to let go of some of the stress and craziness of my life and try and do a couple more things that I enjoy! My life is consumed with being a Mom and Wife and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Is life crazy, hectic and all around a train wreck sometimes…ABSOLUTELY! Honestly in the moment I don’t know how I am going to get through it, it is tough but you have to be the best you can…you are raising three amazing little ones!

Do I yell, do I get wrapped up in the little things and not be in the moment as much as I can, YES! Well this is me starting a new year with a change! I can’t promise that I will be the BEST Mom but I will try my hardest to be the Best in their eyes. Will I be the best Wife, prob not, but will strive to be! I know the love and bond A & I share is the wonderful foundation for our beautiful family! But I know I have made changes for the better and that I am going to try like heck to shift my focus, living more in the moment and slowing down! My life is my family and that is where I need to keep that focus.

Anyway, the point of my spewing is that this is hopefully a shift where I can continue to do the fun things with my family, get back to crafting and baking and enjoy it with them, in return posting here for you all to see!

Without further ado, on this very cold MLK Day. I am working from home and we made breakfast together. Something I have not done in a long time.

Recipe was found here: Baked Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

We did not do the topping but the kids loved it with just syrup or plain πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

Pancake:

1 1/2 cups milk
4 T. melted butter
2 large eggs
2 T. sugar
2 cups flour
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

 

 

Cinnamon Roll filling:

4 T. melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 T. cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 11×17 pan (or whatever you have, I used a cookie sheet)

In a large bowl mix the butter, milk & eggs

 

Once well combined add the sugar and mix well

Slowly start mixing in the flour, I did 1/2 cup at a time

Then add the powder and salt

Pour the batter into your cookie sheet and make the cinnamon roll filling

Mix all the cinnamon roll filling together and put it in a small ziplock bag and cut a hole in one of the bottom corners.

Take the bag, squeeze and start making your cinnamon swirls (they don’t have to be perfect, have fun! We had designs and letters πŸ™‚ )

Once you have it the way you want it. put it in the oven for about 8-10 min

Take out, slice and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next time I think I may just try using Bisquick with the cinnamon roll filling, if I ever needed it quick, I absolutely love the idea of putting it on the sheet and baking!

Happy Monday!

July Love Its

Not a lot going on this past month but here are a couple new things πŸ™‚

 

Norwex Wrinkle Release Spray

A & I don’t iron, well he might sometime but it is VERY rare. It is so nice to have something so simple! You spray and use your hands to spread out the wrinkle and bam…GONE! LOVE IT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freezie Mitts

My kids are always wanting a paper towel because the ice pops are too cold. This worked great and they love the fun colors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playskool Crayons in Tub

The shape of this container is PERFECT for the cupholders in the car. This worked really well on our 4 hr weekend trip (minus my 1 1/2 year old thinking it was funny to just throw the crayons on the floor!! 😦 )

 

 

 

 

What things did you love in July?

Menu Monday 7/31-8/4

Week two of Meal planning, last week worked really well! The best hit was the Ham, peas and creamy noodles, which is actually something we made before and seems to be a family favorite, even picky T eats it! So check it out if you haven’t already!

This week we have mostly new meals, except the tacos and taquitos. The taquitos are also a family favorite, they are very easy and so tasty, they are great reheated and freshly made.

 

Monday – One Pot Cheesy Zucchini Rice with rotisserie chicken

Tuesday – BBQ Kielbasa and beans

Wednesday – Lettuce boat tacos

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Cream Cheese Taquitos

 

Have a wonderful week!

Menu Monday 7/24-7/28

Lets get back on the meal planning train! Here a couple meals I haven’t tried and a couple I have.

 

Monday – Stuffed pepper pasta casserole

Tuesday – Chicken stuffed french bread

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Peas, ham & creamy noodles

Friday – Grilled pizza

 

I am always looking for new quick meals, so share below with what is your favorite quick go to meal.

No Sew Curtains

So I had this post set up as a draft back in February 2013, but I never got around to actually ever doing the curtains. Since then we have moved, and we have been living with super long curtains in the bathroom! Now, I don’t sew, I want to get into it but it just isn’t on the top of my priority list right now, so this is the quick lazy man’s way of hemming or “sewing” without a machine πŸ™‚

Here are our super long curtains:

I had Steam – A – Seam that I picked up forever ago (probably when I saved this as a draft back in 2013), so I used that. You can find this in craft stores or maybe even Walmart. It comes in a package with full sheets of stickiness lol. So you would just cut strips for the length and width that you would need it for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place the curtain somewhere or on something you can iron on. It looks like it’s just on carpet but I have a magnetic ironing pad that sits on my washer so I just used that underneath.

Once the curtain is set, you want to figure out where you are hemming. For me this was easy, I wanted the last full grey strip to be my length, so I folded the curtain and placed the strips of the Steam – A -Seam on the bottom. You peel the paper off on one side and stick it to your fabric then once stuck, peel off the paper on the other side. Next you can stick the fabric together (your planned hemmed length should be on the bottom when you place the fabric together) then all you do is iron (I went back and forth slowly maybe 3-4 times and that seemed to be enough).

Voila. Hemmed curtains that took me probably all of 10 mins πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got to love easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mini Baker!

When your Daughter wants to make muffins, we make muffins πŸ™‚ She may be stubborn like her Daddy (and maybe slightly me πŸ˜‰ ) but she sure loves to bake like her Momma ❀

She wanted Strawberry and we settled for Strawberry Jam. So what do we do, we turn to Pinterest! We found these muffins and we tweaked the recipe a little, here is our recipe:

Strawberry Jam Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 ΒΎ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Β½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Β½ pound (one 8-ounce package) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Β½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ΒΌ cup milk
  • 1 cup strawberry jam

Directions

 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your muffin cups. (we got 24 small and just about 12 big)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder,and baking soda.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and beat well.
  • Add the flour mixture and milk.
  • Once all combined add the cup of strawberry jam
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, and move muffins to cooling rack

We really enjoyed these, the cream cheese was a nice touch, it gave it that slight creamy taste with a strawberry mix πŸ™‚ Strawberries and cream lol πŸ˜‰

Enjoy!

 

June Love Its!

Hello all πŸ™‚

I figured since June is gone and i am back to posting, that I would start up my Love Its again. I love sharing my new exciting finds with you all! I only have 3 this month but they are worth sharing!

Norwex Rescue Gel

This is a new product I recently tried and I love it! You just roll it on, and it’s meant to help ease stress and relax you, but we have used it for many other uses too!

  • I have used it on headaches that went away in about 5-10mins
  • On the kids for growing pains. They said it worked and my son even asks for it sometimes!
  • BUG BITES…no more itching!!

This is pretty amazing stuff! ❀

 

Chocolate Covered Gummy Bears!

Yes, I love gummy bears, but dip them in chocolate and man they are even better! I don’t know why I haven’t had this prior to now but this was the best $3.00 I spent in a while πŸ˜‰ Thank you TJ Maxx!

 

 

 

 

Members Mark Raspberry Chipotle Dip

Someone had brought this to a party we were at a couple weeks ago and we fell in love! I had to hunt down the people who brought it to find out where they got it, and found out it is sold at Sam’s Club!

It is sweet with the perfect amount of little kick! We enjoyed it with tostitos but have tried them with wheat thins too.

If you don’t have a Sam’s Club membership, find someone who does, you won’t regret it! That is exactly what we did…we had my Mom pick us up a couple…THANKS MOM!

 

What were your favorite things last month?

Oh so Clever!

So, we bought our house about a year ago, and we are still trying to figure out what we want to do with it. How we want certain rooms designed, what certain things we still need to purchase, and how do we pack as much as we can into small spaces, such as a pantry!

Anyone else have that problem where you wish your pantry was 3 times bigger? You see all these cool things on Pinterest on how to save space, well my lovely A created a space saver all on his own πŸ™‚ ❀

We had this shoe rack in our coat closet that we used for all of our shoes,

but the shoes would constantly fall down behind the bars and it just got really annoying. So we took it down and got something different.

 

 

 

 

 

Well after A took it down he had this brilliant idea to put it in our pantry! Man was this such a smart idea! It works so well for all of our boxed things, such as cereal and pasta. MY HERO ❀ ! We still don’t have tons of room in the pantry but it is so much less crowded and maybe a little more organized πŸ˜‰ !

What sorts of things have you done with your pantry to help organize/space save?