Throwback Thursday- TACOS, BABY!!!!

Just another summer day livin’ the dream! The girls and I had a great day. First, we all slept until 9 am. HEAVEN! Then we lounged around in our jammies; I drank 3 cups of coffee, and they ate an obscene amount of frozen waffles and french toast sticks.

Then we pried ourselves off the couch and got dressed. I put on my best yoga pants and we headed off to the gym. I took a lovely Bodyflow class (Thai chi, yoga, and Pilates). Then we hit Walmart for a few essentials. I am not even kidding when I say I actually enjoyed my time at Walmart! Usually I hate going; the line is long, someone has trouble with their payment, there is a price check gone awry, etc. Not this time. Smooth sailing.

Then we hit the pool. I love going to the pool and relaxing. Today there was no one there for about an hour and a half. We swam, jumped in, played, and floated around without a care in the world. Then only one family joined us, so it still was pretty awesome.

Tonight, we had something that I know we can all get behind; TACOS! I have made tons of tacos in the past. Tonight was strait up beef and beans with all the fixings. I love a good taco bar. Everyone can add what they want and no one feels left out. Here are some things that I always have on hand to make the perfect taco night; protein (beans, beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, steak, tofu), veggies, cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado or guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce, salsa, and hard and/or soft tortillas.

I usually make my own chili seasoning to add to my meat or veggies. I never really measure, but I usually do a combo like this (more or less depending on your preference); 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano. But if you buy one of those packets for a fast and no nonsense taco night, I won’t judge. I have bought them, too! It is your life, so do what you want!

Tonight Rucks, Becca, and I had a gordita. Hard shell with all the fixings inside a soft tortilla spread with beans. Katie opted for a soft taco/burrito. Rucks likes Taco Bell hot sauce; I like Cholula. Becca and I like avocado. Katie and I like sour cream. Becca is a refried bean fanatic, so I let her pick out the kind she wanted. She picked vegetarian refried beans, and we all decided that we can’t taste a difference and we are saving like 5 grams of fat.


Throwback Thursday- Bacon Wrapped Pork

Hey guys! This week has been pretty great, but there has not been a lot of cooking going on. Lots of quick easy meals (spaghetti and meat sauce, taco night, grilled cheese and Spaghetti O’s), quick meals on the go (Jimmy John’s), and dinners out and in (Ruby Tuesday’s and Chinese night). Tomorrow I have my girls excited about Indian food…FINALLY!!! A new place opened up 2 minutes from my house, so we are having a girl night tomorrow and trying it out! I will let you know the outcome. The blog has been a bit lonely, so I decided to add a quick post on something that needs to repeated real soon…You are welcome!!!!!!

See you tomorrow with some Friday Faves!!!

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

Hey there! Happy Thursday!

Wait? WHAT??? Is it only Monday? Darn it! I thought for sure we were at least to Thursday. Oh well…

All kidding aside, I decided to try to make at least one crock pot meal a week, especially on a crazy weeknight. I plan on making more meals in my crockpot these next couple of cold and crappy months. As my friend Bonnie calls it, JanFeb. JanFeb. is a summer loving beach bum’s worst nightmare. When I am dreaming of bikinis and flip flops, JanFeb. wakes up my warm blanket smothered body and slaps me in the face with ice and wind. I actually have to leave my warm bed and freeze my butt off the rest of the day. Blah! Eat some of this…then go to the gym in case you still want to fit in that bikini…

So today, Monday, Jan. 5, I decided that I will use my crock pot at least once a week. I am not even going to bother putting it back under the counter. Be on the lookout for for more crock pot recipes these next couple of months.

This one of my family’s favorites.  I tried to take a better end picture as well, but no such luck. I actually find food from crock pots very hard to photograph. Everything has cooked all day together and mashed their flavors together. Good for your tummy, but not really photogenic. Maybe one day I will be able to capture a perfect picture of it!

But until then, these cute little sous-chefs make up for it!


Easy Beef Stroganoff


Beef sirloin cut into chunks or strips
salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced in half
1 medium onion, sliced or diced into medium sized pieces
1 bag frozen pas
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups beef broth- reduced sodium or so sodium is best
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
3 crushed and finely diced garlic (or 1 tablespoon garlic powder)
1 package of cutup cream cheese (room temp.) or sour cream (or a combo)
1 package wide egg noodles
Season the beef with salt and pepper and let stand (in refrigerator) as you prepare the other ingredients – let stand for up to two hours.


Brown the meat in your pan. Let it cool and add it to your crock pot. Cook your chopped onions, garlic, and sliced mushrooms in the beef drippings with a few shakes of olive oil. You can prepare this part the night before and put in your fridge until the morning.

In the morning, add your Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Near the end, add your peas. Make a slurry by whisking your flour and a tablespoon of the liquid from the crock pot together. Add that and your room temperature cream cheese (or sour cream, or combo of each.

Cook egg noodles and add all together at the end.


Throwback Thursday- 3/27/14 French Food At Home

Who needs a fancy overpriced French restaurant (well, I would like to go to one in France one day) when you can make an amazing date night at home…