1.12.2013

a little motivation...

I've been looking for a little motivation.. in general.. and I'm a sucker for inspirational quotes and phrases.  Maybe you are too!  Here's a simple free printable for you to download.  It's sized to 8.5x11, but could easily be printed as an 8x10 as well.  Enjoy!



Leave a comment if you snag it!

1.11.2013

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

About a month ago, I posted THIS picture on Instagram and since then I've had several comments/notes from friends about them, so I thought I'd share!

These are the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had and the EASIEST recipe ever.  My sister Gina told me about them years ago and I've never forgotten.  Thanks, Gina!!  So, here's the recipe!



3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

DIRECTIONS
Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Roll into small balls, place on a cookie sheet (I don't grease it, but you can if you want).  Then smash them down (you must smash them down or they will burn.  These don't spread much).  We like to do the simple criss-cross pattern with a fork.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

They will still be super soft when you take them out (if they're not, try less time next time), so let them cool completely before trying to take them off of the cookie sheet.

I like to sprinkle a little sugar on top when they're still warm.

Yes, that's it!   I'd love to hear what you put in them to make them more exciting, but I also LOVE them plain!  I've heard of people adding nuts, chocolate chips (maybe do a little less sugar), whatever you want!  Enjoy!

1.10.2013

Taco Casserole (Beef) Recipe

(UPDATED 5/16/2013): In my haste, I realized I wasn't too thorough with this recipe, so I've added some more details.  Also, I made a mistake on the rice, so the photo of my recipe card is not quite right!!  I meant for it to be 3-4 cups COOKED rice... and really, it should be more like 2 cups, maybe 3 if you really like rice :)


I found these great (FREE) PDF Fill-in and Print Recipe Cards from Love vs. Design.  I love the style and how easy it is to type everything in without it looking messy.  It's a great design, well-thought design.  This is the first recipe I printed out.  This is one of those fail-proof go to meals, which is very important to me... I'm admittedly not the best or most creative cook, but I'm learning!  It's so addicting and delicious and you can easily modify it to fit your own lifestyle/make it a little healthier.  It's the BEST leftover.  Yum.

Taco Casserole (Beef)

INGREDIENTS
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 c. rice (COOKED amount) - I like to use brown rice, but white is good too!
1 can chili beans (drained)
1 can green chiles
1 can mild Rotel
1 c. chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken
1-2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
garlic powder
onion powder
chili powder
cumin
salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS
1. Brown beef and season to taste (salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin).  Spread beef along the bottom of a baking dish (9x13 or whatever you like... I like to use a deep pyrex casserole dish).  Pour 1/2 cup chicken broth over the beef.
2. Prepare rice as indicated on package.  Add green chiles, rotel, cream of chicken and 1/2 cup chicken broth to rice.  Season to taste using listed spices (I'm pretty generous with the spices...).  Layer rice mixture on top of beef and spread evenly.
3. Pour chili beans over the rice mixture and spread evenly.
4. Top with shredded cheese and bake.

Bake at 375 until cheese is melted and slightly bubbling along the edges (approx. 20 min.)
Serves 6.

I like to garnish this with a little sour cream or greek yogurt, diced tomatoes and shredded lettuce.

Enjoy!


Weekly Dinner Meal Planning | Free Printable

It's a new year and like most people, I have been motivated to organize my life.  I've created a new budget for my family and have realized that we spend way too much money on food simply because we don't usually have a plan for dinner.  I HATE trying to decide last minute what to make for dinner and then it seems like I never have the right ingredients.  SO.  I'm going to try my hand at Meal Planning.  I created this simple printable to help me stay organized and hope it might be able to help you too!


If you find this useful, I'd love for you to leave a comment and let me know!  Also, if you have any meals that show up frequently on your menu, I'd love to hear about them!




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