• hamburger helper all grown-up

    Did you have hamburger helper as a kid growing up?  If you did I have to tell you I am a little jealous.  I always wanted my mom to make us hamburger helper, but she just never did.  Ever since I have been a little obsessed with it and now I have made a homemade version that is even better than the box…just trust me, it really is. I still remember my first time The very first time I EVER had hamburger helper was my freshman year in college.  I walked into a friends house and they were making dinner.  It smelled amazing and I couldn’t wait to see what…

  • Soup for the gang

    I don’t know about y’all but we are all about watching all the college football games that are happening this week.  For us football and food go hand in hand, and I love dishes that can sit on the stove and people can get when they want it…and this taco soup is that kinda meal for sure! Taco Soup?  Yes, Please Ok, I know you may be looking at this post a little side ways and asking taco soup?  And I understand, I was not sold on it either, until I made it.  This soup brings together everything I love about traditional tacos into a soup, perfect for this winter.…

  • bring on the cool weather and the slow cooker

    So in 80% of the country it is Fall.  There are cooler temps, leaves changing colors and the smell of burning fireplaces in the air (oh how I love that smell).  Where in live in SE Texas we are still in the 80’s (that feel like the 90’s some days) and haven’t put away our flips flops just yet…but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some cool weather yummies from the slow cooker. One of the first requests each Fall… The Hubby always has his requests when it comes to food, he even looks on Pinterest to get inspiration from time to time, but each Fall he always requests Beef…

  • An Update for Taco Tuesday

    Does your family have Taco Tuesday every week?  I love the idea and just may have to make it a weekly deal in our home…especially is this taco skillet was on the menu. No Mess… I don’t know about you but one of my least favorite things about hard (& some soft) tacos is how messy they can be.  Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of messy food (sometimes the messier the better) but not when all the yummy is in the mess and not in my mouth. You know what I’m talking about…when you take the first bite of the taco and all the best parts (the…

  • love in the oven

    When someone asks me what my favorite meal is one of my top answers is roast and potatoes.  This French Onion Roast is a super yummy version of my classic recipe, and you won’t believe how easy it is. What makes this so special? Three words…French Onion Soup Mix (sorry it is 4 words). Add in this little envelope of goodness and the result is AMAZING!!  It has the perfect mix of spices, salt, and onion bits giving this roast just that little something extra.  You know what I am talking about that little something that makes people ask what your secret is. Who knew you secret could be so…

  • grilled goodness for DAD

    Father’s Day is this weekend!  That’s so crazy.   I can’t believe it is already the middle of June and time to celebrate the men in our lives. Celebrating DAD In our home, Father’s Day has always included a home cooked meal, whatever my dad wants, and then typically we watch golf.  The US Open Golf Tournament is usually on so we have to watch, & that is a must watch. Over time we have had everything from BBQ sandwich’s to pasta, but this year we are going to take things up a notch and light up the grill.  Now I know what your thinking…the grill is Dad’s domain, but trust…

  • A slider to remember

    So there has been a ton going on my life lately and sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be the time (or energy) to make a big dinner so instead lets make a little dinner with BIG flavor….Blue Cheese Bacon Slider! A slider is a favorite for me and The Hubby.  We eat them out and at home.  Sometimes we like just a traditional cheeseburger slider with american cheese, other times we take it up a notch with some grilled onions, a fancier cheese, some veggies and maybe even an egg…but my all time favorite slider is blue cheese with bacon.  There is just something so delicious & yummy about the…

  • stay in for this favorite…fajitas

    The Hubby has started cross fit in the last couple of months…yes I said The Hubby is doing cross fit.  Now just to be clear, I am not doing cross fit The Hubby is doing cross fit and I am so, so proud of him.  He has been so committed and goes at 6:00 AM, 3 days a week and in turn I have been trying to feed him a little better (with a  few indulgences here and there). One of the things The Hubby has been really craving and needing is protein and I think he could eat grilled meat 6 times a day, and especially fajitas.  He has…

  • cute, mini & skinny meatloaf

    I have been craving comfort food lately.  You know what I am talking about a cheesy hamburger macaroni bake, or maybe some loaded mashed potatoes  or even better how about a salisbury steak with a rich gravy…boy oh boy I could get myself in trouble with all those for sure.  As much as I would love to have any of those delicious dinners I decided to take a little different route…I wanted to make one of The Hubby’s favorite comfort foods but with it lightened-up a bit but still delicious and everything he loves about the original and then my mini skinny meatloaf was created.   The Hubby’s mom made meatloaf a…

  • fajita skewers please…

    Who is ready for grilling season…I AM!!  There is just something so great about getting outside and cooking over an open fire (or having The Hubby do it) and experiencing the great flavors that come with it.    It just seems to make everything taste better, even the stuff that isn’t cooked on the grill….and especially these fajita skewers. Living in SE Texas definitely has its perks and one of the big ones is almost year round grilling and these fajita skewers are a must make.  Fajita’s are a favorite when we go out to one of our favorite Tex-mex restaurants but they can be loaded with extra fat and…