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Guest Post: Easy Enchilada Verdes

Hi, I’m Esther, I blog over at Our Simple Country Life, and I’m so excited to be guest posting today for Amber!

Do you like to meal plan? When it comes to meal planning I like to spice it up, with variety!
One of the ways I “spice things up” in my menu planning is by incorporating a variety of foods from different origins. One of those origin’s is Mexican! 

Today I wanted to share with you, a very easy meal.
{We all could use some ideas right?!}

This fast, easy meal is something my family enjoys. And it’s a meal that doesn’t take much time to prepare. You’ll have your family saying “Mmmm…mmmmm…good!” In no time! Winking smile

So, without further ado, from my kitchen to yours, I present to you:

Easy Enchilada Verdes

In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and salt over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in cheddar cheese; set aside.


Stir in cheddar cheese; set aside.
{I use to small of a frying pan to add my cheese and mix in. Thus the different dish!} Winking smile


Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook and stir the soup, process cheese and milk over medium heat until cheese is melted. Stir in salsa & green chilies.



Place a 1/4 cup of meat mixture down the center of each tortilla.

Roll up all burritos and place seam side down on a large microwavable platter. Microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
{Be sure to heat your cheese sauce through for about 3 minutes as well.}

Put 1 burrito on each serving plate, and pour cheese sauce over the top. Add some shredded lettuce, refried beans and corn chips for a completely fast yet delicious meal!

Click & Print! 
Click on recipe and print as 8 1/2 x11 recipe page. ENJOY!

Easy Enchilada Verdes

Gals….it’s time to get dinner on that table! 
Let’s get cookin’!

Buckeye Pie


A few months ago, we had my good friend Krista and her husband Jake over for dinner. Krista and I met in college, we were both Criminal Justice majors. I was from Iowa, she was a local. Somewhere along the line, we just clicked and have became really great friends. So when she asked what she could bring for the dinner, I told her dessert and as usual she did not disappoint.

For weeks after our dinner, I craved this Buckeye Pie (kinda like a Buckeye Bar, but in pie form). I was so excited when she emailed me the recipe that I had to make it right away for our first cook out with our neighbors.


You’ll need Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Butter, Powdered Sugar, Instant Chocolate Pudding and Milk and Cool Whip.


In a bowl combine peanut butter, vanilla and softened butter. Then mix in powdered sugar until the mixture is crumbly. It is easiest to make it crumbly with a fork.


In a separate bowl, prepare instant chocolate pudding according to the package for the pie filling.


Mix in all but 1/4 cup of the peanut butter crumbles.


Pour into a baked pie crust.  Just don’t do what I did and forget to bake the pie crust before filling it. I had to make a graham cracker crust since I put the filling in the pie shell without baking. Opps! 


Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle remaining peanut butter crumbles on top. Refrigerate before serving.


Doesn’t that look fabulous? Thanks Krista for sharing the recipe with me! I might just have to make this again tomorrow!

Click on the link to view a printable version of this recipe: Buckeye Pie


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, I did a lot of baking and cooking so that I had less to do during the week and would be able to spend more time after working doing other things.

DSCN3755The first thing I made was Banana Bread Muffins to use up some banana’s I had that were going bad. At first I was sad that I wasn’t going to be able to use these cute muffin cups that I found at Wal Mart for cupcakes since I didn’t have the stuff to make cupcakes. Then I decided to use them for the muffins.

DSCN3756I also made mini-muffins and put them in snack baggies. I’m going to have to do this more often. They are great for lunches throughout the week and are healthier than those muffin snack packs that you have no idea what’s really in them. 

DSCN3757Something I knew I wanted to make for Valentine’s Day was a cookie pizza. My like step-father used to make these for me all the time and decorate them with frosting. They were always the best. I didn’t have any frosting to decorate it and didn’t feel like making my own, so I used Hershey’s Kisses to make a heart and then outline the pizza.

DSCN3758 I can’t wait to try this!  I used a recipe for peanut butter cookies and cut the recipe in half. You could also do this with Chocolate Chip cookie recipe. I pressed the dough out into a greased pizza pan and dusted it with sugar and baked at 350 degrees until the edges were brown. I forgot to see how long this took.

DSCN3759I also decided to make my wonderful hubby a Valentine’s Day card rather than buy one. I folded a peice of cardstock in half and used my basic Cricut Cartridge to cut out the hearts in various sizes and colors.

DSCN3760I used the same cartridge to cut out the I {heart} You and used the hearts from the middle of the saying (I had two different sizes since the first one I cut was too small) and glued them to the other side. I also used a different cartridge to cut out a bubble and wrote a message on it. Much better than those over price Hallmark cards.


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!


Random Lazy Sunday


It was a lazy Sunday, even for the dogs. Then again, every day is a lazy day for them. I’m pretty sure Daisy stayed curled in a ball on the couch for at least five hours yesterday without moving.  I piddled around the house, caught up on all the DIY/Rachel Ray/ Oprah/ Til Debt Do Us Part shows on the DVR and skimmed through some gossip magazines.


I made the Pioneer Woman’s Sour Cream Enchilada’s for dinner. They were very yummy! My husband thinks he’s going to turn into Pablo since we’ve had Mexican for dinner two nights in a row and Chili is on the menu for this week. 

DSCN3627  I also decided to make French Breakfast Puffs also by Ree.

DSCN3629  They too were yummy, then again I didn’t expect anything less from my new cooking idol. I did think the nutmeg was too much, or could be that I should buy a new bottle since the bottle I have is from Hy-Vee and do you know that last time I went grocery shopping at Hy-Vee was? Although, I probably swiped the bottle from my never-does-any-baking-mom. I’m pretty excited that Ree is doing a book signing in Columbus next month! I’m so there!

I also made her Pig Cake yesterday. It was divine. I didn’t have the ingredients for the frosting, so I improvised, but I’m sure her frosting makes it to die for!


I’ve been seeing these lovely bib necklaces all over the blog world lately and have been dying to make my own. So I did just that yesterday.

I have so much that I need to get done, but my back has been killing me and I can’t stand to do too much at once. I really need to start working out since I’ve stopped a medication and now I feel like my appetite is bigger than it has ever been, ugh!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I hate that they go to fast.


Restaurant Bucket List- Melt Bar & Grill

Recently we have decided to start a bucket list of things we want to accomplish. Then we decided to create another bucket list for restaurants that we want to try.

The hubby and I headed to Cleveland today to take care of some things and had decided that since we’d be up there during lunch, that we would check out Melt Bar & Grill since it was so close to where we would be and was one of the restaurants on the list.


We have been wanting to check out this place for the last year. Or ever since it appeared on Diners, Drive Ins & Dives with Guy Fieri and Man vs. Food with Adam Richmond. They are famous for The Melt Challenge (which had it been in the budget, the hubby would have probably tried it).



This is the challenge… 13 different types of cheeses, slaw, fries and three layers of bread. I hope they keep a cardiologist on stand by. Holy cow is that a lot of cheese!

DSCN3612Instead the hubby had the Fat City Burger. It consisted of a heart attack waiting to happen… Okay, really it had bacon, ham and salami. As you can tell he likes his meat to still moo. 

DSCN3611  I had the Melt Burger with American Cheese. This was by far, the best burger that I have ever had. Oh, my gosh was it good! They were served with a vinegar coleslaw and the best salt and pepper fries ever!

It’s amazing how popular this place is since being on the various TV shows. I had saw on their Facebook page that there were sometimes long waits, so I knew that since we’d be done with our stuff before opening time, that we better get there early and good thing we did. We got there with five minutes until opening time and there was a line at both the front and back door and we were one of the last few people seated before there began a 45 minute wait.

We will definitely be going back sometime to enjoy the great food!  Then on the way home we made a stop at Target closer to home and discovered that another restaurant owned by Iron Chef Michael Symon, that we want to check out is opening soon. So now I’m excited that we won’t have to drive to the other side of Cleveland to check that off our list.


 *** All opinions expressed in this post are solely the opinions of myself and I was not paid to write this stuff, although I would be more than happy to do another review for this restaurant. ***

***  Click on the pictures to be linked to the original source on the website of Melt Bar & Grill ***

Christmas 2010

 DSCN3498 I enjoyed spending time with my mom.

DSCN3499We tried to get Daisy to look at the camera since she tried to get some body part in every picture.

 DSCN3500 So Jake felt left out and needed to be in the Christmas picture.

DSCN3506 My mom, my “niece” Sadie & I.

DSCN3508 The dogs loved their Christmas presents…

DSCN3509 5 days later the toys are still all in one piece (I think that’s cause they were too busy bonding with Grandma).

DSCN3510 Daisy wasn’t happy with her present from Grandma, Doggie Diapers… But Mommy was a happy camper.

DSCN3520  Then she got over the pouting and decided to watch the action.

 DSCN3543 Jake decided the stockings were his new bed.

DSCN3544 And Daisy still wasn’t sure about all this…

DSCN3529The hubby actually listened and got me what I asked for.

DSCN3546 Mom loved her dolphin & GPS so now she won’t get lost leaving here.

DSCN3560 The hubby didn’t allow many pictures due to being sick with the flu for 4 days! I only got this picture so his mom could see what she got him.

DSCN3567 I attempted to venture out of the Stove Top Stuffing Box and make homemade stuffing… It turned out okay.

DSCN3568 But there was no messing up my sister’s amazing corn casserole.

DSCN3569 There was a lot of food for 5 people! It was soo yummy! I haven’t cooked since!

 DSCN3571 The turkey was so moist from the roaster.

DSCN3572 I rock in the dessert department…

DSCN3573 Coconut Cream Pie

DSCN3574 Oreo Cream Pie made with Cheesecake flavored pudding

DSCN3575 Carrot Salad (still not as good as Grandma’s).

DSCN3570I am so thankful to Ms. Martha for this creative idea for displaying cards… I loved how it turned out and had to start taping them to the window.

DSCN3576 My beautiful center piece using candles and Christmas bulbs. Don’t worry, I purchased more the day after.

DSCN3577 I also made this cute tag blanket for my little cousin Spencer who’s just a doll.

DSCN3578Jake got pretty spoiled with Grandma’s heater/massager and comfy throw blankets that I’m pretty sure I’ll have to sell a kidney to purchase the heated pet bed from Petco for our geriatric dog.

DSCN3579 And we couldn’t forget Daisy eating Grandma’s leather coat within 12 hours of Grandma’s arrival. So if any of you creative people out there have any idea’s how to fix this, Grandma would be very appreciative. And just in case you’re wondering, I don’t mean that she just tore up the coat, she swallowed the leather too.

The inside decorations are put away and organized thanks to the new label maker I received… Grandma made it back to Iowa safely… the hubby is feeling better… and I’ve been battling horrible, horrible stomach pains for two days.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.



The Windy City

Oh, how I love Chicago! I am lucky that my mom was born and raised in Chicago and I still have family in the area. I love to visit and spend time in Chicago. So much so that during college, I would make the six hour trip at least once every two months. Okay, maybe I really made the trip just to get my hair done by my fabulous cousin (love you Dawn).

Then life happens and things change like getting married and not being able to be so spontaneous. Halloween weekend we were able to make our first weekend trip together to Chicago for a very quick trip. Unfortunately we had a ton of other stuff on our agenda and weren’t able to fit it and going downtown all in the same day.

But no trip is complete without Chicago food! As a kid, I remember that all of our trips to the Windy City resulted in coming home with many Crave Cases of White Castles (you know, the suitcase looking boxes containing at least 30 sliders) because White Castle didn’t exist west of the Mississippi. Then of course there are the amazing Italian Beef Sandwiches, bests ones are from a place on 79th street in Burbank.

And who could forget about the irresistible Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?

  Source: Photobucket

Those are all the normal cravings during a trip to Chicago. But this time, I was craving something else…. The Submarine Port.DSCN3121

I thank my cousin for this craving. I spent a lot of time with her when she was pregnant and I grew addicted to these garlic fries. They are so delish! They have the best subs too! I had the ham & cheese with lettuce, tomato, onion, and special sauce, warmed. Even my husband gave up the deep dish pizza for these subs and garlic fries, they are that good!

Our next trip to Chicago will allow for more time to show the hubby those more important aspects of Chicago such as the Sears Tower, the Fire Fighter’s Memorial and deep dish pizza.

At last we had a great quick visit with the family.