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Country Porch Friends Blog Party

Thank you Esther for hosting this blog party!

In case you didn’t know, Esther and I have been friends for many, many years. We first became friends as pen pals and our friendship has grown over the years. She is truly a great person, who I admire for all that she does.

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Let me introduce myself to those of you who are new to my little corner of the blogosphere.  I’m Amber and I’ve been blogging here at Luv, Laughter & Happily Ever After for two years now. I first started blogging while I was recovering from foot surgery in October 2009. I had been following blogs for years, but had just then discovered coupon, sewing and home décor type blogs and was intrigued. I figured since I’m all domesticated, that I would start blogging to share our life with our friends and family.

I’m originally from Iowa {Go Hawks!} but moved to Ohio in 2002 for college and I decided to stay here after graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. Currently, I’m a social worker by day and a domesticated housewife by night.

I married by best friend and husband in 2008. In January 2009 we decided that we were going to begin to expand our family, but God had other plans for us. Over those next few months, I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and have struggled with infertility ever since. For more information on our TTC Journey, check out Our Journey.

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In what spare time I can find these days, I love to cook, scrapbook, sew and create new projects. I believe that my true calling is to be an event planner. I love planning parties! I am also a crazy couponer and like to post about the crazy deals I find to help inspire others.

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Currently I have a list almost a mile long of projects that need tackled before that bad four letter word hits the ground {this is Ohio we’re talking about}. I’m also in the process of planning a baby shower for one of my best friends and have plenty of posts coming up featuring baby shower decorations.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you’ll stick around. And if you stick around long enough, there might just be a give away coming up once I hit 150 fans on Facebook.

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Tocoritos

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My great friend Esther @ Our Simple Country Life had Tocorito’s on her menu a few weeks ago and I had no idea what they were. So she sent me the recipe and I had to try them ASAP! O.M.Gee they were so good that even the hubby said they were a keeper!

Thanks Esther for letting me share the recipe!

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Brown hamburger and sausage (we only used hamburger this time) and make the sauce while the hamburger is browning. Mix refried beans into the hamburger and sausage. Then add some sauce to the tortilla.

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Fill with the hamburger mixture and top with cheese. I love the new Kraft with Philly cheese, it just melts so well (this is my own opinion and I was in no way compensated for this statement although).

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Pour some of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Roll the tortillas up and place in the dish.

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Top with the rest of the sauce and more cheese.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes until cheese is melted.

I used small tortilla shells, so we had enough left over to freeze. They tasted just as good the second time around.

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    Tocoritos

    From: Our Simple Country Life

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 4 cups water
    • 3 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • 1 cup refried beans
    • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
    • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    • Optional toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced ripe olives and sour cream

    Directions

    • In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in chili powder and garlic salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
    • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the beef, sausage and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in refried beans; heat through.
    • Spread 1/4 cup sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread 1 tablespoon sauce over each tortilla; place 2/3 cup meat mixture down the center of each. Top each with 1/4 cup cheese. Roll up and place seam side down in prepared dish. Pour remaining sauce over the top; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
    • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve with optional toppings if desired. 
    • Yield: 8 servings {this also freezes well}

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