Category Archives: Recipes


I haven’t made soup yet this winter, and I had myself a hankering for it last week. This soup recipe uses simple ingredients, is quick to throw together, and tastes perfect with french bread and real butter. Even our picky eaters like this recipe. So if you are also hankering a hearty soup, throw this on the stove some afternoon and enjoy! (Note: This is also a great recipe for the crockpot. Set it to low in he morning and it will be ready when you return for dinner.)


In the Kitchen with the Spoon-Lickers

I’ve never been one to lick spoons with brownie mix on it or eat raw cookie dough. It’s not that I won’t do it. I just have a subconscious aversion to it. I don’t know why, but I am sure an overpaid therapist could tie it to a traumatic repressed spoon licking experience from  my youth.

Jer and Sissy are always drooling over the spoon the minute the box of brownie mix hits the counter. I can’t even get the eggs in the bowl before she is hanging over my arm salivating. Her dad has learned to temper his eagerness, but you don’t want to be around the kitchen if some of the batter isn’t reserved for him. (That’s just a joke for those who may be humor challenged today.)

Yesterday, Sissy decided that she wanted brownie’s and ice cream for her birthday dessert today. So I snatched my new apron, (sewn by my sister and gifted by my mom, thank you to them both!) and Sissy got her apron, and we set to work.

In this household, we have discovered a brownie recipe that is easy and makes the best brownie’s ever. I call it “Whole Bag Brownie’s.” It’s simple. One box of Betty Crocker Brownie Mix for a 13×9 pan and one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix the brownies up and add the entire regular sized bag of chocolate chips.That is not a typo. Add the whole bag. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Start checking them at the 35 minute mark.
They are done when a knife inserted 2 inches from the corner comes out clean.

Is it excessive? Yes. Is it wonderful and gooey and how brownies always should have tasted but didn’t know how? YES!

Bake them 25 degrees cooler than you normally would. This makes them bake evenly, though I still don’t understand why. You will want to work out extra the day before and after, but it will be worth every drop of sweat, I promise. (Note: If you didn’t notice there is a brownie smudge on her cheek. The mark of a true spoon-licker.)

I’ve only shared one other recipe on this blog. Click here to view the recipe for Cheesy Taco Surprise.

Creative Cooking: Cheesy Taco “Surprise”

When it’s 3:30 and I haven’t been grocery shopping in a while, I am forced to use my creativity to come up with dinner for the family. Unfortunately, this happens more often than I like to admit. I know I should think ahead and make lists and plan meals. But I don’t. And it forces me to be creative in the kitchen.

So one night last week I hiked up my lounge pants, and headed to the fridge to come up with something that I thought my family would eat. I had leftover taco meat. I knew I wanted to use that. I had cheese and sour cream, but I didn’t have shells or lettuce or tomatoes. A quick trip to the pantry produced a jar of salsa. I peeked at a recipe for cheesy potatoes in my recipe book. As I got the mixing bowl out, I made the executive home managing decision to make “Cheesy Taco Surprise”. I did not add the surprise because I couldn’t come up with a more original recipe title. I used the word surprise because it was surprising how well it turned out and how tasty it was.

This can be mixed and ready for the oven before it pre-heats if you have everything ready to go.

Cheesy Taco Surprise

This can be in the oven in 10 minutes if the ingredients are all ready to go.

Feeds 4 adults (or 2 adults and a 4 little  kids)

  1. 1- 2 cups taco meat
  2. 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese + 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  3. 8 oz sour cream
  4. Small jar of salsa
  5. 1/2 bag southern style frozen potatoes
  6. 1 cup frozen sweet corn

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 dish. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and pour into baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes, give or take.

I’d like to hear your favorite way to use leftover taco meat. Leave me a comment below.

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