Monday, January 23, 2017

Slow Cooker Browned Ground Beef



This is so easy and convenient you are going to wonder why you haven't been doing this all your life. Browning ground beef is something I typically find very tedious when I have to do it standing over the stove. But not any longer. Just tossed in your desired amount of ground beef Frozen from the freezer into a slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.

Then using a potato masher or a meat matter if you have one of those and mash your meat. It will crumble easily. Be sure to put off any grease in the bottom of your pan that you do not want before mashing the meat. See how simple that is.

Then if I am making taco meat I will put it in the frying pan and cook the ground beef with the seasoning packet and water as per the instructions. I have also done with this method with ground turkey and it works well for that too.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Deciding on a Direction

This past week I know there was quite a lack in posts, but that was because I had pre-written everything for the last 3 weeks and I had not gone any further. I enjoyed that time being with my family over the holidays and being present with them and not documenting everything going on or everything I made in order to blog about it.

Some things have changed with my blogging and I have been considering what direction I want to take with it.

For starters, the blog I was paid to write for (Northern Cheapskate) was sold this past fall and I opted to not contact the new owner about writing for them. I had decided to see the direction the blog decided to take and it is not a direction that I feel my posts fit in to and I have no desire to write posts that fit under that new direction.

I have thought a lot about how much (unpaid, uncompensated in any way) time I spend blogging and frankly it is a lot of work not just to write everything but to share it to find readers. I have also decided over the past couple of years so scale back any reviews I do significantly. I only plan to review things I am actually interested in and have a need/want for it.

I still don't know how much I want to write, after 8 years of writing here, I am getting a little burned out and am maybe in a rut. I can't believe it has really been about 8 years already, that's crazy. And considering I started blogging even longer before that, is almost insane. This is not the end of blogging, but I think I need to scale back and give myself permission to not feel guilty about that. I have a couple things I am sharing with you next week, but not sure how much more than that for next week. I have some thinking to do.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Oven Bean and Cheese Burritos


These are super simple and easy  to throw together for a weeknight dinner. My kids love this. Perfect for Meatless Mondays!

Oven Bean and Cheese Burritos

1 can refried beans
1 package soft shells, (8 ct burrito size)
3 green onions, sliced
2 C shredded cheese (reserve 1/2 C)
1 jar of Taco Bell Mild Sauce (or 1 1/2 C or you favorite salsa)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Split refried beans, 1 1/2 C shredded cheese and scallions evenly among 8 burrito shells. 
Fold in opposite sides of the burrito, then fold in the other opposite sides of the burrito creating a rectangle .
Place (end sides down) in a greasded 13x9 baking dish. Make 2 rows of 4 burritos.
Pour mild sauce over the entire dish.
Bake for 1 hour.
Top with reserve 1/2 C shredded cheese the last 5 min of baking.

Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

DIY Cabin Sign

I made this cute sign to go inside of our cabin. We have some other moose decor and so I chose to continue with that. I used my Silhouette machine to print off sticky vinyl and place it on top of a canvas that I had painted. Then I lined the outside of the painting with black gaffer tape I really like how gaffer tape finishes off the outside of a painting

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL



These are some of my favorites from the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach Florida. They offer a evening hours on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. called Art After Dark. This was one of our evening excursions when my husband and I took our 15 year anniversary trip to Florida.

It is a free museum and there is a variety of different exhibitions and collections there. I would plan to spend about an hour here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Drink Your Water


One of my New Year's goals is going to be to try to increase my water consumption. I know I am probably walking around slightly dehydrated. So here is an idea that you can inexpensively create at home to try to help you to remember to drink enough water. This gallon will last me two days and I can refill it whenever I need to.