Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Food Love - Deep Dish Taco Pizza

Fast, easy and yummy -- kids will love to help with this fun family dinner! 

Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle biscuits serve as the pizza crust for our Deep Dish Taco Pizza made with ground beef, taco seasonings, cheddar cheese, olives, tomatoes, and lettuce

One can Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Homestyle refrigerated biscuits
One pound ground beef
One package taco seasoning mix
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
Shredded lettuce
Chopped tomato or halved cherry tomatoes
Halved or sliced pitted ripe olives
Sour cream

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.  

In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Add taco seasoning mix and water called for on seasoning mix package.  

Separate the dough into biscuits and press into the bottom and up the side of pie plate to make the crust. Spoon beef mixture into crust. 

 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is very light golden brown. Top with cheese; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese melts.  

 Serve topped with lettuce, tomato, olives and sour cream, or your favorite taco toppings.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

OMG Are You Super Woman?

Yes, yes I am. How can you tell? Is it the smartphone I read while taking notes and eating lunch? It is the briefcase, the purse, the packed lunch and the laptop bag? Or could it be the sparkle in my eye that says “I dare you”?

Every woman in today’s world is a Super Woman, whether you are Ivanka Trump, Condoleezza Rice, or Susie Homemaker. To survive in the ADD driven society around us, we all must be super women. There is no choice.

I save the world, or my little place in it, every day. Sometimes staying up until midnight finishing a school project that is due tomorrow--and just happened to get forgotten about right after it was assigned two weeks prior.

Other times changing out of my comfy sweats to prove to the local store clerk at GameStop that my seventeen-year-old son, is, in fact, seventeen, so he can purchase the “M” rated game with his Christmas money.

I also display my extraordinary powers when I come to the one o’clock client meeting with the charts and data they are expecting, despite the fact they never, in fact, verbalized the need.

To those who know me well, it is just who I am. It is expected. Those who encounter me for the first time it might think I do have superpowers granted from a far off world beyond the sun. Either way, the label Super Woman is succinct and gets the point across, although I am of the opinion I am no different than any other woman, I just know how to work it a little bit more.

To start the ball rolling I will tell you a little about me, and I mean a little – I am a woman--and yes I have double checked, no demon, male hating entity here. Divorced with three children, a dog, and three cats. I love every single one to death! I have a best friend by the name of Brenda, for whom you will hear me reference often.  I live in northern Texas, I grew up on the East Coast, lived in Las Vega for a spell (best damn time I have ever had…) and then the West Coast.

I work for a Document Solutions Company on a national team of seven people, each of whom I consider family. I am also a romance novelist–no really check it out on Amazon! I have lots of unrealistic goals, worries, financial obligations. Kids who think money grows on trees, and credit is free money, All of the stress to go along with being a single lady, mother, sister – yes I have a younger sister—daughter, friend, co-worker, blogger, author and expert. Can I do it all?

Tell me I can’t – I dare ya!

I do it all every day – yes every day, and so do you! That is my point. Every person reading this is amazing, astounding and a hero to someone. Remember that, and I will try and remind you and me of it now and again.

Looking for a break, go see Wonder Woman June 2nd!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Food Love - Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

I LOVE my slow cooker / crock pot and this is a super-easy dish for a night when you have a little extra time. Chicken is savory and so yummy all by itself as the sauce and delish! Shown in the picture with regular noodles, I prefer egg noodles.

3 lbs chicken pieces
1 (2/3 ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix
4 tablespoons melted butter (divided)
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
8 ounces cream cheese
1⁄2 cup chicken broth

Place chicken pieces in crock pot and sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan and sauté onion and garlic. Add Cream of Chicken Soup, cream cheese, and chicken broth. Stir until smooth.
Add this mixture to crock pot and cook on low for an additional hour.

I served this with some wide egg noodles and broccoli! Yummy!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Coming Soon To Freeform - The Bold Type

"The Bold Type" is inspired by the life of "Cosmopolitan" editor in chief, Joanna Coles. The show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women's magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type. 

Premieres July 11th - Check your local listings for time and channel

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Idea's! - Don't Forget May 14th 2017

We LOVE Mom and want to spend lots of money on her, but alas, funds are tight and we must make due. Besides if your Mom is anything like mine, she would rather less money more love! Here are some in expensive ideas for your Mom this Mother's Day!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries – This is a simple one you can have your children contribute to. It is quick, easy and fairly mess-free.Needed, strawberries and hardening chocolate, I always use Dolci-Frutta. Fairly reasonably priced and always yummy. Clean the strawberries and dry. Put down some wax or parchment paper to lay out your strawberries to dry after dipping.  Dip your berries in as much or as little chocolate as you want. Let them harden and you are finished. Put them in a Tupperware container or run to your local craft store and find a wooden or paper box you can decorate. 

This is the basics, if you want to be an overachiever, you can create a strawberry bouquet using wooden skewers and a vase.  I would love to see your final products, so send them to me!! Here is a YouTube Link to help!

Mom's Spa Day – A little more expensive but if you shop smart you can pull this off without wrecking your budget.  The idea is to create a 'spa day' experience for your Mom at home. Now there is the quick and easy version of this and then there is the over achiever version.

Quick and Easy
A soft cozy large body towel
Scented bubble bath
A smutty romance
Two candles (unscented)
Small box of chocolates
Gift Bag
Load everything into the gift bag
Throw in your mother's day card and some tissue paper.

Mother's Day Overachievers

A soft cozy large body towel
Favorite scented bubble bath, body wash, and body lotion
A smutty romance
Small box of chocolates
Green Apple (this is totally optional, all I know is when I have gone the real spa a Green apple tastes decadent after a long soak.)

Two scented candles that compliment the favorite fragrances
An inflatable tub pillow
Purchase a decorative hat box from the local craft store or a nice study basket
(I prefer the hatbox because after opened Mom can put the lid on and use for future bath fun or something else.)
Purchase a roll of clear cellophane
Pretty colored ribbon to match your towel

Load everything into the hatbox. Use your talents to make it pretty and all display like.
Wrap the whole thing in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.

Here is a step by step guide on Wiki-How


Then you can go super easy with the whole gift card inside a card. Is it a cop out? Probably, but it is the ONLY way to ensure your Mom gets exactly what she wants/needs. You cannot lose with any of these on Mother's Day:

Kindle (yes, you can purchase a gift card for your Mom's Kindle!) and remember she doesn't have to have a Kindle. The Kindle eBook App is available for tablets, phone and computers!

A local spa or masseur

Manicure / Pedicure

Any Maid Service (Merry Maid, Molly Maid and the Maids all have gift certificate options and are all over the country)

Last but certainly not least, a good old fashioned love letter is always an excellent call on Mother's Day!. If you are not a person who writes, here are some cheats for you.

Love – whole list of love letters for Moms. Read some and take what fits you best for your Mother's Day note. -  Read the cards for inspiration. Why not just buy the card? It means more if it is handwritten. With everything printed and digitized in today's world a handwritten note is appreciated and treasured, especially on Mother's Day.

Quotes About Mothers – Again you can peruse for inspiration or jot a few down on some nice stationary.

How ever you decide to celebrate your Mom always be sure it comes from the heart! After all, she is your Mom!

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