The EASIEST Enchiladas!


The EASIEST Enchiladas! Its a really simple weeknight meal to throw together.

1 lb Ground Beef

1 Medium Onion

1 Tbs minced Garlic

1 tsp Chili Powder (this is up to you, my kids complain if its too spicy though)

1 1/2 tsp Cumin

Salt & Pepper

1 can Refried Beans

1 Pepper (I used Yellow)

5-6 large/Burrito Tortillas

1 jar Salsa

1/2 cup Shredded Cheese


First preheat the oven to 375. Then brown the beef for about 4 minutes then add the sliced onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Once the meet cooked through remove from the pan and place in a large bowl. Put the pan back over heat and saute the sliced peppers.


While the peppers cook, stir occasionally, and mix the can of beans through the meat.

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Add the peppers to the meat as well (peppers need about 4 minutes so they are tender but not squishy)


Grab your tortillas because you are ready to wrap!


Run the meat mixture in a line down the middle of the tortilla.


Fold the top and bottom of the tortilla over the meat.


Fold over one side of the tortilla, then roll towards the open side.




Repeat until meat is all gone.

Cover the enchiladas with your favorite jar of salsa or enchilada sauce.


Then top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese, I used a sharp cheddar, but you could use pepper jack or anything else you have on hand.


Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Its now ready to serve with whatever toppings you like. I had an avacado, but it wasn’t ripe enough so we settled for hot sauce and Sirracha.


So good and so easy! Enjoy!


Turkey Zucchini Lasagna

Turkey Zucchini Lasagna

We had a little ‘Make your own Pizza’ night for Halloween and I had 2 left over jars of sauce, one Garlic Basil and a Vodka sauce, I haven’t made lasagna in about a year so I decided why not? This is the first time I made a lasagna and it wasn’t all soupy and runny, and I have figured out the secret to lasagna…Don’t add so much freaking sauce. Also it helps to mix your meat into the sauce, again making it less saucy.

Turkey Zucchini Lasagna

3 cups of your favorite jar sauce (or in my case 1/2 of each opened jar in your fridge)

1 tbl minced Garlic

1 lb ground Turkey

Salt & Pepper

1/2 medium Yellow Onion

1 Zucchini shredded

15 oz Ricotta Cheese

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

8 oz Fresh Mozzarella

5 oz Parmesan (Freshly shredded)

I’ve made the lasagna before where you use the zucchini as the noodles and it was really good, but incredibly watery even after pre-baking the zucchini to sweat out the water.  I decided to keep this one a little more traditional and shredded the zucchini and added it to the sauce.

First things first, preheat oven to 375, then pour the sauce in sauce pan to simmer with minced garlic.

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Put sauce on low heat and get out a pan to brown the turkey with salt and pepper. Once its brown add the onion and zucchini to the turkey. Cook until the onions are translucent.


Combine turkey pan into your sauce pan.


While these simmer together place the ricotta cheese in a bowl and mix in the Italian seasoning and a little salt & pepper. Slice your mozzarella so its ready also.

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You are now ready to layer! Your first layer will be sauce, then noodle. I buy the oven ready lasagna noodles so I don’t have to cook them first. You can break them to fit your pan size. I used an 10×14 pan.


I buy the oven ready lasagna noodles so I don’t have to cook them first. You can break them to fit your pan size. I used an 10×14 pan.


Now we smear 1/2 the ricotta on top of the noodles, again this works better with noodles that are not cooked.


On top of this layer I add half the sliced mozzarella and half the Parmesan cheese.




Noodle, remaining ricotta, sauce, then top with the second half of the mozzarella and parm cheeses.


You’ll notice the sauce is thick enough its not running down and filling the sides, it’s pretty much staying where I put it. This is ideal. You’re lasagna is going to taste amazing regardless, so don’t be too concerned.

Cover with tin foil and bake for an hour.


Here is the lasagna after an hour when I removed the foil. Now bake for an additional 15 minutes sans foil.

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There she is in all her glory. It was delicious! Lulu said it was the best I ever cooked.

Enjoy! Don’t forget to vote!!

Kind of a Chicken Pot Pie with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes


It’s sort of like a chicken pot pie, but with Parmesan mashed potatoes. Mmmmmmm….

1 lb Chicken (I get our chicken from Doorganics, and the tenderloins are WAY cheaper)

1 tbl Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

4 large Carrots

2 cups Chopped Green Beans

1 tbl Minced Garlic

1/2 tsp Thyme

1/2 tsp Rosemary

4-5 shakes Coriander

3 tbl Butter

1/4 cup Flour (I use whole wheat flour)

2 cups Chicken Broth

3/4 cup Milk (I use whole, but you could use cream)


1/2 lb Potatoes (I used small red potatoes)

1 tbl Butter

2 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/4 cup Milk

3 tbl Parmesan Cheese

I LOVE cast iron skillets, If you don’t have on I suppose you’ll live, but you should go check out TJMaxx they have them all the time and they are amazing and worth it. Just saying.

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken. Heat olive oil over medium heat and brown the chicken. While it browns start the water for the potatoes.


Add carrots to the chicken pan and continue to cook.


Once the chicken has cooked through, about 8 minutes, remove from the pan and chop into bite sized pieces, then add back to the pan.

To the carrots and chicken add, green beans, minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, and coriander.


Add 3 tablespoons butter to the chicken pan and melt.


once it has melted add flour, this is how we are going to create the gravy sauce.


The flour will coat everything in the pan. Allow the flour to cook for a few minutes to absorb all the flavors. Then add chicken broth.


Increase the heat to medium high and allow the broth to simmer until it thickens. If it looks really thick its okay, we’re going to add milk to the sauce too. 5-7 minutes simmering should be perfect. Add the milk and simmer 3-4 minutes more.


While the sauce thickens, drain the water from the potatoes and then add all the ingredients into the potato pot.


I like my potatoes skin on and kind of lumpy, but you can mash them to your preference. The Montreal Steak seasoning is my husbands secret ingredient, and it sounds kind of crazy, but its delicious.

Now that your potatoes are done the chicken pot pie part should look like this:


Place a scoop of potatoes in a bowl and top with chicken pot pie



Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Well life kind of got away from me yesterday, so this is a day late, but here it is!

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

1 medium Yellow Onion

1 tbl Olive Oil

1 tsp Salt

1 tbl Minced Garlic

1 small Butternut Squash (peeled and cubed)

1 lb Ground Beef

2 tbl Italian Seasoning

3 cups Cabbage/kale

1 can Tomato Sauce (28 oz)

2 cups Chicken Broth

1 cup Rice (Brown)

Heat the olive oil in the pot and add onion and salt. Allow to saute for a few minutes. Add the garlic and butternut squash, the squash is optional, but its a great way to get the kids to eat more veggies. It was Lulu’s favorite part of the soup, she thought they were potatoes. If you don’t have squash add some carrots instead.

Sqoosh all the veggies over and brown the meat on the other side of the pot.


You could also substitute the beef for turkey.


While the meat is browning add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. When the meat has cooked through add the cabbage, I used cabbage and kale.


Allow the cabbage to wilt only slightly before adding the tomato sauce and chicken broth.


This is our favorite kind of tomato sauce, if you are going to use canned. A lot of canned sauces taste overly sweet and you have cook them even longer to reduce that sweet flavor.

If you are using instant rice go ahead and let it cook in the sauce, if you aren’t I recommend cooking the rice according to the package before adding it to the soup. Hard rice is sad rice.


And there you have it, Stuffed Cabbage Soup. I like to add a bay leaf while it simmers.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins


I love all things pumpkin. Sunday after church we tried to go to Robinettes the local apple haus, our plan was to get apples for applesauce and a pumpkin pie for family dinner later that night. We got to Robinettes as they were opening and the line was already out through the parking lot…so we ate our picnic on one of their tables outside and went home to make our own pumpkin treat.

and so I introduce you to Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins

1/3 cup Butter

1 cup Sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)

1 cup Pumpkin Puree

2 Eggs

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/4 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 cups Flour (I used whole wheat)

1/4 cup Milk

8 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 cup Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. We used some muffin liners because we had some Halloween ones on hand.


I had some extra helpers in the kitchen…

Mix butter, 1 cup sugar, and pumpkin


Add in eggs, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda. Mix these items, then add half the flour, then the milk, then the remaining half of the flour. I use my 1/4 cup measuring cup with handle to scoop into the muffin trays, it keeps them consistently the same size and doesn’t over fill the tin.


Here are my new measuring cups from World Market, and Brandon measuring the sugar, only $12!

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For the cream cheese fililng mix cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and the vanilla. I put a tablespoon of the filling on each muffin and baked, but next time I am going to layer the filling. So a little batter, then a little filling, then a little more batter. Let me know which way you try.

Bake for 25 mins or until a tooth pick comes out clean.


Cuddle your babies while you wait for the muffins to bake.



Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

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There is butter in Butter Chicken, but not much so don’t be alarmed.

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

3 tbl Butter

1 Medium Yellow Onion

1 tbl Minced Garlic

1 1/2 tsp Minced Ginger (or ground)

1 tsp Garam Masala (which is a blend of spices I didn’t have so I blended 1/4 tsp of each: black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Go heavy on the pepper)

1/4 tsp Cayenne (I went light on spice for my kiddos, feel free to add more)

1 tsp Salt

1 lb Chicken (I used organic chicken tenderloins via

1 can (14.5 oz) Fire Roasted Tomatoes

1 can (15oz) Tomato Sauce

1/3 cup Whole Milk (you can use cream if you prefer)

1 cup Peas (frozen works great)

Place butter, chopped onion, garlic, ginger, ‘garam masala’, cayenne, salt and chicken in crockpot.

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Go outside with a handsome little man and play.


(If you are leaving the house and won’t be back until its time to eat just add everything into the Crock Pot except the cream and peas, add those just before serving and should only need a few minutes to cook).

When you come back from you’re play date the slower cooker should look like this:

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Add tomatoes and tomato sauce. When you are ready to serve add milk and peas, and allow to cook for a few minutes.

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I cooked some rice while the peas and milk simmered and served with store bought Naan.

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Family Reviews:

Brandon “We should eat this every night.”

Addy “It’s good, I like the bread.”

Lulu “I only like the bread.”

Wyatt (ate 2 bowls)

Happy Friday! Have an amazing weekend!

We called it ‘Dirty Rice’…

Dirty Rice

(Rice Bowl, Kielbasa Risotto, Rice and Sausage….I don’t know what you want to call it, but it was good)

1 lb Kielbasa

2 tbl Olive Oil

1 Medium Yellow Onion

1/2 pint Grape Tomatoes

1 Handful chopped kale (or spinach/brussel sprouts)

1/4 cup White Wine

1 tbl minced Garlic

salt & pepper

1 cup Rice (I used brown)

1 cup Broth (I used veggie broth)

1 can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 tsp Sirracha

1 jar Salsa (I used a homemade jar of my moms)

Toppings: Avocado, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, whatever tickles your fancy

Brown the Kielbasa in the olive oil

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I chop the veggies(onion, kale, tomatoes) while it browns, then remove the kielbasa and allow to cool. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and allow the alcohol to cook off for about 1 minute.

Add the chopped veggies, garlic, salt & pepper.

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Reduce heat and cover, stirring frequently.

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Once the onions are translucent and the kale has wilted, ‘squoosh’ the veggies to one side and add rice.

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Allow the rice to toast for a few minutes before adding broth. Check your rice instructions for cooking time(I used instant brown so this was a quick meal).

While the rice cooks, chop the kielbasa (on an angle if you’re feeling fancy) and add back to the pan when rice is finished ie all the liquid has absorbed.

Add beans, sirracha, salsa and stir together.

I topped mine with avocado, cilantro, and some Frank’s Hot Sauce (because I really do put that sh*t on everything).

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Feel free to substitute the kielbasa for chorizo, chicken or steak. What would you put in your dirty rice?

Butternut Squash Bisque

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I had some butternut squashes from our organic grocery delivery service, shout out to, so I decided to make some butternut squash bisque to accompany the meatloaf my husband was making. After church on Sundays you would be hard pressed to get our family to leave the house. It’s our day to relax, and when we relax we generally are cooking.

Butternut Squash Bisque

2 butternut squashes

1 medium yellow onion

1 medium apple

3 carrots

2 tbls butter

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 tsp cayenne

salt & pepper

 vegetable broth

1 tsp nutmeg

whole milk (cream or 1/2 & 1/2 will work also)

Cut squash in half, drizzle some olive oil and season with salt & pepper, then roast at 425 for 45-60 minutes. While they roast chop the onion, apple and carrots.

or have your handsome assistant chop them for you.
or have your handsome assistant chop them for you.

Melt butter in a pot and add chopped items, garlic, and cayenne. Leave over medium heat covered, and stir often.

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Once the squash have cooled a bit, spoon out the squash from their peel and add to your pot with the apple and veggies.

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Add 2 cups vegetable broth or enough to cover the squash. Then I grate some fresh nutmeg into the soup.

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Aren’t hazelnuts pretty?

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I use an emulsion blender to combine my soup, you could use your food processor or regular blender as well.

Now is also a good time to see if you need a little more salt & pepper. When you are ready to serve the soup add the milk and mix it through.

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Here is the final product! We brought the bisque, meatloaf, and potatoes to our neighbors for Sunday football. I used the soup as a gravy on my 14 month old’s serving of meatloaf and he ate TWO bowls!!

Chicken Sweet Potato Soup with Rice

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Nothing like a little inspiration from your butter before you start cooking.

Chicken Sweet Potato Soup with Rice

2 Tbl Butter

1 medium Onion (I used a yellow)

4 medium Carrots

2 small Sweet Potatoes

2 Tbl minced Garlic

2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1 tsp Thyme

1 lb Chicken (I used tenderloins)

1 1/2 cups Brown Rice

1/2 cup White Wine (I had a Riesling open, just use what you have)

2 1/2 – 3 cups Chicken Broth

1 Bay Leaf

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Saute onions, butter, salt & pepper until onions become translucent. Add garlic and saute until fragrant.

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Chop carrots and sweet potatoes and add to onions.

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Push the veggies to one side of the pot and brown chicken on the other, I cubed the chicken up before browning it. Once chicken has cooked, I deglaze the pan with the white wine. Which is just a fancy way of saying, scrape the brown chicken and veggie bits off the bottom of the pan because they add a lot of flavor and you want that in the broth. Allow the wine to cook a bit before adding rice and chicken broth, maybe 2 minutes. I add enough broth to cover the rice, and once the rice cooks you may want to add a little more. Add a bay leaf while the rice simmers, depending on what type of rice you use this could be ready to eat in about 10 minutes, but with most things in life…the longer it cooks the better it tastes.

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Enjoy and please share how your soup turns out! What did you garnish your soup with?

Pumpkin Spice No Bake Cookies

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If you know me then you know I can’t bake very well. My chocolate chip cookies usually bake and run into one giant cookie or they puff up like muffin tops. They taste delicious! I’m just not one to ‘follow a recipe’ or ‘measure very accurately’ or ‘remember to set a timer’. You would think I’d have found no bake cookies a lot sooner if life, but this was my first attempt and I will be making them again! I made a double batch and handed them out to neighbors, you don’t have to, but it would be really sweet of you and you’d probably earn some good karma points.

Here is the Recipe- adapted from (they use pumpkin pie spice, I made my own)

3/4 of a stick of butter

1 1/2 Cups sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)

1/2 cup brown sugar

2/3 Cup Milk (feel free to try almond milk etc, I used whole)

1 box (3.4 oz) Instant pumpkin spice pudding mix

3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( OR 3 dashes cinnamon, 1.5 dashes ground cloves, 1 pinch fresh ground nutmeg, 1 dash ground ginger) No I don’t know what a dash is, I eye ball it until it all looked to be about a teaspoon and go heaviest on the cinnamon)

1 tsp vanilla extract

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Melt butter in a sauce pan and add sugars and milk. Bring to a boil and then let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add pudding, spice, vanilla. Stir to combine and then pour over oats (you can add your oats to your sauce pan, but as I said I did a double batch and needed a larger bowl). Take a spoonful and drop onto wax or parchment paper. Let cool, or place in refrigerator for instant gratification.


Lulu (4) “Mom, this is the best cookie ever.”

Addy (8) “Mmmmm, can I have one in my lunch tomorrow?”

Wyatt (1) Ate a few bites then used his hair as a napkin to wipe off the stickiness.

I personally found them a bit sweet, but I tend to go for savory over sweet unless I’m PMSing.

Thanks for reading and please leave me a review once you make your own!

xo Kate