Taco Salad

Taco Salad

I love that my blog will be handed down to our kids someday and one thing I want is to share some of our favorite meals. This space is not only our life journal but a home cookbook for our little family.
Taco Salad is about as simple as it gets and is a new favorite in our house. It takes no time to make. My mom actually gave me this recipe {where most come from} and we really enjoy it!
Ingredients:
1 bag of Doritos {Mom uses Spicy Nacho}
I large head of lettuce
2 large tomatoes {I used more since they were small}
Green onions
1 can of Mexican beans {hot beans} DRAIN JUICE
Shredded cheese {sprinkled}
Zesty Italian dressing
*My mom puts radishes in her salad but we choose not to. Just preference.
I start off my adding chips to the bottom of the bowl.
Cut your lettuce and then add to the bowl.
What I like to do is add the chips and lettuce in layers. Chips, lettuce, chips, lettuce. This way its evenly distributed.
 Dice tomatoes and green onions.
 Add to bowl.
 Next, add in the beans but make sure you drain the juice off first. Stir mixture and sprinkle in shredded cheese on top.
I let everyone add their own dressing when they fix a bowl of salad. My husband personally likes ranch on his.
This is a super simple recipe and makes a great meal! Prep time is around 10 minutes and this feeds about 4-6 people depending on portion size. If you would like to feed more just double.
Enjoy! :)
Easy Crock-Pot Stew

Easy Crock-Pot Stew

 This is one of my favorite recipes and a frequent meal in our home. It’s simple, quick, and is easy clean-up that usually leaves us with 1-2 days worth of left overs. :)
 Ingredients:
Stew Meat
Potatoes
1 Onion
2 Cans of Stewed Tomatoes
2 Cans of Green Beans
 2 Cans of Corn
Carrots {Optional-not in this recipe}
1 Large Can of Tomato Juice
Water
Salt + Pepper
 I first cut up the meat into smaller pieces and cut the fat off. You can slow cook your meat with an onion and a little water and then add the rest of your ingredients later but since I slow cook mine all day, I toss everything in at once.
Next I peel and cut my potatoes and add to crock-pot. There isn’t a specific number I use. Generally, it depends on the size and if we want more or less.
Cut the onion and add in. I like to cut mine into strips but it is strictly preference. I think the onion is essential for flavor.
 Next, add in two cans of corn and two cans of green beans.
 Be sure to drain the juice from both. Obviously fresh, home grown veggies is best but if that isn’t an option, these are the brands that I like to use.
 Pour in the two cans of stewed tomatoes.
 Then pour in your large can of tomato juice. Once everything is in the crock-pot, I add in water until it is filled to the rim. Be sure to season with salt and pepper and stir.
I throw this together in about fifteen minutes early in the morning and cook on low all day. We usually have dinner around 6:30-7:00 so it cooks for at least 11 to 12 hours. I will check to make sure the potatoes and meat are done. If so, your stew is ready!
Like I said, this huge pot lasts us for a few days and is a favorite go-to meal. Recipe credits go to my mom! She makes the best! :) Enjoy and please comment or email if you have questions!
Princess Punch

Princess Punch

Today I am sharing my favorite party punch recipe! I got this punch from my mom and we use this at about every shower and party we host. It is so good and easy to make.
Ingredients:
1 small {3 oz.} package of strawberry Jell-O
4 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 can of frozen lemonade {I use pink Minute Maid}
1 large can {46 oz} of pineapple juice
2 liters of ginger ale
1. At least 24 hours before the event you will need to prepare the punch. Dissolve jello and sugar into water. If you use hot water it dissolves faster. Add lemonade, pineapple juice, and mix well. Pour into a deep container and freeze overnight.
2. The day of the event, take punch out of freezer and let it defrost a little. I usually give it an hour. Scoop out of your container and put it into your punch bowl. My bowl is large so I scoop out the entire container and then add 1 liter of ginger ale over the top.
We absolutely love this punch and it always goes quickly. We make about 2 to 4 containers depending on how many guests we have. I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try it! :)
Ice Chest Tea

Ice Chest Tea

Today I’m sharing a recipe that I used at our Fourth of July get-together.
I love making this drink for large family gatherings because it is super simple, easy to make and serves many.
Serves:
About 40 (maybe more)
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Ingredients:
3 8lb. bags of ice (we like to use Braums or Sonic ice)
2 cups of Lipton Instant Iced Tea (un-sweet)
7 cups of sugar
1 frozen pink lemonade
3 lemons sliced (not squeezed)
3 oranges sliced (not squeezed)
2 gallons of water
First, add your 3 bags of ice to your ice-chest. I like to use the smaller rounded ice you get from Braums or Sonic because it doesn’t melt as fast.
Mix two cups of Lipton Instant Tea with one gallon of water in a bowl. When both are mixed together thoroughly, dump into ice-chest.
Next, bring the other gallon of water to a boil and add it to the 7 cups of sugar. Mix well until all is dissolved and then add to the ice-chest.
Add your frozen lemonade (mine wasn’t so frozen after making it home from the grocery store) directly into the ice chest.
 Mix everything together thoroughly.
Slice oranges and lemons and add to the ice chest.
Mix well and the tea is ready to serve!
If you are not a big sweet fan then this won’t be your drink of choice but it is something easy to bring and is usually a hit! I love to change it up a bit and add something different to a family cookout.
Enjoy!