Happy New Year – Recipe: Taco Dip

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With the exception of taking Gabriel to the doctor for bronchitis, we had a quiet, peaceful New Year’s Eve at home.

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We had delicious snacks,

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watched football,

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and celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of a new one.

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I made this delicious taco dip, which we all love.  It is so easy to throw together, and it can easily be adapted, according to what toppings each family member desires.

Taco Dip

Taco Dip


1 pound ground beef

1 package of taco seasoning

2/3 cups of water

1 can refried beans (we usually use black refried beans)

16 ounces of sour cream

1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded







  1. Add ground beef to a pan and cook over medium high heat.
  2. Drain the grease and add the taco seasoning and water. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  3. In an 8x8 glass pan, spread the refried beans and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  4. Spread the sour cream onto the beans.
  5. Add the taco meat to the top of the sour cream.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese onto the taco meat.
  7. Garnish with cilantro.
  8. You can stop there, or you can continue to add your choice of toppings - salsa, avocado, jalapeno, onions, etc.
  9. Serve with your choice of chips.

Cinco de Mayo Food, Family, and Fun – Recipe: Corn Salsa


We celebrate Cinco de Mayo with my sister’s family every year.  It is a tradition that we all love.  There is Mexican food, a pinata, decorations, a lot of laughter, and good, family fun.  Something special…or different…seems to happen each year that make me remember that specific Cinco de Mayo.  And, I love that.  I love that we have created a tradition for our family that is so much fun that the memories remain with us year after year.






Another thing that I love…When I asked Gabriel if he knew what happened this weekend.  He smiled and said, “Cinco de Mayo!”  While sometimes a little bit of work goes into creating a lot of fun, it is so, so worth it to see that the memories we are creating make such a big impact on our children.





My sister and I had a quick phone call on Sunday that started with, “We  have not discussed our plans for Cinco de Mayo yet.”  I immediately told  her what all I wanted to make, as well as what decorations I already had.  And, she told me what she was headed to the store to buy.  Our plan was put into motion, and we were both giddy.  Yes, it makes people laugh when we tell them how much we love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but that is just part of the fun of it all.  It is a tradition that dates back to when Summer was just 3 weeks old, so this will be our 6th year to celebrate it.  It makes me excited just thinking about.





As I have been planning our menu, I thought of many different things that would be great.



Mexican Pizza would be a great appetizer.  You could make it into a rectangle shape and cut it into small pieces to serve.

Chips and Queso is always a hit,


Especially when you add in a little Pico de Gallo.


This Black Bean Dip is delicious, too. The last time I made it for a get-together, it was a huge hit.


We are having fajitas, and, if I have time, I really want to make these homemade Texas Flour Tortillas.


I really think that these Stuffed Jalapenos would be good inside a fajita. I might just have to give it a try.


And, I am definitely making this Corn Salsa. After drooling over it when I read the amazingly talented Jessica’s blog post, I knew that I needed it in my life very, very soon. I actually made it that weekend, and it was everything that I dreamed it would be. I am sure that you have visited How Sweet It Is on at least one occasion…or maybe you are like me and stalk it multiple times per week. I love her recipes and adore the humor in her blog posts. She creates amazing food, and this Corn Salsa is no exception. If it is making it to our Cinco de Mayo menu, then it must be pretty special, because we do not let just any food make the cut on a day that is so fun for our family.

Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa


1 12-ounce bag of frozen sweet yellow corn, defrosted and drained

2 jalapenos, diced

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 limes, juiced

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine corn, jalapenos, onion, and cilantro in a bowl, and gently mix together.
  2. Pour in the lime juice, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Serve with chips, fajitas, burritos, or tacos.


Making Connections – Recipe: Cucumber Bites


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One of the things that I love about having a blog is that it has made me more aware of all of the amazing bloggers out there.  Sure, I read some blogs before I started my own.  But, I did not read many.  And, I never commented on the ones that I did read.

Now I read several blogs daily, find other blogs through Pinterest, and enjoy leaving comments on blogs and receiving them myself.  Having a blog has opened up my eyes so much.  It has been great to see that there are truly good, wonderful, sweet, supportive people in the world…people who often only meet via their blogs before they ever actually meet in person.

I love finding blogs that speak to me – through food, family, and/or fun.  When I see a mom who has little ones and also loves to cook, I feel an immediate connection, no matter what our backgrounds are.  That is why I like to try out new recipes and then post them here.  While I do have many recipes that I have yet to post and many more that I hope to create, I love trying out recipes that others have already tested in their kitchens.

When I discovered Annie’s Eats, I was thrilled.  Annie’s blog is beautiful, and she is simply amazing.  Not only is she a mom who loves to cook, she is also a resident physician.  When I look at her blog filled with beautiful food photos, I am beyond impressed that she has the time to create recipes.  And, not just any recipes.  They are beautiful, brilliant recipes.  When I saw these Cucumber Bites, I knew that I had to try them.  We had them last weekend for Gabriel’s birthday, and I loved how simple they were to put together, yet how lovely they looked on the food table.  And, as an added bonus, they were delicious, too.

Cucumber Bites

Cucumber Bites


1 English cucumber, partially peeled

1 (5.2 oz) package garlic herb Boursin cheese

2-3 tbsp. heavy cream


    Preparing the Filling
  1. Put the boursin in a small bowl.
  2. Add in 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream, and stir light and smooth.
  3. If needed, stir in an additional tablespoon of cream until the mixture is a good consistency for piping.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip of your choice.
  5. Preparing the Cucumber Bites
  6. Slice the cucumber into ½-inch thick slices.
  7. Gently scoop out most of the seeds from the center of each slice, leaving a small portion to keep the filling from falling out. I just took a knife, cut gently around the seeds, and scooped them out.
  8. Arrange the slices on a serving platter.
  9. Pipe the filling onto each cucumber slice.
  10. Serve chilled.


I shared this post at Delightful Order, Somewhat Simple, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, It’s a Keeper and Fireflies and Jellybeans.