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.

A New Year!!

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I am really seldom one to speed up time.  I try to always enjoy the moment, soaking up each day.

However, when the last day of 2013 arrived, I looked at Sean and said, “Good riddance!”

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Yes, there was good in 2013, and we celebrated it, breathed it in, and were thankful.

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However, there were some hard days, too.  Really hard days.  In the midst of the hard, though, I realized how much I appreciate my husband, my children, my mom, my dad, my sister, and our family, as a whole.  When I was weak, they made me strong.  When things just kept falling like dominoes, they helped me stack them back up.

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Not getting my dream teaching job was hard and losing Dakota was even harder.  However, when 2013 came to an end, I looked at my family, at my life, and I realized how much I had grown.  That which does not destroy us makes us stronger.  It is true.

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I must admit, though, that when we rang in 2014, I had to pray that my strength is not tested in this year.  I hoped for joy, happiness, health, courage, and peace.

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The word that I chose for 2014 is “live”.  After everything that I endured in 2013, I decided that the best thing that I can do in 2014 is to live.  I just want to be present and enjoy the moments, big and small, without worrying about the future.  I want 2014 to be the best year yet for my sweet family!

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