Enchilada Pasta

This meal combines pasta and enchilada yumminess instead of wrapping the enchilada filling in a tortilla.

Tim and I liked it, but I would definitely use more cumin next time. Maybe a good teaspoon?  We love the flavor cumin adds, and that is our personal preference. Please feel free to adjust according to your preference.

After reading the comments on the blog post, I decided to go with what they were saying and only used a 12 ounce bag of egg noodles.  It made PLENTY.

I used the whole 8 ounce block of cream cheese because otherwise the 3 ounces remaining probably would have gone to waste.  I thought it was just fine that way.

I also used a drained can of corn because I did not have a bag of frozen corn at home that day.

This recipe comes from budgetsavvydiva.com/2014-12-one-pan-enchilada-pasta-recipe/

As one person said in the comments, this is certainly not a one pot recipe, so I omitted that from the name of the recipe.

Enchilada Pasta

1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon chili powser
1/4 teaspoon cumin
5 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup light sour cream
10 ounce can enchilada sauce
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
4 oz diced green chiles
16 ounce extra wide egg noodles
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook egg noodles according to directions while browning the beef in another pan. Season beef with salt and pepper
Once fat is drained from the beef, add cumin and chili powder and cream cheese. Mix until well melted.
In a bowl, mix enchilada sauce, corn, sour cream, Monterrey Jack cheese and chiles. Add in cooked pasta and beef. Mix well. Place into a 9 x 13 casserole dish. (I sprayed my pan with Pam.) Top with Cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.


Greeting Cards

The other day I was at Target.  I needed to pick up a couple of birthday cards while I was there.  I know!  I make birthday cards. Sometimes I know that the recipient doesn’t even really pay attention to the fact that they are getting a hand made card, so on a few occasions I do send a store bought card.

I know I could go to the Dollar Store and get these cards, and honestly, sometimes I do!

I seriously could not believe how expensive these cards were at Target. I’m sure they are pricey everywhere – not just Target.  Wow!

Let me tell you that the $9 I paid for the two cards I bought sure does justify my stamping habit!  I can make a lot of cards for that $9.  Of course there are consumables in card making, but the ink pads and stamp sets can be used over and over to make a lot of cards.

Maybe from now on I will stick to hand made cards and leave the expensive cards in the stores.  🙂

Loving Memories Sympathy Card


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Sympathy cards can be hard to make.  I do like to have a few extra made in my stash though.  This card is extremely simple, but yet I really like how it turned out.  I sent this card to my Sister-in-law’s mother when her husband recently passed.


Well shoot!  Now that I look closely at the picture I see a bit of embossing powder scattered on me.  I even made sure to use my Embossing Buddy.  I blame the fact that our apartment is SO dry and everything seems to have a static charge to it.

The Embossing Buddy is a super great tool to use.  Use it by rubbing it all over the piece of card stock you are going to emboss on before you stamp on it.  Then stamp your image, use your embossing powder, shake off the extra embossing powder and heat up.  The Embossing Buddy helps keep random lil parts of the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want them to stick.  They are cheap (in my opinion) in the Stampin’ Up! catalog. I use mine every time I heat emboss. 🙂

It is my unprofessional opinion that the Crumb Cake ink from Stampin’ Up! goes so well with the gold embossing. I used that to stamp the sentiment inside the card. There is always the option to emboss in gold as well, but I prefer to use the Crumb Cake.

Please let me know what you think of the white on white card stock on this card. Thank you! 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Loving Memories
Ink: Encore Gold Ink
Other: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Gold embossing powder, Embossing Buddy

NON SU! Product: Neenah 110lb card stock (embossed pieces), Papertrey Ink white card stock (for the base)

Here is a link to the Embossing Buddy if you want to take a look…

Tim’s West African Peanut Chicken



I am a very spoiled girl.  Tim is such a good cook, and I am truly blessed to have him in my life.  He experimented with supper one night, and I absolutely loved it. Ok, he did too!  I asked if he would mind if I shared the recipe here. He said it was all good! It had a bit of zing to it. The peanut butter was AWESOME!

I am attaching a iink to berbere seasoning in case you are curious about what that is. It does have a bit of zip to it, so we don’t use a lot of it.

Tim’s West African Peanut Chicken
1 pound chicken, diced
1 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon berbere
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup peanut butter

Heat olive oil in pan. Add chicken and spices to pan. Brown chicken stirring frequently. Add tomatoes (do not drain). Bring to a boil. Cook stirring constantly for 2 – 3 minutes. Add peanut butter stirring until peanut butter is melted and completely mixed in. Reduce heat and simmer until most of the liquid is reduced. Enjoy served over rice.

Sale A Bration and Occasions!


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It is the most wonderful time of the year again!  Well, if you are a Stampin’ Up! junkie like I am!  It is Sale a Bration AND Occasions time!  WOOT WOOT!  FREE PRODUCT!

This year Stampin’ Up! is doing things a little differently.  There are free items for $50 purchases and $100 purchases.  Check it out here:


The Occasions Catalog has some super great stuff in it!  A couple of my favorites that I really hope to order are the Beautiful Day stamp set and Perennial Birthday (I really need to freshen up my birthday sentiments!).

Don’t forget to stop over at the clearance rack and check that out as well!

Happy shopping! If you need a referral to a demonstrator, please let me  know!

Blue & Silver Wacky Wishes Thank You Card


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It is always a great idea to have a few thank you cards on hand. You never know when the need for one might pop up.

I have been so happy that Stampin’ Up! brought back the glossy card stock.  I love using it for several techniques. This is not a special technique. I just used a Kaleidacolor Ink Pad and my brayer to ink up the glossy card stock before running it through the Big Shot.

It is another simple card, but I think it is fun with all of the different shades of blue.


Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Wacky Wishes
Card Stock: Bashful Blue and glossy
Ink: Frost Kaleidacolor Ink
Other: Crop-o-dile, Brilliant Blue star brads

Non SU! Product:
Neenah 110lb white card stock, silver wire ribbon from Michaels, Thank You embossing folder

Thank you for stopping by!

20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup



It has been cold lately.  Soup has sounded good more often than not!

This soup intrigued me because it sounded different.  I absolutely love chicken enchiladas. If we go to a Mexican restaurant, that is almost always what I will order.

I also chose to make this recipe because I had everything the recipe called for in the apartment.  Money was a little tight this pay period, so we made do with what we had.

Tim and I really enjoy the flavor of cumin. I doubled the amount called for, and next time I might add 1 1/2 teaspoons. I would also add just a bit of cilantro.

I prepped all of my stuff before making this. I thought it was much easier to prepare that way. I diced up the onion, opened my canned goods, drained and rinsed the beans and measured out the cheese ahead.

I truly thought the soup was better the next day reheated.  You know how some recipes are like that.  It was also a bit thicker the next day. YUM! Chili for example is almost always better the next day.  I will make this again, but I will not serve it til the next day.  I would also like to serve it with grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches next time. I think that would be a nice side with the soup.

I found this recipe on Pinterest from Wishes and Dishes at http://wishesndishes.com/20-minute-cheesy-chicken-enchilada-soup/

20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced white onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup flour
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 10 oz can red enchilada sauce
1 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (I used fine shredded.)
1 teaspoon salt
Optional toppings: tortilla chips/strips, diced/sliced avocado, sour cream, fresh chopped cilantro, and/or pico de gallo

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
Add the onion and saute for five minutes, or until cooked and translucent. Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute until fragrant. Be careful to not burn it!
Whisk in the flour and cook for an additional minute.
Pour in half of the chicken stock. Stir until completely combined and no lumps remain.
Add the rest of the chicken stock and stir quickly to combine.
Add in the chicken, enchilada sauce, black beans, tomatoes, salt and cumin. Stir until combined.
Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about three minutes, stirring occasionally so that the soup does not burn to the bottom of the pan.
Slowly stir in the cheese until combined. Season with salt to taste.
Serve your soup warm with toppings of choice.

Post Schedule Change

Hello everyone!

I am sure that by now you realize that I post (almost) every Monday and Thursday.

Tim and I have a crazy full calendar these next few months between tax season and Tim’s campaign.

I will be posting once per week from here on out through mid May.  That should get me through all of the craziness and back to sanity!

I truly hope you will bear with me and stick with my blog.  I will continue sharing the same types of posts, just once per week!

Thank you all for being understanding!  I appreciate each of my followers!  You all are the best!


Best Yet Cards


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This card is sort of a CASE (copy and steal everything) from Pinterest. It wasn’t working out exactly right for me.  They rarely do to be honest with you.  I am really pleased with the results though, and I may make some other cards using this same type of layout using different shape punches.  Very fun!


I used the decorative label punch to punch through the embossed piece and the color card stock piece below it at the same time.  Then I used the piece that punched out to make the greeting piece. Pretty snazzy if you ask me!

I could easily see using a heart punch for Valentine’s Day cards, or a star shape punch for graduation cards.

Make sure you find an image that fits in the area you are punching out before you start embossing and punching.  🙂

Stampin’ Up Product:
Stamp Sets: Petite Pairs (happy birthday), Best Yet (flower and cupcake), Much Appreciated (thank you), Always in My Thoughts (thinking of you)
Ink: Strawberry Slush (marker), Crisp Cantaloupe (marker), Baked Brown Sugar (marker), Memento Tuxedo Black (ink pad), Daffodil Delight (marker), Old Olive (marker), Coastal Cabana (marker)
Card Stock: Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush
Other: Decorative Label punch, Spring Flowers embossing folder

NON SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white card stock, Thank You embossing folder, Happy Birthday embossing folder

Thank you for stopping by!

Link to Papertrey Ink white card stock:

Cheatin’ Tex-Mex Chili



The other night it was my turn to cook supper, and I wanted to make something quick and easy.  Ok, every Monday night is my turn due to work schedules. I found a recipe online, and I (as my Grandma used to say) doctored it up a bit. I say it is Cheatin’ because I used mac n cheese instead of cooking plain pasta. I suppose it isn’t really Cheatin’, but it sounds fun! 🙂  Go with me on this!

I am certain this is not the most healthy meal we have ever eaten, but it sure tasted good, and the leftovers warmed up nicely.

Cheatin’ Tex-Mex Chili
1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 box Kraft macaroni and cheese
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large handfuls of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Brown and crumble the ground beef seasoning it with the cumin and chili powder.
Meanwhile, prepare the macaroni and cheese as instructed on the box.
When the beef and mac and cheese are done, combine them with the tomatoes and black beans and cheese. Sprinkle a lil more cheese on top when serving if desired.