Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chocolate chip cookie bars

I have to admit, I really don't have
the exact recipe for this chocolate 
chip cookie bar.  I looked up 
some chocolate chip 
cookies and ended up 
experimenting with the recipe as 
a whole pan instead.  
They turned out yummy, 
so here is what I think I used.  :)

I really wanted to get the recipe
written down because I know I will
be making these again the next
time I don't have a box of 
brownie mix or something in the
cabinet to make.  I always have 
these ingredients.  :)

Chocolate chip cookie bars

1 3/4 cups self rising flour
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
2 t vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup semi sweet chips
1 cup Hershey's chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter in a large bowl in the microwave just until softened.  About 30 seconds.  Add sugars to the butter and beat on medium speed until well blended.  Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating well in between.  Add the flour slowly and mix until well.  Pour mixture into a well greased 8x8 or 9x9 pan.  Bake for about 25-35 minutes.  The smaller pan will take longer because the brownies are thicker.  I like mine kind of gooey, so I wish I had taken them out sooner, but I wanted them to be done.  Next time I will take them out sooner.  Top them with ice cream and they are wonderful!  :)

Love what you eat and eat what you love! :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Layered taco casserole

When it comes to cooking supper,
 I want it easy but delicious. 
 I looked at a few taco casserole
recipes and melded them into one
that I thought fit my taste buds.
This one DID!

I probably experiment too much with 
my cooking but I love to try new 
things.  Sometimes they aren't the best, but I 
learn from my mistakes...or at least I try too.  
This turned out good the first time, so I 
wanted to write down the recipe
before I forgot it.  

This is great on top of a bed of lettuce as
a taco salad or with tortilla chips.
Makes great leftovers too!  

Layered taco casserole

1 lb ground round
1/2 onion diced
1 pk taco seasoning 
1 can refried beans
1 can Rotel 

1 can cream of mushroom/chicken soup
( I have found that I like the one that has both together)
8 oz light sour cream

6 flour tortillas

1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded colby cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large deep skillet, cook the onions in a tiny bit of oil until they are translucent.  Add the meat and cook just until browned.  Add taco seasoning, Rotel (with most of the juice drained) and refried beans to meat and stir all together. Cook over low heat until all is blended well.  About 3-4 minutes.

Mix soup and sour cream together in a medium bowl until smooth.

Spray a 13x9 casserole dish with cooking spray and spread half the soup mixture in the bottom.  Tear the tortillas into about 1-2 inch pieces and cover the soup with 1/2 of them. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of colby.  Top this with 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture.  Repeat the layers once more.  

Cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes then add the last colby and cheddar and cook 10 more minutes.  

Love what you eat and eat what you love! :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Preppy outfit with black and brown...

I used to think it was some 
kind of fashion faux pas to mix black
and brown together
in one outfit.  But now that I have
seen it on Pinterest...I love it!
If done right, I think it can be
completely classy.  

I do have to use other photos for
inspiration because I just am
not that good at it on my own, but
I love to take others ideas and 
put them together in my closet. 

Because of my total indecisiveness,
I put 2 photos on here.  I love the 
instagram look, but sometimes it 
makes it hard to get the gist of something
because the colors are off.  
But the antique look it gives is
just cool.

The first is the instagramy one
(I don't actually do Instagram) :)

The second is the normal coloring...

I really can't describe where I got
the pieces I am wearing because I have
had each piece at least 2-4 years.  Except 
maybe the pantyhose.  I get a run in 
my hose pretty much every time
I wear a pair, so they don't last 
that long.  

But they say a picture is worth
a thousand words, so maybe 
you can get ideas from my photos like
I do from Pinterest.  :)