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Black Bean & Corn Salsa

There is nothing I love more than tortilla chips!  What makes tortilla chips even better is SALSA!   I was given this recipe a few years back and it has stuck around.  I love that its so fresh, light and quick to throw together   I love how I don’t feel guilty for eating the entire bowl to myself, cause lets face it, it’s all vegetables.  Well except for the tortilla chips.
This would make a great addition to your Cinco de Mayo celebrations!
 


Black Bean & Corn Salsa 
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can corn, rinsed
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4-1/2 fat free italian dressing
Jalapeno, chopped (opt)
Cilantro, chopped

Combine all chopped ingredients and mix together in a bowl, add italian dressing.  Serve with chips.

DON’T YOU JUST LOVE THE COLORS!
 
My Notes:
I also think this recipe is great to add to salads.  It has the fresh ingredients that I would normally add to a salad and there is already italian dressing mixed in so no need to add more.  
 
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FREE Almay makeup at Target

This past week I scored some FREE makeup at Target.  When it comes to makeup im really not that picky. I will try any kind and especially if its free!  
So how did I score such an awesome deal?

I hope everyone gets the Sunday paper for the coupons.  I actually get 1 newspaper and a Money Bag  (click to see if you can get in your area, Utah only) which is only the Sunday Ads and coupons.  Did I mention its free to sign

up!

So two weeks ago in the Smart source Almay had a great coupon.  $4.00 of any 1 Almay cosmetic purchase. I cut it out and saved it until I came across such an awesome deal.

Well that day was this past week!

I had 3 $4.00 off coupons,   (the other coupons I got from my mom and grandma, totaling 7 coupons)
I paired them with the Target coupon, here $1.00 off Almay Intense I-color (You can print 2 from each home computer, I was able to print 4 total with my computers and the other coupons I printed at my moms)

So here is how my deal worked!

Target had selected Almay cosmetics on sale for $4.99
I used my 7 $4.00 off Almay makeup PLUS
my 7 Target Almay $1.00 off Almay Intense I-color
Totaling = FREE
(I had to do 2 separate transactions)
I got 2 eye shadows, 1 mascara, 2 eye liners and 2 eye makeup removers.

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars

I was intrigued by this recipe just for the name!  I don’t know what school was serving these bars but man I was missing out!  These were DELICIOUS with a big capital D!  The peanut bar and oatmeal combo is great.  The frosting was so delicious!  I think I want need to make a chocolate cake and drizzle the frosting on top!
 


Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars

1 1/2 cup Flour
1¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Baking Soda
¾ cup Butter
¾ cup Sugar
¾ cup Brown Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
3/4 cup C Creamy Peanut Butter (split)
2 Eggs
1 ½ cup Quick Oats

 
 
Frosting:
3/4 cup peanut butter-whipped till fluffy and light in color
Then,
½ cup Butter (1 stick)
3 ½ cup Powdered Sugar
2 T Cocoa
¼ cup Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, sugars, 3/4 C peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add dry ingredients.  Then stir in the oats. Spread onto a greased 11 x 15 Jelly Roll Pan (cookie sheet). Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes.  

*When I was spreading it I didn’t think it would fit the pan.  It will make a really thin layer in the pan but trust me when it bakes it gets all fluffy.The frosting is a two step process. First, whip  ¾ cup Creamy Peanut Butter until it becomes lighter colored and fluffy. Carefully spread the whipped peanut butter over the pan cookie.

* Helps spread better  if the bars are barely warmThen, add butter to a small sauce pan and melt the butter. Add the milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar. Stir until thickened. Pour immediately over the peanut butter and gently spread over the cookie. Cool completely, and slice into bar cookies

 
My Notes:
I wouldn’t change a thing, except maybe make an extra pan!

Spinach Dip

This recipe is my go to appetizer for any social event that we are going to.  This is definitely not healthy by any means but who cares it tastes great!  
 

Spinach Dip
2 cups sour cream
2 cups mayo
2 tsp season salt
2 tsp dill weed
1 10oz frozen bag spinach- I like to chop mine a little bit more and I only use about 1/2 bag
1/2 cup chopped green onion

Combine sour cream, mayo, seasoning salt and dill weed.  Next add in chopped spimach and green onion.  Enjoy with your favorite french bread or try my recipe here, pretzels or even crackers.   Stays fresh in fridge for about 2 weeks.

Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes

Me and my mom always attend the Taste of Home Cooking School.   Its never anything huge and exciting but its something we have been doing together for a few years now and we are always looking forward to going.  She made these stuffed baby red potatoes and I knew I just needed to try them. 
They were fantastic!  They were absolutely delicious.
 

Stuffed baby red potatoes
adapted from Taste Of Home

24 small red potatoes
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup shredded parmessan Cheese
1/2 cup crumbled bacon
2/3 cup sour cream
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp paprika

Clean potatoes and place in pot with boiling water.  Cook just until tender, about 20 minutes.   Drain potatoes from water and let cool.  Once cooled cut off a little bit of the bottoms so potatoes are more stable.  Next cut a little off the tops and with spoon gently scoop out the inside of the potatoes and place in separate bowl.  Next mash the potato pulp with the butter. Add in the the cheese,(saving about 2 Tbsp for the tops), sour cream, egg, salt and pepper.  Mix together and stuff back into the potatoes.  Top with remaining cheese and bacon. Sprinkle with paprika.  Place potatoes on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 12-18 minutes.

My Notes:
I found that a spoon was really hard to remove the potato pulp with a spoon.  So I actually used a 1/2 tsp to scoop out the potato.  I didn’t completely remove all the inside of the potato, I just scooped out out a little bit.

Creamy Italian Chicken

I think this recipe is one of my all time favorite recipes!  There are many different versions of this recipe but I think this by far is the best one.  I love how you can toss it in the crock pot and go about your day.  The flavor combination is amazing and the cream cheese just makes it so creamy!  Everything is always better with cream cheese.
 

Creamy Italian Chicken

3-4 chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 package cream cheese
2 packets of italian dressing seasoning
1/2 cup water
2 cups long grain rice or noodles

Place chicken into crockpot.   In a bowl add the soup, cream cheese, seasoning and water and mix well.   Pour into crockpot and stir.  Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high until chicken is tender.  When almost done cook rice according to package.  Pour over rice or noodles which ever you prefer.

My Notes:
Frozen chicken breasts work just fine.  I like to cut my chicken into bite size bites but that’s totally up to you.

Co-Hosting @ Lets Get Social Sunday

Today im lucky enough to get to co-host with all of these lovely ladies at Let’s Get Social Sunday!  Im so excited to be able to meet some new bloggy friends and find some new blogs to start following!
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Bananas ‘n’ Cream Bundt Cake

I love banana bread!  So since it was crappy weather and I had some bananas starting to get really ripe.  I decided to make some bread.  I thought it would be fun to actually bake using my bundt pan. 
 It’s confession time, I have actually never baked using my bundt pan!
I know its pretty lame. So now I can finally say I have used it and it was worth the purchase.
I think its a fun twist then the usual bread loaf pan.
 

Bananas ‘n’ Cream Bundt Cake
Adapted from Taste of Home

1/3 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas, about 3 medium
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup walnuts, optional

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time beating well together.  Add vanilla.  Add bananas and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add to the creamed mixture alternating with the sour cream.  Stir in walnuts.
Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before tipping over to cool completely.

My Notes:
This recipe was so good I would not make any adjustments.

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

If you live in Utah you are probably wondering what happened to Spring!  We had a few nice and sunny days.  I was getting all giddy to finally play outside and soak in the sunshine!  Sadly it didn’t last long!  As I am sitting typing this im watching the snow flurries out my window!  Im tired of the cold!!  I need some warmth!
So we might just have to warm up tonight and make this soup!
 

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

2-3 Frozen chicken breasts
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can red enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4oz) can diced green chilies
1 tsp minced garlic
3 cans chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 (10oz) frozen corn
1 can black beans, rinsed

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chilies and garlic into the crockpot.  Pour chicken broth, spices, corn and black beans on top and give a little stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.  Pull out chicken and shred and add back to crockpot.
Garnish with cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, avocados or whatever your family likes.

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My Notes:
I think it need a little more flavor, next time I will add a little salsa.  I also think there was to much liquid, I will only add 2 cans broth and 1 cup water next time to see if that helps.

Sloppy joes

These Sloppy Joe’s were my worst nightmare when I was growing up!!!  I hated sloppy joe’s and of course I was highly enforced on eating them.   Also when I was younger I was disgusted with the thought of eating meat.  So I didn’t like any meals my parents made for dinner for that matter.   Well let’s fast forward about 10-15 years.   Now im getting better at eating meat and of course my husbands family is huge meat eaters.  The first time I went camping with his entire family…..they brought a freezer for all the meat.   That’s right you heard me a freezer!  Can we say huge carnivore’s in this family!
So I have been trying to be a good wifey and make husband meals that involve meat.    I thought I would give these sloppy Joe’s another try and tried a different recipe then my mom always used.    Shockingly they were really good and I have added sloppy Joe’s to my monthly meal plan.  I found this awesome recipe from no on other then the amazing  Pioneer Women.  It is a little bit spicy if you have little ones, so just adjust the recipe a little bit for them.  But this recipe was FANTASTIC I actually enjoyed eating them so much better then the can sauce!