Cheesy Ham & Tater Casserole

Quick and Easy Casserole for any day or night!

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Normally, I shy away from anything with the word CASSEROLE in the title.

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Sorry, it’s just me. Not YOU at all. I just have a hangup with that word.

Casserole: Type of food: A casserole is a large, deep pan used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The word is also used for the food cooked and served in such a vessel, with the cookware itself called a casserole dish or… en.wikipedia.org
Well, that just doesn’t do anything for me!
BUT
This dish? I had everything on hand. Only thing I picked up was the Creamy Potato Soup … and only because I knew if I never got around to making this recipe, at least Hubby would have another variety of soup to choose from on his off days … because, yes, even though I don’t talk about it much, there are still bad days from the cancer.
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Let’s Party #38!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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We partied over the weekend with a quick overnight trip to see Kid Rock. What an awesome show. Wheeler Walker, Jr. was the opener and we skipped him (no offense but I think he might have been too vulgar for our taste) and then there was Brantley Gilbert who we DID want to see .. and of course, Kid Rock.

I had picked these tickets up in February, shortly after Mark’s diagnosis. At that time, we weren’t sure what to expect for his future … I mean, heck, this is what Cancer.gov shows:

Percent Surviving  5 Years  19.2% (2008-2014)

Well, that just stinks and is flat out scary.

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Oven Baked Tacos

It’s been a long time since we’ve done the Taco Tuesday theme. I mean, heck, for a few years there, Taco Tuesday and Margaritas were an expectation on Tuesday …

That esophageal cancer certainly did change a lot of things in our life.

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So the other night, I was digging around in that chest freezer and found a lonely package of ground beef.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Aldi’s Grass Fed Beef even though it was only $3.99 … it’s got a chewy texture and that just wigs us out a little bit so I was glad to use it for tacos instead of burgers!

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I was also thankful that Publix had these taco kits on sale B1G1F when I ran in for something else. I normally do NOT buy the kits but this time I did!

I had a bag of frozen corn in the freezer so that’s what I used as well …

1 pound ground beef

1 onion chopped

12 taco shells (corn,  you know the crunchy ones!)

shredded cheese

taco seasoning packet

1/2 cup water

can of corn, drained

avocado sliced

hot sauce of choice

Ready to get your Taco Tuesday on? Let’s do this!

Cook your onion and ground beef in a large skillet til no longer pink. Drain the excess fat off. Might as well go make yourself a margarita while this is going on! I’ll take mine on the rocks with salt please!

Add your corn (drained!) and sprinkle the taco seasoning over all the meat/onion/corn mixture. Pour in your 1/2 cup of water and stir. Let simmer on low heat until the moisture has pretty much cooked out.

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Grab a large baking dish and turn the oven on to 350 degrees.

Stand up your shells, the best you can, and fill the base with cheese. As much or as little as you’d like because it’s cheese!

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Then top with the meat mixture, making sure to drain as much liquid as possible so the shells don’t get soft …

Top with MORE cheese, because … it’s cheese!

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Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and you are really ready to start the Taco Tuesday festivities … did I forget to tell you to make yourself a margarita while the meat was cooking??

Top with shredded lettuce and avocado and serve up! Yummy! And 2nd margarita is totally optional!

#TacoTuesday  #DinnerAtHome   #EatAtHome

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Let’s Party #37

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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I’ve got an Oven Taco recipe coming to you this week … technically I should have it posted today because it is Taco Tuesday but I’ve been way too busy…

We stopped at the Condo 3 days in a row this weekend. And ended each visit at the pool. Met a few regulars and had a few drinks. I think we will be just fine when it’s time to move in. November 15th is the date. Not a day later. Hopefully a few days sooner. We’ll see …

We had some great shares last week and I’m trying to stop and see each one of you, to pin your party ideas AND to share on facebook … I’m working on it and want to thank every single one of you for coming by and sharing!

Let’s get on with the party, shall we??

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BLT Inspired Chicken Salad

This is a super yummy salad that is Whole30 Compliant, Paleo, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and all that other stuff BUT so stinkin’ good! I promise, you will be so very glad you gave it a try!

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It’s easy, and really, REALLY tasty!

*I mean, come on, BACON?*

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Let’s Party #36!

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Randi, Matt and Baby Nolan came to visit this weekend … I decided to splurge a ‘little’ and booked them at the DoubleTree GalleryOne Hotel down the street. I’m glad I did! They enjoyed the room with an awesome view, mini kitchenette and plenty of room for the people coming and going to visit! I spent Saturday by the pool and played tourist. Just what I needed!

The condo project is NOT moving as fast as I’d like … we have the cork flooring down but now must wait for the inspection to lay the actual flooring down. Plumbing should be inspected this week so hopefully the showers can get done. And so much more … hurry up already!

Mark is back on his pills this week … the one week off really wasn’t all that special … boo.

Let’s get on with the party, shall we??

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Lemon Garlic Chicken – Slow Cooked

I picked up a few (4) packages of boneless skinless thighs a few weekends ago from Target … they were on sale for $3.99 AND had a $2 off coupon … well of course I snagged them! I was polite and left a few packages behind because, you know, I’ve got a chest freezer and a malfunctioning refrigerator … which will be fixed this week, thankfully. And the quote makes me glad I bought some cheap chicken because it’s a LOT to fix a 30 plus year old SubZero fridge … good grief!

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So this recipe came from InstagramFitSlowCookerQueen … if you haven’t checked out her page, GO NOW!!  It’s ok, I’ll wait for you to come back!

Oh, hi! Your back!? I hope you clicked the little follow button? 🙂

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Ok, so I had all the ingredients thanks to a little stop at Aldi Saturday … and I made this on Sunday in the crockpot!

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*Can I just tell you how HARD it is to take pictures in this house??

2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 lemons (1 sliced and the other zested and juiced)

1/2 cup of water (chicken broth is recommended)

1 tsp basil

4 to 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed

1/4 tsp black pepper

generous sprinkling of season salt of choice (I used Onion Salt)

1 onion, sliced

Add the onions to the bottom of the crock. Toss the chicken thighs on top of the onions.

Add the rest of the ingredients over the top of the chicken, making sure you season the chicken heavy with your season salt.

Add the lemon slices over the chicken. Put the lid on, cook on high for 2 to 3 hours OR 4 to 6 hours on low.

Once cooked, pull the chicken out of the crock and either slice or shred. Hopefully it’s not falling apart too much on you!

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Yup, different time I cooked it … leave the lemons halved or sliced, it’s your call!

Serve with some yummy herbed riced cauliflower (or regular rice if that floats your boat!)

Enjoy!

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#DinnerAtHome    #Crockpot   #SlowCooker   #SavingMoney

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Let’s Party #35!

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We have the flooring, tile for showers AND the bathroom vanities picked out! Now I’m getting excited! We spent Saturday shopping for the vanities and then Sunday cleaning the condo … simply sweeping the dust (concrete and drywall) and picking up the little pieces of drywall and concrete. It was dirty work and we were a mess by the time we finished, but felt that we helped the workers a little bit …

Thank you for sticking with me through this move … it’s not been easy and has been more stressful that I admitted out loud! BUT I’m trying to get settled in hopefully once we have the cable and internet running to full capacity, things will fall in place 😉

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Let’s Party #34!

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Did you see the awesome wing recipe I shared on Saturday? I had made these for Mark when he was coming home on Sunday and they were a HIT! Yummm … so much so that I think I need to make these once a week now!

Mark is doing good … this is his 2nd on week right now for the pills. Monday, Tuesday and especially Wednesday were hard last week. Tired, achy and just felt like crud. Wish I had known as we went out to dinner with an old friend that we hadn’t seen in a while. We closed the place down and then some but what a great time. The conversations were all over the place and we learned some stuff for another family issue in the works. I think we need to make this a monthly date as I really enjoyed our time with him (an old business acquaintance of Mark’s that we’ve stayed in touch with who has become more of a friend and mentor).

I’m not going to complain about the house this week! We got the fridge fixed! Yes!! I may be able to get back in to my cooking, happy place now! Sweet!  And then it started to freeze up again so I need to call the company back. Boo!

After 4 plus hours in the Floor & Decor, we finally picked out the flooring for the condo and the tile for the showers. Ugh, that was painful! I don’t know HOW people find remodeling joyful??

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Gold Chicken Wings – Slow Cooked

These are the BEST! The very very BEST!

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They are NOT fried. And are only baked at the end to crisp up …

Bring out the crock pot baby!

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I know I constantly talk about the temporary housing …

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THIS is what I have to work with … and then I have this thing staring at me as well:

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Ok, so these wings? I got the recipe over at MadeItAteItLovedIt … and you really need to go check her site out, ok?

2 pounds of chicken wings that have been split. I used some from my 10 pound bag I bought from Costco eons ago and are taking up a big chunk of that damn chest freezer

1 cup of mustard based bbq sauce. I used Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold … *mustard base is NOT sweet so it needs to be this type!

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1 tbs of hot sauce, give or take a few extra shakes depending on how hot you like it! I used the Tessemaes Buffalo Sauce because I can’t find my Aldi knock off of Franks (still unpacking folks)

Salt and pepper

Ready?

Toss the wings in the crockpot.  Measure out your bbq sauce and add the hot sauce to that. Mix it up.

Pour it over the chicken wings.

Put the lid on and set it to 6 hours on low.  Ok, so truth be told, I cooked mine for a few hours on high and then knocked it down to low because I got distracted that morning by a girlfriend who came by …

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Once cooked, lay the wings out on a baking tray, preferably lined with parchment paper to reduce your clean up headache and either bake at 400 degrees or broil til crispy and golden brown. *The oven we have here in the temporary house does NOT have a broiler. What? No freezer?? No broiler?? Hence, I baked for 5 minutes, flipped and baked again. Yummy results!

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Parchment Paper Saves The Day!

Serve up with some celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing. Or just skip that fancy stuff and dig right in!

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Enjoy!

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