Let’s Party #41!

Are you ready to party?

We had our 4th trip to Houston last week.

A very stressful visit. Good news: the cancer has not spread! The bad news: all the tumors have grown. That just means the current treatment (those pills) are not super effective so now we will try option #3 … that new chemo med is called Irinotecan which only has a 28% success rate. Let’s see if Mark can beat the odds.

We had another great party last week and I thank you for stopping by to share again this week!

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Black Bean Quesadillas

A quick meatless recipe that will satisfy your crowd!

Quesadillas

The world’s simplest recipe!  I mean think about it, you can make just about ANYTHING in a quesadilla!

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Right?

Right!

So today, I’m going to share one of our favorites … and to make it even better? It’s meat free which can equate to FRUGAL!

Wheee!

Oh. Sorry.  That didn’t make you excited? Would it be better if I said it was Vegetarian? You won’t find a whole lot of those kind of recipes here but this is one of the few!

NOTE: these are OLD pictures but you can bet your booty that as soon as we are in the condo I’ll be sharing NEW and IMPROVED photos! TWO WEEKS!!! They say we can start moving in ONE week but I say TWO!

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I first made these YEARS ago and I felt the need to bring them out again and introduce them to YOU!

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Let’s get cooking!

2 cans of black beans, drained

2 tsp cumin (I would lean towards 3 tsp aka 1 tbs)

1 bag of coleslaw mix

1 lime

2 tsp olive or avocado oil

1/4 cup of cheese of choice (I’ve used laughing cow Queso & Chipolte AND I’ve used jarred queso, cheddar, etc. whichever you prefer!)

8 tortillas (Mark does not like corn so we always use flour)

finely chopped cilantro

chopped tomatoes (totally optional and not used in these pics)

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Dump the drained beans in to a bowl with the cumin and lightly mash them. Eek, that’s an awful picture!

In another LARGE bowl juice the lime and zest a little bit and add the oil. Whisk to mix and then dump in the coleslaw mixture. Toss to coat well.

Grab a large skillet (or griddle if you have!) and put over medium high heat.

Lay your tortilla on the dry skillet and add your cheese to 1/2 of the tortilla and 1/4 c or so of the beans.

Fold tortilla in half and cook til brown on one side. Flip carefully to brown other side.

Move these to a cutting board while you cook the rest!

When done cooking and ready to serve, gently open the shells and add the cabbage mixture and garnish with the fresh cilantro and tomatoes (if using).

Serve up and enjoy!

#EatAtHome   #MeatlessDinner   #QuickDinner

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out! 

Jan and Mark Lipinski are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Let’s Party #40!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

Halloween Horror Nights did NOT disappoint. And neither did the Magic Kingdom or Epcot! So much fun and nice that we know people who are able to get us guest passes for FREE! FREE! Yes, FREE! 😉

In other news, we head to MD Anderson again Thursday and Friday … this time there is a whole slew of test: blood work, CT Scan, PET Scan and then Friday is the Endoscope and doctor appointment. We are nervous and Hubby is having major anxiety from this and other family drama/issues. I am thinking positive, happy thoughts as there are no other options, in my opinion. Everything will work out just fine. Might not be perfect, might not be the way we’d prefer, but it will all be fine.

Moving onward even more … I’m so glad to see you again this week and can’t wait to see what you are sharing! There’s been some awesome stuff and I’m pinning and sharing on Facebook as much as I can! Are you following me on Facebook yet? Not a big social media person but working on it!

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

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Apple Snacks

Here’s a quick snack to make that will make everyone happy!

Oh NO! It’s Everything Pumpkin season!

It’s been that since like early September!

I have a few confessions to make …

  1.  I am NOT a fan of pumpkin anything
  2.  I hold out til almost Halloween before I will have my first pumpkin beer (which I will have my first one when we get to Halloween Horror Nights!)
  3. I have ONE pumpkin recipe and even that is not a favorite …

What do you make of THAT??

BUT … Fall also brings my favorite!

APPLES!

 And I LOVE apples!

Healthy Apple Snacks

So, honestly,  a good apple needs nothing more than a nice rinsing and a little polishing and you are good to go … but sometimes, you just want to make something a little more special!

This is super easy AND guess what? It keeps the cut apples from turning brown on top of it!

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Let’s Party #39!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

I’m so excited! We have passed all 3 inspections and now things can start happening! That’s my new kitchen and yes it will be small but I can’t wait! Mark has his appliance list together to start shopping for the best deal and if I know him he will score! *Sidenote: does anyone have any suggestions on how to store my crockpots and instant pot and electric skillet? I’m not wanting to take up any valuable space in the limited kitchen cabinet space!

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Cheesy Ham & Tater Casserole

Quick and Easy Casserole for any day or night!

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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