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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
2 cups cooked rice
1-10 oz. can enchilada sauce (Old El Paso brand)
1-14.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes (Muir Glen brand)
1-15 can refried beans (Old El Paso brand)
1-15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare rice according to directions on package. In a large skillet brown meat and drain off fat. Add other all remaining ingredients except cheese, and mix well. Pour into a casserole dish. Cover with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until casserole is bubbly.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

If it is Autumn, it must be soup weather, right?  Well, temperatures have dropped recently, and it feels good to have a nice warming bowl of soup for dinner. This is a tasty tortilla soup. Enjoy!

Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 cups cooked chicken, diced
2 15 oz. cans chicken broth
1 15 oz. can chili beans (do not drain)
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes with chipotle
1 15 oz. can kernal corn
1 10 oz. can mild Ro-tel
½ cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup tortilla chips, crushed
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
Olive oil
Shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, scallions, soup crackers, chopped cilantro, sour cream (optional)

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Add canned ingredients, chips and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes. The chips will dissolve and thicken the soup. Add cooked chicken, and cook until heated through. Remove bay leaf before serving. Add optional toppings if desired.

A Purple Fall Tablescape

My friend Monica challenged me to do a fall tablescape using shades of purple, NO ORANGE allowed. While I am not actually sure the flowers can be considered fall, I think it works.

The Fiesta salt and pepper shakers are lilac, one of my very favorite post-86 retired colors.

This vase is the part of the Fiesta millennium series in chartreuse.

My favorite owl salt and pepper shakers. They are sculptural and useful.

I used my Johnson Brothers salad plates on various Fiesta shades of purple. This one is Heather.

The purple goblets are my thrifty find. I got them at a church garage sale, and they are Waterford. The price? Only 5 bucks!

The chartreuse vase is inside a Fiesta Heather presentation bowl.

The water pitcher is another garage sale find. It is Blenko glass. Very pretty!

The linens are from Target, I believe.

Happy non-traditional fall!

I am sharing at Cuisine Kathleen and Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Countdown to Halloween!

Halloween is a holiday all about fun...and sugar! What's not to like?
While I rarely use orange in my decorating, I go "whole-hog" when it comes to Halloween. I look at my decorations, and I think, yes, I think I can squeeze 12 more pumpkins in there.

This tablescape uses tangerine, sunflower, and poppy Fiesta, as well as vintage yellow.

I found these striped glasses at a First Fridays antique weekend and loved them. They coordinate nicely with Fiesta. If you are ever in Kansas City during the first weekend of the month, be sure to check out First Fridays (really it is the whole weekend) in the West Bottoms antiquing district.

There is so much to see and do. You will find many bargains and have a blast. And, did I mention there are FOOD TRUCKS??? Yes, my favorite is the Crave truck.  Yummmmmm!

This overhead view kind of disorients me. I am not sure why I took the photo at this angle, but it gives you a glimpse of the whole table.

The tablecloth came from a thrift store. I rarely buy new linens. I prefer garage sales, estates sales and thrift stores.

See those black napkins? Here is a little secret--they aren't really napkins. I have discovered Hobby Lobby sells hankerchiefs for 99 cents apiece. You can have a multitude of colors and change them with every tablescape.

Happy Halloween and Happy Tablescaping! Now, go scare up some dishing fun of your own.

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Roasted Tomato Sauce

This sauce is very easy. I originally saw the recipe on, and loved it.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

3 lbs. Roma tomatoes, slice in half lengthwise
1 red bell pepper, sliced in half lengthwise and seeded
1 white onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
6 cloves garlic, peeled
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Place all ingredients on a large sheet pan. I cover mine in foil for easier clean-up. Salt and pepper the veggies. Drizzle olive oil over the veggies. Roast at 425 for 1 hour. After it is done cooking, place ingredients in food processor and pulse until you have a nice sauce.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Salsa Time!

Pico de Gallo

You might be looking at this pic and thinking, "Where's the cilantro?"

After I took the pic, I realized I forgot the cilantro, not to worry though, it has been remedied.

This recipe made a big batch of fresh salsa. You can adjust the ingredients if you like.

Pico de Gallo

8 tomatoes (fresh summer tomatoes are the best)
2 jalapenos (seeded if you don't like it HOT!)
3/4 of a red onion
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
salt to taste

Dice everything in a small dice. Add all diced vegetables together. Add half of lime juice and a little salt. Taste it! Add more juice and salt if desired.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July

This tablescape features a vintage tablecloth with a bold blue and white floral.

The red and blue glasses came from Dollar General. They are similar to an old Avon pattern of glassware.

I doubled the napkins, a white on the inside and a red on the outside. I have seen Pottery Barn do this, and I love it.

I mixed vintage Fiesta with Post-86 Fiesta. The cobalt cake server is one of my favorite vintage pieces.

Yes, Homer Laughlin made a 4th of July pattern. I have 4 cups and saucers of this pattern.

Fiesta vintage cobalt sugar bowl and vintage ivory creamer.

HLC made George and Martha mugs for the World's Fair. These are small, a mere two inches. I found an additional mug (Andrew Jackson) that I don't think is HLC.

Hey Martha!


The flatware came from Tuesday Morning.

Sharing at Between Naps on the Porch!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Poppy Paradise

Homer Laughlin China Company introduced a new color of Fiesta, and that color is POPPY!

It is a brilliant orange that goes with both Post-86 and vintage Fiesta. I have set this table on a hibiscus print tablecloth and Post-86 Fiesta, vintage Fiesta, Harlequin, and Riviera.

Sharing at Savvy Southern Style and Between Naps on the Porch!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bold, Graphic Floral

This tablescape leans toward Fall, but I couldn't wait to share it because it was so pretty. 

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch and Savvy Southern Style.