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Oct 22, 2013

Cheesy Cowboy Casserole

Okay, I have failed miserably in keeping up with the posts. I was reminded the other day that I have not posted anything for a long while. I am horrible at keeping up. I promise I will try harder.

I made this casserole a week and a half ago and liked it so much I keep thinking about it. So I thought I would share it with my few close readers. The original recipe is adapted from Crock-Pot Ladies. I did not do mine in the crock-pot simply because I did not plan ahead. Which is kind of my motto these days. Something else I need to work on.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, of course, and it sounded easy and good. Which it was!

Picture courtesy of Family Fresh Meals
Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of my casserole so I will post this one from, where I originally found the recipe. Okay, let's get cookin'

Cheesy Cowboy Casserole

1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash
1 lbs small red potatoes, sliced thin (I used russets and it turned out fine)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 lb ground beef
1 can of diced tomatoes with liquid
1 cup canned corn
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and drain. Saute the onions in the skillet until soft, then add back the ground beef. Add the soup, diced tomatoes, corn and kidney beans. Add the salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash, combine all together and place into a greased casserole dish. Place the slices of potatoes in one layer over the top of the meat mixture, salt and pepper the potatoes. Sprinkle the cheese over the potatoes. Place into a 350 degree oven and bake about 30 minutes or until the cheese is brown and bubbly.

If you want to do it in the slow cooker you can follow this link to that recipe Cheesy Cowboy Casserole

I hope you enjoy this easy dish as much as I did. Oh and the leftovers (if there are any) are fabulous too. Happy eating!

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Feb 19, 2013

Audra's Enchilada Casserole

I am always striving to make my dishes better. Enchilada casserole is a classic dish, and very simple to make. I decided to add a little bit more to my normal recipe for this dish and I think it added just a little bit of something good. Of course, you can create many variations to this casserole by using your own imagination.

Before getting to the recipe, I just wanted to share a little bit of what's up with me these days. January was kind of blur for me and my husband. The Monday after our daughter went back to school, my husband had a medical emergency. If you know me at all, you know that I am not good at making snap decisions and my husband being a man, of course didn't want to go to the emergency room. But, it was a good thing I made him go when I did. It ended up that he had pancreatitis from a gall stone that had dislodged and blocked the shared tube to the gall bladder and pancreas. Long story short, he spent 5 days in the hospital and had his gall bladder removed 4 days after that. Needless to say, this ended up being about the whole month of January so I am now playing catch up trying to get back in the groove of normal life (If there is such a thing)! As a result of my husbands surgery, his eating has been a little different, much lighter than we had been eating so I have not been cooking all that much. This has been the first opportunity I have had to cook again so I thought I would share this with you. I hope you try it soon.

Audra's Enchilada Casserole


1.5 lbs. ground turkey (or ground beef)
1 small can refried beans
1 medium onion, diced
Garlic powder
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons red chili powder
4 cups water (or broth)
Small can tomato sauce
Corn tortillas
Shredded cheese


In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey or beef. It is important to season the ground turkey with salt, pepper and garlic salt so it is flavorful before you cook it to much. Add the diced onions to the meat as it browns. While the ground meat is cooking, start another skillet for the enchilada sauce. Heat the canola oil in the skillet and add the flour and stir until browned, just a couple of minutes. Then add the red chili powder to the flour and oil and stir it in well. Add the 4 cups of water and the tomato sauce and whisk until the sauce is thick like gravy. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and a little garlic powder to taste. Turn off and let sit until you are ready to assemble the casserole.

Once the ground meat is cooked, add the can of refried beans and a half of a can of water to the meat. Stir until it is all incorporated.

Now it is time to assemble the casserole. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick spray. Ladle a small amount of sauce on the bottom of the dish. Place a layer of the corn tortillas on top of that. I cut some of the tortillas in half so that they all fit snugly in the dish. On top of the tortillas place a layer of the meat and beans mixture, then a layer of the sauce and finally a layer of cheese.

Repeat this process two more times, finishing with the shredded cheese.

Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the dish is hot and bubbly. Let cool for about  10 minutes before cutting it in squares to serve. You can garnish this with sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, black olives or anything else you think would be good. I hope you enjoy this dish, and if you try it let me know how it turns out. Happy eating!

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Jan 12, 2013

Audra's Famous Tomato Egg Sandwich

Okay, so maybe it is only famous to my daughter and husband :) But it is requested often in this household. This morning when I asked my husband if he wanted me to make him some breakfast, he asked for "Audra's Famous Tomato Egg sandwich". So I thought maybe I should share it with everyone else. It's a very simple recipe.

The history of this sandwich goes back to my childhood. On Sunday's our big meals were always after church at lunch time. Then it was back to church in the early evening so we didn't have an actual dinner on Sunday evening. When we would get home from the evening service, of course us kids would be hungry. So my mom would make us these sandwiches that were simple and easy. When I married my husband I began making them for him and the rest is history as they say. This is my recipe for Tomato Egg sandwich.

Tomato, sliced
Salt and pepper

The amount of ingredients you use depend on how many sandwiches you are making. The first step is to scramble the eggs. I have one way I like my eggs scrambled and it is probably not the method most use. I  melt a tablespoon or so of butter in a skillet. Crack the eggs directly in to the skillet and let the whites cook just a little before you start to stir them. Salt and pepper to your liking.

Next step; toast two pieces of bread for each sandwich you are making. Spread mayonnaise on both pieces of toast. Place slices of tomato and a spoonful of scrambled eggs on one of the toast and cover with the second piece of toast. There you have it, the famous Tomato Egg Sandwich. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as mine does. Happy eating!

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Jan 3, 2013

DIY Menu Board

I have something fun today. It's not a recipe, but it is kitchen related. I made this cute menu board (several months ago) to put up in my kitchen. I use it to plan my weekday meals, so that I don't have to think too hard about dinners when I get  home from work. I don't know about  you all, but I am exhausted when I get home and the last thing I want to do is try and figure out something for dinner. I came across these really cute menu boards on Pinterest. I am addicted to Pinterest, by the way. But that is another post! Anyway, I wanted to share with you how my menu board came out.

If you know me at all, my main household decorating theme is southwest (I know, big surprise). So of course I had to make my menu board with the southwest theme. The items you will need to make this board are as follows.

1 dry erase board (whatever size suits you, but it has to be big enough to get all days of the week on it). I used an 11 x 17 inch size. You will need to make sure it is magnetic.
1 bottle of Mod Podge
The rest if the craft items you can vary because you will want to get what you want to match your decor.

Small foam paint brush
7 bottle caps (found in the scrapbook are at craft stores)
7 magnets to attach to back of bottle caps
Various scrapbook paper (12 x 12 size is best)
Various stickers and embellishments.
Small Post-It pad (for writing down ingredients to shop for)
Small envelope to hold menu ideas

First you will need to remove any extras from the dry erase board, like the pen and clip. Then you will take a foam paint brush and cover the entire section of the dry erase board with Mod Podge. Take whatever scrapbook paper you chose for the background and place it over the Mod Podged area. A 12 x 12 piece will not fully cover the area so you will need to be creative by piecing it together or using ribbon or stickers to hide the seam. You can also use two different papers that compliment each other as I did on mine. Once you have it all positioned and the air bubbles are pressed out, you will Mod Podge over the paper to seal it. Now comes the fun part, decorate the rest of the board however you would like. I made the titles and the menu idea strips on the computer with a font I liked, then printed them out on colored card stock. I just made a list of all the meals we make regularly or meals that are our favorites. I also have one that says "delivery" and one that says "eat out". I have more that I need to add to it. 

To make the bottle cap magnets, I also used the computer and made the days of the week, then I cut them out in the same circle size of the bottle caps and glued them inside the caps. Glue the magnets to the back of the bottle cap and you have your days of the week. 

You now have your very own menu board. I attached it to my pantry door using the 3M hook adhesive, it worked great. Having a menu board also makes grocery shopping easier. On Saturdays I look through the menu choices and pick out what I want for the week and make my grocery list according to that. It works great and takes away some of the stress of trying to figure out what's for dinner tonight!

I hope this motivates you to be creative and make your own menu board. Have fun!

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