Crock Pot Taco Casserole

Now, I call this a casserole but it really has more of a chili consistency than casserole but I’m still sticking with that name. As we talked about last summer with our Who says Crock Pots are only for Winter post, crock pot recipes are great for when you don’t feel like bbqing and it’s too hot to turn on the oven, while still getting a proper meal!



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Easy Fresh Fruit Salad

I’m back…. we got a bit busy outside… yes, I was gardening again but I also ended up not feeling well because of the heat and my own stupidity of not wearing a hat out when I was doing my planting.  I gave in and bought an ugly but effective hat from the dollar store so hopefully I can avoid this in future.

The weather has been so hot the past week that I figured it was the perfect time to make a few salads… one being this refreshing fresh fruit salad!



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Garlic Buttermilk Drumsticks

Since we had a bit cooler day on Tuesday, I made some chicken drumsticks in the oven.  They were marinated for about 6 hours in the fridge in a garlicky, buttermilk mixture before baking until golden brown! It was something both “boys” thoroughly enjoyed!



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Sesame Carrot Salad (Yes, spriralized)

I have been having a lot of fun “playing” with my new Spiralizer Dillon bought for me.  There are so many different ways to prepare vegetables with it, this is another one of those recipes!

We had this the other night with BBQed pork chops and Chris’ Favourite Potatoes!



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Fruit “Filled” Muffins (Copycat “Fruit Explosion Muffins”)

I have a favourite muffin I get whenever I am at a certain coffee shop.  They do not call it fruit filled muffins, it has “explosion” in the name.

When I was making some lunch box treats the other day I thought I would like to try making my own version of these muffins so we can have them more often.  While mine aren’t as “pretty and perfect” looking as this certain coffee shop, the taste is just about bang on!



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Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Well, Maple Bourbon enhanced BBQ sauce lol.  I took some plain BBQ sauce and turned it into a bit fancier version.  It is great on steaks…. which we used it on the first night, pork chops… second night lol and it will be great on chicken, turkey, sausages… you name it!  A great way to up the BBQ sauce game!

Did I mention how easy this is as well?  Throw all the ingredients in a large mason jar, shake and it’s done!



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Gardening 2018

I’m going to try again lol! And I got a little more ambitious this year!

For anyone who isn’t familiar with our posts from last year, my super power is a black thumb when it comes to gardening. Many a flower/plant has suffered (and withered away) during my many attempts at gardening over the years…. until last year!

Maybe it was the fact I was posting updates that made me a more responsible plant caregiver or maybe my luck changed… who knows… but I was able to grow cucumbers and tomatoes last summer and even kept flowers alive!!! 😮

This summer I went a little overboard considering past experiences. I bought some fabric raised gardens and a couple of potato bags I found on Amazon.

I got most of it planted today. I planted tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, peas, brussel sprouts, beets, red onions, watermelon, potatoes and lettuce!

Here are the raised garden beds and my not so helpful assistant lol!

And these are all the veggies I planted!

I haven’t started on the front gardens yet, other than to plant some dahlias I was given and a miniature rose I received for Mothers day, but I will update those gardens once they are done!

For now, wish me (And especially my victims/plants) good luck with this year’s gardening season!


Bacon Cheeseburger Pierogi Casserole

I found this recipe… where else… on Pinterest.  It looked interesting and combined two favourites in this house… pierogi and cheeseburgers.  It was easy to prepare, the only thing I changed was to cook most of it in the microwave before storing it in the fridge and reheating it in the oven, but stuck to recipe for the rest.

I found the recipe on  I will document my steps while making it and will provide the link to the original recipe at the end!

I will admit that Chris was not a big fan of this dish but Dillon cleaned… and almost licked…. his plate!



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Cajun Chicken Meatballs in Cream Sauce

The other night I tried something new in the meatball department for dinner.  I have slowly been introducing ground chicken and turkey into the menu just because I know it’s better for “the boys” than always giving them ground beef if I am making something that calls for ground meat.  They sure didn’t mind the change in this recipe! Both of them cleaned their plates!

The sauce has some chopped green onions, chopped peppers and mushrooms in it, not only making it colourful but also adding additional veggies into the mix!



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