Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Yesterday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with  a very simple dinner and some homeschool lessons pertaining to the day.

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I got the worksheets from The Mailbox where I have a subscription, but they do have some worksheets for free.

I made Margarita Chicken Dip, Frozen Margarita Pie, and Pina Colada Floats.

I got the Margarita Chicken Dip recipe from a pin on Pinterest.

The Frozen Margarita pie was super fast and easy to make. I tweaked a recipe I found on Pinterest to make it more to my family’s taste.

Frozen Margarita Pie

one graham cracker pie crust

one can sweetened condensed milk

one container frozen margarita mix

one tablespoon of lime juice and lime zest

one small container of Cool Whip

Mix together the condensed milk, margarita mix, lime juice and zest. Then fold in the Cool Whip. Pour it all into the crust. Place in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it.

The pina colada floats were just made with pina colada sherbet and Sprite.

I hope you had a nice Cinco de Mayo as well!

 

 

Enchilada Soup

I love a good thick soup. If you’ve ever seen my other recipes then you know I like spicy too. This soup is thick and spicy and I love it! It is one of the easiest soups to make, so without further ado, here’s the recipe.

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Loved in the South’s Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • 3 packets of taco seasoning
  • 1 to 2 small jars of diced jalapenos
  • 3 large cans of green enchilada sauce
  • 3 lbs. of  cooked chicken breasts
  • 2 containers of jalapeno cream cheese

I place all of the chicken in my crockpot with one taco seasoning packet and cook it on low for 6 hours. When the chicken is done, I shred the meat. I take out most of the liquid that is in the crockpot. I then put in all my other ingredients and stir. I cook it on low for as long as I need or until it is heated through. If I’m using my Dutch oven (like in the picture), then I will put it it in the oven at 180 degrees for a few hours. Yum!

 

Pimento Cheese {Low Carb}

I love a good pimento cheese spread. I’m pretty picky about them though. It can’t have too much mayo. It better not have too many pimentos. It definitely needs a little heat. I decided to try my hand at a homemade version including all of my must haves and excluding all the things I don’t like.

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I put a large block of sharp cheddar through the food processor. I added mayo, jalapenos, pimentos, and cayenne pepper. It was DELISH!!! I can barely wait to find more things to slather it on.

Loved in the South’s Spicy Pimento Cheese

1 large block of sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne 

1 small jar of pimentos

1 small can of diced jalapenos.

I drained both the jar and can just a little before adding them. Mix everything together and enjoy!

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Easter 2016

Easter was filled with activities and fun. We made our traditional Resurrection rolls. We dyed eggs. We went to Easter service. We had two egg hunts. We had two Easter feasts.

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Resurrection Rolls:

They will be empty (like the tomb) once they are baked. Take Grands flaky biscuits and half. Put a marshmallow in the center and pinch dough around it. Dip the biscuits in butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar. Bake until lightly browned.

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Saturday

Dying Eggs: We just take packets of regular Kool Aid, add a little water and dip the eggs. No vinegar or anything. It is so quick and easy!!

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We ordered the Easter meal from The Fresh Market and we were so pleased with it!

It included ham, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, broccoli slaw, and yeast rolls. All we had to make ourselves was the deviled eggs, baked beans, and dessert.

We had a lovely day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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I took this picture in March 2012.

I have always loved looking for four leaf clovers. I used to spend a good deal of my recess time searching out these little treasures. I still look on my way to and from the mailbox.

Today, we will go out and collect some clovers for decoration and wear our green clothes to celebrate. I made a St. Patrick themed breakfast with green eggs and green decorations. I have a green themed dinner planned. I looked for an Irish recipe; but since my husband and I don’t really eat potatoes or bread, I found it too difficult to find something Irish we all would eat.  I am making green enchiladas for dinner instead. I’m also making rainbow cookies out of Funfetti cake mix.

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I got that St. Patrick’s day  printable free from alexandcoprintables.com

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To make Super Duper Easy Funfetti cookies:

One box of Funfetti cake mix

One egg

2 sticks of butter

Soften the butter, add egg and cake mix. If you want the cookies a little more festive, add more colorful sprinkles. Stir until well combined. Place small balls of the cookie dough on a parchment covered cookie sheet.Bake at 325 degrees until the edges just begin to brown.

I found some free printable St. Patrick Day trivia cards on Pinterest. Oh, how I love trivia. These little gems are getting placed on the table at dinnertime.

I hope that this day is full of happiness and joy!!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

My oldest daughter proclaimed her love for this particular dip not too long ago. So, after she’d had a busy and stressful week at school, I made it for dinner.

It is super easy and I know there are lots of recipes out there for this kind of dip. But here’s how I make it.

Loved in the South’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

3 10 oz. cans of chicken breasts

1 container of jalapeño cream cheese

1 block of regular cream cheese

16 oz. sour cream

8 oz. Red Hot Wing Sauce

8 oz. of habanero cheese

8 oz. cheddar cheese

Drain the chicken. Put softened cream cheeses and chicken in a large bowl. Add the wing sauce, sour cream, and the habanero cheese. Mix well. Put mixture in a greased glass pan. Put cheddar cheese on top. Bake at 325 degrees until bubbly.image

You can eat it on its own, with veggies, with chips, in a tortilla, any way you want it! image.jpeg

Keto Tiramisu {Low Carb}

My husband doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but every now and then he will ask me to make some kind of low carb dessert. The first dessert I ever made for him was a true tiramisu. We still both love the flavors of the Italian dessert, so when I saw the Kahlua flavored sugar free syrup, I made plans to make a low carb tiramisu-like treat. 007

Loved in the South’s Low Carb Tiramisu

1/2 stick of butter (softened)

4 to 5 packets of sweetener

1/4 cup of sugar free Kahlua flavored syrup

1 block of full fat cream cheese

1/4 cup of 100% cocoa chocolate chips

Put all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Enjoy!

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General Tso’s Sauce {Low Carb}

Many years ago, when I was still living at home, my parents fell in love with a Chinese restaurant in our town. We ate there all the time. We also ate there every Christmas Eve after our church service. So, every Christmas I want Chinese food. I never have it, but I always crave it.

Right after Christmas I decided I was going to try to make my own General Tso’s sauce. I was pleased with the results and have made it twice now. It is very easy and quick to make.

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Low Carb General Tso’s Sauce

2 Tbs. oil

6 Tbs. Rice vinegar

6 Tbs. soy sauce

1/2 cup water

5 Tbs. Splenda

1 tsp. xanthan gum

3 tsp. red chili paste

3 tsp. chili garlic sauce

Put all the ingredients into a small sauce pan. Stir. Cook on medium heat. Bring to a boil. Stir constantly until the mixture is thickened. Remove from heat.

 

I make this in a small sauce pan while I have my chicken in a wok on another burner. Once the chicken is done, I move it onto a cookie sheet and finish the vegetables in the wok. I let everyone decide how much sauce they want. More for me because I like the heat and less for Olivia since she doesn’t.

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I hope you enjoy this if you try it!

 

 

Creamy Orange No Bake Dessert {Low Carb}

I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted a recipe. I’ve been cooking a lot of standbys lately and haven’t had enough time to try out new recipes.  I decided it was time to try to whip up something new and yummy. I have been wanting orange marmalade but couldn’t figure out what in the world to eat it on. I thought and thought and decided it was going to have to go in something instead.

Here is the recipe for this little sweet treat. It is similar to a cheesecake but has a more custard like mouth feel to it.

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4 oz. softened butter

4 oz. full fat cream cheese

2 Tablespoons  heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. orange extract

3 Tbs. no sugar orange marmalade

5 packets of sweetener

All these ingredients go into the blender. Blend well. Put into small bowls or cups. Refrigerate. Serve cold with a little bit of whipped cream on top. Yum!

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Please, let me know if you try it.

A Chicken Recipe {low carb}

This is one of my go-to recipes. I love that it can all be thrown into my Dutch oven and slow cooked most of the day.

It is low carb and delicious!

Hot and Spicy Ranch Chicken

2 to 3 lbs. chicken breasts

1 container Philadelphia jalapeño cream cheese

1 packet of dry ranch seasoning

1/2 cup full fat, no carb, ranch dressing

Put in all on the Dutch oven. Bake at 200 degrees until done (about 4 hours). Shred and add 2 cups of pepper jack or haberno pepper cheese.

Stir until melted and well combined.

Enjoy!

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