Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mexican Dorito Casserole

I am a big fan of all things Mexican.  And if you put Doritos in the title, my interest might be further piqued.  So when I spotted a pin for Mexican Dorito Casserole, I knew I had to try it at least once.......

 Mexican Dorito Casserole
(copied from original source)

2 c. shredded cooked chicken
1 c. shredded cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes
1/2 packet taco seasoning
bag of Doritos

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except Doritos.
3. In a greased 2 qt baking dish, put a layer of crushed Doritos (about 2 cups), then a layer of the chicken mixture. Repeat once more, ending with a layer of chicken mixture. Top with more shredded cheese, cover, and bake for 30-35 minutes, till bubbling hot.

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My notes:
  • A 2 quart baking dish is roughly a 9 x 9 inch baking dish.  Thank you Google.
  • I added some crushed Doritos to the top before I baked it.  
  • The mister picked out every last tomato.  (And I thought I was the one who hated cooked tomatoes.)  Soooo next time, I'll forgo the Rotel and add diced green chilis instead.  
  • The thought of eating this leftover scared the heck outta me.  All I could think about was soggy chips.  And when I mentioned it to the mister, he was skeptical too.  So I told him I'd test out a tablespoon myself.  So brave.  Well, we were both glad I did, because it was great!   
(Annnnd I didn't have to cook that night.)

    Linking up with:

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

    Winner Winner

    As the coins poured into the machine, and the amount kept increasing, I'm pretty sure my jaw hit the floor........


    Over $40 in quarters?!  Check out those dimes!

    So who had the closest guess without going over?

    With a guess of $51.00! 

    Congrats to Jamie!  I'll be sending a Hobby Lobby gift card in the mail this week!!!

    Thank you so much to everyone who played along!  I hope you had fun guessing!!!

    Happy weekend to you!

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    Five Things Friday

    1.  I used to be so scared to order clothes online.  Now I am almost giddy when I know a package is "out for delivery".  It's like Christmas.  It's even better when it's coral-esque pink skinnies that have been out of stock for a month annnnnd a chevron dress.  Both of which arrived Wednesday.......

    2.  Last week, I might have mentioned being one friend away from 100 followers.  Next thing you know, I'm in the triple digits!  Thanks a bunch!  Because of my new friends, I decided to celebrate with a little giveaway!  If you're reading this, and it's not yet noon (CST) on Friday (April 27th) you still have time to enter!!  GO DO IT!  Entries will be taken til then, and I'll announce the big winner tomorrow!  Here's a hint.........


    3.  Some feature love happened this week.  One blog linked my Parmesan Honey Pork Roast on their weekly meal plan, and my Crockpot Ravioli was featured on another!  EEEEKKK!

    4.  Sir Chester was very needy the other night........and he sort of had a crazed look in his might be due to a rare car ride he enjoyed......

    5.  STOP THE PRESSES!  Thanks to Nancy, I found another pair of green skinnies this week (Kohl's).  Due to the controversy surrounding my first pair, I was determined to either vindicate those OR find some that were greener.  And as I look at them side by side, I am still not fully convinced that my original pair aren't green.  Maybe a tad on the light turquoisy side, but not full on blue........

    first pair                                                                         new pair

    But I'll let you be the judge.........

    17 more days of school!


    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    For the love of coral

    Coral has always held a special place in my heart.

    Any devout coral fan would, of course, own a few articles of clothing in said color.

    But coral deserves more than just my plain ole jeans. 

    Cue a Pinterest search.  Full of coral with animal print annnd green jeans.....

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    Once I was chock full of ideas, I got to work on my own coral stylings.

    First up, a date night type outfit, as I would never, ever wear those peep-toe wedges to chase kiddos around the classroom.......

    Next up, a more casual approach that I could wear to work.....

    Might as well get as much mileage as I can outta those green jeans.  Because it's been brought to my attention (ahem, Whit) that they are more blue than green

    Is this true?

    Be honest with me people.

    Am I in denial here?

    Since I had such a hard time finding the perfect pair of green skinnies, did I let my obsession impair my color judgement?

    Is the search not quite over?

    Linking up with.....

    pleated poppy

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Thrifting Frenzy

    Never-been-worn Montgomery Ward shoes......

    $4.98 & $3.98

    Mary Janes for me.  Loafers for the booth.

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    A vintage "Positive Attitude" dress that fits perfectly....


    But I'm not sure how I feel about the colors, 
    so I'm leaning toward putting it in the booth.

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    I bought these only for the frames......

    $1.98 each

    But now I think I like them.  
    Anyone know if they are paint by number?

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    Who doesn't love round frames.......

    $0.99 each

    I will probably keep these.  
    I'm thinking they would be good for DIY silhouettes?

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    And parting with every single one may prove to be impossible.....

     $10.00 for all three

    Do I realllly need an old mailbox?   Probably not.

    Do I realllly want to keep one?  Of course.

    Linking up with Her Library Adventures.

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

    A Contesty Giveaway - Closed!

    This giveaway is now closed!
    Thanks to everyone who participated!
     Check out who won

    The milestone of 100 followers has been reached annnnd surpassed!  Three lovely new friends joined as readers (thank you).  Sooooo it's time for a silly little game!

    Some of you may remember when I did this last year.  Well, it's that time again.

    It's change jar cashing in time.....

    Contest Directions: 
    • Next, make a "how much change is that" prediction in the comments area.  Make sure your email is accessible.....via your profile or in the body of the comment.  

    Prize:  The winner gets a $10 Starbucks card ORRR a $10 Hobby Lobby card.  You pick!  Mention your choice in your comment!

    Rules:  Your guess has to be closest to the amount without going over.  I'll take guesses all week.  If two folks guess the same amount, and it's the winning amount, the first commenter will come out the victor.  Guessing time will come to a close on Friday, April 27th at noon.  I'll post the amount on Saturday the 28th, along with the lucky winner!  I'll even prove the amount with the receipt from my bank!

    Let the guessing begin!!!!

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    Five (or 6) Things Friday

    What.  A.  Week.

    1.  I had to attend math training this week which required having a sub in my classroom.  The sub was actually a friend and retired teacher......well-versed in the ways of fourth grade everything.  So I had to laugh when I read through her notes at day's end.  The best being this one.......

    (names were changed to protect the not-so-innocent)

    2.  My car decided to quit.  Luckily, it was in a parking lot, so I didn't have to be a damsel in distress blocking traffic.  It coasted nicely into a parking spot.  So I rolled the window down, enjoyed the breeze, and played on my phone while the mister (and a tow truck) came to the rescue.  Although it still had to be transported to the mechanic, the mister was able to diagnose the problem.....

    (stupid serpentine belt)

    3.  Upon getting home from the car fiasco, we sat down with our takeout.  As I got up to go grab my phone, my food took a nosedive.........

    (stupid clumsiness)

    4.  In cheerier news, a piece of my furniture was featured on a blog I adore!  Jamie from Owl Really asked if I'd like to participate in her "Favorite Find" series.  I was thrilled that she asked!!  Jamie has gone from being a blog crush of mine to becoming a new friend!!!

    (go check out Owl Really)

    5.  I finalllly got my Birchbox invite!  EEEEKKKK!  I cannot wait to get my first box of goodies!!!


    6.  Annnnd lastly.  I am one friend away from having 100 followers.  DOUBLE EEEEKKKK!  Major excitement!  Once that milestone is reached, I want to celebrate with a silly little contesty giveaway for my readers!! 

    No, contesty is not a word.


    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    A Treasure

    You know when you spot something, and it's love at first sight?

    Like your heart kind of stops for a second and you have to catch your breath?

    That happened last Friday.

    At an antique sale.

    Pheona's opened for the season.  And the first room I walked into sent me into a frenzy.  I almost didn't care if I walked through the rest of the sale.

    Because I spotted an old metal basket on legs.

    I pretty much knew immediately that I'd be spending my wad of cash on it.  And that's okay.  Because when you know, you know....

    The tag read "egg basket".  But I still wanted to research my find.  So a few clicks later I found an exact replica, down to the same measurements and all......


    The site claims that it most likely was used for produce or eggs in stores.  The site is selling the above basket for $350.

    Mine was $62.


    A little further questioning (of the lovely Sheila) yielded a bit more info.  It had come from a local auction!  Maybe it was even used at an old general store in the area!

    Anyway, you might be wondering what I plan on doing with a metal basket that is almost three feet tall.....
    • I think it could be used as a hamper in the laundry room!
    • Or a plant stand, with a huge fern inside.
    • And one day, when I have my large bathroom with a clawfoot tub, maybe it could sit prettily on my white and black honeycomb tile while holding towels.

    But really.  Do you really need a specific purpose for something you love?

    Linking up with Apron Thrift Girl and...

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

    Crockpot Ravioli

    A rainy Sunday calls for domestic escapades galore!  And another tempting pin equals another crockpot recipe to try...

    Crockpot Ravioli
    (adapted from original source)

    1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
    1 onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
    1 can stewed tomatoes 
    1 tsp. oregano
    1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed
    16 oz. bowtie pasta, cooked
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
    1 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

    Brown ground beef with onion and garlic.  Put in crockpot and add sauce, tomatoes, and seasonings. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.  Add the cooked pasta, thawed spinach, and cheese during the last 30 minutes of cooking and turn crockpot to high.  Save some mozzarella to sprinkle on top when served.

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    This turned out so well.  The mister loved it.  I loved it.  It's a keeper!

    My notes:  
    • I hate stewed tomatoes, so I left those out.  Instead I added another 8 oz. can of tomato sauce.
    • 6 to 7 hours on low was tooooo much.  After about an hour, I turned the dial to "warm" until I was ready to add the remaining ingredients!
    • I'm not so sure a crockpot is really necessary.  Next time I think I'll try it without.
    • It makes a lot.  I froze a large portion and still had leftovers.

    Annnnddd I did not tell the mister that spinach was involved.  He did not ask.  He gobbled it up, none the wiser.

    Do I tell him?

    Or is it our little secret?

      Friday, April 13, 2012

      Five Things Friday

      1.  For some reason, unbeknownst to me, I decided to prove to my class that I could still turn a cartwheel and do a back-bend the other day.

      I woke up the next morning wondering why I was sore.  Then I remembered the stunt from the previous day.

      But now I feel like I should prove it to you too.  You only get a back-bend though.....

      2.  I won a blog giveaway this week!!  Creator Designs, along with The Vanilla Tulip, hosted a giveaway for a Tervis.  It even arrived by mail the next day.

      It would be the perfect water cup.  If only I drank water....

      3.  Speaking of drinks, I know what that Tervis will hold.  You know how I'm a Gold Card Holder at Starbucks?  Well, every 15 drinks earns a free handcrafted beverage.  I must have hit the magic number because my free drink postcard arrived in the mail on Monday.

      If it's free, you know you better order a Venti.....

      4.  My sis let me borrow a book, and I read the whole darn thing in two days.  The movie is coming soon, so I needed to be prepared......

      5.  I got a manicure and pedicure with my sis.  Sis was unsure of my choice to not match my toes and fingernails.  The nail tech even said most folks go with the same color.  I was pretty firm in my decision though, so I couldn't be talked out of it.  Therefore, I have purple-ish toes and pinkish fingers.  Is that bad? 

      Have I broken some rule that I didn't know about?

      Come on.  You can tell me.


      Wednesday, April 11, 2012

      What I Wore: Easter Sunday

      A few weeks back, I came home with a thrifted skirt.....


      Pleats and polka dots.  Two very good things.

      I had no idea when I'd find an opportunity to wear it, but I thought I'd look up styling ideas on Pinterest just to be prepared.  A few pins I found helped me out.....

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      I learned it should be belted......worn with heels......and I would have to tuck in a shirt.

      I am not a shirt tucker inner. 

      But I loved the look, so I kept the idea deep in the recesses of my mind.

      Then came Easter morn.

      I am not a clothing planner outer either.  Nope.  Not one bit.

      Sooooo a frenzied fashion show ensued, and the polka dot pleated skirt came out the victor......

      A basic white cotton shirt + a red thrifted belt straight out of the 80's + a black granny purse + basic black heels = Easter Sunday Outfit....

      Please, however, ignore the pasty whiteness of my shins.

      Nothing a little summer break can't fix.

      29 school days left.

      Linking up with Le Chateau de Fleurs

      pleated poppy