It’s Been A Year Since We Got Lucky {Homemaker Mondays}

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On April 9th of last year, we took an innocent trip to Wal Mart, not knowing that we were going to come up upon a free puppies sign. Never dreaming that we would come home with a tiny little 3 pound ball of fur that would change our lives forever.

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He played….

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and grew….and slept….

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and grew some more…

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to the horse dog we have today:

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He’s playful, loving, protective and entertaining, and we’re all better for having him in our family.

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Here he is at his birthday party

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So happy birthday Lucky…here’s to many more.

By the way…what did you think the post title meant????

Introducing the New Flavors of Liberté Méditerranée

We are a family of yogurt lovers.

I remember I was not a fan back when yogurt was becoming popular, but over the years, I’ve grown very fond of the stuff.

We always enjoy trying something new, so when I was given the opportunity to try the new flavors of Liberté Méditerranée, I knew I couldn’t pass it up!

If you have not tried Liberté Méditerranée yet, please, by all means, do yourself the biggest favor and go get you some! All of the creamy flavors are fabulous, including their latest two masterpieces:

LIME

Lime

and

ORANGE MANGO

Orange Mango

I was partial to the time where both of my guys leaned more to the Orange Mango.

Be sure to pick yourself up some the next time you’re shopping – you’re in for a real treat!

Find them on Facebook here.

Disclaimer I was given coupons for free product to try and review. All opinions therein are my own.

Taco In A Bag {Cooking Across America: Indiana}

It’s Friday again!

It’s become my favorite blogging day of the week – this series is so much fun!

This week, I’m bringing you….

Indiana!

I had plenty of great recipes to choose from, but wanted to go with a whimsical one – taco in a bag.

Tacos in a bag were said to have originated at the Indiana State Fair (although I have nothing to substantiate that claim), are fun to make and to eat!

DSCF0165You cook your meat with your taco seasonings, pop open a bag, add the meat, cheese, favorite toppings and volia!  Dinner!

DSCF0167It couldn’t be easier, and look how fun!

DSCF0168Versatile, too – instead of Fritos, which are the perfect sub for a classic taco shell, you could spice it up with chili cheese Fritos, or even switch it up to any flavor of Doritos.

DSCF0166Whatever you decide to use, you’re sure to have a hit on your hands! Maybe give them a try this weekend or on your next Taco Tuesday!

Taco In A Bag

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • taco seasoning (gluten free or make your own mix)
  • 4-6 (1-2oz) bags Fritos Corn Chips
  • 3/4 c shredded cheese
  • lettuce, shredded (optional)
  • 1 large tomato, diced (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. brown your meat and drain off any excess fat
  2. add taco seasonings as directed on package
  3. open bag of fritios and crush chips lightly, just to break up a bit
  4. add a few tablespoons of meat and a few tablespoons of cheese
  5. top with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!
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Miss any of the series so far? Catch up right here!

See y’all next Friday!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Carrot Cake Blondies with Carrot Cake M&M’s {W/ GF Option}

I always try to make something special around Easter time, and when I saw these recently:

I knew these would have to be part of this year’s creation.

DSCF0197There is nothing like a good, chewy blondie.

DSCF0198These have all the flavors of a delicious carrot cake with the chewiness of a wonderful brownie – just awesome.

DSCF0201These were a huge hit – they disappeared in a blink of an eye – both of my guys loved them, and I did, too.

I did use regular all purpose flour in these, but if you substitute a good all purpose gluten free in its place, I am confident that you will achieve the same delicious result.  I also sneaked a bit of healthiness in these by using melted coconut oil instead of the called for canola / vegetable oil. It also gave a wonderful hint of coconut which only enhanced the flavors. Of course, and time you can get some veggies into the kids is always a win, too!

If you are looking for something a little bit different to make this Easter, consider these blondies – everybunny will love ‘em!

Carrot Cake Blondies with Carrot Cake M&M’s {W/ GF Option}

For Gluten Free Blondies: Replace AP Flour with a GF AP flour Blend cup for cup, as well as gluten free baking powder. Add two additional tablespoons of coconut oil as well. Otherwise, follow directions as listed.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 c all-purpose flour (see notes for GF option)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 c coconut oil
  • 1 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c shredded carrots
  • 1 bag Carrot Cake Flavored M & M's candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°; oil a 13x9 inch baking pan; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the oil, brown sugar, and sugar until the sugars have dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the eggs, one at a time, allowing each to be thoroughly incorporated before adding the next.
  5. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.
  6. After beating in the third egg for 1 minute, stir in the vanilla.
  7. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, fold in the shredded carrot and m&m's until combined.
  8. Then stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated; do not beat.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading it gently to the corners.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is lightly brown and a pick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
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