Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tater Tot Hotdish

I apologize for my lack of recipes.  I have been meaning to post this one since February!  

Reason behind this recipe choice: 
We are from Minnesota.  This year, we hosted the Super Bowl.  Jimmy Fallon did a segment on his show where he visited a family, and they were going to cook Jimmy a popular Minnesota recipe.  

Obviously everyone was going to make the same thing.  Tater Tot Hotdish.  Apparently nobody outside of Minnesota and Wisconsin knows what this is!  I asked a number of friends who reside in other states, and none of them had heard of this.  Insanity! 

I mean, this stuff is so good... my husband proposed to me after I cooked this for him (I'm dead serious...)

But you're not here to read! You're here for the good stuff!  
(There are many variations to this Hotdish, but this is mine...)

1.5lb - Ground Beef (You can use 1 pound for this recipe. We prefer ours with more meat)
1 Bag - Frozen vegetables (Green beans, Carrots, Peas)
22oz - Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 - Medium/Large Onion, Diced
1- Bag of Mini Tater Tots
2C. - Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Brown your hamburger with the onion.  While I brown my hamburger, I follow the microwave instructions for the frozen vegetables.
In a large bowl, mix your hamburger with onion, frozen vegetables, and cream of mushroom soup.

Once evenly mixed, spread it out on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.

Layer your cheese over the burger/veggie mixture.  Some people claim its sinful to add cheese to their hotdish... but I think it's sinful NOT to.

Layer your tater tots over the cheese.  You most likely won't need the whole bag. I usually only use 3/4. 

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or under tater tots are golden brown.  

This hotdish doesn't photograph well... but it is delicious!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Tiffany (and Kelly)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Easter Bunny Banner

Hi there!  We are so glad you stopped by.

Today I want to share an easy spring craft with you.

An Easter Bunny Banner.

Here is what you will need.......

Paper, bunny template, and ribbon.

I chose a springy print for this project.

I considered using music pages with black ribbon, 

but I wanted to stay with my spring colors for this project.  

I do love the simplistic look of black and tan though.

I also used my hole punch for the holes to thread the ribbon through.

Lastly, buttons for the bunny tails.

I started by printing a bunny template.  

I found mine on Pinterest, but if you search on Google 

you will find tons of options for the look you are going for.

I cut out the template and traced it on the BACK of my paper.

I do that so that if I don't cut exactly on the lines, you don't see it.

Cut out your bunnies.  I decided on 6 for this project.

Next, I hot glued a button on each bunny to create a tail.

Thread your ribbon.

I brought the ends together to make the bow, 

which is how I attached it to the lamp shade

I couldn't decide if I wanted to hang them on my lamp or my hutch.

I do love to decorate my lamp shades.  

I just think it adds that extra touch when decorating.

I finally decided on the hutch.

Honestly though, I do think I like them better on the lamp.

I hope you will try this out.  It is so easy and inexpensive.

You probably have all of the materials in your house right now.

Happy crafting!

Kelly and Tiffany

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Decorating for Spring

Hi there!!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

I don't know about you but I'm over winter. Seriously over it. 

What's a girl to do when she has the winter doldrums, decorate for spring.

This post is going to be heavy on the pictures, light on commentary.

If you're like me, you just came to see the decor anyway.

I'm experimenting.....If I have place settings at the island,

will it not be the catch all when we walk in the door?

We shall see!

I went with lime green for my accent this year.

I love the brightness of it.

Add a bunny and a bird's nest. Simple and cheap, but makes a statement.

Add color with ribbon by wrapping it around flower pots and crocks.

Don't forget to decorate the top of your refrigerator.

It keeps your eye moving around the room. 

I like to call it candy for my eyes!

Brighten up your hutch with white dishes. I love the pop of color.

Add apples, bunnies and lots of greens to make it feel springy.

I love to layer. Again, candy for the eyes!

Also, keeping things in odd numbers is another trick I use.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a little tour of my "gathering place".

My your days be sunny and the snow be light.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taco Chili

Hello! We're so glad you stopped by!

My husband HATES chili, but the kids and I love it, so I am always trying to figure out a way for us to eat it while tricking Trey!

Last nights Chili Creation: Success! 


2lb ground beef (or turkey)
4T. Taco seasoning, divided
1 Can Corn
1 Can Black Beans (rinsed)
1 Green Pepper, Diced
1 Yellow Onion, Diced
1 Can Diced Tomato
1 10oz. Can Red Enchilada Sauce
2C. Chicken Broth
1/2T. Cumin
4oz Green Chiles (optional)

1. Brown your hamburger (or turkey) with 2T. Taco Seasoning.
2. Combined all ingredients (including the remaining 2T. of Taco Seasoning) in a slow cooker.
3. Cook on low for 6 hours.

This could also be done on the stove.  Before combining all the ingredients, cook the onions and green peppers with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until tender, then add to the soup.

I serve it with sour cream and cheese! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lamp Revamp

Hi there!  We're so glad you stopped by.

We are humbled and overwhelmed by all of the people that took the time to view our last post.  Thank you so much, every single one of you.  You are what makes this worthwhile.

Today I want to show you how easy it is to give new life 
to that item you have sitting in a corner someplace.

Here is a little lamp I found a few years ago. 
I loved the look of it, but the color did not work in my home.

 I started by painting it with Chalk paint.  

This is such an awesome product.  

It goes on like butter and you only need a little bit.

 Next, I applied the antiquing glaze.  

Rub it all over, making sure to get it in the grooves.

Simply wipe off the excess until you get the look you're going for.

I love how it turned out!

The great thing about this product is it gives the painted portion an aged look.

I love how it stays in the grooves giving it the dimensional look I was going for.

I attached wired burlap flowers. I twisted the flower around each wire.

Tied a burlap bow around it, and viola, a lampshade!

I'm not sure where I'll end up keeping it, 
so I moved it to a few different places 
and took pictures so you can see that you can use it in
 so many areas of your decor.

It could go here.....


or even here.

Move things around, step back, 
and decide where it makes your heart the most happy. 

I think I will be using on the shelf in our office. 

Thank you so  much for stopping by.  It means the world to us.


Kelly and Tiffany

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hi there!! We are so glad you stopped by.

I know it's been a long time, a really long time.  

But, we're back! And, we have a lot of great projects to share with you.

Let's start with fall decorating!

This year I kept it pretty simple.

My barn wood box...I love how simply it can be changed for the seasons.

Hey, the top of the fridge is a shelf, right?

No flat surface shall be left behind.

Add touches of light with small lamps.

Add ribbon for a seasonal look.

Countertop decor.....

Add a placemat under appliances and a fake plant in a clay pot.

Another flat surface....I know, it's a sickness

Trays and placemats are a good anchor for decorating.  

They keep items together and give a bit of definition.

A little touch for the island (another lamp) I'm all about lighting.

The nice thing about lamps is they give you some height when balancing out decor.

Remember, your eyes like to have different textures - and heights - to look at.

Since I have THE smallest porch in the history of ever,

there aren't a lot of options, so I keep it simple.

Put some burlap in a wire basket and fill with flowers.

The burlap works as a filler, and, keeps them in place.

Add some flameless candles to turn on when you're expecting guests. 

It gives it a warm feeling.

Tuck in some greens for texture and color.

Hobby Lobby and Ikea have fantastic greens at affordable prices. 

Even the birdcage got a little fall love this year.
(please excuse the ugly cord - at least it's black)

Add some lights to the top of your hutch, and a lamp for added soft lighting.

When I decorate I like to step back, look at it, and adjust it until it makes my eyes happy.

I hope you enjoyed my little tour and maybe it even gave you an idea you want to try.

Happy decorating!

May your fall season be filled with blessings~

Kelly and Tiffany

Tater Tot Hotdish

I apologize for my lack of recipes.  I have been meaning to post this one since February!   Reason behind this recipe choice:  We are...