25 Delicious Casserole Recipes (A Roundup)

Casserole textThe cooler weather is here, and we’re all thinking about bundling up and making some nice casseroles (or hot dishes as they say in the Minnesota area! – can I just tell you I think that is the funniest thing ever?)

Anyway, I’ve compiled a roundup of some really yummy casserole dishes that you should give a try this winter…even the tuna noodle looks great, and I’m definitely not a tuna noodle kind of girl!

Let me know what you think and add your own in the comments if you want to share!

Happy Hot Dish! (Hahahah I told you I love that term!)

Breakfast Casseroles

Breakfast Egg & Bacon Casserole Freezer Meal – Eggs, bacon, cheese, and even spinach combined for a make ahead hearty breakfast your family will love.

Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole – This one would be great for large families.  Nutritious and a perfect start to a school day!

Sides

Baked Potato Casserole – Picture a loaded baked potato in a casserole.  Delicious!

Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole – You’ll never look at sweet potatoes the same after you’ve had them in a casserole with apples.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole – All the cheesy goodness of a twice baked potato in a casserole.

Easy and Delicious Cheesy Holiday Hashbrown Casserole – Not just for holidays.  This casserole would make a tasty side dish to just about any meat you serve.

Entrees

Pork

Pork Sausage Casserole – Ingredients for this one include long grain wild rice, mushrooms, and sausage.  If you don’t like sausage, another meat would work well as a substitution.

Ham Casserole –  This recipe is a smart way to turn leftover ham into a second meal.

Seafood

Not Yo Mama’s Tuna Noodle Casserole – Classic tuna casserole gets a makeover.  Your family will actually want to eat this one!

Shrimp and Grits Casserole – This is a less spicy version of traditional shrimp and grits, and there are some great tips to cooking grits in there too if you’re unfamiliar with them.

Beef

Hamburger Pie –   If you forgot to prep dinner before work, this is a quick and easy hearty meal  You can also change a few things up to make it a little more homemade.  Try adding some corn or peas to it to make a complete one pot meal!

Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole with Veggies and Cheese – Hashbrowns make this casserole different.  It also uses 2 cups of mixed vegetables, so you can be sure that there is a lot of nutrition in this as well.

Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Bake -  Sour cream, cream cheese, and cheddar transform ground beef and egg noodles into something fabulous.

Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe – Awesome alternative for those who love sloppy joes but hate the mess they make when on a bun.  Now they are officially fork-worthy.

Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole – No casserole roundup would be complete without a tater tot recipe!  Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes said it best…”This Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole is like eating, well, chili cheese fries – but in a casserole form.”

Chicken

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Bake -  Chicken and pasta with a cool ranch kick make this an awesome weeknight dinner option.

Hot Chicken Salad – It’s chicken salad taken to the next level by baking it with cheese and potato chips!  Great for a lunch dish served hot or at room temperature.

Curried Chicken and Rice Casserole – Comfort food turned healthy.  If your family isn’t fond of curry you can also substitute oregano or basil for a more Italian flavor.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Pasta -  Chicken, Broccoli, and cheese?  Yes please.  This simple recipe will probably become a staple in your menu.

Mexican Inspired

Turkey Enchilada Bake – Three layers of turkey enchilada goodness made even better when it’s topped with lime and avocado.  This recipe is beautiful and packed with nutritional value.

Tamale Pie – An interesting recipe that takes tamale ingredients and tops them with cornbread.

Cheesy Burrito Casserole – Burrito ingredients in a casserole.

The Ultimate Wet Burrito – If you love Mexican food you will love this!  Complete with everything you’d ever want in an enchilada.  It’s a spicy one but you can tone it down by using mild salsa and omitting the jalapeno peppers.

Italian Inspired

Easy Baked Penne – This simple to make baking dish full of deliciousness will feed quite a few.

Pizza Spaghetti – Two favorite foods combined.  How can you go wrong?  Customize to your family by mixing in some of your favorite pizza toppings – mushrooms, peppers, onions…the sky’s the limit!

 

 

 

 

 


I Challenge You To Stop Being Selfish By Dumping Ice Water On Your Head

8 out of 10 posts in my Facebook newsfeed are videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their head.  I have one thing to say here.  What the hell is the matter with you people?  Desperate for attention much?

Yes, ALS is a horrible disease.  However, so is cancer, cerebral palsy, HIV…do they not deserve some “awareness”?  Not that this challenge is promoting any awareness anyway.  It’s getting donations coming in, and people are talking about it, but how many of those videos have you watched that people actually spout out some facts about ALS?  Most people say simply “I have been nominated by my friend Silly McIcypants to take the ice bucket challenge.  I nominate 14 new people to do the same or donate to ALS.”  Then you dump a bucket of ice water on your head.  So what are you aware of?  That ice water is cold?  That you now know how to upload a video to Facebook? That you didn’t donate money?  Do you even have any idea what ALS stands for? (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

What does ice water have to do with ALS anyway?  Shouldn’t you be doing something more relevant?  How about go an entire day without eating or speaking.  Without being “challenged” to do it.  That’s much more admirable, don’t you think? And then you would be “aware” of part of what it feels like to have ALS. And then you should donate money.

My personal favorite is the teenage girls that use the ice bucket challenge to show themselves off in a bikini.  Or the women who think it’s a wet Tshirt contest.  “Here I am in my white t-shirt and no bra to raise awareness.”  Coincidence?  I think not.

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Wish I could give someone credit for this, but it’s just a random meme that showed up in my Facebook newsfeed.

And, much like the meme I found on Facebook…you’re pouring clean water on your head to get out of giving money to a charity.  Just donate.  And while you’re at it, donate to every other charity that comes your way.  Even if it’s $1.

In light of this, I’m starting a few new challenges.

Dump a bucket of sand on your heads to raise awareness that there are children all over the world that would live longer if you donated that bucket of clean ice water to them.

Dump a bucket of naked barbies on your head to raise awareness that your 13 year old daughter just showed everyone on Facebook what she looks like in a string bikini.

Dump a bucket of rocks on your head…just because.

Pick one.  And after that, make a donation to your favorite charity.  You have 24 hours to accept.  Video not necessary because this isn’t about you.


Ten Signs You’ve Been a Mom Way Too Long

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Top Ten Signs You Have Been a Mom For Too Long

Remember when your first child got their first skinned knee?  You wondered if you should take them to the emergency room just to be safe, but a more experienced mom told you that you were overreacting.  As much as you thought she was calloused and jaded and you never liked her anyway, you eventually realized she was right.  A few years down the road you’ve probably become that very same woman.  Here’s how to know you’ve been doing this for far too long.

  1. You no longer jump when you hear a cry.   It better be a blood curdling scream to tear you away from your Lifetime movie.
  2. The kids may have eaten sour cream and onion potato chips for breakfast a few times once.
  3. You’re irritated by the new cast of Barney.  The other kids were much better actors.
  4. You laugh when a new mom freaks out over a booboo.  You console them but secretly think that they better learn to deal with it because it’s only going to get worse.
  5. You don’t pay attention to the television rating system.  You learned long ago that the TV execs really have no idea what your kid can or cannot handle.
  6. You subscribe to Parents magazine for the Gymboree coupons.  You open the magazine, root through, grab the coupon and throw the magazine in the recycling bin without reading a single page.  20% off every month is a great deal.  Who really has time to read anyway?
  7. Long gone are the days of socks matching outfits.  With everything you’ve got going on, you’re just happy to find socks at all. Doesn’t matter if one is black and the other is green.
  8. Last week’s date night was a karaoke bar.  You belted out “Let It Go” with a passion that would make Queen Elsa step down from her throne.  The babysitter was in such a hurry to get out for the car at the end of the night that she forgot to get paid because you gave an encore performance while driving her home.
  9. You can get out every stain under the sun if given the chance.  Unfortunately, you usually don’t notice them until they’ve been baked in by the dryer.
  10. You long for the day the kids go away to college just so you can have your life back.  This will also bite you in the ass.  You’ve been a mom for so long at this point that you’ll have no memory of life before children.  And you wouldn’t want it any other way.

 


Homeschooling – not for me. How about you?

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Today on Facebook a friend posted that she thought Home schooling children was a bad idea.  I couldn’t agree more.

Disclaimer:  Before you all get your panties in a bunch and send me hate mail, know that some people are great homeschooling parents.  For most, though, it is a fad that should be avoided.

If you’re on the fence about it, here are a few things you may want to consider.

“Regular” school, public or private, prepares a child more for real life than home schooling can.  Yes, you can take your kids on field trips and you can use the state curriculum and even make them sit at that table and do school work for 7 hours a day but that isn’t the same.

Let’s start with the beginning of the day.  A child that goes to a school out of the home gets up, washes, dresses, and eats on a rigid schedule because there are consequences if he doesn’t.  Homeschooled children may very well get up and do these things too before it’s time to sit down and learn things, but if a child is “late” for homeschool, there is no mark for being tardy and they don’t miss out on anything.  They just begin it later.  The child attending school that is late misses learning whatever was learned in that time, and has to depend on themselves or other resources to make up the work and learn it on their own.

Then there are the distractions.  While many parents choose to homeschool so that their child has a distraction free learning environment, distractions are a necessary part of life.  While the class clown sits at his desk making farting noises with his armpits is certainly annoying, he serves a purpose.  The other child learns to tune him out to get their work done.   Sure, we can envision that our children will all have a corner office with a super quiet place to work when they get older, but the truth is that most won’t.  They will be faced with coworkers next to them talking on the phone or the annoying pencil tapper at the board meeting, or even the office clown still making farting noises 20 years later.

Also, some parents, while well meaning, suck at teaching.  Having a degree in History doesn’t make you qualified to teach it.  Teaching requires a certain amount of creativity and discipline and psychology skills.  Knowing how to perfectly plot algebraic equations on a graph does not make you a teacher.  Many parents start homeschooling and find they’re bad teachers.  They don’t have the patience or the time or whatever else is needed.  Then what happens is the child ends up in regular school and is behind before they even begin because they missed valuable learning time while their parents were trying out something that didn’t work.

Another thing home schooling doesn’t do is keep the parents accountable.   Let’s say you have 2 children.   One is homeschooled 8 year old and the other is a toddler.  The toddler has an ear infection.  So the older one misses school because the “teacher” has to take the younger one to the doctor.  The home schooling model lacks structure that is found in a regular school.

And let’s look at the socialization.  Many homeschooled families are similar.  They’re usually mid to upper class families who can afford to have one parent stay home to do the teaching.   They eat healthy, exercise regularly, and the parents are very concerned with the child’s well-being.  And that is awesome. However, there is something to be said about knowing diversity.  A child with a stay at home parent probably isn’t going to be exposed to a poverty stricken child, or a child who is in foster care because a parent died, or a child with a bad family life, because even in the homeschool “networks” , those children aren’t there.  Homeschooled kids are mostly exposed to other children and families similar to their own.  And while at first glance it seems like a great idea to keep your child away from the one throwing rocks at recess, it’s really not.  Kids need to know that some people just throw rocks for no reason.  And some adults are real jerks too.

Think about teachers.  Some teachers just don’t like certain kids for personal reasons.  It’s not nice, but it’s true.  If a child has never dealt with someone in authority who doesn’t like them, how will they deal with that in the workplace?

Now fast forward a few years. The child has graduated home school and he or she may be thinking about college.  You’re sending a child who hasn’t been exposed to “regular” school scenarios away to a school.  The first bully or party kid they encounter is going to be a big deal to them, and they will probably lose concentration and get a bad grade.  When they were home schooled, the parent said, “Okay, Johnny, you didn’t do so well on your last quiz.  Let’s see how we can fix this.”  A college professor isn’t going to be a mom or dad to your child.  They mark the paper with a big fat “F” and move on.  By not giving them the life experiences that train them to deal with these situations, you’re setting them up for failure.

While I may be dead set against homeschooling, I’m not saying don’t do it.  What you do with your children certainly doesn’t affect mine.  I’m saying think long and hard what your child will be missing out on before you make a decision.  They miss out on a whole lot more than junior prom and a senior trip.

 

 

 


Strange Ways to Shed a Few Pounds

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Bikini season is almost here!  Are you ready?  I recently lost 20 lbs in about a month, and I’m going to share with you how I did it, because I didn’t exactly follow the “rules” of dieting.  A little of it was unorthodox, so maybe I can share with you something you haven’t thought of.

  1. Green tea.  You may remember my past post about the benefits of Green Tea.  I can’t give you the exact number of extra calories the tea burned, but every night, I put 9 Green Tea bags in a 2-quart pitcher, boiled a pot of water, and then dumped the water in the pitcher and put it in the fridge.  I never removed the tea bags.   I like my tea to be strong anyway, but I did see on Dr. Oz that in order to reap the benefits of Green Tea, the tea had to steep for 20 minutes.  Every day I drank the pitcher full of tea.
  2. I didn’t exercise.  I know – everyone says exercise is the key to weight loss, and I’m not disputing that at all.  However, going to the gym or popping in a DVD really isn’t my thing.  First, I’d need a babysitter for the little one even if I did a DVD at home because the second you’re not paying attention to her she’s getting into trouble. Secondly, I really hate don’t like exercise.  I did, however, do extra calorie burning activities whenever possible.  For example, if I was downstairs and I needed to use the bathroom, I would go upstairs to use it instead of using the first floor bathroom.  Or I would walk down the driveway to the mailbox to check the mail instead of stopping with the car on my way in to check it.  Every calorie burned counts.
  3. I ate like an old lady.  Spend some time watching an elderly person eat.  They eat very little and they eat it very slowly.  Instead of eating a whole dinner, I ate a half of a dinner and took a half hour to do it.  It’s a well-known fact that your metabolism slows as you age, so your body needs less to fuel it.  If you keep eating like you’re 20 when you’re 40, you’re likely to gain weight.
  4. I stopped eating carb loaded foods.   I cut out most bread, pasta, and potatoes, and ate no sugary snacks at all.
  5. I gave up most of my morning coffee.  This was a biggie for me, but I like my coffee light and sweet.  A tablespoon of French vanilla creamer has 35 calories, which doesn’t sound like a lot, until you realize how small a tablespoon is.  I would say I used about 3 tablespoons per cup.  Giving up 2 cups a day saved me about 210 calories a day, which equates to approximately a half pound a week loss with no additional effort whatsoever.
  6. I cheated.  A lot.  I read somewhere (and I don’t remember where) that if you eat a low calorie/carb diet and then have a cheat day, the next 4 days you will burn more calories than if you didn’t cheat.  The flip side to this is that cheating adds calories.  So you may be burning more in the four days later, but you still have to burn off the ones you added so it may not make any difference at all.  The jury is still out on that one.

I think the biggest part of dieting – any sort of diet – is that you have to keep in mind that you can only lose one pound at a time.  So if you try all week and end up losing only one pound, don‘t get discouraged.  Without surgery, it’s impossible to get on the scale and weigh 20 lbs less than you did the day before.

Another thing to remember is that there is no time like the present.  It’s very easy to say “I’ll start when the kids get out of school.”  Or, “There is no point in trying to lose weight during the holidays.”.  I’ve used those same excuses a million times.  However, when the kids get out of school or the holidays are over, you could have already reached your goal.  Instead you’re starting from the beginning.

As for me…I’m done for a while.  I have more to go but I’m tired of dieting.

Happy weight loss everyone!

 


Clay Aiken? I know him.

 

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Heard in my house this morning:
“Who is Clay Aiken?”

“He was either the winner or runner up on American Idol.  He’s a singer.”

“He’s running for Congress or something you know.”

“Yes. I know.  He’s openly gay.”

“Oh I know who he is now.  As soon as you said he was gay I remembered who he was.  He’s a skater.”

“No.  He’s a singer.  From American Idol.”

“A singer?”

“Yes.  A singer.”

“What does he sing?”

“Something on American Idol.”

 

Someone shoot me. 

 


Technology is Crack.

I’m making this one quick, as I’m sitting at the laundromat sucking up the free wi-fi.  I’m in the middle of moving from one temporary place to another (long story that I don’t have time to get into right now) but I don’t have internet service!

I’m pacing around like a crackhead, lost and having massive withdrawal symptoms such as a feeling that my brain is shrinking without my blessed blog and blogger friends.  On the plus side…all that pacing seems to be firming my backside.

I apparently do not know how to function without technology.  The world is spinning without me.  At least 10 times a day I think of something I don’t know the answer to and have no way to find out.  And my 3 year old has been telling people “you can visit us, but we don’t have internet”.  How sad is that?  She is next to me at the moment…playing Doc McStuffins on my Kindle.  Even she is having withdrawals.

Also, in my absence, it seems that I got hacked.  (Don’t worry – it’s all fixed now).  But I did not post the link to some leave-for-vegas-now scam.  So I apologize.

I also apologize for any emails that are going unanswered…I can’t respond.  I don’t even have enough cell service to get internet on my phone.

Please bear with me as I reconnect with the Little House on the Prairie people.  Because that’s what it feels like.  (By the way…Little House has just been remastered in Hi-Definition!)

Anyway, I have to go as the dryer is done and a very large scary man is giving me the evil eye.

I miss you all!  Don’t have too much fun without me.  I’ll be back soon!


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Because You Need to Mind Your Own Business

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I was reading an article earlier today entitled “Ladies, please stop showing everyone your a$$ crack”.  I thought it would be funny.  And it was.  The commentors, though, were downright pathetic.  One wrote something about how if you don’t like it, don’t look.  Which I totally agree with.  And another replied to that with something like “What am I supposed to do, turn a blind eye when I see something disturbing?”  Of course, I wrote yes.  Yes you are.  Why is that so difficult for some women?

Just because something is disturbing to you doesn’t give you the right to tell someone to stop doing it.  Because I’m sure you do something that is disturbing to someone else.  No one made anyone the ass crack police.  Or the grocery police, or the piercing police.  You don’t like that the person in front of you at the store is buying lunchables for their kids?  Too bad for you.  They’re probably buying it because they’re in a hurry and lunchables are convenient.  Obviously you have nothing to do but nose into someone else’s grocery cart, so you don’t need convenience foods.  You passed someone in the mall with a lot of facial piercings and green hair?  So what.  Are you their mom?  Is that person following you around with a piercing gun?  If not, mind your own business.

Instead of women minding their own business, they’re walking around whispering about how they don’t like someone’s choices like a bunch of high school girls.  Think Mommy Wars.  You circumcise? It’s child abuse.  You formula feed?  You should have your kids taken away from you.  You vaccinate?  You’re willingly poisoning your children.  It’s really quite ridiculous and immature.

Is my ass crack hanging out of my pants?  Not all the time.  If it is, why are you looking?  If I’m sitting in front of you in a chair, chances are we are at some public event and you should be watching something else.  Not my ass.  You find it disturbing?  Too bad.  I’m not turning around telling you that the big wart on your chin, your saggy boobs, or your 1980s hairstyle  is disturbing, am I?  No.  So mind your own damn business.

I guess what I’m saying here, is that if you don’t like something, unless it’s illegal, keep it to yourself.  Because I’m sure there are things that you do that others would find very disturbing.  Such as staring at someone’s ass crack while you’re supposed to be watching your kid’s basketball game.  I understand the blogger’s point of view, and the blog post was fine.  It was satire.  To the commentors:  Get a life.

 


When your blog breaks…

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  1. You consider quitting.  This technical stuff is not for you.
  2. You scream and yell at everyone around you, because all you want to do is blog and you can’t, and no one understands why you can’t just do something else.
  3. You try to do something else, and then attempt to blog about what you just did, but remember that your blog is broken.
  4. You repeat steps 1-3.
  5. You decide you needed a day off anyway, and go shovel snow.  Your arms now hurt, but you can’t tell anyone because your blog isn’t working.
  6. You email tech support for the 9th time, only to get the same answer: you need to wait for the internet to “propagate itself again”.  Whatever that means.
  7. You design a new header, hoping that propagating happens quickly, because you know that everyone has been holding their breath waiting for your next poignant post.
  8. You repeat steps 1-3 again.
  9. You think of all the things you want to blog about.  But you forget to write them down because you’re too busy trying to figure out how to propagate yourself because it’s taking too long.
  10. You cry and then go to bed early hoping that it’s not still broken in the morning.

As you can see, the internet has apparently propagated.  I still don’t know what that means, but I have my blog back.

I honestly reacted like someone told me they were going to amputate my left arm.  Funny how a blog becomes a part of a person.

By the way, what do you think of the new header?