Loaded Mashed Potato Cheese Soup!

Loaded mashed potato cheese soup. I bought all my ingredients for the soup at Walmart and made it in under 30 minutes.

I look through cookbooks, cooking magazines, and old recipes all the time in search of something delicious to eat. Sometimes I strike gold and other times not so much. Interesting enough I came across a “baked potato soup” recipe the other day and was shocked when the directions asked for the baked potato to be microwaved before hand. I guess the recipe developer decided to do that as a time saver. I thought I could make a similar soup and just boil the potatoes instead since I don’t use the microwave and still fall under the 30 minute mark. I will make loaded mashed potato cheese soup.

I put my cockiness to the test and ran out to Walmart to buy all my ingredients. When I returned home I set a timer and and was off like a race horse. I imagine that most families have become accustomed to fighting against the clock when they get home from a long day and want to get their broods fed. I decided to put up my fisticuffs and join the battle of making a meal under 30 minutes. I started by boiling the potatoes until fork tender, then draining them and replacing the liquid with broth and milk. I took a serious smash to those potatoes until they were the consistency of mashed potatoes. Then I dressed the whole thing up with sliced green onion and a ample supply of shredded cheddar cheese. Yes, yes, yes…. it all came together in under 30 minutes and my family named me a the soup VICTOR! I’ll take it with time to spare. Enjoy!

Loaded mashed potato cheese soup ingredients

Ingredients for mashed potato cheese soup:

Directions:

  1. In a pot filled halfway with water over a medium high flame, bring to a boil. Add in potatoes. cubed potatoes about to go into boiling water as the base to mashed potato cheese soup
  2. Boil potatoes for 12 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Drain water from potatoes, but leave the potatoes in the pot you boiled them in. 
  4. Once all the water is removed, replace with broth and milk. Cook until liquid is warm. About 3 minutes.add milk and broth to fork tender potatoes for the base of soup.
  5.  Carefully smash potatoes with potato masher and add in seasoning salt. smash-potatoes
  6. Stir in bacon, cheese and green onions into soup. green onion added to mashed potato cheese soup
  7. Serve topped with sour cream. Delicious mashed potato cheese soup recipe. You can get all the ingredients from Walmart

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Chile Relleno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich. All ingredients can be bought at Walmart

My friends over at Walmart have teamed up with Wonder bread and Kraft singles for a new fun grilled cheese solutions program. They asked me to add my own spin to the already loved grilled cheese sandwich using the products mentioned above… I decided to make a chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich. I thought it would be the ideal grilled cheese for either breakfast or dinner or anytime really. I waited for the perfect afternoon, when I had a bit of time to myself to just enjoy my sandwich and possibly a sparkling drink. Well that day came and boy was I pleased with my chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich creation. It was exactly what I had imagined, lots of cheesy goodness, with a touch of egg and chile. Mmmmm…. I was both satisfied and happy to add a new grilled cheese to my list of favorites. The best part is I was able to buy all my ingredients at Walmart. Try it for your next grilled cheese solution.

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ingredients needed for chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich

Ingredients for chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich:

  •  1 – anaheim chile (charred, peeled, and deseeded)
  • a smear of blue bonnet
  • 2 – slices wonder bread
  • 2 – kraft singles
  • 1 – egg (cooked)

Directions:

  1. Place chile over an open flame and char. an anaheim chile roasting over an open flame.
  2. Then allow the chile to steam in an airtight bag for 30 minutes. Then carefully peel chile under a slow stream of water.
  3. Remove stem, slice down the side of chile and deseed. Set to the side. A charred and peeled anaheim chile sliced down the side and deseeded.
  4. Smear a little blue bonnet on one side of bread.
  5. Place a slice of cheese, chile, egg and another slice of cheese on the other side of the bread. Then top with another piece of bread. Smear the top of bread with a little more blue bonnet. bread and cheese an anaheim chile slit for sandwichchile egg and cheese build for grilled cheese
  6. In a small frying pan over a medium flame add in sandwich. Allow it to brown on each side and for cheese to melt. grilled cheese going into a frying pan.
  7. Remove from pan and cut in half. ENJOY! #shareyourcheesy chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich cut in half. #shareyourcheesy

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how to build a chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich. I bought all my ingredients at Walmart .

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One Skillet Pork Chops And Cauliflower

One skillet pork chops and cauliflower make for an easy dinner

When the cold weather outside makes for a cozy atmosphere inside there is a certain comfort that is desired. Me and my boys like to lounge around in our p.j’s, eat good food, play games, and watch t.v. It is our family time of bonding, and just appreciating each other living in the moment. I try and make dishes that are quick and afford me more time to spend with them. Of course I run the idea of  what’s for dinner by them first, and they practically becomes giddy at the mention of pork chops, so you can guess what I whip up when it’s going to be a night indoors…. One skillet pork chops and cauliflower. Walmart makes this non-fussy meal so easy to attain, they have pork chops, cauliflower, and cast iron pans all for a reasonable price. Yes, I stock up at my favorite one stop shop and make my little family happy with this one skillet meal. It’s all quite easy, first you brown the chops on top of the stove then throw a few pieces of cauliflower into the pan, then place the entire thing in the oven. PERFECTION. My boys are happy because I fixed them their favorite supper, and I’m happy because It was so easy to make.

pork chops and cauliflower ingredients

Ingredients for one skillet pork chops and cauliflower:

  • one cast iron pan
  • 1 – teaspoon olive oil
  • pork chops
  • salt and pepper
  • cauliflower (cut into pieces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a cast iron pan over a medium high flame. Add olive oil to the pan and allow it to get hot.
  3. Add in pork chops and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Just cook long enough to brown the pork chops on the outside, on both sides. browning pork chops in skillet
  4. Add the cauliflower into the pan. Add cauliflower to the skillet of pork chops.
  5. Then place the pan into oven for 20 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, flip the cauliflower and chops to the other side, and let it cook for the additional 10 minutes.
  6. Enjoy! This is an easy one skillet pork chops recipe. I bought all my ingredients at Walmart.

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Getting Cozy With Comforting Tea

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a comforting nug of tea is the perfect way to end the night.

This overcast weather makes me crave the softness of my flannel p.j’s, the fluff of my warm blankets, the words of a interesting book, and the heat of a comforting tea. As the day pushes along I rush towards the treasure of unwinding at the end of my day.  I savor it and reach to touch it, taste it, read it. I have been browsing through the Toma Leche website lately, only to find some very interesting tips, Mom advice, and an insane amount of wonderful recipes.While scrolling I came  across this beauty “SUEÑOS DE VANILLA” and had to recreate it to the best of my ability. The one day that I’m dying to have some vanilla dreams of my own… there isn’t a vanilla bean to be found. I took it upon my self to improvise a little and still make something comforting and dreamy just using ingredients in my house. I searched my fridge first to see if we had any milk… Of course I did. Then on to the pantry. Do I have tea bags? Chamomile? Rosehips? Lavender? Do I have honey? Do I have Vanilla? Of course I had all those things. I guess my pantry was only missing a vanilla pod, but it seemed like it was all going to work out after all. I boiled some water and added the teabags, vanilla, and honey to the water. Once the tea steeped long enough, I added in the milk and lowered the flame. MMMMMMmmmmm pure comfort in a cup. Try my tea, and go to Toma Leche website for more recipes and tips.

simple ingredients found in your pantry for comforting tea.

Ingredients for comforting tea:

  • 3 tea bags (chamomile, rose hips, and lavender)
  • 3 – cups water
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 – tablespoons honey
  • 1 – cup milk

Directions:

  1. Add teabags and water to a small pot over a medium flame and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling add vanilla extract and honey. Mix to combine.
  3. Lower flame and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add in milk and allow to warm through.
  5. Pour in a cup and enjoy!
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Nacho Fries

Can you really go wrong with Nacho fries? The answer is no. These decadent treat is made with homemade french fries and topped with lots of Cacique goodness, queso quesadilla and crema con sal. Do I need to say more?

Amongst my friends…. I’m the nacho girl. I love EVERYTHING about nachos, especially the melted cheese and crema. Well, for the big game this Saturday I will be serving Nacho Fries for all to dig into. I may have to hog them all for myself, but I guess I wouldn’t be much of a hostess if I did that.  I could pretend I made them for another occasion and eat them secretly. I’ll be a sport (get it sport?) and make a big enough batch for everyone to RA-RA-RA over the game with. Get my recipe for Nacho Fries over on the Cacique website…. you won’t be sorry.

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The Game Is On With Spicy Chili Beans

These delicious spicy chili beans are the perfect way to celebrate the big game this Sunday! I used Cacique's pork chorizo to spice them up and give them that amazing flavor all chili beans should have!

Who are you rooting for this Sunday? I’m super excited about the big game, and of course will be serving these “lick your bowl” worthy spicy chili beans at my party. I used perfectly spiced Cacique’s pork chorizo as my base, then built the dish up into an empire of beans, and mounted the top with Oaxaca cheese and crema. Holy Footballs… Batman, they are POW WOW GOOD! If you’re thinking of having a little shindig at your place and need a great chili bean recipe, go ahead and grab mine over on the Cacique website. You will find this recipe and many others of mine and friends. Happy Game Day!

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Game Time And Pretzel S’mores

Super easy pretzel s'mores at alway a touchdown at the big game. I bought all the ingredients at Walmart... my one stop shop.

The countdown is on! Only a handful of days until the big game is upon us. Yes, I’m hosting my very own party this year. I know most of the ruckus should be about the game, but here in my house and with my friends …. It’s all about the food. I guess I’m gonna be BUSY clanking pots and pans in the kitchen for the PARTY. You know I’m gonna have a ton of food. That’s just my style, and it wouldn’t be an event at my house if the place wasn’t bursting at the seams with comida. Even though I don’t live extremely close to a Walmart to do my shopping, I make it my business to drive the extra 5 miles to my nearest Walmart because I know I’m going to find EVERYTHING I need under one roof. Not only do they make my life easier by keeping all my needs and wants in stock, they also have an amazing website that is plentiful in recipes and ideas for my game time gathering. Check it out here. I’ll be making pretzel s’mores off their page. Whoa…. Walmart just keeps proving to be my jam. Love them!

all the ingredients for pretzel s'mores.

Ingredients for pretzel s’mores:

  • 16 – ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 – cup marshmallow fluff
  • 40 – Rold Gold mini pretzels

Directions:

  1. Place chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  2. Once the chocolate chips start to look shiny, stir with a spatula.
  3. Let chocolate cool for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Cover a cookie sheet in wax paper. Lay out 40 pretzels.
  5. Place melted chocolate in a piping bag or create your own by placing the chocolate in a small plastic bag and snipping off one corner.
  6. Fill pretzel openings with melted chocolate and allow to cool. pour melted chocolate in pretzels.pretzels filled with chocolate.
  7. You can place in the fridge to firm up the chocolate faster if time isn’t on your side.
  8. Once chocolate is firm place 2 teaspoons of marshmallow fluff on one pretzel then top with another pretzel. Make these easy pretzel s'mores for the big game and keep your friends cheering.
  9. Press gently, and enjoy!

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Creamy Potato Sausage Soup

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creamy potato sausage soup. This soup is easy to make and the base is made with chicken broth and milk. Ideal for a cold day or a taste of comfort.

So many things are rolling around in my head right now, as I ask myself what will make me happier in 2015? Life has been terrific lately and a lot of exciting stuff is happening to me and all around me. My family is tight and full of love. Work is plentiful and opening many doors to new paths. My son is growing by leaps and bounds and doing a fantastic job in school.  It seems like the little things are having a big effect on me, like eating more family dinners here at home would make me happier. We go out to eat a lot, so it’s really nice when we all eat the same meal in house. My son is a bit picky so coming up with things that he’ll eat can be problematic. He does’t like this and he doesn’t like that. I don’t think he really knows for sure what he likes so why not just sneak the things he doesn’t think he likes into food I know he likes.  I started with this creamy potato sausage soup, and it was a huge hit. I made the base with chicken broth and milk. I know milk fuels a better future, so I made sure to work that it into this dish for a creamy velvety texture and in hopes of making it so tasty my boy would ask for it again and again. The potato lent it that touch of comfort we are all looking for and the bacon took it over that top. This soup is happiness in a bowl and when I can enjoy it with my family it is simply divine. Maybe it’s so good it made me want to have more family dinners, because the combo of good food and the closeness of the people I love most in this world is the only happiness I’d ever chase after.

The ingredients needed for potato sausage soup. The milk adds a velvety texture to the soup and a tasty broth.

Ingredients for creamy potato sausage soup:

  • 1/2 – pound bacon
  • 1 – tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1 – pound ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 – teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1 -onion (sliced)
  • 2 – teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 – cups chicken broth
  • 4 – medium sized russet potatoes (peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1 – cup milk
  • 1/2 – cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 – cup sliced kale
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pan over a medium flame fry bacon until crisp and fully cooked. Remove bacon from pan, and drain on paper towel lined plate until cooled. Reserve one tablespoon of bacon grease. frying bacon in a pan prior to making potato sausage soup. Drain bacon and crumble it for the soup.
  2. In a large pot over a medium flame, add one tablespoon of bacon grease and allow it to get hot. Add in the ground pork sausage. Cook until browned and still slightly pink. fry ground pork in pot to start the base of the potato sausage soup.
  3. Sprinkle chile flakes into sausage, and mix well.
  4. Add in onion and garlic, mix to combine. Let cook for 5 minutes.sausage and onions frying in a pot for creamy potato sausage soup.
  5. Add in chicken broth and bring to a slight boil. chicken broth
  6. Add in potatoes and cook until fork tender about 10 minutes.
  7. Lower flame and add in bacon. Let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. bacon crumbles add a beautiful flavor to this tasty soup.
  8. Pour in milk, and whipping cream. Mix well to combine. pour the milk into the boiling soup for a creamy velvety texture. Milk  fuels a better future
  9. Add in kale and continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste. enjoy this lovely creamy potato sausage soup with bread when you want a bowl of happiness
  11. Enjoy!

 

 

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Three Kings Day At Disney’s California Adventure: The Spirit Of Navidad

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The final days of Christmas are almost here. Jan. 6th marks Three Kings Day, and it wouldn’t be complete without a Disney celebration. From Jan. 2nd to Jan. 6th Disney’s California Adventure is celebrating Dia De Los Reyes in a whole new way. DCA is providing guests with a culturally rich experience through Viva Navidad! Now is your last chance to experience the magic of Three Kings Day ala Disney with the new “Spirit Of Navidad,” a joyful storytelling performance. A bilingual story through song performed so beautifully, it might make you cry. It made me tear up a bit… I was at DCA on the 2nd to kick off the celebration. In addition to all the wonderful food (rosca de reyes), the amazing Viva Navidad street party, the Mariachi Divas, The spirit of Navidad, and folklorico dancers…. I had the opportunity to make buñuelos (recipe ingredients below) with Chef Toby, chat with Carlos Martinez (Lead host of the Disneyland Resort), and caught a glimpse of all there performances on video. Watch the video below to learn to make buñuelos and rush over to Disney’s California Adventure and celebrate Three Kings Day!

Recipe courtesy of Disneyland:

Ingredients for buñuelos navideños:

  •  Vegetable oil
  • 6 – flour tortillas
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 1/2 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of clove

Directions:

  1. Fill a pan with vegetable oil enough to reach 1 inch up the side. Allow the oil to get hot and reach a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a plate with paper towels. Set to the side.
  3. Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a small dish.
  4. Pierce the tortilla several times with the tines of a fork to keep bubbles from forming when frying.
  5. Using tongs, lower the tortilla into the hot vegetable oil. Fry on each side for 45 seconds or until golden brown.
  6. Using tongs, remove tortilla from hot oil an drain on paper towel lined plate. Let cool for 45 seconds.
  7. Dip tortilla into sugar cinnamon mixture until well coated. Shaking off excess.
  8. Place buñuelos on a plate and serve.
  9. Enjoy!

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Manwich Lasagna Rolls

make manwich lasagna rolls on a night when you are looking to make a fast and easy meal. I got all my ingredients at Walmart.

Who’s looking for fast ways to get dinner on the table? Me- I raise my hand quickly. It can be very challenging to get dinner served fast when you have requests that take a long time to make. I was recently asked by the kind folks over at Walmart if I could create a recipe using Manwich and Hunt’s pasta sauce? What kind of question is that? Of course, I can.

My son is a fan of noodles, and most recently has come to love sloppy joes. I thought of combining the two and making Manwich lasagna rolls. The preparation for this meal was so easy to make, my son LOVED it, and I was able to grab all the ingredients I needed at Walmart. Don’t you love when things come together so easily, and for a reason? I do.

ingredients for manwich lasagna rolls. Very easy to make. The pasta sauce is made for you with Hunts pasta sauce, and manwich add the perfect spice to ground beef making these lasagna rolls unforgettable.

Ingredients for manwich lasagna rolls:

  • 1- tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 – cup mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 – pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 – can Manwich
  • 10 – lasagna noodles (boiled)
  • 1 – cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 – cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 1 – cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 – cup fresh basil cut pieces
  • a teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 – can Hunt’s pasta sauce

Directions:

  1. In a large pan over a medium flame add in butter and allow to melt. Pour in mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to mushrooms and break it up with a spatula. Cook ground beef until cooked through about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Then add in a can of manwich. Mix it in completely and let it heat through. Set to the side. pour Manwich sauce into cooked ground beef. this makes the perfect filling for lasagna rolls. Pick up all the ingredients at Walmart
  4. Boil lasagna noodles according to package then drain from water. Lay flat on a clean work surface.
  5. Take one heaping tablespoon of ricotta cheese and spread it along the entire lasagna noodle. Do the same to the next one till all noodles are done. Then sprinkle each noodle  with a little bit of chili flakes, and a healthy pinch of mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese. Place a few pieces of basil along the noodle, then top the cheese with a nice portion of Manwich down the middle. All noodles laying flat, and gradually filled with the ingredients needed to make manwich lasagna rolls. get the ingredients at Walmart.
  6. Next take the edge of the lasagna noodle and roll it into a roll. Like the photo posted below. An easy way on how to roll a lasagna roll. Start with noodles laying flat fill the center with cheese and manwich, then roll one end toward the other end. Get all the ingredients you need at Walmart.
  7. In a baking dish pour half the Hunt’s pasta sauce into the bottom, then place your rolled lasagna rolls in the dish. Make sure it’s a snug fit. Top with remaining Hunt’s pasta sauce. Then sprinkle the top with remaining grated cheese. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden on top. Place all manwich lasagna rolls in baking dish. Make sure all lasagna rolls are snug, and pour Hunt's pasta sauce over the top. Top with cheese and bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve hot! Enjoy!

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Manwich for lasagna rolls.   Hunt's pasta sauce makes the perfect base for manwich lasagna rolls. Get all the ingredients at Walmart.

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