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Wordless Wednesday – July 25, 2012

Quick Summer Meals Contest – Crockpot Italian Beef

Thank you Shannon from Prairie du Chien, WI for this Quick Summer Meal Recipe.  I had never made a beef roast this way before and you can bet I will make it this way again.   Italian flavors are a favorite in our house and putting roast beef on garlic bread is a genius move.  Bravo for thinking of it Shannon!!!

Wordless Wednesday – July 18, 2012

Desserts for the Deserving – Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip and Pretzel Cookies


Desserts for the Deserving.

I like to bake and I like to share my goods with others.  It’s kind of a therapy for me.  Not so much the baking part but the look on the recipients face when they eat something I’ve made or a quick thank you email or text about how much it was appreciated.  I don’t do it for the pats on the back.  I do it because I know little things like a plate of cookies or bars can turn a bad day into a good day.   It can be dessert for dinner or breakfast the next day.  It can be a reminder that someone was thinking of you.  So when I saw this group on Facebook, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. 

Desserts for the Deserving was established in 2011 with the sole purpose of bringing people joy. It is a nonprofit movement where bloggers, bakers, crafters, and all forms of creative people offer up time and resources to bring strangers joy.

The thing is – you don’t have to be a part of this group or any group to give someone joy.  You can do it on your own.  Do you know someone

Quick Summer Meals Winner – Mexican Casserole


Today’s blog post will be quick because I have a To Do List about a mile long and for some reason it just keeps getting longer and longer and longer.  Does that ever happen to you? 

I love the feeling of crossing something off the list but it seems like today, once I cross one thing off, two more things get added.  I’m not getting anywhere.

So I’ll cut to the chase – this week’s Quick Summer Meals Contest winner is Leah from Westby, WI for her Mexican Casserole.  Congratulations Leah!!!   There’s still time to enter the Quick Summer Meals Contest.  Check out the easy rules here.

Leah said she makes this very mild because she has 3 kids under the age of 4 and wanted to be sure they would eat it.  My family thought that it could be spicier so if you like spice in your life – use a spicier salsa instead of the Mango – that gave it a sweeter taste. 

For winning this week’s contest Leah will receive Chef’s Planet’s All Natural Citrus Foaming Hand Soap and Refill.  When I worked for Cake ‘n Crumbs, we sold this product and I LOVED it.  It lasted forever and I liked the fresh, clean, citrus scent.  You can check it out here along with all of their other great products. 

Now I can cross off – Writing Blog Post – off my list.  But wait, I still have to get groceries and run the kids into town and those aren’t on my list.  Ugh…

Mexican Casserole

This recipe can easily be adapted to fit your family’s likings. Feel free to use a spicier salsa if you like the heat. My family also does not like black beans so I left those out.

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 20 miutes

Total Time: 25 - 30 minutes


• 2 pounds hamburger
• 1 - 16 ounce jar Newman's Own Mango Salsa
• 1 box Jiffy Cornbread (make according to package directions, ie. milk, egg)
• 1 - 15 ounce can black beans
• 1 – 11 ounce can Mexicorn
• Cheddar cheese
• Sour Cream
• Black Olives
• Lettuce


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brown hamburger.
3. Drain, rinse veggies and add to meat.
4. Add salsa to meat/veggie mix.
5. Make cornbread according to package directions.
6. Pour meat mixture in 8x8 pan.
7. Pour cornbread over top of meat mixture.
8. Bake until cornbread is done – about 15 minutes.

Leah from Westby, WI