October 18, 2013

Quick & Easy Mexican Empanada Recipe

Hey there...Happy Friday! Are ya going to be busy this weekend? My husband has to work all weekend and my daughter has an all day volleyball tournament so it's looking busy for us. How about an easy, delicious recipe to enjoy with the family without spending half the day in the kitchen? I just happen to have one!


Quick & Easy Mexican Empanada


*1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup chunky salsa
1 pkg (15 oz) ready-to-use refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Brown ground beef and chopped onion in large skillet; drain. Stir in black beans and salsa. Remove from heat.

Place 1 crust on baking sheet. Top with meat mixture, spreading to within 1 inch of edge. Cover with cheese and remaining crust. Seal edges with a fork.

Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before cutting into wedges to serve.

Garnish with chopped tomato, fresh chopped cilantro, sour cream, guacamole...whatever sounds good to you!

*This was even quicker to throw together because I had cooked ground beef in the freezer in 1-pound packages. I buy a big package of 93% lean ground beef and cook it all up with some chopped onion and fresh garlic. Once it is drained and cooled, I use sandwich size zipper bags to add approximately (I don't weigh it) one pound of beef mixture to each bag and then put them all in a gallon-size freezer bag labeled with what it is and the date. I do the same thing with chicken breasts; bulk cooking saves soooo much time. With the meat already cooked, it's just all about assembling a recipe and baking/slow cooking/simmering.

My daughter is pretty picky and she loved this (even went back for seconds) so I will definitely be making this again soon!

I LOVE reading your comments so please let me know what you think once you have tried it. Do you have a great tip for saving time in the kitchen? And noooo, I don't mean a drive-thru! ;)

Take Care,

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October 11, 2013

End Table Homemade Chalk Paint Makeover...Meet Tiffany

Hey there...TGIF, right? Any big plans this weekend? My hubby has been working in Florida for the last couple of weeks so we are looking forward to him coming home Saturday. I'm also taking several of my furniture pieces to an antique store located in a cute little old fashioned gas station. They call it The Station @ Smithton. It's one of those one weekend a month sales. This little blue gal is going to be there. 

I've been on a blue kick lately (maybe you've noticed)...I really need to expand my horizons!

This little gal sat in my garage for a while waiting on inspiration to strike me.  Sometimes I know before I get a furniture piece home what I'm going to do with it but some take a lot of thinking and searching the internet for an idea.