Chicken Taco Bake

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HELLO! Hi, yeah I’m back… things happen in life and well I’m just back.

So, I don’t know if anyone knows but my best friend and her husband bought a house and last weekend they had a housewarming/ Halloween pot luck party.

What better thing to bring then tacos? yeah, I know. if I ever get a house I’m sure my party would just have a party pack from taco bell… okay that’s a lie. if anyone knows me when I have parties I have ton of food. probably too much. You can’t really hate that though. Right? maybe.

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So… yeah this is one of my moms old recipes. I can’t promise if she ever made it. But it was in a blue folder that she kept with a lot of the recipes she would use. Basically its a casserole I changed it a little but yeah  certain things scare me. Surprise!

Oh my gosh! who is ready for Halloween??!! I am! What are you guys doing this year? I’m doing a few things it will be fun!

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here I am at my friends party wearing mouse ears because this years costume wasnt really ready yet.

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Chicken Taco Casserole

Ingredients:
1 (10 oz) bag tortilla chips

2 (10.75 oz) cans cream of chicken soup

1 1/2 cups sour cream 

1 (14 oz) can diced tomato

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can corn, rinsed and drained

1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning

3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded

2 cups mexican blend cheese shredded

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9×13-inch pan.
In a large bowl, combine the chicken soup, sour cream, tomatoes, black beans, corn, taco seasoning and chicken. Set aside.
Crush chips (I just crush them with my hands) and spread half of them on the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas.  Top with 1 cup of cheese.  Repeat layers.
Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is starting to brown.

HEY JAMIE BAKES NOTES:

I drained the tomatoes of excess liquid I don’t like runny casseroles.

Use cream of mushroom soup if you want to make it vegetarian. also low sodium to control the salt.

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Cream of crab soup

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I learned how to drink alcohol between the ages of 21 and 25… yeah lets just stick with that, 21 to 25.

Learning how to drink is an exercise in irony.  It’s like you have to learn how not to drink in order to learn how to properly drink.

The lessons learned are often far too numerous and embarrassing to acknowledge.

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Stay away from that dark rum.     You didn’t need to drink whatever was in the paper bag.     Any booze made in a bathtub is really really really not a good idea.     A shot on the way home from the bar is 100% foolish.     Every drink in Vegas will somehow multiply itself by WAY TOO MANY!    Tequila… ugh.     Cheap gin is downright criminal.     Dropping a shot into any other drink and consuming it quickly should be reserved for sushi karaoke bars, or better yet… NEVER-ish.    Don’t Jagermeister anything.    You are not Tyra Banks in Coyote Ugly before she went to law school.      Vodka is not spicy water. (guilty as charged for everything on this list and still sometimes do it. shhh)

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The lessons really are too many  to chronicle.  I mean…

I found my drink by figuring out what wasn’t my drink, a feat I hope you all approach gingerly. My drink order:  A Maker’s Mark Manhattan, up, with two cherries.  Gah… just to think of 21-year-old me ordering that drink makes me roll my eyes.  I was going for sophistication, poise, edge, knowledge, with a touch of sweetness.  Also… gag me with a spoon.  Right?  I think mostly I was trying to seem cool enough not to get carded.

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These days, anyone that cards me is an angel sent from heaven.  Literally?  My drink of choice currently: an Old Fashioned, no cherry, extra twist and what kind of Rye Whiskey do you like best, bartender?  It’s simple and classic and admits defeat when it comes to proper rye whiskey knowledge.  I think it might also betray my Mad Men fan girl tendencies but I’m ok with that.

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Easy Cream of Crab Soup

1 lb. crab claw meat
1 pint half and half
1 pint milk
1 c water or chicken broth
1/2 stick butter
1/2 c flour
1 T Old Bay (and more to add to own bowls when serving)
1 T parsley

Make a light roux with the butter and flour.  Melt butter, add flour and stir continuously in a large heavy pot on low heat, until smooth. (about 5 minutes). Slowly add water/broth and stir until thickened, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in half and half and milk. Add crab meat, parsley, Old Bay and cook on low heat until thoroughly heated through, but do not boil. Simmer until soup is desired thickness. Sprinkle extra Old Bay on top if desired.


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Charlotte and Greg’s Wedding

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So I’ve been neglecting you… with good reason… Work and preparing one of  two weddings…

Greg and Charlotte got married in Fredrick, MD over the weekend and tree nursery with a nice area where they hold weddings.

So in preparing, going to work and making a few trips to BJ’s I finished the cake and all the desserts!

So let’s see Tuesday I baked everything, Wednesday my little Mary came by to help me scoop over 200 Oreo balls and dip them in chocolate. What a trooper?! Also she helped make the icing for the blondies and iced those!!

Thursday I finished dipping the Oreo balls, and made the butter cream for the cake and brownies.

Friday was assembly day! So I got flowers for the cake and table stopped at Micheals for some boxes, Mary also came Friday to help me to fill and ice the cakes while i made more icing and made ganache.

Saturday I was a guest and so was my friend Catherine. So we went together and she helped me set everything up.

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Naked Oreo balls…

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The bottom tier it’s fake shhh…

random wedding raspberry tea 038Cant help but really laugh out loud at this… For Mary’s sake… That’s how you get disco dust on a cake

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Very Berry Vanilla Cake…I feel more people were more impressed with the berry cake then the actually wedding cake, people are suckers for fruit…

random wedding raspberry tea 042 random wedding raspberry tea 043 random wedding raspberry tea 045I ONLY TOOK A BILLION PICTURES OF THE WEDDING CAKE…

I only had bees bothering me the whole day…

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Irish Car Bomb wedding cake and brownies, very berry vanilla cake, Oreo “truffles”, and peanut butter blondies with chocolate icing…

all in all everyone enjoyed the day and the desserts, they couldn’t have had better weather!

CONGRATULATIONS CHARLOTTE AND GREG!

Coloring Mason Jars for Vases

030Lets get our craft on!!

As you all know by now my best friend is getting married, I’m the maid of honor…

That mean planing a bridal  shower…

that means making cute little things… like colored mason jars. Well it’s going to be a jar for date night ideas… But I wanted to make it fun anyone can put just a plain mason jar out and tell people to advice in it. let’s get this going!

017So lets start of saying what you need… mason jars of course and mod podge and a surface to flip it on. I used a paper plate.

Can I tell you, being an avid fan of mod podge over the years it has defiantly evolved!

Now they come in plain, extra glossy, sparkles, glitter, and now colored! I chose green for her party but they make all kinds of colors… I know your thinking that is not the same color that jar is in the other picture. But that’s the magic of mod podge, it dries clear and glossy in this case its a transparentcolor when it dries. watch out Houdini!

018I was talking to my friend Monique on the phone as I was doing this and having a nervous break down thinking I didn’t have enough mod podge. That was an interesting phone conversation.

020okay so you fill your jar or jars with mod podge and hold it on a tilt and slowly rotate the jar in your hands, till you get to the lip of the jar that point just flip it over and just walk away. You really shouldn’t mess with it. So go read, watch t.v., cook, nap something… In about an hour just check it you’ll be surprised house much has gathered up.  but it’s cool just leave it or move to a different spot.

028Art.. Sorry not sorry!

029About 6 hours go by and I thought it was finished doing it thing. now its time to get some air in there and watch it do its magic about an hour to 2 it will be dry depending where you have it in the house to dry.

031I later painted multi surface glitter paint on the outside in a pattern I wanted I will finish it off with ribbon just didn’t like the ribbon I had…

Colored Mason Jars

mason jars

colored mod podge

flat surface for drainage

add extras

glitter

paint

ribbon

buttons

fake flowers

Take a clean mason jar, rinse and dry them if you have to. Squirt your mod podge in the bottom of the jar it depends how much you will need on the size of your jar mine was a larger size so I used a little less than half of a small bottle of mod podge. Tilt you jar and rotate the jar in your hands till the mod podge gets to the lip of the jar and flip it over on to a flat surface and let it be for about 6 hours. take the jar and flip it back on its bottom. you may have to take a knife to the rim and get rid of the extra dried color. Flip the jar over and let it air dry about a 1 to 2 hours it gets to milky in color to transparent. After dried decorate if you please with whatever you want on it!