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{Fish Tacos}

I must admit I’m not a big fish person.  But when Scott came up with this twist on fish tacos I knew this was one fish recipe I could enjoy.  (It’s healthy too!)

Fish Tacos

Makes about 6 tacos.

1.) Corn Tortillas – Scott made these from scratch. (Just follow the directions on the back of corn masa flour if you want the more authentic version.)

2.) Fish

Salt fish before dredging in flour.  Saute in olive oil on high heat (about 2 minutes/side) until browned.

  • 2 Tuna steaks (tuna is are our favorite, however, you can use any firm white fish such as talapia or cod)
  • 1/2 c. Curry powder

3.) Greek Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1/4 c. cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • tabasco sauce (optional)

4.) Slaw

  • 1 c. red cabbage shredded
  • 1 c. mango diced
  • 1/4 c. diced jicama or apple (optional)
  • 1/4 c. cilantro
  • 1/3 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • jalapeno

Dice your vegetables.





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{Breakfast Hot Ham & Cheese}

My sister-in-law, Jaena, gave me this recipe and although I typically go for the sweet breakfast dishes, I loved this SaVoRy one.  If you love Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, you have to try this breakfast version!

Breakfast Hot Ham & Cheese


  • 12 slices of bread
  • 1 /4 pound thinnly sliced ham {I like Walmart’s Party Time ham sliced as thin as they can so it is falling apart}
  • 1 pkg. shredded cheddar cheese {14 oz.}
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese {at room temperature}
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. dried mustard

1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

2.)  Place six slices of bread on the bottom of the pan.

3.)  Layer bread with sliced ham.

4.)  Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheddar cheese.

5.)   Cover with six more slices of of bread.

6.)  In a small bowl cream the softened cream cheese, add eggs that have been whisked, milk & dried mustard.  Pour over top layer of bread.

7.)  Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese over the egg mixture.

8.)  Bake for 45 minutes.

Slice each sandwich diagonally two times, so each sandwich has 4 triangles.  Enjoy!!



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{Date Balls}

If you like dates, nuts, and coconut, this recipe is yummy-licious!!


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. dates
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. Rice Krispies
  • 1 c. pecans
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 bag coconut

In a large pan heat butter, sugar, & dates.  Once mixture begins to bubble allow to cook for a few minutes.  Mixture will be a caramelized color.  Remove from heat.  In a small bowl whisk eggs.  Temper eggs  by adding 1 cup of hot mixture 1 tbsp at a time.  Add egg mixture to the butter, sugar, & date mixture.  Stir.  Add vanilla, Rice Krispies & nuts.  Stir.

Place coconut in a small bowl.  Drop 1 heaping tbsp of mixture into coconut.  Mixture will be gooey.  Roll into ball.  Place on cookie sheet.  Cool in the freezer or refrigerate.

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Super Easy Spinach Ball Recipe

I tried these spinach balls at a Christmas party and just had to get the recipe.  They were DeLicIoUs and I was thrilled to find out how EaSy they were to make!  They are now my “go to” recipe when I need to bring an appetizer anywhere and am short on time!

Spinach Balls Recipe:

  • 2 10 oz. packages of frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 cups of dry stuffing mix
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook spinach and drain well.  Combine all ingredients.  Chill in refrigerator at least two hours.  Roll into one inch balls.  Place on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned.


~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Valentine’s Day Tradition–German Chocolate Cake w/ Homemade Frosting

The one thing I associate with VaLenTine’s DAy is German Chocolate Cake with a homemade frosting.  For as long as I can remember, my Mom made my Dad this double layered heart shaped cake for Valentine’s Day.  It is his favorite cake and we only had it once a year!  What fond memories I have of my Mom smiling as she put the last bit of frosting on the cake.  We were always so excited for Dad to walk in the door, as if every year it was an unexpected surprise to him :)

Oddly enough, when I met Doug I found out that his FAVORITE cake is German Chocolate Cake!  So the tradition continues within my own family.  Outside of the fact that this cake is made with LOVE, it is also extra special because the frosting is one that never disappoints!  Check out my recipe below.  It isn’t too late to whip one up for tonight and surprise your loved one with this cake too!!  Enjoy!!

Valentine German Chocolate Cake w/ Homemade Frosting

1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix

Follow the directions like normal.  I just pour the batter into 2-heart shaped pans and bake for the same time as 2-9” round pans. Don’t overcook!

Allow the cake to cool before removing from the pans.  You may need to cut off the top of each cake so they are flat all the way across.  If you don’t, after you apply the frosting your cake may become a broken heart :(

Homemade Frosting

3 Egg Yolks—beaten

1 C. Evaporated Milk

½ C. butter—melted

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 C. Sugar

1 ½ C. Coconut

1 C. Chopped Pecans

Beat together your 3 egg yolks, evaporated milk, melted butter and vanilla in a saucepan.  Add sugar.  Once all is combined, then heat on stove for 12 minutes until it becomes thicker.  Cook on medium to high heat, allowing it to boil.  Stir often.

 Make sure you beat the egg mixture BEFORE you begin heating or the eggs will separate. After 12 minutes, remove from heat and add the coconut and pecans.   Add to your cake!

* I suggest making 1 ½ batches of the above frosting so you have plenty to work with.  If you don’t, you will barely have enough to cover the entire cake and the extra allows your kiddos to sample as you frost the cake :)  Enjoy!!



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{Valentine’s Day Popcorn Balls}

Here is a twist on popcorn balls!

My dad would make these popcorn balls on a cold, winter night as the family was hanging out together.  He would whip them up in no time flat!  They were such a treat!!  Here is his recipe.  I’ve just added Valentine’s Day conversation hearts.  Enjoy!!

{Popcorn Balls}


  • 2 batches of popped popcorn
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Prepare 2 batches of popcorn according to directions on package.  Place popcorn in a large bowl.  Melt butter & marshmallows.  Add sugar & vanilla.  Pour over popcorn.  Stir together.  {Optional:  Add 1 cup of conversation hearts, red hots, etc.}  Allow to cool slightly.  Butter hands and form into popcorn balls.


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Stacy’s {Winning} Cheese-y Potato Soup

This past December, the high school where I previously taught, had a soup ThRoWdOwN {not sure exactly what they called it} amongst their staff.  A friend & former colleague of mine, StAcY, won the contest.  I asked her if she would mind me sharing her prize-winning recipe.  Here it is:

Stacy’s Cheese-y Potato Soup


  • Potatoes (8-10 medium)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large brick of Velveeta cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup real bacon pieces or 6-8 pieces of bacon fried and cut up into small pieces.
  • Roll of Jimmy Dean hot sausage
  • 3 cans of corn
  • 2 & 1/4 cups Bisquick mix
  • 2/3 cup milk

Peel and cut up your potatoes.  Place in a large kettle.  Add enough water to completely cover all potatoes.  Boil for 20 minutes.  While potatoes are boiling, saute onions, brown sausage, and fry bacon.  Cut up Velveeta into small pieces and melt.  Once potatoes are finished (DO NOT DRAIN WATER), add onion, sausage, bacon, corn (undrained), and melted Velveeta cheese.  In a separate bowl, stir Bisquick mix and milk until soft dough forms.  Place on surface sprinkled with Bisquick mix.  Knead 10 times—once soup is very warm, add Bisquick & milk dumplings (spoonful at a time), and then add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, stir and heat then enjoy!

Lara and I actually tried the soup when our husbands were away at the Cotton Bowl.  {Yes, sLuMbEr PaRtiEs at our age are still fun!}  The soup was YuMmY!  How could it not be with a brick of Velveeta and heavy whipping cream?!  It certainly had that “CoMfOrT FoOd” quality.  The only thing that would have made it more perfect is eating it while watching a blizzard outside our window.  But hey, we weren’t complaining about the 70+ degree weather we were having that day!!  Now that the weather resembles more of the wintery kind, give it a try.  Once you do, you’ll understand why it took home the PrIzE!

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Live-It: Simplify Meal Planning w/ an Easy and Affordable Recipe Book

One of my liVe-iT liSt items is making meal planning more of a priority (but in a way that doesn’t require much work)!  If you are anything like me, when you go to your recipes it may look something like this:

An Unorganized Mess!!

So how did I fix this problem?! I bought some protective sleeves (made for 5×7 sized pictures) and put them in a binder.  Then added adhesive tabs to keep them oRganiZed!

I also added some full length page protectors for some of my larger recipes and for my meal list!  Now when someone GiVes me a recipe, no matter the shape or size, I have a place to keep it protected!

My meal list includes the name of every meal we eat and the main ingredients needed.  Every time I go shopping I grab the list so I no longer have to take my entire recipe book or make a handwritten list.  It has really come in handy!

This live-it list item was something that I completed in an afternoon.  My next task is to get all of my recipes typed on the computer and saved.  Like any goal, it is a work in progress and I will reJoiCe and eNjoY every small step I make!




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Easy Black Bean Party Dip

Need a new idea for a dip/appetizer for your Holiday parties?  You MuSt try this one! It is so EaSy to make and is always a crowd pleaser!

1 can shoe peg corn

2 cans black beans – drained

1 bunch green onions (scallions) – chopped fine

1/2 cup red onion – chopped fine

1 medium green pepper – chopped fine

1 jalapeno pepper – chopped fine   * I don’t put this in mine

1 clove garlic – minced

Kraft zesty Italian dressing

2 bags Large Fritos

*Can be made 1 day in advance


~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Homemade Hot Chocolate & Live-It List Idea

Is one of your Live-It list items to start a new family tradition?  How about putting this YuMmY hot chocolate in thermal mugs for the family to sip on while driving around to see Christmas lights!  I bet it would be something the kids would look forward to every year!

This homemade hot chocolate recipe is always a crowd pleaser.  Makes a great gift and a pErfeCt refreshment with your cinammon rolls on Christmas morning!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix       

16 oz.   Nestle Quick Chocolate Drink Mix

6 oz.    Coffee Creamer

½ C.     Powdered Sugar

4 Tbls.  Cocoa

Mix Ingredients well and store in air tight container.  Use 1/3 Cup of mixture to 1 Cup warm milk.  Top with marshmallows!

Makes 32 Servings

(These were some clear containers I had around the house.  I decorated them with wrapping paper, jute rope and ribbon!  Super easy and immediately FeStiVe!)



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