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Baby burley…

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Taco Soup Version 2

Can there be too many versions of taco soup?  I don’t think so, especially when it originates from a local source.  A lot of local churches produce cookbooks for fundraisers and this recipe comes from a co-worker’s church.  Well, the original comes from this cookbook, but I changed it up a little or maybe a lot.  This called for three different kinds of beans and I am just not a huge bean eater so I pared that down to one kind.  I also cut back on the amount of ground beef to make it a little more economical and it didn’t hurt the taste at all.

1 lb. ground beef

1 15oz. can pinto beans

2 10oz. cans chopped tomatoes with green chiles

1 29oz. can tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups beef broth

1 pkg. ranch dressing mix

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can Mexicorn

1 pkg. taco seasoning

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Cook the ground beef and onion until the beef is cooked through.  Rinse and drain beans.  Mix all of the ingredients together in a large pot and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes.  Top with shredded cheese if desired.  If the soup is thicker than you want, add about 2 cups of water while it is simmering. 

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

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It has been a few weeks since my last gardening update and, my goodness, how things have changed!  C & I have been munching on lettuce for a couple of weeks now and it is so so good.  The cucumbers have tiny little cucumbers growing so I seeded the second generation this past weekend.

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The green peppers are doing great with one plant already having a little pepper on it.  My sauce tomatoes and watermelons are also growing like gangbusters.  The plants just love the warm and rainy weather we have had.

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Here is a overview of the two raised beds:

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My flowers are doing just as well as the veggies…

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C & I moved these two Knock-out roses from my grandparents’ yard to ours and we were so afraid that they wouldn’t make it, but they did! 

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I just love this time of year!  Every color seems intensified and all of the plants are so lush. 

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A beautiful June day in Kentucky…

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Guess what?  It is the first full week of the month and I haven’t been to the grocery yet so that means a pretty bare kitchen.  I probably will fix supper a night or two this week, but not much more than that.  C & I will take advantage of a couple of restaurant gifts cards we have and I MUST go grocery shopping since we are on vacation next week. 

Did I just write that we would be on vacation?  Yep, I sure did and we both can’t wait.  This will be a staycation for us except for a day or two of travel so hopefully we can piddle around the house and get a little extra rest. 

I hope all of my readers are enjoying the beautiful beginning of June because the weather has just been great around here!

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I am always on the hunt for new supper ideas that we will like.  I am a little more adventurous than C is when it comes to trying new things, but he does pretty well if I don’t go crazy.  One thing that holds me back severely is that I am very very allergic to chicken and turkey.  Those are two meats that you will never find on my blog because I can’t even touch them without getting a reaction, let alone eat any.  It definitely limits my options.

That means I am thrilled when I find a new ground beef recipe that looks promising.  This recipe did more than look promising; it was delicious!  I served these with chopped fresh veggies and oven baked fries on the side and it also made enough for lunches for the next two days.  This is definitely a keeper!

Another great thing about it is that it is totally customizable to your burger preferences.  Give this a try!

1 lb. hamburger

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp. minced onion

2-3 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled

3 can crescent rolls

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Cook the ground beef over medium heat until there is no pink left.  Add the minced onion, bacon, and cheese; stir to combine and set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet.  Unroll the crescent rolls into individual triangles.  Place about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture onto the big end of the roll.  Roll the dough toward the small end and tuck the ends under to make a package.

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Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve warm with ketchup or you favorite dipping sauce.

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Please join me today over at Rose City Reader and get inspired!  You may find your favorite new book in the ones the linked-up bloggers are reading.

Today I am bringing you the first few lines from “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins.  This is the third and final book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy.  These are supposed to by “young adult” books, but I think the young adult would need to be very mature to read these.  I have really enjoyed them but they are not for the faint of heart.  These books are set in the future after a major war and the United States is no longer.  There are “districts” with one being the Capitol and the leaders pick two young people from each district to fight every year in the Hunger Games. 

“Mockingjay”, book three, has started out differently from the first two.  A revolution is coming!

“I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather.  This is where the bed I shared with my sister, Prim, stood.  Over there was the kitchen table.  The bricks of the chimney, which collapsed in a charred heap, provide a point of reference for the rest of the house.  How else could I orient myself in the sea of gray?”

Wow, that really paints a picture in your mind, doesn’t it?  I can’t wait to see how this ends and I really hope that Ms. Collins keeps writing!

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