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Cooking at Home - Day 3! 
Apr. 22, 2014 9:04 pm 
Updated: May 9, 2014 11:22 am
Wow, today is the third day in a row for my blog; I think it's a new record!  I'm  happy I am still sticking to my cooking plan this week.  Tonight was another kind of late night.  I didn't get home until around 6pm, and started dinner around 6:45pm.  I really wanted to make the Taco Cornbread Casserole, but this was one of those things that needed to bake in the over for about an hour.  By the time I popped it in, it was about 7:45pm.  However, I feel like I used the extra time well because I was able to fit in my Walk Aerobics dvd.  I did the two mile walk tonight. 

(Here is just a little plug for the Leslie Sansone Walk Aerobics dvds: They really work and are actually enjoyable.  It's actually relaxing and you don't feel like you are going to die during or at the end of your workout like some other programs.  Low impact and easy... but effective.  I highly recommend and they helped me lose about 20 pounds in the past 6 months.)

Okay, moving on... so I did my two mile workout, then took the food out of the oven.  We had to eat around 9:00pm, but at least it was still a meal at home, and it was a big 9 x 13 in. pan so I have leftovers all planned for tomorrow night.  Tonight I made the Taco Cornbread Casserole, another recipe from the featured cookbook this week: Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2014.  

Taco Cornbread Casserole photo

This turned out really good, and I really liked this.  To make it, you brown 2 lbs of ground beef and add 2 cans diced tomatoes, 2 taco seasoning packets, 1 cup water, diced green chilis, and 1 cup of rice.  I think this was everything.  Then you make the cornbread batter, add corn to it, and layer half the batter, half the meat mixture, 8 oz sour cream, chips and cheese.  Top with the rest of the cornbread batter, meat and chips.  You can top with more cheese during the last 5 minutes. 

The corn bread part was a really good addition.  It reminds me of the baked corn casserole, which I love!  This also reminded me of enchiladas somewhat, only this was easier for me to make.  I think this is a good casserole.  I didn't think it turned out dry and really had no trouble with it.  I followed the directions exactly, but I think you could halve it if you wanted to.  I am definitely happy to have leftovers though.  It wasn't very spicy, so if you want more heat, you may want to add some extra seasonings or double the chilis. 

I noticed last night I mentioned our Spring intern retreat.  We had this event today, which included an Open House the morning, then going to a YMCA camp in the afternoon.  The first activity we did was climbing a rock wall which looked to be about 3 stories high.  Then going on a zip line to get down.  Yikes!  I was definitely okay not doing this.  I was able to be the person to help people down from the zipline, and this was a much better place for me.  All the interns seemed to climb right up the rock wall, so I was really glad I did not  try since I'm pretty sure it would have taken me like a half hour.  I'm not really a big fan of heights, so I definitely feel okay that I didn't do this activity.  I'm all about trying things, but at the same time, there is nothing wrong with not doing something that does not seem remotely fun.  I'm excited about the conference I am going to tomorrow, and also happy that there won't be any extreme sports involved, LOL.  

Tomorrow night, since I already have leftovers, I might try and make banana pudding.  I am also hoping I will also feel motivated enough to work out after the conference is over.  Since I need to head to bed soon and also quickly repaint my nails so they look more professional, that's all I have for tonight.  Hopefully you can give the casserole a try, and I hope to update next on banana pudding.  Good night!  

May 7, 2014 2:49 pm
I presume the rice called for is already cooked?
May 9, 2014 11:22 am
Yes it is cooked rice - sorry I am getting a little lazy in explaining the directions. Thanks and hope you can try it soon!
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About Me
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
My cooking triumphs
I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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