Tuesday Tunes Day: Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece

If you did not see this emotional performance by Kelly Clarkson on American Idol, you NEED to. I was crying right along with her!

Mmmm Monday

A delicious recipe for all those who crave EASY and Mexican food. You can easily adjust this recipe to fit your needs in the "spicy" department.  We make a double or triple batch and bless families in our community with a dinner...all done :)

A great recipe utilizing delicious Wildtree created/modified over the years by Stephanie Batson.

Ingredients for Wildtree Mexican Lasagne
2 tsp Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
1 Small yellow onion, chopped
1 Tbs chopped garlic
1 14oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (we use the Aldi brand and they are AMAZING)
4 tps Wildtree Taco Blend (powder) (divided)
1-2 Tbs. Wildtree Taco Sauce (to taste)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp red pepper flakes (OPTIONAL)
1/2 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey (We LOVE turkey!)
2 tsp Wildtree Absolutely Onion
1 tsp Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub
1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 package of tortilla shells (I love the corn, but you can use flour too!)
2-4 cups of shredded cheese (You can limit or go all out on the cheese)

Preheat oven to 350*

Heat oil in a large nonstick pan. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add garlic, cook for one more minute. Add the tomatoes,  2tsp Wildtree Taco Powder and then some Taco Sauce to taste. Add red pepper flakes, if you want it a little spicy. Sprinkle some chopped cilantro. Simmer on low until meat mixture is complete.

Meanwhile, add ground meat to another pan. Cook through. Add Wildtree Absolutely Onion and Rancher Steak Rub. Add 2 tsp of Wildtree Taco Powder and 3 Tbs of water. Stir well. Add black beans and cook through.

Add 1/4 cup of Tomato Sauce to the bottom of a greased 9X13 pan. Layer 2-3 tortilla shells on top. Add a cup of meat mixture on top of the tortilla shells, Tomato Sauce on top, then some shredded cheese (as you like). Continue layering until you run out of ingredients. Top with EXTRA shredded cheese and some cilantro.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted! (If you share with a neighbor or friend, then let THEM bake it. It will be perfectly yummy and fresh :)

Assembling multiple trays!
Of course, if you don't like onions or black beans, you can always use peppers with  pinto beans--or whatever your family likes! This recipe is very easy, forgiving and you can make quite a few trays quickly.

Get some great recipe ideas and these Wildtree ingredients online here! Happy cooking.

A view from the top, right before the "extra" cheese is added!

Freebie Friday: Free Kindle Book "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"

Check out this free book for your Kindle (or your Kindle app if you don't have a Kindle).

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie has nearly 5 stars and over 500 reviews.

Summary from the Amazon site: 
Invalided home from the Western Front, Arthur Hastings arrives at Styles Court anticipating a relaxing sojourn in the English countryside. It turns out to be anything but. Late one night, Hastings is summoned to the locked bedroom door of Emily Inglethorp, mistress of the manor. A terrible commotion is happening inside, and by the time her family forces the door open it is too late—Emily is in the final, violent throes of strychnine poisoning and nothing can save her.

As fate would have it, Belgium’s most celebrated detective, a refugee from the war, resides in the neighboring village. Hercule Poirot may look, in the words of Hastings, like a “quaint dandyfied little man,” but he possesses one of the finest minds in Europe and an extraordinary flair for solving the most baffling of cases. Half a dozen people—including Alfred, Emily’s much younger second husband; her slacker stepsons, John and Lawrence; and Mary, her beautiful but bored daughter-in-law—had the means and the motive to poison Emily. While Hastings and the rest of Styles Court rush to judgment, Poirot painstakingly sifts through the clues and considers each of the suspects in turn. The answer at which he arrives will shock them all.

Agatha Christie wrote The Mysterious Affair at Styles because her sister wagered that she could not plot a mystery. Not only did Christie win that bet, she created one of the greatest detectives in all of literature and established herself as the undisputed Queen of Crime.

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TV Thursday: Antiques Roadshow

This may seem like an odd choice, and you may be thinking there is NO WAY your child would watch it. My kids LOVE to sit down and watch the show. It is family friendly, teaches about history, and will be fun for families who like to go yard sale-ing and antiquing (we love to go to auctions as a family as well).

You can watch Antiques Roadshow online on the PBS website at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/