Enchilada Soup

Not sure how long this particular recipe will stick around at my house. It was delicious, but a little more processed than Iwould like. I made it in a hurry, so no pics this time, but I’ve included a pic (so it is pinnable) and link to Paula Dean’s recipe, which was the opriginal inspiration for this soup. The first time I made it, my entire family agreed it was much too spicy, so this is my modified version.

Enchilada Soup

Paula's Enchilada Soup


  • 2.5 lbs hamburger meat
  • 2-3 T taco seasoning (or 2 packets if you’re using store-bought)
  • 1 onion
  • 28 oz can tomato sauce (I think I’ll actually use 2 next time to stretch it out & have more leftovers)
  • 1/2 of a 28 oz can enchilada sauce (I stuck the rest in the fridge. You could just use a 10 or 15 oz can if you had one)
  • 1 can chili beans WITH SAUCE
  • 1 can great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained (I actually just pour some frozen corn in there)
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheese

Brown hamburger meat together with onion and taco seasoning; drain. Add all ingredients except cheese into Crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours. Top each bowl with cheese. Would be great served with warm homemade bread or tortillas. Super easy and tasted great, but I don’t like using all the canned items. Maybe I can make it a little more “homemade” by cooking the beans myself. Maybe 🙂


Orange Rhino Challenge

I just stumbled upon an amazing idea/blog on Pinterest the other day. The Orange Rhino Challenge. This lady decided to go an entire year without yelling at her kids. Sounds crazy. Sounds impossible. Sounds… wonderful. I hate yelling at my kids, and the more I yell, the more stressed and irritable I become and the LESS my kids listen. A year is an awfully daunting goal, so I’m going to pray about exactly what my commitment should be, but I definitely feel convicted about my lack of patience with my kids, and I think this challenge is something that could help.

Another thing I think will help is reducing my stress level. So I’m going to evaluate what causes stress in my life, and then change what I can to reduce stress as much as possible. Some things I already know: lack of sleep, enormous messes in our house, being behind on chores, rushing to get food ready, rushing to get kids ready for school/bedtime. So here’s some changes I’m going to make already. 1) Make my meal plan every month (or pay period) and ACTUALLY DO IT but be more flexible in case Jason or the kids request something different. That means that every day I need to make sure that we have what I need for the next day readily available. So before I start dinner every night, I’m going to check on the next day’s ingredients. 2) I’m going to start freezing some leftovers instead of insisting that we eat them ALL before I make new food. This way, when the best laid plans of mice and moms go astray, I’ll have something I can quickly reheat and still have dinner ready on time. 3) I’m going to stick to my Crock pot meal idea for dance lessons and church nights. That way dinner will be ready when we get home and I can get the little ones to bed on time. 4) I’m going to throw away a bunch of my kids’ toys. They don’t play with them all, and it makes more clutter all over the house that I either yell at my kids to pick up or pick up myself and resent that my house is a disaster area all the time. 5) I will make a to-do list so that I know what I need to do by when each day. 6) No games, TV etc (for me!) unless I am caught up on my to-do list and chores or nursing the baby. In the mean time, I’m going to be doing some research on biblical references to patience, kindness, understanding, and forgiveness. I’m open to suggestions. Any favorites any one would like to share? I plan to do a post on that at some point, but not anytime soon. I will wait until I know what my goal will be at least, and then do an update. If anyone else is doing this challenge or would like to do it with me, leave a comment.

April Meal Plan

If you actually care enough to follow my meal plans (or were desperately hoping for inspiration yourself), I totally flopped last month. We were crazy busy, which makes meal planning even more important, but I just didn’t take the time to do it. I now remember why I take the time. There were so many times Jason would ask what we were eating for dinner to which I replied, “I have no idea. What do you want?” Maybe you can operate just fine like that, but I felt like my whole house was chaos, and I’m eager to get back to a method that’s a little more organized. But I’m also feeling lazy today, so this is not as creative as I might normally be. But I did it 🙂

3- Smoked pork tenderloin, steamed veggies, Texas Roadhouse Yeast Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter (The rolls were a little dense, and I didn’t have enough honey so I used agave nectar, but it was amazing!)

4- Jason’s Potato Soup

5- Chili Waffles- Inspired by this with homemade chili and genera-Jiffy cornbread mix

6- Spaghetti

7- Chicken Pot Pie

8- Breakfast for dinner

9- “Beef” & Broccoli with deer meat

10- Chicken Fiesta Burritos

11- Ashley’s Shepherd Pie

12- Buffalo Chicken Wraps

13- leftovers & apple pie cookies

14- Enchilada Soup

15- some kind of smoked/ grilled meat and veggies

16- Black beans in the crockpot

17- Gooey Chicken Burritos

18- Ashley

19- Grilled meat & twice baked potatoes

20- leftovers

21- Octopus Hot Dogs with Homemade Mac & Cheese

22-  Quesadillas

23- Lemon & Garlic “DUMP” Chicken over pasta

24- Mexican Pizza

25- Ashley

26- eat at BB’s

27- Grilled Cheese and/or leftovers

28- BB’s leftovers

29- Stuffed Taco Shells

30- BBQ Chicken Calzone