Lettuce Wraps


I always enjoyed lettuce wraps for appetizer when dining at local Asean restaurant.    This was a super easy meal that I actually used Turkey breast that I had made earlier.   If your looking for low Carb options, this is a wonderful guilt free meal.
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Quick & Easy Chili Cheese Frito Pie


My niece, Becky, is staying with us this week and she, along with my son, Aidan, made dinner for all of us. They made a delicious Chili Cheese Frito Pie and they whipped it up in about 15 minutes and then baked for 15 minutes, so a meal in 30 minutes! The best part is–the whole family enjoyed it!

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and seasoned with salt and pepper (or season per your taste)
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 2 cups cheese (we used a mix of cheddar and Colby jack)
  • 1 bag of Frito-Lay corn chips/fritos

Directions: Grease 9×11 pan, place fritos on bottom of pan, add chili beans on top of fritos, sprinkle brown beef over the top of beans, sprinkle cheese on top and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

That’s it! Can’t get any easier than that and the kids will love it.


Fondue Fun!


IMG_0586During the Christmas break, I got bored enough to actually try something new for dinner. Yes, it can happen. My daughter gave me a fondue set about 8 years ago and we never used it. We move it from place to place, but have never busted it out. Well, the day finally dawned where it happened.

As I have never made a fondue cheese, I found one that more traditional and could be used to dip various foods in as I certainly wasn’t going to make more than one type of cheese dip. No need to get crazy. Now, the cheese dip I made was good, but I think it would have been better had I used a less bitter white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc) and gone with a sweeter wine, especially since my kids were having some as well and it did get a bit bitter for them. I also messed with the recipe as I added a handful of swiss cheese and of cheddar, but that was to take some of the bitterness out due to the wine. Well, here is the recipe that I started, but with my noted modifications: [Read more…]

Honey Mustard Baked Ham

Honey Mustard Baked Ham CCTNT

Christmas and Easter are typically when we make baked ham.  We usually order a small one from the local meat market (small = 15# minimum!), this is a fully cured, bone-in smoked ham.  Baking a ham is as easy as putting it in a foil-lined pan or very large Dutch oven and heating it for approximately 8 minutes per pound.  Now simply heating it up is great, but we have gotten onto making a honey mustard sauce to marinate it in while it bakes….now that’s total yumminess!  Give it a try – who doesn’t love a brown sugared topped ham?

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Swiss Steak


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Swiss steak is a comfort food in our house.  We all love it, and coupled with mashed potatoes, egg noodles and corn (or other favorite veggie), you have a dinner that will have everyone running to the table.    Our meat market takes round steak and runs it through the tenderizer machine and cuts the portions into softball-sized pieces.  These work great in the skillet and are good from a portion size per person.  This meal takes some time to make, typically about 90 minutes, so plan accordingly. [Read more…]

Fluffy Fruit Salad


Fluffy Fruit Salad with CCTNT

I’ve been making this recipe for many years.  It is super easy….always a major benny.  I made this recently for a work potluck and received lots of positive feedback.  This salad is light and fluffy and has a wonderful taste.  I think it’s the banana and vanilla pudding mixes that give it the flavor that I love and the fruit that makes it so light and refreshing. [Read more…]

Organizing Earrings

Organizing Earrings with CCTNT

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got lots of pairs of earrings.  And, I don’t like spending lots of time sorting through them all trying to find the one pair I am looking for.  As a result, I like to keep them organized in such a fashion that I can easily find the pair I want to wear each day….depending on my outfit, of course.  I know there are lots of different jewelry boxes, etc, out there for organizing earrings, but I came up with my own method that I have found to be helpful.  I thought maybe my method might be helpful for some of you, as well. [Read more…]

Happy 2015–Start the Year with Forgiveness!



Happy New Year!!! It’s a new year and with this many of us focus on improving our health in a physical manner. Yet, one of the healthiest things for our soul and mind is the power of forgiveness. I am a Christian and, if this is not your religion, feel free to stop reading this post as it is my opinion and may not reflect the opinion of my fellow chicks. I read a book earlier this year called “The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere and I believe it is key to a happy and healthy earthly life and also allows for eternal life in the hereafter. I highly recommend reading it and it is available from Amazon.


When you think of forgiveness, it seems easy to do, but true forgiveness can be difficult. We often, unbelievably, want to hold on to the offense (definition of offense is a “cause to feel resentment or indignation”) as we may feel it is justified. Often it is the little [Read more…]

Learning to Love Again


Loving something or someone can hurt. Not hurt in a bad way, but hurt your soul that you love them so much and when they are gone the longing never goes away. You learn to cope, but they truly are a part of you forever. Now my story here is not going to be about the love of a human being, but of a family member that we often call a pet and in this case, a dog. Some of you may be rolling your eyes. If so, stop reading now as you won’t get the rest of what I will be writing. I say this with respect as I realize not everyone is like me when it comes to how I feel about animals.

You need to know a bit about me here before you judge my patheticness and that is to know I was raised to love and respect animals, almost to an extreme. You treat them like a human, if not more so, because they only have you to depend on. I was never [Read more…]

Wonder Wax Review

Wonder Wax

Yesterday was Christmas.  One of the things that we do at my in-laws is exchange As Seen on TV gifts with each other.  It’s a relatively inexpensive way to add a little fun into the holiday season.  This year my sister-in-law gave me Wonder Wax as my gift.  Because, of course nothing says Christmas like the gift of pain!

I’m going to share a little TMI with you.  It’s well known among the Chicks that I despise shaving my legs.  About a day or two after shaving my legs get so itchy that I need to wrap them in ice to keep myself from scratching the skin off.  Since my husband prefers that I not walk around like Sasquatch, I’ve had to find alternative methods for hair removal.  One that doesn’t drive me insane with itching.

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