Yummm, nachos!!

I was craving nachos the other night, and we needed a quick dinner, so I decided to make them.  I started by cooking the meat, and started to put everything on the table- the bag of chips, the diced tomatoes, the sour cream and the meat that I had put into a Corningware dish.  And then I was looking at it, and I was thinking about how I hadn’t been happy the last couple of times I had made nachos the exact same way as this evening, so I decided to try something different.  Normally, I let everyone make their own nachos, but it just didn’t seem to mesh well, so I pulled everything off of the table, grabbed a baking sheet, assembled the nachos on the baking sheet, and threw it into the oven 10 or so minutes.  The result was DELICIOUS, warm, gooey, nachos.  And even though it’s a “junk food”, I’m going to guess mine weren’t horrible, since I used ground turkey and real cheese, not the can stuff.  Also, when I was grabbing the cheese for it, I realized I didn’t have enough Mexican Blend left, so I had to improvise.  I found sharp cheddar, and our Colby Jack and Muenster sandwich cheese slices.  I figured the Sharp Cheddar and Colby Jack would be fine, but I was taking a gamble on the Muenster.  It was SO GOOD!!  I can totally see making this when my daughter has friends over.  What teenage girl doesn’t like nachos??  Also good for a game day lazy lunch.  And I love the fact that I can just put the baking sheet on the table (yes, there is a trivet under it) and everyone can take what they want.

Meat Mixture

1 pound ground turkey

2 tsp of beef granules

2 tsp of minced garlic (I used the stuff that comes in the jar that you keep in the refrigerator)

Few cranks of pepper from the pepper grinder

Taco Seasoning (I have the ginormous size from Costco, so I just sprinkled it on to taste, and added a little bit of water to help it absorb into the     meat)

2 tsp Cumin

1 tbsp Oregano

Couple of dashes of Hot Sauce (or more, or less, depending on your tolerance)

1/2 onion diced

1 can of pinto beans drained and rinsed

The rest of the stuff

Tortilla Chips

1 – 2 Diced Tomatoes

1 cup Mexican blend cheese

1 cup Sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese or you can do what I did and tear slices of Colby Jack sandwich cheese into pieces and sprinkle those on top.

Muenster cheese (same thing as the CJ cheese; break it up into pieces and sprinkle it on top)

Brown meat in pan and add all seasonings, diced onions, and pinto beans.  Cook until onions are cooked and beans are heated through.

Pre-heat oven to 350

Take a baking sheet and spread out a layer of tortilla chips.

Sprinkle some of the mexican blend and sharp cheddar cheeses on top of them.

Scoop meat mixture onto chips.

Sprinkle with diced tomatoes

Sprinkle remaining mexican blend and sharp cheddar cheese.  Then sprinkle Colby Jack cheese and Muenster cheese on top.

Put in oven for 10 – 15 minutes and keep an eye on it to keep from burning.

Plop that baby on the table, provide forks and spatulas and let everyone dig in!!  Oh, you can also put out a bowl of sour cream if you’re feeling fancy, or just put out the entire container if you aren’t 😉 .

Cable Cut 2013: Days 3 and 4

The depression has set in; I feel like I have lost an old friend.  My husband gave me a weird look when I slumped across the couch saying, “I miss my cable TV, and I want it back!”  This uneasy feeling, and tightness in my chest won’t go away.  I told him, “I’m going to need a lot of liquor to get through this.”

Here is what I miss about Cable TV:

  • Having an on screen TV Guide.  How in the world am I gonna know when Bachelor Pad, or other stupid shows I watch come on??
  • Being able to record shows.  It was like a present that I would get to open every night after everyone went to bed.  “Why hello, I had no idea Project Runway started up again!”
  • Being able to pause and rewind live TV.   Cray-Cray decides to open up his mouth and yell at the WORST times; and then there is the teen when she comes out to vent to us about who isn’t friends with who anymore for 30 minutes straight!!!!
  • Not having to search streaming services and TV apps and websites desperately hoping to find my shows, and not just clips.  BTW, Hulu and/or Amazon Instant Video need to hurry up and show Duck Dynasty, The Killing, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead (and not charge extra).
  • Not having the safeguard of my DVR recording my shows when they switch to a different night or time
  • Being able to put Nick Jr on in the morning and just leaving it.  Instead, I now have to have a discussion, find a show on the streaming service, possibly switch devices, and sometimes get stuck watching nothing but LITTLE BILL ALL MORNING LONG TWO DAYS IN A ROW!!!!! Whereas before, it was this is what is on and that’s what your options are. End of story.
  • When Cray-Cray goes down for his nap and I want some background noise, I can’t just quickly find something on cable to turn on, now I have to FIND something on one of our devices and/or streaming services.

I’m pretty sure this will be the end of me… or my sanity.

Cable Cut 2013: Day 2

There has been 1 fight between me and the hubby (which happened the day it was cut) due to his assumption that our DVR FULL of recordings from when we were on vacation, would still be operational after he cut the cable. Guess what, they cut that too :-/ .

We have acquired a couple of new toys since Monday (he really is trying to make me happy). First, after our fight, and I desperately asked why he didn’t get an antenna so that I could at least watch the 3 basic stations or the news on occasion, he went and got an antenna. Yesterday, we got a new Apple TV so that we can stream from our phones and laptops. ABC, CBS, and NBC all have apps that allow you to watch full episodes, so this helps with the whole DVR aspect of it (can watch after the kids are in bed, can pause and rewind), that is, if they aren’t on Hulu (like the Bachelorette, grrrrrr).

We are doing a free trial of Hulu Plus, we already have Netflix, and I installed Amazon Instant Video last night. So far, Netflix is my favorite interface, but they majorly screwed up when they didn’t renew their contract with Viacom and they lost ALL of their Nick Jr shows, which are a staple around here. That is why I had to go with Amazon Instant Video. But, Netflix still offers a lot more seasons of our series for free, where Amazon Prime might offer one season for free, but others have a charge.  On the plus side, Amazon offers a lot of behind the scenes videos for different series.  The teen and I found a casting special on the Glee Season 1 listings (completely made me tear up when they were showing Corey Monteith’s audition footage), and they have all of the Doctor Who “prequels” included in their series listings.  One last plus for Amazon Prime, when it comes to Doctor Who, they have Planet of the Dead (totally missing on Netflix!) available for free instant streaming and they also have more Classic Doctor Who available for instant streaming than Netflix does.

You might be saying, “If you’re paying for all of these services, then why not just pay for cable??”  Paying for all three of these services is still cheaper than the monthly cable bill. Netflix is $15.98  per month for both the streaming and DVD plan, Hulu Plus is $7.99 per month, and Amazon Instant Video is $79.99 for the year ($ 6.67 per month), but you are also getting their Prime perks which includes free Kindle books and free 2 day shipping on certain items.  Having all three services puts us at a whopping $30.64 per month compared to the near $130 price tag we were paying for cable each month.  But, it is becoming a bit comical, remembering which one I need to turn on to watch certain shows.

Oh, and I still can’t find a way to watch Sharknado!  My DVR is taunting me from the cabinet.

 

The “Givens” in life

Here are the givens of my house

  • Banana Cheerios are always on the shopping list, because it is the three year old’s favorite cereal
  • You will probably find a stray said Banana Cheerio somewhere (like on the floor of my living room) in my house
  • 99% of the time I am 10 – 15 mins late to anything (except my wedding, I made it on time to that, and I always remind my hubby of it)
  • Our teen daughter’s room cannot stay clean for more than 12 hours (that number might even be generous)
  • My hubby is always talking about “purging” items from our home
  • 90% of the time, my hubby has his camera with him
  • I get ideas to make something cool, or to save money by making it myself, and then I go crazy trying to make said item
  • Our three year old son is always willing to eat a hot dog and fruit
  • The three year old is a Toy Story fanatic
  • The oldest is Big Sissy and the baby is Baby Sis in the three year old’s world
  • We  jokingly call the baby, Grumpy Cat because of a face she makes when strangers try to talk to her and make her smile
  • We can freak our teen daughter out by doing the following:  pointing out a statue or an item that has two shadows, writing tally marks on her arm while she sleeps or on our arms, changing her screen saver to a Weeping Angel, or repeating everything she says (she is a Whovian)
  • Pooky Bear (our 7 month old) giggles and snorts (just like her momma 🙂 ) when I call her Pooky Bear, and I instantly get in a good mood
  • The three year old will push me to my limit making me mad, and then does something utterly cute that makes me go “What are you doing to me??!!”
  • The three year old and 14 year old make me crazy most days (I am currently referring to the three year old as Cray Cray)
  • The baby laughs and gets excited at most things that Cray Cray does
  • I love said crazy older children, adorable baby, and purging camera toting hubby with all of my heart (awwwwwwww!)