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Simple Dinners = Casserole Dinners

This time of year I am so busy with fitting in all of the kids activities and all of the Holiday preparations that I have nearly all the hours of my day booked. After all, who can work, take care of kids, prep for the holidays, and be sane every day of the week all while having a homemade meal prepared for dinner? If you know someone, let me know, and tell them I need their secrets. 

For those of you driving the struggle bus just like me this holiday season I have a simple dinner that will make it easier to have it all together — or at least look as if you have it all together. Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole. Yes I said casserole. Today most parents are all about the slow cooker and instant pots, but back in the day our parents and grandparents were all about the casserole. Casserole’s are great because they cook all in one dish, which means minimal clean up, and they are usually all tossed together which means minimal prep. 

This Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole is very reminiscent of burgers and fries, but it can even fill that chili cheese fry craving. My kids loved this, of course, and so did my husband. It won’t win an award for the healthiest meal you will ever eat, but it tastes good, is warm, filling, and quick on those nights that your main goal is just to avoid the drive-thru. Another bonus is that it is perfect for shelf-cooking. If you are trying to use up things in your pantry and not go shopping. Or if you are planning simple and inexpensive meals on a tight budget week. 

This meal is so simple, you do not have to be a chef, or even enjoy cooking. It is a straight up simple meal that will impress without the extra fuss. It is making this momma’s life a little easier this holiday season, which is the best gift ever. Head on over to Taste of Home for the full recipe. It won’t disappoint. 

Thanksgiving Place-mat: Thankful Writing Activity

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, usually my parents host and it is a grand and formal affair. When everyone sits around the table we chat, catch-up, and share a little about our year. I love spending the holiday with my family, and my mother is an amazing host. However, I am not my mother, and my style is much less formal. So this year I am choosing to do things my way instead of trying to out-do my mother at something she is far better at. I have already chosen to seat everyone family style — no kids table. I want the kids to be a part of everything. After all — why should they be separate? Since I am including them I am of course making the table a little less cluttered and more fun to keep the kids involved. I am going to create a special place-mat for everyone. I found this place-mat at Teachers-Pay-Teachers and felt it was the perfect thing to add to my more casual table setting. I am also going to include a small bucket of crayons at each end of the table so that everyone can color and write on their place-mat. I am hoping that everyone is willing to share what they write at the table when we are eating. It will be a great way to learn a little bit about what means the most to everyone in the family. You can learn a lot by what a person is thankful for. Hopefully this helps us all get just a little bit closer this holiday season.

Simple Dinners: BBQ Chicken Tostadas

We are back at school, back at sports, back at work. And I am back at being so busy and so crazy that I can barely get through my day let alone think about preparing a healthy and delicious dinner. Do all you other parents feel me? I have zero energy, zero ideas, and zero time.

My schedule has gone from laid back and easy to run, run, run. But as much as I hate being that busy I enjoy that my kids are in sports, at school, and in school groups that give them joy and teach them about the world. So I am going to suck it, buttercup — and find a way to make dinner happen.

If you are regular readers you will know that I like to think ahead. So I got out my planner and I searched Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook and collected as many ideas as I could. This one was so much fun and so quick I decided to share it with all of you. BBQ Chicken Tostadas.

Now our household loves all things Mexican — tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. Since we do have some young ones that do not enjoy spicy foods, we tend to tone it down when things are really spicy. This fun recipe is not full of spices and is sweet enough that the kids love it.

Thank you to Cupcakes and Kale Chips for a meal that will please the masses in my household! Head on over there now for the full recipe and tutorial. it was definitely one recipe that required very little from me. Which is always a blessing.

So make sure you have your ingredients and head on over for the full recipe, while you are there check out the rest of her amazing ideas! I know I will.

Ingredients

  • 8 tostada shells or 8 corn tortillas
  • shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 green onions, very thinly sliced (optional)