Good Sunday afternoon everyone. What a crazy weekend it’s been around here. On top of getting ready for our big move to CA, we had 2 separate family Christmas parties on my husband’s side. We played 2 intense games of white elephant and ate until we all busted. It was awesome! I posted some pics of our festivities at the end of this post.

My cooking time has been pretty much shot down right now, but I did manage to make a big pot of good ol’ Taco Soup that the family loves. It is hearty, warm and delicious. Our favorite way to enjoy it is with a handful of greasy Frito’s tossed right on top. The best part is, dinner is done in a whopping 15 minutes! Sweet, now that’s my kind of dinner these days.

Take a peek and enjoy!








15 Minute Warm and Hearty Taco Soup

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

2 15 oz cans chicken broth

1 oz pkg Lawry’s taco seasoning (or 2Tablespoons of your own taco seasoning mix)

1 oz pkg dry Ranch Dressing Mix

2 10 oz cans rotel mild tomatoes

4 oz can diced green chilies

1lb can or frozen corn, drained

15 oz can black beans, drained

15 oz can red kidney beans, drained

15 oz can white beans, drained

Garnish With:

Sour Cream

Frito’s

Cilantro leaves

1. Place oil into a large 5 qt dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add beef, salt and pepper; cook until brown and crumbled. Add remaining ingredients until well combined. Simmer on low until ready to serve. Top with sour cream,Frito’s and cilantro leaves if desired.

8 large servings

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Christmas Party Weekend

We had a fun white elephant game with the kids then the adults. I think my little guy was happy with his Pirate set!

My other little guy got some cool holiday scratch and sniff books. They were adorable.

Did I mention he liked his pirate set?



The highlight of the party for the kids was definitely the homemade root beer.



Here’s the crew we partied with Saturday night. I really married into an awesome family. We always have a great time. I’m the one to the right in the white dress, with the two little boys by my side and hubby is right above me wishing I didn’t wear my “hot” boots! I have to give him a hard time because he’s not a boot fan. Unfortunately I am!


Have a great week everyone. I actually had some time to cook and bake last week, so more new posts to come soon!