Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Crunchy Chili Cheese Casserole



I'm constantly searching for new ww friendly meals but some days (like today) I've just got to say to heck with the diet and eat something that I consider sinfully delicious! Chili, Cheese, and Fritos. Three of my favorites baked into one tasty casserole. This was insanely good. Yes, I'm carrying on about this casserole but it was well worth taking a day off from my diet! This casserole is very filling and makes the prefect freezer meal as well. If you love Chili, Cheese, and Fritos as much as I do then you will have to give this recipe a try!

Crunchy Chili Cheese Casserole
Serves 6

Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 16oz can pinto beans
1 8oz can tomato sauce
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 1/2 cups Fritos
1 1/4 cups sour cream

In a large saucepan brown ground beef.  Drain and return to pan, and stir in the beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Sprinkle 1 cup of the Fritos on the bottom of a greased baking baking dish. Top with meat mixture and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes and remove from oven. Spread sour cream over the meat mixture and top with the remaining Fritos and cheese.

Return to oven and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!

I'm a Sprint Ambassador-Enter to Win a new HTC One Max Smartphone #Sponsored #MC #SprintMom

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating."

I am happy to announce that I was chosen to be a Sprint Ambassador. Over the next year I will be testing various Sprint devices and sharing my experiences with you...my readers.

I've been through various cell phone providers throughout the years and our current provider is now Sprint. My husband gets a great deal through work and I've been extremely happy with our service and have had no issues what so ever. I can honestly say after years of having a cell phone...that's a first! I am always getting a good signal strength even when I am in the middle of nowhere. Literally!

What is also great about Sprint is their Framily plan where you and up to 10 others weather it be family, friends, or even co-workers can be part of a group with unlimited talk, text, and 1GB data, while on the Sprint Network. What's nice is that each person gets their own bill so you don't have to worry about being stuck paying Uncle Ed's Bill. With no annual service contracts and no early termination fees, it’s a great deal for as little as $25 a month per line, when you have 7-10 members in your Framily Group! I'm not sure how your current bill can compare to only 25 dollars a month per line, I think it is pretty hard to beat that!

Also, as a Sprint Ambassador I am excited to share with you that now, for a limited time, new customers who bring their number to Sprint and sign up for a Sprint Framily Plan, can receive up to $300 in credit for their current phone and a Visa Prepaid Card worth up to $350 to cover those switching fees. It’s an exclusive offer only available at Sprint stores and online at Sprint.com now through May 8.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Smothered Cream Cheese Jalapeno Crock Pot Chicken



Happy Monday! For those who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Easter. We did and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. I was so excited to enjoy a warm and sunny day! Today's dinner is a spicy favorite of ours that goes great over rice or noodles and of course I think everything is better with cheese. Especially cream cheese! If you are a spicy cream cheese lover then be sure to give this recipe a try!

Smothered Cream Cheese Jalapeno Crock Pot Chicken
Serves 4
WW PP=5
Cal 209, Carbs 2.7, Fat 9.5, Fiber 1g, Protein 25.7

Ingredients
16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
5 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 milk (I used 2 percent)
1 can diced green chiles
1 jalapeno seeded and diced (pickled jalapenos will work too)
1/2 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits
1 tsp. garlic powder

Arrange chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle with garlic powder and toss in the green chiles and jalapeno.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine cream cheese and milk. Whisk until combined and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours. About 15 minutes before serving add in the cooked bacon and shredded cheddar. Serve over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April is National Financial Literacy Month #Sponsored #MC

“I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for TCF Bank. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? Well, TCF bank wants you to consider your financial habits and created this quiz to help you determine your financial animal. Click here to take this fun quiz.



I took the quiz and I’m a Coyote. I’m a crafty scavenger, always on the hunt for a bargain. My ideal day is spent digging in the couch cushions for spare change, clipping coupons and scouring the web for promo codes. It can be a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it for the sense of accomplishment I feel after scoring a killer deal. To see what kind of financial animal you here take the quiz by clicking Here.

Well, let me tell you I certainly wasn't always a Coyote. That's for sure. As I entered my late teens I'll admit, I was not very responsible when it came to finances. I was not a good saver, and never really worried about my future. I didn't budget and blew through money. That is until I got my first apartment. Reality hit and I then knew that I couldn't be so carefree with my money. I had bills to pay along with rent. I ended up working two jobs so that I had enough to pay rent and bills and have a little leftover to save and use for the occasional night out. I started to budget, contribute to my 401k, and started to mature financially. 

Now that I am older and am a stay at home mom I am way more frugal with money. I'm not ashamed to clip coupons or shop around for the best deal. I think living on my own at an early age really helped me become more responsible when it comes to finances. 

While I do not bank with TCF, I was impressed by their Financial Learning Center which offer unique technology and videos to simplify complex financial concepts. It's great tool to consider when starting out on your own financial journey. 

To learn more about how you can take control of your financial IQ, visit the TCF Bank Financial Learning Center at tcfbank.com/learning and register to take their  interactive financial literacy program.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Huggies Pull Ups Ambassador Program #Sponsored #MC #StartPottyTraining

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”





It's hard to believe almost three months has now passed since I started blogging about our potty training journey. My little one has come a long way since I first started blogging about the First Flush Program. I'm so proud of him and we've almost got this potty thing down. He is much more vocal when it comes to telling me when he has to use the potty (I had blogged about this in the beginning how he wouldn't tell me when he needed to tinkle) and he is now waking up completely dry after naps and 4 or 5 nights a week he is waking up dry as well.

I loved all the tips and potty training tools from the Big Kid Academy site and my little guy loved the games! I do think that making potty training fun is key. Don't force your child when he isn't ready and don't put to much pressure on him/her to use the potty. Every child develops in their own way. Trust me, it will happen!

Also, be consistent. In the beginning I was always making sure to put my little guy on the potty every hour or two. That is where the Huggies Big Kid Timer came in handy. Now more often than not, my son will let me know when he has to use the potty. But he still enjoys getting a call from his favorite Disney Characters when it comes time to use the potty. Another great game from the Big Kids App.




You can read more about the Big Kid Academy and various training techniques and fun activities like the rewards wheel, potty training charts, big kid timer, and other ways to celebrate big potty milestones by visiting the Big Kid Academy site along with Huggies Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Potty training with the help of Huggies Pull Ups keeps getting better and better. Recently they partnered with The First Years (which are the makers of potty training systems and seats) so when you purchase a new The First Years potty training system, you receive a pack of Huggies Pull Ups to help you along your potty training journey! Sounds like a great deal to me. Check it out!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creamy White Cheddar and Chipotle Bowtie Pasta




I am really on a big pasta kick lately. Probably not the best kick to be on given my diet so hopefully I get my carb cravings out of my system soon! Since we are all about the spice in our house this Creamy White Cheddar Chipotle Bowtie Pasta really hit the spot! If you are a fan of chipotle peppers, definitely give this dish a try!

Creamy White Cheddar and Chipotle Bowtie Pasta
Serves 6
WW PP=8
Cal 298, Carbs 46.3, Fat 7, Fiber 3g, Protein 12

Ingredients
12 oz. Bowtie Pasta, cooked to al dente
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
1.25 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
3 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 cup reduced fat milk (I used two percent)
1 cup petite diced tomatoes
salt to taste

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat whisk together the milk and cream cheese. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in the shredded cheese. Once cheese is melted add in the chipotle peppers and tomatoes. Taste and season with salt, if necessary. Pour sauce mixture over bowties and toss to coat. Garnish with cilantro or green onion if desired. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch Calzones



Busy days call for simple meals. I've been running around all day and these calzones were a last minute dinner idea. I didn't meal plan this week so I've been kind of just winging it. I made these calzones with a store bought rotisserie chicken breast and refrigerated pizza dough and let me tell you....they were delish!

BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch Calzones
Serves 4
WW PP=12
Cal 427, Carbs 55, Fat 12.2, Fiber 1g, Protein 23.5

Ingredients
2 cups chopped chicken breast (I used rotisserie)
1/2 cup bbq sauce (I used Stubbs)
1 tbsp. dry ranch seasoning
1/8 cup reduced fat ranch dressing
1/2 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits
4 slices reduced fat cheese (I used monterrey jack)
1 refrigerated pizza crust

In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, bacon, ranch seasoning, dressing, and bbq sauce.

Heat oven to 425°F. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough; place on cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out dough into a large rectangle; cut into 4 (7x5-inch) rectangles. Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture onto half of each rectangle, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge. Lay one slice of cheese over each. Fold dough in half over filling; press edges firmly with fork to seal. Prick tops with fork.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Enjoy!
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