Campfire-Less Youth Group S’Mores

Smores005My very first memory of S’mores is NOT from a chilly evening filled with mountain air on a family camp trip with aunts, uncles, and cousins circled around a campfire as creamy white marshmallows melted off of skewers and sticks that we all held over the red and orange flames.

That is actually my second memory of making S’mores.

My very FIRST memory of S’mores is from a youth group meeting in the fellowship hall at the church I attended growing up in my small hometown. 



Baked Fajita Taquitos (IN EGG ROLLS)

These Baked Fajita Taquitos were a HUGE hit with my family.
  The bonus is that they are baked & wrapped in Egg Roll Wraps which makes them a bit healthier than the typical Taquito.

TAQ- Finale

Onions are not favored in our home and so they did not make the ingredient list however these Taquitos can be filled with any Mexican favorites of those surrounding the table to partake.


A Salty & Sweet Treat

Two ingredients.  Twenty minutes.  Salty & Sweet Goodness.  YUM.


– 1 Box of Ritz
– 1 Large Bag of Rolos

Preheat Oven to 350*
Layer Ritz crackers on baking sheet (bottom side up); Unwrap Rolos and place one on each Ritz cracker; Bake at 350* for 3 minutes.  Remove from oven and place additional Ritz Cracker (bottom side down) on Rolo then lightly press down to sandwich.  Chill to set.
Enjoy!  – T

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Million Dollar Spaghetti

IMG_1125My favorite meal as a child was Spaghetti.  And I did not discriminate when it came to meat sauce or meatballs as long as it included red sauce that would stain my face I was ready to partake.  Spaghetti has always been my ultimate “comfort food”.
<< That’s me over there sharing a Spaghetti Dinner with my Granddad at age nine months.

For those of my readers who have their family’s secret red sauce recipe for traditional Spaghetti & Meatballs this post might be a hard one to swallow.  Just stick with me because as a girl who has loved Spaghetti since birth I kind of feel like I’ve earned the “expert” taster status when it comes to Spaghetti.  This baked Spaghetti dish that is filled with creamy goodness is called Million Dollar Spaghetti and it is worth every penny.  In fact, it would likely be worth a lot more if you omit my suggested cans of Spaghetti Sauce and replace them with that secret family red sauce recipe!

1 lb of Ground Turkey (or Ground Beef or 2 cups Chopped Zucchini for a Vegetarian dish)
1 Box of Spaghetti Noodles (I use Whole Grain)
2 Cans of Spaghetti Sauce (24oz each)
1 Package of Cream Cheese (8oz)
1/4 Cup of Sour Cream
1 Cup of Cottage Cheese
1 Teaspoon of Ground Garlic
1 Stick of Butter or Margarine (sliced into 8-10 pieces)
1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Preheat Oven to 350*.

Start browning your meat and boiling your noodles and while the magic happens on the stove top begin mixing your creamy goodness.

Mix the Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, and Ground Garlic with a Mixer until it is well blended.  I do not have a Kitchen-Aid however my “Toddler-Aid” works just as well and is way cuter than those Kitchen-Aid mixers.

IMG_0446Once the meat has browned add the two cans of Spaghetti Sauce to the pan and let simmer while you drain the noodles – you do not want your noodles to cook more than 8 minutes on the stove; they will continue to cook in the oven.

After you drain your noodles, spray a 9×12 baking pan with Cooking Spray.  Take half of the slices of butter/margarine and put them in the bottom of your pan.  Then layer half of your Spaghetti noodles on top of the butter pieces.  Spread your creamy goodness on top of that layer of Spaghetti noodles.  Add the other half of noodles, the rest of the butter/margIMG_0462arines slices, then pour the red sauce with meat on top!
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the pan from the oven and layer the Cheddar and Parmesan Cheeses on top, return the dish to the oven to continue to bake 15 more minutes.

Let your dish sit for ten minutes before serving.


Million Dollar Spaghetti makes a great freezer meal and tastes just as good as leftovers.  The recipe above can also be split and made into two 9×9 pans if you have a smaller family or one that does not favor leftovers.

– T

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Sweet Saturday Smoothie

Blog - Post 3 Pink Smoothie PictureIn celebration of Saturday why not sweeten up your smoothie just a little bit.
This Strawberry Protein Smoothie serves 3 and will be sure to make your taste buds smile.

– 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
– 1 cup Frozen Strawberries (if using fresh, add ice)
– 2 Bananas
– 1/2 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
– 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds (soaked)

Here’s to the weekend!  May it be a sweet one. – T

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