Spring Table

To officially welcome spring I thought it was time to spruce up the Sunday dinner table.  I had dinner in the slow cooker, complete with cranberry roast beef, baby carrots and mini red potatoes.

Sounds like a dinner that deserved a special spring table setting to me!

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Since my “pantry” was long over due for a clean-up, I thought I would share how I created a pantry from an Ikea Billy Bookcase.

Like most living in small homes a kitchen pantry I something I dream about.  Don’t even get me started on Butler’s Pantries!  Some pantries I have seen are pretty much the size of my entire kitchen!

We are fortunate enough to have a hallway that connects the back door to the kitchen.  Our coat closet is in this hallway as well.  Our solution was to create a Billy Bookcase pantry at the end of this hallway.  It is just a few steps outside the kitchen and doesn’t interfere with traffic flow.

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Islanders 1

The last couple of years Tim has had the opportunity to check two very big things off his bucket list!  In 2013 we had the opportunity to attend a practice round at The Masters (the superbowl of the golf world).  It was something he thought he would never have the opportunity to do.  You have to win the opportunity to purchase tickets, so it is not any easy task!

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Bathroom Before & After

Welcome to Leslie’s bathroom reveal!

What I thought would take a few weekends is finally finished the first weekend in March!  And I think it turned out pretty darn good.  Leslie certainly seems very happy with it.  And, I have to admit I am a little jealous of that claw foot tub.  I think I see a project in the future for Tim.

This little room has gone from dated and dark, to really kind of sad, to bright and fresh!

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Skillet Taco Bake 5

Time to change up taco Tuesdays!!  This skillet taco bake uses just one pan and is ready in under 30 minutes.  Toss up a salad and dinner is served.

The dreaded question of what to make for dinner strikes every day.  If by chance I haven’t thought about it, you can bet someone in my family will text me “what’s for dinner?”

Meal planning has helped to cut down on that stress, but it can still be a struggle to make new meals that offer nutrition and flavour that everyone will enjoy.  Not to mention that last thing I want to do when I get home from work is spend an hour in the kitchen getting dinner ready, and another half an hour doing dishes and cleaning up!

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This skillet taco bake requires only one pan and about 12 minutes of active time and 13 minutes in the oven.  I get it in the oven, set the table, whip up a green salad and dinner is served.

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I use a cast iron frying pan, but any skillet that is oven safe will do.  Simply brown 1 pound of ground beef ((I use organic grain fed from Sobey’s here in Canada).  Add 1/2 package of taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water and let simmer for a minute or two while the water is absorbed.  Add 1 cup of your favorite salsa and 1 1/2 cups grated low fat cheddar.  Stir until combined.

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Unroll crescent roll dough and arrange over beef mixture until completely covered.  Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes.

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And, dinner is served!

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Until next time…..


Skillet Taco Bake
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb ground beef (grain fed organic if you can get it)
  • ½ pkg taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ cups salsa
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pkg low fat crescent rolls
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef in oven proof skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add taco seasoning and water and simmer for 2 minutes, until water is mostly absorbed.
  4. Add salsa and cheese to ground beef mixture and stir until combined.
  5. Remove from heat and arrange crescent rolls to cover the ground beef mixture completely.
  6. Bake in 375 degree oven for 13 minutes, until crescent rolls are golden.
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy.



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