Monday, July 29, 2013

Soft Tacos with a Crunch

I saw this on a Taco Bell commercial a while ago and thought I'd create my own. So yummy!!

Soft Tacos with a Crunch
  • 8-12 mini soft flour tortillas
  • 8-12 crunchy taco shells
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb shredded beef
  • 1 cup green onions, diced
  • green chile sauce 
  • sour cream
  • salsa
Place tortillas in microwave with 3 Tbsp shredded cheese on each. Cook about 20 seconds or until melted. Quickly wrap tortillas around taco shells and stand up in a casserole dish. Fill with shredded beef, cheese, and onions. Spoon green chile sauce over the top. Bake for about 6-8 minutes until tacos are hot and serve right away with fresh salsa and sour cream!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Feta Watermelon Salad

This salad has been quite the craze lately and I have seen several different variations of it. It's very refreshing and the flavors truly unique. My husband and kids really enjoyed this and gobbled it all up.

Feta Watermelon Salad
  • 3 cups watermelon cut into one inch chunks
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, diced
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce 

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Blend dressing ingredients together and toss into salad ingredients. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Salmon Braid

 This yummy delight reminds me of a fancy tuna melt! If you like baked pastries, melted cheese and lots of flavor - you'' love this! I've made it for years and also had something similar to it at a local seafood restaurant. Mmm Mmm Mmm!

Salmon Braid

  • 4 cooked salmon fillets
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup dice tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Roll out crescent roll dough on a flour surface. Roll into one large rectangle and place on a cookie sheet. Take a sharp knife and make diagonal cuts down each side about two inches apart leaving room down the middle to spread the salmon.

 In a large bowl mix remaining ingredients together, reserving one cup of cheese. Spread down the center of dough. Take dough slices and braid, crossing over the salmon spread. Once dough is braided sprinkle remaining cheese over the top and bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes.  Check the center before taking out of the oven. The center cooks the longest and if the dough is still gooey it will need to bake longer. Enjoy!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Very Moist Coconut Cake

This is fantastic! If you are not a cake fan - you will like this. It reminds me of a pudding more than a cake. The center is full of yummy, gooey goodness. You'll be licking your plate!

 Very Moist Coconut Cake
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small box vanilla (or almond) pudding (I used vanilla)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or almond) extract (I used vanilla)

Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.  Pour into a 9 x 13 pan that has been greased and floured. Bake at 350 for 32 - 35 minutes or until tooth pick comes our clean.

  • 1 can of cream of coconut
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk

Mix these two ingredients together.  Poke holes in the hot cake and slowly pour this mixture over the cake.  Let cake cool and then frost with the following:

  • 8 oz. container of Cool Whip
  • 12 oz. frozen grated coconut (Sprinkle this over the top of the Cool Whip)
Refrigerate and serve cold. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Just had to put in a plug for my new book The Realm!It was just released as an ebook on Monday and is already a #2 bestseller in it's category! The reviews have been amazing so far. The best part is, it's FREE on Amazon until Friday the 12th!!

The Realm:Secrets Unlocked is a Young Adult series based on true events that happened within my family. Combined with the components of romance, paranormal activity and suspense  it's a story that will leave you on the edge of your seat after each chapter.

Here's the summary:

Meet Celeste Day, a beautiful college hopeful who may look like your average girl next door - but in her cozy New England town she’s been harboring a lifelong gift and deep secret that is about to be exposed. Being raised in a family where image is everything, her whole world is about to be turned upside down overnight as Celeste decides to take the summer off to "fix herself". When the good looking and mysterious “Ezra” moves to town things only get more complicated as Celeste is confronted by secrets from her past, unexplained phenomenon and dark paranormal forces beyond her control. Saving her reputation and proving her sanity is the least of her worries when she quickly learns she is a part of something much bigger than she could have ever imagined - something that will forever alter her future and change the world…and there is no turning back!

Written by best selling author Lindsey K. Rietzsch, this story is not your typical young adult paranormal romance. Based on true events, The Realm will take you on an incredible journey to another world that will forever change the way you think about life after death.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cherry Chocolate Coconut Mousse

This is super delicious! I actually wanted to use raspberries but didn't have any - so I opened a bottle of cherries instead. The cherries were divine but the raspberries would have been even better!

Cherry Chocolate Coconut Mousse

  • 1 large tub of Cool Whip (divided into 2 parts)
  • 1 can of coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup and extra Tbsp of baking cocoa 
  • 1 box of dry vanilla pudding
  • 2-3 cups of cherries or raspberries(strawberries would work too)

Empty coconut cream into a large mixing bowl. Stir in cocoa and blend well. Gently fold in half of cool whip. Stir in half of vanilla pudding and blend well.

Layer mousse, berries and cool whip in a parfait dish. Continue layering. Refrigerate one to two hours. Enjoy!