Beef Stew and Easy Shopping with Walmart Grocery Pickup

Walmart Shopping Cart

As a homemaker, my work is never done, and anytime I can come up with ways to simplify every day tasks and save myself some time and money, I am thrilled!  One task that I’m not really a fan of is doing the grocery shopping.  I hate braving the crowds at the store, perusing the many shelves to find exactly what I’m looking for, and I definitely hate standing in line at the checkout register.  If you feel the same way I do about grocery shopping, then you should check out Walmart’s new grocery service.

Through Walmart’s pickup service, you can do all of your shopping from the comforts of your own home.  You just go online, find a Walmart location near you that offers the pickup service, and then start picking out everything you need right from their website.  Once they receive your order, a Walmart employee will find everything you need and fill your order.  All you have to do is go  and pick it up!  What could be easier? [Read more…]

Taco Soup

Taco Chili

In recently weeks, I’ve been enjoying a lot of comfort food with my family, including a few batches of soup!  I love soup, because it is a great way to get a good mix of protein, veggies, and often carbs in one meal.  Soups are also easy to make, generally speaking.  And soups go a long way!  You can use them to feed a large group, have a leftover meal (or meals), share with a sick friend, neighbor or family member, or you can freeze leftovers for a later time.

A couple of weeks ago I made up a batch of Taco Soup.  If you like chili, it’s pretty much very similar to chili, except that you use taco powder and ranching seasoning mix instead of chili powder.  The recipe I had actually called for a lot more things that what I used.  For example, it had 2 cans of green chilis and an additional can of tomatoes.  Since I didn’t use these ingredients, it made the soup very chunky like a stew, so I decided to add some broth to mix!

I just so happened to have some chicken broth on hand, so that is what I used.  I know the soup contains beef, but I figured chicken broth is good in everything, so why not try it?  Of course, it turned out great.  The soup tasted good, and it had a great consistency.  I think two cups of water would have worked just as well, and beef broth is another potential option that I’d try to you are unsure about using the chicken broth. But I personally recommend it!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!  And if you like, please check out my Salsa Chili!

Taco Soup

Taco Soup


2 pounds ground beef (you can also use stew meat or other meats you enjoy)

2 cans chili beans (pintos)

1 can kidney beans

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can Ro*tel

1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix

2 cups of chicken broth, beef broth, or water

For Garnishing:

sour cream

shredded cheddar cheese

corn chips


Brown beef in skillet and drain off fat. Add to a stew or stock pot. (You can also place in your crock pot if your prefer.) Add all canned ingredients to the pot. Then stir in taco seasoning and ranch seasoning mix. Add broth or water as needed to make your soup less thick and chunky. Simmer on medium heat, stirring often.

Serve with corn chips, sour cream, and cheese.

Homemade Taco Soup

Do you love soup as much as me?  I’d love to hear what your favorite soup, stew, or chili recipe is!


Chili Tacos and Game Time with Progresso Chili

Progresso Linqia

Game time with progresso Chili

We’ve been watching some big games on tv, and there are still a few more big one to go!  And with the winter weather finally upon us, there’s no better time to celebrate game night with a nice bowl of Progresso Chili.  Stews and chilis are some of my favorite comfort foods, and that’s just one reason I love serving them for game night!  They are also foods that you can serve to most anyone, and if more people show up to your get together, there’s usually enough to go around!

Progresso Chili comes in convenient pouches and can be whipped up in minutes using your microwave or stove stop. And they are thick and feature large chunks of meat and beans!  It’s a great way to to dine on a dime! It’s also goes great on a buffet of appetizers and other game night foods, and is the perfect take along item for pot lucks! [Read more…]

Planning Your Days with Progresso Light Soups and a Giveaway

Disclosure Progresso Progresso Light Soups

A few days ago I talked about some of my goals for 2016, and part of those goals centered around the word focus, as in focusing on the tasks I have to do each day and staying on track.  The best way to do this is to be organized and to plan out your days.  As with most things, there’s no one-size-fits-all way to plan your day.  A lot of people thrive on order and having each hour of the day mapped out on their planner, and a lot of people have jobs that actually depend on a schedule like this, but if you work from home, or if you’re a homeschool mom, this type of scheduling may not work for you.  That is why I am trying more of a Goal Based Schedule. [Read more…]

Game Day, Everyday With Progresso Stew & Chili + Giveaway

Linqia Progresso

Game Day Every Day with Progress

This week we’ve been exploring easy meal time solutions.  Whether it’s a busy Monday or a football Saturday, sometimes our schedules get in the way of making a homecooked meal, and for these days it’s good to have convenient, yet delicious options on hand. [Read more…]

Salsa Chili

Salsa Chili

 I love good comfort food, especially hot soups and chilis.  As the weather’s been colder here the last few weeks, it’s definitely put me even more in the mood for something warm and hearty.  A while back my husband and I collaborated on this Salsa Chili.  It’s the perfect chili recipe, as the tomatoes, onions, and peppers are right in the salsa, which means no peeling, chopping or dicing is required! And best of all, it’s delicious! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 252 – With Soups & Chili

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Welcome to the party!  Last week I tried a new soup recipe, and it was so good! We ate it and ate it till the whole pot was gone!  I’ll definitely be sharing the recipe soon, but until, I decided to feature some soups this week.  I’m sure they really hit the spot on a cold and rainy (or snowy) day!

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Making Time for Lunch Time with Campbell’s Slow Kettle Soups

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Campbell's Slow Kettle Soups

One of the only downsides to working from home is that my projects and day to day activities and tasks vary, so it’s hard to stay on an exact, dedicated schedule.  This includes making time for lunch.  I start out the day looking at emails and getting my most important to-dos finished, before moving on to the other things, and that’s usually where the randomness begins.  As I sit around replying to various emails, working on posts, taking photos, and doing work for my Etsy shop, the time flies.  I’ll think to myself, “I’m hungry. I need to find something to eat in a minute.”  Then suddenly I’ll find myself lost in a pool of emails, looking at social networks, or suddenly deciding I need to get up and do a load of laundry.  Luckily Campbell’s has now made is easy and more tempting to stop the work and eat a hot lunch with Campbell’s Slow Settle Style Soups. [Read more…]

DG Clover Valley Crock Pot Recipe Challenge: Chicken Tortilla Soup

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The crock pot can be like your best friend when it comes to creating easy, homecooked meals. It is super easy to use; generally you just throw everything together with very little prep, and it's very easy to make a meal out of just about anything you have in your pantry.  And if you live near a Dollar General, you can get all your crock pot ingredients in one place and save a lot of money at the same time!

I love using the crock pot to make soups and stews, so when I was asked to join the DG Clover Valley Crock Pot Recipe Challenged, I knew I wanted to make a soup.  I decided to make my Chicken Tortilla Soup, because it's great recipe for the winter time.  It's comfort food, and it's also a little spicy.  

My recipe is super easy, and I was able to get all the can goods in the Clover Valley brand available at Dollar General. Hope you will try the recipe!


Recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup:


2 Cans Clover Valley Chunk Chicken

1 Can Clover Valley Whole Kernel Corn (drained)

1 Can Clover Valley Black Beans (drained)

3 Teaspoons Chili Power (add more if desired)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Fritos or Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream

Directions: Drain one can of black beans and one can of whole kernel corn. Pour in to crock pot.

Add canned chicken. Do NOT drain the chicken, as the juice will serve as the broth for your soup. Use a spoon or fork to break up any large chunks of chicken, or if desired, break up the chicken before adding to the crock pot.

Add chili powder. Stir all ingredients. Add additional chili powder if you'd like an extra spicy soup. Heat crock pot on low for a couple of hours or on high for about an hour or until heated through. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Serve over Fritos or tortilla chips. Top with cheese and sour cream if desired.

Not spicy enough for you?  Check your local Dollar General for canned tomatoes, peppers, and other ingredients, to make this recipe your own.

Visit the Dollar General website to find more Dollar General easy meals.  You can also follow along on Facebook and on Twitter for product information and promotional updates.



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Friday Favorites – Week 201 – Featuring 6 Slow Cooker Recipes

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites Party!

Winter is the perfect time of year for warm comfort food, and slow cookers make it easy to prepare.  Last week some of our bloggy friends shared some great slow cooker favorites, and I’m happy to share their recipes with you this week!  I hope they inspire you to create something yummy!

6 Slow Cooker Recipes Crock Pot Bean and Bacon Soup

Crock Pot Bean & Bacon Soup from Raining Hot Coupons

Crock Pot Black Beans and Rice

Crock Pot Black Beans & Rice from Mostly Homemade Mom

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole from Cincyshopper

Slow Cooker Taco Rice Soup

 Crock Pot Taco Rice Soup from Eating on a Dime

Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie Stew from Stacy Makes Cents

Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole

 Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole from Menu of Musings

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