Holiday Recipes: Nacho Dip – Blogmas 12/17

A recipe today! This is a semi-spicy appetizer or side-dish that can be served with basically any kind of holiday food selection. It’s really easy to make so if you’re going to a part and need to bring something, this would be an option. 😀 Unfortunately I don’t have a picture, but that might be kind of good. This food smells and tastes much better than it looks, lemme tell ya.

The ingredients:

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey (the leaner, the better)

1 packet taco seasoning

1 can chilis and tomatoes

1 lb Velveeta

Generics of any of these are totally fine

Directions:

In a skillet, brown the beef until cooked through. Drain the chilis and tomatoes and add them along with the taco seasoning. Stir. Cut the velveeta into cubes and add it as well. Let simmer and stir occasionally until everything is melted down. This recipe will look like death but it will taste so good, I promise you! Serve over tortilla chips.


And that’s it for today. See you all again tomorrow. 😀

 

Holiday Recipes: Broccoli Bake – Blogmas 12/13

No video this time. That was a hassle I am not willing to repeat. So pbtbt.

This recipe I got from my mother and it’s one I’ve associated with Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter for as long as I can remember. It’s delicious. 😀

This is what the end result looks like:

broccoli

The recipe goes as follows:

  • 20 oz chopped broccoli or mini-florets. (Avoid ‘cut’ broccoli packages. Too much stem, not enough floret in them)
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayo

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Add the broccoli, mayo, eggs, soup and onion into a bowl along with 6oz of the cheese (save the other 2 oz). Mix. Get a casserole dish of some kind and spray it because this stuff sticks like nobody’s business. Add all the mixture into the dish and smooth out. Use the remaining cheese to sprinkle on top.

Cook for 30-40 minutes or until the cheese on the top is nice and brown. Put it in your face. Take a nap.


And that’s it! This one is much simpler than the last recipe and takes much less time to make. Highly recommend trying it if you love broccoli (aaaand I highly recommend it if you don’t like broccoli. I hated broccoli when I was a kid until my mom made me try this).

Until next time, happy reading. :”D

July Favorites ’15

Today’s post is my second favorites post ever. Here is where you can find the first one (which probably is a lot longer than this one).

Book Stuff

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)The books that have hovered in my head the most this month are both ones I’m currently reading and ones I’ve finished. First off, and I know I’ve mentioned this a billion times now, but Easy by Tammara Weber tops my list. I read this back at the beginning of July and I already want to re-read it. Other than that, I picked up His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik again. This is one of my alltime favorite books ever, and I decided that I wanted to zoom through it His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)and books 2-4 in the series again before picking up books 5 and 6. This is my favorite series and I haven’t caught up on it yet. I’M A BAD FAN. There are I think 8 books total in the series and I’ve only read four. I’m bad. 😦 I don’t even know if the series is finished being written or not. I’m really bad.

And finally, I went to the library this month for the first time in a long time. When I went it, I had to renew my card since it had expired… in November of 2013. Yeah, it had been a while. But holy cow! The library was so nice inside! They had soo many books that were on my list, all the rooms were decked out with reading nooks and awesomely shaped bookcases and wow, it had changed a lot since the last time I had been there. So it makes it to my favorites list. My library rocks my socks.

Other Stuff

Foods

I really only have two food things this month. The other stuff I’ve been digging was mentioned on last month’s post. This month I’m gonna highlight Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer and Pepperidge Farms Cinammon Swirl bread. Both of these are delicious and I’m consuming way too much of each one. :”D Go try them.

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Music

Did you see the video that city in Italy made of 1000 people playing a Foo Fighters song to get the band to come play with them?! YOU DIDN’T?! WATCH IT NOW THEN!

My favorites post this month is rather short, I’m afraid. A lot of stuff I’ve been enjoying as I’ve mentioned above is the same as the stuff from last month. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say. :”D Also, watch that Foo Fighters video. Seriously, I’m serious.

My classes resume at the end of the month, so I have a feeling I’ll be forced to change my habits by then, so hopefully next month’s favorite post will have a bit more content. Okay bye!

Book Review: Easy by Tammara Weber

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)Easy by Tammara Weber

Started July 1, 2015
Finished July 2, 2015
New Adult Romance, 321 pages

This was my first taste of the new adult genre and goodness was it delicious. I need to read more of it, me thinks.

This book centers around a woman named Jacqueline who at the beginning of the book is a victim of a sexual assault but saved at the last minute by Lucas, the other main character (who’s a total hunk, btw). This book deals a lot with sexual assult, rape, victim blaming and all that. And I feel like it handles it pretty well. I was anxious there for a bit towards the beginning, but by the end of it, I loved how everything was managed.

This book for me was a breath of fresh air. Aside from some frustrating actions by the main character at the beginning (which she realized she was doing and changed) I really liked how she thought and acted when confronted in different situations. It was such a nice change of pace from the typical lead who I’m yelling at the entire time, shouting “WHY are you doing THAT?” Jacqueline seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and I very much appreciated it.

Another big bonus about this book that I was not expecting was the strong bonded female friendship I found. Jacqueline and her roommate Erin were two peas in a pod, also a refreshing thing to see, especially in a romance novel. There was no cattiness, no competition between them.. they backed each other up through thick and thin, and it made me happy to see it. I feel there aren’t enough female friendships in books. There need to be more!

There was only a very minor thing that bugged me about this book, not enough to detract a star or anything, but enough to mention: In the beginning when the romance was first developing, Jacqueline and Erin kept talking about ‘let him chase you’ or ‘only text him so often’ or ‘blah de blah’. I mean really. After all this awesome female empowerment, friendship, so on and so forth, they’re gonna play a coy dating game? Buh, when has that ever worked? Most people on this planet are totally terrible at picking up subtle hints. This is not limited to gender, btw. People in general suck at it. Buuuut lucky for Jacqueline, she picked the one guy who knew exactly what she meant when she said ‘hi’ in a text message. For all the rest of us, her saying ‘hi’ translated to ‘bone me’. Who knew? No wonder everybody things dating is so damn hard.

Lucky for me (and for all of us) that awkward texting phase was over and done with pretty quickly, so I didn’t need to slam my head against the book as I was reading for too long.

Overall, I loved this book. I read it in two sittings, a record for me. Tammara Weber’s writing flows so well – I had read 160 pages in my first sitting before I knew it. It really flew by. For those looking to get into this genre and don’t know where to start, I highly suggest this novel. Though considering it is New Adult, keep in mind there is sexual content. If you’re okay with that, then go bananas. Happy reading! 😀

Rating: 5/5 stars
Lucas is lovely.