Easy Weeknight Dinner | Taco Lasagna

Valerie is hosting a blog party this week! The theme is Easy Weeknight Dinners. The idea is to post an easy recipe that your family loves to have for dinner and then link up oveat her blog to share it with others. The collection of recipe links will be on Valerie’s main page from Jan. 21-25… check it out if you’re looking for some dinner inspiration!

Here’ s my recipe:

Taco Lasagna

Taco Lasagna

Taco Casserole

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tortillas
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brown beef in skillet; add taco seasoning. Divide beef into four parts. In a round 2.5 quart casserole dish, evenly spread 1/4 of beef in bottom, 1/4 cup of cheese on top, a tortilla, 1/3 cup sour cream, and a scoop of salsa. Repeat layers 2 more times. Top with remaining beef, green onion, and cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, until heated through.

Makes 6 servings. Enjoy with a Caesar salad!

(Also delicious using oven-ready lasagna noodles instead of tortillas, in a 2.5 quart rectangular casserole.)

Hop on over to Valerie’s blog to see more delicious easy dinner recipes!

Simple Fun for Your Toddler | 20 Ideas

For those of you with little ones, like myself, I know how easy it is to just let your kids find their own entertainment all day. Nothing wrong with that… it’s very healthy, in fact, this freedom to do as they please within certain boundaries.

But, sometimes, when life gets to be too much and the kids are bored and you just want to hear laughter in the place of whining, a little help from their mother could just change the atmosphere of your home for the rest of the day, and possibly even give them new ideas to employ the next time their little minds tire of the same old toys. Here are some quick, easy ideas to help you infuse some FUN into your toddler’s life, and maybe keep you sane!

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Photo from shareandremember.blogspot.com

1. Fill a tub with some rainbow rice and watch them dig for hours.

2. Have a party… juice, cookies, funny hats… and why not invite all the stuffed animals too?!

3. Bake something, anything… together.

4. Find (or create) a dark place and make silly hand shadows on the walls.

5. Mix up a batch of Cloud Dough and head outside on a warm day for loads of messy fun.

6. Then, jump in the tub with some homemade bath crayons.

7. Build a fort.

Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

8. Build the highest tower possible out of MegaBloks, take a picture (complete with silly faces) and then destroy it (the tower, not the picture).

9. Have a pillow fight.

10. Put on some silly kids’ music and sing at the top of your lungs. They’ll think they have the most awesome mama in the world.

11. Make them (and you too!) a special cup of hot chocolate or cider and cozy up with a warm blanket and a good book. And a few teddy bears.

12. Grab some paper and scizzors and cut out some paper snowflakes or paper dolls.

13. Get out of the house – go for a walk and count things, run through the sprinkler or go swimming.

14. Make some finger paint, cover a table with paper (or head outside if it’s warm) and let them create their very own masterpiece. Hey, why not make one of your own!

15. Have a little man with too much energy? Mix up some gooey slime to entertain him.

16. Make a spider’s web of sticky masking tape across a doorway, wad up some paper balls to throw and see how many you can get to stick to the web.

17. Give her a broom and let her be mommy’s little helper.

Photo by albastrica mititica

Photo by albastrica mititica

18. Colour a picture.. yes, you too! Head here for TONS of printable colouring pages.

19. Play tickle tag. Be a kid. Giggle.

20. Blow up some balloons and have a blast stomping on them. Or if your child is scared of the popping noise, just play catch.

Check out my Kids’ Activities board on Pinterest for loads more fun!

 

If you’re new… head here to read about the purpose behind this blog (and perhaps a little bit of encouragement?)

Top 5 Posts of 2012

Here are the most-read posts on lovelifewithkids.com in 2012… in case you missed any of them or just want to reread your favourites. You can also access all of the archives on the right margin.

1. 30 Things (A Fun Way to Learn More About Your Spouse)

2. Hello World!

3. Finding Joy in the Everyday

4. Seasons

5. The Power of Getting Dressed

 

Many thanks to all my readers!

Making Our Values Real – Part Three

Image courtesy of healingdream / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of healingdream / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here

In discovering our primary value/priority for our lives, we must realize that we can set all the goals we want but they are futile without this:

Life is NOW.

Not in a week, a month, a year… Our lives are happening NOW, as we speak.

We can set a goal to lose 20 pounds by June, or plan a schedule to ease us into eating healthier (less starch this week, more water next week, etc.), or decide that we will create a more peaceful home next month, or start making our home more fun-filled once our youngest turns 3, or whatever….

But what we need to realize is that our life doesn’t start in June or next month or when the youngest is 3.

Our lives are happening NOW.

So, instead of making plans, goals, decisions for the future, make them for now.

Decide TODAY that you will eat healthier TODAY. Light a candle or get rid of junk to make your home more peaceful TODAY. Play a game with your children and laugh together TODAY.

Make it happen… TODAY.

How we spend our moments is how we spend our lives.

– Paul Brandt

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I hope you enjoyed this mini-series about building our lives around our most valued qualities. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Would you like to see more series like this? Any requests or ideas for future topics?

If you’re new… head here to read about the purpose behind this blog (and perhaps a little bit of encouragement?)

Another Award?!

I’ve received another award… the Liebster Award! Thank you, Mama Sonshine!

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Here are the rules for the award:

– Bloggers award other bloggers whom they consider as “up and coming” and have less than 200 followers, or are a newer blog.

– If you receive a Liebster, you must tell 11 things about yourself, answer 11 questions asked by the nominating blogger, and nominate 11 new bloggers.

– You then ask 11 questions to the bloggers you nominated.  Oh, and don’t forget to inform the bloggers you chose.

So, here goes:

11 little known facts about me:

  1. I took 4 years of French in high school.
  2. I love learning, no matter what the topic.
  3. Cream cheese is my absolute favourite food… anything with cream cheese has just got to be good!
  4. Someday, I want to travel the world, but would settle for a tour of Europe.
  5. I was a coffee addict as a teen (awful, isn’t it?)
  6. I would love to run every morning, but probably never will (I have motivation issues that early in the day)
  7. I am planning to learn Latin and Spanish in the next few years.
  8. I rarely use a recipe when cooking.
  9. I’m a big fan of quality children’s literature, especially books from the mid-1900s.
  10. I plan to homeschool my children.
  11. I love editing photos, scrapbooking, and anything else digital design.

Mama Sonshine’s questions:

  1. What animal would you love to own? A Labrador Retriever puppy.
  2. What is your favorite thing to do with your best friend? Absolutely nothing. That, and talking.
  3. What genre of book or movie can you not pass up? A good mystery.
  4. What is your go to dinner recipe or place? Recipe: Taco Lasagna | Place: Keg Steakhouse
  5. What is the thing you most desire now? Honestly… I already have everything I could want.
  6. What is your favorite past vacation? Jamaica, for our honeymoon
  7. What is your secret indulgence? Chocolate
  8. Do you speak a foreign language and what one would you like to learn? At one point, I spoke French quite fluently, although I’ve lost it with years of not using it. I am hoping to learn some Latin and Spanish in the near future, and Greek eventually.
  9. How organized are you? I like to think I’m organized but I could probably improve in some areas.
  10. Did, or will, the number of siblings you have determine the number of children you will or will not have? Not really.
  11. What is your dream for retirement (other than financial stability and good health)? Spending as much time as possible with my husband and children (and hopefully granchildren!)

My 11 nominees:

Gleams of Sunshine – Becky share her adventures as a home-schooling mama of 3.

A Homegrown Life – Notes from a crunchy, Christian mom.

New Mom on the Blog – all things baby

Until Wednesday Calls – Melissa shares her crafty talents

The Middle Aged Mom Who Lives In A Shoe – shares her adventures as a stay-at-home mom of 4.

Whistler Baby – blogs all things baby and life with her twin boys in the mountains.

Button Field Photography – Jessica does amazing work… check it out!

Cheese Whiz & Mustard – she’s all about the mix and match… and funny too!

Our Small Hours – with loads of information on healthy living and homeschooling.

A New Mommy’s Blog – Rachel is a mother of 3 and writes about life with her family.

Our Sunnyview – a modern one-room schoolhouse.

*Note: Some of these bloggers might have more than 200 followers, but I can’t always tell.

11 questions for my nominees:

1. What was the best thing that happened in your life in 2012?

2. Favourite food?

3. What is your favourite hobby?

4. What is one place you’d love to travel to someday?

5. Would you rather write things by hand or type them out?

6. What is one skill you have completely mastered?

7. One skill you’d love to learn?

8. Summer or winter?

9. One thing you really want to accomplish in 2013?

10. What was your favourite toy as a child?

11. What is your most-cherished item in your home? Why?

Thanks again to Mama Sonshine for giving me this award!