Monthly Archives: June 2016

Taco Spaghetti

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Taco Spaghetti

Cheesy comfort food.  Very easy to make and very quick.  30 minutes and one pot and you have dinner on the table.  Serve either Creamsicle Fluff or Strawberry Fluff after your meal.  Refreshing and will cool your mouth off.

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (1.5-oz.) pkg. mild taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-oz.) can Ro-Tel Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional

Brown ground beef in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, crumbling the beef as it cooks;  stir in taco seasoning.

Stir in Ro-Tel, tomato paste, spaghetti and 3 cups water.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and top with cheeses.  Cover until melted.

Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and cilantro, if desired.

Serves 4.

“God desires willing hearts ready to be used.”

Creamsicle Fluff or Strawberry Fluff

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Creamsicle Fluff

This is so dreamy!  It will get devoured immediately.  So much so, I made strawberry fluff.  Yummy!!

  • 1 small box orange Jell-O
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 (8-oz.) tub Cool Whip
  • 1 (14-oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

In a large bowl combine orange Jell-O and boiling water.  Mix well to dissolve and then add cold water and stir.  Chill for 15-20 minutes.  Whisk in vanilla pudding and mix until smooth and chill for another 10 minutes until it becomes thickened.  Fold in Cool Whip, oranges and marshmallow.  Chill until set, about an hour.

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Strawberry Fluff

  • 1 small box strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 small box instant cheesecake pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 (8-oz.) tub Cool Whip
  • 1 can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Same instructions as above.

“God has already proven His love for you.”

Purple Passion Punch

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Purple Passion Punch

We taste tested purple punch recipes last week for my son’s upcoming wedding.  This is the one that won out.

  • 4 cups (1-qt.) grape juice, chilled (Welch’s has the best color)
  • 1 (46-oz.) can pineapple juice, chilled
  • 4 cups (1-qt.) ginger ale, chilled

Combine juices.  Just before serving, add ginger ale.

Yields 14-16 servings.

(Mix up a recipe and make ice cubes or an ice ring to put in the punch bowl.  That way your punch won’t get diluted with water.)

“Now is the time to invest in eternity.”

 

 

Potato Casserole

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Potato Casserole

Sorry about no picture.  This got eaten before I could get a picture.  I had five hungry guys waiting to dig into this.  Even though this is made with hash brown potatoes, it isn’t like the normal hash brown casserole.  It is more like mashed potato casserole with a crunchy topping.  You can mix this up ahead of time and pop it in the frig until time to put it in the oven.  I guarantee it will be gobbled up.

  • 2 lbs. frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 (8-oz.) container onion dip
  • 1 can cream of celery or chicken soup
  • 10 oz. grated Cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 cups crushed corn flakes
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

Mix first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Mix butter and corn flakes in bowl.  Press onto top of potato mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.  Cover top with foil if they start to get too brown on top.

Makes 10 servings.

“True humility credits God for every success.”