Monday, November 17, 2008

The Old and the New

I just had to post some pictures of the children in some of their New clothes from Old Navy! :)

Would you believe that Bethany wears clothes that I saved from all three of her sisters (ages 23, 21 and 11)??? That means some of her clothes are very Old and according to my Fashionista daughter, totally unacceptable to wear in public!! So, she has been acquiring some New clothes as we encounter good sales.

I fell in love with this soft sweater dress with grey tights. Isn't it adorable?? The timing was perfect too, as winter weather has arrived in Southwest Georgia -- highs today and tomorrow are only in the 50s with lows in the 20s!! That is very cold for the deep south in November! Fortunately, winter is just here for a visit and not to stay!

These pictures show Bethany and her brothers in the New jeans and shirts I found for them at Old Navy. They were all thrilled to have some jeans without holes in the knees and they loved the new shirts!

In addition to having fun with the camera, we had a busy day of school work and house work and then a few errands to run, too. Sometimes cooking supper gets Old, especially when you are tired and you just don't know what to make, but I got excited when I discovered this New recipe from Taste of Home. I was even more excited when I realized how easy it was and when I received rave reviews from my family!! They all loved it, and any leftovers were quickly claimed and packed up for the next day's lunches!

I thought it was not only tasty, but pretty, too! Want the recipe? I rarely make a recipe exactly as it is written, so I made a few adjustments to the original, which I have included below:

Fantastic Taco Casserole:
Serves 6-8. (I doubled this for our family of 12.)

1 pound lean ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 15 oz. can refried beans (I used fat free beans)
2 cups shredded Monterey cheese (I used Mexican 4 cheese)
1 cup salsa (I used Mild)
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 tomato, chopped
2 cups corn chips, coarsely crushed

1. Brown ground beef and drain.
2. Add taco seasoning and water, and cook according to package directions.
3. Warm refried beans in microwave or on stove top.
4. Add salsa to beans and stir well.
5. Put coarsely crushed corn chips on bottom of 8x8" pan sprayed with Pam.
6. Spread refried beans over corn chips in baking dish.
7. Sprinkle 1/2 shredded cheese over bean mixture.
8. Spread ground beef on top of cheese and beans.
9. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
10. Sprinkle green onions and black olives over cheese.
11.Bake in a 375 degree oven until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through.
12.Take out of oven and sprinkle chopped tomatoes on top.
13.Wait 1-2 minutes and serve with dollop of sour cream on top.

If cooking dinner is getting Old, I encourage you to try something New for your family tonight!


Captured said...

Adorable pictures! Glad to see you having fun with the kids ... it's kinda like a second generation of our lives so many years ago in riveroak .... it's great for them!

busymomof10 said...

Yes, I guess it is like we have two families -- the older 5 and the younger 5!! If the younger ones turn out as well as the older ones, I will be very blessed!!

Kathy - mom of many said...

Hey look at that, you've got on a cute apron!

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