Sunday, December 8, 2019

3 Easy & Tasty Recipes

Lately it feels like we have been in a rut making the same meals, spaghetti, tacos and chicken and potatoes. I have tons of recipe books and thought I should make more use out of them. I found a bunch of recipes that we plan on trying but thought I would share with you a few that we love so far.



Creamy Pasta Primavera

Ingredients
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 2 (11 oz) frozen vegetables- Green Giant Steamers are my favorite
  • 2 cups marinara
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Prepare pasta according to package directions.
While pasta is cooking, prepare the market blend vegetables according to package directions.
In a medium bowl, add the marinara and the cream and stir together.
Add the sauce to the pasta and stir to coat. Gently stir in the cooked vegetables and Parmesan.

Tater Tot Enchilada Bake

Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  •  2 cloves Garlic
  •  1 Scallions or cilantro
  •  2 cups Tater tots
  •  1 Yellow onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups), medium
  •  1/2 cup Black olives
  •  1 Salt and pepper
  •  1/2 pack Taco or fajita seasoning
  •  1 tbsp Olive oil
  •  1 cup Mexican blend cheese
  •  1 can Enchilada sauce
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the oil to a skillet over medium heat,  diced onions and garlic to skillet. Cook until just tender and set aside.  Cook beef until completely browned, add ½ pack of taco seasoning and cook.  Remove from heat and drain.  
Add onions and garlic back to beef. Pour the can of enchilada sauce into the beef and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes.
Transfer the beef  mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Tater tots on top. Cheese and top with black olives. 
Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and tater tots are golden brown. Garnish with scallions or cilantro for added color. Serve warm while the cheese is gooey!

Bacon Ranch Chicken Bake

Ingredients
  •  3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 6-8 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing
  •  6-8 Slices Bacon
  •  4 Ounces Cheddar Cheese or Colby Jack Cheese
Instructions
 Place your chicken breast in a baking dish
Spread 1-2 tablespoons of ranch dressing on each chicken breast
 Slice bacon to fit chicken breast and layer on top of ranch
 Bake in oven preheated to 400. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
 Top with cheese and return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

What are some of your favorite recipes?

Monday, December 2, 2019

6 Blogging Tools Any Blogger Needs

Blogging can be sometimes overwhelming. I decided to put together a list of blogging tools that helped me with my blogging game by keeping me organize and on track. I’m no expert but I’m hoping it will be helpful to you. These are 6 blogging tool that I think any blogger needs.


  1. Twitter- My blog has exploded by using twitter. I started this blog in March/April of 2017 and got some traffic and didn’t start using twitter until July 2017. The amount of traffic i get now just from twitter is unreal. Twitter chats and RT accounts are super helpful for connecting to other bloggers. I recommend joining a twitter chat just 1-2 a week and see for your self.
  2. CrowdFire – This has been really helpful getting word out about my blog and my  Twitter RT account. I can tell the difference on my blog  when I don’t have it setup for day. I use crowdfire  to schedule tweets for my Twitter & RT account Blogging Bees RT.  I love that I can have all three under one and manage them in one place.
  3. Planner– A planner is really helpful in planning blog post, tracking views and so much more. I use a happy planner and I plan out the blog posts I would like to write-up and schedule any posts for my blog and twitter.
  4. Photo Editing Software– Snapseed  is a great app for editing photos, best part its free. I have it on my phone and iPad. I wish they had it for desktop/laptop. I love Adobe Spark. I think I make all of my blog titles in adobe spark.  They have a mobile app and desktop version. Both are free. Canva is anther great app that can be used for photo editing. You can use canva on mobile and desktop, but with mobile I find a little tricky at times.
  5. Camera– Most of the time I use my phone camera on my iPhone 11 for convenience. Even though I have a really nice Nikon COOLPIX P520. I really need to break that bad boy out again and use it more often. You don’t need a fancy camera. If you only have a cell phone then that’s okay. Or if you’re not into taking pictures for your blog that okay too.
  6. Computer/tablet– You need ether one to write blog posts on. I know a few  bloggers who write only on a phone because that’s all they have and that okay too. What ever works for you. I myself use my MacBook pro and my iPod pro. Sometime I will use my husbands Chromebook that we bought last year at tax time for under $200 at walmart, which if I didn’t have my MacBook or iPad, I would have bought one for myself. The battery life is now better than my MacBook. I’m jealous.
So that's all I use for my blog right now. What tools do you use for blogging?