Doritos Crusted Chicken Tenders w/ Mac & Cheese

I asked my kids what they wanted for dinner the other day and this is what they picked. I try and find recipes that are easy to prepare and also ones that I can get the kids involved in preparing. This recipe had both!!

Doritos Crusted Chicken Tenders with Mac & Cheese
PREP TIME: 10 Min                         COOK TIME: 15-20 Min                         SERVES: 4

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Winter Take On A Spring Color

I’m in love this bright yellow Old Navy tank top I found at the Bemidji Goodwill. So I decided to wear it with a darker scarf for a winter take on a spring color.

Also, you better believe I got these pants for $6.  I found them at Value Smart, a consignment store on the south end of Bemidji. At any given day you can safely assume that I haven’t paid more than $20 for anything I’m wearing. Go ahead, assume away. I won’t be offended.

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Target Scarf (Clearance): $7
Rue21 Necklace: $3
Target Cardi (Black Friday): $12
Goodwill Old Navy Tank: $4.99
        Value Smart Pants: $6        
Total Outfit Cost:  $32.99

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Are you a thrifty fashionista too? Send me photos of your frugal finds and I’ll blog about them! I blog every other week on Wednesdays! You can email me at: arandall@bemidjipioneer.com 

DIY Meal/Menu Board

Have you ever had the best intentions to make a good home-cooked meal but then life gets in the way? You don’t know what you have, you don’t have the time to make it. The excuses pile up. It’s easier to throw in a pizza than dig in your cupboards for what you could actually make. With a little bit of pre-planning, you can have a full week of delicious and nutritious meals! Also, it’s not too late to refresh your New Years Resolutions!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

I was looking for something different for dinner and came across this recipe. I was unsure if my kids would like it or not but went ahead and made it anyways. To my surprise it actually tastes like a Bacon Cheeseburger. My son even put ketchup on it to hide the mustard taste. If this was a make ahead meal. Follow the directions and do not bake it. Cover and refrigerate or it also can be frozen. Just make sure to thaw completely before cooking.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
PREP TIME: 10 min          COOK TIME:  1 hour 10 min          SERVES:  6-8 Continue reading

Spoon Craft

For this week’s craft blog, I decided to stick with the winter theme. My mom currently has this little guy sitting on a dresser at home. We started with the spoon and drew a face on it. We considered several different size jars before picking one with a small opening. From there, we just put some rocks in the bottom of the jar and carefully put red berry sticks in the back. We finished this project with a knotted ribbon around the base. Very simple yet the perfect piece of decor to compliment a shelf or dresser.

Grilled Steak with Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions

At my house we grill all year round. Nothing tastes better on a below zero night than a nice grilled steak topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions. It makes you forget how cold it really is outside.

Grilled Steak with Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions
PREP TIME: 10 minutes                    Cook Time: Approx. 25-30 minutes           Serves: 4 Continue reading

Miley Shirt

Confession Time: Remember the Miley Cyrus collection from Walmart? I have to admit, I have about three or four pieces from it. I found this shirt on a Walmart clearance rack for $3.00. I will not be shamed by that. 
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I also have to confess that I copied this outfit from my coworker Hannah. She made the cute arm knit scarf that was featured in the last issue of inMagazine and gave it to me afterwards. In the
feature, she was wearing a mustard cardigan sweater, I happened to have a mustard yellow cardigan, so naturally a lightbulb went off. I’m so original…thanks Hannah!
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By clicking hereyou can see how Hannah made the arm knit scarf. I also posted a list below for where you can find copies of the winter issue of inMagazine in Bemidji.

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Miley Shirt (Walmart): $3
Cardi (Target): $19
Scarf (Hannah): Priceless
Total Outfit Cost: $22 +/-

Sunday Drive.

When I was driving around last weekend, I came across this beautiful horse in a pasture. I just had to stop and watch her for awhile, she was the only one there. Taking pictures helps me capture beauty the way I see it. It helps me to tell a story that I have no words for. 2015-01-04 14.13.25

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Make Ahead Sausage Egg Bake

This is a great make ahead brunch or breakfast idea. I have made this many times and have brought it to work for breakfast potlucks! I make it all up the night before and in the morning pop it in the oven while I get ready for work.

Make Ahead Sausage Egg Bake

PREP TIME: 15 minutes             COOK TIME: 45-50 minutes        SERVES: Up to 12 Continue reading