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Chili Topped Baked Potatoes (recipe)


Doing my Discover Fabulous duty this morning – searching for a great recipe to share with my fans… I ran across THIS YUMMO little gem! I can’t wait to get to the store to pick out some beautiful potatoes for his hearty meal.  Pair it with a green salad and “dinner is done!”

Let me know if you try it and how it turns out for you!

Chili Topped Baked Potatoes (Courtesy of Southern Living)

Ingredients

  • 1  pound  ground chuck
  • 1  onion, chopped
  • 1  (16-ounce) can pinto beans, undrained
  • 1  (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1  (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1  (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1  (1 1/4-ounce) envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1  (1-ounce) envelope Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 2  cups  water
  • 4  large baking potatoes
  • Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions

Preparation

Cook ground beef and onion in a Dutch oven or deep skillet –  stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain and return to pan. Stir in pinto beans and next 6 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.

Scrub potatoes; prick several times with a fork.

Microwave potatoes 1 inch apart on paper towels at HIGH 14 minutes or until done, turning and rearranging after 5 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes. Split potatoes, and top evenly with chili. Serve with desired toppings.

NOTE: If you like less chili on your potato, freeze half of mixture up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator, and microwave at HIGH, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.

Southern Living, NOVEMBER 1998

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Oooohhh So Cute for KIDS! Naartjie Kids Clothing Stores!


Along my shopping trip out-of-town this weekend…I happened across a wonderful kids’ clothing store at the outlet mall in San Marcos! Naartjie – I had never heard if it before and still don’t know how to pronounce it – but I can tell you IT IS FABULOUS! Surely refreshing- positively adorable – and surprisingly affordable! Not to mention – you will be able to dress your little one like a KID and still keep them fashionable! There’s nothing that peeves me more than a tot dressed like they should be going to the club… but I understand that there’s not a lot of options in most towns.

I am always on the look-out for “something different” to dress my little Sadie Alice in… and this may be it! The sale was incredible and even the everyday prices weren’t too bad. There are stores sprinkled around the US – you can check for a store near you here. STORE LOCATIONS

They sell online too -for those of us who like to shop that way! NAARTJIE ONLINE

Its a little “hippie” and a little “funky” and A LOT original. I found the most adorable jacket and outfit for Sadie – I can’t wait to dress her in it! Mom, check out this store – I promise you will LOVE it! (Oh! And the boys clothes are just as cute as the girls clothes!!)

Check out a few of their pieces here – and see even more on their website!

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Wednesday Favorites


My favorites for today… love these shops and their beautiful items for sale- they all make me smile. See if you can find a little grin in here somewhere…

Wednesday Favorites

$18.00 USD

  • CAOBA - Vest/Sweater

    Silvia66 $119.00 USD

  • Pink Teacup and Yellow Wild Roses Watercolor Painting Hayes

    BillingsleyR… $20.00 USD

  • Vintage Metal Industrial Bin with Chalkboard Label

    solsticehome $36.00 USD

  • Shabby Paper Rosettes

    BennBooCreat… $3.00 USD

  • LIFE IS SWEET cupcake necklace

    TheRustedCha… $25.00 USD

  • Vintage Orchard Crate

    lisabretrost… $35.00 USD

  • Extra Long Repurposed Chalkboard

    funkiefinds $62.00 USD

  • Vintage brass stencil number necklace - 2

    BlackStar $25.00 USD

  • Rumi Quote Felt and Fabric Cuff

    catcreations… $12.99 USD

  • You Are My Sunshine Typography Word Art Sign - Robins Egg Blue

    barnowlprimi… $75.00 USD

  • Obeir a la Coeur Silver Stamped Bracelet

    gardenologyk… $85.00 USD

  • Mama and Baby Giraffe Pillow Cover

    finchhome $35.00 USD

  • love

    sadieolive $85.00 USD

  • Size 9 - Kimiko Flat

    HydraHeart $53.00 USD

  • Coaster Art Party Favor

    Leaflizardar… $3.00 USD

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    Grilled Chicken Ceasar Mac (recipe from Rachael Ray)


    Yesterday morning, as I was checking mail, enjoying my coffee and figuring out the day’s plans…I overheard Rachael Ray on TV talking about this delish-dish. Really all she had to say was MAC-N-CHEESE and I was IN! This was a nice spin on it – with a meat ingredient so it can be served as a main dish! Pair it with some bread & a salad and your family will be singing your praises.

    Ingredients:

     

    Preparation:

    Heat grill pan over high heat.

    Coat the chicken in EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Grill about 12 minutes, turning occasionally, then set aside.

    Bring water in saucepot to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water, add pasta and undercook by 1 minute.

    While the pasta cooks, melt 6 tablespoons butter in a separate saucepot. Spoon out 1/2 and toss with the panko to moisten. Combine with 1/2 the grated Pecorino and reserve. To the remaining melted butter, add the garlic and anchovy paste, lots of coarse black pepper, stir 2 minutes then whisk in flour then stock, milk, and Worcestershire, thicken until it coats a spoon, then stir in the remaining half of the grated Pecorino.

    Drain the pasta. Halve the chicken breasts lengthwise, then thinly slice and combine with the pasta and sauce, transfer to a casserole and top with the bread crumbs. Cool and store for make-ahead meal.

    To reheat: Reheat, covered, in a hot 425°F oven to warm through, then uncover to brown.

    Serve with shredded escarole or romaine and dress with lemon juice and EVOO. Serve alongside Chicken Caesar Mac.

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    I love my ETSY STORE! And YOURS too!!


    So I have been tending to my Etsy store (2Raymond Design Co) for 1 month now- and WOWOWOWOWOW!!  I am having a blast selling & shopping in this amazing venue! My store gets so much traffic and I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the support & encouragement from other store owners! It seems like there’s an endless supply of FABULOUS items from some of the most creative, inspiring and talented people on the PLANET!! I try to browse a little every day and share some of my favorite things through my Discover Fabulous Facebook Fan Page… and on this blog as well. I wish I could share so much more- but there just isn’t time!! For now, please take a moment to check out my “favorites” list …and show some love to these incredibly talented creators…

    PAULA’S ETSY FAVORITES!

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    EASY Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff (recipe)


    Everyone loves a crockpot meal…especially the cook! People are busy these days and who wants to start cooking when they get home from work?? NOT ME! (I don’t want to start cooking when I’ve been home all day either- but thats not the point) How about that smell of yummy comfort food that lovingly slaps you in the face when you open the door after a hard day. Its like someone has been home all day cooking just for you… yeah its a trick you play on yourself but in a good way 🙂

    Okay, dig out your crockpot (mine is in the utility room “somewhere” -surely covered with dust and laundry lint) -you know the one that you only use on SuperBowl Sunday for cheese dip. Although cheesedip is a good use for your crock – its really best for a great hot yummy dinner for you and your family… and the clean up is a SNAP!!

    Enjoy this SUPER EASY RECIPE for a tasty beef stroganoff!!

    BEEF STROGANOFF (recipe, serves 4)

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pound cubed beef – (I like to use round steak)
    • 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed golden mushroom soup
    • 1 medium chopped onion
    • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (fresh)
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 4 oz sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • salt
    • pepper
    • Your favorite egg noodles

    In a skillet heat the olive oil and add in beef, onion, mushrooms, salt, pepper – stir/cook until beef is browned. Add skillet mix to your crock along with water, soup, Worcestershire sauce – mix well.

    Cook on HIGH setting for 5 hours – or LOW setting for 8 hours.

    Stir in sour cream just before serving over hot egg noodles.

    YUMMMMM!!!

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    Congratulations to Brittany Todd!!


    Congratulations to Brittany Todd – she’s the winner of our latest Discover Fabulous fan appreciation contest!! Thanks to all the Discover Fabulous fans for entering and as a consolation prize -please take 15% off today in the 2Raymond Design Co store!! (Use code FANS2011 at checkout)

    Want to become a Discover Fabulous Facebook Fan and stay up-to-date on all the latest fabulous finds, treasures, home decor ideas, contests and more?? Just visit the Discover Fabulous FACEBOOK Fan Page and click the LIKE button at the top!!

    Take a peek here at the amazing featured items in the 2Raymond Design Co store!!

     

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