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Quick and Easy Biscuit Fiesta Foldover

I am all about making things easier on yourself in the kitchen. Although I love to cook, sometimes there just isn’t enough time and you. need quick reference recipes that can become your go-to meals. I also love recipes that are easily adaptable for any meal occasion.  It is great to have something in your recipe arsenal that you can reinvent over and over again. I love this Quick & easy biscuit fiesta rollover that I quickly created out of necessity. I needed a quick meal and this is a great addition. I hate, yes I said hate, boxed foods. They taste blah and they contain so many chemicals and preservatives that I don’t believe they actually qualify as food so I like to make my own versions.

My family loves hamburger helper so I made my own. Its super easy too! I will give that recipe in another post but I used this biscuit recipe with my homemade burger helper and had a super quick and tasty meal that did not allow for any leftovers because it was scarfed down, even by my 6-year-old grandson who loudly proclaimed to his mother, ” My nana cooks good”. Very high praise indeed~

This recipe can easily be changed up depending on the main course you choose and I will offer some ideas at the end 🙂


Quick & Easy Biscuit Fiesta Foldovers



1 can of buttermilk or flaky Grands biscuits or you can even get ambitious and make homemade biscuits but that makes them not so quick and easy.

1 stick butter ( I use unsalted)

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup diced onions ( depending how much you want each one filled)

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup  diced green pepper

2 stalks green onion diced

1/2 cup to 1 cup shredded mexican/taco cheese or even pepper jack


PLace a piece of parchment paper or spray really well a cookie baking sheet

press each biscuit out by hand til you smash it down a bit and make it larger.  Place a pat of butter on the biscuit followed by

some of the diced onion, diced green onion and diced pepper and some of the cheese. repeat for all of the biscuits.

once you have them filled fold over the biscuits making sure to keep the filling stuffed in. once you fold them crimp the edges

with your fingers to create a little pie.

place them on the baking sheet and sprinkle a bit more cheese on top if you desire. we love cheese so we load it up.

bake in preheated oven at 350 until biscuits are done in the middle and golden brown.  Serve with your main course or you can

eat these by themselves.


Other ideas

Add salsa to the above ingredients and even some queso cheese. a great addition is also ground beef prepared in taco seasonings


add diced ham, chicken or bacon different types of cheeses and peppers. add sweet or red onion


make it a breakfast item with bacon or sausage, scrambled egg and a little bit of salsa. or if you love to cook add some homemade sausage gravy.


use some sliced pepperoni, pizza or tomato sauce, mozzarella and Asiago cheese, fresh herbs like basil and parsley.


cook up some diced chicken in some teriyaki or soy sauce and put that, some cooked rice, and some chinese noodles.


Let me know what ideas you come up with too!!


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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in cooking, family, food


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Pinterest Recipe: Pass or Fail??

All of us have seen these amazing recipes, DIY and craft projects on Pinterest and have either been very intimidated by them or made them only to fail miserably. Often with the recipes mostly, I think it is errors on the posters part that causes these recipe epic fails. Ingredients are either left out or the wrong amounts listed, directions are unclear etc. I have even came across pins from very reputable blogs that I believe have intentionally sabotaged recipes etc so that they look superior. These bloggers are well-known for their recipes and crafts so to have as many “mistakes” in ingredients or directions as I have found does not lead one to believe they are accidents.

I have decided to put some of these recipes and DIY projects to the test over the coming months just to see how easy or difficult they are or if they are even attemptable by the instructions given. I am someone who loves to cook and knows my way around a kitchen and a recipe and even create my own recipes as well as upcycling furniture and decor pieces and I would never mislead someone on how to do a project or a recipe so I will give you my honest attempts and opinions on them.

Recently I came across this recipe for Ham and Swiss slider sandwiches that was popping up time and time again. I cannot even count how many times its been repinned or even various people putting their new spins on it. I decided to pick one of the recipes and try it myself. I will post the original recipe that I chose and my updated version of the recipe. I didn’t have the dried mustard on hand so I used yellow mustard and just adjusted the amount. I used polish ham instead of the ham suggested.I also did not use the poppy seeds. If you have to do any kind of drug testing for a new employment, a current job or anything else, stay away from the poppy seeds as they have been known to show up as opiates.  I have to say I don’t know about the original pinned recipe but  it is DELISH and was a huge hit in this house. It is a very easy recipe to make, one pan and a bowl is all you need and very simple ingredients so it’s perfect for hectic days where you just don’t feel like cooking a huge meal. The original recipe called for these sliders to marinate overnight in the fridge, I let mine marinate for just 2 hours in the fridge and they were perfect. The sweetness of the Hawaiian bread and the brown sugar in the marinade is awesome sauce!!! If you don’t like sweet then this recipe is probably not for you. It reminds me of a honey glazed ham taste and that’s huge in our house and I even make my own glaze recipe for that too.

Here is the original recipe I found on Pinterest:

Lucy’s Ham Sandwiches


1 stick butter

1 tbs dry mustard

1 tbs Worcestershire

2 tbs brown sugar

1 tbs poppy seeds ( optional)

small Hawaiian buns

deli ham

swiss cheese slices

Bring butter, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar and poppy seeds to a boil in a sauce pan whisk well and set aside.

Cut buns in half and layer the bottoms of the buns across a glass 9×13 pan touching each other. place on the ham and swiss and put tops of rolls on. Pour the sauce evenly over the sandwiches and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 325 bake for 10 in covered and 10 uncovered.


Now here is my version of the recipe!!


Ham and swiss Hawaiian sliders



1 stick butter

1 tbs yellow mustard

1 tbs Worcestershire

1 tbs and 1 tsp brown sugar ( i used splenda)

small Hawaiian rolls

polish deli ham’

40 calorie slice sargento swiss cheese


In a sauce pan heat butter, worcestershire, brown sugar in a med sauce pan over med heat. whisk so it does not burn. bring to a boil and set aside.

slice rolls in half and line a 9×13 glass baking dish with the bottoms. add the ham and swiss and the tops of the rolls. pour the mixture evenly over the top and place in fridge for 2 hours to marinate. place the dish on the counter to let warm back up to room temp before placing in oven as glass can break at extreme temp changes. bake at 325 for 15 minutes uncovered. serve hot.   Next I will try some variations on this recipe liking adding fresh, grated ginger, maybe some pineapple juice and garlic powder too!! Who knows I may even grill up a pineapple ring and add it to the sandwich 🙂

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Whether you make the original recipe or my version or both, come back and leave us a comment telling us what you thought and how they turned out!!


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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in cooking, family, food, Recipes


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Flirty Aprons weekly sale : Women’s Frosted Cupcake Apron just $9.99 shipped

Ya’ll know by now that I am a huge apron junkie and Flirty aprons is one of my favorite dealers, uh hem, I mean websites to feed my addiction. Every week or so they come out with a beautiful, sexy apron for just $9.99 shipped. No code is needed just place however many you want in your cart to get this price with free shipping! This week it is the frosted cupcake apron. I have an earlier version of this design but I am gonna have to get this one to update my collection, what? I gotta keep up to date!!

Make sure you get their emails and you too will be able to see these amazing deals before everyone else!  This sale ends Thursday Aug. 13th 2015.


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LTD commodities 70% off select items

I am a HUGE fan of the LTD catalogs. I love the items they have at such amazing prices. I shop them all of the time and have never been disappointed with any purchase I have made. I love that you can get gift items for these prices too and have bought MANY items throughout the years. Right now they have selected items 70% off on their website. Woo hoo, even more savings. I am heading over there to shop myself and look forward to that package arriving on my doorstep!


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Country Hearth Bread Coupon


Here are two coupons for bread, something we buy a lot of! One is for Country Hearth bread and one is for Village Hearth bread. Head over and print yours before their gone.  I know we go through a lot of bread in my house so this will help the pocketbook.


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How do feel about kids and dining out? Sound off with your opinion!

I am the mother of two amazing adult children but not so long ago they were not so amazing, tiny little, squirming toddlers that it was an adventure to take anywhere. Now they were not terrible kids, they were just normal children that after a little while, they got bored and started to squirm and want to move. Now twenty years ago it seems to me that parents had a little more sway over their children and had more respect for others than they seem to have now. When my kids were little and we wanted to go out to eat, we usually chose a known, family friendly restaurant to dine in. We had a system that we used and it always seemed to work just perfectly.

We chose a restaurant before we left the house. We chose one that we pretty much knew the menu so that we could order right away when we were seated. If the meals came quickly then enough time did not elapse for the kids to get antsy. We made sure we brought along our “outing bag” which consisted of small coloring books and crayons and assorted small toys that were easily played with at the table without disturbing other diners. No video games or loud toys were allowed. We also told the waitress/waiter NOT to bring the children’s food before ours as some restaurants do. I have never understood this practice because if the kids are done eating before the adults even get their meals what’s going to happen? The kids get restless and the problems begin.

Now I have to brag a little and say that my kids were pretty darn good when we went out anywhere. I think that’s because my kids had a nice, healthy dose of fear of me and I liked it that way. I cannot remember a time ever that one of my kids “took a fit” anywhere we went. They might have gotten restless or a bit whiney but never a tantrum. They knew what would happen if they did from a very young age. I had control of my children, not like how it is today.  When our meals came we ate dinner and talked a bit but the kids knew they had to use their indoor voices. There was no loud talking, screaming, getting up from their chairs, no turning around and bothering other diners or running around the restaurant. When we finished our meals, we had the leftovers boxed up, quickly paid our check and left. There was no lingering and no time for them to get too restless and potentially cause a problem. This was our system and it worked perfectly.

Flash forward to today and it is a whole different world. My husband and I went out to eat at one of our favorite bar/grill type restaurants not too long ago. We like this particular place because they not only have great food and wait staff, we are able to play our favorite game, Keno, as well. We like to leisurely order our choices and maybe have a drink while the food is being prepared and play a few rounds of Keno. We sit and talk and catch up on what has being happening during the week and just take time to reconnect. This particular visit was after a trip to the casino and it was later in the evening, about 9 pm. A few minutes after we were seated, a family of 8 walked in and even though the restaurant was half empty, they were seated right behind us. The family included 6 adults, a toddler of about 2 and a baby in a carrier of unknown age but figured about 4 or 5 months old.

The first few minutes were fine, even though this particular family had a fondness for talking quite loudly in a very quiet dining room. My first thought to myself was why bring a toddler and a baby out to dinner this late in the evening? Shouldn’t they be in bed? I used to take my kids to places such as this one but we never went after six or seven o’clock. We had 2 reasons for this. One was a bar/grill is usually frequented by people who don’t bring their kids so out of respect for that we never went late with the kids. People usually go to these places to relax and unwind and I know they nor I would want to hear screaming kids while I was trying to have a good time.The 2nd reason was that late at night my kids were in bed. They had a bedtime and we stuck to it. In my opinion, routine is one of the best things for a child. My kids didn’t need to be up and in a bar at 9 pm.

By the time our dinner arrived the table behind us sounded like a party of 50 as each person seemed to be shouting to be heard over the others at a table where the person across from you was about 2 feet away. It also seemed that the noisier the adults got, the louder and more out of control the child got. By the time we were halfway through our meals, the toddler was now running around the dining room and the adults seemed to have forgotten he was even there. He ran by one empty table and knocked the silverware onto the floor, he ran by another occupied table and hit the table so hard the gentleman’s glass of water spilled everywhere, including on his lap. He walked up to another diner and kicked him in the leg while the adults talked to each other louder than you would in a nightclub. My husband and I were appalled at how they not only allowed the behavior of this child but how they didn’t even acknowledge that he was even there. A server with a tray of hot food walked into the dining room and the child ran right into her. Luckily she was a pro and just stumbled a bit but it could have been disastrous.

Again the adults said or did nothing and the waitress, after serving the food to another table, walked over to them and very quietly and politely asked them to not let their child run around the dining room for his safety. You know if that hot food had landed on the child, the parents would have miraculously realized he was there and a scene would have ensued. Instead, the adults get mad at the waitress and begin to tell her how they raise their child is none of her business and they are spending their money in their restaurant, blah blah blah. The famous mantra of an irresponsible parent.

After the waitress walked away disgusted, the behavior continued. Here we are trying to have a nice meal out together as well as the other diners around us and these people are just oblivious to anyone around them. By this time the little one in the carrier has started to cry, wait, cry is not a strong enough word, the child was screaming at the top of their lungs and the adults just sat there. After about 10 minutes of this wailing the father finally gets up and starts walking with the child. Walking all around the dining room where the rest of us were trying to eat. I have to say that my hubby showed tremendous restraint because he is usually the first one to say something in situations like these. One of the men dining next to us who seemed to be having some sort of business get-together, finally said to the parents” could you please take your baby somewhere other than the dining room, the rest of us are trying to eat a meal.” Well that just set off a chain reaction from every adult at the offending table and curse words that would have made a sailor blush started streaming from the table.

A manager was finally called to the dining room, like he couldn’t hear this from anywhere in the large bar, and told the table that if they didn’t be quiet and get their children under control he would have to ask them to leave. Yet another string of obscenities were thrown out by the wonderful people at this table and words like I’m going to sue or you can’t threaten us like that could be heard around the ENTIRE bar. By this time is was near 10:30. I still kept thinking why are these children out so late? I flashed back to when my children were little and could not imagine any adult letting these things happen let alone being the perpetrators themselves. If my child had even thought about getting up and running around the room our trip would be over and I would gather up our food and head home. The same thing if my baby had started crying like this, we would have left. I would never let my children disturb other diners who paid good money to relax and have a nice meal. But it just isn’t this way anymore. The night ended with the manager making the family leave with a ridiculous scene following. More and more public places are posting signs warning they do not tolerate this behavior and I for one am glad of it! Some restaurants are even giving discounts on your bill for well behaved children.







Unfortunately this is the norm more and more often these days. People have less respect for each other and even less respect for their children. Children need routine, rules and discipline to grow into healthy, productive adults. What has changed so drastically that this behavior is now accepted and tolerated? I want to know how you feel about situations like this. Leave a comment and tell me how you feel or about a story when you were out in public with your kids or when you witnessed someone else’s rude behavior. Unfortunately I think we all have many of these stories to tell.


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