Tijuana Topper
from the kitchen of Grandma Connie

Ingredients for meat sauce:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 – 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 – 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tsp sugar (I use Splenda)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup cooked rice

Cook meat, onion & garlic.  Pour off fat.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer 10 min

Topping: (I skip this and usually just use Ranch dressing but for the record, here it is)

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups mayo
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Blend ingredients until smooth.

Crush tortilla chips on plate, pour meat sauce over chips.  Garnish as for a taco (tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, etc)



Another week of food.  ugh.  Yeah, I’m not a cheerful cook. Don’t get me wrong, I like food…but I don’t really like planning and cooking.  🙁  But I do it because I love my family and I want to give them the best I can.  Plus, when we can sit down together for a meal, it sort of ‘completes’ our day.  It’s a chance to catch up and reconnect!

This blog hop is hosted by I’m An Organizing Junkie.  Go visit and if you plan your own menu, will you share it with me in the links? I’m always looking for slow cooker meals and simple, family-tested meals!

So here is my plan for this week:

  • Monday – company here – Taco Salad & Burritos (didn’t do it last week)
  • Tuesday – company here & Daddy meeting night –  Chicken Enchiladas (J3 requested)
  • Wednesday – Tijuana Topper
  • Thursday – Knit Night! – Chicken Stroganoff in the slowcooker
  • Friday – soup & grilled cheese (I am notoriously tired on Fridays)
  • Saturday – Evening church – Breakfast for dinner! (sausage, gravy, hashbrowns, and eggs (for those who can eat them)
  • Sunday – Oven-Fried chicken (my kids ask for this ALL the time!)

Want to feel like you have accomplished something even on your busiest day, then knit these:


They are called Grandma’s favorites and depending upon how many you cast on, you can knit one in less than an hour. I did these two while catching up on some tv shows yesterday. You can find this pattern here.

On the other hand, if you have a bit more time, knit this one:


It is easier than it looks and lots of fun. It makes for a great pot scrubber too! The pattern can be found for free here.


Today I need to meal plan more than normal – we have company coming on Saturday for a few days and I don’t want to have to go shopping again (too $$) so I need to be careful!  So, glad that I’m An Organizing Junkie is still hosting the Menu Plan Monday!

So here is my plan:

Please let me know if you would like me to post any of these recipes – too tired this morning (back to school after a week off – so tired! lol)  And, be sure to follow this link to see more menu plans to help you get inspired!