Taco cupcakes

  • ½ lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 T taco seasoning
  • ¾ c canned black beans, drained and rinsed 16 wonton wrappers (found in the produce section)
  • 5 T + 1 t of queso dip or salsa con queso
  • 1 c chunky salsa (I used Wholly Guacamole Medium Salsa)
  • 1 c reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist 8 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. In a sauté pan or large skillet on medium-high heat add the ground beef and taco seasoning and brown beef, breaking it up with a spoon. Add black beans and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until warm. Push a wonton wrapper into the bottom of each of the eight sprayed cups in the muffin tin. Spoon a teaspoon of queso dip into each wonton wrapper and spread across the bottom. Follow by spooning some of the meat/beans mixture into each cup (using about half the total mixture). Sprinkle about half the shredded Mexican cheese evenly over the top of each cup. Bake for 8 minutes until golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from muffin tin. Top with salsa lettuce sour cream or any other taco toppings.

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Kitchen Prints

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Hey all! Sooo…it’s been so cold I haven’t been motivated to leave the apartment this week…what. in. the?? I forgot how miserable winter is, just wait until it starts snowing. If it’s this cold already I’m really worried about the winter. Yikes.

Anyway, I spent most of nights this week after work cuddled inside while working on a project that I am SO pleased with! I found these adorable Free Kitchen Printables that I framed and hung by the sink. Check them out!

Snowman Fridge

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Hi friends, long time no see! I absolutely can’t believe Christmas is upon us. Yes, I’m one of those people that *loves* Thanksgiving, but prefers a red and green Thanksgiving 🙂 As December sneaks up on us, I’ve started gathering a few ideas to share about some of my favorite Christmas decorations. Out of all the crafts I’ve done, I have to say this one has been by far the easiest and least time consuming. Since Jake won’t let me put up the tree this early I insisted on turning his fridge into Frosty.

This fridge snowman has been all over Pinterest for a couple years now and I finally decided to give it a whirl. It’s super-simple, not to mention totally cute.  

What You Need to Make a Refrigerator Snowman

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Circle template ( I just traced around a glass )

Cut the shapes you need and tape them to your fridge. I did three medium sized red buttons, two large eyes, and five smaller circles for the mouth. I ended up adding a scarf and am working on making a hat.

Enjoy.

Wishlist: Faux Fur Vest

Happy Friday! A fur vest is one of my favorite looks this fall and a great way to add extra warmth to your wardrobe. It is such a staple piece for the cold season and can be mixed and matched with just about any piece in your closet. Faux fur looks upscale yet totally accessible. Make any fall outfit complete by throwing it on with jeans for extra polish or over a dress. 

Faux Fur Tips:
– When wearing a fur vest keep the rest of your outfit simple. Try pairing it with skinny jeans, leggings or pop it on over a dress with some ankle booties to keep the look edgy. 

– Choose a style that has good quality faux fur. The softer the better. 
– Personally I prefer styles that are not too bulky.  
– Be sure to choose the right length for our body. The long faux fur styles would look great on taller frames, but may drown someone shorter. 

Christmas Shop on a Budget

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing about the Christmas season is surprising my family and friends with great gifts. Everyone wants to buy the perfect Christmas gifts for their family and friends but unfortunately, most of us do not have an unlimited budget. This year I have come up with a list of tips I follow each year in order to cut costs during the Holidays while still making sure everyone gets a great gift.

Shopping Tips

1. Plan Ahead. The first thing I always do is start early! Start saving, shopping and budgeting early to eliminate stress. The main way to prevent stress is by shopping all year round instead of waiting until the last minute. You can shop on sale racks, stock up on clothes, toys and household gifts all year round.

2. Holiday Essentials. Buy your holiday items such as wrapping paper, bows, ribbon and ornaments in January when they all go on sale.

3. Shop online. You can try comparison shopping website, they can help you find the best price for new items and you won’t even have to get off of couch.

4. Tap into your creative side. This tip is my favorite making your own gifts is not only fun but it’s affordable. You can make personalized tote bags with fabric paint, knit hats and mittens, create gifts out of jars, make your own coasters, decorate picture frames etc. The ideas are endless. And the results will be personal, thoughtful one-of-a-kind gifts.

5. Show off your inner photographer with great photo Christmas gifts if you really are on a budget. Photo calendars, mug covered with photos, a scrapbook, a collage or a framed photo. All you need to do is to be creative and start making personalized photo Christmas gifts.

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{ Tutorial on how to make your own coasters to give as a gift }

Christmas Budgeting Tips

1. Create a gift notebook or spreadsheet. You need to list gift ideas for everyone on your list and keep track of what you have already purchased and how much you have spent on each individual. 

2. I always ask my family to come up with a Christmas list so that I am buying them items that they will actually use. 

3. I always love stocking up on “go to gifts”. Candles & lotions are a good option. The reason behind this is that you will never have to get a gift at the last minute.

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Other tips on how to save:

| How to thrift shop | | Get Rich | | Save for a down payment | | Budget your Vacation |

Epsom Salt Wine Bottles

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I am already in the mood for winter decorations although we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet. My cousin, Danyelle and I had a craft day on Saturday and came across these adorable epsom salt wine bottles.

Supplies:

  • Empty wine bottles
  • Paint (I used whatever I had on hand)
  • Epsom Salt
  • Spray Adhesive

1) Choose clear wine bottles or any sort of vase/bottle/glass container should work the same.

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2) Spray paint each of them white. We ended up with multiple coats for even coverage. 

3) Cover the entire bottle with spray adhesive

4) Hold the bottle over a bowl and sprinkle the salts on

Below is my favorite examples from around the web of how you can display these winter bottles:

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More DIY Crafts you may have missed:

| Earring Bracelets | | Wall Collage | | Luminaries | | Painted Vases |

November To Do

Hope you all enjoyed your Friday! Today’s post is a continuation of last month’s post of things to do during fall. I know I mentioned it before, but Fall really is my favorite season not only because of the amazing weather but also because it offers such a variety of activity.

The colors are so rich it takes everything in me to stop myself from jumping out of the car along the highway and snapping up pictures in random people’s yards. Below is a list of things we are excited to try this month. In case you missed last month’s list, you can find it HERE!

1.  Christmas tree lighting: On November 28th don’t miss out on the the lighting of the Christmas tree downtown Indianapolis. This is the world’s largest Christmas tree, complete with nearly 5,000 lights and 52 garland strands streaming from Indy’s beloved 242-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument. This tree has been named by Travelocity as one of the top five must-see Christmas trees in the nation.

2. Take a trip to the zoo in November: Stop by the Indianapolis Zoo for its annual light spectacular, and experience one of the nation’s top 10 zoos in a whole new way as hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights delight and inspire.

3. Get cozy: On a cold night, warm your sheets and PJs by throwing them into the dryer. Quickly make your bed while the bedding is still warm and crawl into your little piece of heaven on earth.

4. Update Your Manicure: There are too many amazing nail trends out there to stick to one look all season.

5. Think Thankful: Start a gratitude journal and participate in my thankful challenge to help you recognize how much there is to be grateful for. Save the list and pack it with your Thanksgiving decor. It’s fun to look back at the prior years as a reminder of what you were grateful for the year before. November 8th: Today I am thankful for my cozy bed, comfy pillows and sleep!

6. Soups Galore: Pick a few soup recipes you have been anxious to try and stop procrastinating! Make a day of it by cooking up multiple soups and freezing them for the cold months ahead

7. Boost Your Metabolism: Participate in a local Turkey Trot (5K or 10K). Eagle Creek Park has their Upland leftover turkey trail run to help rid you of your Thanksgiving overeating guilt. Some of the races are specifically for walking so don’t count yourself out if running isn’t your thing.

8. Bundle up and skate: Indiana State Fairgrounds offers Public Ice Skating at the coliseum from now until March.

9. Winter Farmer’s Market: Indy winter farmers market at the Indianapolis City Market offers fresh produce and homemade goods year round

10.  Break a Record: In honor of Guinness World Record Day on the 15th, set out to break a world record.

11. Be a fan: Dress up in your best blue and gold and go cheer on the Pacer’s.

12. Get in the Xmas Spirit: Get tickets to watch “A Christmas Carol” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre starting on November 15th.