15 Minute Supper: Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole #15MinuteSuppers

My husband came up with Chili Cheese Dog Casserole a couple years ago but when I made it for him just recently he had forgotten all about it! This is my favorite easy dinner to make after making a huge batch of chili– it seems new and different but it’s a great way to use the leftovers. If you don’t have leftover chili, canned chili works well too!

15 Minute Supper: Chili Cheese Dog Casserole
Author: Monica
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups Chili
  • 3 Cups Hash browns
  • 3 Hot Dogs (Sliced)
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. First cook the hashbrowns and sliced hot dogs.
  2. Set 1/2 Cup Cheese to the side, and mix all of the other ingredients together in a pot on the stove, until the cheese is melted and everything is warm.
  3. Top each serving with the cheese you set aside in the beginning.

When I made this the last time I left out the hot dogs because I made our Sausage Link Chili– and the sausage was too much like hot dogs so they didn’t need to be added.

 

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Green Chile Chicken Soup

Slow Cooked Green Chile Chicken Soup

This Green Chile Chicken Soup is so delicious you will be licking your bowl clean- literally! Calling it a soup is a new thing for us though- we got the recipe from our friend and we have always called it “Green Chile Chicken Stuff” and we would either eat it in a tortilla like a burrito or out of a bowl as a soup. I like eating it as a soup the best, sometimes I would even dip tortillas in it as well.

Green Chile Chicken Soup
Author: Monica
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 5 Large Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Onions (Optional)
  • 1 Large Can of Green Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 Large Can of Diced Green Chiles
  • 2 Cups (2 Boxes) of Cream Cheese
  • 4 Cups (2 16oz Tubs) of Sour Cream
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken with the garlic, onion powder and pepper. Put the chicken and the onions in the slow cooker on high for about 3 hours or until the chicken is cooked.
  2. After the chicken is cooked, shred it. Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot and mix them well. Let cook a couple hours until everything is heated thoroughly or longer.

Other Great Dinner Ideas:
Weekly Dinner Ideas
15 Minute Suppers

Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder {Jeep Sewing Tutorial}

Jeep Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder

I made this Fire Extinguisher Holder for our Jeep last August. Just recently I had to make a second one as a gift for my dad- a little late for Christmas but that’s what happens when you have the ultimate lazy excuse. It was pretty simple and easy to make, and the materials were much cheaper than the ones that are available online.

Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder Tutorial

Materials:

  • Canvas Fabric -12 Inches
  • 1″ Triglides
  • 1″ Webbing -7 feet
  • 1″ Velcro – 2 feet of Looped Velcro, 15 inches of Hooked Velcro

All of these links are to Amazon, and I will receive compensation if you buy anything. Each of these are the actual products I have bought from Amazon though!

Directions:

1. First cut your canvas fabric. There will be a 12″x12″ square and a circle that should be close to 12″ around. Use a cup, lid or similar object that measures close to 12′ around as a template.

2. Cut three straps of webbing to 25″ each. Use a flame (from a candle, match or lighter) to melt the edges so they don’t fray.

3. Cut the velcro pieces. There will be three strips of the looped velcro, they should be 8″ each. There will also be three strips of the hooked velcro and they will be 5″ each.

4. Next you will start sewing the straps.First will be the hooked velcro, once piece will be sewn onto an end of each piece of webbing. Right next to it will be the looped velcro on each strap.

Straps Layout

5. After all the velcro is sewn on, make sure you velcro them closed so that they don’t stick to anything while you are working. After that is done you can sew the opposite end of the straps (not the side with the velcro) onto the triglides.

Completed Strap

6. Next press and hem an edge of the square canvas, it will now be the top.

Press and Hem Top Edge

7. Now you can sew the straps to the canvas. Make sure you sew them on about 4 inches down the webbing, away from the triglides.

Strap Placement for Jeep Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder
Strap Placement

8. Now you can sew the side seam for your fire extinguisher holder. Move the straps out of the way (and pin them if necessary) and pin the sides together, with the inside of your fire extinguisher holder facing out. Sew the seam and use a zig zag stitch if you don’t have a serger to keep the canvas from fraying.

Sew the Side Seam

9. After the side seam is sewn you will need to sew on the bottom piece. Once again, make sure you move your straps out of the way before sewing. Pin the canvas circle to the bottom of your holder. Sew it on using the zig zag stitch as well.

Pin the Bottom On

Sewing the Bottom

After the sides and bottom are sewn on everything is done! In my finished product pictures I wrapped the straps tightly and tucked them behind the fire extinguisher, but really they are loose and have plenty of length until you strap them to your roll bar.

Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder Tutorial

Happy Wheeling!

Some of my other Jeep-Related Posts:
Jeep Sewing Projects
Jeep Pregnancy Announcement
My Unnofficial Guide to Arizona Cacti and Arizona Valentine’s Day Printables

Chicken Ranch Lunch Wraps

Homemade Chicken Ranch Snack Wraps

My husband loves eating snack wraps from a certain fast food place, but oftentimes they are small and two of them is just a snack- and a pricey snack at that! Sometimes I make him homemade snack wraps but I don’t like to call them snack wraps, because mine are bigger and much more filling! Instead, we call them Chicken Ranch Lunch Wraps.

Chicken Ranch Snack Wraps Ingredients

Chicken Ranch Lunch Wraps
Author: Monica
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Tortilla
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Lettuce
  • Chicken Nuggets or Breaded Chicken Patties (Cooked and Cooled)
  • Shredded Cheese
Instructions
  1. Put a large spoonful of ranch on the tortilla, spread it around so that every bite will have some ranch in it.
  2. Lay out your lettuce so that it covers the ranch, and lay the chicken down.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese, then wrap. Hold wrap together with a toothpick if needed.

Chicken Snack Wraps

A couple of these snack wraps make a great lunch- it’s tasty enough that my husband won’t go out and buy something instead! If I can make him great lunches at home it saves us alot of money on going out to eat, plus it’s a tiny bit healthier than what you would buy at a restaurant.

Chicken Snack Wraps for Lunch

If you liked this cold lunch idea go check out these other ones:
Homemade Lunchables
Weekly Lunch and Dinner Ideas
15 Minute Chicken Italian Pasta

What We're Eating This Week {Dinner Ideas}

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4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days

Yesterday when I went grocery shopping I had alot of ambition for cooking this week. I went home and prepared what I could for this week’s lunches, and wrote up this week’s meal plan. Hopefully because it’s pretty easy (and written down!) I can stick to it. Do you use a meal plan and actually stick to it?

Breakfasts are always a “Choose Your Own” and “Make Your Own” except on some of my husband’s days off. They are always easy easy to make, especially because I make Frozen breakfasts ahead of time. Ideas for Make Ahead Breakfasts are Here.

Breakfast Choices: Waffles, Pancakes, Cereal, Muffins and Pop Tarts

MondayHomemade Lunchables
Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: Chili and Cornbread Muffins

Tuesday
Lunch: Chicken Ranch Snack Wraps
Dinner: Chili Cheese Dogs or Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

WednesdaySausage Link Chili Dinner Idea
Breakfast: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Dinner: Green Chile Chicken Soup

Thursday
Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: 15 Minute Chicken a la King

FridayChicken a la King Dinner Idea
Lunch: Pinwheels
Dinner: Leftovers

Saturday
Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Pasta

What are you having for dinner this week? Share your dinner ideas and recipe links in the comments!

Homemade Lunchables

Homemade Lunchables

Sometimes when I go grocery shopping I have alot of ambition. Today was one of those days. I bought alot of stuff that needs to be cooked and prepared, and lately I haven’t had the energy to cook and prepare anything.

I did come home and get things ready for a few of my husband’s lunches. I put all of his snacks into bags, and tied them with bright pink ribbon for Valentine’s Day! Hopefully he doesn’t have to eat lunch in front of his co-workers any time soon!


I also quickly put together some homemade lunchables. I almost bought lunchables because I was craving them, and I was thinking they would be a good idea for my husband’s lunch but I also thought about how I would eat 3 or more of them.

These lunchables took almost no time at all to put together, and they are bigger portions than store bought lunchables. They are small still and really would only be a snack, but these plus the other snacks I put in his lunch is enough to tide him over until dinner time.

Materials:
Thick Lunch Meat
Crackers
Sliced Cheese
Plastic to wrap meat in
Ziplock Bags

Directions:
Slice the lunch meat into cracker size portions. Wrap it in plastic wrap to keep the moisture from ruining the crackers.

Add the plastic wrapped lunch meat to the plastic bag along with a couple slices of cheese and half a sleeve of crackers.

More Lunch Ideas:
Weekly Lunch and Dinner Ideas
Chicken Ranch Snack Wraps
15 Minute Italian Chicken Pasta

4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days

4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days

When I’m not feeling sickly for months at a time (stupid morning sickness!) I try to make breakfast on the weekend atleast a couple times a month. On days where I have a little extra time I make a big breakfast with plenty of leftovers that I can freeze for later. This has been a huge help now that I don’t feel like doing anything, other than the fact that we are running out of almost everything!

Muffins

Strawberry Muffins

I love freezing muffins because no one in my house really appreciates muffins as much as I do and if I freeze them they won’t go to waste!

Freezing Method: Just put them in a Zip-Lock bag and Freeze!

Reheating Method: Microwave for about 30 Seconds each

Some Muffin Recipes:

Cornbread Muffins
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Strawberry Sealed with a Kiss Muffins

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

We love making breakfast burritos, but we are stuck just making our favorite- Bacon, Egg and Cheese. My grandfather is the king of breakfast burritos, he makes a mix of ‘breakfast burrito stuff’ and eats it for breakfast everyday for days on end. His burritos are different every time, he uses whatever ingredients he has on hand. One of his main ingredients is potato chunks.

Freezing Method: Lay finished burritos on a cookie sheet or flat surface and freeze for an hour or two. After that time transfer the burritos to a Ziplock bag.

Reheating Method: Microwave for 2-3 minutes, until heated throughly

Our Breakfast Burrito Recipe:

4 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Future Busy Days
Author: Monica
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • Package of Bacon
  • Dozen Eggs
  • 10 Burrito Size Tortillas
  • Cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon and Scramble the Eggs. Season the eggs to taste while cooking. Crumble bacon into small pieces and mix with eggs. Set Eggs and Bacon aside.
  2. Cook tortillas on the pan that the bacon was cooked in, just for 30 seconds-1 minute on each side.
  3. Put a few spoonfuls of egg and bacon mix into the center of the tortilla and sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top.
  4. Fold the burrito closed, and enjoy!

 

Pancakes

Pancakes with Apple Topping

We love pancakes here. Not only are they super easy to make, it is easy to make a huge batch (especially if you have a huge skillet) and be able to eat them whenever you want afterwards!

Freezing Method: Lay flat for 30 minutes in the freezer, then transfer to a ziplock bag. Refrigerate extras until you have time to freeze all of the pancakes.

Reheating Method: Microwave for 30 seconds for each pancake.

 

Hot Pockets

Blackberry Hot Pockets on Arizona Mama

I love making hot pockets, but I also take the time to make my own dough. Making the dough is super time consuming so I don’t make these very often. If you buy premade cresent rolls dough or puff pastry it can be a really easy breakfast to make and freeze for later. My husband loves eating these because they don’t take long in the microwave and taste delicious. There are better instructions on my Berry Recipes post- go check that out for the full details. What I didn’t list over there (because I just did berry ones that time) was the many other combinations of what we put in them.

Eggs, Bacon and Cheese

Lunch Meat and Cheese

Nutella and Peanut Butter

Strawberry Valentine's Day Muffins

When I was about 12, I found this Valentine’s Day Muffin recipe in a Family Fun magazine. It’s now available on Spoonful instead. It became a Valentine’s Day Tradition to make these muffins, we called them Sealed With A Kiss Muffins. Lately I haven’t called them that because instead of using Chocolate kisses I use whatever chocolate I have around- this year it was “Gold Doubloons” as my son calls them- the gold coin chocolates that we received from someone for the holidays.

Strawberry Surprise Valentine's Day Muffins

Strawberry Valentine’s Day Muffins
Author: Monica
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Serves: 3 Dozen
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 lb strawberries, fresh or defrosted frozen
  • 4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • Chocolate Kisses, Chips or any other form of chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and then add the milk.
  3. Rinse strawberries and cut off the stems. Mash them or puree them in a blender. Stir them into the egg and milk mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder. After it is well mixed, add the bowl of dry ingredients to the original mixture. Stir it in until everything is moist.
  5. Grease your muffin tins (or use paper liners), and add the batter until each cup is half full. Put your chocolate kiss on top, then finish filling the muffin cup with batter.
  6. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes, use a toothpick to test them (just be sure not to put it in the chocolate). The toothpick should come out clean.

We love these muffins- but they are a treat that only happens once a year, so it makes them a bit more special!

Here are some other fun Valentine’s ideas!
Our Other Valentine’s Day Tradition
Arizona-y Valentine’s Printables
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

National Beer Can Appreciation Day {Can Crafts}

I recently have been on a kick to find some small way to take notice of some of the odd holidays that exist. I’ve been pinning them and projects that go with them on my Interesting Holidays board on Pinterest. Yesterday the coolest odd holiday was National Handwriting Day. I wanted to write some letters to celebrate, but the most I hand-wrote was my list of stuff to do! Not only is today National Beer Can Appreciation Day, but it’s also National Give Someone A Compliment Day and National Peanut Butter Day.

Last month, before Christmas I noticed that everyone on my Uncle’s street had a nice wreath out, so I went and told him he needed a wreath. His first reaction was to laugh and say absolutely not, but once I told him I was making it out of Beer Cans he was excited to join in the festivities.

Beer Can Wreath

My favorite can craft I have yet to make out of a beer can. I love this Coke Can Necklace I made awhile back. I have it on a keychain now, because I have a tendency to break necklace chains.

Coke Can Necklace TutorialIn the past I have made all sorts of different can bracelets, but I couldn’t find a picture of one I made from a beer can either. My favorite of these was my Cherry Dr. Pepper Bracelet, but I will always still love the original Coke Can Bracelet too!

Aluminum Can Bracelets

 If you are itching for more beer can crafts, head over to Pinterest. I follow this amazing board for all of my Aluminum Can Craft needs!

Cloak Sewing Tutorial: Part One {Cutting Process}

I’m sorry my cloak tutorial is only a week late! It was alot harder than I expected to draw everything up and explain it! If you need more details please ask specific questions in the comments or in an email. Thanks!

To see my first post with pictures of the finished product click here or on the picture!

2nd Finished Cloak

Materials:
3 Yards Outer Fabric
3 Yards Lining Fabric
2 Large Buttons
1 Smaller Button

I used flannel for both the outer fabric and the lining for my latest cloaks, because it was on sale. In the past I have used wool and stretch canvas for the outer fabric and flannel and satin for the lining.

The Cutting Process

To make my pattern is pretty easy but I do it without too many fancy tools. It would probably be more professional if I used quilter’s equipment but I figured there were probably people like me that would like an easy tutorial that didn’t use anything too fancy. This is something an average hobby sewer could make.

Cloak Pattern- Image No 1
Image No 1

1. Layout your fabric on the carpet floor, as shown in image no 1. If you want to (or can cut through all the layers) layout both the lining and the outer fabrics at the both time, so that they match up. It would save you from cutting everything twice.

Layout the Fabric
Step 1- Layout Fabric

 

 

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 2
Image No 2

2. Cut off the excess fabric (this will be saved for the hood) and cut the fold so that you have two separate layers of each fabric. See image no. 2 and cut accordingly.

 

 

Pin in Fabric and Carpet
Step  3- Push Pin Thru Fabric and Carpet
Pin Placements
Pin Placements

3. Stick a pin in the bottom corner of your fabric- stick it through the fabric into the carpet so that it sticks up but is still in place. Look at the picture for step no 3. (This is where you may want to use fancier equipment, but this is a cheap easy way that I do it). Measure 3 feet away from that pin and stick another pin in the bottom of the fabric. Also put a pin in at the 18″ mark. See Pin Placements image.

4. Use your measuring tape to make a straight line from the 18″ mark pin at the bottom of your fabric to the top of the fabric.Stick a pin in at the top and where your middle pin would line up. Use that pin as a middle mark, put the 8″ mark of your measuring tape at the pin and put a pin in at the top of the fabric at Zero and at the 16″ line. You should now have all of the pins in place according to the pin placement image.

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 4
Image No 4

5. Use some yarn (or some sort of string) to make an outline around all of your pins. Your outline should look like image no 4. This is now your pattern, it can be cut carefully with scissors.

Wrap Pin Outline with String
Step No 5

 

 

 

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 5
Panel Explanation
Cloak Pattern- Image No 8
Image No 8

6. The main panel that you just cut out should have 2 layers (of each the lining and the outside if you cut both fabrics at the same time). Fold the top layer(s) in half so that you can easily cut down the middle lengthwise. See Image No 6.

Cloak Pattern- Image No 6

7. The last step of the cutting process is to cut out the hood. The hood is fairly simple, the piece that we saved it the very beginning will be folded in half, as shown in Image No 8. The hood was cut without a pattern, but as long as it has a round corner it will be fine. The only part that matters is that all 4 pieces (two for the outer fabric and two for the inner fabric) are the same. I changed my mind with the hood as you can see in the picture but it worked out well.

Hood Cut Out
Step 7- Hood Shape

This is the last step of the cutting process for the main part of your cloak. Remember- if you didn’t cut out both the outside layer and the inside layer of fabric at the same time you will need to go back and repeat this entire process for whichever fabric you didn’t cut yet.

The real last step is an easy one, using the scraps of both the outer fabric and the inner cut out two rectangles from each fabric. The rectangles should be about 10″x4″. These will be to cover up the slits for the arm holes, they help make the cloak a little bit warmer.

This tutorial will continue this week! It will include all of the sewing steps and the finished product. Thanks for your patience!