Sunday, February 14, 2021

History of American Valentine's Day Cards


Especially during trying times it's FuN to celebrate the little special occasions!  Learning some History along the way is an added plus.  Today is Valentine's Day!  Some of us may have purchased cards and others may have crafted their own cards to share on this day.  Many people will be enjoying a special dinner. 

I always enjoy reading about February 14 and Esther Howland.  Her father owned a stationery store in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She was a Mount Holyoke College graduate and also created a business centering around Valentine's Day!   

It's a very interesting story!  Click here to read my Valentine's Day Post from 2016.   

Happy Valentine's Day!!       

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

~Baked Taco Pie~

~Baked Taco Pie~
cut into slices

One afternoon last week I was deciding what to prepare for dinner.  "What am I going to make?" is a question that seems to be on my mind a lot.  We had tortillas and ground beef in the fridge, so that was a start.  Then, I remembered a dinner that I had not prepared in quite some time.  It was Baked Taco Pie!  Some of the ingredients are browned ground beef, corn, tomato sauce and tortillas.  Suddenly, I knew it would be served at dinner.

The recipe is so easy to prepare and then it is baked.  I've changed it up a bit from the original recipe and I like it even better.  Add a little Sour Cream on top when serving!

***I use a baking dish that the Tortillas will fit in easily.  We do not always purchase the same size Tortillas, so I use whatever size in in our fridge.

This is a very tasty dinner!!     

Baked Taco Pie      

        Oven Temperature:  375°    Time:  30- 35 Minutes   


1 lb. Ground Beef
2 teaspoons Chopped Onion (dehydrated)
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
Sprinkle of Dried Basil
Sprinkle of Dried Oregano
1 can (14.5 ounces) Diced Tomatoes (drained)
1 pkg. Frozen Corn (10 ounces) thawed/ defrosted
(6) 7" or 8" or 9" ***Tortillas
1 Cup shredded Cheese- can be low fat
1 can (15 ounce) Tomato Sauce
Sour Cream


  1. Preheat Oven to 375° F.
  2. Brown Ground Beef in skillet, drain any fat.
  3. Add Chopped Onions, Chili Powder, Basil & Oregano. Stir.
  4. Add drained Diced Tomatoes & Corn. 
  5. Stir in 1 Cup Tomato Sauce.
  6. Cook for 5 Minutes in skillet.
  7. Spray casserole baking dish with PAM.
  8. Place 1/4 Cup Tomato Sauce on bottom of baking dish, spread.
  9. Place 2 Tortillas on Sauce.
  10. Add 1/3 filling mixture on top.  Spread evenly.
  11. Place 2 Tortillas on filling.
  12. Add 1/3 filling on Tortillas.  Spread evenly.
  13. Sprinkle on 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese.
  14. Then, add 2 Tortillas on Filling mixture.
  15. Add remaining filling mixture on top, spreading evenly.
  16. Pour remaining Tomato Sauce on top, spread evenly.
  17. Then, sprinkle on remaining Shredded Cheese.
  18. Bake 30- 35 Minutes in 375° Oven.
  19. Cut into slices and serve.
  20. Top with sour cream.

This is a very easy dish to prepare!  Before you know it, the oven timer will buzz it's done.  It is a hearty dish for this time of year.  If you have any slices left after dinner, they may be frozen to enjoy for another dinner.