Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chunky Vegetarian Chili (Summer Chili)

Hi there all! It's been a LONG time since I've posted. Things have been super crazy and don't seem to be slowing down, but I've discovered a new recipe that I had to share. I found it on Pinterest where I was directed to I changed the recipe some.

I am a huge chili fan. And a huge meat fan. But the other night a friend that doesn't eat a lot of meat was joining us for dinner, so I decided to find a vegetarian chili recipe. It was fantastic! So I've decided to make it again for the two passionate carnivores that live in my home (my husband and myself).


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper (I used green, yellow, orange and red, but you can use whatever kind you like.)
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 can (approx. 15 oz.) Mexican tomatoes or Rotel, undrained
1 can (approx. 15 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cans (approx. 15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (approx. 15 oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (approx. 15 oz.) can chili beans, undrained
1 tablespoon white vinegar


1. Heat oil in dutch oven and saute onions, peppers and garlic for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
2. Add sugar and seasonings and stir.
3. Add remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a boil.

4. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Top with your favorite chili toppings. (I like chopped onions, fresh cilantro, cheese and sour cream.)
The taste of the vegetables are really brought out because of the vinegar. This chili tastes light and fresh, therefore it makes a great summer chili!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Mexican Cornbread

This recipe was given to me by a girl I used to work with. It is quite fantastic! I used pepperjack cheese but I have used the Mexican Velveeta in the past, and I definitely think it was better. The pepperjack was good but the velveeta holds the whole thing together.


1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning or 2 heaping tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)
1 can (11 ounces) corn and peppers or mexican corn, divided
6 slices pepperjack cheese or mexican Velveeta (recommended)

1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup milk

1. Brown beef with onion. Drain.

2. Add taco seasoning and simmer on low.

3. Add about half of the corn.

4. Spread mixture in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Place 6 slices of pepperjack cheese on top.

5. Prepare corn muffins according to package directions or use the Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread recipe. Add the rest of the corn to the corn muffin batter

6. Spread batter over meat and cheese.

7.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread

I've already posted this recipe on the Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup post, because it is fantastic with it. But I decided to post this by itself for future reference. It's the only way I make cornbread now!


1 box Jiffy cornbread mix (8.5 ounces)
1 egg
1/4 cup butter or margarine (melted)
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons diced pickled jalapeno, drained well
1 cup shredded cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Combine corn bread mix, egg and butter.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

3. Place cornbread in greased muffin tin or greased 8 x 8 casserole dish.

4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

So I think I was last to know that you can make your own taco seasoning. But here is my recipe. I know taco seasoning isn't THAT expensive, but I've always felt stupid for paying a dollar for a tiny packet of seasonings that I was sure I had at home in my cabinets. 


1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

I usually double or sometimes triple the recipe so I don't have to mix up more every time I need it. It keeps just as long as all your seasonings would. Just make sure you store your taco seasoning in an airtight container. Two heaping tablespoons are about the equivalent to a packet, depending on taste.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Easy Peasy Meatloaf

It has been a busy week! My 5 year wedding anniversary was last Friday (February 10), so we, of course, were busy spending time together. Then Saturday, my cousin, Acacia, and some of our closest friends and family threw us a surprise  party! It was one of the best nights of my entire life and I'm so thankful to all involved! I love you all so much!

Along with the surprise of the party, we were also surprised to find out that 2 of the main contributors of the party happened to be our best friends that live 2 hours away! So the rest of the weekend was devoted to spending time with them which means we didn't sleep much. And I don't do well with that. So my body has been mad at me and gave me a cold. Body jerk!

I'm not feeling 100% better so I decided to make one of the easiest recipes ever! My aunt taught me this one. The original recipe only contains 3 ingredients (not counting the topping).


1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounce)
1 box Stove Top stuffing (I use generic because that's the kind of girl I am.)
1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 square pan with cooking spray. (You can use a loaf pan and increase the cooking time. The square pan is quicker.)

2. Mix beef, tomatoes, onions and stuffing in a bowl.

3. Spread the meat mixture in the pan.

4. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

5. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

6. Remove meatloaf from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Normally I cover the top with ketchup before baking, but when I went to look for it in the fridge I remembered that we were out! So I looked up a recipe for meatloaf gravy. I'll be honest with you guys, it wasn't very good. So first chance I get I'm going to smother my leftovers with ketchup. Because friends, that's the kind of girl I am.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm So Excited and I Just Can't Hide It (Since a Blog Is Public Domain)

Well folks, here in the Seward house we FINALLY have Internet. I cannot tell you how sad it is to go without Internet this long. You know, since it's been a week and a half. There are plenty of sacrifices I can make to save money, say the fact that we haven't had cable for over 3 years (except for the time we lived with the in-laws), and I am all for covering up windows and putting things at the base of doors to keep the draft out, even if it means I only save $5 a month on my electric and gas bills. But I am here to tell you about some money saving tips for television and movies that can make you oh so happy!

Television: Like I mentioned, we haven't had cable television in 3 years. We did away with Cox back then and we were paying around $50/month just for the basic channels. That was difficult for the hubby since he really wanted to go up with our cable package and get digital channels. We also had a TiVo machine which was costing us $12.95 a month in service to record our favorite shows. This was also at a time when I wasn't in school and we didn't have an active toddler who only can stand television if Nemo is swimming around on it or the Bubble Guppies are singing their catchy little songs. Now that we live on our own again, we do need a little bit of entertainment so we decided to try out Hulu Plus. After the one week trial, we will be paying $7.99 a month for all the television shows (except for Happy Endings, which they don't have and which happens to be a HI-LARIOUS show) we normally would watch and record. So let's do the math:

What we used to spend:
Cable: $50/mo
TiVo to record it: $12.95/mo
What we spend now:
Hulu Plus: $7.99/mo
$54.96/mo or $659.52/ year!!! That's a nice little vacation!

Movies: Movies here is Wichita are expensive. $10 for a ticket and then if you want food, you have to donate your left lung for a plate of fries and a sip of Diet Pepsi. Rentals aren't too bad, with the Redbox and Blockbuster Express kiosks everywhere, but Redbox upped their price from $1 to $1 and some odd cents and that just doesn't fly with me! Family Video isn't too bad with their prices and tend to have a decent selection, but if you are late returning your movie, after two days you could have purchased the movie for cheaper than the late fee you are paying. Justin and I suck at returning things on time. Like movies. And library books. And items we borrow. So Netflix has been a decent choice for us. We just get the streaming selection and pay $8 a month for that. So for our movies, documentaries, and some tv shows, we pay less than going out to the Warren! Not too shabby.

How do you save money on your entertainment?


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chicken Dorito Casserole

Doritos for dinner? Sounds bad, huh? Well, it is. But oh so delicious! I found the original recipe at They have some awesome sounding recipes and I plan to try a lot more. I changed the original recipe a little.


1 bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed (I used a whole bag but I think you could get by with half a bag. It was almost too much.)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can rotel
1 can corn, drained well
1 cup shredded mexican cheese, divided
garlic salt, pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour crushed Doritos into the pan.

2. Heat olive oil in a skillet and grill cubed chicken with garlic salt and pepper. Cook until completely done.

3. Add soups, rotel, corn and 1/2 cup of cheese.

4. Pour the chicken mixture over Doritos.

5. Bake for 20 minutes.

6. Top with remaining cheese (extra if you want) and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.

I used Clancy's Nacho Cheese chips, which taste exactly like Doritos. The original recipe calls for a cup of sour cream, but I forgot it. I also cut the cheese amount down a little because I felt so guilty about having Doritos for dinner. And I also served it with broccoli to at least make it look some what healthy. But it was fabulous!


Friday, February 3, 2012

It's a Hard Life: Pizza Hut To the Rescue

I'm exhausted! After working hard all week at my real job and killing myself to impress YOU PEOPLE here on my blog, I'm am genuinely pooped! (Eloquent, I know. I'm too tired to be clever!)

Ever since I started this blog (almost 2 weeks ago) I do believe I have not folded one load of laundry, scooped one cat box or scrubbed one toilet. I've washed a few loads of laundry, dried them, and then thrown the clothes that I don't need on the counter in the laundry room (those clothes need to learn how to fold themselves). Poor Dustin has been very helpful in the cat box area because, as you cat owners know, it is an every day necessity. The toilet, however, has not been cleaned for at least 2 weeks. (Is this one of those "tmi" posts I see bloggers complain so much about?) The point is: I need to get off this computer and be the "Homemaking Fashionista" I claim to be.

Bette Davis Jr. is also lounging tonight.

But... I am tired. So tonight, we are ordering a pizza and are going to cuddle in our "jammie-jams" on the sofa. I will beg to watch Doctor Who reruns but will probably end up watching some documentary about how contact lenses are made (yawn). Inevitably, my whining will succeed and we will settle on 30 Rock (courtesy of Netflix of course). Pizza Hut is the homemaker tonight. Pizza Hut is the boss with their Any Pizza for $10 (Who needs a sponser? Oh me?).

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Chocolate Lava Pots

Time for my first dessert post! I knew I needed to make something a little more interesting than a yellow cake mix with chocolate frosting, so I found this recipe at, which an awesome blog so you should check it out. She calls these delicious little treats Pot Au Chocolat but I'm just not that fancy. I've decided to call them Chocolate Lava Pots, but I'm wide open for suggestions! I changed just a couple things so I don't really think I can take any credit (though we all know I'd like to).

What is awesome about these individual sized cakes is that they are super gooey in the center. YUM!


10 tablespoons salted butter (Yup. 10!)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 eggs
3 egg yolks (The yellow part... I looked it up to make sure because I'm a little ditzy sometimes.)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (You can make your own!)
1/2 cup flour


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray 6 ramekins (approx. 7 oz. each) with cooking spray. (I only had 2 so I used Pyrex. Two of the Pyrex were too big but they still baked well.) 

2. Melt butter and chocolate chips in the microwave for about a minute.

3. While the butter and chocolate chips are melting, whisk together eggs and separated egg yolks.

4. Stir butter/chocolate into eggs. Mix well.

5. Add powdered sugar. Mix well.

5. Add flour... MIX WELL!

6. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet. Fill each ramekin about halfway. 

7. Bake for 12 to 12 1/2 minutes. The outside should be done but the center should be soft. 

You can top these with ice cream and chocolate syrup, or as RedCouchRecipes suggests, you can use warmed raspberry jam, or use Cool Whip and a sprinkle of cocoa, like I did. I'm sure there are hundreds of other awesome things to put on top, but beware; these are delicious and VERY rich! I imagine the calorie count of these little suckers are like 2000. Enjoy! :)


Kitchen Dilema! So Much Drama!!! Oh... And How to Make Your Own Powdered Sugar

So I had decided to make my first dessert for the blog. I make desserts all the time but they usually consist of a mix in a box and a can of deliciousness on top. So I had to find one that's a little more interesting than Duncan Hines can offer.

Ok so I found this awesome recipe but stay tuned... The point of this post is to show you my DILEMA! One of the main ingredients in my "mystery" dessert is powdered sugar. I was so mad at myself when I realized I didn't have enough! I remember now that Dustin used it to make buttercream frosting (half of which has been sitting in back of the fridge for about 2 months. I really need to clean out the fridge.)  "Uhhhhhhh! I don't want to go the stoooooore!" I said in an incredibly whiny voice to Bette Davis Jr., who stared up at me with no reply.

I got on the ol' Google machine, trying to figure out if using regular white sugar would make a huge difference. I came upon this site that saved the day! I found a super easy way to make my own powdered sugar.


1 1/2 cup granulated sugar (Apparently you can use any granulated sweetener.)
1 tablespoon corn starch


1. Put both ingredients in a blender.

2. Blend on high until the sugar is a powdery consistency. (It took me about a minute.)

That's it! I put my homemade powdered sugar back in the canister and I was a better woman for it! I'm very pleased to know that I don't have to buy powdered sugar again if I don't want to. SO THERE!


I Wish I Were the Test-tube Baby of Julia Childs and Martha Stewart and Other Everyday Musings

Hi everyone! Adrianna here, making my first appearance on The Homemaking Fashionista. And if you like me, really really like me, it won't be my last. As Sherylyn told you, I am mother to Livi, wife to Justin, and slave to nursing school. I usually prefer to trade in my scalpel, I mean stethoscope, for a fork. Actually a Knork. But we'll get to products I adore another time. I wish I had half the skill of the two ladies mentioned in my title but I can only settle for about 1/4 their skills.

I will share with you later this week about my love for making gourmet food at home and how I went through Rocky level training from a great mentor. (cue Eye of the Tiger and hoodie training sequence with kitchen knives). Until then I have a major test to study for and a new home to get settled into. New to me that is. Which equals one non working burner, a hollow front door, and a too small water heater. Feels like home! Happy eating and frugal homemaking!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shepherd's Pie (My Mom's Way)

Every once in a while I break down and buy ground beef. I know, I'm a cheapskate! I can't help it! It's how I've trained myself. But there was a thought in the back of my mind all day saying, Mom's shepherd's pie is so much better with beef... I've made it with ground turkey before and it was still really good. But today I just had to have it Mom's way.


3-4 large potatoes (These are for your mashed potatoes. You also need milk and butter (duh) but I don't know that anyone knows the actual amounts.)
1 pound ground beef or turkey, drained well
1 small onion, diced
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can green beans, drained well
1 tablespoon oregano
3/4 cup water or beef broth
cheddar or monterrey jack cheese
parmesan cheese (optional)
salt, pepper and garlic powder


1.Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Boil your potatoes, drain and mash with milk and butter. Season with garlic salt and pepper. You can throw a little cheese in too. I used mozzarella because I was low on monterrey jack.

3. Brown the hamburger with the diced onion. Season the meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Drain well.

4. Add tomato paste, green beans, oregano and beef broth to hamburger. Mix well. If the mixture is dry, add a little more broth.

5. Pour mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes.

6. Top potatoes with cheeses.

7. Bake for 20 minutes.

Omg it was sooooooo good!!!!


Monday, January 30, 2012

Spicy "Thai" Noodles

Adrianna and I have been cooking together for years. This, however is our first recipe we have cooked together for the blog. "The Homemaking Fashionists" on location (Adrianna's house)!

Spicy "Thai" Noodles


1 box of linguine or spaghetti
1-2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sesame oil
6 tablespoons honey
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1-2 carrots peeled and shredded
3/4 cup chopped peanuts
toasted sesame seeds (optional)


1. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain well.

2. Heat oils and crushed red pepper in a small sauce pan for 3 minutes. Strain red pepper and reserve oil.

3. Whisk honey and soy sauce in with the oil.

4. Toss together with noodles.

5. Top each bowl with green onions, cilantro, carrots, peanuts and sesame seeds.

So we had to modify the recipe a bit.. We forgot to get sesame seeds. And neither of us had a wire strainer so we tried to get some of the pepper out with a slotted spoon, much to our avail. But they tasted great! If you plan to leave the pepper in, you should only use 1 tablespoon because it was still pretty hot with just one. I'd imagine if the pepper had been strained like the recipe recommended, it wouldn't have been as spicy. The original recipe also instructed us to chill the noodles in the refrigerator over night and serve cold... but we were hungry right away. And I thought the noodles were good served warm. I think these noodles would be great with chicken.

The Most Exciting Announcement EVER

Hello friends. I have some very exciting news! Starting today, "The Homemaking Fashionista" will have a co-writer! My good friend Adrianna is going to enlighten you with her immense knowledge on a subject that most homemaking fashionistas are quite interested in: thrifty child rearing! Obviously I can't give any advice on the kiddos since I have none of my own. Well, I could give advice but imagine it would all be wrong. When Bette Davis Jr. is annoying me I put her in the back yard. I guess you can't do that with kids. Anywho, Adrianna is the mother of a beautiful 18 month old little girl named, Olivia, whose hobbies include (but are not limited to) eating, pooping, talking, scowling, watching Nemo and sleeping.

Adrianna will also update on DIY tips, cleaning ideas, organizing suggestions and frugal YET gourmet meals! Seriously, fabulous meals that Juliet Child herself would gladly pull up a chair to your dining room table for, or TV tray in the living room.

Adrianna is a very busy lady. So don't expect to hear from her too many times a week. She is a full time mom, wife, student, Nobel Peace Prize award winning researcher, celebrity gossip aficionado and last but not least a Certified Nurses Aide.

As far as the "fashionista" part, Adrianna is somewhat lacking in the "style department," her words, not mine. Scrubs are only so stylish. But with the help of me, The Homemaking Fashionista, we plan to rectify her ways and lead her onto the road less traveled. Stay tuned....

Adrianna is very excited to be part of this blog. She looks forward to your feedback and comments as well as your suggestions for blog ideas. Keep us posted!