Simple Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

It was 6:15 o’clock last night, and I had no plans for dinner.

I looked at the clock and panicked.

Time had slipped by in a flurry of  “What in the world.  It was just 2:00. Where did the afternoon go?”

By 6:25, this epitome of all comfort foods dish was heating in the oven. By 6:45, the kitchen was flooded with smells that warmed my heart, alongside sounds of children singing my praise for serving their favorite food of all time – this oh, so very Simple Shepherd’s Pie. (Although, they do say that about a few other things as well.)

There’s just something about Shepherd’s Pie that equals comfort. Yet, often, we equate it with a lot of work in the kitchen.


It’s all about just layering your favorites of what you have on hand.

If I haven’t convinced you before to cook up a big batch of Ground Beef in your Crock pot, this should make up your mind. Run, put that meat in your crock pot now, well, unless it’s dinner time. Then it will be ready for tomorrow.

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Dump & Run Taco Soup

For years, this easy taco soup recipe has been a staple in our home.

In fact, it’s quite possibly the most requested recipe by our kids, and the fact that it takes less than 10 minutes to throw together makes me “Mother of the Year” quite often.

They don’t need to know just how simple it is to grant them their favorite meal requests, and I don’t plan on announcing it anytime soon. What’s wonderful about this meal is that it gets better with time. The seasonings deepen as they mix, so making extra to serve later is something that’s a given.

They always remind me though, “Make sure you make lots, Mom. It will be even better tomorrow.”

It’s one of my three top choices when entertaining large groups, along with my Mom’s Homemade Lasagna. Everyone loves Taco Soup (and it’s very easy to make it vegetarian for special guests),  plus it freezes perfectly, so it meets just about everyone of my criteria.

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