Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Creamy Tex Mex Noodle Bake

I love finding new recipes...especially kid friendly ones that mine will actually eat!! So I thought I would share this one with you just incase you have picky children at home. If your kids (or husband like spaghetti or lasagna than this is a nice variation on those traditional italian dishes. If you aren't crazy about Tex Mex you can substitute 1 tsp of Italian seasoning (I find you need a lot less of the italian seasoning) in this recipe and it works just as well. I just find this is a nice change from the regular pasta dishes we usually have.

This is super yummy! If you decide to make it for your family, leave me a comment and let me know how it went! :)

Creamy Tex Mex Noodle Bake
Serves 4-6
537 calories per serving
18.1 g of fat per serving


1 lb of extra lean ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 tbsp tex mex seasoning (or vary to taste) **
1/3 cup of water
170 g broad egg noodles
1 can low sodium cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can filled with 1% milk
1/2 cup of light cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of part-skim mozzarella cheese

** you could substitute 1 package of low sodium taco seasoning in place of the Tex Mex seasoning if you prefer more of a taco flavor instead of a chili type flavour.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F

  2. Fill a large stove top pot with water and bring to a boil for the pasta.

  3. Meanwhile brown ground beef in a large non-stick fying pan over med-high heat. When meat is no longer pink drain fat from pan. Stir in tomato sup, spice and water.

  4. Add noodles to boiling water. Set timer for 3 minutes.

  5. Whisk mushroom soup and milk together in a large 2 cup measuring cup or medium bowl.

  6. When timer rings for noodles, drain in a colander and rinse with water to prevent noodles from sticking together.

  7. In a lasagna or casserole dish, layer in this order... 1/2 of the meat mixture, 1/2 of the cooked noodles, 1/2 of the soup mixture, then the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers again ending with the mozzarella cheese.

  8. Bake in preheated oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Broil for a few minutes to brown up the cheese a little if desired.

Serve with your favourite salad and this makes a perfect family friendly meal.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Colour Me Monday - CTMH colour combo

Each monday Jeanette Lynton, CEO and founder of Close to My Heart, posts a combination of CTMH colours. I am always impressed and inspired by her choices.

***One thing I'd like to note is that the image to the right doesn't show Creme Brulee in it's true colour...it's more yellow than shown in the example. The other colours look pretty good though.

I thought I would share them here to inspire you and to challenge you to use them today in any of your creative projects. I highly suggest you visit Jeanette's blog ( if you don't regularily visit it already!) and check out her amazing examples...she is truly one of the most inspiring scrapbookers/cardmakers I know. Her blog is full of amazing inspiration & artwork that she updates regularily and she posts new colour combinations each and every Monday. So go...check out her blog! You won't be disappointed!

Jeanette Lynton - Make it from your heart.

If I find the time to create something today I will do my best to post the results of this colour inspiration.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Christmas Joy card

I was playing around with some old product...this is all CM stuff. I haven't used anything from them in years. I have a bunch of stuff laying around from when I was a CM consultant and I decided it is time to use it up. So I slapped this card together real quick and was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. I used some an old vellum diecut pieces (the blocks and the tree) from a Done With One kit (can't remember the name of it) and some of their black lined cardstock. Since the lines on the cs where silver I decided to emboss the word Joy in silver e.p. and I think it turned out nicely. I had some silver cording laying around too and that just jazzed it up a bit.

It really is amazing what you can come up with when you don't put a lot of planning into a project. I get things done quicker and I always seem to surprise myself with the results!


Saturday, 15 August 2009

Emporium Keepsake Cube

I held two different workshops at my SWON retreat a couple of weekends ago and this one the one project that we completed. I was so happy with how it turned out. It uses all CTMH product and one of my favourite paper packs of all time...Emporium. I love the colours and they are so easy to work with. I also used the Foundry Bookplate and Designer Brads which I also love. I used some photos from one of my photography class photo shoots...the subjects of course were my beautiful family! I was really please with how they turned out. I especially love the photo of Matt with the girls...and the one of Gracie looking at the dandelion is too cute...well and of course Emalyn is so beautiful and grown up. *sigh*
I hope you like it!

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

New CTMH!!

Finally! A new post from me. I know...where have I been? I've been busy planning for all of the crazy changes coming to our family this fall. I am going to try to keep in touch more over the next few weeks. I have some things fom the workshops I did at my scrapbook retreat last weekend so I'll do my best to get those posted soon.

For today, I thought I would stop by and let you know that I have the new CTMH catty in hand and it is wonderful! I love so many of the new things...who am I kidding...I love it ALL!! If you are local to me, drop me a line and I'll get a catalogue to you. The catalogue goes live online September 1st so mark your calendar!

But for now, to get your CTMH fix go check out the new Art & Soul webisode.

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