When’s the last time you had Haystacks for supper? Why not invite the family over and serve up some fun! This recipe serves four, and is easily doubled.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 packet Taco Seasoning
- 1 15-oz can Rotel Tomatoes
Fry hamburger in a deep sided frying pan on the stove top on medium high heat until cooked through. Drain off fat. Add Taco seasoning and tomatoes, plus ½ can of water. Stir, bring to a bubble and then simmer until ready to serve.
- If I don’t have left-overs, I cheat and use ready made out of a can.
*If you would like to make homemade chili in place of the meat and beans, see my recipe HERE (it’s the second recipe down in the series on that page).
- 1 cup rice
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 cups boiling water
In a small sauce pot on high heat on the stove top, Saute rice in butter for a minute or so. Add water. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low, cover with a tight fitting lid, and set timer for 20 minutes. I love Green Chili Rice for a change of pace! Just make rice as directed, substituting chicken broth for the water, plus a small can of green chilis.
1 regular size bag Fritos (regular or spicy)
Shredded Mexican blend cheese
Chopped Romaine lettuce
Sliced grape tomatoes
Diced green onion
Chopped jumbo black olives
Sliced avocado (or guacamole)
Make a dressing of equal parts salsa and sour cream
1 jar jalapeno slices
Place a handful of Fritos on each person’s plate
Top Fritos with Taco-Chili meat
Ladle on some warmed charro beans
Add a spoonful of rice
And then the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, black olives, avacado, cilantro, and finish with the dressing.
Garnish with jalapenos, as desired
1 (11-oz) pkg Butterscotch baking chips
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 (12-oz) pkg La Choy chow mein noodles
Melt butterscotch chips in the top pot of a double boiler (bottom pot should have a few inches of water and be brought to boiling), stirring constantly.
Once chips have melted, remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter and peanuts. Add chow mein noodles and toss gently to coat them all over completely. Drop by spoonfuls onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool and set up before serving. May be refrigerated to hasten the cooling/setting up process in warm climates.
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (KJV)
FUN and GAMES
A fun after-supper game for the kids… Make a giant straw haystack in the back yard and hide it full of plastic Easter eggs. One Easter Egg can have a slip of paper inside with a picture of a needle on it. Whoever finds “the needle in the haystack” will win a special prize. All the other eggs can have candy, or trinkets, or even puzzles to solve – or that will lead them on a treasure hunt, or dares for the finder to act out in them. The kids will have so much fun finding the needle in the haystack, solving puzzles, searching for treasure, and acting out the dares!!! And when they are done, they’ll have a blast piling the hay back into a heap and pouncing into it over and over again. Great activity for when you want to have guests with kids over. The grown ups can gather around a fire while the kids are over yonder playing in the hay!
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25
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