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Picadillo – Mexican Beef Dinner

I am finally learning how to cook Mexican meals! Something that I have always loved to eat was Picadillo. It has ground beef and vegtables, and you eat it with warm corn tortillas and cream. (I think the cream is a Gringo thing.)

My friend came over to help me make this incredibly simple and frugal dish. My kids loved it and we finished off the leftovers the next day.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • about 1/8 piece of a small onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small chipotle* pepper diced
  • 1 potato, diced into tiny pieces
  • 1 carrot, diced into tiny pieces
  • salt to taste


  1. Put a little bit of oil in a large, heated frying pan (make sure it has a lid). Cook the ground beef.
  2. While the meat is cooking, in a blender combine onion, garlic, tomatoes, chipotle pepper and water to make a liquid.
  3. When the ground beef is cooked add the liquid mixture by staining it through a colander. This will avoid having chunks in your dinner. If it’s too chunky, blend it a little longer. It’s ok if there is some stuff left in the colander.
  4. Season with salt.
  5. Bring to a boil and add the potatoes and carrots. ( I have also had this with peas, but we don’t like peas.)
  6. Boil for about 10-15 minutes in a covered pan until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

We ate this over white rice and added some Mexican cream on top. Roll up your warm, corn tortilla and use it to help slide your meal onto your fork.

*Chipotle pepper – you can buy this by the can in your local grocery store. It’s usually called chipotle peppers in adobe sauce. It will give it a little kick. Add more or less depending on how much you like spicy food. Store the leftovers in your freezer in a freezer bag. (You could use the left over chipotle to make Chipotle Burritos.)

Is there a Mexican dish you have eaten and would love to re-create? Let me know and I will learn how to make it!

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This would be a great gift to stash away for Easter! My kids are getting to the age where they remember hearing the bible story and now they get to watch the story.

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Print these coupons while they are available! If you are going to give your kids some chocolate for Valentines Day – make sure you print the M&M’s coupon!

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Have you ever wondered what coupons would be available in Sunday paper? Well wonder no more – click here for a preview!


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Help Your Kids Get Better Grades

I have 3 kids and it is very important to us that they get a good education. My oldest son is in first grade and we home school him. I am amazed at how much he knows. Most days I feel like we should have skipped the first grade curriculum and started with second grade.

I came across this article about how to get better grades and I thought I would share some of the points with you.

The writer suggest a zero TV policy. This has helped his family improve their grades and have better communication skills.

He also suggest that you limit the time they spend on video games. I couldn’t agree more. When my kids start playing video games they time flies by. I think it is important that they do other things besides playing video games. My kids are still young so they like to play sports games and anything Super Mario Bros. I think setting a timer when they are playing video games would help my kids to know there are other things to do in a day.

How often is your child using a pen and paper? With the advancement of technology our kids spend lots of time on a computer or a tablet. He suggests a weekly writing assignment about a favorite book, a current event, or a video game. Anything to get them to practice their handwriting.

He has a few other suggestions and advice that you may find interesting. You can click here to read the full article.

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I have Verizon for my cable, phone, and internet. I have never had a problem with them and they have great prices. I was excited to see a new program they offer to subscribers called Verizon Perks. They offer lots of coupons! When I logged into my Verizon Perks account I could print a bunch of coupons from the Entertainment Book! Now I don’t need to buy the Entertainment book! You just log in and print the coupons you want! (Click here to subscribe to Verizon for your cable, internet, and phone service.)

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