Archive for October, 2010

  • Cheesy Taco Chili

    Date: 2010.10.25 | Category: recipes | Response: 0

    This is Chris’ favorite chili recipe and is great over baked potatoes or served with tortilla chips or bread.  It also freezes well and can be made in the crock pot.

    1 1/2 pounds ground beef
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1/2 tsp chili powder
    1/2 cup diced celery
    1 cup corn
    1 jar queso cheese
    1 jar salsa
    1 can kidney beans (rinse and drain)
    1 can black beans (rinse and drain)
    1 can chili beans
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can diced tomatoes with chilies
    1 can sliced olives
    1 cup sour cream (we use light)

    Brown beef and onion with chili powder.  Combine all ingredients in large stock pot except sour cream and stir until heated through.  Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and serve.


  • Mexican Casserole

    Date: 2010.10.25 | Category: recipes | Response: 3

    This is another family favorite- we always have these ingredients on hand and we love casseroles around here.  Thanks to my friend Deb for passing this recipe on to me years ago- we’ve made a few changes based on our family’s preferences and so can you!

    1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
    1/2 cup diced onion
    8 small flour tortillas torn into pieces
    1 cup sour cream (we use light)
    2 cans cream of mushroom soup (we use reduced fat)
    8 oz salsa or taco sauce
    1 cup corn
    1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
    1 can sliced olives
    1 can evaporated milk
    2 cups grated mexican cheese

    Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Brown meat and onion.  Combine all ingredients- reserving a little cheese to sprinkle on top.  Bake in a 9×13 dish for 30-35 minutes and serve with chips.


  • Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Date: 2010.10.14 | Category: recipes | Response: 1

    This recipe is a fall favorite in our house.  It was actually created by my sister, Susan- she recreated a soup she had eaten and enjoyed somewhere.  The only problem with this soup is it doesn’t fit in a large stockpot.  I have to use my HUGE (I mean ridiculously huge- most people don’t own one this big) pot or cut some ingredients.  Be warned!

    Tortilla Soup

    3 chicken breasts- cubed
    1/2 yellow onion- diced

    brown the chicken and onion and add to 3 cans of chicken broth.  Bring to a boil and add

    4 carrots- diced
    2-3 zucchini- diced
    1 cup corn
    2 potatoes- diced
    2 cans mexican diced tomatoes
    1 can hominy
    1 can kidney beans
    mexican seasoning to taste

    Bring to a second boil and then serve ladled over chips with cheese on top.


  • A sweet night’s sleep

    Date: 2010.10.11 | Category: faith, saving money | Response: 0

    Today I was surfing the blogosphere when I came across this post which stirred my heart.  Angie Smith writes a beautiful blog and often shares opportunities to serve others.  As I’ve mentioned before, God has been deepening my desire to serve orphans and the less fortunate.  Particularly in Africa!   Sweet Sleep ( has been working with ARC- the American Refugee Committee to provide a bed, mosquito net and bible to children who are returning from their refugee camps to the villages of their ancestry.

    I encourage you to reed Angie’s post about this life changing ministry and then prayerfully consider donating.  Chris and I have intentionally cut our Christmas spending WAY back the past few years to allow us to give more generously to those in need at Christmas time.  This may just be the ministry that receives our gift this year!

    James 1:27
    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.


  • So, how did it go?

    Date: 2010.10.04 | Category: parenting | Response: 1

    I thought you’d all be curious how the past week has gone since I issued myself a challenge regarding my two year old.  Well, you’ll be happy to know it’s been great!

    First, I must confess.  I haven’t woken up 1 minute early (forget 10 minutes!) to pray or do anything!  But I have been making a huge effort to pray more throughout the day.  I pray blessings over my son when we’re cuddling.  I pray for patience when I’m frustrated.  I pray for more minutes and hours and years of laughter together when we’re playing.  I’ve been really trying hard to bathe our home in prayer throughout the day.

    Second, I’ve been making every effort to stop whatever else I’m doing and PAY ATTENTION to JT.  Particularly when Kate’s asleep I’m trying to get down on the floor and participate in whatever he’s doing.  We play lot’s of  “mommy get you!”  (JT’s way of asking for me to chase him) and we’ve built more towers than I think I ever have in my whole life!  I’ve pushed him in the swing and raced him around the yard.  We’ve read books and played trains and sung songs and done all of those things toddlers love to do.  When Kate’s awake we all play together- JT loves it when I make Kate “talk” to him or lay her on top of him or let him play with her in her crib.

    I’ve seen such an improvement in his attitude (and mine!) this week.  While I’ve always been pretty hands on in my parenting, I think he just needed more.  Maybe he’s finally started to feel the jealousy that comes with a new baby?  Maybe starting preschool and being away from me for a whole day was overwhelming.  Maybe I’d started spending too much time in the same room with him, but not really engaging with him!

    In any case, I’m pleased to report that we’ve had a great week here at casa de Benschoter.  Hooray!

    Now, if I could only get up 10 minutes earlier and get a quiet time in…


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