Mexican Cornbread {Recipe}

You guys are just the coolest! Thank you for all your fun birthday wishes this week…the comments and e-mails were such a treat! ūüôā I had a super day! {I use a lot of exclamation points…and no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to part with them. We’re tight, me and my exclamation points. Do you have to consume caffeine before you read my posts?}


Thought I would share one of our favorite go-to side dishes. We love this with Mexican meals, chili, picnics, barbecues, etc. It’s a great take on the old classic cornbread.

{In fact, I have been known to eat it for breakfast with some sweet tea!}

Mexican Cornbread Recipe


3 cups yellow self-rising corn meal

3 eggs

1 tsp. salt

1-1/4 cup oil

1 large chopped onion

1 can cream-style corn

1-1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1-1/2 cup whole milk

3 chopped jalape√Īo peppers


Stir all of the ingredients together and put into a greased baking dish and bake for approximately 40 minutes.

This recipe usually fills one 9 x 13 dish and one 8 x 8 dish.

It freezes wonderfully…and is delicious cold!

{Hence, the perfect breakfast food with sweet tea! ;)}

[A fun option: cut up 1/2 a green bell pepper and 1/2 a red bell pepper and add in before baking….it adds great taste, as well as fun color.]

Let it cool before cutting it into squares.

We have been enjoying this with chili on these cold, January nights that we’ve been having around here.

What have you been enjoying on your table lately?



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Taco Pie ::: {Recipe}

Everyone has those quick recipes for nights that you just don’t have a lot of time, right?

Taco Pie is one of our quickie favorites….and you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Here’s what you need:

2 lbs. ground beef or turkey

2 packages of taco seasoning

1 medium onion, diced

4 flour tortilla shells

1 lb. shredded cheddar cheese


shredded lettuce


any other favorite Mexican food toppings you desire!

Here’s how you do it:

Brown meat in a skillet and drain.  Mix in diced onions and taco seasoning and allow to simmer for a few minutes until well combined.

In a baking dish….or if you don’t have a size that will work, a cookie sheet will work in a pinch……put down 1 tortilla shell and a layer of meat. Sprinkle cheese on top.

Repeat the last step until all meat is used and add one more tortilla shell to the top and the rest of the cheese.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted.

Slice and enjoy!

Hope you guys are having a fun week~

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Autumn Recipes ::: Treats & Eats!

I have found some absolutely scrumptious recipes the past few weeks! I thought I would share my favorites! ¬†Fall is my favorite time of year…and I get in the mood to try new recipes and add new comfort foods to our favorites list.

Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Mini Pumpkin Pie Croissants

Pumpkin Cookies

Autumn Chopped Salad

Crock Pot Apple Butter

25 Different Fall Soup Recipes!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Pancakes

Caramel Apple Layer Cake with Apple Cider Icing

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

I’ve found lots more yummy autumn goodness… can check them all out on my Autumn Pinterest board if you’d like some more fun ideas:

Autumn Pinterest Board

Which one is your favorite?


Potatoes Romanoff {Recipe}








Todays post is from the archives! ¬†I posted this recipe a year ago…and it almost shut the web down. ¬†Crazy. ¬†To this day it is one of the most popular posts from this blog. It is a wonderful dish….I apologize that the pictures are such poor quality. I took them over a year ago with my old camera. ugh. I’ll have to replace them when I get a chance to take new ones. ¬†Hope you enjoy…..potatoes romanoff

This is a great side to have with grilled steak! {Or anything else. Or by itself. Hot. Cold. Meal. Snack. You get it……} ¬†It’s so yummy I always hope for leftovers so I can have it for breakfast.


3 large russet potatoes, unpeeled

3/4 cup minced shallots

2 1/2 cups grated white cheddar cheese

2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper

1 1/2 cups sour cream


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Bake potatoes in oven until done—about an hour. ¬†Remove foil and let cool to room temperature. ¬†Put potatoes on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Grate potatoes, including skins.  You can use a large box grater or a food processor. {I like the food processor!}  Transfer grated  potatoes to a bowl and sprinkle in shallots, 1 3/4 cup cheese, salt, and pepper.

Use your hands to gently toss together. {I guess you could stir–but you would miss all the fun. ¬†Go ahead, plunge those hands down in there!}

Then fold in sour cream.

Transfer mixture to a 1 1/2 quart gratin dish–don’t compress {or squash, or moosh, or squish}! ¬†Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.  Serves 6.


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Super Easy Chili…..

The days of chili are waning….but it’s still a comfort food around here.

I thought I would share our favorite quick, easy chili recipe with you.

I’ve tried all kinds of other chili recipes….but this is our family’s favorite.

You can easily have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

Here’s what ya need:

~ 2 lbs. ground beef or turkey

~ 2 pkgs. taco seasoning

~ 1 can dark red kidney beans

~ 2 cans tomato sauce

~ 1 medium onion

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  Brown meat and drain

2. Dice onions and add to meat mixture

3. Add tomato sauce to meat and onions

4. Rinse and drain kidney beans {we don’t use a lot of canned goods around here….but if you do use them be sure to rinse and drain the contents to get rid of about 90% of the sodium.}

5. Add beans to the meat and sauce

6. Add seasoning packets and stir in well

7. Allow to simmer on low for about 20 minutes

Serve with your favorite toppings!

Here are some fun toppings we like for chili:

Fritos corn chips

sour cream or yogurt

mini saltines or oyster crackers

freshly grated cheese


Hope you are having a great week~

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Chicken Tortilla Soup…..

This is our all time favorite soup around here.

I’m making a big pot for the weekend because it is supposed to be super cold here the next few days.

{Yay! ¬†Soup by the fire….I’m looking forward to it..}

I’m actually making it for my Dad’s 70th Birthday Lunch that we are hosting here….with all of his friends.

I’m looking forward to celebrating him tomorrow in a fun way!

Here is the link to the recipe….you may have to sign in/up to Tasty Kitchen to get it;

but it is well worth it..and it’s free! I find the best recipes in the world on that site.

It’s Pioneer Woman’s….so, you know it should be good.

Tasty Kitchen is a fun recipe/kitchen community with a recipe for everything.

{It’s also where Ree shares all of her recipes.}

You can organize all of the recipes that you find into your own recipe box online….making it super easy to go back and find them when you need them.

I wish you a warm, soup-filled weekend, Friends!

Top 11 of ’11……

I tried to pick my favorites..and it was hard!

So, I let you all pick them.  Here are the top Cottage in the Oaks posts

from 2011…determined by the most hits and visits.

Did your favorite make the cut?

1.  Repurposed Shutter Fence

2.  Repurposed Frappucino Bottles

3. ¬†Start Your Engines…Living Room Re-do Beginning

4.  Autumn Door Decor

{this one got us a feature in a magazine that will be coming out in the spring of 2012!}

5.  Potatoes Romanoff Recipe

6.  Distressing the Kitchen Island

7.  Kitchen Door Overhaul

8.  Bottle Garden Edging

9.  Painted Countertops

10.  Milk Crate Herb Garden

11.  Christmas Front Porch

Here’s to some more fun coming in 2012!

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Some Fun Food for the Weekend….

Thought these would be some fun autumn/Thanksgiving treats for the upcoming week….

Thought these were the neatest idea:


and aren’t these are a hoot!?


Hope you have a great weekend~

Autumn Inspiration {day 22} ::: 25 Autumn Soup Recipes

For your weekend…..a gathering of 25 wonderful autumn soup recipes! Just what every autumn weekend needs….a great bowl of soup.


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Happy Saturday~