Taco Soup Slow Cooker Recipe

This is one of the easiest dinners I make. It's so nice to get it started in the morning and come home in the evening to dinner that's ready to eat. The leftovers reheat well for lunch the next day.

Supplies

  • 6 quart slow cooker

Soup Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1/3 cup minced garlic (the kind that comes in a jar)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (2 Tbsp)
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix (3 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 4 15oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can corn
  • 2 15oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 15oz cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Toppings

  • mexican blend shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • fresh cilantro
  • tortilla chips

Directions

  1. Chop onion.
  2. Cook ground meat and onion together on the stove. If needed, add a bit of oil to prevent sticking.
  3. When the meat is nearly cooked through, add the minced garlic and seasonings.
  4. Put the fully cooked meat mixture in the slow cooker. Depending on the type of meat you used, you may need to drain the fat first.
  5. Add canned tomatoes and corn directly to the slow cooker. Do not drain the liquid.
  6. Add rinsed beans and fold gently until all ingredients are mixed well.
  7. Cook on low for 6-10 hours.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve with toppings and enjoy.
Posted on April 14, 2017 and filed under Recipes.

Jungle Shadows

I'm excited to share a finish with you today! I designed this quilt for my husband and gave it to him for Christmas. It was a fantastic surprise!

When I saw the Parrot line of batiks by Hoffman, I knew they needed to be a quilt for Ben someday. His favorite color is green, and there is such a nice variety in this line. It also includes some blues and browns that add depth to the finished quilt.

I bought the fabric long before I had a plan of what I wanted to do with it. I was actually working on a completely different quilt design when I came up with this block. I decided it would be perfect for Ben's quilt.

I finally started cutting in February of 2016. Whenever I could get away from the house for a quilt retreat or a sew day with friends, this was my project. I would spend most of the time working on this, and then pull out something else for the last hour or two. When I got home, I would show Ben the progress on the decoy project. He was never the least bit suspicious that I hadn't gotten more done.

Once the top was finished, I needed to work on the back. I wanted to piece the back, so it took a fair amount of time. I was able to complete it at my quilt guild's retreat in October.

This is my favorite back that I have made. I really like that it forms its own design. I'm realizing now that this back could be a quilt pattern on its own, especially if I used more modern fabrics.

The biggest challenge in making this quilt was quilting and binding it without getting caught by my husband. My quilting machine is in the living room, so I had to make sure I quilted it on a day I was certain he wouldn't come home and catch me. Binding was also a challenge because I had to do that at home in order to be done in time for Christmas.

The quilting design I chose was Modern Curves 2 by Anita Shakelford. Ben sees most of the quilts that I quilt for my customers, and this is one of the only quilting designs he has commented about liking. A month or two after that comment, I asked him if he had a favorite design that I had quilted, and he said this one. I knew it would look good on the quilt, so that decided it.

I am a big believer that no quilt is finished until it is labeled. The label on this quilt says:

Jungle Shadows
Made with love for my wonderful husband, Ben Bridgeman.
Designed, pieced, and quilted by Bobbi Bridgeman.
Merry Christmas, my love.
www.snowydaysquilting.com
Galatin Gateway,
Montana
2016

I'm really proud of myself for keeping this a secret and surprising Ben with it. He never saw so much as a scrap of fabric from this quilt before I gave it to him. I'm not sure if he was more impressed with the quilt, or that I had managed to be so sneaky!  He completely loves it, and he sleeps with it most nights.

Have you ever made a surprise quilt? I would love to hear about it! I truly appreciate all of your comments. If you leave your email address when you comment, I will be sure to thank you personally.

I'm linking up with:
Finish It Up Friday
Whoop Whoop Fridays
Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday

Posted on April 13, 2017 and filed under Quilting, Finished Projects.

Edge to Edge Quilting Favorites

This is day three of my week in the New Quilter's Blog Hop, and I'm having fun by sharing a new post every day. I introduced myself on Monday, and I shared some of my favorite custom quilting projects yesterday. Today I would like to share a few of my favorite edge to edge quilting designs.

Edge to edge designs are a great way to add interest and texture to many quilts. With so many great designs out there, it's easy to find one to suit whatever quilt you're working on.

Most of the quilts I'm about to show were made by my customers, and all of them were quilted by me. This is a picture heavy post, so I'm going to let the quilts speak for themselves. The vital information about the quilts can be found in the caption below each one.

Swirls and Circles

Quilting Design: Dizzy Izzy by Jessica Schick
Quilt Makers: Emily Stark, Julie Eik, Denise Stenzel, Linda Beck, Barbara Beller, and Bobbi Bridgeman (that's me!)
Quilt Pattern: Based on Up, Up, and Away from Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts and Cheryl Arkison.
Notes: We worked together to make this encouragement quilt for Jennae Liberty.

Quilting Design: Alex by Anne Bright
Quilt Maker: Barbara Beller
Quilt Pattern: Pleasantville by Kimberly Einmo

Quilting Design: Champagne Bubbles by Kristin Hoftyzer
Quilt Maker: Sharon Stoneberger
Quilt Pattern: Roller Rink from Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson.
Notes: This is the back of the quilt. To see the front, check out this blog post.
Fun Fact: Champagne Bubbles was the very first thing I quilted with my longarm, and it's still one of my favorite designs.

Quilting Design: Calliope by Patricia Ritter Quilt Maker: Barbara Beller Quilt Pattern: This is a modified version of Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs of Turning Twenty.

Quilting Design: Calliope by Patricia Ritter
Quilt Maker: Barbara Beller
Quilt Pattern: This is a modified version of Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs of Turning Twenty.

Stars

Quilting Design: Swinging on a Star
Quilt Maker: Barbara Beller
Quilt Pattern: Belle Wave by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Quilting Design: Sparkle by Anne Bright
Quilt Maker: Bobbi Bridgeman (that's me!)
Quilt Pattern: Serendipity by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Notes: I made this quilt for a sweet friend and just recently gave it to her. I'm hoping to blog about it next week, then I will add a link here to view the quilt top.

Nature

Quilting Design: Excited by Anne Bright
Quilt Maker: Colleen Kimm
Quilt Pattern: Café Au Lait
Notes: I haven't been able to find this pattern to credit the designer. If you know who the designer is, I would love to hear from you!

Quilting Design: Greenhouse by Patricia Ritter and Tracey Russell
Quilt Maker: Debbie Schultz
Quilt Pattern: None

Holiday

Quilting Design: Gossamer by Hermione Agee
Quilt Maker: Debbie Schultz
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: This quilting design is the perfect choice for any Halloween quilt!

Quilting Design: Heart to Heart by Patricia Ritter and Natalie Gorman
Quilt Maker: Tese Shekitka
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: Tese designed this quilt for a wedding, and she pulled all of the colors from the bride's bouquet. You can see more of this quilt here.

Novelty

Quilting Design: Bicycles and Hills by Marci Gore
Quilt Maker: Bonnie Andes
Quilt Pattern: Disappearing Hourglass by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Notes: If you would like to see more, I wrote all about this quilt here.

Quilting Design: Modern Volleyball by Jessica Schick
Quilt Maker: Bobbi Bridgeman (that's me!)
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: I made this quilt on commission for Nancy. She gave it to her daughter at senior night for her college volleyball team. You can read more here, and even see a picture of Rachel with her quilt.

Quilting Design: Paw Prints by Judy Vallely
Quilt Maker: Cathie Heier
Quilt Pattern: None
Notes: The fabric in this quilt is Miss Kitty's Colors by Marie Cole for Henry Glass.

So what do you think? I would love to know which designs spoke to you. On your own projects, do you find yourself going for custom quilting or edge to edge quilting more often?