Taco Soup Recipe – revisited

I have posted and made a Taco Soup Recipe before but since it is so cold in Texas and most parts of the United States I have decided to update it a bit. By taking better photo of course and adding a special ingredient just for the winter. And let me say that it is perfect for a chilly night like we had tonight. The kids love it, and for a change I added sliced potatoes.

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Taco Soup Recipe
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  • 1 lb. ground meat
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 package of dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can sliced potatoes
  • 1 can ranch style beans
  • 1 can hominy
  1. Brown the ground meat with the taco seasoning
  2. Add beans, potatoes, and hominy to the browned meat
  3. Simmer
  4. Add package of dry ranch seasoning

Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub – Homemade Recipe

This Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub is a GREAT homemade, cheap thing to make if you have a bit too many people you want to give a gift to this Holiday Season! It only requires 4 simple, everyday ingredients that you can find right inside your kitchen! This is great for exfoliating your body, the dead skin will be falling off! Not to mention, it smells DELICIOUS! So let’s get started on how to make this amazing scrub!

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Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup Regular White Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  1. First, mix together the brown sugar and white sugar in a bowl, making sure it’s free from any clumps!
  2. Now, put it in your jar, filling it about ¾ of the way full!
  3. Next, add your olive oil so it is about ½ in above where your sugar stops
  4. Wait a few minutes, allowing the oil to seep down to the bottom of your scrub! If it doesn’t quite reach the bottom you can always add more oil as needed! Refrain from stirring the mixture just yet!
  5. Next, add your vanilla extract!
  6. Finally, stir it all together being sure that you have saturated ALL of the sugar mixture!
  7. Put a bow on it or a pretty ribbon and there you have it, a very inexpensive, super adorable gift that any girl would die for!


I totally need Spy Camera Glasses

Security needs to be a priority around your property. If you have experienced a home invasion or know someone who has, you know that it isn’t a good thing to go through. By increasing security and taking other common sense measures to protect your home, you can avoid a burglar entering your home while you are sleeping or otherwise on the premises.

Cameras, deadbolt locks and iron gates are three good tools that you can use to keep people off of your property and out of your home. If someone is spotted approaching your property, a camera will let you see what this person is up to. Anyone who gets past the gate and to your door will be slowed down enough to allow you to escape or call for help before you are harmed.

Your windows can be another form of security that you can use to keep people out of your home. Frosted windows keep people from looking right into your living room while block windows are almost impossible to break.

In addition to these safety measures, you can wear spy camera glasses to keep an eye on your property at all times. Whether it is light or dark outside, you will always be able to see what is lurking around the corner.

Inspiring Teens Blog Hop: Interview with Wendy and Charles Siefken

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This week I am participating in the Inspiring Teen Blog Hop. It is awesome to me because I love to read and wish that more people would read especially young pictures. Today I am featuring Wendy and Charles Siefken and have an interview with them for you guys to check them out.

1. Reading
Why do you think Teen Read Week is important?
It is important to get teens interested in reading and finding adventures in books that could inspire them to create their own adventures and better navigate their way through the sometimes rough teenage years.
How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more?
By writing about things they are interested in.
When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character?
I read everything I could get my hands on, everything from the Hardy Boys mysteries to the Shannara series.
2. Writing
Were you writing as a teenager?
If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write?
Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (heehee)?
Yes, by far and large they are in a much better place to become published then when I was a kid. When I was a kid there was no such thing as eBooks or independent publishing for free.
What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing?
Keep at it and never give up if it’s something you really love to do, and want to see your book and stories out there, publish them. Never ever give up.
3. Your books
What is your latest book about?
Our book is about young man who is trying to find his way in a world decimated by the zombie plague.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Yes, we have finished book two and are working on book three, as well as The Chimera Effect and Fallen Angel.
What do you love about being an author?
We love the people we get to meet and the worlds we get to create!


Wendy and Charles

Charlie and I are a mother and son writing team who have found our niche writing for the YA, middle-grade fantasy genre. We love everything from the writing process to the publishing process. We love talking to others and learning more about them and what they like to read as well.

Be sure to connect with Wendy and Charles Siefken here:







And don’t forget to enter to win copies of their books:


I am giving away two copies of each of these books:

Hiding in Plain Sight, Curse of the Red Eyed Witch and Kai’s Journey.

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Yes, you guys read that title right No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake! And if you guys can believe it for years I did not like cheesecake. At all. I had this mental block going on in my mind saying that the words cheese and cake just did not go together. The idea made me turn my nose up high in the air.

But that changed.

Over alcohol.

Yes my friend dared me to give in and try New York Style cheesecake one night over margaritas. I then fell in love. And I have never went back. Now I love all kinds of cheesecake.

Now that I have explained my love for cheesecake let me introduce you to this heavenly creation:
no bake pumpkin cheesecake

5.0 from 3 reviews

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin pie filling
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ stick butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 large graham cracker pie crust or two small
  • 1 tablespoonful cinnamon
  1. Mix cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon and butter in a large bowl on medium speed of mixer until creamy.
  2. Gradually add pumpkin pie filling, beating on low speed until blended.
  3. Mix in whipped topping until blended; spoon into crust.
  4. Refrigerate until firm. Overnight is best.
  5. Serve with whipped topping if desired.

As you all can see this recipe is relatively easy and has become a family favorite here with my sons. I think this recipe will be perfect for the fall season and eating over a pumpkin spice latte with friends. Or of course Thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties.
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Be sure to tell me what you guys think and don’t forget to Like Not Your Mom Blog on Facebook for more!

She may look sweet – Wordless Wednesday

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Downfall Rising – a band to check out! #music

I have posted many times about my love for music. Mostly of the loud and rock variety, it is just who I am and what kind of music I listen to. Well a few months ago I was introduced to the music of a local band. And have to say that Downfall Rising can rock. They have an awesome sound and it was the kind of music that I love.
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But since that first time I saw them at Summerfest 2013 in Lufkin, Texas I picked up their EP on the spot and have since saw them live two more times. I think they are that good.

Just check out their video for the song “Machine”:

Awesome stuff right? Well in addition to that video you can also pick up Downfall Rising’s EP. You will not be disappointed.

Minimizing your collections!

In the age of digital music, movies, and books a lot of people are streamlining their physical copies of their collections. And if they have collected for as long as I have (around 20 years) their collection is pretty vast and takes up a lot of space. And if your especially like me you have cardboard boxes usually of the milk box variety full of your collections. Some of these boxes are even organized by genre or type. For example if you were a teen in the 90s boxes sorted between your boy band collections and your alternative grunge music from your Seattle grunge phase. Yes I had both. Now days even though I am a mom my collection leans toward the metal/rock variety. Of course some days I live by the louder the better philosophy. Truthfully though my digital player is a smorgasbord of musical genres.

But let’s be honest, there is no way I could physically store all of my favorite music. And like most people I try to stay clutter free. You can go online, and sell your old CDs, DVDs and games that are taking up extra space. This way you can save space and keep the stuff that is most important to you. CD signed by an up and coming band that made it big. Anyone? Of course you want to keep that. But by selling the stuff that is just taking up space or was that bargain bin one hit wonder impulse buy you can have some cash and more space.

Personally I think selling your old stuff that you no longer need or is gathering dust is a brilliant idea. It is like making money for free because it is probably been sitting for a while and most of all you can buy new stuff to listen to and watch with the money you make.

Mini Chicken Taco Bowls – Recipe

Today I experimented and made this Mini Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe. This recipe was fun and yummy, and most of all allowed me to use my muffin tins for yet another recipe. This recipe uses your most common supplies for making tacos in a fun way. Sort of like a taco salad but smaller in a muffin tin.
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Mini Chicken Taco Bowls – Recipe
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1 lb cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • ½ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 can refried beans
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Warm tortillas in microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  2. Line 12 muffin cups with 1 tortilla. Make sure they are folded back carefully to leave the opening in the center for the filling.
  3. Bake tortillas for 10 minutes.
  4. In a sauce pan warm chicken and prepare taco seasoning per the packages directions.
  5. Heat refried beans in the microwave or on stop top.
  6. Fill bottom of the taco bowls with refried beans, followed with meat and then topped with the remaining ingredients.

This is a yummy recipe that will get plenty of ooohs and aaahs from the kids.

Blog Elevated: I am going and you shoud too! #BlogElevated

I have blogged for a really long time, on my Life With Sharon site I think I started in 2006. And since then I have written many posts and done many different things that I would have never done if it were not for my blogs. And this year I get to do something else: I am going to a brand new blogging and social media conference right here in Houston(well technically I am a bit north, but I still claim Houston).

Blog Elevated is coming to Houston September 19-21. There is going to be amazing breakout sessions and speakers. I am personally looking forward Mastering the Art of Vlogging with Jenny Ingram, Ebooks with Angela England and learning more about Google+ with Holly Homer.

There are lots of exciting things in store at Blog Elevated and I can’t wait to share with you guys as I get ready to go and my time there.

So grab your ticket quick before they are sold out and I hope to see you there.