Thursday, March 17, 2016

Taco Pie and #TexFestSweepstakes Primo Picks! #sponsored

I received free products and gift cards for the purpose of this review. Opinions are my own.




It's no secret I love HEB. So, so many reasons. But one of the things I love most is the monthly "primo picks" that often highlight Texas brand products. Considering TexFest is currently running at HEB in honor of Texas Independence Day, this month's Primo Picks box was chock full of amazing products!




I started by bringing my famous taco dip to work with a bag of the Texas Dippers and Texas Shaped Corn Tortilla Chips. We have a "treat yourself" corner that we take turns bringing snacks for. Since we usually fill it with sweet stuff, this little taste of Texas was a welcome treat.

Summer is nearly here, and I am hoarding my box of Sangria cane soda for my famous Summer Sangria. It'll be awesome in place of my usual lemon lime soda--after all, it's already sangria flavored!



And when I think of Texas, obviously I think of Tex Mex. So I knew I had to make a recipe with serious taco flavor. Inspired by Texas favorite Corn Chip Pie, I decided to take the rest of those Texas Dippers and make an actual pie! But with taco fillings. Not only did I use a homemade spice blend, but I added a hefty shake of 2 Gringos Chupacabra Rub for some extra heat.



This is a great blend of two favorites. Full of flavor, and you really can edit it however you want. Don't miss HEB TexFest and all of the great Texas products that are featured!

HEB Taco Pie



-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

-In a blender, combine the crushed HEB Texas Scoops with the melted butter and pulse until it just comes together. Press into a pie tin and put in the oven while you complete the next steps.

-Brown the beef. Drain the fat, and add in the taco seasoning and the 2 Gringos Chupacabra Rub. Add 1/4 cup of water and let simmer until thick.

-Pour meat into the pie crust. Top with HEB That's Salsa Bout Texas, cheese, and peppers. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

-Remove from oven, top with sour cream, and serve!



Monday, March 14, 2016

30 Before 30 and Changes to QLCC


Hey guys. It's no surprise that I've been letting this blog linger quietly while I build up my new blog, Forking Up. I'm not letting QLCC die QUITE yet, but considering I'm going to be turning the big 3-0 in just 1.5 years (YIKES!) I figured it was time to start phasing out this blog and getting ready for a re-brand.

That said, I will probably keep this blog around. If nothing else, it's a tribute to my 20s and figuring myself out--as well as teaching myself to cook!

To make the countdown to my 30s more fun, I decided to make a 30-Before-30 list and use this blog to track my progress. I meant to post this on my 28th birthday, back in October, but I forgot. Since then I've actually accomplished some of these! Here's the original list:
  1. Go Skydiving
  2. Visit Asia
  3. Visit the Grand Canyon
  4. Cook a whole duck
  5. Take a cooking class
  6. Publish a book
  7. Publish an article in a magazine (did it once, want to do it again)
  8. Write a novel
  9. Submit short stories to lit mags (get one published?)
  10. Perform in a comedy festival
  11. Enter a karaoke/singing competition
  12. Do a boudoir photo shoot
  13. Take an adult swim lesson (reach goal: LEARN TO SWIM)
  14. Do a full Whole 30
  15. Go to the gym for more than one month
  16. Set (and stick to) a budget
  17. Dye hair a crazy color
  18. Take a vacation by myself
  19. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  20.  Run a 5k
  21.  Do a stand-up set
  22.  Cook a quail
  23.  Start a 401k
  24.  Take a guitar class
  25.  Attend an Austin music festival
  26.  Attend a blogging conference (preferably a national one)
  27.  Brew my own beer/mead/cider/something alcoholic
  28.  Have a legit spa day at a real spa
  29.  Create a painting (or other large piece of art) for my living room
  30.  Visit Berlin
And here's what I've accomplished so far:

  1. Go Skydiving
  2. Visit Asia
  3. Visit the Grand Canyon This past November I FINALLY visited the Grand Canyon!
  4. Cook a whole duck
  5. Take a cooking class I'd like to take another, but I recently took a cooking class all about Bacon at Central Market
  6. Publish a book (PENDING!)
  7. Publish an article in a magazine (did it once, want to do it again)
  8. Write a novel
  9. Submit short stories to lit mags (get one published?)
  10. Perform in a comedy festival
  11. Enter a karaoke/singing competition
  12. Do a boudoir photo shoot
  13. Take an adult swim lesson (reach goal: LEARN TO SWIM)
  14. Do a full Whole 30
  15. Go to the gym for more than one month
  16. Set (and stick to) a budget
  17. Dye hair a crazy color If you've seen my hair lately, there's a fun swatch of purple underneath
  18. Take a vacation by myself
  19. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  20.  Run a 5k
  21.  Do a stand-up set
  22.  Cook a quail
  23.  Start a 401k
  24.  Take a guitar class Currently taking lessons at Girl Guitar in Austin!
  25.  Attend an Austin music festival (SORT OF! I wandered around SXSW)
  26.  Attend a blogging conference (preferably a national one)
  27.  Brew my own beer/mead/cider/something alcoholic
  28.  Have a legit spa day at a real spa
  29.  Create a painting (or other large piece of art) for my living room
  30.  Visit Berlin (I should have done "get back to Europe" because I recently did visit Italy!)
I'll update my progress as I complete more. Keep checking back!