I made a taco casserole over the weekend, Sweeties.
We love tacos in our house, BUT I was too lazy to fry tortillas for shells and because I'm going to Louisiana today and this is perfect. It can be scooped and not assembly-lined to eat. People in my house don't serve themselves, they get served and since they wouldn't put their own tacos together, this is the next best thing.
You don't really need a recipe for taco casserole because you make it how you and your people like it, but I will share what I did 'cause it was good.
I try to use organic as much as possible and starting with the meat I browned a pound of Safeway O Organics grass-fed ground beef 80% fat. Season your meat if you want. I salt it for tacos, but not for the casserole because I'm putting so much stuff in it. To the meat I added enchilada sauce, black beans, green chilies and chopped olives. I have to sneak the olives in and that's why I use chopped.
In a casserole dish, I lined the bottom with O Organics blue corn tortilla chips with flax seeds. Next, a layer of shredded cheese and then meat mix. I put a layer of Late July organic jalapeno and lime yellow corn tortillas on top of the meat and more cheese. Last grouping is tortillas, meat and cheese, of course. I baked for 20 minutes on 350. You see the finished product above. It was good, y'all.
Again, make it how you like it and how your people enjoy it. But, this was good. If I weren't being lazy, I would have sauteed corn tortillas in butter and used them as layers as you would lasagna noodles, but my mom showed me this shortcut years ago and it works just as well, if not better. Speaking of Milli, I don't think she ever made hers with flavored tortilla chips, but ... I'm fancy, so. 😆
This is how I served it.
How do you make your casserole? I literally make this a little differently every time. Can you think of anything that would make it taste even better? Let me know in the comments.
When Milli first began crafting gluten-free and vegan cupcakes she was a skeptic. She couldn't imagine how these desserts could achieve even a tenth of the deliciousness of her regular treats. But if you know Milli, you know that she doesn't quit, so when faced the challenge of making GF/V cupcakes and cakes taste great, she went to work to make it happen. Cap'n. 😉
In the beginning there was only GF chocolate. Then came vanilla. Today Milli makes GF Cookies 'n Cream, Red Velvet, Dr. Pepper, Confetti, Lemon and more. The shop has GF cupcakes daily.
Earlier this year Milli perfected her vegan cupcakes and now has a tastier and more varied collection. There are vegan vanilla most days. Other flavors are available when Milli bakes for special orders.
And guess what she's working on these days ... KETO!!!
Would you like to learn to make delicious special-diet cupcakes? If you do, you've come to the right place. Milli's teaching a Special-Diet Cupcakes course in 2020!! Her GF/V customers are always asking how she does it. Well, she's gonna share.
The course meets for 2.5 hours one Monday a month February 2020 to May 2020. All supplies included:
Brandts July 2019
Earlier this week, we hosted The Brandt's for a 'Let's Decorate!' kids' decorating party. You can see by the smiles on their faces that they had a great time.
Decorating cupcakes is a treat for kids of all ages. You can stop in and decorate a single cupcake on your own Tuesdays through Saturdays or make it an event by booking a decorating party. Parties are scheduled in advance and include two (2) cupcakes, frosting and the decorations of choice for groups of four or more.
For those interested in learning professional decorating techniques, we offer packages for groups of six or more and usually host a few teaching parties each year.
If you're interested in booking a party, give us at call at 302.0364 or send Milli an email to busybaker @ msn.com.
Star School District December 2018
Women's Conference September 2018
Decorating Party Giveaway
Did you know June made 14 years in the cupcake biz for Milli?! To celebrate we're giving one of you a CUPCAKE DECORATING PARTY on us.
The party includes:
4 participants - any age
2 cupcakes each
1 frosting color
sprinkles and candy toppings
Must be scheduled in advance for August 2019 and can be held any day of the week we're open, except Friday. Plan for 30-45 minutes and lots of pics. *smile big*
Contest ends 7.31.2019 11:59 p.m. PDT.
Ways to enter:
Visit our FB page
Follow our IG account
Come in and visit
Tweet about our giveaway!
Come In for Lunch
Did you know we serve food? We do! We're Cupcakes Bakery & Deli, after all.
We'd love for you to come in for lunch and enjoy a sandwich before dessert. I enjoy food that's the size of my head so we make delicious sandwiches that take up a whole plate. For the daintier eaters, our sands are big enough for two.
Hot or cold, our sandwiches are made to order and to delight.
In addition to making sandwiches daily, we have delectable BBQ Chicken Thigh and/or Pork Riblet platters. We want to be sure you're fully fed - meal and dessert.
Beef Brisket is available periodically.
We have Soul Food options and great sides. 🤤
We serve up collard greens, cornbread, Mac & Cheese and red beans and rice. Oh, and potato salad. Milli makes everything in the shop ... it's truly homemade.
If those sides don't suit your fancy, we have jojos, fries and onion rings (call for availability).
And last, but certainly not least ... you can get fried catfish, breaded and seasoned in house. 🤤🤤🤤
The catfish goes fast so please call ahead to order.
See you soon!
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Black Forest Cherry Cake
We had the opportunity to make Katie's birthday cake this year. Her husband called in yesterday and asked if we made Black Forest Cherry (BFC). Guess what ... we do!
Milli can make just about anything; even if it's not a regular cake flavor. And cakes are made by special order only so patrons can make requests from quite an extensive menu.
One of the delights of our BFC cake are the dark chocolate chips that are baked into the cake. I don't quite know how it happens, but they melt and mesh perfectly for taste when the cake is complete and being enjoyed. I suppose it's just chocolate doing what it's made to do - make you feel in love, loved and lovely!
Black Forest Cherry is one of our most-popular special request flavors. We make our BFC with cherries inside and on top with buyer's choice of whipped cream, butter cream or cream cheese frosting. Katie's cake has whipped cream.
We made BFC with butter cream cupcakes with gold liners for a 50th anniversary party not too long ago. They were a big hit.
Above left shows the filling and on the right is the cake after the top layer has been placed.
Below left is the crumble being added. The right was a practice run for writing on the cake board because I haven't done it in a while. I know how to do a decent portion of what my mom does, but I only do it when necessary. I generally prefer doing things such as posting her delicious creations on this blog.
At last ... handing it over to another satisfied customer. This was his first time at our shop so we gave him a sample of the cake from the cut ends. He said we may be seeing more of him in the future than we expected. That's what we love to hear!
Remember us when you need a dessert that tastes spectacular for an event or get together. We'd love to provide the icing on the cake ... or cupcakes!
Business Logo Cupcakes
We love making logo cupcakes!
Some of the Eastern WA Sprint retail stores - Columbia Ctr. Dr., Kennewick, Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside and Alder St., Walla Walla - have contracted us to make the desserts for their Customer Appreciation Days. And let me tell ya' ... they know how to throw a good party.
At Christmas, the Kennewick store partnered with a local radio station and gave away toys. They invited us to hang out and brought in a photo booth, too.
This month the Sunnyside store offered free face painting in addition to our delicious cupcakes.
If your business is looking for logo treats, call us! We offer a discount for large orders and can deliver, too. We also put logos on sugar cookies for those with a larger budget. Cookies can be individually wrapped for grab and go service for your customers and marketing contacts.
Logo desserts are great for school and sporting events, graduations, birthdays, retirement — or just about any type of gathering you can plan. Give Milli a call for a quote or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look through our gallery and posts for examples of sweet treats we've done before; and don't forget our Facebook page which has 1000s of cake, cupcake and cookie pics from over the years.
They say when life give you lemons, make lemonade. Well, lemonade is good but if you're a baker ... you make a cake!
A delicious and lightly flavored lemon cake with lemon and cream cheese filling, topped with snow white buttercream icing and lemon drizzle. Yum!
Do you see those big blocks of butter over there?! Yes, sweeties, this cake is homemade, handmade and full fat. Just like in the good old days before frozen and grocery desserts were everywhere. Haha!
I don't know about you, but that's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it.
I always say food/eating is a love language. Technically it's Acts of Service, but I know for sure Milli loves preparing delicious eats for and feeding others. And she put a lotta love into this one. I'm a witness.
We make cakes by special order only so if you're in need of a homemade, handmade dessert for an upcoming event, please give us a call at 302-0364 or email for a quote to email@example.com.
Well, sweeties ... it's Fall and officially Pumpkin Spice season. Good news for you! Milli's moist and delicious Pumpkin Spice cookies are back on the menu for a limited time.
I've sampled the first batch and must say they're just what my morning coffee ordered. Yes, I did eat two. And I'm having one for dessert tonight - WITH another cup of joe.
I'm a wild one, it's true.
These so-good-I-can't-stop-eating-them Pumpkin Spice cookies (and other assorted flavors) are on special for $8 dozen. Order by calling 302-0364 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders must be prepaid. No minimum order.
Ok, sweeties ... because we're thankful for all of you, we'd like to know who you're thankful for and add some sweetness to their dinner spread.
We're giving away one (1) 6-pack of cupcakes to someone YOU'RE thankful for. We will choose two (2) winners. So that means two (2) 6-packs up for grabs.
***To enter someone, comment on our Facebook page, tag them and give a short 3 sentence (high school length, not college length sentences) blurb telling us why you're thankful for them. 💙
***Winners will be chosen by number of likes received on your comment. Ends Saturday, NOVEMBER 17, 2018.
***Cupcakes must be picked up by the WINNER (person you're thankful for) by 2 P.M. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018.
FINE PRINT: Winners must choose from cupcakes available at pickup, and agree to take a photo for media purposes. 😁