Enchilada Casserole

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(Note: Those are crushed Doritos on top…I should have added cheese on top, but accidentally put the shredded cheese under the Doritos.  I made another one for a friend and it looked much better topped with the cheese.)


A looong time ago, I was watching the morning news and Charlie Gibson was making his recipe entitled, Charlie’s Holiday Casserole.  I wrote down the recipe and have made it occasionally through the years.

We made it again recently and I thought I’d post it here.  It’s one of those open the cans, dump, and mix it all together kinds of casseroles that are super quick and very tasty.

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1 can chili with beans
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 large 12 ounce package Doritos
10 to 15 oz. enchilada sauce
8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tbsp. onion, grated
1 ¼ cup sour cream

For the topping, set aside sour cream, ½ cup of the grated cheese, and 1/3 of the Doritos bag.

Set aside 2 tbsp. grated onions. Take remaining 6 cups of Doritos and crumble with your hands into mixing bowl.

Mix the onion, and all the other ingredients – except those for the topping – and place into an 8 ½ by 11 inch casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove casserole from oven. Spread on sour cream, cover with Doritos, and sprinkle ½ cup cheese.

Bake for an additional 5 minutes and serve.

Serve with a salad and toasted french bread slices.



Proverbs “lapbook style” poster

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Our church is holding a Family Summit this weekend.  The speaker will be Dr. Ted Tripp, author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart.  His website is here.

During the Summit, some of our older children will be making a Proverbs “lapbook style” poster.  I created this resource over the summer after buying the book Shepherding a Child’s Heart for my Kindle.  Dr. Tripp references the wisdom found in Proverbs often in his book.

There are so many good life principles found in the book of Proverbs.

This past summer, we read one chapter each day from Proverbs and then summed up what we learned on a lapbook piece.  We glued it to a poster board, which hung up in the kitchen.  The kids took turns writing the summary each morning.  It was a fun and meaningful activity.

You can get this resource here.

Beanie Boo tent craft

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My daughter loves to craft.  She also loves Beanie Boos right now.

We found a cute tent idea online and she recreated it.  She used a cereal box, fabric for the opening, and covered the rest of the tent with scrapbook paper.

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She used craft wire and modeling clay to make the hotdog and roasting stick.

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She used a rag to create a sleeping bag.

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Obey God FREE magnet

Life Principles Magnet: Obey God

I love listening to Dr. Charles Stanley’s sermons.  Recently, I listened to one that I especially enjoyed.  It was entitled, A Life of Obedience Part 2.

In conjunction with the sermon, In Touch Ministries is offering a FREE magnet for your refrigerator.

Click here to order.  Scroll down to the bottom and look for Life Principles Magnet.

Wow Butter Cookies (nut free)

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My daughter has a peanut allergy, so we are always on the lookout for nut-free products.  We love the peanut butter-like product called Wow Butter.  It’s better than the other similar products we’ve found, which can be really oily or hard to spread.  We find it in the section with regular peanut butter, but it’s usually on the top shelf.

Here’s a nut-free peanut butter cookie recipe that we enjoy.

Wow Butter Cookies (or Peanut Butter Cookies)


1/2 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup “Wow Butter” (use regular peanut butter if you don’t have to worry about nut allergies)

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup self-rising flour


Mix butter, peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until fluffy.  Add flour and stir.

Refrigerate 1 hour.

Shape into balls.

Press down criss cross with a fork. (see tip below)

Bake 375 for 10 minutes.


We have a secret for making a perfect criss cross.  Fill a glass with ice water.  Dip your fork into the water and then onto the cookie.

Wow Butter is giving away a case (6 jars) of Wow Butter.  Head over to their site to register.  I did!  🙂

(Once on their site, scroll all the way to the bottom right for the giveaway.)


Valentine Match Up File Folder Game FREE

Valentine Match Up File Folder Game
In case you have a preschooler at home, here’s a FREE Preschool Valentine Match Up File Folder Game.

It’s super easy to create.  It makes a great activity for February.  In addition, it really helps with visual discrimination.  Your child must match up the 2 hearts that have the same pattern.

When my children were younger and I needed to work with my older child, I would give my preschooler a file folder game so she felt like she was doing “school” too.  And, in fact, she was!  File folder games are GREAT ways to engage preschoolers in educational activities while you work with your other children.


Homeschool Planner last chance

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Just wanted to give my readers a heads up…

This is your last chance to snag my Homeschool Planner at it’s current price on Currclick!  The price is about to go up. Right now it’s only $5.00!  Scroll down to check out all of the FREEBIES you get with this product!

This Homeschool Planner was created after lots of feedback, so hopefully it includes what most homeschooling moms need.  If that weren’t enough, we’ve made it TOTALLY customizable!  You will receive it as a PowerPoint file, meaning you can change it around at will!

In addition, I’ve jam packed it full of freebies to make your homeschool year run smoothly.

Here’s what you get:

Inside the Homeschool Planner…

  • Year at a Glance
  • Birthdays of Family & Friends
  • Password Cheat Sheet
  • Monthly Calendars
  • Menu Planners
  • Lesson Plans
  • Attendance Sheets
  • Grade Book
  • Report Cards
  • Reading Logs
  • Behavior Management
  • Weekly Chores
  • In His Presence Articles (1 per month)
  • In His Presence Journal

Free Resources…

Excel, Customizable Student Planner

Proverbs Interactive Poster (the complete product)

The Armor of God unit

Deeper Roots Family Devotional book (weekly devotions for the ENTIRE school year)

The very popular Reasons for the Season Christmas family devotional book

Customizable Lapbook Templates (so you can make your own customized lapbooks throughout the year!)

Birthday Packet (make their special day extra special!)

Create a Homeschool Classroom on a Budget book

Standardized Testing Tips and Tricks book

Fun Timeline Figures from Creation to Resurrection (especially helpful if you do the Mystery of History curriculum)

My Scripture Journals (for kids)

Please check out the other products under publisher Kathy Hutto.

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Beth Moore’s Siesta Scripture Memory Team has started up again.  I am participating and thought you might like to too!  All you need is a spiral (one of those spiral bound pads of index cards).  She has a pretty cover that you print out and glue to the front of your spiral.

Use your spiral to write verses you are memorizingThe GOAL is 2 verses per month.

I am also using my spiral for my prayer lists.

It’s not too late to jump in!

Click here to go to Beth Moore’s website (Living Proof) and download the spiral cover.  You can download the 5×3 or 6×4 kind.

My 2 verses for January are:

Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ESV

Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”


BTW…thank you to everyone who has been “Liking” my page on facebook.  I do not have a personal facebook account, but recently created a business page linked to this blog (Kathy’s Curricula).  I am grateful for your support.

The Long Winter Unit Study (Little House on the Prairie)

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If the weather where you are has been as cold as where I am, it may be time for a read-aloud!  The kids and I really enjoyed reading through The Long Winter from the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s super easy to fit into your busy homeschooling day.  Just read a chapter a day and add the corresponding piece to your lapbook. That’s it!

This Unit Study includes:

Background Information such as…

Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder

What was the Homestead Act?

Pioneering Life

Links to pictures of Laura’s home, Almonzo’s actual Homestead Proof paperwork, a map of Laura’s travels, video of pioneer life with questions and a worksheet, crafts such as corn cob dolls, fleece scarfs, and homemade butter, museums, online fieldtrips, recipes, and more.  We scoured the web to find the very best resources for you to enhance this unit.

From making homemade butter and handmade fleece scarves to creating corncob dolls, your children will find this book and the activities we recommend a great way to spend your long winter.

Also includes a COMPLETE LAPBOOK with one cutout for each of the 33 chapters in the book.  Each page includes comprehension questions from the chapter and an answer KEY.

44 pages

Click here to purchase this product through TpT.

Click here to purchase this product through Currclick.

Bible Studies for preteens

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Bible Studies for preteens are a great first in-depth Bible Study for this age-group.  They were created because I wanted my own preteen to study God’s Word using her own Bible.  I didn’t want her to just read someone’s interpretation of the Scripture, which is what I found in many devotionals for her age-group.  After all, God’s Word is active and can speak directly to her. So, the Bible studies were born!  I have a hard time keeping up with her.  But, I’m writing new ones all the time!  After breakfast, this is the first thing she does in the morning.  I recommend buying your preteen a cool pen (maybe one that writes pink) to use with these studies.

Bible Studies for preteens take the readers through a portion of the Bible, leaving them with a feeling of success and training them in how to study their own Bibles. The reading passages are divided into manageable and content appropriate chunks. Each Bible study includes word checks with definitions to aid in understanding and relevant and thoughtful questions throughout.  Short answer verses long writing assignments makes this study fun and not overwhelming.

These Bible studies are meant to help your preteen grow deeper roots by studying God’s Word. 

Colossians 2:6-7, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

It takes just one or two weeks to complete each Bible Study.

Along with the Esther study (shown above), here are the other titles in this series with more on the way!

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(Job is for girls OR boys!  I’m also working on Nehemiah.)

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About the author:

Kathy Hutto is a degreed elementary teachers with over 20 years of teaching including traditional school, Christian school, and homeschooling.  She now serves as the Preschool Ministry Coordinator at her Baptist church in Georgia.