I am a married Mom of 3: Boy (4 yo), Boy (2 yo) and Girl (11 mo old). I founded MomsOutLoud.com in 2008, which is now DFWMama.com. (Basically, I decided I liked Rachael and her team so well I wanted to join it!) Now I'm here, writing about what I know and love - raising kids in North Texas.

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Fall Potluck Recipes

Everyone is looking for a great and easy recipe whether it is for taking to a neighborhood Halloween Party or simply feeding your family after a long day. Moms Out Loud is here to help! Here are five of our favorite, tried-and-true recipes that even your kids (or especially picky husband!) will eat. And best of all, they are easy to make.

Corn Dip

This easy recipe involves just throwing things together. It’s a unique dip that everyone loves. The recipe makes plenty for a large party, so you might want to half or third it for a smaller gathering.

3 (11 ounce) cans Mexican-style corn
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
5 green onions, chopped
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream (I use reduced fat sour cream)
3/4 cup mayonnaise (I use http://www.hellmanns.com/products/reduced_fat_mayo.aspx)
10 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

In a medium-size mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. It is better if it has been refrigerated for several hours. Serve with tortilla chips, fritos, crackers, or veggies.

Cupcake Graveyard

Just a little bit more time consuming than regular cupcakes, but definitely worth the effort! Everyone will think you are not only crafty, but creative and innovative…But you won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen!

Chocolate cupcakes
1 (16 ounce) package vanilla frosting
3/4 cup oreo cookie crumbs
24 chocolate covered graham cracker cookies (or Melano cookies, as pictured)
1 small tube of decorator icing

Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. In a medium bowl stir 1 package of frosting with the cookie crumbs. Frost cooled cupcakes.  Write R.I.P. on each cookie. Stand a decorated cookie on top of each cupcake so that it looks like a tombstone. Add decorative spiders, gummy worms, or other treats if desired.

This recipe makes a delicious all-in-one meal perfect for dinner parties where kids and picky eaters are involved.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 1/2 pounds ground turkey or ground sirloin
1 onion, peeled
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 packet of Taco seasoning
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup beef stock
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
3 cups shredded cheese
4 scallions, chopped
2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the meat and brown. Grate in the onion and garlic. Season the meat with taco seasoning, salt and pepper and cook 5 minutes more. Stir in beef stock. Grease a 8 by 13-inch baking pan with vegetable oil. Layer in 3 overlapping flour tortillas and top with 1/3 meat, 1/3 cheese. Repeat the layers twice and bake 10 to 12 minutes to brown cheese. Top with scallions, lettuce and tomatoes, cut into squares and serve.

Slow-Cooked Mexican Chicken

If you have a big crock-pot, you know the joy of putting ingredients in and not doing a darn thing for several hours only to be greeted with a delicious meal without any work. Now that Reynolds makes Slowcooker liners, even the clean-up is a breeze with this delicious recipe!

2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1/2 jar mild salsa
1 cup canned or frozen corn
1/4 onion, sliced thick
1 red pepper, cut in thick strips
1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
Green onions, sliced
cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups rice, cooked

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch chunks. Add all ingredients through taco seasoning, into slow cooker. Cook for approximately 5-6 hours. Turn slow cooker off and uncover. Prepare the rice. Serve chicken over rice, topped with green onions and cheese. If the remaining sauce is too thin, stir in a tablespoon of flour to thicken it up.

Old Bay Wings

These easy and delicious wings only have two ingredients and can be made in the slow-cooker or the oven. What could be better?

2 pounds chicken wings
1 cup old bay seasoning

Place old bay in a large plastic bag. Add the wings, 2-3 at a time, and shake to coat. Place in the crockpot, with no additional liquid, for about 8 hours on low. If baking, put wings on a 9×13″ pan, into a preheated 400 degree oven, and bake for 30 minutes, flipping wings after 15 minutes.

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