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Crystal’s Super Simple Homemade Cheesy Mac

Crystal;s Super Simple Cheesy MacI love quick and easy dinners during the week!  Who has time and energy to prepare a four course meal, work, clean house, or whatever all the time, every single day? In the summer, that can be even more important. Our kitchens get way too hot to want to be in there for long, am I right?  Of course, when school starts back if you have even less time.  Always so crazy.  Regardless of the season, this is a perfect week night Cheesy Mac recipe.

I picked up a box of hamburger helper and decided to yum it up!  Having the same old thing gets old fast so I looked around my kitchen and started adding things.  Funny how the best things can come from such unexpected places!  I love mixing up and making things different, especially when they are a good cheat!  It was so stinkin’ delicious that we now have it at least once a week!  I hope you enjoy it!

 

Ingredients:

*1 box cheesy Mac
*1lb of Hamburger (you can add more for a larger family)
*1/2 a can of rotell (if spices aren’t your thing use chopped tomatoes)
*onion
*onion powder
*spoonful or two sour cream
*grill mates smokehouse maple seasoning
*shredded Parmesan cheese (on top)

 

Directions:

 

Brown and drain the hamburger meat. Add in seasonings, onion, and Rotel while the meat is cooking. Next add the season pack with the noodles, following directions on the box. You can skip the onion powder if you aren’t a fan of onion, but we love it! I’m obsessed with it. I add it to everything!
When the noodles are ready add the melted cheese pack from the box and a spoonful or two of sour cream to your liking.  Voila!
Pair this with garlic bread or cottage cheese, or a nice salad for the perfect, quick week night meal.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on my creation!  How do you, would you change it up?

-Crystal

Originally posted 2017-08-31 10:58:26.

Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

Hello all, it’s Crystal here!Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

 

With summer in full swing I can’t help but think of vacationing. And my new favorite way to vacation is a cruise!
If you have never been on one before I’m going to give you my top 5 reasons why I love to cruise.
  #1 One price for everything. Your room, food and entertainment are a one stop shop therefore you don’t have to do tons of research to figure out how much dough you will need to save up. Of course don’t forget to calculate the costs of getting to port and back. But if you prepay gratuities and research your cruise line of choice there really aren’t any surprises.

#2 Fun destinations! Who hasn’t secretly or not so secretly, as in my case, wished of traveling to other countries? I love to go to new countries and see how they live. It’s very inspiring. I tend to come home with a new outlook on life.

Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

 #3 Step outside that box!
When I go new places I like to find at least one way to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. On a cruise there are tons of ways to do that. I sampled new foods. Some were very good, others were not so much. Haha! If you have never been on a cruise make it a priority to eat in the dining room at least once.  But it’s really the highlight of the ship in my opinion. The food is wonderful and at times exotic. The best part is, you can order all you want! Another way to challenge yourself is with excursions.  My two best friends went parasailing on the beach of Cozumel. I’ll tell you one of them had a blast. The other was a good sport while we laughed at the video of her totally freaking out.
Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!#4 The scenery. Have you ever watched the sun set over the ocean? It’s beautiful. The waters in the Carribean and Mexico are so clear. You can see the fishies as they swim around you. If you love to take pictures like I do, then you will love all the photo ops you can get while on a cruise and in ports.

  #5 Busy, Busy, Busy! There’s always something to do on a cruise. Even if it’s just eating. The food is everywhere and it’s so yummy. The pools are a hot spot, and the shows are super fun. I caught a couple comedians, some Broadway type shows, and even hit up the casino just for fun. I played a whopping $12 haha! There are tons of other activities as well and they occur all day and into the night.
Here is a bonus #6..I love getting dressed up to go to diner each night. As a stay at home mom/writer I don’t get many chances to do that. There is one or two nights depending on the length of your cruise that is fancy wear night. That one was the most fun. Get dressed early and pop down to all the photo ops to have your picture taken!
Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!
Photo Opp from Fancy Night!

Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

I’m ready to set sail today after that, how about you?
If you would like more information about cruising sound off in the comments below. I have lots more information that I can give you.
I would also like to hear what you love to do on vacation, or your favorite things about cruising if you have been.
Check out this sleep mask for the ride to your cruise!

Originally posted 2017-07-12 07:12:51.

What burns inside you?

Hello, Crystal here.

The weekend is upon us! Yay! I like to grab a good book and curl up on the swing by the pool when I don’t have much planned for the weekend.

Speaking of, I believe I mentioned in my introductory post that I am a writer. I just recently published my 3rd book. It is part of a series entitled Blu Harbor Witches.  The first is Fire Within Me followed by Cursed in Love. If you enjoy Nora Roberts Witch series I think you will like mine. You don’t have to take my word for it. At the end of the post, I will link the reviews that Lia gave them over at Lia’s Bookish Obsession.  With a site like that and a reading list like Lia has, you know she can spot a good book!

         What burns inside you?

Fire Within Me:

 The main Character Elizabeth Strong is trying to find her place in the world after a bad relationship. What she found was more than just a home. She finds herself, family, and maybe even love.  The new world she discovers is like a fantasy; things she thought only existed in fairy tales.

 Billy Merk was raised to hate the Strong family. The resentment went back to the early 1900’s where the family feud begin. Billy never went along with the idea he had to hold grudges that truly had nothing to do with him. For reasons he did not understand at first, he felt compelled to Elizabeth.

 This fueled the war and Billy’s Mother and Brother are determined to keep him from her and the rest of the Strong family. Billy would have to finally deal with the impacts of this war. Which side would he choose?

 

You can find both books in the Amazon store as a paperback or an ebook. I hope that you have a great weekend. If you are compelled to check out my books I would be so flattered.

Cursed in Love by Crystal SellarsHere are the links to Lia’s reviews as promised.

Fire Within Me

Cursed in Love

If you are looking for something awesome to cook tonight, check out my recipe for Oklahoma Indian Tacos!  They are fabulous and just the right meal to keep you relaxed! Oklahoma Indian Taco

Originally posted 2017-06-16 07:42:22.

Beat Depression: One Moment at a Time

Hey all, Crystal here!
I have been wanting to do a series on ways to overcome depression. I struggle with a recurring depression and I know how difficult it can be. But I do not like wallowing. I feel like I may have this thing that makes me sad some days. Although I do not have to let it
get me down.
One thing I do is journal. That may sound boring but hear me out. There are lots of ways to journal.
Junk Journal, Art Journal, Bullet Journal to name a few. I even use a Travelers notebook and the ways to accessorize them are so much fun!!!
So today let talk about Art Journaling. Yiu can go big or small or somewhere in between, it’s just up to you. You may be thinking, But Crystal I can’t draw! Yeah you can. Trust me. You can. because this isn’t for a prize, or to show. It’s just for you. I’m not a Picasso or a Michelangelo by any means. But it makes me happy to color, paint or sketch.

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My Jane Davenport Watercolor Pallett and brush.

I have a secret. I just look at other peoples stuff and go from there. I don’t trace it, but I look at it to make my own version.
So what do you need to get started? This is where I said go big or small. You can start with any piece of paper and colored pencils, markers, paint. Or you can go to a craft store and load up. They have blank art journals with mixed media paper or watercolor paper.. You can splurge like I finally did and get some Jane Davenport watercolors and water brush. It’s just whatever you prefer really.
get started and have fun!

 

You can also check out our post: 10 Ways to Overcome Depression.

 

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You can see my talent level is low. HaHa Full disclosure used a Jane Davenport Stamp set for the face.

Meet Crystal

Hello craftyzoo readers!
My name is Crystal Sellers. I wanted to introduce myself and tell you a little about me. I am going to be writing to you some.
I am an author, mother, wife, crafter, avid tv and movie watcher and much much more.
You may have heard about me before. Kaycee has done review’s of my books before.
I have a new one out but I will tell you more about it in an upcoming post.
My interest right now include junk journals and repurposed books. If you would like to know more about this sound off in the comments below.
I would also love to hear what types of articles you would enjoy from me in the future. Let me know in the comments.
So I am from a small town in Oklahoma where everyone knows everyone and I am related to half the population. Haha
I grew up in the sticks, made mud pies, and raced the red wagon down the hill at granny and papa’s with my cousins.
We went to church on Sundays and lunch at the grandparents house after.
As an adult you begin to miss simpler times. Like playing in the dirt, catching fireflies and listening to the

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whippoorwill with papa.
On the other hand, I love raising my fifteen year old son and showing him all the things I love. As well as experiencing new things together.
Well that’s just a bit about me. I am excited that Kaycee asked me to be a part of the Craftyzoo family. I can’t wait to get to know you all!