All posts by Kaycee

Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of almost ten years. We have a 21 year old daughter who has grown up, got married on us and a had a little one who is less than a year old. Just love being Nonna! We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share!

Baked Taquitos


10 large flour tortillas
1 lb Ground beef or ground turkey
taco seasoning
1 can green chiles
1 tbsp garlic minced
1 Onion chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped, optional


Brown 1-2 lbs of ground beef or ground turkey with onion, bell peppers, and or garlic if desired. We used turkey. As for the amount, just use however much you normally would! Remember that these will freeze really well to have for future meals, also Monkey took one to school and ate it cold for lunch. She really enjoyed it!
Once you’ve browned the meat, drain grease and add taco seasoning. If you used ground turkey, I suggest using low sodium beef broth to simmer it in, but it’s up to you! The broth adds a lot of great flavor! We typically use broth. Let it simmer until seasoning has soaked into the meat.
Next, mix in a can of green chilis. Stir well. Once the juice has simmered into the meat you have options. A. Mix in shredded cheese, stir, then proceed B. Proceed, then add cheese C. Skip the cheese altogether
Spray a cake pan or cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Roll a small amount of meat mixture up into the tortilla shell. Lay into baking sheet and spray the tops. of the taquitos.
Bake for about 6-10 minutes, flip over and repeat until lightly browned to your taste at 350! Enjoy!
My Suggestions to go with them: Mexican or Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, and/or Salad. For a real authentic treat make some Tamarindo to go with it. You can find the recipe with the drinks. Check out more at

Pizza Rolls

I made these easy pizza rolls for a church function and they were a huge success. Everyone loved them! You can easily modify the recipe to fit your taste buds! I hope you’ll enjoy them too!

Crunchy Green Beans

Ahh, summertime!!! Gotta love all of the fresh veggies available!!! I used 1 jar of canned green beans because that’s what we had! Turned out really great even though we didn’t have the almonds! BTW, I’m super sorry I didn’t get a pic, we were starving and dug in without thinking!!! LOL.

Garlic Roasted Summer Squash

A great summer or fall side dish!

Pickled Onions

A Day to Bear from the #TulsaZoo

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PS Sorry about the last two being foggy, had to take them through glass…  Can’t see why we can’t go in there!  LOL

Also, as a shameless plug, if your little ones like bears, you should check this review out!  It will bring you tons of fun!!!


Free Book on Amazon: The Reluctant Bachelorette

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Renee Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

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4 Zoo Recipes You Should Add to Your Menu

If you are like me, Monday is your day to plan out the menu. Perhaps even gather groceries if we must! I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes that I’ve posted. I’d love to hear some of your recipe favorites as well in the comment section!!! I’m always out for new ideas!!!

Pita Chicken Salad Sammiches
Pita Chicken Salad Pockets
Excellent quick & Easy Entree!


Coconut Lime Chicken Soup
Great hot OR cold!!!
Crispy Baked ‘Fried’ Chicken
A great twist of flavor from the normal spaghetti!

2016 Epic Holiday Gift Guide Spectacular

Grown Up Stuff

After years of NOT doing one of these pages, this is a work in progress.  Please have some confidence in me and check back on these pages!

Whatever Will Be, Will Be!

A taste of life, lessons or whatever might fit!

10 Sure Fire Ways to Lower Stress. Anywhere.Work-Life Balance Guide: How to Have Fun While Remaining ProductiveThe New You: 5 Ways to Change Your Look

Vacations & Planning

What fun, what fun! So much planning to get done!

Silver Dollar City Hacks Tips & Tricks10 Destinations for Homeschool and Learning in Charleston SCEvent Planning 911: Free Resources for weddings, graduations, announcements & morePlan For Success with Best Planner Ever @JenniferDawn8

Marriage & Dating

Putting Spice Into Your Marriage *even w kids!*Dating Safety: 5 Tips to Protect Yourself on Every Date

Wedding Stuff

Hearing wedding bells? We’ve got tons to help!  Lots of free resources!

13 Tips for a Fabulous Wedding DayA Complete Guide to Choosing Wedding Favors

For the Ladies

Apollo Surprise Box #AplloInfluencerCorset Chick Review & a Sizing Rant!


DotCom 2.0: Make Tracks From Day One!Lugz Theta Boots: Spring Gift GuideWhat Statement are you Making This Year?Lugz Mallard Boots


Travelling Through Infertility: Sponsored by The Stork OTCInfertility to Pregnancy Journey

Depression, Loss & Such:

The Dark Parts of Life

Depression, Loss, and So On are terrible parts of life. But they are just that: a part of life.  I pour my heart out in some of these posts, I hope that help you or someone you care about.

Depression & Coping: One Day at a Time. You can do this.How I Helped My Anxiety and Depression

Part 1: What NOT to Say to a Parent Who Has Lost A Child

Pare 2 in the Series: How you can help a grieving parent

Coping with the loss of a child is debilitating. These are some things that helped me and my hope is they help you if you or someone you know is on this journey