Shopping Around The World and Friday Fill-Ins


It’s Double Duty Friday!  

Today we will be doing Friendly Fill-Ins which is a fun hop co-hosted by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader AND Ellen of 15andMeowing……….THEN we will be adding to that post, our “SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD” which is hosted by our porcine friend Bacon at his blog PIGLOVE.

Fill-Ins are one of the coolest Hops we know of because it’s so much fun to learn things about each other simply by filling in the blanks in sentences that our co-hosts give us every week.   What’s easier than that?   Sometimes I get to fill in and sometimes Mom gets to fill in and sometimes we both do.   Wanna play along?  Click McGuffy’s badge above and fill in the LINKY tool to join us.

Here are the FOUR sentences – two from each co-host…………..and I’m letting my Mom fill them in this week!    Her “fill-ins” are in BLUE.

1. For Easter (or Passover), I hide Easter eggs inside the house for my husband to find – it’s a long-standing tradition!

2. My favorite Easter (or Passover) treat is chocolate – I can’t deny it!

3. Lately, the song “Something About You” by Level 42 – it’s an oldie but I heard it on the 80s’ station on the radio the other day and it is stuck in my head.

4. The A-Z Blogging Challenge is an annual event I’ve never participated in – I seem to just be too darn busy with other things but it’s fun to see what others do with the challenge.


Thanks Mom – I guess by “BUSY WITH OTHER THINGS” means ME right?   Oh well………

Now, onward to the next thing which is “SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD”……………..this one is cool because every month our host Bacon gives us a project to research and provide a recipe for – like it could be “favorite dessert” or “favorite sandwich” – then we give the recipe for whatever it is that we make and a list of all the ingredients which includes the PRICES we pay for stuff – what’s so great about that you ask?   WELL, it seems there’s a HUGE difference around the world in prices of food so it’s kind of fun to compare prices PLUS it’s neat to collect recipes!

This month Bacon wants to know what our favorite “GO TO” menu/dish is.   Something our Moms or Dads make that they might do when they need to make something yummy for company, or a favorite meal that’s easy to make when you can’t think of anything else – that kind of thing.   In my house that could be a number of things……but the very EASIEST “GO TO” around here is when Mom makes her Chili/Tamale casserole because it takes her about five minutes to make it.   HAHAHA


Ridiculously Easy (aka LAZY) Chili/Tamale Casserole with Cornbread Topping

Mom here – just wanted to say that I keep these ingredients in my pantry at all times because sometimes you just want to throw something together at the last minute or you don’t have TIME to cook all day or you just plain want to dump a bunch of stuff in a casserole dish and make it EASY on yourself!!

Preheat oven to 375 and have your “whatever size” casserole dish ready to pop in the oven after you put your ingredients together.  I have a nice 3 quart round ceramic casserole dish that I use but use whatever size you want and upsize or downsize the ingredients to fit your family.   It’s just the two of us here and my husband eats this stuff like there’s no tomorrow while I have one serving!


2 LARGE cans of chili – your choice of types – we prefer Hormel’s HOT chili with beans ($1.95 for 15 oz. can)

1 can Hormel Tamales in chili sauce ($1.59 for 15 oz. can)

1 package cornbread mix – I usually get Betty Crocker or Jiffy brand – these are the little packages that you just add sometimes an egg and milk to – EASY!   ($.99 on sale)


I layer my tamales (after you remove the paper wrapping!!!!) in the bottom of my casserole but some people put them on top and others in the middle.   Doesn’t matter.    The put the cans of chili on top.   Put casserole in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes or until it JUST starts to bubble a bit.   Make your cornbread mix and pull your casserole out of the oven long enough to dump the cornbread mix on top of the casserole spreading evenly – pop back in the oven and cook until cornbread is done (look on package of cornbread you’re using for how much time AND you might need to adjust the oven temp too for the cornbread!).    This is absolutely DIVINE.   Simple YES but delish too.   Scoop out servings of the whole thing and if you are a chili lover, I guarantee you’ll have SECONDS!

OK Teddy – the blog is all yours dear boy!!!!

Well Mom, I think we’re DONE for today so I’ll just sign off!   

HUGS, Teddy

Say- is that chili done yet? Smells good!


54 responses »

  1. oh that’s a super idea… the mama is da biggest fan of casseroles… specially lazy ones!!! thanks for a super recipe… we sadly can not hide the eggs in da house for dad… there is someone who find them much earlier and that someone knows no mercy and eats them within a nano second…


    • UHOH… have an egghunter in the house? Well, even with the shells on I bet they are delicious! I’ve never tried one but I do like watching my Dad look for them. He looks pretty funny carrying a basket around…HAHAHA

      Love, Teddy


    • Oh I used to love hearing that “hot today, chili tamale” – one of those things that reminds you of the old days. This chili casserole sure is good though – in fact, maybe I’ll make it for dinner tonight!

      Hugs, Pam


  2. That recipe is a PLAN! We are going to have Easter Chili/Tamale Casserole!… with cornbread topping! Now all I have to do is go out and buy a three quart casserole because we do not have one of those here yet! I enjoyed your Mom’s Fill-ins and would love to see PICTURES of your Dad hunting Easter eggs BUT I know that is never going to happen so I will just imagine it… 😀
    I could never do that A to Z Blogging Challenge because I have The Procrastination and that is all I have to say about that. But I do admire the people that do the Challenge.
    You are looking GOOD there, Teddy! See you tomorrow for Bacon Saturday!


    • May I suggest a RED casserole dish????? Actually, you an make this in a regular glass baking dish too – I just happened to have a ceramic thingie. For two people you can even use a SMALLER casserole than 3 qt. All I can say is DOUBLE YUM. You know what else? I never thought about it but you could absolutely make this in a crockpot.

      David would have a fit if I snapped him hunting his Easter eggs. If I was in the mood for blackmail however I’d GET RICH QUICK!

      Love, Pam in Virginnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


  3. Thanks to your mom for completing the fill-ins, I always enjoy her answers. I think it is sweet that your mom colors and hides eggs for your Dad. She should get some plastic ones and fill them with nip for you. That recipe looks fantastic, I would leave out the can of peppers because I like just a little hot. XO


    • Oh we don’t put peppers in it BUT I think people who want it EXTRA hot would like that……….I just use the Hormel HOT chili in a can – the regular chili from them is darn good too!!!

      Hugs, Pam


  4. Oh my that casserole looks heavenly. I’m going to have to try that.

    I’ve never done the A to Z Blogging Challenge either. You’re too busy and I’m too lazy.

    Have a fabulous day, and a very happy Easter. ♥


    • It’s kind of weird because my Mom has a tough time FINDING tamales in the grocery stores around here sometimes. When she DOES find them she gets a “supply” for those chili nights we have from time to time.

      Love, Teddy


  5. Mom’s mom used to make a similar casserole when she was growing up, but she put corn chips (like Fritos on top). Mom said it was yummy. This one sounds even better. Thanks for the recipe. Hey, Teddy, you are looking good. We haven’t heard anything in a few days about how you are doing…so guess that means you are continuing to return to your fun-loving self. Sending lots of love to all. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer


    • Thanks for asking about me – I am 100% recovered from my shot reaction. I hope that NEVER EVER happens again to me or anyone else! Your Mom’s Mom’s idea of chips on top sounds interesting…..I think that crunch would be VERY nice as a substitute for the cornbread.

      Love and Hugs, Teddy


    • Hiding eggs is fun for ANYONE – and with adults you can actually hide them in TOUGH places whereas with little ones it needs to be easier. I have to make a list of WHERE I’ve hidden them though because I do hide them in tough spots and I’m afraid I’ll forget where I’ve hidden them at 3AM when I’m half asleep and stumbling around in my PJs hiding eggs for my husband! HAHAHAHAHA

      Pam and Teddy too


  6. We bet if our Mom hid eggs for Dad to find, we would beat him to it:) But it sounds like a fun game to play.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber


    • Hi CK! Chocolate is nectar of the gods and practically sacrilegious to turn down right? My Mom thinks the Easter Bunny should deliver everyone a big box of GODIVA. HAPPY EASTER!

      Hugs, Teddy


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