The Victim & Cowboy Casserole

Yesterday after I dropped Big T off at daycare and was making my 30 minute drive to work I get a phone call.
First of all, my phone NEVER rings. And especially not at 8:30 in the morning.
I looked at the caller ID and it was Big T's daycare.
I said out loud "uh oh" and answered the phone.
It was the director telling me that Big T had just gotten bitten by a child on his back.

Apparently Big T took off with this kids sandal and the kid (who is in a younger class might I add) ran after him and tackled him to the ground (seriously? a 1 year old?) and started "chewing" on his back.
WTF is this kid? A vampire?

And hey, I get it, I've been the parent of a biter, so I know it's not a parenting issue and blah blah. I wasn't annoyed with the child by any means.
I rather thought, "hmm, maybe he will see that shit hurts".
But at least he wasn't the biter this time!
He's a tough boy and it didn't seem to phase him, so I wasn't too worried about it.
Things are gonna happen at a daycare, it's just part of it.
But the things he's learned in the past few months he's been there far exceed the negatives of daycare.
I believe we made the right decision by switching him from an in home sitter to a daycare, even if some of the kids are vampires.

& now onto a new recipe I made last night.
I'd love to pawn this off as my own, but I will give credit where credit is due (I thank the bank for the money, thank God for you!) <-- if you don't know what that is referring to, you obviously aren't from the south. Now go google Sawyer Brown. Immediately.

I get in phases where I LOVE cooking, and phases where I despise it. Right now, I'm obviously in a LOVE phase, what with all the recipes I've been posting lately. But I must say, if a recipe takes me longer than 30 minutes to prepare I'm already disinterested. 30 minutes (minus bake time), in my opinion, should be enough time to assemble and pop something in the oven. I don't have the kind of time to be farting around in the kitchen for an hour just PREPARING a meal. So I have found a lot of quick, awesome recipes on Pinterest lately that I've been trying out.
This one is one of them.
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Cowboy Casserole

My actual pic
Recipe can be found {HERE}
But I'll go ahead and break it down for you in case you are a lazy bitch that doesn't want to do more clicking than you have to. No shame.

-1 lb. ground beef (recipe calls for 1 1/2, but I used a little less than 1 lb and it was fine for 3 ppl)
-1 medium onion, chopped
-3 cloves garlic (I don't have time for that shit, so I skipped this)
-1 can whole kernel corn, drained (unless you are a freak and like corn juice. sicko.)
-1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (I used 98% fat free because I honestly don't think you can tell a difference)
-2 cups shredded cheese (I used mexican blend)
-4 tablespoons sour cream (I really used about a cup because I love it so much. I also used reduced fat)
-1 bag frozen tater tots- Ore Ida Crispy Crowns (recipe calls for a whole bag, but honestly, I think I'll use less next time- probably 1/2 a bag)

In a large skillet, cook chopped onion (I added about 2 tablespoons butter because onions are just better carmelized with butter if you ask me) until soft. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
Drain and put in big bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, add soup, milk, sour cream and whisk until smooth. (I put mine in a saucepan and heated until smooth). Add to ground beef mixture. Add can of corn and 1 cup cheese to mixture. Stir to combine.
PS- this is where it starts to look like vomit, but trust me, it's GOOOOD.

In a 9x13 pan pour 1/2 bag of tater tots to cover bottom of dish. Pour mixture over tater tots. Add the other 1/2 of bag on top of mixture. (next time I will only use about 1/2 of bag- so 1/4 on bottom and 1/4 on top). Sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

It was so good and super simple.
AND Big T loved it!
Can't beat a recipe that a 2 year old loves!
*Side Note*
I can't believe I will have a 2 year old in 3 weeks!!! EEEEKS!!!

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Stephanie said...

YUM that looks GOOD! Thanks for the recipe, I love trying out new ones.

Poor Tucker, that bite mark looks painful. I cringed at the "chewing on his back" part. OUCH!

Erica said...

Yummo!! I just recently made the taco pizza recipe you posted and we love it especially Dave! Me and the kitchen have a love hate relationship and I'm currently in a love phase too!

Poor Tuck :( it really stinks. Hayden was a biter and Adalyn is the bitten one these days, I'm on both sides, so I feel ya.

Natalie said...

I found a recipe similar to that the other week. I was going to post it when you asked for freezer meal ideas because that stuff freezes well too! Instead of a can of corn I used on of those steamer bags of corn, carrots, green beans and peas. If you want to try that for next time to get more veggies in the mix. It was super yummy!

Michelle said...

Too funny! In Minnesota we call that Tator-Tot Hotdish. You know, because everything is a hotdish, not a casserole.

DereknCindy said...

yummy...and i hate cutting up garlic too so i resort to buying that minced garlic in a small glass jar and just throw a tablespoon whenever a recipe calls for garlic! Poor Tucker, I hope his bite gets better quick!

JenThomas said...

Poor "Big T"--that bite looks painful. Glad too hear he's a little trooper. Hope it gets well soon.

Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try it :-) I made the mexican caserole recipe you posted and it was super delicious (and easy)!! My son is a very picky eater and he LOVED it (hates mushrooms and didn't even know there was cream of mushroom soup in it). I'm like you, I'm not spending anymore than 30 minutes getting something ready for dinner, I don't have time for that stuff. Keep the tasty recipes coming.

Hollie Jones said...

Sorry about the bite...:(
The recipe looks way YUMMY!!!

And THANKS! I'm going to be singing freaking Sawyer Brown all day!!

Love your blog, you make me laugh!

Jennifer Bartlett - Collins said...

Ha! Not from the south but I <3 Sawyer Brown!!! :))