You Don’t Have to Starve!



Most delicious taco casserole!

  • 1 package crumbles or 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 diced white onion
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup green onions
  1. Saute meat, beans, onions, taco seasoning, sauce, and corn on medium-high heat until meat is browned (or soy crumbles are thoroughly cooked).
  2. Spoon half your meat mixture into your casserole dish in an even layer, top with a thin layer of sour cream, then sprinkle with some cheese.
  3. Repeat. Cover with cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then serve topped with diced tomatoes and green onions


Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

On this day in 1975 the Summer blockbuster movie “Jaws” is released….

Is there anyone in our generation who has not seen this movie?!!! I still watch it every time it comes on TV. It was truly a classic during my teen life. And then of course the ones that followed. But none could beat the original “JAWS”!

I will have to admit, my funniest memory of this is when my Mom and her friend Connie went to see this, and Connie leaned over to my Mom and asked her, “I wonder how they trained that shark to do that?” THAT in its self was classic! Luckily my Mom actually knew it was a mechanical shark. Truth though, that even surprised me! Ooooh those two women! Never a dull moment!

Even my children have seen this movie and the ones that followed. My oldest was able to recite the uncut version ending to JAW’s 2 during his childhood.  And believe it or not, he ended up excelling in the military! Maybe that’s why! “Smile you SOB”….

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen


Who Needs Lettuce?…Not Me!!

Antipasto Skewers


  • 20 long wooden skewers
  • (1) 9 ounce package cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce (optional, but it adds a nice kick)
  • 40 olives (I used Kalamata but any kind you enjoy will work)
  • 40 grape tomatoes
  • 40 thin slices Genoa salami
  • 20 baby mozzarella balls
  • 40 pieces basil, torn
  • 20 pieces chopped artichoke hearts


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and quickly rinse in cold water. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the tortellini with salad dressing and hot sauce, seal the bag, and turn it around a few times to coat; refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  2. When ready to assemble, drain and discard any remaining marinade.
  3. For each skewer, you can thread an olive, tomato, basil, tortellini, basil, folded salami slice, mozzarella ball, tortellini, basil, folded salami piece, artichoke heart, tomato, olive.

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars, 

Lion Queen

Weight Watchers It Is!

I have finally decided I need help and support in losing weight. I have now decided to join Weight Watchers. To reach my Life Time goal I have to lose 45 lbs. Once I reach that goal I will become a life time member and will no longer have to pay membership fees.

My first meeting was last Wednesday night. As of this morning I had lost 4 lbs, but now it’s the weekend, full blown in all of it’s glory! Once I get past this first weekend, and learning the weekend do’s and don’ts I think I will be good. My biggest downfall will be  my wine. I love to come home, pour a glass of wine, and drink it through out the evening. I don’t guzzle, I sip. But I like to come home, pour a glass as a just chill out moment, then have one while I am cooking, especially if I am watching Jacques Pepin. Yes, I have a little TV in the kitchen, that of course takes me through dinner, and then my chill out glass to wind down the night. I enjoy my wine, and will not lie about it. It relaxes me, takes me away from work, ( which I have mentioned before, I work for a major beer/wine/spirits distributor here in Oklahoma)…but stress level gets extremely high at times. So with all that being said…Momma has to change her life style.

I noticed at WW the other evening they had wine glasses marked with oz you could have. I might have to purchase one of those.  So far I have done really well. We went to a concert the other night and I had zero wine. That’s a first for me, but I did it, and I was so proud of myself. The weekend has arrived and I have counted my points and been very disciplined. I’ve got this!

Will keep you posted! Please support me and share your weight loss tactics with me!

Hugs, Love, Peace and Roars,

Lion Queen

Fifties and only Beginning