Friday, October 16, 2009

Health Update and Taco Casserole

Happy Friday everyone!! 

Here’s an update on my “health issues”.    The good news is that I don’t have asthmas, my blood pressure is normal, my thyroid is normal and my cholesterol level is 172!  It’s been decided that I must have been suffering from panic attacks (anxiety, stress – whatever you want to call it) so I was given a prescription for Xanax to be taken when needed, which luckily I haven’t had to take any yet!!!

I have no idea what kind of stress I could have been under to cause the scary symptoms I was experiencing.  My life has been the same as it’s always been – busy!!  I’ve always joked that I work best under pressure, but I guess as I’m getting older, my body has decided it doesn’t like working under those conditions!  lol  So with “happy pills” in hand, I’ll have to learn to approach life in a less stressful way.   (Yah, right!)

As each possible health risk was tested and marked off the “probable causes” list, I found my tension was easing and my symptoms were disappearing, so now I’m back to my usual self!  Yippee!!


Sometimes planning dinner can get a little hectic while trying to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, so it’s nice to find recipes that are easy to make and that everyone likes.  I found this recipe in one of those cook booklets you see in the checkout line.  It’s from Pillsbury and titled “Crescents, Biscuits & More”.  It’s becoming a family favorite.


Golden Layers Biscuit Taco Casserole

1 jar (16 oz.) taco sauce

1 can (12 oz.) Pillsbury Golden Layers refrigerated    buttermilk or original flaky biscuits

1 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced, ripe olives, drained

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/4 c. chopped red bell pepper

1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper

1 can (4 oz.) mushroom pieces and stem, drained (optional)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly spray  13x9 pan with cooking spray.  Spread taco sauce evenly in bottom of baking dish.

Separate dough into 10 biscuits.  Cut each into quarters.  Place biscuit pieces in taco sauce.  Sprinkle 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese and the olives over top; stir gently to mix.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until bubbly.   Meanwhile, in medium skillet, combine beef, bell pepper and mushrooms; cook over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently.  Drain.

Remove baking dish from oven.  Sprinkle remaining 1/2 c. cheddar cheese and 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese over mixture.  Top evenly with ground beef mixture.

Return to oven; bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes.

May be topped with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sour cream and/or chopped avocado.


As always, if you’d like to see who else has recipes to share, check out Colleen’s (And Baby Makes Five) blog by clicking on the picture below.



Enjoy Your Weekend!!

Until next Time. . . . Kris


  1. Wonderful new Kris. I'm glad you have nothing seriously wrong with you although panic attacks can be really horrible if you are the one experiencing them. I'll keep you in my prayers.

    Your recipe sounds delicious. My family loves tacos and taco salad so I'm sure they wouldn't mind trying this some night.

    Take care,

  2. Hi Kris!....It's so good to hear that you're feeling better and back to your usual self!....just wondering if something's wrong is very stressful!....I too recently had blood work to rule out a couple of possible problems....I don't know how old you are but I am 51 and probably in menopause (I think it's bizarre that there's no sure way to tell when it starts and stops) because the hot flashes and night sweats are occuring but even worse that those, yikes! are the mood swings! husband says he doesn't notice me being any different but I sure feel different!....I'll be glad when this mess is over that's for sure!....I am wondering if what you were experiencing could have been hormone related!


  3. Like I said before, knowing is half the battle. Went through the same thing myself years ago. The doctor looked at me after a battery of tests and said, "Cathi, you have 4 kids at home and a full-time job. What do you think is wrong with you? Duh". Couldn't give up the job or the kids but Dear Hubby and the kids did what they could to make life a little more stressful for me. As long as YOU feel better about it, that's all that counts.

  4. Sorry.....meant to say they did what they could to make life a little LESS stressful. When will blogger get an edit button for our comments?!

  5. Hi Kris,

    Glad to hear there are no serious health issues, and that you are feeling better!
    Oh, the taco casserole sounds yummy, and something my whole family would like. I will definitely be trying this one. Thanks for sharing!

    Prim Blessings,

  6. So happy to hear that you are feeling better. My Dad deals with panic attacks and is on the same meds...the meds really make him mellow and really help calm him down. Anyway, take care of yourself. Stay Warm!!


  7. Kris,
    I am so happy to hear that you found out why you haven't been feeling well and that the symptoms have subsided!
    Yummm...I love tacos! I am anxious to try this one! It sounds delicious.
    I hope you have a wonderful day. It is pouring down rain here and COLD!!

  8. Hi Kris, Good news! I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. You know, my daughter used to have panic attacks so I really understand. Take care of yourself.

    I have got to try your recipe! Everyone here loves Tacos so I know they will like this for sure. Your recipes are very good.


  9. Hi Kris, so glad to hear you are feeling better and getting back to normal. Your recipe looks yummy. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing:)Sherri

  10. Kris, (((HUGS))) 15 years ago I was having panic attacks where I thought I was having a heart attacks and rushed to the hospital on several occassions.. It was between christmas and New Years one time...the hospital prescribed xanax...Yes they are happy pills...Yes they made me feel good...BUT I had to see my regular doctor and he was so upset they put me on Xanax because xanax is very very addicting....Please be careful with that...My doctor taught me how to breath with the panic attacks...When I conquered the breathing exercising I soon had less and less of them and now I don't have them... I am glad you are doing better...

    Your recipe looks delicious...Can't wait to try it...Lisa

  11. Hi Kris,
    I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Ray used to suffer from terrible anxiety attacks. He used to have dizziness so bad he thought he was going to pass out while driving. They seem to have come under control when he started walking on the treadmill for stress relief. Stress can do such terrible things to the body. I hope you never have to use the meds.
    Thanks for the info about the ice cream. I found a recipe for homemade if you're interested. Most of the recipies called for raw egg yolks but I'm not a fan of using them. This recipe doesn't call for them. I even have a recipe for eggless Egg Nog! Let me tell you that you don't even miss the eggs! Everyone goes crazy for it at Christmas. Yum. If you're interested in either recipe let me know and I'll email it to you. Hugs, Loretta

  12. yes, great news!
    stress is not good! i would love to be able to live "stress-free" much easier said than done huh. xanax is good when you need it.
    the casserole looks yummy. take care. ♥ mercy

  13. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Panic attacks are anasty things; my family members have had them. Thanks for the casserole recipe.

  14. Hi Kris!
    Join me in my new slogan."Blessed but Stressed!" Would make a cute sampler don't ya think!!
    Take it easy,

  15. Hello ~ Hopefully now that you know what's wrong you'll continue to not have to take the happy pills.

    Thanks for another easy recipe. We might have to give it a try this weekend.

    Take Care ~ Tonya

  16. Hi Kris,
    I'm so glad you found out what was wrong and also that the symtoms have subsided.

    I'm going to have to give that recipe a try, sounds so good!

  17. Kris, I'm glad for the update that "stress" may be your only problem! Glad it's not something major. I've had some stress issues over the last 10 years and have started to conquer them. It's tough to let things go, but that really is the best solution. I've actually learned to say "NO", mean it and not feel guilty - please try it. I've said no to meetings at church, volunteer opportunities at school, etc. It gets easier. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Ann

  18. Well, Kris ... I am so relieved that you're dealing with anxiety and nothing more serious. I'm so glad you're feeling better!

    And, as always, you've shared a winner! Thanks so much.

    Have a lovely weekend...

  19. Oh yummo! That sounds great! But mostly I am relieved to hear your health scare wasn't anything serious. I have several friends recently diagnosed with panic attacks as well. I am glad you have the pills if you need them! Take care of you!

  20. well glad to hear you are feeling better and that you have pills on hand should you need them..I have found as I get older certain things I don't deal with and other things don't bother me..the recipe looks so comforting and tasty..thanks for sharing..:)

  21. Glad to hear it's nothing serious. The recipe sounds yummy! I'm gonna have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Good News for you.
    My Chol is 90.
    I am 58
    Done with all the menopause bad stuff.
    Continued good health to you.
    Wooster OH

  23. Kris,
    I am so glad it has not been anything major! At least you have some Happy Pills now and if you need them they will be handy! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am going to have to try this one out! have a blessed day!

  24. Hi Kris just found your blog not long ago and I enjoy reading it. just wanted to say that my neighbor suffers from panic attacks and is on the same medicine. She says it really helps her ALOT. Wishing you the best and looking forward to your future posts =)
    Take care
    Prim Blessings


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