Friday, June 21, 2013

Homemade Taco Seasoning



I finally ran out of store bought taco seasoning. I had no choice unless I wanted to run to the store so I googled it and found a recipe on All Recipes. I quickly saw that I had all the ingredients and decided to give it a try. I was happy to see I could alter the spiciness because my son has had acid reflux and his stomach is very sensitive to spice. 

I was very pleased with the taste and to know just how much salt is going into it. What I loved was it wasn't as salty but still very tasty. Give it a try and let me know what you think. 

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of Chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


Directions
Add all ingredients and mix together in a small bowl. Brown ground turkey or beef and then add this mixture to the meat. Pour 2/3 cup of water to the pan and simmer until liquid cooks into the meat. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to make Foaming Hand Soap


We love to use foaming hand soap in our house because it is easy for kids to use. They can see the foam soap easily and spread it all over the hand. It also rinses off easier. The foaming soap is more expensive and I usually stock up on it when its on sale but with a family of four and lots of guests we go through the stuff very fast. When I added up the cost I couldn't believe how much I was spending and was just about to go back to regular hand soap when it dawned on me that I could probably make it. 

I went out and bought target brand hand soap and used my old foaming hand soap bottle. After playing around with the amount of soap/water ratio I figured it out and have saved myself a ton of money. I love saving money for some reason it gives me quite a rush. Try it and let me know what you think. 

Directions

Fill your foaming pump bottle half way with hand soap of your choice. Then fill the rest with water but not to the top because it will spill over once you add the top in with it. Leave at least 3/4 of inch. Take a chop stick or like me the end of my comb and stir it all together. Put the top on and its done. Easy as can be.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ultimate Potato Salad


I love potato salad but after I found this recipe I haven't had one as good since. What I love about this salad is the red potatoes hold up well and it has a combination of mayo and sour cream so the dressing is lighter and still very flavorful. 

I found this recipe from Paula Deen. She call's it Lady's warm potato salad. It is supposed to be served right away. It is good that way but personally I think it taste better after it has been sitting for hours even the next day. I find the flavors meld together much better. I don't add everything she adds so If you want it just the way she does you should check out the link under her name. 

Ingredients

8 medium red potatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup chopped green onion tops
1 cup chopped celery
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tablespoons seasoning salt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
Directions

In a large pot, boil the potatoes with the skins on for 10 to 15 minutes until tender. Let the potatoes cool just to the touch and cut into cubes.

In a large bowl, combine the next 5 ingredients. In a medium bowl combine last 4 ingredients. Pour over salad and combine it all gently. 

Serve at room temperature or I prefer it sit for hours even over night.