Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I love making foods with Tex-Mex or Mexican flavors. Taco seasoning has some of my favorite spices all blended together. I use to, on rare occasions, dabble with a recipe for making my own mix since I could never seem to have packets of it in the cupboards when I wanted to make taco's. The day I found this recipe, I was hooked. It's simple, fast, and easy!

Then one day I read the ingredients in the store bought packet I had on hand. . . .  I never bought a packet again. I am not exactly running around eating all healthy foods, but I was shocked to see such a list of ingredients beyond spices! That was the last packet that I ever bought. 

This recipe is so much easier to have on hand than a packet. Try it, I am sure you will love it too!

Homemade Taco Seasoning  
1/4 c. ancho chili powder
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
2 t. dried oregano
2 t. paprika
2 T. ground cumin
3 t. sea salt
1/2 t. black pepper

Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix, with 1/2 cup of water to one pound of ground meat.   Simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is reduced. 

Substitute 2 1/2 Tablespoons of mix in recipe calling for one packet of taco seasoning.

Source:  Smells Like Home

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Daily Goodie Box

It's time for the fun products in June's Daily Goodie Box!
I'm still working my way through this box, and let me tell you this was a great box this month! My most favorite in this box was Curad Soothe & Cool. Honestly. I'm danger prone, and always looking for ways to sooth my most recent injury.
Check out all the detail below on the great things I got to try.

7th Heaven - Black Seaweed Peel Off Mask

Prince & Spring - Fruitmojis

The Grandpa Soap Co - Apple Cider Vinegar Body Wash

Smart Pressed Juice - Vegan Vanilla Proteini

Auromere - Ayurvedic Toothpaste

Treeline Coffee Roasters - The GEO

CURAD - Soothe & Cool Bandages

Snack Less - Fruit Bars

Daily Goodie Box. It's more than just Free Samples!

Go check it out! Seriously couldn't be easier.
All you need to do after getting a box, is let them know what you think!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Chewy Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

 My cookie connoisseurs may have been feeling neglected, but I think I redeemed myself this weekend on this most recent batch of cookies.

I've been obsessing over this recipe for a while. Making small adjustments each batch. After this last batch I felt satisfied, and I am getting requests for the recipe, so I feel I finally reached success on this flavor. The final addition to the recipe was the cinnamon chips. I found them in the largest grocery store chain I have regular access to a couple months ago and stashed them away for when the time was right. This was it.

Cinnamon lovers will thank you. Oatmeal lovers will thank you. Cookie lovers will thank you. This is the perfect balance of cinnamon and oatmeal wrapped into a lovely chewy cookie.  If you don't have cinnamon chips, go ahead, make them anyway! Just add an extra pinch of cinnamon if you omit the chips to make up for the cinnamon. Trust me, living where I do, I often have to substitute or work around special ingredients!

Chewy Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
1 3/4 cup flour 
1 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar 
1/2  cup granulated sugar 
2 eggs 
1 tsp. vanilla 
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
10 oz bag cinnamon chips 

Mix together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. 

In large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture mixing until ingredients are completely combined. Add  cinnamon chips, stir by hand until evenly distributed.

Cover dough and refrigerate overnight. * Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using small cookie scoop, drop dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool for 3 to 4 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to cooling rack. 

Store in airtight container for 4-5 days. 

*I do not recommend shortening the dough chill time on this recipe.


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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Our Newest Additions

Several years ago I was looking for baby chicks on Craigslist. During my searching, I stumbled across a "new to me" breed of chickens called Icelandic.  After doing some research on this breed, I was completely intrigued. I reached out to the person on Craigslist selling the chicks, but they never responded.

I have looked into this breed a few times since then, but the price per chick and the minimum quantity prevent me from ordering any. But then this year, things changed. In one of my chicken groups on Facebook, a lady from central Wisconsin was advertising her Icelandic chicks for sale. I was so excited. But, with our schedules she was still to far away. My husband insisted we could find a way to make the journey because he knew how important they were to me. In a conversation with the lady to see about scheduling the trip, she asked where we were from. Turns out she has a friend that lives 20 miles from us and she also raises Icelandic Chicks! I was put in contact with the local lady, and the rest is history! 

We are now the proud owners of Icelandic chicks. So far it appears that we have all pullets, but we'll see!
 They are about 2 weeks old in this photo. Still living in the house.

After battling our excessively rainy spring, they finally got to start sampling grass and bugs this past week! 

If you would like to read about Icelandic Chickens, here are some interesting articles:

What's your favorite breed of chicken?