Thursday, March 14, 2019

Because... It's Homemade!

Hello everyone!

I was sitting at home a few nights ago and was craving taco salad. I had all the ingredients except the usual taco seasoning that I use. So, I ended up Googling for a homemade recipe version. This is what I found...

Taco Seasoning Mix


    1 tbsp Chili Powder
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp paprika
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp onion powder
    1/4 tsp dried oregano
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    pinch of red pepper flakes


    Combine all the spices in a bowl and keep in an airtight container in a cool dry place until ready to use.

To Make Taco Meat:

    Brown 1 pound ground beef with 1/2 of a white onion, diced until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain any fat and return skillet to stove top. Add in 2 1/2 tbsp of seasoning mix (one recipe) along with 1/4 cup of water. Stir until combined and water has reduced. 

 Homemade Ketchup with Honey

  1. 12 oz. tomato paste*
  2. 1/2 c. honey.
  3. 1 c. vinegar.
  4. 1/2 c. water (or more, for a thinner consistency)
  5. 2 tsp. salt.
  6. 1/2 tsp. onion powder.
  7. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder.
Homemade sloppy joes recipe link ... 



  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed chicken gumbo soup
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large heavy skillet, cook ground beef until evenly brown; drain well.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine onion, bell pepper, celery, condensed gumbo soup, tomato paste and brown sugar. Stir in lemon juice, mustard, ketchup, barbeque sauce and vinegar. season with Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, parsley, black pepper and salt. Stir in browned beef.
  3. Cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Skim off excess fat.
This sparked the theme for this post.

There is a Digital Scrapbooking freebie for March from the We Believe Blog Train as well. Enjoy!

Links fixed. Sorry about that!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Make me Some Super Soup!

Hi All,

Welcome again to my blog. This month I have the We Believe Blog Train freebie digital scrapbooking kit as usual, plus a couple recipes that I have thrown together on an app called Recipe Keeper Pro. I hope that you enjoy these delicious soup recipes! I hope that you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day on the 14th. 💗

 Now for the WBBT freebie...
  1. Italian Meatball Soup
  2. My Best Chili  
    My Best Chili
    Italian Meatball Soup

Now for the WBBT freebie...

This month we have a lovely "Love" themed kit from...

John 15:13 (KJV)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


Don't forget to visit everyone on this month's blog train. Choo-choo!  

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January WBBT Post

Hi All!

I hope that this new year, 2019, finds you healthy, and doing well.
I set out this year with a small resolution, that to take a bit of time for balance with work/life. :)

As I really enjoy my creative time with digital arts, I'm still planning on contributing to the We Believe Blog Train.

This is my contribution for this January...

Here are the download links...

Don't forget the other stops!