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Homemade Taco Sauce

I made tacos for supper the other night and thought it would be awesome if I could make homemade taco sauce.  Since I make my own tacos from scratch, no seasoning packets, making homemade taco sauce was the next step. Here’s what I came up with:

Homemade Taco Sauce

 

Homemade Taco Sauce

1 cup of tomato sauce (8 oz can)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper

 

Place all ingredients in small saucepan. Simmer for 2-3 minutes

That’s it! So easy!

You can adjust the “heat” of the sauce by adjusting the pepper. Use less pepper for a mild sauce. Use more pepper or use cayenne pepper for a hotter sauce.

This sauce can be frozen. Freeze in small containers and just defrost before serving.

 

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Homemade Slushies

There’s nothing like a frozen treat to cool you off in the summer. My kids love popsicles. I don’t love the high sugar content and all the food dye. The 100% juice popsicles are very expensive. Some of my kids like store bought slushies, too. I have the same problem with those that I have with the popsicles.

So I started to make my own.

My favorite is lemonade. I make the lemonade myself:

6-8 lemons, juiced  approximately 1 cup of juice

1 cup sugar, xylitol or your favorite sweetener

Add to a 2 quart pitcher and fill with water stirring to dissolve.

Pour into freezer containers or popsicle molds.

You want to make the lemonade a little stronger than if you were just drinking it.

Freeze until solid, or desired constancy, if your kids are standing at the freezer waiting like mind do. lol

If frozen solid, let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, then stir (or chop) with your spoon.

I like to take my frozen lemonade and start scraping right away. Kind of like the lemon ice I used to get off the ice cream truck when I was a kid.

 

We also use 100% juice to fill the containers. My son likes grape. Another likes orange juice. With orange juice, you’ll want to make sure the juice isn’t bitter before freezing. My kids don’t like bitter slushies, and I’m guessing yours won’t either. lol Just use your kids (or yours!) favorite juice.

You can freeze any kind of smoothies that you kids like and treat them like a slushie, or let them completely defrost.

I like to use canning jars to freeze our slushies in. I bought the plastic freezer jam containers that one of the canning jar companies puts out, but ours keep cracking on the bottom. So I started using the glass jars, which are freezer safe also. My kids actually prefer these to popsicles. The benefit of these is no dripping.

 

 

 

 

 

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Store bought BBQ sauce is full of high fructose corn syrup so I wanted to make my own to avoid it. Really, all store bought condiments are mostly HFCS nowadays. Unless you pay a very high price for HFCS free condiments at health food stores, it’s hard to avoid. I’ve been experimenting with making my own BBQ sauce. I’m moving to salad dressings next. :)  If you like a less sweet bbq sauce, you can cut down on the brown sugar.

 

Homemade BBQ Sauce

 

2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
10 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

 

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer to 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 

 

 

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Homemade Baked Beans

  • I love baked beans. I just don’t love all the additives in canned baked beans. I tired once time years ago, like 13 years ago,  to make my own baked beans, and it just didn’t work. Not only didn’t they taste good, but the beans were hard, even after baking for a few hours.


    Since the summer cook out season has started, I was determined to make my own baked beans. My bean cooking talents have improved since then. I now cook and freeze beans for all our bean needs, so I only had to pull the beans out of the freezer. Because of my freezer stash of beans, I got to spend the time working on the sauce. And it’s good! I don’t have a picture because we ate them all before I could get one!
    Baked Beans

1 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup diced onion (more or less to taste)
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 pepper

6 cups cooked pinto beans

Stir together all ingredients, except beans in sauce pan. Bring to boil, then simmer until onions are done, 15-20 minutes.

Stir in beans.

You can serve at this point, or pour beans into a baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Or you can cover with foil and bake for 2-3 hours. If beans are getting too dry while cooking, you can add a little water.

*NOTES:


You can used canned beans if you prefer those. 6 cups of beans would be about 2-3 cans of beans. If preparing dried beans, follow the package directions for soaking and cooking the beans, then proceed with the recipe.

I didn’t have any molasses, but look forward to trying this recipe with molasses. So if you don’t  have real maple syrup, try molasses.

We don’t normally eat bacon, but if you do, you can add chopped bacon mixed in with the beans, or lay slices of uncooked bacon on top of the beans before baking. Just make sure to bake until the bacon is completely cooked.

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Making a Home – Macaroon Fail

I had some fresh coconut left that no one was eating. So I decided to make something with it. Since it’s Passover, I had to find a recipe without leaven.

I came across this recipe for Macaroons.  Only 5 ingredients! Coconut, sugar, egg whites, vanilla & salt.

First I had to grate my coconut. The grater blade on my food processor broke, and grating all those pieces of coconut by hand did not sound appealing in the least. So I put all the pieces in the food processor and processed until small pieces. It worked great.

I put the dough in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes, although the recipe wasn’t clear on chilling the dough.

Instead of making cubes or pyramids like the recipe called for, I just spooned them out and slightly flattened them.

The recipe said if your pans were well seasoned, you could get away without using the parchment paper. Since I didn’t have any and my pans are well seasoned, I just baked them on the pans.

After baking, I tried to take the cookies off the pan. They stuck to the spatula, and fell apart. So I tried leaving them on the pan for a few minutes.

When I came back, they were firmly stuck to the pan. I had to work at getting them off the pan.

So , my first attempt to make macaroons was a fail. They were, however, delicious. We ate all the crumbs. lol

Failure in the kitchen is important. How else do you come up with really yummy new recipes? Besides, it lets the kids see that I can mess stuff up, too. And gives us all something to laugh at. While we’re eating the crumbs. lol

Visit the website for the recipe for macaroons.

These are definitely worth making. I do suggest using the parchment, though! lol

MakingaHome

Where we share all aspects of Making a Home. Share your posts about homemaking ideas, recipes, crafts, decorating, cleaning tips, basically anything that has to do with caring for a home and family.
Making a home for my family is very important to me and I’m always looking for tips and ideas.
So, link up your posts, and let’s all support each other in making our homes better for our families.

Please provide a link back to me. A text link is fine. Of course, family friendly posts only.



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Making a Home – Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I got this recipe for Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free Chocolate Cake from  I’m an organizing Junkie. She also has a recipe for frosting, and for making your own gluten free baking mix on the same page.

I have just recently gone gluten free, so I’m trying lots of recipes. This cake is so good! Chocolate cake is my favorite cake.  So I know what I’m talking about. This cake has great flavor & texture. The kids that tried it liked it as well. They wanted more than a taste. :)

I only made half her recipe, since I’m the only one gluten free. So here’s what I did:

Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free Chocolate Cake from I’m an Organizing Junkie

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour – I used a store bought gluten free flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and beat until well combined. I use a whisk, (since my mixer died). Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350* until toothpick comes out clean.

I think this cake is great for snacking without any frosting. It would be good with frosting or a non dairy whipped topping (or whipped cream if you can have it). I ate a piece (ok….two!) and I put the rest in the freezer. Cut into pieces, and layers separated by wax paper, so I can take out one piece at a time.

I’m glad I found this cake! It’s really good. yummo…….

MakingaHome

Where we share all aspects of Making a Home. Share your posts about homemaking ideas, recipes, crafts, decorating, cleaning tips, basically anything that has to do with caring for a home and family.
Making a home for my family is very important to me and I’m always looking for tips and ideas.
So, link up your posts, and let’s all support each other in making our homes better for our families.

Please provide a link back to me. A text link is fine. Of course, family friendly posts only.

For more tips and recipes, visit:

The Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom

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Making a Home – Herbed Cream Cheese

I was looking for a snack to make, and this is what I can up with.

Herbed Cream Cheese

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dill  (according to your taste)
a pinch each of salt & pepper (again, according to your taste)

I used chives from my garden, chopped them, and added to all the other ingredients.

Mix well. Can be served right away, but the flavors will blend together and taste even better if you left it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before serving.

Serve with the crackers of your choice.

Yummo!!

MakingaHome

Where we share all aspects of Making a Home. Share your posts about homemaking ideas, recipes, crafts, decorating, cleaning tips, basically anything that has to do with caring for a home and family.
Making a home for my family is very important to me and I’m always looking for tips and ideas.
So, link up your posts, and let’s all support each other in making our homes better for our families.

Please provide a link back to me. A text link is fine. Of course, family friendly posts only.

For more tips and recipes, visit:

The Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom

Frugal Food Thursday
Friday Food

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