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TAY-co Soup (Taco Soup)

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Delicious. Has a tasty spiciness. Just throw it into the pot, and call it a day!

1 lb Frozen Chicken Breasts, cooked
1/2lb Chorizo, cooked
1 can Basil Oregano Tomatoes, undrained
1 can Black Beans in Jalapeno with Lime, slight drain
1c Mild Salsa
5c + 1/4c Water
5 Chicken Broth Cubes
1.5c Onions
1/2 can Corn with Peppers, drained
2c, packed, Fresh Spinach
1/2T fresh Garlic

1T Chili Powder
1/2T Dried Oregano
2tsp Cumin
1tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Course Black Pepper
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Chipotle Powder

1 small Corn Tortilla SHELL, blended (Last hour)

Add all to crock pot. Cook on low for about 6 hours.
NOTE: Corn Tortilla Shell, NOT HARD SHELL!

Chili Cheese Dog Chili

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12-16oz. Cheddar Brats, cut up
1/2c Water
1 can Chili WITHOUT Beans
1can S&W Chili Beans, undrained
1can Light Red Kidney Beans, drained
1can S&W Pinto Beans WITH Jalapeno, drained
1 8oz. can Tomato Sauce
1 14.5oz. can Basil Oregano Tomatoes, undrained
1T Ketchup
1.5c Onions
1/2: Green Pepper, Red Pepper
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Mustard Powder
1/4tsp Course Black Pepper

OPTIONAL: 1c Queso Cheese Sauce (I skip)

Add all to Crock Pot. Cook on low for about 5 hours, or so.

Tay-jita Seasoning (Chicken Fajita Taco Seasoning)

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Tay-jita Seasoning is an amazing flavored seasoning, PERFECT for Chicken Fajitas! Easy to make. Minus all the un-needed ingredients! Lower in salt than most packets. And, tastier!

1 Chicken Broth Cube, crushed to powder *See Notes 
Sprinkle of Pepper

Premix (For 1-1.5 lb):
1T Chili Powder
1tsp Garlic Powder (I did 1)
1tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Cumin
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp McCormick’s Dried Orange Peel
1/2tsp Chipotle Powder
1/4tsp Dried Mint or Cilantro (I did Mint!)
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp White Sugar

1/2T concentrate Lime Juice (At very end of cooking, drizzle in.)
1/2T concentrate Lemon Juice (At very end of cooking, drizzle in)

*Notes: If using Chicken BREASTS: Cook Chicken with the Pepper and Broth Cube (Crushed). Otherwise, ADD Crushed Broth Cube to Seasoning Mix.
Add a LIL Water and Chicken into Butter Flavored Cooking Sprayed pan. Sprinkle with crushed Broth Cube and sprinkle of Pepper. Cook til cooked. Remove, shred/cut up, and add back to pan WITH JUICES. Add premixed seasoning. COOK DOWN JUICES. Then, add in Lemon and Lime Juice. Cook a few minutes longer. Add to Tacos with desired Toppings.

Photo above is with TACO TAY’S TAYter OLES – Seasoning

Gravied Mushrooms

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1T Butter
1 – 2 pkg. Mushrooms
Onions, cut up or sliced thin
Brown Gravy Pkt.
Milk or Sour Cream

Sautee Mushrooms and Onions in Butter. Add in Gravy Pkt. Lightly heat. Pour in Milk, whisking til desired thickness. Eat Alone. Over Rice. Over Mashed Potatoes. Over Chicken/Steak/Pork. Over Hash Browns. Endless Possibilities.

Apple Ale Pork Stew

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An altered, and liquored up, version of our Apple Cider Stew. Apple Ale Pork Stew served with tTt Mashed Potatoes and Parmesan Bread Balls.

Pork Roast (I used Shoulder)
1 Redd’s Apple Ale / Beer
1c Water
1 Beef Broth Cube
1 Brown Gravy PACKET
1 Onion Soup PACKET
2tsp Worcestershire
1T Fresh Garlic, minced
1T McCormick’s Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (DON’T SKIP!)
2tsp Dried Parsley
2c: Carrots, Potatoes
1.5c: Mushrooms, Onions
1c Celery
1/2c – 1c Frozen Peas (Add Peas last hour)

Add all, except Peas, to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Crock. Cook on High 1st hour, then, low til all’s cooked (Potatoes are soft). I did high for 5 hours. Cut up meat, add in Peas.
Serve with Mashed Potatoes (Try tTt’s Mashed Taters!!!) and Parmesan Bread Balls.
Notes: As ALWAYS, I forgot Peas! And, I realized I didn’t have Baby Carrots, that I wanted to use. So, used 1.5c Carrot Sticks.

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Parmesan Bread Balls  (Tweeked from Air Fryer Recipes)
Frozen Bread Loaf, thawed and risen
1/3c Olive Oil
1/8-1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4-1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4-1/2tsp Onion Powder
1tsp Dried Parsley
1tsp Parmesan Cheese (Plus, more for sprinkling)

Premix Oil, Salt, Parsley, Garlic, Onion, Parm. Cheese. Set aside for 1 hour.
Break off dough into few by few inch pieces. Lay onto plate. Mix, well, Oil Mixture. Brush onto balls. Sprinkle with MORE Parmesan. Flip. Brush other side. Sprinkle with more Parm. Add to Air Fryer. Fry 350 for 8min. Flip. Fry for few more minutes.

tTt’s Delicious MASHED TATERS
7-10 Potatoes (Reserve juice from cooking potatoes)
1T Parsley
Garlic Powder
3-4T Butter
4-5 Chicken Broth Cubes (For Boiling Potatoes)
1.5c Sour Cream

Boil potatoes in pan with enough water to barely cover potatoes WITH chicken broth cubes. LEAVE THE SKINS ON! Why… Why do yous hate the skins so much? Remove potatoes when tender. RESERVE JUICE they were cooked in. Mash Potatoes, add rest of ingredients. Adding in 3/4c water/broth (That potatoes were cooked in), or add til desired consistency. Mash and Blend.

 

TAYco Seasoning (BEST Taco Season EVER!)

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Our NUMBER 1 Go To Recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning. A perfect spice and flavor! Use for your favorite Taco Dish, including your Taco Chili! On Tacos! In Salads or Dishes! You’ll never buy packaged season again!

1T Chili Powder
1/2T Dried Oregano
1 Chicken OR Beef Broth Cube, crushed to powder
2tsp Cumin
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Dried Minced Onions
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Course Black Pepper
UP TO 1/2tsp Sea Salt (I used 1/2tsp)
1/4tsp Chipotle Powder
1/3c-1/2c Water, or to taste

-Optional:
1/8tsp Cinnamon (I skip sometimes)

Pre-mix Seasoning. (I use Chicken Broth for Chicken Tacos. And, Beef for Beef Tacos.) Cook Meat, adding in Season. (I also mix in about 1/4c Refried Beans.). Simmer and stir til juices cook down and flavors blend nicely. At End, I splash with Lime Juice (Small splash. Maybe 1tsp, if I had to guess). Quite TAYsty!

Try above Recipe AS IS. Most online recipes call for 1tsp of Salt. This is LESS Sodium than those. Even less than some packaged Seasonings! But, if you “Insist” and are trying to cut Salt, try skipping the Broth Cube and just using Sea Salt. 

Chinese TAY-Rolls (Egg Rolls)

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Delicious Egg Rolls. Easy to make. Yet, not lacking in flavor. Get Your Eat On!

1 lb. Ground Pork Sausage (Or, just Beef/Chicken)
1 lb. Ground Lean Beef (Turkey can be used)

1T Lemon Juice (Concentrate kind)
1.5T Rice Vinegar
2T Soy Sauce
1/16tsp Liquid Hickory Smoke
1 sm. Onion, slivered
2 sm./med. Fresh Garlic Cloves, minced
2tsp Chinese 5 Spice
1/4tsp Brown Sugar, or more to taste
1/4tsp Ginger Powder
Sprinkle Cayenne Powder

1 Bag Coleslaw Mix (16oz.), or more to taste (I like mine cabbage-y, I used a lil more than 1+1/2 bags)

Egg Rolls

Cook Meats together. Drain excess juice/grease. Add in rest, EXCEPT Coleslaw. Cook some. Add in Coleslaw. Cook til soft. Roll in Egg Rolls.

Cooking Options:
– Air Fry 6 minutes, turn, Air Fry 6 more minutes. Sprinkle with Garlic Powder.
– Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Skillet, add Egg Roll Wraps. Spray tops. Brown 4 sides.
– Butter Spray them. Bake.
– Deep Fry.
(Once done cooking, I sprinkle with Garlic Powder)

Ham and Bacon Potato Soup

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1/3T Butter
6c Water
4 Chicken Broth Cubes
1 Vegi Cube (2c worth!)
4.5c Potatoes, diced small
1c of Ham (I used smoked Ham Steak)
1/2c Carrot Sticks
1 Celery
3/4 of an Onion
1.5tsp Fresh Garlic, minced
1-2T Parm Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1tsp Dijon Mustard
1/8tsp Mustard Powder
1/4tsp Celery Salt
1/4tsp Cajun Seasoning
1/2T Fresh Parsley
2tsp Chives, minced
1/4tsp pepper

Last Hour:
2-3 Large Bacon Slices, cooked and crumbled
1/2c Evaporated Milk (Or, Sour Cream. I used Evap. Milk!)
1/2c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese (Or, Velveeta. I used Shredd. Cheese)

Optional (I skipped): Peas and/or Broccoli.

Dice up Potatoes, I dice smaller. Add all, except Bacon, Evaporated Milk, and Shredd. Cheese. Last hour, Remove most Potatoes with some juice. Blend well. Add back to crock, adding in Bacon, Evaporated Milk, and Shredd. Cheese. Make sure to only cook on Low last hour.

Light and Airy Shrimp & Crab Salad

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Perfect Summer Salad!

About 6oz sm. Shrimp, detailed deveined (I cooked in SESAME OIL)
Plump 1/2c Crab (I used imitation)
1c Roma Tomatoes, deseeded, diced
1/2c Cucumber
UP TO 1/4c Red Onions, chopped (We love onions)
1T Serrano Peppers, deseeded and minced
1T Cheddar Cheese Brick, cubed TINY
1T Miracle Whip/Spin Blend  (Or, more to taste)
1T Lime Juice
1tsp Rice Vinegar
1T Prepared Wasabi Sauce (Or, more to taste)
Up to 1T slightly packed Green Onions, chopped
1/2tsp Dried Cilantro
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Pepper

Cook Shrimp in Sesame Oil. Allow to cool. Mix all together. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Eat as is. In Lettuce Wraps or Spring Rolls (Boil Lettuce few seconds til soft, roll. Serve cold.).

Optional: Add Miracle Whip/Wasabi to desired taste. Optional to season Shrimp while cooking (Salt, Pepper, Cajun). Add more sauce to make a pasta, adding noodles. Endless options.

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Pork N Beans Chili Soup with side of Cilantro Lime Rice

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Crock Pot… Just throw it in, and forget about it! Delicious never came so easy! 

2 bone in Pork Chops
1 Beef Broth Cube
1c + 1/2c Water
1 15oz. can Tomato Sauce
1 can Tomatoes (I wanna say I used w/chiles), undrained
1 can Black Beans WITH Jalapeno in Lime, slight drain
1 can S&W Onion, Garlic, Jalapeno White Chili Beans, undrained
1 can Light Red Kidney Beans, drained
1T Soy Sauce
1/2 lrg. Onion
1/2c frozen Corn (Opt., I forgot!)
1 Swt. Red Pepper
1 fresh Garlic Clove, minced
3/4-1T Cumin
1/2T Dried Oregano
1/2tsp Course Black Pepper
1/4tsp Sea Salt
2 Dried Bay Leaves

Add all to crock, cook on high 4 hours, or low 6-8 hours. Serve in bowl with Rice off to side of it.

Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice:
2 1/2c Instant Rice
2 1/2c Water
1 Beef Broth Cube, crushed
Splash of Lime
Good Shake of Dried Cilantro

Mix all. Microwave, covered, according to directions, stirring.

Smaller Rooms Revamped on a Budget

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Making the best of smaller rooms! Creativity and style on a Budget.
Photos above are of my kiddos new revamped rooms. I never like to spend too much money on decorating, if I don’t need to. Cutting costs with upcycling, DIY artwork, sales, etc.  I’m still tweeking and deciding on artwork (DIY artwork, of course!), so, it’s not close to being completed. But, this is the jist of it… A complete makeover. A total swapping of a boys and girls room. I spent about Continue reading

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

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1/2c Sour Cream
4T Mayo
1T Lemon Juice
1 Avocado
2T Green Chives
1 Med./Lrg. Garlic Clove
3 Anchovies (From can)
2T Dried Parsley
1/4tsp Pepper
1/8tsp Sea Salt

Smoked Apple Roast-wich

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SMOKED PORK:
Charcoal (If using Charcoal Smoker)
Hickory Smoke Chips
Pork Roast/Butt/Shoulder
Apple (Gala), cored/sliced thin (Don’t Skip!)
Bacon Cheddar Cheese Slices
Buns, Mayo, Honey BBQ

Mustard Sauce (For Brushing. NOT TOPPING)
1/3c Mustard
1tsp Vinegar
1tsp Worcestershire
1/2tsp Lemon Juice
1/2tsp: Paprika, Brown Sugar
1/4tsp: Chipotle Powder, Course Black Pepper
1/8tsp Sea Salt

McCormick’s Grill Mates Barbecue Seasoning

Injection:
1/2T Salted Butter
2c Apple Cider
1T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning
2T Honey BBQ Sauce
– Boil Injection Recipe til dissolved. Cool Completely.

Preheat Smoker to 250. Inject Pork with Injection (I didn’t use all, but, most! TRY NOT TO SQUEEZE THE MEAT!). Brush Entire Pork, lightly, with Mustard Sauce. Then, sprinkle all sides, WELL, with with McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning. Wrap completely in foil, sealing tightly. Cook about 5 hours at 250 (I kept it between 225 and 300, most times at 250.). Using HICKORY Smoke Chips, throughout (I just did…).
Last hour, remove from juices and set Roast on the grate in smoker, to smoke. Add fresh chips. Smoke at 225 for 50 more minutes. Remove, cut up. Top with BACON CHEDDAR Cheese Slices, to melt. Add to Grill Toasted Bun (We used Whole Wheat), spread one bun, lightly, with Mayo, and the other bun, lightly, with Honey BBQ. Top with thinly sliced Fresh Apple.

Served with:
GRILLED VEGIS:
Bag Sweet Mini Bell Pepper Mix
Sweet Potato, cubed
Onion
Drizzle Olive Oil
Good Sprinkle Dried Oregano
Good few Grinds Pepper
1tsp Jalapeno (Optional)
Mushroom (Optional)
– Wrap all tightly in foil. Cook on Grill til soft.

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Upcycled Bird Bath to Fairy Garden

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Broken Bird Bath. I upcycled to Fairy Garden. Add Dirt (Make sure there’s drainage holes). River Rock Border. Dollar Store Items. Cut Succulents. ALL I NEED is Moss Filling (I’ll use fake), a Tall Small Place, a Hanging Vine (Cover broken back), and a few spruces up, like a window, a wind chime on the log house, and a solar rope light (Small twinkly ones) around the rocks, intertwined. I used Dollar Store Sea Shells for Roof of Log House. Now, for the ladies and I to do… Is, await the arrival of our Fairy Friends. (Broken Bird Baths are great for Flowers, etc. Many uses. Don’t toss! Add paint to really spruce this baby up.)

Sweet N Spicy Fake Out

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This one’s been around the town… A keeper!

Chicken, thawed, cut up
Asian Style Frozen Vegi Pkg.
1 Red Pepper

Sweet Sauce:
1c Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
2T Sriracha Hot Sauce
1T Lime (100% fridge kind)
3/4tsp Dried Cilantro

Cook Chicken in skillet, adding in Frozen Vegis. Cook down juices some. Add in Sauce, allow to cook some/simmer. USE SAUCE TO DESIRED TASTE!If any leftover, use for Sweet Thai Pizza! Serve as is. Or, AS WE DID: Over Rice (Cooked in Broth with splash of Soy Sauce). Or, over Quinoa.

Ham Salad (For MANwiches)

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1 Ham Steak, cooked, diced
3T Dried Craisins (Less Sugar Kind)
Plump 1/4c Pineapple Chunks
Few Tablespoons Onions, chopped small
3/4 Celery Stick, 1/3cut long way, then cut small

1/4c KEN’S Honey Mustard (Or, more to taste)
1/3c Mayo (Or, more to taste)
1/2T Yellow Mustard
1/4tsp-1/2tsp Paprika
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder
1/4tsp Black Pepper
1/4tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Mustard Powder

Top with Pickle slices, Lettuce/Spinach, Tomato (Optional).
Boiled Egg Slices are optional, but, I skip.

Healthy Idea: Try Raspberry Yogurt in place of Mayo, or to help cut Mayo!

Our Lil Ol Family Ham

For Thanksgiving we had an amazing Apple Cider Brined Turkey with a Lemon Saged Butter Rub. For Christmas: Our Family Ham Recipe. We’ve done for some years now. Combining an old favorite with anew, making it even better! Making it our Keeper for Christmas!

About 10 lb. Ham (Bought a Pig, came with a Smoked Ham)

Glaze:
1/2c Light Brown Sugar
1/3c Yellow Mustard
2T Butter, softened
1T Lemon Juice (Concentrate kind)
1tsp White Vinegar
1/2T Worcestershire
1/4tsp Mustard Powder
1/4-1/2tsp Fresh Cracked Pepper
1/8tsp Ginger Powder/Season
Optional: 2tsp Fresh Garlic, minced (I skipped this yr. Was Great!)

Pineapple Rings, drained
Smoked Ham, scored

Butter Pan, add in grate. Add:
3c Baby Carrots, halved
2c Onions
2c Celery
3-4c Fingerling Potatoes, halved or 1/3’d

Add Vegis to Pan. Add in Grate. Mix Ham Glaze. Score Ham (Slight cut lines into). Lightly brush Ham with Glaze, getting in scored areas. (I brush on Glaze 3 times during cooking).
With Toothpicks, secure Pineapple Rings around Ham (Added either at beginning, or half way through). Add to Pan. Cook according to directions (15-20minutes per pound, I believe).
Served with tTt’s Mashed Taters, Buns, Chicken Stuffing cooked in Vegi/Chicken Broth with Onions and Celery, Canned Cranberry Sauce (Great with Stuffing!), and Vegis from the Pan that the Ham was cooked. Mmm Mmmm Mmmmmmmm…

Note: A lot of people score and add Glaze last hour, I just do it at beginning. Your option.

Naughty or Nice Sign – Great idea to keep those Kiddos behaving!

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$3 DIY Christmas Project, helping to keep those Kiddos in Line!
Well, probably a little late for this post. But, with keeping busy with Customizing Mugs, I haven’t had time to post a lot!
So, here’s a late Christmas Decor Post. Naughty or Nice Sign! Customized mini jars, one says Naughty, other Nice. If your child is Good, they pick from the Nice jar, treats. If a Child is Bad, they pick one from the Naughty jar, Chores they must complete (Crumbled Black Paper with Chores written on them, to look as if it’s COAL… Naughty kids get Coal!). As you can see I have: Sweep, Dishes, Kitchen, etc. (Written in Metallic Marker on Black Paper). You can have things OTHER than treats, as well. Like: Movie, Xtra 20minutes up late, etc… And, Lose 1 Toy, Lose TV for the day, etc. for the Coals. Cost me a whopping $3 to make. Wood was $1, Jars, $1 each. Paint, Twine, I had on hand. Kids LOVED it! Also, this is previous photo (I stained the Twine to match the Hanging Twine.).

Cheesy Kielbasa N Kraut POTATO Soup

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1T Butter
1/2 lb.-1 lb. Kielbasa Link
1.5c-2c canned Sauerkraut, drained (I did 2. Optional to rinse.)
5 Chicken Broth Cubes + 5c Water
2/3c Mushrooms
2c + 1/4c Potatoes, diced
1c Carrots
1c Onions, large cut
2 Celery Sticks
2 med. Garlic Cloves, minced
2T Grated Parm Cheese
1T Louisiana Hot Sauce
1tsp Dry Mustard
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Pepper
1tsp Sugar
2tsp Dried Dill Weed
1c Peas (Last few hours)

1c Velveeta (Last few hours)
1c Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (Last few hours)
1/2c canned Evaporated Milk (Last few hours)

Cook in Crock Pot on Low for 8 hours. Last hour, scoop out most of potatoes and some juice, blend, add back to crock. Add in Cheeses and Evaporated Milk. Cook last hour. Stirring, occasionally.

Fall Time Apple Roast Stew

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2-3 lb Large Cut Roast (I used Bone In Pork)
1/4tsp Sea Salt (Optional Step. See Options)
1/4tsp Ground Pepper (Optional Step. See Options)
1T Flour (Optional Step. See Options)
1.5T Butter (Optional Step. See Options)

1c Apple Cider (I used Essential Value)
1 + 1/2 Beef Broth Cubes
1 + 1/2c Water
1 Brown Gravy PACKET
1 Onion Soup PACKET
2tsp Worcestershire
1T Fresh Garlic, minced
2tsp Dried Parsley
1/2tsp Allspice (Cinnamon may work)
2c: Carrots, Potatoes, Onions
1c: Celery, Mushrooms (1-2c), Frozen Peas (Add Peas Last Hour)

Directions:
Cube Meat (Keep Bones, if any.). Mix Flour, Salt, Pepper, and Meat. Add Butter or Oil to Pan. LIGHTLY Brown the meat. Add Meat to Crock. Add rest of ingredients to Crock. Cook on High 1 Hour, then Low for 4-6 Hours.

OPTIONS (READ!!!):
MEAT OPTION: You can SKIP Flour/Salt/Peppering/Browning the Meat. Just BUTTER Crock and add all to Crock, don’t cut up. Also, if you DO cut up, if your large cut contains Bone… ADD IT, for additional Awesome Flavoring!
Instead of Cinnamon or All Spice, Try Jamaican Seasoning to give this a Twist. If using Jamaican, try substituting Potatoes for Sweet Potatoes!
VEGI Options are Optional.
– I used 2c Water+2Cubes and 1+1/2c Apple Cider. Family loved it, but, I thought it could be tastier with a little less fluids. So, this recipe, I scaled back. Other option was to just add 1 more Broth Cube.

Fall Time Chicken Legs and Cheesy Broccoli

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Chicken Legs (Lightly Salt and Pepper)

Sauce:
3/4c Honey BBQ Sauce
1/2c Apple Butter
1/8-1/4tsp Cinnamon
1/8-1/4tsp Cayenne Powder

Lightly Salt and Pepper Legs. Grill. Mix Sauce. Brush on Sauce at end of Grilling. Eat!

CHEESY BROCCOLI
Drizzle Olive Oil
Fresh Broccoli, cut
1/2c Water
1/2 Chicken Broth Cube, Crushed
Velveeta Cheese, Enough Cheesin to your Pleasin

Oil pan. Add in Broccoli. Then, Water and crushed Cube. Cover and Simmer til cooked nicely. Add in Cheese Cubes. Cook til Melted. Allow to cool SLIGHTLY (Helps thicken Cheese). Eat!

Chipotle Chili

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About 3/4 lb. Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Links, cut to chunks
 –  Or, 1/2-1 lb. Ground Pork Sausage (I did the Sweet Italian)
1/2 can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
1 14.5 oz STEWED Garlic Basil Oregano Tomatoes, entire can
1 8 oz can Tomato Sauce
2T Tomato Paste
1/2c cup Beef Broth
1 15 oz can Black Beans with Jalapeno in Lime, semi drain
1 can Chili Beans WITH Cumin, entire can
1c Onion, chopped
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2T Paprika
1/2T Cumin
1/4tsp ground Black Pepper, to taste
Toppings: Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, and SEA SALT & LIME Tortilla Chips (Don’t Skip)

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Crock Pot. Cut up Italian Turkey Sausage, optional to cook in skillet, or just throw in (Better texture if PRE cooked!). If using Ground Pork Sausage, cook. Add all to crock pot. Cook on LOW about 4-6hours.
(Optional to add a can of DRAINED Kidney or Cannellini Beans).

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Tay’s Cowboy Burger topped with Tay’s Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce

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1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 lb Ground Pork Sausage
1T-1.5T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning (I did 1)
1tsp Chili Powder
1/4tsp Chipotle Powder
1/4tsp Cocoa Powder
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/2tsp Pepper
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1T Green Onions, minced

Buns

Toppings: PEPPERED BACON, Fried Onions, Tomato, Jalapeno,
Provolone or Velveeta Jalapeno Cheese, Mustard/Ketchup,
and Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce:
4T Mayo
1T Jalapeno, minced, or more to taste
3/4tsp McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning, or more to taste
1/8tsp Brown Sugar
1/4tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Lemon Juice
1tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce

Premix Burger Mix (First 11 Ingredients). Marinade 1 hour in fridge. Premix Sauce Ingredients, place in fridge til use. Nicely Pepper Bacon Slices. I Bake til crispy. Set aside, covered, til use. Grill Burgers (Awesome on Charcoal Grill, if done right). Right off the Grill, top with Cheese (I used Velveeta Jalapeno Cheese, not a lot, just enough). Top with Bacon and other Toppings. Be sure to use Tay’s Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce! With FRIED ONIONS, Tomatoes, More Jalapenos, and optional: Ketchup/Mustard (I did Ketchup/Mustard on one Bun, and loaded the Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce on the other Bun).

Mexican BBQd Legs (Chipotle BBQ Legs) with CRISPY Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries

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Chicken Legs, Skin Removed

Sauce:
1/3c CHIPOTLE Honey BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays)
1.5tsp Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
1/2T Brown Sugar
1/4-1/2tsp Chipotle Powder (I did 1/4tsp)

Optional Marinade (I Skipped):
3T Vinegar (Optional)
1T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning (Optional)

Optional Step (I SKIPPED). Marinade Chicken Legs: Add skinned Legs to Ziploc Bag. Add in Vinegar, shake around. Add in half BBQ Seasoning, shake. Add in other half, shake. Marinade ONE HOUR! That’s it.

Premix BBQ Sauce (Depending on how many legs you are cooking, you may need to double the batch, or so.) Set aside. GRILL Legs (Best on Charcoal Grill, if you know how to do it correctly! Grill Tip Below.). Near end, Brush BBQ Sauce on Legs, flip. Allow to cook a minute or two. Brushing BBQ on other side. Then, flip. Cook a minute or two, allowing to caramelize.
Optional: Add 1/8tsp Cinnamon Powder to Sauce Recipe. I skipped, AND I skipped Marinade. Still was AMAZING! 

CRISPY Sweet Potato Fries:
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Sweet Potato, cut to fry size
Cold Water

Crisco Oil/ Deep Fryer

Seasoning: 
1 Beef Broth Cube, CRUSHED
1tsp Cajun Seasoning
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Mustard Powder
1/2tsp Pepper
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Dried Dill Weed
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder
1/8tsp Sea Salt

Cut Sweet Potato to desired Fry Size. Place in bowl of Cold Water, place in fridge for about 20minutes. Prep Seasoning in a bowl. Gently and Quickly, Pat dry. At about 350-400, deep fry for about 6 minutes, or til LIGHTLY browned. Place onto paper toweled plate. Finish up batches. THEN, go back to first batch and RE-DEEP FRY for another few minutes. Place onto paper toweled plate and season well with Seasoning, I had leftover seasoning, so, DON’T USE ALL.

Charcoal Grilling Tip: If it tastes like straight up smoke… You’re doing it wrong! We build a hill in center of grill. Light charcoal (We used Regular Charcoal). Once coals are ashy grey, they are ready. Prop Grill Open, using a Slightly crushed pop can, ON IT’S SIDE. Chicken: Lay Chicken on outer part of grill (Outside hill). Once Chicken isn’t sticking to grate, so much, it’s ready to flip. Flip once, that’s it (Unless applying Sauce and Thickening the Sauce, that’s more flipping). Cook til Thermometer reads correct temp. 

2Liter Plant Protection

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YAY! Another Artistic Drawing from Yours Truly!

It’s hard for most bugs or animals to get around, through, the plastic. Add Two Way Tape  for extra protection! Also, great for ORGANIC GARDENING! Upcycles trash! Collects water and directs it to where it’s needed. Easy watering.
Either Cut and place around plant. Burying some. (Can tape back up to secure, but, dirt helps hold it in place.)
Or, Bury some, add in dirt. Plant Seed! Roots will find their way.
USE A RED BOTTLE FOR TOMATOES! Also, cutting off the end, to make the hole larger (Twist end), works for fitting in roots. I would suggest cutting a larger hole. I drew the twist top to show it’s a Bottle.
For more Gardening Great Ideas, check out: Our Gardening Post (Click)

Tay’s Fall Pork-wiches served with (Optional) Mustard Sauce

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Great Fall Time Man-wich! Get your Eat On!

1.5 lb PORK Roast (Or More)

2c Apple Cider (Essential Everyday 100% Juice-Apple CIDER)
2 Beef Broth Cubes, crushed
1/4tsp Hickory Liquid Smoke
1.5-2tsp Brown Sugar (I did 2)
1tsp Cinnamon Powder (Don’t Skip!)
1/2tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
3/4 Med. Onion
1/2T Garlic Cloves, minced

1/3c Reserved Crock Juices (After Cooking), or more to taste
1/4-1/3c HONEY BBQ Sauce (Later adding)

Buns of Choice
Tay’s Mustard Sauce (Recipe below. Great Flavor Combo, try it!)

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Crock Pot. Add, and stir, Apple Cider, Broth Cubes, Smoke, Sugar, Cinnamon, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onions, and minced Garlic in Crock. Cook on Low 6-8 hours. Shred Meat. Reserve 1/3c Cooked Juices. Toss rest of Juice (OR SAVE for serving time sandwich DIPPING!).
Mix together 1/3c Reserved Juices with the Honey BBQ Sauce. Add Shredded Meat to Crock. Stir in BBQ Mixture. Cook on Warm or Low for 15-20 minutes. Serve on Buns with a drizzle of Tay’s Mustard Sauce (Recipe right below).
Leftovers are great on Soft Shell with: Tay’s Mustard Sauce, Sour Cream, Salsa, and Cheese.

Tay’s MUSTARD SAUCE Recipe:
1/4c Regular Mustard
3T Mayo
1/2tsp Brown Sugar
1/2T White Vinegar
1tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Lemon Juice
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
1/4tsp Chipotle Powder
1/4tsp Pepper
1/8tsp Sea Salt

 – CHECK OUT OUR Other Post: Get the Most of Your Roast- HERE

Chipotle Rasberry Pork-wiches

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1.5 lb Pork Roast
1c Beef Broth (I used Water + Crushed Broth Cubes)
2-3T can Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, minced, or more to taste
1/2T Garlic, minced
1/2tsp Cumin
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Pepper
(Optional, I SKIPPED, for Xtra Sweetness: 1/2tsp Brown Sugar)

Sauce (Later adding. Optional to double up on Sauce):
4T Reserved Juice from Crock (After cooking)
1/3c HONEY BBQ
1tsp Chipotle in Adobo, minced
2T Raspberry Preserve

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Crock Pot. Add, and mix, Beef Broth, Chipotle in Adobo, Garlic, Cumin, Onion Powder, Pepper to Crock. Add in Meat. Cook on low 8 hours, turning around in juices. Shred up. Reserve 4T of Juices. Discard rest.  Mix Sauce. Add to shredded Meat. Keep on Warm or Low for about 15-20minutes. Serve on Buns of Choice.
 – CHECK OUT OUR Other Post: Get the Most of Your Roast- HERE

Hawaiian Tacos

((NO PHOTO … Ate Immediately… Was TASTY!!!)

Chicken/ Shrimp Marinade (4-8 hours):
1-2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 lb. Shrimp, detail, devein
1/2 bottle Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade
1tsp Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tp Paprika
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
OPTIONAL: 1T Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, minced (I did)
(Reserve 4T, once done marinading)

4T Reserved Marinade
1 can Black Beans with Jalapeno in Lime, drain
1/3c Pineapple Chunks in Juice, drained

Shells of Choice
Toppings: Sour Cream, Salsa (Or tTt’s Pico), Onions (Chopped)

Marinade Chicken and Shrimp. Cut Chicken into Thin few inch slices. Detail and Devein Shrimp. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Skillet. Add in Meats. Add in 4T RESERVED Marinade. Cook. Once done. Add in drained Black Beans and Pineapple. Cook down. Add to shells of choice with Sour Cream, Tomatoes and/or Salsa, and Onions.
ALTERNATIVE:
You can amp this with skipping tacos and adding Turkey Kielbasa (Sliced). Serve over Rice (Cooked in Broth).

Tay’s Sausage FRIED BREAD and GRAVY

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Mmmm Mmmm Tasty…

Freezer Loaf  (+ Deep Fryer & Crisco Oil)

Desired Scrambled Eggs w/ Meat
– (We did Eggs (Seasoned w/ Basil, Oregano, Pepper, lil Milk, chopped Onions). Cooked with Turkey Sausage Links, cut up (Or Pork Sausage). Moz./Parm. Cheese is OPTIONAL.)

Favorite Sausage Gravy (I used canned)

I thaw 1-2 loafs.
Cook/Scramble Eggs and Sausage.
Heat Oil about 375-400. Break of pieces of Dough and stretch out to about palm size. Deep Fry (I use deep fryer grated bowl to help hold dough in oil, helping to fry flat). Brown each side, place onto paper toweled plate. Season with a Garlic Powder and a lil Garlic Salt. Top with Eggs and Sausage Mix. Pour on Gravy.

Tay’s Rocky Mountain Chili


rockychiliphotosA Great Chili Recipe. I’m using some leftovers tonight for Smoothered Burritos ANNND Smoothered Sweet Potato Fries! Check Back Soon!

1/2 – 1 lb. Bacon ENDS (1/2pkg.)
1/2-1 lb Pork Sausage (I used 1 lb.)
2tsp Jalapeno, deseed, minced
2c Med Onions
A lil shy 1c Celery
1T Fresh Garlic Cloves, minced
1T Butter (Plus, some to rub Crock)

1c Beef Broth
1c Chicken Broth
1 can diced Tomatoes (Garlic Basil Oregano), undrained
1 can diced Tomatoes WITH Green Chiles, undrained

1 can Cannellini Beans, drained
1/2T Cumin
1/2tsp Coriander
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Pepper

3T White Corn Shells (Not the hard/cooked ones), blended
Serve with: Tay’s Bread Balls

Add 1T Butter to skillet. Add in Bacon and Pork Sausage, cook. Adding in Garlic, Onions, Celery, Jalapenos. Cook down Juices. Add in Broths, cook down “Some”. Add in Tomatoes. Cook some. Butter Crock Pot. Pour in. Add in Seasons. ADD BEANS. Cook on Low 6 hours. 30 minutes before Serving, in a blender, blend shells to almost a powder. Stir 3T into Crock. Allow to set 20-30minutes. Eat!

Optional: More Chiles or 1/2tsp Green Chile Powder. I used Water + Broth Cubes to make Broth… If that matters.

Leftovers (EXACT RECIPES COMING SOON! Check Back.): I’m debating on blending Chili to smooth (That’s Optional). Using the other 1/2 pkg. of Bacon Ends, I may cook it with Pinto Beans and make Smoothered Burritos: Blend Chili, mix with Cheese, top over Bean Burritos.
I have enough for 2 meals, so then, I will use the leftover of the leftovers (Chili) for Sweet Potato Fries: Double Fry Sweet Potatoes (Or baked). Bake/Heat Cheese over tops til melted. Serve Fries with Blended Chili, Sour Cream, Tomatoes, and other toppings of chioce (Olives, Jalapenos, Onions, Beans, Shredded Lettuce, etc.).

CHECK OUT OUR OTHER CHILI RECIPES: HERE

Quicky Fruit Salad

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Needed a quicky salad with what was on hand. So, just threw this together. Great and REFRESHING for this Hot Summer’s Day!

Watermelon, cubed
1/2 Sweetner Packet
1/8tsp Sea Salt
Small Splash of Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind)
1/4c Canned Pineapple in Juice, cut up smaller
1-2 Bananas, cubed (I did 1)
Up to 1/4c Zucchini or Cucumber, peel/deseed/cube tiny (I did Zucch.)

Add Watermelon, Lemon Juice, Salt, and Sweetner. Toss. Add in rest. Toss.

Tasty QUICK and EASY Green Beans

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With MASS amounts of Green Beans growing, we were able to can a bunch, ANNND make a lot of side dishes… With MORE TO COME! We even did a green bean version of our Asparagus Recipe, here. Check them all out on our Site! Search: Green Beans

Fresh Green Beans, cut off ends
1/2T Butter

1/2 Beef Broth Cube, crushed
1/4c Water
Good Sprinkle of Minced Dried Onion Flakes
Shake of Garlic Powder
Shake of Pepper

Add Butter to Pan. Add in Beans, cover, cook some. Add in rest. Cover, COOK DOWN til juices are just about gone. Serve up this deliciousness!

Spicy-some Dilled Green Beans in a Can… Put there by a Man…

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With the Garden producing MASS amounts… Check out our Site for other Green Bean Recipes. We not only canned a bunch, but, have tons of Great GO-TO Recipes for Beans. Making a quick and Easy Side Dish, that’s NEVER BORING!
Pint Jars… Recipe below was per 4 jars, I believe. 

Mrs. Wages Dilled Green Bean Pkg.
2 1/2 lbs Fresh Whole Green Beans
2 1/2c White Distilled Vinegar (5% acidity)
2 1/2c Water
1/2 – 1c Sugar (We did 1/2, we only like it some sweet.)

 In EACH Jar (We used Pint jars), place:
1 WHOLE Med. sized Garlic Clove
1tsp Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1/2T minced, dried, Onion Flakes
1/4tsp Celery Seed
1/4tsp Mustard Seed

Wash and Trim Green Beans. Place Beans in Large NON Reactive Sauce Pan. Don’t use Aluminum Pan. Cover Beans with Water and Boil. Reduce Heat and Simmer 5min. Remove from Heat immediately.
In separate pan (Same non-reactive, non aluminum), combine Pkt., Vinegar, Water, and Sugar. Stir til blended. Add in Beans. Bring to Boil, reduce to Simmer for 5 minutes. Shut off Heat.
In clean and prepped jars (Info on this on internet-Search Prep Canning Jars), add Ingredients listed above under “In EACH Jar“. Scoop out Beans and divide them into each jar. Then, equally divide the Pickling Liquid, trying to get equal seasoning with liquid (I stir and scoop up with ladle). Fill up, leaving 1/2in. headspace.DRY off jars and lids. Twist on tops.
Boil entire, filled, jars for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and set jars UPSIDE DOWN on flat surface (Helps with Seal Success.)!. Occasionally, when cooled to touch, I double check tops and give a firm, but not tight, twist. Once cooled, store appropriately.

Want it Spicier? Add halved Cayenne or Red Hot Pepper (Seeds Optional) to each jar. Or, up the Red Pepper Flakes. Or, (I have yet to try) try adding sliced Jalapeno (Seeds Optional).