Sausage Gravy – Perfect Southern Treat


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Sausage Gravy My hubby absolutely LOVES biscuits and gravy, so I am looking forward to trying this sausage gravy recipe! This simple recipe is the perfect addition to your breakfast or a stand alone with some delicious biscuits! Ingredients: 8-10 Biscuits 1 lb Roll Pork Sausage. 1/4 cup Flour 2 cups Milk 1 tbsp Butter Salt & Pepper to taste Directions: Prepare your favorite biscuits according to their recipe. Cook sausage and break it up into small … [Read more...]

DIY Spice Mixes


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DIY Spice Mixes Whether you are just learning to cook or even a chef, using spices to enhance a meal will help to make it a hit. Meals that are bland can quickly become that will please the palate of the fussiest eaters. However, if you happen to like a lot of different spices, keeping your spice cupboard well-stocked can become rather expensive. In order to save yourself some money, buy the raw spices in bulk from a brick and mortar store or even online. You can save an enormous amount of … [Read more...]

Hostess Gifts: Honey Cranberry Butter


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Hostess Gifts: Honey Cranberry Butter This is a great option for hostess gifts!  They (literally) whip together in no time and keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks.  This will allow you to make them all up ahead of time and just grab one on your way out the door.  Add a fresh loaf of local bread or some tasty crackers if you like. Hostess Gifts Ingredients: ½ stick of soft butter ¼ cup of whole cranberry sauce 2 tablespoons of local honey A few cracks of fresh ground … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Apple Butter


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Crock Pot Apple Butter I LOVE Homemade Apple Butter! When I was a kid my Grandma would make it homemade and it was a LONG process, but it was SO good! So good that it got me spoiled and I just can't eat what you buy in the store. Here is an easy way to get that same great taste and A LOT less work, but still just as delicious! I WILL be making up a bunch of this and canning it for the Fall and Winter Months. Enjoy this Crock Pot Apple Butter recipe! Crock Pot Apple Butter … [Read more...]

Cowboy Steak Seasoning Mix


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Cowboy Steak Seasoning Mix Here is a delicious and easy Steak Seasoning that will make any steak melt in your mouth! I have already made some of this up and used it and all I can say is YUMM!! I had to wait until now to say it only because I had no words when I was eating. Does Dad love to grill? Make this up for him and use the Homemade Labels for the perfect Father's Day Gift! Ingredients: 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon ground coffee 1 tablespoon paprika 1 … [Read more...]

Canning Salsa- Simply The Best On The Net


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How to Go About Canning Salsa Canning is a huge tradition around the world. Whether you can tomatoes, apple sauce, vegetables, or even meat... canning is a fun hobby. The best part about canning for me is having fresh vegetables all winter. We make a lot of salsa because it goes so well into our meal choices. We use it to make chicken tacos, in Mexican dishes, or just as a delicious snack. When my fiance and I started canning, we wanted to create a recipe that was good and versatile, that … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Sauce Slow Cooked In The Crock Pot


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Spaghetti Sauce Slow Cooked In The Crock Pot It's no secret and my husband will tell you that I LOVE pasta! It is a downfall when watching the figure, but I grew up with a Dad and a Grandpa who cooked the best spaghetti sauce and mostaccioli. I did a few of my own variations to make it a tad easier. To this day, I think one of my favorite comfort foods is a big plate of pasta (any kind will do) covered in a great spaghetti sauce. It's like it just hugs you and makes you feel better. My … [Read more...]

Strawberry Jam DIY Canning Process


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DIY Strawberry Jam Summertime brings out beautiful flower gardens, bountiful fruit and vegetable harvests, and my favorite. Pick your own berries! Strawberries are my favorite as the taste of a fresh picked strawberry comes without explanation. There's no better tasting strawberry, then one straight from the plant. This year my family picked 36 pounds of berries. Of course, you will never need that much to do some light canning, but we can A LOT of jam. My kids eat them by the bowl full. I … [Read more...]

Homemade Taco Seasoning for any occasion


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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe MSG is found in many store bought Taco Seasonings and it is one ingredient that triggers a migraine for me. We made this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe that we've used for years in a variety of our dishes. Taco Seasoning 2 tbsp. Ground Cumin 1 tsp. Paprika 1/2 tsp. Ground Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp. Granulated Onion 1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder After it is all mixed we store in an air tight … [Read more...]

Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie Spice Blends


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Homemade Apple Pie & Pumpkin Spices You come across a recipe that requires a tablespoon of a apple pie or pumpkin pie spice blend that you don't have. Do you spend $3.49 on a small bottle of pumpkin pie spice or can you make it with what you have on hand? Many spice blends have the same ingredients in them with maybe a tweak here and there as you can see with by the two below. If you have a well stocked spice cabinet, chances are good that you can make just about anything for next to … [Read more...]

Fall “Cooking” With Kids & Crock Pot Apple Butter


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Fall Cooking with Kids This is "sort of" fall cooking in my eyes. Yes, you use heat to make stuff, but it's in the crock pot. My daughter always wants to help, but she has no patience and I worry about her around the hot pans/oven/anything since she's about as graceful as her mama. We went apple picking a few weeks ago, and of course, picked WAY too many apples. I can't eat apple pie all day long, and my kids love toast and jam in the morning with whatever we choose to eat for breakfast. So … [Read more...]

Homemade Tuscan Rub


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Homemade Tuscan Rub I prefer making my own rubs, like this homemade Tuscan rub herb blend. I grow all my own herbs because it’s crazy what stores charge for some of them, and considering how much I use, it's far more cost effective to grow them. Once my herbs are dry, I grind them in a coffee grinder or bullet blender. You do not want to get the rub wet or it could cause mold or mildew so make sure there is no moisture inside your grinder. If you don’t have the ability to use fresh herbs … [Read more...]

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix


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Homemade Taco Seasoning Homemade seasonings are  easy to make and so much healthier for you. While store bought pre-made seasonings are convenient and inexpensive they are loaded with salt, sugar and other ingredients we don't need. So much so that at times the salt is overpowering and can easily ruin your recipe. I began making my own seasoning mixes for this very reason. When using homemade blends add 1 TBSP per pound of meat and taste, add a little more at a time if needed to suit your … [Read more...]

Homemade Ricotta Cheese


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Homemade Ricotta Cheese Making homemade ricotta cheese is so easy, it takes only minutes and tastes better than any brand you can buy in the store. Did I mention it is cheaper to make your own ricotta cheese than it costs to purchase it? There are only 3 ingredients, it simmers for 2 minutes, rests for 5 minutes and drains for 15 minutes, it's that simple. Homemade Ricotta Cheese Ingredients 1 gallon whole milk 4 lemons juiced or 8 Tbsp bottled lemon juice 3 tsp kosher … [Read more...]

Homemade Ham Glazes by Valerie


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Homemade Ham Glazes Try some of these homemade ham glazes! I always throw away the glaze packets attached to hams when I buy one. They are so loaded with salt that they over power the meat and I personally enjoy the flavor of a nice smoked ham. You can easily make glazes to use on many different meats throughout the year to create an easy and flavorful twist to chops, roasts, chicken, as a baste for grilled meats and even seafood. Making your own glaze takes very little effort and chances … [Read more...]

Homemade BBQ Rub


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Homemade BBQ Rub In an effort to control the spiciness and salt in many pre-made rubs I came up with this easy to alter homemade BBQ rub for meat, which can also be turned into a marinade. The following recipe has a well rounded smokiness to it however you can easily add some heat to it if that is your preference. Homemade BBQ Rub Ingredients 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons black pepper 3 tablespoons garlic powder 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder … [Read more...]

Homemade BBQ Sauce from Aunt Mark


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Aunt Mark's Homemade BBQ Sauce I have tried just about every sauce in the grocery markets and never really found one that my husband Mark and I really liked so I experimented with many different ingredients until I came up with a winner that suited both of us. This homemade BBQ sauce works wonderfully with pork and chicken, on the grill, in the oven, on the rotisserie, or to use with a meatball or little smokies appetizer. It's also perfect to use as a dipping sauce.  Homemade BBQ Sauce … [Read more...]

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, Sunday Gravy


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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce I learned to make my Sunday gravy, or homemade spaghetti sauce as we know it, when I was 18 years old, by an older Italian woman from Sicily. She spoke no English at all and she communicated with me me by slapping my hand with a wooden spoon. I learned how to make the most important part of any recipe that calls for red sauce so the bruises were well worth it. This sauce freezes beautifully. Once you learn to make your own you will have a hard time finding a jar sauce … [Read more...]

Homemade Maple Syrup & Pancakes


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Homemade Maple Syrup Homemade maple syrup and homemade pancakes are very easy to make and cheaper than buying pre-made or mixes. There have been many times I've wanted pancakes and had no syrup until I learned to make it. Nothing replaces real pure maple syrup, but this recipe is a great one to have on hand and certainly more affordable. Best of all, you'll never have to worry about running out as long as you have the ingredients on hand. Homemade Maple Syrup Ingredients 2 cups packed … [Read more...]

Homemade Chili Seasoning


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Homemade Chili Seasoning Chili is a year round staple in my home so I keep a batch of homemade chili seasoning on hand at all times. You can see my recipe for the main dish here. I make the seasoning myself because I don't want all the salt that is included in prepackaged mixes. The following recipe is for one batch of  chili and can easily be multiplied. I also use this seasoning blend for chili pie, to season my enchilada filling and I even use a little to season Mexican rice. Homemade … [Read more...]

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