Homemade Taco Seasoning

taco seasoning mix

Here’s an easy shortcut to save you money – make your own taco seasoning mix at home! 


6 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
3 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons oregano
3 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper  


Stir ingredients together until thoroughly blended. Store in an airtight container; a zippy bag will do, too!



Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs









  1. 1 dozen hard boiled eggs
  2. 1/4 cup non fat plain yogurt (or desired amount)
  3. 1 tablespoon mayonaise
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  5. salt & pepper
  6. food coloring



  1. Cut eggs in half and take out yolks and place them in a medium bowl.
  2. Use a pastry cutter or fork to break up yolk until it’s super fine.
  3. Add yogurt, mayo, mustard, and s&p and whip up with spatula until smooth and creamy.
  4. Place mixture into piping bag filled with a 2D tip.
  5. Mix 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon Americolor food coloring and 1 teaspoon vinegar. The vinegar helps with the color staying bright.
  6. Place egg whites into the colored water and let sit until desired color is achieved about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Take out egg whites and place on paper towel to allow excess color to drip off.
  8. Then arrange eggs on platter.
  9. Pipe the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves.


Bacon Baked Mac and Cheese




This Bacon Baked Mac and Cheese is one of the easiest things to make (yes this is coming from someone that can NOT cook)!! There has not been a time I have made this that the pan was not cleared!!




  • 6 ounces one box elbow macaroni
  • 1?cup butter
  • 1?cup sifted flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 -3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 16 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 16 ounces crumbled bacon





  1. Cook macaroni according to box directions and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add flour and stir constantly until smooth.
  3. Turn heat to medium and add milk stirring constantly until thick. (About 10 minutes).
  4. Add hot sauce. Stir until mixed in evenly.
  5. Add pasta, bacon and cheese. Mix until cheese melts, bacon is mixed in, and pasta is evenly coated.
  6. Pour macaroni and cheese into a 9×13 baking dish and top according to taste.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. (If using parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs take it out when the top looks lightly browned. If using cheddar cheese topping take out when top becomes darkened, but not burnt.).


No Bake Strawberry and Blueberry Patriotic Cloud cake



If you have 10 minutes and a craving for a delicious dessert, this No Bake Strawberry Blueberry Cloud Cake is will be perfect for that Memorial Day or July 4th cook out.  All of your friends will be so happy that you brought THIS to the party!





  • strawberries (chopped) and blueberries
  • Cloud cakes
  • strawberry glaze (usually in the produce section next to the strawberries in a container)
  • whipped cream




Step 1:  Layer your dish with the cloud cakes.  You can usually get away with using one box of cloud cakes.


Step 2:  Pour and then spread the glaze over your cloud cakes, and add a layer of chopped Strawberries.


Step 3:  Top with whipped cream.


Step 4:  Add a layer of strawberries and blueberries.


Buzzed Cherry Bombs




My inbox has been full of questions. This step-by-step photo tutorial takes care of the most common ones. When you make these alcohol soaked cherries dipped in candy you’ll be the most popular guest at your next barbecue.



Just drain the juice out of a bottle of maraschino cherries and replace it with vanilla vodka. You will taste the vodka in these so use a good quality brand. I like the smooth feel of Stoli. Pop the lid back on and let them soak. The longer they sit, the stronger they will taste. At minimum, soak them overnight. Last time I made these, I soaked them for 48 hours and got rave reviews.



While this recipe calls for vanilla vodka, you can use any flavor you like; chocolate, whipped cream, cherry, absolutely anything you’re into. If you’re not into vodka, choose a different liquor. Spending time in the kitchen should be fun so let your inner bartender shine and get as creative as you want.




You can make virgin cherry bombs! Instead of alcohol, add a teaspoon or two of vanilla to the jar with the cherries and cherry juice. Let that soak for 12-48 hours. Then dip them in vanilla chips and sprinkles as the recipe instructs. You’ll get a nice cherry-vanilla flavor and the fun patriotic look without the buzz.



  1. One (ten ounce) jar maraschino cherries
  2. 1 cup vanilla vodka
  3. 1 cup melted vanilla chips (you can also use white chocolate or candy melts)
  4. 1/2 cup blue sugar sprinkles


  1. Drain juice from cherries. Pour vodka over cherries in jar. Let sit 12-48 hours.
  2. Gently pat cherries dry. Dip in melted chips. Dip in sprinkles. Places on wax paper covered baking sheet to set.
  3. Serve within 24 hours.
  1. The longer your cherries soak, the stronger the alcohol taste in them will be.



Red, White, and Blue Coconut Macaroons





These guys bake up with golden brown edges and chewy, fluffy interiors. You’d think such results would require complicated preparation, and yet all you have to do is stir some stuff together. I bet you’ve already got everything you need in your kitchen right now. And since they’re so quick to make, you’ve still got time to make these Red, White, and Blue Macaroons for your 4th of July celebration! They’re especially ideal since you don’t have to worry about them melting in the summer heat. Guests can grab and munch as they please.

That being said, these macaroons are so delectable that you might want to forgo serving them at your 4th of July celebration and keep them all to yourself. Whatever you decide to do, these macaroons are a must-have for you Independence Day festivities.




  • 2-2/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red food dye
  • Blue food dye
  • red & blue sprinkles, for garnish




  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut, sugar, flour and salt. Stir in egg whites and vanilla; mix well. Distribute the batter evenly amongst three small bowls. Add a few drops of blue dye to one bowl, a few drops of red to another, and leave the last bowl white. Stir each bowl until food dye is evenly distributed. You may add more or less to achieve your desired vibrancy.
  3. Drop by rounded, generous teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Top with sprinkles and bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.



Patriotic Trail Mix




It’s not too late to make this for the 4th!  Just a little cutting and mixing required!  My kind of treat!





  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup twizzlers strawberry or cherry twists cut into 1 1/2 in. strips
  • 1 cup chex mix
  • 1 cup blue m&m’s or a package of almond joy pieces which have blue in them
  • 1 cup cashews or other nuts optional
  • 1/2 cup powered sugar (adding a little bit at a time until desired coating is reached)




Mix it all together and shake it all about…  enjoy!




Death by Chocolate and Caramel Brownies

This is not for the faint of heart…. this is not for someone if you are counting your sugars…. BUT I can promise you if you have a sweet tooth these brownies are for you!!



1 pound unsalted Butter

14 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

4 cups Sugar

8 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 2/3 cups all-purpose Flour

pinch of Salt

Caramel topping (I melted Caramel Candies in the microwave and dumped on top)


1.) Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2.) Grease and lightly Flour a 9 by 13 baking dish or casserole pan.

3.) Melt the Butter and 10 ounces of the Chocolate Chips over a double broiler. Remove from heat.

4.) Whisk in the Sugar, then the Eggs, one at a time.

5.) Whisk in the Vanilla.

5.) Mix in the Flour and Salt.

6.) Fold the remaining Chocolate Chips into the Batter

7.) Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

8.) Bake in middle of the oven for one hour.

9.) Take out and check that the middle is set. It’s probably not yet. Return to oven, checking every 10 minutes until the center is set (a knife inserted will come out clean.)

10.) After the knife comes out clean take out of oven and place the pan on a cooling rack.

11.) Take the back of a wooden spoon and poke holes into the brownie

12.) Take caramel topping (Either melted caramel candies or Caramel Ice Cream topping will work) and dump generously over the brownies.

13.) Cool completely before you slice.

Cheesy Meatball Bake



If you are looking for something quick, easy, and delicious for dinner do not look any further!! This Cheesy Meatball bake will not only make your taste buds go into overdrive BUT it is so easy to make!!






1 pound ground beef
1 pound hot Italian sausage
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup parsley, chopped
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 cup milk
24 ounces marinara sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese




1. Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, Italian sausage, garlic, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, eggs, and milk. Mix until everything is fully infused together.

3. Roll into 4-5 ounce meatballs. For even amounts, use a medium-sized ice cream scooper.

4. Over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan, and brown the meatballs on both sides for about 2-3 minutes or until you create a nice crispy sear. Cook about half way through. They will finish cooking in the oven.

5. In a casserole dish, spread a few tablespoons of marinara sauce to the bottom of
the pan to help prevent sticking. Then place meatballs in the casserole dish and add the remaining jar of marinara sauce. Top with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover in foil and bake at 425°F/220°C for 25 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and the meatballs are fully cooked.

6. Garnish with parsley.

7. Enjoy!

Sloppy Grilled Cheese Taco



Calling all Taco Lovers AND Grilled Cheese lovers!! Dinner tonight just got amazing!!!! Wait until you try these amazing Sloppy Grilled Cheese Tacos!!






olive oil

1/2 red onion, diced

7 oz. beef mince


salt and pepper

7 oz. tomato puree

4 slices white bread

2 tbsp. butter

3 1/2 oz. Red Leicester cheese, grated (plus extra for sprinkling)

3 1/2 oz. mozzarella, grated

For topping:

sliced spring onions, sliced chillies, sour cream, paprika, diced tomatoes, coriander, avocado, bacon




1.) Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan then add the onion and cook until soft. Add your minced beef and brown.


2.)  Add the taco seasoning, salt and pepper then stir until evenly coated and cook out for 2 minutes.


3.) Pour in your tomato puree and stir to combine. Reduce a little if necessary (you are looking for a thick spoonable consistency).


4.)  Take your bread slices and flatten each one with the palm of your hand. Pile up the cheese on one half of each sandwich then top with the other bread slice. Flatten as much as possible. Butter the outer edges.


5.)  Heat the remaining butter and some oil in a frying pan and place the sandwich down. Cook until crisp and golden on one side then flip and repeat.


6.)  Take the grilled cheese sandwich and lie over a rolling pin to form a taco shape. Fill with the spiced beef mince, sour cream, spring onions, chillies, paprika, tomatoes, avacado, bacon and some coriander.


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