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Sausage Ball Muffins Recipe

Jamie here! It’s back to school time around here  - but just because our mornings are a mad rush, doesn’t mean we can’t get a hot breakfast on the way out the door.  These sausage ball muffins are so dang good, filling, and packed with protein.

I love-love-love sausage balls.  Christmas, New Years Eve, Thanksgiving – show me a holiday and I’ll show you myself eating sausage balls.  I make the kind that are more biscuity-like and less meatbally  - so the leftovers lend themselves just perfectly to a breakfast food.  With that in mind, I decided to whip up a batch of sausage ball muffins – these are like having a breakfast of sausage, cheesy eggs and biscuits all in one handy package!  Add a fruit cup and it’s a great little breakfast on-the-go.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning in Bulk! (+ Organic Option)

Here’s the “bulk taco seasoning” I bought at the store – but no more of that!

Between my husband and four boys, we can really shovel in some food at suppertime.  One of the cheapest and best-loved dinners I can make is Taco Night.  Or Enchilada Night.  Or Quesadilla Night.  Or Chicken Fajita Night… you get the picture.  But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve got my meat browning and I reach up to the spice cabinet for taco seasoning, only to realize I’m out.  “ARRGGHH!!” I yell – causing my husband to look up for a second from his PlayStation game…

Also, paying $1 per package is not cost-effective, not when you can make your own taco seasoning in bulk!  So today, I’m sharing a recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning.  I used this one and this one as the basis for mine, one has been rated 5 Stars 2300 times, and one is from the Taste of Home Test Kitchens.  It has to be good, right?

On another note – I just found this other recipe while looking for mine – and this girl made me laugh!

Basic Recipe: (2-3 Tbsp = 1 Package)

  • 1/2 Cup chili powder
  • 1/4 Cup ground cumin
  • 2 Tsp of Onion Powder or 2 Tbsp of Dried Minced Onion
  • 2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Pepper (If you like it spicy, sub out part of the black pepper with cayenne)
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 Tsp Cornstarch  (This will give it that little bit of thickening agent that most packages have)

Put it all in a jar or storage container and shake it like a polaroid picture.  2-3 Tablespoons of this is equivalent to one packet of seasoning.  This will make enough to last about 8-10 dinners, depending on how much you use each time.

The best part is that you’ll know EXACTLY what is in it -and what’s not in it (MSG, maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate, silicon dioxide, theoxyquin and BHT, partially hydrogenated soybean oil)

Great Deal on Organic Bulk Spices:

Interested in making it organic, and getting a really good deal on bulk spices?  Amazon is having an AWESOME sale on Frontier Certified Organic Spices in bulk bags – they are marked down as low as 60% OFF!  Go in with a few friends to buy these and divide them up amongst yourselves for less out of pocket expense.

Chili Powder
Cumin
Paprika

Oregano
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

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Roasted Smash Red Potatoes Recipe

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When the weather is chilly, this roasted smash red potatoes recipe will warm you right up!  All the smashed edges and skin get crispy and the inside stays soft and buttery – comfort food at it’s best!

I went to visit my mom without the kids recently and she took me to her Saturday farmer’s market in the town square.  It was so nice out and the produce was lovely – and we found these adorable tiny red potatoes that looked PERFECT for a dish I’ve been wanting to try.  I first saw these on the Pioneer Woman’s blog – I love that Ree! – but I tinkered with it a little using what we had on hand.

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Here we are admiring some gourds!

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And here are those cutie potatoes….  Just wash them off and set them in a pot of salted water to boil for 20 minutes, or until tender enough to slide your fork into the biggest one easily.  Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450!

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Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the potatoes on it.  Drizzle olive oil over the tops, then using a fork or a potato masher, gently smash them down until the skins pop open.  I used my peanut butter cookie method with the fork ;)

They’ll get a little messy, but in the end it won’t matter. (You’ll be plating them with a spatula and eating them with a fork, so how perfect do they really need to be?)

 

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Just for good measure, brush some more olive oil over the craggy tops of each potato.  Let it seep into alllllll the nooks and crannies.

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Sprinkle a little sea salt over each potato, then spoon a little parmesan cheese, and follow with rosemary and a little garlic on each as well.  Now they’re ready to go!

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Pop these in the oven for about 20 minutes – and then check on them. Depending on the size of your potatoes, they may need a few more minutes to get golden brown.  You want the skin to be crispy and the little crags and points to have a crunch as well.

I hope you and your family enjoy these – and if you’re a potato-fanatic like me, I really think you’ll love these super-cheesy Grilled Potatoes in Foil packets (But you can totally do them in the oven too)

 

Roasted Smash Red Potatoes Recipe
Side Dish
12 - 18
 
When the weather is chilly, these roasted smash red potatoes will warm you right up! All the smashed edges and skin get crispy and the inside stays soft and buttery - comfort food at it's best!
Ingredients
  • 12 - 18 Small Red Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes them and boil in a pot of salted water for 20 minutes, or until tender enough to slide your fork into the biggest one easily.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the potatoes on it.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the tops, then using a fork or a potato masher, gently smash them down until the skins pop open.
  5. Brush some more olive oil over the craggy tops of each potato.
  6. Sprinkle a little sea salt over each potato, then spoon a little Parmesan cheese, and follow with rosemary and a little garlic on each as well.
  7. Bake near the top of the oven for about 20 minutes - check on them and put them back in for another 5 if need be. (You want the skin to be crispy and the little crags and points to have a crunch as well.)

 

Banana Nut Muffins Recipe {with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top!}

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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top)

Side note – if you need a new banana bread pan – there’s a great deal on one here!!

Jamie here, I grew up with a very frugal mom, and although I learned too much solid gold advice to ever put down in writing -  one of those little tips that stuck with me was this:

===>>> Always ALWAYS buy the cheap bags of bananas that are going ripe.  :)

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Jamie here, if you’ve been looking for yummy crockpot recipes to make tonight easy – here’s one of my family’s favorites!

This Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is so darn good – warm, filling, bursting with flavor and textures – with great chunks of chicken.  PLUS – any soup that’s leftover can do double-duty as the filling for this Easy Cheesy Enchiladas recipe here!  (Just skip all the steps involving the filling, instead using this plus cheese to fill them)

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Kids Christmas Breakfast | Easy Reindeer Donuts!

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This is a super-duper easy (but cute!) Kids Christmas breakfast – and all you need is a bag of chocolate donuts, some Sixlets or M&M’s and mini pretzels!
I love having something ready for my kids to munch on Christmas morning after the presents have been opened- it gives me time to heat up my FAVORITE , which is the Make-Aheead Breakfast Casserole. :)

Just set out several chocolate donuts and push a red M&M  or Sixlet into the center of each.  (You can add a little dab of peanut butter for glue if you want)  Then break a pretzel in half and use the two halves to make reindeer antlers!

This couldn’t be easier – and would also make a great treat for a classroom party at school :)

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You might also want to check out this super addictive recipe for Christmas Crack :)

Christmas Crack Cookie Bites – BEST Cookies EVER!

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Christmas Crack

There are several different versions of this recipe, however I’ve done a little tweaking and have come up with what my family thinks is the perfect “Christmas Crack” recipe. I can’t believe how simple this recipe is, even if you aren’t an experienced cook you can still whip up a batch that your family and friends will love.  I’ve included a little pictorial step-by-step below along with the full recipe at the bottom of the post. [Read more...]

Hummingbird Cake Recipe (Most Requested Recipe at Southern Living)


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Here it is, my absolute most favorite cake in the whole wide world.  It’s the most requested recipe at Southern Living, honestly it’s hard to describe in words just how good this cake is!!  If you are looking for the perfect cake recipe, here it is!!  Besides being unbelieveabley delicious, it’s super easy to make – literally just dump and stir the ingredients for the cake.  Only the frosting requires a mixer, if you make it homemade.

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