Skip the drive-thru the next time you have a Taco Bell craving! Make this amazing copycat Homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizza recipe at home with ingredients you actually know and can pronounce. Thanks to Kate at Stolen Moments Cooking for the recipe!
- 8 flour tortillas, soft taco sized
- Oil for frying
- 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 2 t. chili powder
- 2 t. cumin
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1 can or 1 1/2 c. homemade refried beans
- 1/3 c. taco sauce
- 2 c. shredded cheese
- 1/4 c. diced tomato
- 1/4 c. sliced green onions
1. In a small skillet, heat 1/2 inch oil over medium heat. Add the tortillas one at a time and cook about 20 – 30 seconds per side, until lightly browned and crispy. Set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, cook ground beef. Drain. Stir in seasonings. Add 1/4 c. water, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and add refried beans to pan. Cook over low heat until warmed.
3. Take 4 crisped tortillas and spread with the refried beans on each. Add the ground beef and evenly spread over each tortilla. Top each with a second tortilla. Spoon an even amount of taco sauce over the tortillas and top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Or place under a broiler just until the cheese melts.
4. Sprinkle each with diced tomatoes and green onions. Cut into quarters before serving, and that’s it!
Are you a regular coffee drinker? Looking for a way to brighten your smile just a little bit more? If so, check out this awesome DIY Teeth Whitening that you can do all by yourself without having to spend tons of money on all those special treatments. Be proud of the smile that you have and Smile bigger.
What you will need:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda
- Regular Mouthwash
1. Mix 1/2 hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 regular mouthwash
2. Gargle the mixture for a minute and rinse
3. Brush your teeth with toothpaste and baking soda mixture combined (to do this mix some toothpaste with 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp water, mix thoroughly until you reach the consistency of a paste)
4. Brush your teeth with the mixture.
It’s that simple.
I saw this picture floating around my Pinterest page and I said literally aloud in front of my kids, “Oh no!” What I mean by that is, “Oh, no. That looks so amazing and if I make it, then it won’t make it beyond a day in this house.” So, instead, here’s the recipe from Tablespoon for YOU ALL. Lucky you, and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
- 1 box (11.5 oz) Lucky Charms® cereal
- 6 cups Rice Chex® or Corn Chex® cereal
- 2 bags (12 oz each) white vanilla baking chips (4 cups)
- 1/4 cup multicolored candy sprinkles
- Pour box of Lucky Charms and pick out all the marshmallows (about 2 cups). DO NOT EAT THEM. Okay, you can eat a couple. But set aside the rest to add to the mix later. Measure 2 cups of the remaining Lucky Charms cereal (without the marshmallows) into large bowl, add Chex cereal.
- Line cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Pour over cereal mixture in large bowl; toss to evenly coat.
- Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Gently break up mixture; toss in reserved marshmallows. Store in airtight container and should last about a month (yeah right!).
You can save tons of money by making your own laundry detergent. It is surprisingly easy to do so, and actually pretty fun! Here’s how to make laundry detergent at home. This recipe makes approximately 5 cups.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups (finely) grated castile soap in scent of your choice (peppermint is a great one!)
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup soda ash (washing soda)
- Using a cheese grater, grate the castile soap into a powder.
- Mix everything together and store in a tight jar.
- Depending on your washer, you may need to adjust the soda a bit, and the measurements per load. Try using about 1/8 cup and adjust from there. Also, be sure to shake a little every once in a while to shake the soap back into the powder.
Thanks to SouleMama for the recipe!
It’s Mardi Gras in Louisiana! Gumbo is a Louisiana staple, and it comes in many varieties, shrimp, sausage, ground beef, and more. It’s high in calories and delicious. Save yourselves the calories for a Hurricane (a delicious adult beverage!) or a piece of King Cake by making this lightened up version of Shrimp Gumbo. You’ll love it so much, you’ll make it all year. This recipe from Self serves 4.
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 chicken sausages, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 3 cups chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup cored, seeded and chopped green bell pepper
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
- 15 oz diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 lb medium shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 20 shrimp)
- 16 oz frozen sliced okra
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- Sprinkle chicken with Cajun seasoning. Heat oil in large pot over high heat. Brown chicken and sausage, turning once, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic and thyme. Cook until vegetables start to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 tbsp water if vegetables stick.
- Reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle flour over meat-vegetable mixture. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes, juice and broth. Simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- Add shrimp and okra; simmer, covered, until shrimp is cooked through and okra is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with parsley.
Why spend $3 or more per tube of lip balm? You can make it yourself in just minutes and for a fraction of the cost. Plus, every ingredient is all natural and safe to use over and over again! The directions below will make a couple of small lip gloss jars or tubes. You can double the recipe or stick to the ratio of 1 part beeswax to 2 parts oil to make as much as you want! Adding different oils will feel and taste different, so experiment and find what you love most.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tsp. of grated packed down beeswax or beeswax pellets
- 2 tsp. of coconut oil
- 4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil
- 1/2 tsp. of honey
- To make colored lip balm, you’ll need some of your favorite blush or lipstick (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients together and microwave for 10 seconds. Stir, then another 10 seconds. Do this over and over until it is fully melted and mixed together.
- Once everything is melted and mixed, IMMEDIATELY and carefully pour the mixture into the container of your choice.
- Allow to cool and fully harden (a few hours) before using or giving as a gift.
Have you spent tons of money on buying fun things to do for your kids or grandkids in the bath tub? With all the fancy toys, coloring crayons, paints etc they have on the market now. You could probably spend a pretty penny on just bath entertainment for kids alone. Here is a fun, quick, and of course frugal way to letting your kids have some bath time fun, and saving your money. Mommy is happy = Everyone is happy.
DIY Bath Paint for Kids
1. Inexpensive Shaving Cream – buy whatever is on sale, or get some at your local Dollar Store.
2. Food Coloring
1. Mix chosen food coloring into a small bowl of shaving cream. Or if you are going to make up more than one color a muffin tin works perfectly.
2. Give to child to have fun.
That’s it! How simple was that!!!!
Looking to make a spring wreath? Better yet, trying to think of a way to save some of your child’s favorite baby outfits and other stuff? This DIY scrappy wreath is the answer! Takes only a few minutes and a few bucks.
Go to the craft store and get a plain straw wreath or foam wreath. You can also save a couple of dollars and go to the hardware store and buy foam tubing, cut it into the size you want, the duct tape the two ends together.
Cut fabric out of your favorite old clothing, blankets, ribbon, or other items. Hot glue them around the wreath securely. Keep going until all of the foam or straw is covered.
Staple, tack, or glue on buttons, flowers, pacifiers, pins, earrings, necklaces, or any other decorative item you want to the wreath.
When the wreath is how you want it, you can either hang it as is, or use a long piece of ribbon or fabric, stick it through the center, and tie it in a a bow to use as the hanger.
Thanks to BluKatKraft for the picture!
My whole family is in Michigan, but my sister and brother-in-law took jobs down in Louisiana a few years ago. One of the things they HAD to share with us is how Mardi Gras is a state holiday in Louisiana, and she sent us a traditional King Cake. We’d never heard of it, but once we had our first bite, we were hooked! You will too with this recipe from Betty Crocker.
- 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
- 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) Rapid Rise yeast
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, cut into 12 pieces
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Dark green, purple, and yellow or gold sugars, if desired
- Miniature plastic baby, if desired
- Mix 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl of stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, on low for about 30 seconds.
- Heat milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and milk is between 120°F to 130°F.
- With mixer on low, pour in liquids and mix until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time. Continue mixing until a shaggy dough forms. Clean off paddle and switch to dough hook. Mix in the remaining 1 cup flour a little at a time, adding more or less flour as needed to make a soft dough. Add the softened butter, a piece at a time, kneading until each piece of butter is absorbed.
- Knead for eight minutes on low. The dough should completely clear the sides of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more flour is needed. If the dough seems too dry, spritz with water from a spray bottle a couple of times, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more water is needed. Every 2 minutes, stop the machine, scrape the dough off the hook, and then continue kneading.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times by hand to be sure it’s smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- While the dough is chilling, make cinnamon filling. In small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Combine butter with cinnamon mixture and mix well.
- Roll the chilled dough into a 10 x 20 inch rectangle. Spread the filling on half of the long side of the dough. Fold the dough in half covering the filling. Pat dough down firmly so the dough will stick together. Cut dough into three long strips. Press the tops of the strips together and braid the strips. Press the ends together at the bottom. Gently stretch the braid so that it measures 20 inches again. Shape it into a circle/oval and press the edges together.
- Transfer the ring to a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350º. Bake the cake until it is golden brown, 20 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes on baking sheet and then place it on a cooling rack to cool completely before icing. To hide the baby in the cake, if desired, make a small slit in the bottom of the cake and put the miniature plastic baby in after the cake has cooled.
- Icing: In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth (add additional milk if mixture is too thick or powdered sugar if too thin).
- Spoon icing over top of the cake. Immediately sprinkle on colored sugar, alternating between the three colors.
A take on the favorite recipe of peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookies, this recipe adds the addicting and amazing NUTELLA spread, too! These cookies can be made gluten-free if you make sure the oats are certified GF and not cross-contaminated. YUM!
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup nutella
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup flax
- 1/3 cup coconut
- 1/3 cup cranberries or raisins
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix ingredients together well.
- Once fully mixed, spoon out the mix onto a tray. It’s totally up to you how large you want the bites to be.
- Refrigerate and serve!