Sunday, July 25, 2021

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

      We love Mexican style recipes and eat some type of Mexican food (link) at least once a week.  Many of those recipes call for enchilada sauce so today I am sharing my recipe for it.   Now you can enjoy restaurant quality enchiladas (link) right from home and this enchilada sauce is so much better than store-bought and takes less than 30 minutes to make.   


 Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

  1/2 c. water

1/2 c. chicken stock

1/4 c. olive oil

15 oz. can tomato sauce 

2 T. all-purpose flour

1-2 T. chili powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

 1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. salt

    

In a medium saucepan, heat up the oil until it is hot and then whisk in the flour.  Once it is smooth, whisk in the spices and then 1 cup of water and the chicken stock.  Allow the mixture to heat up on medium heat for several minutes.  Then stir in the tomato sauce and bring to a boil.  Turn the stove to low and allow the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes.   The sauce should now be thick and reduced by about a third.  If it is too thick, add in ½ of cup of water at a time.

Remove from heat and allow it to cool a bit then using an immersion blender, blend until nice and smooth.  Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or put in a freezer safe container and freeze up to 6 months.  To thaw, place in the refrigerator until thawed and use it as you normally would.

      This enchilada sauce goes perfectly on enchiladas but don’t stop there.  Use it in chili, soups, tacomeat, quesadillas, burritos, tostadas or nachos.  The ideas are endless.  

 


 
 

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Delicious Soups to Warm Your Heart and Soul

    It is officially soup season.  I love eating soups anytime of the year but especially in winter time.  A hot bowl of soup can warm you up on these cold winter days and they are just so comforting too.  It just hits the spot!  Grab a bowl of soup and cuddle up with a blanket and stay warm!

    This first one is not a soup but a stew but eating a good old fashioned bowl of the stew is never a wrong choice. 

 


    Potato soup is my all-time favorite soup.  I could literally eat it every single day.  It is the most satisfying, tummy warming soup there is to me. 


    Growing up, my Mom would fix Ham & Beans at least once a week during the winter.  It is a hearty soup that conjures up sweet memories for me. 


    This 15 bean soup recipe is one that requires no soaking of the beans and is hearty, rich and smells delicious as it cooks. 


    My youngest son Ronny could eat Tomato soup every day.  It is rich and creamy and goes perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich.


     Creamy chicken and rice soup is a thick and flavorful soup and turns out marvelously every time.


    

 Cauliflower soup is so warm and inviting.  Curl up with a bowl and a good book and enjoy your evening.


   

 Rainbow soup is a colorful soup that is full of flavor!

 


     What is your favorite soup? 


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Friday, February 5, 2021

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

    I love baking from scratch.  Nothing is better than food that is truly homemade.  Store-bought items just can't compare to the taste and this is so true when it comes to cream cheese frosting.  It is sweet, silky and creamy with just a touch of tang.  It spreads so nicely and goes perfect with my homemade chocolate cake, a wacky cake, my hot fudge cake or even a white sheet cake!  Yum!  I always have to frost my cakes right away or else I'll catch my boys eating this frosting by the spoonful until it is all gone! 

 


 Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

 12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks)

3 1/2 c. powdered sugar

3/4 c. butter

2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1-2 T. milk or evaporated milk

2 tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. salt


    In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese on high with the paddle attachment until the cream cheese is smooth.  Then add in the butter and beat until creamy.

    Slowly add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt until well blended.

     This makes enough frosting to frost two 9"x13" cakes or around 48 cupcakes.




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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Homesteading Blogs

    I love homesteading blogs.  I have subscribed to several through email and love reading about fellow homesteading bloggers. It is a great way to learn things and to just read what is going on in their lives.  

    I recently was added to a homesteading list that lists wonderful blogs and they are listed by state. How wonderful!  My blog is under Oklahoma.  If you would like to find some other homesteading blogs to follow, be sure to check them out all at this site "Better Hens and Garden" or by clicking here!



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Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

      We love Mexican style recipes and eat some type of Mexican food (link) at least once a week.   Many of those recipes call for ench...