Friday, December 31, 2021

Top 10 Viral Recipes and Posts of 2021

Hi, everyone!

    2021 has almost come to a close and a new year is about to begin.  Today we are going to look back at some of my most popular recipes of the year 2021. 

Top 10 Viral Recipes and Posts of 2021


 1. Chicken & Rice Soup Mix in a Jar.  It is the most viewed recipe for 2021 and has placed in the top 10 each year since 2017. It has been viewed over 5,000 times this year and over 75,000 since I first posted it.  Click on the name to see why it is so beloved. 

2.  Only one of two posts that makes the top 10 this year that is not a recipe.  It is How and Why to Dehydrate Aloe Vera


3.  Dehydrating potatoes for long term storage is the other non-recipe post to be most viewed this year.  Dehydrating potatoes is a smart move.  Ten pounds of potatoes, once dehydrated, will fit into just 3 quart jars.  Talk about space saving! 


4.  True Southern Pimento Cheese Spread. Makes the perfect sandwich spread and is so much better than any you can buy at a store.



5.  Homemade Au Jus Mix. I decided to come up with a homemade mix that would be similar (but superior) to the store-bought envelopes of the mix.  This turned out even better than I dreamed.  There is so much flavor that comes from the mix and you can have the homemade taste in a matter of minutes!

6. Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix.

     This recipe is for homemade Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice mix and it is simply amazing.  Transform any apple juice, red wine, or apple cider into a lovely and aromatic drink that will turn cold days and cold nights into a comforting experience.  It just smells and tastes like the holidays!



7.  Homemade Spice Cake Mix

     There is something so warm and inviting about a spice cake.  They smell so good and taste even better.  This recipe will make you a "mix" so anytime you want to enjoy a spice cake, you only need to add the wet ingredients and you will be ready to go.



8.  Potato Soup Mix-in-a-Jar.

     Once mixed up, this potato soup has a smooth consistency that is not too thin nor too thick.  Some recipes for potato soup in a jar comes out looking and tasting like mashed potatoes but not this one.  This one tastes like it should:  a flavorful, aromatic, and delicious bowl of soup!   This recipe is family tested and they all approved of it.  I'm sure your family and friends will like it too.



9. Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe (Makes 3 cakes)

     I came up with this recipe years and years ago.  It is a mix you can store for up to 3 months (or more) and will make 3 full size 9"x13" cakes.  The cake is so good that we generally don't even frost it because it is so moist and delicious no other topping is needed.  Occasionally we do dust the top of it with powdered sugar but that is more for presentation than anything.

      Rice pudding is creamy, sweet, delicious and just perfect.  It really is the ultimate comfort food.  My recipe adds the classic combination of cinnamon and raisin to make the classic recipe even better.  It has the perfect texture together with the soft rice and chewy raisins, so follow my recipe and whip you up this old time favorite dessert today!

    Which one of these is your favorite? I hope you are greatly blessed in the upcoming new year!


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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Easy Ham & Ranch Pinwheels


     Our family loves these pinwheel appetizer sandwiches.  They are so pretty visually and they taste amazing.  They are loaded with a yummy cream cheese filling and layered with ham and cheese that are so fresh and tasty. Whether you call these pinwheels or a roll-up, they are wonderful regardless.


·        3/4 lb.-1 lb. thinly sliced ham

·        2 (8 oz.) boxes cream cheese, softened

·        8-10 (8”) flour tortillas or 4-5 (12”) flour tortillas

·        ½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese (or your cheese preference)

·        1 envelope ranch dressing mix

·        Lettuce or spinach (optional)


 In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese and ranch dressing mix until smooth.  Spread about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture over each tortilla.  Top with 2-3 layers of ham and then 2-3 tablespoons of cheese and lettuce or spinach if using over half of the tortilla.  Cream cheese is spread over all the tortilla but the ham and cheese and other toppings are only on half of the tortilla.  Roll each tortilla up tightly and secure with a toothpick and repeat with each tortilla.  Refrigerate for at least one hour (I generally leave them for 2 hours) and then slice into 1” slices.  Serve with the spirals facing upwards and enjoy.


  Sometimes, I make these up and do not slice them up but serve each tortilla roll-up as a meal for my husband and sons. 

 These pinwheels are always a hit at parties.  They are perfect as they are but I generally place some homemade salsa close by because some people really love dunking them into salsa before eating.        


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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Rotel Dip Recipe for Parties

        Rotel dip is a classic recipe that belongs in everyone’s party appetizer rotation because it is delicious and has been around for decades. It is so creamy, cheesy and bold in its flavors.  It is perfect for parties, game day festivities or just for a family gathering on movie night.  



  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 16 oz. Velveeta cheese
  • 10.5 oz. can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning

Turn on your crock pot to high and replace the lid.  In a skillet, brown the ground beef.  Once it is browned, drain off the grease and stir in the taco seasoning and ½ cup of water.  Stir and allow it to heat up over medium heat for about 5 minutes. 

Cut up the Velveeta cheese into about 1” cubes.  You don’t have to cut it that small but it melts quicker and more evenly if you do.  Once it is all diced up and the crock pot has begun to get hot, turn the crock pot to low and put the cubed cheese in, along with the contents of the can of Rotel.  Pour the juices in also.  It adds flavor.  Now, pour in the meat mixture, stir and replace the lid and allow it to cook for about 1 ½-2 hours. 

Serve with tortilla chips, toasted bread, or even crackers.  It is so good anything you can dip into it would be good. 


 You can add in some chopped black olives, green onions, jalapeƱos, black beans and you can substitute the ground beef with some shredded chicken, ground sausage or even ground turkey.  

 Serves 12. Each serving has 7 grams of carbs.

    If you are having a party, imagine having a crock full of this dip along with some ham sliders, BBQ cocktail sausagesBBQ pineapple meatballs, a few homemade pizzas, and some bean dip.  The crowd will be well fed and very happy!

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