Taco Soup

I was inspired to create this favorite blend of seasonings when my family raved about a Taco Soup served at a church potluck one Sunday afternoon. After asking my friend for the recipe, I realized it was one that used so many packaged seasoning blends and canned goods that one recipe could feed an army.  I rose to the challenge and set out to dissect the ingredients for each of those seasoning packets and set out to create a recipe that made just enough soup for one family at a time. 

This is still one of the few meals my pickiest eater will always get excited about!

Here’s an idea…

MAKE IT A SOUP MIX: I like to keep several bags of single use mixes on hand to whip up a fast batch of Taco Soup on a busy day.  My ‘picky eater’ can make this on his own more easily when I have a bag he can just cut open and pour into a pot with the liquid ingredients.  I print the soup recipe and place it in the basket where I store the bagged blends so everything I (or he!) need to know is right there.     

Make a Meal Trail:

Leftovers of this soup make a great baked potato topper!  For this reason I like to make a double batch and plan a meal trail that week.  Split open the baked potato and use a slotted spoon to scoop out the reheated taco soup, getting a generous portion of the vegetables and optional meat, but very little of the broth. Top with a generous portion of shredded cheddar and some sour cream and enjoy a delicious meal with the family!

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

This is one of my most asked for recipes. Who knew that  three simple ingredients could make something so amazing! It’s a sweet treat that keeps you coming back for more…ok, one more…and then just… one.. more!

Here’s an idea…

MAKE IT A MUFFIN MIX: Follow the recipe instructions for packaging the dry ingredients in a sealable bag or container and stock your pantry shelf with several of to prepare quickly for a variety of occasions.

  • Need to bring an item to a pot luck…these are fast, easy and will be the hit of the buffet line!
  • Is there a teacher you need to thank?  Deliver a plate of these at the start of the school day and she’ll greet you with a smile when school is out!
  • After school treat!  Kids love these.
  • Need a dessert dish? These cross the dessert / muffin barrier.  They go both ways!

MAKE IT A GIFT:  

Jar the dry ingredients and gift it with a hand written recipe card (or print the one above). 
Make it look nice by layering the dry ingredients with brown sugar on the bottom and the pecans as the final layer on top. 

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake/ball

A holiday favorite, this recipe is asked for every fall. It’s simple to make ahead and refrigerate as either a pie in a graham cracker crust or as a dessert cheeseball you can serve with graham crackers or gingersnaps. 

The original recipe was created as a mix that is great for giving as a gift. That version calls for powdered pumpkin, which can be found in a web search or on Amazon.  No need to stress over finding it though! I’ve provided an alternate version using canned pumpkin as well! 

MAKE IT A GIFT


Jar the dry ingredients and gift it with a hand written recipe card (or print the one above). 
Make it a special hostess gift and deliver it in a basket or bag with the additional ingredients required.