Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

During the colder months, I love making this taco soup.  It is really easy to make and delicious too.  If you have left overs you can freeze them to use on a cold day where you don't feel like cooking.

This one is a favorite to make on Halloween.  Let's face it, Halloween is a busy day full of class parties, costume parades, and trick or treating.  By dinner time kids will be anxious to go out trick or treating and you won't have to rush yourself to get dinner on the table.  Start this soup in the afternoon and it will be ready to go before your goblins head out to go trick or treating.


Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

  • 1 lb. cooked/browned lean ground beef or ground turkey, speason with salt and pepper while cooking on stove
  • 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen corn (or 1 15 ounce can)
  • 2 cups black beans (or 1 15 ounce can)
  • 2 cups red kidney beans (or 1, 15 ounce can)
  • 1 package of Ranch seasoning mix (Or use homemade ranch recipe below)
  • 2 TBL Taco seasoning
  • 1 small onion, chopped
Optional Ingredients:
  • Green onion
  • Cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • Tortilla chips or Fritos
  • Sour cream
Place all ingredients (*except for the optional ingredients*) into a slow cooker (crock pot), and cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Don’t drain the canned corn or beans, the juice from them are the juice for the soup.

To give a nice finish to the soup, sprinkle with the optional ingredients; shredded cheese, a sprinkle of green onion, and a dallop of sour cream.  You may also sprinkle crushed tortilla chips on top when serving, or just serve tortilla chips or Frito chips on the side.

Homemade ranch seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Monday, May 29, 2017

The best sunscreens

I love a GOOD, SAFE, sunscreen.  Here is a site where a research team has spent months working to find the best sunscreens out there on the market.  They focus on making sure there is enough SPF and no harmful ingredients such as oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, and octinoxate. The sunscreens they recommend are good smelling, easy to apply, they stay on, and truly protect skin from harmful UV rays.  

Check out their recommendations by clicking here.

Also, I'm always a fan of the EWG (environmental working group), and they always have good recommendations as well.  I wouldn't buy sunscreen without checking the EWG site, as once I bought some baby safe Banana Boat before I knew about EWG...  Later, when I discovered EWG, I found that the baby sunscreen I had used on my baby was one of the dangerous sunscreens.  So always check!  Here is that link.  Enjoy and stay safe in the sun!