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postheadericon Pork & Chicken Dry BBQ Rub


Make this and use it in your recipes for an awesome flavor.


  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup Smoked Sweet Paprika
  • 3 tablespoons Morton’s Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Mild Chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Onion
  • 2 teaspoons Piri Piri or Chipotle Powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed thyme


Sift all of the ingredients through a fine mesh. Mix thoroughly. Store in a sealed airtight container


postheadericon BBQ Sauce: Pulled Pork

Oh yeah this will melt in your mouth.  Well not the corn...that will get stuck in your teeth! hehe

Oh yeah this will melt in your mouth. Well not the corn…that will get stuck in your teeth! hehe


  • 4 cups Ketchup
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups apple cider (or substitute juice)
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon butcher grind black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Simmer until the tamarind paste has dissolved and all of the ingredients have combined.

2. Bring sauce to a rapid boil for 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes then serve on pulled pork.

3. Serve with your favorite sides like corn on cob or salad


postheadericon Recipe Staples

You are starving!  You want to cook something quick.  You haven’t shopped in ages and don’t plan on doing it today.  If you keep these basic ingredients on hand, you’ll always be able to make something simple and yummy.

Here’s a list of staples for your home:

Baking stuff

Already made

  • Flour
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Oatmeal (Not instant)
  • Oatmeal (Instant)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Vegetable Oil


  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Jelly
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Tuna/Salmon (Canned)
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned beans
  • Pasta sauce
  • Bouillon cubes/powder
  • Beef/Chicken broth
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes

Fresh (Replenish weekly)

  • Rice
  • Pasta (Spaghetti, etc.)


  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Milk or Dairy Substitute
  • Cheese





postheadericon Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Everything you see was made at home and was soooo easy!

Everything you see was made at home and was soooo easy!

Oh this was a major hit with not only our family but the friends who we passed these to as well.  In fact, our friend’s told us they almost had to fight for the last delicious treat.  These are guaranteed to be a hit at any family gathering or simply freeze to enjoy when you want a nice treat.

This base can be used in a ton of recipes and I will be adding some new ones very soon featuring this Almond base.


Almond base crust:

  • 2 cups almond meal (Pre-packaged or a use coffee grinder to save money and make your own)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds (Pre-packaged or hand chop them to save money)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp regular salt or sea salt (*Optional for sodium restricted diets)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • 19 oz cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350 F



postheadericon Simple and Easy Mayonnaise

Equipment you need:

A bowl

Blender or whisk

Measuring spoons (Pick up at dollar store for cheap)

Container for refrigeration of Mayonnaise

Ingredients you will need:

4 egg yolks (separated from whites)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp white wine vinegar

Extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil

How to do it:

  • Place egg yolks, lemon juice, dijon mustard and white wine vinegar into blender or bowl.
  • Place blender on low setting and leave lid off. While these ingredients are blending, slowly pour in a continuous thin stream of olive oil until the mixture assumes the consistency of mayonnaise (it should be thick). This will be a lot of olive oil.
  • If hand mixing, use whisk until the mixture assumes the consistency of mayonnaise.
  • Once the mixture becomes thick, stop pouring in olive oil and leave it to blend for another minute (this time with lid on) or hand whisk.

Ready to eat immediately or can be refrigerated for at least one week.  Great for our egg salad sandwich recipe!


postheadericon White Chocolate Frosting

What you need:

  • Large bowl
  • Wire whisk, electric mixer or a large spoon
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I sifted this through a fine colander to reduce lumps)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, melted (melt slowly & carefully in microwave)
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk (I added a little more to thin it out-eyeball it)

How to do it:

  • Cream butter in mixer till fluffy. Add vanilla. 
  • On low, mix in powdered sugar, then white chocolate. 
  • Add milk to reach desired consistency. 
  • Whip on medium a few seconds till fluffy! Spread on cooled brownies, cakes or cupcakes. Chill and then enjoy!

postheadericon Tuna/Salmon Salad Sandwich

Tuna/salmon sandwich
Tuna/Salmon Sandwich

What you need:



Knife or spatula


Cooked/canned Tuna or Salmon (depending on how many you want to feed.  1 small can = 2+ sandwiches)

Mayonnaise (homemade recipe here or Miracle Whip

Green onion (depending on how many you want to fee.  2 stalks green onion = 2 sandwiches)

Celery (optional)

Pinch of Salt for adding to tuna/salmon mixture (Omit if on sodium restricted diet.)

Pinch Pepper


Butter or Margarine (optional)

Optional toppings:  Tomato/Lettuce/Bean Sprouts etc.

How to make it:

  • Mash up your canned/cooked tuna/salmon in a bowl
  • Cut up your green onion and celery (optional) into small pieces.
  • Add cooked/canned tuna/salmon in bowl with green onion and celery and mix.
  • Add your mayonnaise, salt and pepper chicken mixture and mix together until the mayonnaise, vegetables and seasonings are mashed together.
  • Put your bread on plate and add butter or margarine, if preferred.
  • Scoop a generous amount of the tuna/salmon salad mixture onto your bread and put together.
  • Enjoy!  Yes you did it!  Now go brag about it to all your friends.
Sodium restricted diets:  Use less salt

postheadericon Tina J’s Crock Pot Stoup

More than a soup and not quite a stew!

What you need:

  • Crock Pot
  • Sharp knife for cutting and or peeling
  • Cutting board to save those awesome counters of yours
  • Your favorite meat!  Ground pork, Sausages, beef, chicken, turkey
  • 1/2 a cup of water (No measuring cups?  Use a coffee cup!)
  • Garlic clove
  • Potato’s
  • Carrots
  • Brocolli
  • Cauliflower
  • Onion
  • Any other veggies you like!  Canned, frozen or fresh!
  • Package of vegetable soup mix
  • Rice or pot barley
  • Parsley fresh or dried
  • Chili flakes *Optional but great for a kick!
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (Sodium restricted diets omit the extra salt)
  • Optional:  Dumplings (Recipe added in Recipe Index page)
  • Soup bowl
  • Spoon
  • Appetite!

How to do it:

  • Decide what meat you want.  We like ground pork and sausages cut up.  Add the meat to the crock pot and a half cup of water.
  • Sprinkle garlic on it and let cook till meat is fully cooked on High for about an hour.
  • Then add vegetable soup mix and then add veggies of any kind whether canned, frozen or fresh or even a mixture all of the listed.
  • Then add Hot water to an inch or more from the top of the crockpot.
  • Now add a couple of small handfuls of rice and of pot barley.
  • I like to add parsley and chile flakes to taste.  (Add salt and pepper to taste if you like as well.)
  • Mix together in the crock pot and let cook on low for 8 hrs or high 4 to 6 hrs  depending on your time.
  • Optional:  Dumplings can be added to the top an hour before serving if wanted.  (Recipe added here.)  Just don’t fill the crock pot as full or the dumplings won’t fit.
  • Serve in a bowl or on a plate and Enjoy!!… T.<

Thanks Tina J for a wonderfully simple and easy meal idea!


postheadericon Spectacular Meatballs

Spectacular Meatballs
Spectacular Meatballs

What equipment you need:

Bowl large enough to put your ingredients into

A chopping board

A sharp knife

A cookie/shallow pan

Freezer bags (Believe me you’ll want to make enough for a number of our recipes)

What ingredients you need:

Ground beef, turkey, chicken or pork or a mixture for the more adventurous!

One onion – I prefer the white or red ones

One egg per lb or kg of meat

Crackers or stale bread





Other spices optional: Italian seasoning

How to make it:

  • Wash your hands and clean your prep area.
  • Turn oven onto 350 F
  • Place your meat in a large bowl
  • Cut off one end of the onion, leaving the bulb end in tact to prevent tearing up when you chop the onion or turn on your back stove element and chop your onions on front, turned off, element to avoid tears all together.  Chop onion finely.
  • Add egg(s), chopped onion, some crackers or stale bread, a squirt of mustard and ketchup or about a 1/4 cup, salt, pepper and any other optional spices.
  • Mix the ingredients together and form into small meat balls.
  • Put aluminum foil on the baking dish and ad the meat balls in rows.
  • Put into oven for 45 minutes (depends on your oven.  May need longer or shorter times), turning at about 20 minutes of cooking time.
  • Remove from oven and cut one meat ball open to ensure that it is done.
  • When completely cooked, remove from oven and allow to completely cool.
  • Put your cooled, cooked meat balls in the storage bags to freeze or make one of our other recipes calling for these meatballs.
  • Pat yourself on the back.  You did it!


postheadericon Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

What you need:

  • Large bowl
  • Wire whisk, electric mixer or a large spoon
  • Baking pan
  • Oven
  • Toothpick or fork
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • 2 T red food coloring (I used red food color paste so in that case, less than 2T)

How to do it:

  • Preheat oven to 350. 
  • Line 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. 
  • In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder, food coloring and vanilla to form a paste. Set aside.
  • In a larger bowl or mixer, cream butter and sugar till fluffy using  a mixer or spoon. Add eggs. 
  • On low, mix in the cocoa powder paste, flour and salt. Mix only until combined. 
  • Spread evenly in the pan and bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
  • Cool completely. At this point you have delicious CHEWY brownies. Serve as is or with powdered sugar if you want. Or proceed to white chocolate frosting here on our icing page!