Happy Thursday

I promised yesterday on Facebook that I would share a couple of recipes with you today– so, as promised here is my recipe for Taco Soup and a new recipe I tried for Apple Rings (think Onion Rings, but with Apples– you could also make them like fries!)


Taco Soup

  • 2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey ( I use 1 of each)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 regular sized cans pinto beans
  • 1 regular sized can pink black beans
  • 1 regular sized can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 regular sized can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 Big can diced tomatoes
  • Diced jalepenos to taste
  • 1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix (I mix together my own taco seasoning)
  • 1 (1-ounce) package ranch dressing mix (comes in a packet)
  • Corn chips, sour cream and cheese for garnish


Brown the ground meat and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker.

Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, jalapeños,

Why, yes…I do have a pink handled santoku knife 🙂

Add taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3-5 hours.

To serve,  ladle soup and sprinkle cheese and chips on top.

Ps. If you would like my homemade taco seasoning recipe, here it is 🙂

Taco Seasoning – can be multiplied and adjusted according to tastes.


  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt or salt to taste if you are on a low sodium diet
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Yum!! 🙂

Apple Rings

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3-5 large apples, peeled
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Cinnamon and sugar
First- beat egg white until frothy/fluffy– I usually walk around the kitchen, while beating the egg white, it kind of helps I think 😉
Add the water and vanilla- beat.  Add salt, cinnamon and sugar and beat again.

Using 3-5 apples, slice, and cut into rings using various sizes of biscuit cutters.  oops- I left one of the peels on!

Dip in batter, and fry in canola oil- in a frying pan or in a fryer, til golden brown.

Remeove from oil, and sprinkle w/ cinnamon and sugar.

Use your favorite cream cheese or vanilla frosting recipe to use as dipping or drizzle over apple rings. 🙂


I hope you like the recipes–and for those of you who HAVE to HAVE a crafting fix– here is a quick Gypsy tip in less than a minute 🙂 It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these-because my Gypsy was sick, but I found this one that I never published!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!!  See ya tomorrow!


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