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Iced Tea Sweetened with Sugar and Lemon

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We are big fans of iced tea here, so when I make this, I make a gallon at a time. It goes quickly even still, that's for sure. We like our drinks cold, but we also don't like that ice dilutes it, and since I haven't made this in a while, I have to iced tea cubes (when I make it, I pour some in the ice cube trays so as it melts, the flavor remains the same).

Ingredients:8 tea bags (I use Lipton but it all depends on your preference)16 cups water1-1/3 cups sugar2/3 cup lemon juice It's super simple. Ready for these tough steps? Boil the water (I don't boil the entire 16 cups, probably about half of that). Once it is boiling hot, turn off the heat and add the 8 tea bags and let them seep for an hour. Once it's cool enough, pour into your container and add the sugar and lemon juice and stir until dissolved. Now, use the rest of the water to fill your container. 
If you want the ice cubes too, just pour some into your ice cube tray and freeze and enjoy! (This works …

Homemade Italian Sauce

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Yes, it's very easy to open a jar of sauce, but it is so easy to make your own, and so much better, why bother? Now, right here I will say that I do add some sugar to my sauce, but that is to kill the acid so that I win the fight and don't spend the entire night regretting my love of Italian food! LOL

For years, I just stood over the stove and just sprinkled in the spices and seasonings that I wanted, and I never really knew how much of everything I added. One of my neighbors asked for the recipe, so I literally just sprinkled what I usually did into my hand and then measured it that way. So, a big thank you to Kayla! I can now actually share my recipe! Now, once you get the hang of it, you can alter the ingredients to suit your taste buds! It's that easy!

I am attempting to grow my own tomatoes this year, so hopefully I will be able to make my own completely from scratch this year! While they seem like they are doing well, I truly hope they get enough sun to get ripe all…

Snickerdoodle Blondie Cups

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If you love snickerdoodles and want to change it up a little bit, you have to try these snickerdoodle blondie cups. The recipe that follows will make about 2 dozen. They will go fast! They are similar to brownies, but without the chocolate.
Ingredients:2-2/3 cups flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt2 cups brown sugar1 cup butter (at room temperature)2 eggs (at room temperature)1 tablespoon vanillaFor topping:4 tablespoons sugar4 teaspoons cinnamon Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
You will want to combine all the ingredients (except the flour) and mix well. Gradually add in the flour. You want to grease some muffin tins well or spray some of the silicone baking cups, like the ones that I use.
Fill the cups about 1/2-3/4 of the way full and then sprinkle with the topping. You will want to bake these cups about 20 minutes, perhaps a little less. You want them a little undone to remain the moisture, but not too early. Think of this part as you would baking brownies.
If you wan…

Taco Seasoning Without a Package

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We love tacos here, but I hate spending the money on pre-mixed seasoning packs when I know I have all the spices here so I thought I would share our recipe with you! This time I used a pound of ground beef, but you can easily substitute. Sometimes we used diced chicken - all is yummy!

Spices to use:1/2 tablespoon chili powder1-1/2 teaspoons cumin1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pepper1/2 teaspoon paprika1/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon onion powder1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes1/4 teaspoon oregano All you have to do is brown your ground beef, drain it and add the seasonings. Sometimes I add a couple of tablespoons of water is I drained the beef really well.

Brownie Cupcakes

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One of our favorite snacks here are the brownie cupcakes that I make. It's a simple recipe and so delicious!
Ingredients1/2 cup butter, melted1 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla2 eggs1/2 cup flour1/3 cup cocoa1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon baking powder These are so simple to make, I don't know why anyone would ever use a mix again! Just dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and use a whisk to combine. Now, I use the silicone baking cups, but you can also just use a 9x9 pan and bake them that way. I spray them with PAM and then fill them about 1/2 way. 
You will want to bake them at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes and then, enjoy! Super simple, super delicious!

There is one more thing you may need, and that is someone to help you clean the whisk! Carter does a great job! LOL

After the brownies have cooled, you can just pop them out of their silicone holders and you are set to enjoy!