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Homemade Taco Seasoning (Rachel Ray)

Taco Seasoning

INGREDIENTS
1 PART CHILI POWDER
1 PART GROUND CUMIN
1 PART GARLIC POWDER
1 PART ONION POWDER
1/4 – 1/2 PART CRUSHED RED PEPPER

DIRECTIONS
MIX ALL THE SPICES TOGETHER AND STORE IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER. I STORE
MINE IN THE FREEZER!

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Jamaican Jerked Chicken

Jamaican Jerked Chicken

  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breats (about 1 lb)

Mix first 7 ingredients in a large plastic bag. Add chicken, close bag and mix to coat chicken as evenly as possible. Refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.

Grill or broil, 4 or 5 inches from heat, 10-12 minutes or until desired doneness.

Recipe by Tina (Ontario, Canada)

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Rum Runner by Camp Richardson At Lake Tahoe

Rum Runner

Ingredients to use:
0.5 can Frozen Passion Fruit Orange Juice
0.5 can frozen Pineapple Juice
4 oz Bacardi
Light Rum
2 oz Captain Morgan Spiced
1 oz Meyer’s Dark Rum

Directions:

First, mix the Bacardi and the Morgan together with the frozen Passion Orange juice and frozen pineapple juice, then blend with ice to your desired level of frozen-ness.

After this, pour into a medium sized glass and float the dark rum on top.

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Items that do not need to be refrigerated

Top 10 Items That Don’t Require Refrigeration

Keep your fridge more organized by not storing these items in there.  Article by Windtraveler.

Pancake Syrup, mustard, ketchup, chocolate syrup, bread, pickles sweet & dill, hot sauces, olives, sauerkraut, bbq sauce, tortillas, pies & pastries, non-dairy creamers, anything containing vinegar, peanut butter, soy sauce, lemons / limes, peppers, onions, apples, tomatoes, cheese, jam, oil based salad dressing, butter, eggs

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Cluttered Garage Project (step 2)

Step 1:  Took the trash & recycling to the Dump/Recycling Center (that took a week+ to complete).

Clutter Resolution:  Start a new habit of removing the recycling/trash weekly instead of every 6-8 weeks.  Don’t let it pile over.

Step 2 : Found a better place to keep the recycling instead of in the garage.  By practicing step 1 the trash won’t need to be stored in the garage either as long as there is room for it outside in the cans.

A Better Place to Keep the Recycling:

  • I bought a 64 Gallon Wheeled Trash Can to be used for storing the Recycling.  Weekly I will wheel this thing to the Subaru and load up for a recycling trip.
  • I got a 50 gallon blue bin with a lid in which to store returnable cans, plastics, etc. I put it outside next to the trash cans.  It has latches on the sides for the lid which will keep the Racoons out of it.
recycling-can
Recycling Can

 

Bin for returnables
Bin for returnables

 

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Cluttered Garage Project (step 1)

I googled ‘How to clean your garage’ and below are five easy steps. LOL. I also received a tip from a blog follower ‘Go Vertical‘!  What you can’t see in the photos is that the walls are loaded with shelves to the ceiling but they are not the most organized since I no longer can really get to them.  Before I can plan out how to organize the garage I need to be able to walk through at least one side of it and get the piles of stuff lower!

Step 1 is to take the trash and recycling out of the garage and keep it out of the garage for good.  Need to find somewhere to keep it though.

  1. Use as much vertical and ceiling space as possible. … {I have no vertical space left}
  2. Before reorganizing, try taking everything out of your garage. …{LOL yea right!}
  3. Decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away. …{good idea}
  4. Group like items together so they’re easy to find. …{did that but can’t get to it}
  5. Decide which area of the garage is going to be used for what purpose.

Another photo of how Trash and Recycling clutters my garage:

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Cluttered Garage Project

My New Years Resolution is to clean my severely cluttered garage!  This is a major project – not just a simple cleaning day.  I got to thinking that there must be others who have endless clutter in their garages so I’m starting this Blog Category ‘Garage Project ‘ to share my tips (after I discover them).

Here are some photos of my garage as it is today.

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How to String Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers on a String
Hot Peppers on a String

Stringing Hot Peppers

  • Prepare your Peppers: First, Inspect each pepper.  Discard any that are soft, mushy or have spoiled areas and spots.  KEEP the stems on.
  • Wash Peppers: Wash with cool water and let air dry or dry off with a paper towel
  • String Them:  Take a long sharp needle and use strong thread or fishing line.  Put the needle through the stems and tie the ends in a knot
  • Hang The String of Peppers:  It’s best to leave some room between each pepper on the string as it dries.  However, you can make Ristas (clumping chiles together with decorative raffia ribbons) but be sure to check them often to be sure they are drying well and not rotting.

It can take up to two weeks of drying time if hung up inside.  Once they are totally dried you can push them together and keep them hung up somewhere or store in an onion bag.  Some people store in a glass jar but its not necessary.

Using this method to dry hot peppers does make them a little stiff on the outside. They are great in chilies and hot sauce but not probably not the best method of drying if you want to keep your peppers soft.

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