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Homemade Refried Beans

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Appetizers and Sides, Homemade, Recipes | 2 comments

A couple weeks back I share with you all my homemade list of things I’m excited to try this year! Over the weekend we hosted a little taco bar for our friends and I decided to try making homemade refried beans.

It was such an easy recipe. I cooked up the beans a few days prior this way. On Sunday afternoon I whipped up a batch. I think next time I might smooth them out just a bit using the food processor and add a little bit more milk but other then that I thought they had great flavor. I’ll definitely make them again, now that I know how.

Saute Onions

In a large pan saute onion and garlic.

Homemade Refried Beans

Add beans, seasons and milk and bring to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Homemade Refried Beans

Then mash, add extra milk if needed and serve warm topped with cheese!

I followed the recipe from Money Saving Mom and you can view the complete recipe here.

Have you made homemade refried beans before? 



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Honey Peach Sauce

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Appetizers and Sides, Recipes | 2 comments

Happy Friday to you Friends. Wow, this week just flew by, once again. Weekends go fast and weeks go fast around here lately. But I’m ready for a fun weekend with my family and friends.  What are you all up to this weekend?

I have a recipe for you all today.  It’s a recipe that I’m going to be using in four other recipes that I’ll be sharing with you over the next week.



Honey Peach Sauce
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This lightly sweetened fresh fruit flavor is a great topping to toast, yogurt, oatmeal and more!
Recipe type: Topping
  • 4 Medium Peaches (about 1 pound)
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  1. Peal, remove pit and dice peaches.
  2. Place peaches, honey and vanilla into a large skillet.
  3. Cook on medium heat until honey and vanilla melt together with peaches.
  4. Once peaches are softened (about 10 minutes), place into a food processor or blender.
  5. Puree peaches until they resemble apple sauce.
  6. Serve on toast, in yogurt, oatmeal, or cottage cheese
Makes: 8 oz Substitutions for honey: agave, brown rice syrup or brown sugar. Adjust sugar amount depending on desired sweetness. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days. Store in freezer up to 2 months. May choose to use freezer cube method to have individual serving sizes.

Freezer Cube Method: 

Using an ice cube tray, place the sauce into the ice cube tray and cover with aluminum foil. Once sauce has frozen, remove from ice cube tray and transfer into a freezer bag. Label and date freezer bag. To defrost: place desired cubes into a bowl and place in refrigerator over night or using the defrost option on your microwave, place desired cubes into a bowl for a quick defrost. 

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Storage recommendations from: Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron

Coming up tomorrow: Peaches and Cream Oatmeal 



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Quick and Easy Salsa

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Appetizers and Sides, Recipes | 4 comments

A year ago I canned salsa for the first time with my friend Deanna.  Doing that specific recipe we made 16 8-ounce jars of salsa.  It was awesome to open up a jar of homemade salsa. I definitely plan on doing it again this year. If my little garden grows a good amount of tomatoes, I might be able to use my own homegrown tomatoes. (I just started a very small garden for the first time. Gardening tips welcomed!)

The thing about homemade salsa and a husband who loves it is: it disappears fast!  And since canning does take a bit more time and prepping, I came up with a recipe that is quick and easy. With the help of a handy food processor in about 10 minutes, you’ll have homemade salsa sitting your counter ready to enjoy!

Quick and Easy Salsa

First, gather your supplies.

Measuring cup, bowl, juicer, measuring spoons, cutting board and knife

Next, gather your ingredients.

You will need: 4 medium tomatoes, 1 jalapeno, a small onion, 1/3 cup cilantro, 1 lime, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

Lets get chopping! 

  Dice 4 tomatoes and place into medium sized bowl. Cut onion into quarters. Then, cut Jalapeno and remove seeds for a mild taste.


In the food processor: add jalapeno, onion, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt,and pepper, then pulse until mixture resembles a course chop. Pour on to diced tomatoes.

Time for the finishing touches.

Fold ingredients together until incorporated. Then enjoy with some tortilla chips, top on a quesadilla, or simply eat it right out of the bowl.

* This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday and Women Living Well.

Quick and Easy Salsa
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This recipe is a quick and easy salsa you can make up any time. Its fresh and mild taste will have you making it all the time.
Recipe type: condiment
Serves: Makes 2 Cups
  • 4 Medium Tomatoes
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno, quatered and seeds removed
  • ⅓ Cup of Fresh Cilantro
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  1. Dice tomatoes and place into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Quarter onion.
  3. Quarter jalapeno and remove seeds.
  4. In a food processor, add onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and pulsate until mixture resembles a coarse chop.
  5. Fold mixture into tomatoes until well incorporated
  6. Serve with tortilla chips
*You can substitute 1 can of tomatoes for 4 medium tomatoes. *If you have a large onion, only use half. *For a hot salsa, add jalapeno seeds to salsa. *To make this recipe quick and easy a food processor is a must have.
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