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Ranch Taco Soup Recipe

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If it’s cold outside, warm up with this outstanding recipe for Ranch Taco Soup – it’s super easy to make and sure to satisfy any crowd!

Ranch Taco Soup

(Adapted from FoodNetwork.com)

Ingredients

2 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can whole kernel corn 15.25 oz, drained (or equivalent in frozen corn)
taco seasoning packet 1.25 oz
1 ranch dressing packet 1 oz
2 cans Mexican stewed tomatoes 14.5 oz
1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz
1 can diced green chilies 4.5 oz
2 cans kidney beans 15.5 oz
1 can black beans 15.5 oz
1 cup beef broth or more depending on desired consistency
handful chopped cilantro

Garnish with sour cream, grated cheese, green onion,  jalapeño, tortilla chips, or cilantro as desired

Directions: Brown meat and chopped onion in a skillet on the stove. Combine all ingredients including meat in a large pot on the stove. Simmer on low for about an hour. Or if you prefer, place all ingredients in a slow cooker on low for about 6 hours. Serve with desired toppings such as sour cream, grated cheese, green onion,  jalapeño, tortilla chips, or more chopped cilantro.  Makes 12-16 servings 
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This is one of those soups that gets better overnight and makes for excellent leftovers. The ranch dressing adds a whole other level of yummy flavor.

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Easy Blackberry Cream Cheese Tarts

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Impress your holiday party guests with these yummy and fancy looking Blackberry Cream Cheese Tarts! They are actually super simple to make and require just five simple ingredients! These tarts are also perfect make-ahead Christmas morning snacks or breakfast treats.

Easy Blackberry Cream Cheese Tarts

(Adapted from diethood.com)

Ingredients:

8oz. package of cream cheese, softened
2 pre-made refrigerated pie crust dough (or homemade equivalent)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
blackberry jam (or your favorite jam)

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Directions:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, cream together powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla. Roll out pie crust on a floured surface. With a pizza cutter or knife, cut crust into 3 inch squares. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of cream cheese and jam in each square on the diagonal. Fold sides in and pinch it together a little so they stay closed. Place on a well greased baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with non-stick parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crust is lightly browned. Makes about 26-30 tarts. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge (They are also great served cold).

These never last long in my home so I often double the recipe. I have also prepared them ahead of time, placed the cookie sheets covered in the fridge and then just popped them in the oven when ready to eat. Enjoy :)

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24 Christmas Ideas: Recipes, Homemade Gifts & More

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Slow Cooker Ranch Mashed Potatoes

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Slow Cooker Ranch Mashed Potatoes

(Recipe from Taste of Home)

Ingredients:

6 cups (about 2.5 lbs.) Russet Potatoes, peeled, cooked, mashed
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix (or 3 Tbsp of the economy size pictured from Costco)
8 oz. (1 package) Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Butter, softened
Garnish with chopped chives – optional
How to make Ranch mashed potatoes
Directions:

Start with plain cooked mashed potatoes with no milk or salt. (I like to peel and cook mine the day before!). Stir in butter, ranch seasoning, cream cheese, and sour cream. Cook on low for about 2.5-3 hours. Stir well before serving. Garnish with fresh chives if desired. Makes about 8-10 servings.

Some of my family members aren’t necessarily huge mashed potato fans but they love these! They come out creamy with lots of flavor. Enjoy! :)

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New $0.75/1 Minute Maid Pure Squeezed 59oz Bottle Coupon & $1 Ibotta Rebate (+ Hot Spiced Wine Recipe)

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Head on over to Coupons.com where you can print a new $0.75/1 Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Bottle coupon. This coupon should make for a nice deal when paired with a sale, so print it while you can! Even sweeter, there’s a $1 Ibotta rebate valid on ANY Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice 59oz bottle (expires 11/26 at 11:59PM MST), which means you’ll be able to save a total of $1.75 on this product!

If you’re looking for a perfect cold weather beverage that will also make your house smell awesome, consider making this delicious Hot Spiced Wine recipe! This recipe calls for 2 cups of Orange Juice, so consider using the coupon & Ibotta offers mentioned above to save on orange juice.

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Homemade Almond Roca (Easy Holiday Treat)

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If you’re in the mood for some holiday baking, try this easy and delicious recipe for homemade Almond Roca. This crunchy, chocolate toffee is totally irresistible and only calls for 5 ingredients! Plus, it can be customized to your liking – use saltines instead of graham crackers for a different but equally yummy taste. If avoiding nuts, try mini-marshmallows or crushed candy canes.

 Easy Almond Roca Recipe

Ingredients:

1 sleeve graham crackers
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped almonds
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Directions: Line a 9×12 baking dish with foil and coat with non stick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the dish with a layer of graham crackers – you may need to break crackers in pieces to get them to fit). On the stove, bring butter and brown sugar to boil for about 3 minutes – do NOT allow mixture to burn. Pour mixture evenly over the crackers and then bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 400 degrees. Spread chocolate chips around the top until they melt. Sprinkle nuts on top and press gently into the chocolate. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until hard. Break into pieces to serve. Store in an airtight container. Yields about 2 dozen pieces.
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This recipe came from my sweet grandma who would make these and send them in the mail along with other cookies and treats to all her kids and grand kids. Be warned that these are super addicting so consider making a double batch!

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Easy Hot Cocoa Decorated Cupcakes

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If you’re looking for an easy and festive way to decorate a boxed cupcake mix, check out these fun hot cocoa cupcakes. They look fancy, but are actually fairly simple – they just require mini candy canes, marshmallows, and sprinkles.

For these Hot Cocoa Cupcakes you’ll need:

  • 24 chocolate cupcakes (from the box or homemade)
  • 24 mini candy canes
  • white frosting
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles

Directions: Make and cool cupcakes. Frost cupcakes with white icing. Try to leave a little of the chocolate cake showing around the edges (I’ve used this handy Wilton Dessert Decorator for years and I love it!). Sprinkle cupcakes with mini marshmallows and sprinkles. Place a mini candy cane gently on the side of each cupcake – just press down a little and the candy cane should remain in place.

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These are so cute – I love how they look like a cup of hot cocoa! Enjoy.

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FREE Printable Meal Plan & Grocery List (Featuring 5 Weeknight Meals for Only $50)

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Are you busy with all the holiday craziness and looking for some budget-friendly and easy weeknight meal ideas? Well, you’re in luck! I have created a FREE printable meal plan with five easy weeknight family recipe ideas that should cost you about $50 (possibly less if you have coupons!) – I have even created a printable shopping list for you! The five featured meals are a few of my Fall favorites and I hope your family will enjoy them as well.

**Click here for FREE printable Meal Plan**

Weeknight Chicken Pot Pie

Meal #1: Weeknight Chicken Pot Pie

This yummy 5-ingredient meal comes together easily and is the definition of comfort food. I have used a rotisserie chicken for convenience in this meal and the white bean chili featured below.

Sausage & Potato One Skillet Meal

Meal #2: Potato & Sausage One Skillet Dinner

This potato and sausage one skillet meal can easily be adapted to use whatever type of potato and veggie combo your family enjoys.

bowl of White Bean Chicken Chili

 Meal #3: White Bean Chicken Chili

This delicious chili is perfect for cold weather, is full of flavor and can be compiled for an easy one pot meal or a convenient slow cooker meal.

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Meal #4: Sloppy Joes

You won’t need a packet seasoning with this yummy and crowd pleasing homemade Sloppy Joe recipe.

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Meal #5: French Onion Soup

French onion soup can easily be made at home and tastes like the same soup you’d find in a fancy restaurant.

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Pumpkin Dump Cake (Easy Thanksgiving Dessert)

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If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing and delicious dessert to make this Thanksgiving, try making an easy pumpkin dump cake! It’s a fun combo of a cake and pumpkin pie with a yummy crumb topping. Whenever I make this for Fall parties, my family and friends LOVE it and always ask for the recipe. You could also easily make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free cake mix.

Pumpkin Dump Cake

(Adapted from The First Year Blog)

Ingredients:

1 box of Spice flavored Cake Mix
15oz. can of pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
10 oz. can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 stick of butter, melted
whip cream and/or nuts for topping if desired

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Directions: Mix pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Pour cake mix on top of mixture evenly. Drizzle butter on top of cake mix. Bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees until the edges are brown. Serves about 10-12.

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Top with whip cream, nuts, or even ice cream. I love how the brown sugar caramelizes giving it a crumb cake texture while the pumpkin makes it really soft. This is my go-to alternative for pumpkin pie!

Prefer apple over pumpkin?! Check out this Apple Dump Cake Recipe!

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Pumpkin Roll w/ Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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How to make a pumpkin roll

It’s the season for pumpkin everything and this classic pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting quenches that sweet craving!  I was always intimidated by the rolling and frosting part but this pumpkin roll is surprisingly easy to make at home!

Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs

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Directions:

Mix flour, salt, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and set aside. Mix sugar and eggs for a good five minutes. Add pumpkin, and mix in the dry ingredients. Pour batter into a 10x15x1 inch jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly and bake at 375 degrees for 14 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Frosting:

Cream together the following:
one 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup of butter

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Immediately after cake is done baking, slip it out of the jelly roll pan (still on parchment) and flatten the sides of the paper. Tightly and carefully roll it up while it’s still hot in the parchment paper. Let cool. Once cool, unroll & unwrap from the parchment paper and spread frosting while it is flat. Carefully roll it back up and sprinkle with a little powdered sugar on top. I also cut off the ends a little to make it look fancy.

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I love the parchment paper trick! It worked great the first try. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this moist, creamy, pumpkin treat! :)

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Have you ever made a pumpkin roll? Do you have any other tips? I hope you enjoy!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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