$30 A Year Laundry Soap

Would you like to only spend $30.00 per year for your laundry detergent? Yep, I thought so! As you know I finally took the plunge last year and made my own liquid laundry soap. It was fantastic!! Of course because … Continue reading

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders with Poppy Seed Dressing

Do y’all have left over ham from New Year’s? Are you tired of the same ol’ rewarming over and over again? Here in the South, ham is a traditional New Year’s dish. But of course I’m still not used to … Continue reading

El Conquistador Taco Salad

Well as most of y’all know we call my husband “El Conquistador” (ok truthfully he named himself that and it just kind of stuck LOL).

Well there are certain things that he grew up with that he absolutely loves, much like the rest of us. So for the last 11 years when he would talk about some sort of food or meal that he had in his youth, I will call his Mama and ask her for the recipe or how to make it.

That is how this Taco Salad recipe came about!

As his Mama tells it, this was just something she mixed up for PTA luncheons, big family get togethers, cookouts or just for a quick family dinner. She can’t figure out what is so special about it but says that everyone always wanted her to make it.

El Conquistador actually likes this the day after it is made. He likes the way the corn chips soak up the dressing and get a bit soft.


Make it a great day!!!


Darlenes Taco Salad



1 Head Iceberg Lettuce, torn
1 bunch green onion, sliced
1 lb. ground beef, seasoned with cumin, salt & pepper, browned (sometimes I just put a packet of taco seasoning in when I brown it)
1 large fresh tomato, diced
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
small can diced green chilies, drained
1 reg. sized corn tortilla chips, slightly broken

1/2 cup Taco Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup mayo


Mix all salad ingredients together in a big bowl

In a small bowl mix all sauce ingredients together

Add sauce mixture into salad and mix to combine.

Valentine’s Day Drinks

Are y’all looking for a little something to spice up your Valentine’s Day?

Try one of our Valentine’s Day cocktails!

Let’s face it, life is hectic! Sometimes it’s all you can do to get dinner on the table for your loved ones, let alone make a nice romantic dinner for you and your significant other. Well whip up one of these yummy cocktails, sit down with your Valentine and take at least a few moments to have a drink together.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

Tracey and Aileen


White Strawberry Sangria

White Strawberry Sangria


1 (750 ml) bottle dry white wine, such as pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc
1/2 cup strawberry schnapps
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 whole strawberry (optional)


1 Stir wine, schnapps and sugar together in a 2-quart pitcher’til sugar dissolves.

2 Add sliced strawberries and chill 1 to 4 hours.

3 Serve over ice, and garnish with whole strawberries, if you want.



 Cosmopolitan Raspberry Twist



4 fluid ounces smirnoff raspberry vodka, chilled in freezer
1 fluid ounce triple sec
1 fresh lime juice
3 fluid ounces cranberry juice
2 frozen raspberries
2 slices fresh limes


1 Put all ingredients into a shaker add as much ice as you can and give a good shake.

2 Pour straight up or over ice.

3 Garnish with lime slices and frozen raspberries which helps keep it chilled.



Amore Vietato (Forbidden Love)


– 2 oz.  gin
– 1 oz. blood orange juice
– Dash simple syrup, 2 strawberries
– 4 slices of cucumber


1  Muddle fruit with simple syrup

2  Add gin and blood orange juice.
3  Shake and strain into a martini glass.
4  Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.

baileys cool raspberry

Bailey’s Cool Raspberry


2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream

8-9 raspberries

Crushed Ice


1  Place 4-5 raspberries at the bottom of a rocks glass and lightly muddle them.

2  Top with crushed ice.

3  Add Baileys Irish Cream.

4  Garnish with three speared raspberries.

Image courtesy of Bailey’s


Alternative Uses For Deodorant


If you’re like us, you have at least 4 or 5 containers of deodorant tucked in places in your bathroom.

Some we got as free samples in the mail, some were purchased and forgot, some we were able to get with coupons but really didn’t need and some we just plain didn’t like.

Well, here are 6 other uses that we have found from all over the web. If y’all are like us, we don’t like to let things go to waste and will usually find some strange way to use things LOL.


Stop Blisters With Antiperspirants
Rub a stick antiperspirant on the sides and bottom of clean, dry feet to lubricate problem spots

Take The Itch Out Of Bug Bites
I have found Dry Idea Roll-on  works great for this.  Just roll the deodorant over the bite and the itch will reduce.

Freshen Your Closet 
Do you have a deodorant that you love the smell of?  Take the lid of and place it in your closet.   In China, they are using deodorant to freshen up the smell of their landfills.

Calm Clammy Hands 
Do you get clammy, sweaty hands when you get nervous?  Well if you’re in that situation and  know you’ll be shaking hands you may want to coat your hands with a clear antiperspirant.  It will keep your hands nice and dry and not expose your nerves.

Dry A Pimple
Yet another way to save money on expensive skin care cream.  If you have a pimple and want it to dry out fast, rub a new bar of deodorant on it.  It will also work on fever blisters.

Stop Stinky Feet 
Someone in your house have a problem with stinky feet?  Have them use deodorant on their feet and it will stop the odor and the sweat.  Their shoes and everyone in the household will appreciate it.



Do y’all have any other tips or ideas? If so, please leave us a comment and let us know what YOU use deodorant for!


Make it a great day, you deserve it!


Tracey and Aileen


Nana’s Snickerdoodles

My daughter Brianna absolutely LOVES Snickerdoodles!!

This year I added this awesome cookie to my list of Christmas cookies.

This recipe comes from my Mama, or Nana as my children call her. She is the absolute best cook I have ever met. So when she told me she had this recipe for Snickerdoodles I KNEW they would be fantastic ………….and boy was I right!!!!!

I wanted to share Nana’s recipe with y’all  so that you too could add it to your Christmas Cookie list.

Make it a great day, you deserve it!!





1 cup softened butter You can use 1 stick butter and 1 margarine
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 400 deg. ( if your oven runs hot 375)

Mix butters, sugar and eggs thoroughly.

Sift together flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt and stir into above mixture.

Chill dough 1 hour or more.

Form dough into balls about the size of a walnut.

Roll in mixture of sugar & cinnamon.

Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes


Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Shrimp Scampi Risotto

Looking for something delicious, easy and warming for dinner tonight?

Well here it is…..Shrimp Scampi Risotto!!

Now don’t freak out. I know many people hear the word “risotto” and think it is difficult to make. I promise, it’s not at all. It does require you to be an active participant however, so this is not a good idea for dinner parties.

For those of you that don’t know, risotto is made with Arborio rice. This can be found in most any grocery store and even at Target.

Feel free to add all different types of things to this. I usually add frozen peas, however, I figured out during the cooking process that I was out of them LOL.

Once you make this recipe and get the hang of risotto you will be making up your own delicious combinations and recipes in no time.

Make it a great day, you deserve it!


Tracey and Aileen


shrimp rissoto



6 Cups Chicken Broth

4 Tablespoons Butter

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Cup Minced Onion

3 -4 Tablespoons Minced Garlic

1 Cup Parmesan Cheese

½ to ¾ Bag Frozen Cooked Salad Shrimp

1/2 Bag Frozen Peas, Corn or Green Beans (or any other frozen veggie you want)

Salt and Pepper To Taste





  1. Heat broth in medium saucepan over Medium heat until hot but not boiling.


  1. In a separate larger pan (I use my soup pot) heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir until tender.


  1. Add rice and stir for about 3 minutes


  1. Add 1 cup of heated broth. Continue stirring until liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes.


  1. Stir in remaining broth 1 cup at a time making sure liquid is mostly absorbed before adding the next cup.


  1. Stir in Parmesan cheese


  1. Add shrimp, stirring to mix them throughout the risotto. (This is also where I would add my frozen peas, corn or green beans)


  1. Remove pan from heat, cover and let sit for approximately 5 minutes to warm shrimp through.


  1. Add salt and pepper to taste


  1. Enjoy!!!!






Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Lip Smacking Good Sausage Balls

These are not your Mama’s sausage balls……………. they’re better!!

These are fabulous for a holiday party or even just for a Sunday afternoon watching football with the family.

When you are making these, you might want to make a double batch or maybe even a triple batch. These are great to make, roll and then freeze. Then you can pop them out of the freezer and into the oven when guests show up unexpectedly.

We hope y’all enjoy them as much as we do!!

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

Tracey and Aileen

Lip Smacking Good Sausage Balls

Lip Smacking Good Sausage Balls

2 1/2 cups baking mix

2 1/2 cups sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese

1 lb hot sausage (we use Jimmy Dean)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 or 3 green onions finely chopped (green tops only)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Break apart sausage into a mixing bowl

Add remainder of ingrediants

Using your fingers, mix this all together. It is gonna take a bit of work but don’t worry, it really does all mix together to form a dough.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet

Bake for 20 – 24 minutes

Remove from cookie sheet right away


Makes approximately 5 dozen

If you would like to freeze these, put them on a cookie sheet and instead of baking, pop them into the freezer until firm. You can then plop them all into a zip lock and freeze until you are ready to use. You will need to extend the baking a few minutes when baking from a frozen state.

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms