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Homemade Kahlua

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Today is National Kahlua Day so I thought it would be a good time to mix up a batch. I did this fairly quickly so the pictures aren't the greatest but it is really easy to make.

2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup instant coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon rum extract
2 cups vodka


Boil water and sugar to 225F or for 3 minutes at a rolling boil.


Remove from heat and stir in instant coffee. Continue stirring until coffee is dissolved. This could take several minutes.

Add vanilla and rum extract.

Let mixture cool for about a half hour. It should be lukewarm but not hot.

Add vodka and stir.

Pour into bottles. (If all the coffee didn't dissolve pour through a strainer if desired.) This recipe makes 5 cups. I had enough to refill my Kahlua bottle and a pint jar.

That's it. You now have Kahlua.

Best Ever Carrot Cake

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I don't remember how many years ago that this recipe was shared with me, close to ten years I think, but when my friend told me about it I knew I had to try it. She explained it was HEAVY. Not just dense heavy but everything about this cake is heavy. Although it has some healthy ingredients in it, I don't imagine with the amounts of oil, sugar and eggs in the treasure that it would be a food for anyone's diet.

How good is this cake? This is what my husband told me, "You need to make one every Sunday to make Mondays better."

Now can a cake really get much better than that?

Best Ever Carrot Cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 ounces shredded coconut
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup oil
1/2 cup water
3 large eggs
8 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
Cream cheese frosting - recipe follows
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Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, coconut and carrots in a …

Rye Sub Rolls

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I am not a great bread baker. I have a couple recipes that I go to and can make easily enough with no problem. I am quite envious of the real bread makers that get perfect looking loaves each time they bake. So when my husband asked me to get rye sub rolls for his Reuben's and I could not find any such thing in the store I was a little worried I couldn't make them at home.

I searched the internet for a recipe for light sub rolls. I couldn't find any! Apparently this isn't a very popular idea. No big deal, a roll is simply a loaf of bread that is shaped differently. I searched two towns to find the rye flour and made a special trip to buy it. Then I looked at recipes. They all called for caraway seed which I had none of and did not want to go back to the store. (I'm lazy like that.) I took several recipes and combined them and made my own instructions, without caraway.

I am not great at shaping bread but did the best I could and they turned out looking somewhat lik…

Dishwasher Detergent-Frugal DIY

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I'm always looking for ways to save money. Dishwasher detergent isn't a huge deal for me since I only have one load a day. I spend about $8 every two months on the little tablets that drop in. When my mom sent me the recipe for homemade I quickly scanned it and realized I had everything on hand so I had to give it a try.

Being the skeptic that I am I only made a small amount until I could test it to see if it works. I didn't have many dishes that needed to be washed so I grabbed my stainless steel dish drainer that was extremely past due for a good cleaning and proceeded to clean out any leftovers in the fridge.

I figured if the mix would clean my dish drainer it could clean my everyday dirty dishes.

I added 1 tablespoon to the cup and turned the dishwasher on water saver. I was so curious to see if it worked that I didn't wait until the dry cycle ended. I wish I had taken before and after pictures of my dish drainer so you could see the difference. It worked. All the…

5 Pepper Salsa

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There are a few things you might want to know about this salsa.

It smells and tastes amazing!

You don't need to can it if you make it in smaller portions and keep it in the refrigerator.

It can be eaten right away.

When you do can it, it ripens and gets hotter as the flavors blend. If you are wimpy like me I wouldn't recommend eating the ripened salsa. Even the fresh salsa is just over the top of what I can handle. To seasoned salsa eaters they would probably consider the fresh salsa a medium heat.

Be careful!

Wear gloves and do not even rub think about touching your face at any time while working with the peppers. The first year I grew jalapenos, the year I realized I had a sensitivity to the capsaicin, I picked the peppers without gloves. My fingers started burning and I washed them for a long time with soap and water to no avail. A while later the tip of my nose itched so I simply rubbed it with the back of my hand. Huge mistake. HUGE! There is nothing to take the pain awa…