Simple and delicious taco soup

Hi everyone,

The seasons are starting to change and fall is upon us and one of the things that means is me making my favorite soups. There is nothing more cozy on a fall or winter day than a bowl of soup so today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite soup recipes. This one is for taco soup and it’s absolutely delicious.

What you need:

1 pound of ground beef

1 package of smoked sausage

1 onion

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of black beans

1 can of pinto beans

1 can of whole kernel corn

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can of chicken broth

2 1/2 cups of water

1 package of taco seasoning

Make sure you drain all of the cans except for the tomatoes

What you do:

Take the sausage and cut it into 1/2 inch cubes and chop the onion. Then put a pan, 4-5 quart size, over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes and add in the sausage and onion. Stir it occasionally until the sausage is lightly browned.

Put in all of the remaining ingredients, stir to incorporate and bring to a boil. Once brought to a boil cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally and cook for 15 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. I like to top mine with sour cream, grated cheese, green onions and crushed tortilla chips.

That about wraps it up for this post if any of you guys make this soup tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. And if you guys have any amazing soup recipes let me know.

Until next time, have fun cooking and enjoy the changing seasons :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

Pinterest: Kyra Sage

 

 

Advertisements

Delicious banana bread

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to share a recipe with you. Recently I’ve been wanting to do more baking, fall is coming and it’s one of my favorite things to do. Specifically I wanted to make banana bread, so I asked on Facebook and Twitter if anyone knew of or had a good recipe and I got quite a few responses. And the one I made is the first one I was sent, but I want to try out all the recommended recipes at some point. This recipe is from the Brown Eyed Baker, and I would definitely recommend it.

What you need:

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

A pinch of salt

1 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

4 medium ripe bananas, mashed. Should be about 1 1/3 cups, I had slightly larger bananas so it only took 3

1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, this recipe makes two loaves, so grease and set aside two 8×4 loaf pans. Instead of greasing my pans I line them with parchment paper, and you’ll see why when I put in the picture, but make sure you even out the parchment paper.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda and salt and set that aside. In a large bowl whisk together sugar, oil, eggs and the vanilla extract. Add the bananas and gently combine. My tip for mashing the bananas is to use a potato masher, it cuts the time in half and makes it easier and if it doesn’t get all the chunks run through it with a fork. Then add the flour mixture and stir until completely combined. And finally fold in the walnuts using a rubber spatula.

Divide the mixture evenly into the two pans and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until you can stick in a thin knife or toothpick and it comes out clean. It will be different with every oven, but it took mine the full 45 minutes. If your loaves start to get too dark on the edges before it’s done in the middle cover it with foil, I’ve done this with other recipes and it works like a charm. When you take them out of the oven let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

I’m really happy with the way this turned out and it’s delicious, like I said make sure you flatten out all the sides of your parchment paper otherwise you get misshapen loaves.

BB1

That about wraps it up for this post, if any of you guys make this let me know and let me know what you think of it.

Until next time, enjoy your treats and have fun baking :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

Pinterest: Kyra Sage

Father’s Day gift guide 2017

Hi everyone,

This week because Father’s Day is coming up I thought I would do a gift guide. I have always found it really easy to buy presents for my dad. But I know it’s not that way for a lot of people. And whether it’s that way for you or you’re just stuck for an idea this Father’s Day, I hope this post is helpful for you. I have a number of categories, and I will have a link down below to the things that I mention.

So the first thing is a Father’s Day classic and that’s anything in the area of grilling. I don’t think there’s a dad that doesn’t love to grill during a sunny summer weekend, or even during a rainy weekend. A set of grilling implements, an apron and anything like that is always a solid and probably safe bet. My dad is more into smoking than grilling right now, and most times when we have family get togethers he’s smoking some sort of meat and it’s delicious. If you’re going to go that route Masterbuillt is the best brand. Their products are top quality.

Next we have the personal care. I’ve always found that pretty much most men need and use a razor, so that’s always a good present. Along that same vein, cologne, lotions and products like that are good.

Pretty much one thing that never misses, doesn’t matter the event is gift cards. Everyone loves them and it takes the stress away of having to buy the perfect present.

One thing that pretty much everyone uses is some sort of streaming service. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. Subscriptions to services like that are like gift cards. They have something for everyone.

Next up is a dad classic, tools. There is always a need for tools, in every household. Screw drivers, saws, drills. All always needed.

One of my favorite things to do with my dad is watch sports and talk (occasionally argue) about it. I, like my dad, am a huge Mariners and Seahawks fan so anytime either of us see anything Seahawks or Mariners related that the other would like we buy it. So if your dad is a sports fan any kind of jersey or knick knack type thing will be a hit. Especially if you can find anything signed by his favorite player or players.

I have two things left on my list and the second to last is anything related to technology. I know that technology isn’t everyone’s forte, but for the technology lover, Bluetooth speakers, drones, you can’t go wrong. I personally really want a drone, but haven’t bought one yet. Maybe I’ll buy one for my dad and “borrow it”.

And lastly, anything personalized is always a hit on Father’s Day. Cups, plaques, anything you can think of you can personalize. I’ve found that a personalized gift usually draws a couple of tears. And is always appreciated.

That about wraps it up for this post. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this, hopefully this post is helpful to you guys and you find something that your dad will love.

Until next time, I hope you find something and have a Happy Father’s Day :).

-K

Link to everything:

http://astore.amazon.com/kyranycoleblo-20

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

Pinterest: Kyra Sage

May favorites

Hi everyone,

As this month is almost over, where did the time go, I wanted to do my May favorites.  This month I think I got a pretty good mix, so let’s get into it. Starting off with beauty, we have a couple of items from my May Glam Bag from Ipsy and if you haven’t read that post, I’ll link it below. The first is the Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense eyeshadow duo in Electric. The first time I wore this I used both colors and blended them and it was very pretty, but since then I’ve worn them on their own and I really like both colors. I definitely recommend it.

MYGB3

Next up we have the Pixi by Petra Endless Silky eye pen in BlackNoir. I always like to try different eyeliner because you never know what you’re going to like and what’s going to work for you and this really went to the top for me. It is really silky and smooth when you apply it and it lasts all day.

MYGB4

My next favorite is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 hour powder highlighter in Sin. I always talk about how much I love Urban Decay and this highlighter makes me love them even more. It’s in a champagne shade and it does wonders. It’s really glowy and it’s long lasting. If you’re looking for a new highlighter definitely give this one a try.

My last Glam Bag favorite is the Caked Makeup Lip Fondant in Low Key. This is a gorgeous color and it lasts all day, but beyond that it smells like cake batter. Like actually, and it’s fantastic. No matter what I want to buy more of their Lip Fondants, but if they all smell like cake batter that will make it even better.

MYGB5

And my last beauty favorite is the Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon shower gel. I’ve always really liked this shower gel, it’s summery and it makes my skin feel nourished. I just ordered another one because I’m down to the last couple drops in my current bottle.

Moving to I guess kitchen items, I have two favorites. The first is the Mr. Coffee 3-Quart Iced Tea Maker. I had this iced tea maker for absolute ages, I really liked it and got a lot of use out of it. And when it finally quit on me I had to order another one. It’s getting to that time of the year where the weather is gorgeous and a lot of outdoor parties are happening, and iced tea is a popular drink. So I think you can get this in three colors, but I bought mine in blue and I’ll leave a link to it below.

The next item is the Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. I had been wanting a dutch oven for ages because there’s so many uses and you can cook so many different dishes in them. My sister has one and wanted another for her birthday, and after seeing the one my mom bought her I knew this was the one I wanted. I bought the Caribbean Blue, 6 quart. But you can get different colors and quart sizes and I’ll link that below as well.

Next I have two TV show favorites. the first I know I am incredibly late to the party on, but it’s Sherlock. I was told forever that I should watch Sherlock and I never did, but recently I was looking for something to watch on Netflix and came across it. I watched the first three seasons in a couple of days. I honestly really love it. The fourth season was just added to Netflix, and I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. So if you have watched season four no spoilers please.

And my second favorite TV show this month is on History channel. It’s called JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald. Basically a retired CIA agent, like a lot of people, was never satisfied with what came out of the Warren Commission report and since over 2 million documents about the JFK assassination have been declassified and released he wanted to do his own investigation. I am a huge history nerd and things like this really fascinate me. I don’t have as much information on this as I do other things throughout history, but this has more conspiracy theories than anything else, so it’s interesting. Last summer History channel did a show about DB Cooper and I loved it. DB Cooper is closer to home for me, so I have more information and I have my theories. If you guys have any theories on either, I’d love to know what you think.

And my last favorite for May is the song Thunderstruck by AC/DC. I’ve liked this song for a long time, as many people have, but I’ve been using it as a pump up song when I workout and it’s been working great. If you haven’t heard definitely look it up on YouTube. It’s a great song.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we have any of the same favorites this month let me know. And if not, I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this month.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you’ve had a good May :).

-K

Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker:
//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=kyranycoleblo-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B001J5FN48&asins=B001J5FN48&linkId=2a31a92ce1d3d6cd0d3dbff24b5c9263&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff

Dutch Oven:

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=kyranycoleblo-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B000N501BK&asins=B000N501BK&linkId=dbda68cfb880169a6267e4191e9b9a79&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff

May Glam Bag unboxing:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/may-glam-bag-unboxing/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

Pinterest: Kyra Sage

 

St. Patrick’s Day treats

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to talk about some fun and delicious treats for St. Patrick’s Day. Being Irish this has always been a fun day for me. I’ve been spending this week figuring out what I want to make besides the classic corned beef and cabbage and if any of you are looking for things to make hopefully this will be helpful for you. The first thing is two super easy drinks. Obviously you can add alcohol to both if you wanted, but for kids and those who aren’t going to be drinking these are great.

Lime Sherbet Floats:

What you need:

  • One bottle lemon lime soda, any brand
  • One container lime sherbet, any brand

This isn’t really much of a recipe, but you mix the two in a glass and that’s that. They’re sure to be a crowd favorite.

7UP Green Apple Lemonade Spritzer:

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups green apple mixer
  • 3 cups 7UP
  • 3 cups lemonade
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Green Apple
  • Green food coloring
  • Ice

What you do:

  • Fill a pitcher with ice, how much is up to you
  • Take your fruit and thinly slice
  • Add fruit to pitcher of ice
  • Mix together your green apple mixer with the lemonade and add food coloring, as much or as little as you want and make sure it’s all combined
  • Finally top it off with the 7UP

Easy and totally delicious and like I mentioned you can easily add alcohol if you want. Next is a classic, but not boring fruit platter. In this instance it can either be in a rainbow shape or on a stick, but the fruit should be rainbow colors. This is going to be served with a caramel sauce to mimic the pot of gold, but also with a fruit dip.

Pistachio Fruit Dip:

What you need:

  • Pistachio pudding mix
  • Whipped Cream, you can make your own or buy Cool Whip, whichever you prefer

What you do:

  • Mix the two ingredients together until well combined. It should be a light green and if you want it to be greener you can definitely add food coloring

This is one of the most simple recipes and pistachio is one of my all time favorite flavors, so this is a win-win for me. This next recipe is probably my favorite out of these and it’s my go to for these cookies which I make often.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies:

What you need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 large eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract, you can add more if you want
  • Green food coloring, between 8-10 drops depending on how green you want it
  • 3 1/4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 12 ounces of dark chocolate chips, divided

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes on a medium speed or until light and fluffy
  • To that add the eggs and the extra yolk, peppermint extract and the food coloring
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar
  • Add the wet ingredients and mix until the flour is almost incorporated
  • Add half of the chocolate chips
  • Take the other half of the chips and roughly chop them and then add to the batter and mix until well combined
  • Cover the dough and put in the fridge for an hour
  • Once the dough has chilled take it out and begin forming the cookies
  • Take a cookie scoop or spoon and form into balls. If you want larger cookies make two inch balls, otherwise do whatever size you normally would do
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the very edges of the cookies just barely start to turn brown
  • Take cookies out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then move to cooling rack

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these treats tweet me pictures or tag me on Instagram.

Until next time, have fun making these treats and I hope you guys have a happy St. Patrick’s Day :).

-K

Twitter:@KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

Pinterest: Kyra Sage

 

November favorites

Hi everyone,

As it is the end of November, I figured it was time to do my November favorites. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone and that it’s about to be December, but I have some fun December posts planned that I’m excited for and hopefully you guys will be too. But coming back to now, the first thing I wanted to talk about is Thanksgiving. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, then I hope you had a good Thursday anyway. This year my family had a pretty small gathering and it was really chill and fun. We ate too much food, played games and along with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we watched all of the football games and it was a lot of fun. But to go with all of that, I made an apple pie and I’m really happy with how it came out and it was so good.

nf1

nf2

It did end up cracking a little when I took it out of the oven. But other than that I think it’s one of my favorites that I’ve made and I’ll link my two pie recipe post down below.

My next favorite is something that’s relatively new and that is The Grand Tour on Amazon. The Grand Tour is Amazon’s newest motoring show starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May formerly of Top Gear. So far I’ve only seen two episodes and I love it. Top Gear was one of my favorite shows and when everything went down I really hoped that the boys would be able to go somewhere else and have a show and I’m so happy they were able to. It’s so nice to see them happy and being able to do what they love. So definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.

My third favorite is also from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May and that is their new motoring blog if you will, DriveTribe. Basically if you like something on wheels you’ll probably be able to find a tribe about it and if you can’t then you can start your own which I’m not going to lie, I have considered but we’ll see. But I think it’s a great platform to get people together and talk about a common interest. This just officially launched on Monday, so if you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet definitely do. They also have a DriveTribe app that you can download.

nf3

I’d also like to point out that The Grand Tour now has their own Snapchat filter because they’ve completely taken over social media and I’m not mad about it.

My next couple of favorites are items of clothing that I wear throughout the whole year, but wore a lot in November because it’s gotten cold.

nf5

This first thing is kind of a cardigan/ throw on and go type of thing. I got it from Forever 21 and I love it. It’s a nice grey that goes with pretty much everything and it’s lightweight and has a little bit of stretch to it so layering under it wouldn’t be and isn’t a problem.

nf4

This next one I wear a lot in the winter months. It’s a knitted acrylic fabric and it’s an off white with strips of black, grey, and a blue/green in between. I like that the sleeves are cuffed and it keeps me warm and again layering is not a problem. And it goes with most anything and versatility is pretty great. And I bought this at Kohl’s.

nf6

Next up we have a sweatshirt that I absolutely love. My sister bought me this for my birthday two years ago and I think it’s perfect for this time of year for a couple of reasons. The first being that it’s fleece on the inside so it’s one of the softest and warmest things I own. And the second is it’s football season and I love my Seahawks. It’s kind of hard to tell, but on the front it’s a heart with the number 12 inside of it. Us Seahawks fans like to call ourselves the 12s because there are eleven men on the field and we make enough noise to impact the game and the plays that we feel like we’re part of the team and the Seahawks feel that way too. There’s a reason a 12 flag flies on top of the Space Needle.

nf7

And my last item of clothing is this Under Armour sweatshirt. I got this last Christmas and there are times when I can pretty much live in it. It’s incredibly soft on the inside and warm, it’s thicker than my 12 sweatshirt so I can wear it in colder temperatures. I don’t usually wear a lot of pink, but this is the right amount. It’s offset by the grey and it has different shades of pink and other colors in the logo and the hood. It’s also part of their Storm series so if you’re wearing it out in the rain and if it’s not pouring the water will bead off of it which is a plus.

And my last two favorites are two apps. The first is Timehop. I have mine synched to my Instagram, Facebook and Camera Roll and a lot of the times it makes me cringe seeing things I’ve posted in the past, but sometimes it makes me laugh a lot. It’s a great app.

And the last one is Duolingo. If you don’t know Duolingo helps you learn different languages which I’m all about. I took a little bit of French in high school, but I don’t remember a lot of it so I’m relearning it on Duolingo and I love it. It makes it super easy and it’s fun.

That about wraps it up for this post, I always enjoy writing favorites posts and I can’t wait until the next one :).

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a good November :).

-K

Pie Recipe 2016:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/pie-yes-please/

Pie Recipe 2015:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/did-somebody-say-pie/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

Pinterest: Kyra Sage

Pie? Yes please

Hi everyone,

This week as Thanksgiving is coming up I wanted to share a couple of pie recipes. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, these pies are great for anything this time of year. In my house we always do apple and pumpkin pie, so those are the recipes I’m going to share. I’ll put a link to my apple pie post from last year too, if you haven’t read it :). So starting off, I’m going to talk about the pumpkin pie. This is a pie my mom makes every year, but I’m not sure where she originally got the recipe from.

What you need:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

4 large eggs

1 can (29 ounces) of 100% pure pumpkin

2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) evaporated milk

Crust:

For the crust you can use whichever you prefer.

What you do:

Step 1: In a small bowl mix the sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

Step 2: In a large bowl beat the eggs

Step 3: Stir pumpkin and spice mixture into beaten eggs

Step 4: Gradually stir the evaporated milk into other mixture

Step 5: Pour mixture into pie shell

Step 6: Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes or until you can stick a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Step 7: Once the pie comes out of the oven, put it on a cooling rack for about 2 hours. And either serve right away or put into the refrigerator.

I should say that this recipe will make two pies, so if you prefer, you could probably cut it in half.

And it is absolutely delicious. I like to top it with homemade whipped cream and it’s always a hit.

The next pie is an apple pie. And it’s not your typical apple pie by a long shot. But my sister made this recently and I thought it was too good not to include. And it’s Carla Hall’s Apple Snickerdoodle Pie. It sounds a bit weird, but trust me it’s so good.

What you need:

Snickerdoodles:

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup softened unsalted butter

1/3 cup sugar (plus an additional 1/2 cup)

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Filling:

6 Granny Smith apples (cored and sliced)

2/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 of a lemon (juiced)

Crust:

Again, for the crust you can use whatever you prefer, but this says to use Carla Hall’s Perfect Pie Crust, which I will also leave a link for below.

What you do:

Snickerdoodles:

Step 1: In a small bowl add the cream of tartar, salt, baking soda, flour and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, whisk to combine. In another bowl, you can do this with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, add the butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. To the butter mixture add the vanilla and the egg and mix until well combined. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Step 2: In another small bowl add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, stir to combine. Take the snickerdoodle dough and form 1 inch balls. Take those balls and roll them in the sugar mixture. Put back in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Crust:

Step 1: Roll out your pie crust, if you’re using Carla’s recipe, 1 circle of dough, to about an 11 inch circle and place in a 9 inch pie plate, folding the edges under and crimping. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you prepare the filling. And any additional pie dough you have you can freeze if you feel the need. It’s also important to make sure you flour the surface you are going to roll your dough on so it doesn’t stick.

Filling:

Step 1: In a large bowl add the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice. Mix to combine. Pour the filling mixture into the chilled pie crust. Then put the coated snickerdoodle balls on top of the filling, pressing down lightly to flatten.

Step 2: Put pie into the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then cover the pie with foil and bake for another 45 minutes or until the apples are tender and the snickerdoodles are a nice golden brown. And you can top this with whatever you like.

Like I said, this pie is really good and is sure to be a hit at any party.

I think that about wraps it up for this post. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is on Thursday, it seems like it came out of nowhere. And if you were looking for a good pie recipe, I hope I was able to help you out :). If I decide to do another post like this it will probably be in December with some Christmas cookies or something like that.

Until next time, have fun baking and I hope everyone who celebrates has a happy Thanksgiving :).

-K

2015 Apple Pie post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/did-somebody-say-pie/

Carla Hall Pie Crust:

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/carla-hall-pie-crust

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

Pinterest: Kyra Sage