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It’s just one of those days where you know you want to go back to bed and sleep, but you have so much to do.  I made tortillas last night and I didn’t anticipate how long it took me to make them.  So I never got to the kitchen. There are almost no dishes left what with making bread in the morning then tortillas and taco meat in the evening.

But I feel so much better about myself.  Brandon and I are eating MUCH healthier now that I’m making more of the processed food that we’d buy.  It’s cheaper too.  What would have been $5 for tacos is something like $0.30.  We eat tacos on a regular basis also, at least two or three times a week.  If we only eat them twice a week, we save at least $560 on just the shells in a year’s time.  If we only eat them once a week we still save $260.  Since I also make our bread now, I get to save us money there too.  If we eat two loaves a week we save $212 over a year’s time.  Between those too items we’ll be able to save from $472 to $772.  The benefit of making one’s own food FAR outweighs that of buying it pre-made.  It’s cheaper, and if we’re ever in a knot, nice to be able to pick up (in fact, I have a store bought loaf of bread in the freezer, just in case we need it one day for some unforeseen reason).  And so much better for your body.  Brandon and I are going to see if we can find a recipe to make our own taco seasoning so we can eliminate all the unneeded sodium and crap that’s put in it to preserve it’s contents.

Oh and in case you were interested, this is the Tortilla recipe that I used:


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons shortening or lard (I used canola oil and it worked perfectly)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 cup water (lukewarm)


  1. Mix flour, shortening, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Gradually stir in water until crumbly dough forms.
  3. Work with hands until dough holds together.
  4. on a floured board, shape into a ball and knead until smooth. (This part takes a long while and is important.  I kneaded it for about 20 minutes or so.  You need the gluten so that they cook properly)
  5. Divide dough into 12 roughly equal parts.
  6. roll into sphere and let stand for 15 minutes.
  7. Use a rolling pin to flatten into 8 inch circles.
  8. Cook on ungreased griddle on medium heat, to cook, when it starts to bubble, flip it over, when it starts to bubble, pat it down with a clean towel or spatula, when the entire tortilla starts to inflate, take it off the grill.

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