Thursday, September 21, 2017

Roasted Sunflower Seeds

2 pitchers water
1/2 cup salt
2 1/2 lbs raw sunflower seeds

Place sunflower seeds, water, and salt into a large pot.
Bring it to a boil for about 10 to 15 min then lower the heat and let it simmer for an hour.
Strain sunflower seeds and place them in a single layers on a paper towel so they can dry completely.
Preheat oven to 350°.
When the seeds are dry place then in another single layer on a large baking sheet.
Bake them for 30 to 40 minutes.
Stir occasionally.
They might start to crack when they are done.
Remove them from the oven and let them cool.
Store in an airtight container.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Harvesting Sunflowers

My method for harvesting sunflower seeds is a hands on approach. When the flowers droop and the petals start to curl you know it's about time to start harvesting your sunflower seeds. If animals or birds are a problem, you can cover the heads with fine netting or paper bags as soon as the petals begin to wilt. If the seeds appear grey they are ripe. When the seeds are fully ripened they will beginning to loosen from the head of the flower. Using a sharp knife cut the stem about one inch below the head. Now briskly rub the *capitulum from the seeds with your knife or your hand. I used a knife since I have pollen allergies. Using a spoon, fork or your own nails you can scrap or pluck the seeds out of the flowers. Make sure to check them for any damage from ants or worms and discard those. Allow the seeds to dry before storing in an airtight container.

This is where I scraped the capitulum from the seeds.
I used my nails to take my seeds out.

A couple of fun facts for you- Did you know? *That fluffy yellow growths that appear on the flower above the seeds are individual flowers called capitulum. One tablespoon of sunflower seeds has 4.5 grams of protein. Sunflower Buds will follow the sun across the sky - called Heliotropism. But once they bloom they lose this ability.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dill Pickles Slices

3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons celery seeds
2 tablespoons crushed garlic
1 tablespoon dill weed
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 and 1/2 large cucumbers or 2 medium ones

Boil water and vinegar in a saucepan for 3-5 minutes.
Then let it cool completely.
Cut cucumbers about 1/2 inch thick.
Place, celery, garlic, dill, and mustard in the cool vinegar mix.
Place cucumbers in the canning jar.
Pour mix over the top of cucumbers.
Place a lid on airtight, shake then and refrigerate for 7 days.
Makes one 32oz jar full.
Just the cut cucumbers!
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dog Treats

1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup homemade peanut butter
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons bacon grease
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon bacon bits

Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, oil, and eggs in a bowl.
Sift baking soda, flour.
Fold until a dough forms and all flour is incorporated.
Knead dough a few times.
Roll dough out on a floured surface, about 1/4 of an inch thick.
Using a bone or a round cookie cutter, cut your treat shapes.
Place them on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15 mins.
They make 68 treats.

The dogs keep begging for them.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Watermelon Slushies

1/2 cup ice
2 1/2 cups chopped watermelon
2 tsp Sweetener if you wish (I don't think watermelon needs it.)

Place watermelon in blender, then ice and sweetener.
Blend till smooth.

P.S. if you like you can line the rim of the glass with green sugar and make it a mocktail for you guests that are designated drivers.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Baked Chicken Eggrolls

1 packet egg roll wrappers
1 bag broccoli slaw
2 shredded carrots
1/2 lb cooked chopped chicken
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 egg white beat in a bowl

Combine soy sauce, broccoli, carrots, and chicken in a bowl.
Place one wrapper in a diamond shape with a triangle end towards you.
Then place two tablespoons of the mix in the lower corner towards you in the wrapper.
Fold the corner up (like the picture shows) over the veggies.
Brush the sides (left and right all the way to the tip) with the egg wash.
Fold the sides in, (like and envelope) then roll.
Place them in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Bake for 10 mins at 350 °.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crock-Pot Peachberry Cobbler

1 quart fresh strawberries chopped
1 pint cherries pitted and halved
1 can chopped peaches
1 box yellow cake
1/2 cup butter

Pam the bottom of the Crock-Pot.
Dump in the berries and the entire can of peaches including juices.
Take cake mix and butter and mix together.
Pour cake mix on top of berries in Crock - Pot.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
Top with ice cream.
All done!

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