Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall Leaf Bowl

Artificial maple leaves ( I got some that were gold )
Plastic bowl
Plastic wrap
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Rubber band
Start by wrapping the bowl in plastic wrap.
Place the rubber band around the plastic wrap and the rim of the bowl to hold it in place.
Then paint the leaves with Mod Podge and press them onto the covered bowl.
Repeat painting and pressing leaves until your bowl is covered.
Let it dry about 2 hours then remove it from the bowl.
Set it out to dry completely which is about 4 more hours depending on how thick you went with mod Podge.
This bowl is a delicate bowl so it should be used for light things.
Let me know what you put in your bowl after you've made it!

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Homemade Hotpockets

2 tubes biscuits (10 count if you get the small ones)
1 bag mozzarella cheese
5 slices of ham 10-20 slices of pepperoni
Garlic Salt optional*

Preheat oven to 375°.
Take 2 of the biscuits and fold them into each other making them one, then flatten it out like a pizza.
Place the biscuit on a baking sheet.
Place 1/8 of a cup of cheese on the biscuit, then deiced which meat you are going to use, or make some of each.
Use 3 slices of pepperoni or 2 slices of ham on top of the cheese.
Atop of the meat, add another 1/8 cup of cheese.
Repeat step 2 and place it on top of the cheese and pinch the sides to close up your pocket.
Finally sprinkle with garlic salt* and bake in oven for 8-10 minutes.
Dip in pizza sauce to make it more like a calzone if you like.
15 minute meal when you add a salad.

This is what happens when kids take the pictures for you!

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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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