Thursday, November 16, 2017

Guiltless Cabbage Soup

1 head of cabbage
1  onion
1 lb carrots peeled
1/2 lb fresh green beans
1 sweet yellow pepper
6 cups vegetable broth
3-4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon oliveoil
Dash of paprika
Dash of ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop cabbage, and green beans into bite size pieces.
Mince the onions, pepepr and garlic.
Chop the carrots into rounds and then cut them in half.
Over medium heat saute the onions and pepper, till the onions are transparent and the pepper is tender.
Add the carrots, green beans and 1 cup of the broth.
Place lid on and bring to a boil, let boil about 5 minutes.
Add the cabbage, paprika, ginger, and rest of the broth.
Lower the temperature and let simmer till cabbage is tender about 20 minutes.
Taste and add the salt and paper to your taste.

*This is a great soup for lunches. Scoop it into Ziploc bags and lay them flat in the freezer to freeze. Or if you are going to eat them right away just dish them up in mason jars so you can grab and go.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Seeds

2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350°.
Take your clean pumpkin seed and mix them with butter, sugar and spices.
Place parchment paper on baking sheet.
Spread your pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet in a single layer over your parchment paper.
Bake for 30 min until the seeds are browned around the edges.
Let cool before serving.

I warn you they can become very addictive.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017


½ of  King Arthur French Style Sourdough starter (follow instructions on package)
1 cup water
3 cups flour + 8 tablepoons
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons olive oil

In a standing mixer coat bowl with 1 teaspoon of oil.
Then pour in the starter, water, and 1½ cups of flour, just a couple of turns just till it's mixed in.
Add salt, and the remaining flour. It maybe sticky that's okay leave it like that.
Cover, and rest in a warm spot for 2 hours to rise double in size.
Rub remaining oil on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle dough with 2 tablepoons of flour.
Gently pull the dough out of the mixing bowl and place it on the baking sheet (flour side down)and dust the top with remaining flour.
Let it rest another 45 minutes. If you wish you can shape it.
Using a sharp knife cut the top to vent steam.
Preheat oven 450°.
Bake for 21 to 23 minutes until the crust is brown and firm to the touch.
Makes 1 loaf.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Apple Crumble

4 green apples
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 packets cinnamon spice oat meal

Chop apples into bite size pieces and place in a medium sauce pan.
Mix cinnamon, sugar, and lemon juice in with apples.
Heat over medium heat till apples get semi soft about 7 to 8 minutes.
Mix in oat meal and serve.

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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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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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Spicy Pickled Carrots

2 pounds large carrots
1 to 2 large jalapeños
1 small onion
5 cloves garlic diced
1 1/3 cups white vinegar
1 1/3 cups water
4 leaves bay whole
8 to 10 peppercorns
2 tsp dried oregano *Mexican preferred
1 tsp kosher salt

Peel and slice carrots and onion into 1/4 inch thick pieces.
Cut the stems off jalapeños and slice thin diagonal and remove seeds then set jalapeños aside.
In a large stock pot boil the garlic, vinegar, water, bay leaves, peppercorns, oregano, salt, carrots, onion and jalapeños.
Change the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, uncovered.
Allow to cool completely and store vegetables and cooking liquid in clean, sterile glass containers with lid.
Keep refrigerated.
Best if pickled for two to four days.
*I remove jalapeños since no one will eat them after pickling.
Boiling pot.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Recycle Planter

1 Cheese Puffs container
1 can Krylon Stone Coarse Texture Black Granite Spray Paint
Potting Soil
Plant * mine are cherry tomato seedlings
Drill or an Awl and a hammer

Clean label off container, make sure it is completely dry.
Drill drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Or us the awl and a hammer to punch hole into the bottom of the container so if you overwater the excess will drain out.
Spray paint the container and wait 12 hours for it to dry.
Add enough potting soil to fill it, I used about 20 cups.
Then add your seed, a seedling or a plant.
Water as normal per plants instructions.

*I used the Krylon Stone Coarse texture black granite spray paint this because it made it look like it was made of stone instead of a plastic cheese ball container.

The start.                                      Spray painting it.                                        After planting.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Basil Olive Oil

6-8 large leaves Basil
Virgin Olive Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is too strong and will over power the basil taste)

Roll leaves into a tube shape, slightly pinch them (this will bruise them and release the basil oil) and shove them one at a time into the bottom of the bottle.
Place funnel on bottle opening, and pour olive oil into bottle until it is full.
Cap tightly, let it sit in a cool, dark place for 1-2 weeks before using it. The oil will slowly infuse over the weeks.
Infused olive oil keeps for about a month especially if refrigerated after opening it.
If ingredients show signs of spoilage discard immediately.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Apple Chips

Peels of apples
Saigon cinnamon

Preheat over to 245°.
Lay your apple peels in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar to your liking I like mine light.
Bake for about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit to cool.
They should be crispy.
If not return to oven and cook for another ten to fifteen minutes.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Apple Butter

10 peeled and chopped medium Fuji apples
1/4 apple cider or apple juice
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tablespoon Saigon ground cinnamon
1/4 ground cloves
1/8 ground mace
1/8 ground allspice

Combine all ingredients in Crock Pot and cook on low for 10 hours overnight.
Sive apples into a bowl with asive and the back of a spoon, return all of it including pulp into the Crock Pot.
Then cook on high for 1 hour with the lid off to thicken the apple butter.
Then you are finished cooking.
Canning is up to you, ours never last longer then a couple of weeks so I don't can it.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

PB2 Frozen Yogurt

(1) 6oz Yoplait original yogurt any flavor
2 tablespoons PB2
8 -10 slices of frozen bananas * 1 full size banana

Place all ingredients in your food ninja pulse till smooth.
Remove blades and place lid back on.
Place in freezer for 20 minutes if it's to liquid *I find it's perfect.
Enjoy like soft serve ice cream.

I use original yogurt instead of the sugar free because I am allergic to aspartame, and sugar substitutes. I also used strawberry flavor so it would taste like a peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich since I use it as a meal replacement. But feel free to replace with any flavor you like, and any yogurt you prefer.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

2 1/4 cups water or milk
2 cups rolled oats
2 full carrots shredded
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped pineapple
1/8 fine chopped pecans
brown sugar to taste

In a saucepan add 2 1/4 cups water or milk, and carrots and cook on medium high heat.
Once it started to boil add the raisins, pineapple, and the oats, then lower the temp to medium.
Cover and let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and add the pecans.
Scoop into bowls and add brown sugar to taste.

This gets some fruit and veggies in the first meal of the day which I love.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Blueberry Compote

2 cups fresh blueberries divided
1 ½ tablespoons agave
2 tablespoons water
¼  teaspoons Saigon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cream of tartar

Pour blueberries, water and lemon juice into a medium saucepan and place on medium to high heat.
Once it starts to boil add the agave, cinnamon, and reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Using a potato masher lightly mash about half of the mixture, and continue to cook for 6 min.
Whisk in cream of tartar to thicken let cook 1 more min.

We used it on our waffles and my family loved it!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Headache Relief Salt Dough

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
3 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup boiling water
10-20 drops of peppermint oil
Glitter (optional)
Food Color (optional)

Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil in a large bowl.
Add boiling water and stir to combine. (If you are doing food coloring drop it in the water before combining it to the dry ingredients.)
When adding glitter, start with 2 tablespoons and add up to 1/4 cup.

Once you’ve reached the desired consistency (adding more water or flour as needed) add in 6 to 8 drops of oil and stir to combine. 

My kids get headaches and I don't always want them taking medications so I'm trying to find other ways to help and this did.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chocolate Carrot Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups zucchini
1 large carrot
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven 450°
Break eggs and lightly beat them medium bowl.
Shred carrots, and zucchinis then fold them into egg bowl.
Fold in sugar, cinnamon, oil, nutmeg,vanilla, into egg bowl as well.
In a separate large bowl sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, together.
Slowly fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until fully combined.
Pour into two greased bread pans.
Cook for 1 hour or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
Place on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
Makes 2 loaves.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Blueberry Bites

16 ounces soft cream cheese
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup powder sugar
6 oz fresh blueberries crushed
2 sleeves of shortbread Girl Scout cookies

Whip cream cheese in the mixer until light and fluffy.
Gradually add the milk, vanilla, sugar, and crushed blueberries to your mixer until well mixed.
Fill a piping bag or a Ziploc bag (that you have snipped the end off of) with cream cheese mix.
Place GS cookies on a plate then pipe cream cheese mix on top.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Crock-Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

2lbs pork roast
1 can root beer
1 (4oz) bottle liquid smoke
1 bottle barbecue sauce

Place roast in Crock-Pot
Pour root beer over roast.
Coat top of pork roast with liquid smoke.
Then coat roast with 1/4 cup barbecue sauce.
Cover cook 4 hour on low.
Drain juices then shred pork with a fork and pour the remaining barbecue sauce over the pork, cover let set on warm for half hour in Crock-Pot.
Serve on baked potatoes or on a bun.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Fried Chicken

2 cups flour
1/8 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup water
Frying oil
12 chicken drumsticks
Frying oil
*Salt and pepper to taste

Heat Oil to 350° on stove-top or fryer.
In a medium bowl beat the eggs and water together.
On a (deep) plate shift the flour, garlic salt, and pepper together.
*Season the chicken with your salt and pepper as much as you would normally.
Dip Chicken in the egg mix, then coat with the flour mixture.
Fry chicken until golden brown & inside temp is 165° actual cook time depends on stove-top or fryer and bone in bone out chicken.
Place on a layer of paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Year of Date Nights

52 paper hearts
1 empty mason jar
1 wooden heat
1 pair of scissors
Lace Tape
Goo Gone
2 pens or markers
Hot Glue

Clean an empty jar out and make sure it is thoroughly dry.
*If you don't have a mason jar use an empty plastic jar by- Removing any label on the front, back or side with Goo Gone. You peel as much up as you can then spray Goo Gone on and let it set for about 5 min.Then it will rub off, at least mine did.
Cut 52 hearts out of construction paper, *goes really fast if you have a die-cut or Cricut.
Decorate your wooden heart any way you want.
*I spray painted mine with chalk base paint then used a chalk to write on it.
Tape the lace around the bottom and the upper flat portion of the jar.
Glue ribbon around the lid.
Give you partner 26 hearts and a maker.
Start writing your ideas for 52 (one for each week in a year) different date nights.

Some ideas we had were:
Mini golf
Make a meal together
See a play
Go to a concert
Go dancing
See a movie
Go for a stroll on the beach
Dessert only
Go hiking
See a sport event
Go for a bike ride
Play a video game
Rent a paddle boat for an hour
Go to an art gallery
Netflix and popcorn
Play cards
Go bowling
Wife's choice
Learn something new
Go for a long drive
Drive-in theater
Go to a museum
Breakfast in bed
Get a pedicure together
Give each other a massage
Go to the aquarium
Walk in your local botanical garden
Wine tasting
Game night
Explore a park
Husband's choice
Play a board game
Star gazing
Go to the zoo
Play an outdoor game

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