Monday, December 21, 2009

Red Pepper Soup

2Tbs butter
4 red bell peppers
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
24 oz. chicken broth
1/2C heavy cream (I didn't use heavy cream but I can't remember what I did instead)
1/8tsp ground black pepper

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Place the red bell pepper, onion, garlic in the saucepan and saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender.

Pour in chicken broth, stirring well, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.

Run the soup through a strainer and return the liquid to the saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the heavy cream and the ground black pepper and allow to heat through, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Makes 4-6 servings.

2 Step Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 8oz. pkg cream cheese (softened)
1C pumpkin
1/2C sugar
1/2tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 8oz. whipped cream topping
1 graham cracker crust (9in.)


1. beat cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl w/wire whisk or electric mixer until smooth.
2. gently stir in whipped topping.
3. spoon into crust and refrigerate 3 hours or until set.

Graham cracker crust:

1 1/4C grahams
6Tbs melted butter
1/4C sugar
Mix together.

Bake crust at 375 degrees for 6-9 minutes.

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Basic Carrot Rice

2 2/3C water
1C carrots (cut into small slices)
1tsp butter
1 1/4C long grain rice(I used brown rice)


Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium high heat.
Stir in rice and saute 2min. Stir in water and bring to to
boil. Stir in carrots & pepper or any other spices you would like.
Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 - 30 minutes or until
rice is tender and liquid gone. Toss gently before serving.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Eating Healthy with Sauerkraut: Fermented Foods & Digestion |

Eating Healthy with Sauerkraut: Fermented Foods & Digestion |

Okay, so i don't like sauerkraut but my Pa does. He had mentioned to me about wanting some sauerkraut and how it'd be nice if I could figure out how to make it. Well, we got a book about fermenting foods, preserving foods in oil and vinegar without freezin' or cannin'. This video above is actually one that my Pa sent me after I had decided what recipe I was gonna go by. I already have the sauerkraut fermenting right, now but I looked at the video today and found out it is pretty similar to what I did. Here is what I did:


Firm cabbage Scald the jars and rubber seals. Grate the cabbage and pack it firmly, adding some
of the bay leaves or juniper berries as you fill them.
10 juniper berries or Top off eech jar with one tbs of course sea salt and a bit of hot, unchlorinated
1 or 2 bay leaves water. With very juicy cabbage, only a few spoonfuls of water are needed.
Close each jar with it's rubber seal. Let Stand for 2 to 3 days in the kitchen
1tbs coarse sea salt then store in cellar(we don't have one but you can store somewhere nice and cool
per jar of cabbage like the garage or a cool room). Wait one month before eating.

Hot water The woman who gave this recipe also prepares her pickles this way.
sliced if they are large, but stored in smaller jars.
1qt glass jar w/rubber

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl

I was recently given a book by my dearest friend and sister Courtney's Mama because I had commented about how someone told me that Debi Pearl's book made it sound like a woman is to be a doormat. Well, I have been reading it and I can understand why my friend might come to that conclusion but I don't believe that's what Mrs. Pearl meant for it to sound like. I like the book and have had others recommend it to me before(And they aren't door mats). I had been reading on where she mentions being thankful and learning to thank God for things and even when we are down in the dumps. What was interesting is when my Dad preached on the difference of David and his son Solomon. David thanked God alot. Just look at the book of Psalms. After God gave Solomon wisdom and more he didn't even thank God for it. My Pa also mentioned about thanking God even for the little things and when we are down in the dumps. When ya start thanking God it's hard to not smile after awhile if you weren't already smiling. I am thankful for that sermon and thankful that I have the opportunity to read this book. I might not agree on a couple things but overall I would recommend this book. Alot of times it's easy to not thank God and well sometimes it's really laziness or pride but God deserves our thanks for we really do not deserve anything at all even the walls on our house or a roof over our head. In the Bible we were only promised food and rainment( might of spelled that wrong).

Those are my thoughts for today. Hope everyone enjoys their day:)

Hoping and trusting in my Lord & Saviour,


Monday, December 14, 2009

Live simply so that others can simply live.

We have a brief opportunity of a lifetime on the earth.

Forward ever, backward never!

Never say, No Lord.

-Missionary quotes

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Howdy! Awhile back a dear friend of mine asked me if I thought the word Charity was interchangeable or not. Well, I finally looked the word up. I found it many times in the New Testament but found the definition or definitions for it. From what I can see it shows that it isn't exactly interchangeable.

1Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Hope these are a blessing! We all need to remember what charity means so we can act accordingly by God's grace, of course:)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pumpkin Pancakes

Prep time:20 min Cook time: 20 min Servings: 12

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1.In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
2.Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Baked Pumpkin Bread

Prep time: 10 min Cook time:1 hour Original Recipe Yield 1 - 9x5 inch loaf

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl. Mix in the pumpkin, brown sugar, buttermilk, egg and butter until well blended. Pour into a 9x5 inch loaf pan and smooth the top.
3.Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Addictive Pumpkin Muffins

Prep: 15 min Bake time: 35 min Ready in: 1 hour Servings:36

1 1/2 cups raisins
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
6 eggs
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin - I baked a pumpkin and scooped the pumpkin out and used that instead of a can of pumpkin then just measured in a cup 29 oz.

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup chopped walnuts

Note: I used chocolate chips in one batch and dried cranberries in another instead of using walnuts or raisins. And I don't think I used cloves.

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease three 12 cup muffin pans, or line with paper muffin liners. Soak raisins in hot water for ten minutes to plump, then drain.
2.In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce, until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to make a smooth batter. Stir the raisins and walnuts into the batter. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.
3.Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Carrot Cake

2 cps flour                          2 cps sugar

3 cps shredded carrots       4 eggs

1 cp veg. oil                       1 tsp bkg. powder

1 tsp. bkg. soda                 1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

Combine flour, sugar, powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. Add carrots (shred in food processor or 'shred' setting on blender), oil and eggs. Beat med. speed for 2 min. Place in floured 9x13 325F 50-60 min. or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve w/ cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese       1/4 cp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla                 2 cps. 10x sugar

Bring cheese and butter to room temp. Blend together. Gradually add sugar. Finish with vanilla. Spread at room temp over cooled cake. Enjoy!

This was sooooo good! A friend gave me this recipe.

Monday, October 19, 2009



Makes 1 ¼ Cups

2 egg yolks
½ tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt dash cayenne (Note: I put a tsp of cayenne and it was too much,so season as to how much you want in it.)
1 Cup salad OR olive oil
2 Tbls lemon juice OR vinegar

1. with electric mixer on med. Speed beat:
Egg, mustard, salt, and cayenne until think
2. add ¼ cup oil one drop at a time

3. gradually add 1Tbl lemon juice, ½ cup oil
Beating constantly

4. slowly add the rest of lemon juice and oil

5. cover and keep in the fridge.

Banana Cream Pie

~ When I figure out how to make banana pudding homemade then I will let ya know!!!

Mix all the above with electric mixer until thick







Jalapeno Cornbread

Prep time: 18 minutes-Total time: 40 minutes


1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbs sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tbs light corn syrup
1/4 cup jalapeno pepper, minced
as needed- non- stick cooking spray or oil


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a medium bowl, sift together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, chili powder and salt. 3. In a separate bowl, stir together eggs, milk, melted butter and corn syrup. 4. With a rubber spatula, fold the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients; stir until just combined. Pour jalapenos into mixture & stir. 5. Spray an 8"x8" baking dish with cooking spray or rub oil all over the inside of dish. Pour mixture into pan. 6. Bake 22-25 minutes, until lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool and cut into squares. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes approximately 9- 12 servings


White Bean Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time:25 minutes Servings: 8


1 tsp oil
1-1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless turkey breast fillets cut up into bite size pieces, or use 24 oz. ground turkey.
1 cup raw onions, chopped.
2lbs canned white beans, drained and rinsed.
3-2/3 cups chicken broth(low sodium).
1/3 lbs. canned tomato paste
1/2lbs canned chopped green chilies, undrained.
1 tsp. ground cumin


In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. Add turkey & onions; Cook and stir until turkey is no longer pink. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 to 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.


German Chocolate Cake

Prep:50 minutes Bake:30 minutes Cool:1 hour Oven:150 degrees


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 4-ounce pkg. sweet baking chocolate (I used semi sweet choco chips)
3/4 cup shortening(I used liquid vegetable oil instead of shortening)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
hint:(if you don't have buttmilk on hand then you can substitute sour milk in the same amount. For each cup of osur milk needed, add 1 tbs of lemon juice or vinegar and stir together in a measuering cup or any cup.)
1 Recipe Coconut- pecan frosting (I never have put pecans in it because they are more pricy and I tend to only use them for bread or pies)


1. Grease and flour 8x1 1/2-inch or 9x1 1/2-inch round baking pans or grease one 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set pan(s) aside. Mix flour, baking soda, & salt; set aside.
2.In a saucepan combine chocolate & 1/2 cup water. Cook & stir on low heat till melted; cool.
3. In large mixing bowl beat shortening or oil with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat till fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on low speed till combined. Beat on on medium speed 1 minute. Stir in chocolate mixture. Add dry mixture and buttermilk alternately to beaten mixture; beat on low speed after each addition till combined. Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
4. Bake at 350 degrees in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool thoroughly then spread frosting. Makes 12 servings.

Coconut-Pecan Frosting:


1 5ounce can evaporated milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup pecans (optional)


In a meduim saucepan slightly beat egg(you might have to spoon out some cooked egg pieces from cooking the egg). Stir in evaporated milk, sugar, and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat about 12 minutes or till thickened and bubbly. Remove fromheat; stir in flaked coconut and chopped pecans. Cover and cool accordingly.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This was so good! My family liked it. I tripled the recipe and ended up having two big tupper wares extra and stuck them in the freezer. We had some yesterday for lunch and I will be taking the other tupper ware bowl to next Sunday's church dinner.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 50 min.

■1 tsp. olive oil
■1 mediumonion\cooked, chopped
■2 clove garlic, minced
■2 chicken breast, cooked and chopped (or use packaged chicken pieces)
■1 cup corn
■1 Tbs. hot sauce, optional
■1 tsp. ground cumin
■1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
■1 tsp. chili powder
■3-1/3 cups chicken broth
■1-3/4 cups Mexican style diced tomatoes, undrained
■1 can tomato soup
■20 tortilla chip

Cooking Directions:
Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Stir in chicken, corn, hot sauce (if desired), cumin, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato soup. Simmer for 45 minutes to one hour to meld the flavors. Break tortilla chips in small bite size pieces. Top each bowl of soup with a generous amount of chips. Although this recipe has a few more ingredients than my normal recipes, it’s well worth it when you taste it! Make extra and freeze for 2-3 months.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Praise the Lord for children

Today, I am still having some pain from the wreck. The good news is the cab company got in touch with my Dad and said they would cover the damage that their driver did to our van when he ran into me( WHICH THEY SHOULD)and pay for chiropractor bills for my back/neck. I have been taking some cell food so that should help, as well. I have to rest in between doing chores and cannot do all the chores that I normally do because of my back and such. My arm is sore, too.

We got bunk beds and my 6 year old brother(who is just so cute) said that it's kind of like a two story house except a two story bed...children are so funny:)

I will have to post a picture of my brother with his missing two front teeth. It is quite cute and funny. It's funny how he talks with his teeth missing.

I sit with him and have him read the Bible a few verses a day. He is currently in Genesis 7. It's amazing how reading that good ol' AV 1611 that it expands ones vocabulary especially my brother learning words he doesn't know and might not no till later on if we didn't have him start reading the Bible, now. I had him draw a picture to go with what he learned from reading the Bible. It is of the windows of heaven opened with rain and animals of every sort. I will have to take a picture of his drawing and post it. He was wanting to go camping again but I can't go until my back is better from the wreck and I don't want to be left out because I enjoy camping very much.

I still have to say PRAISE GOD that I got to witness to the guy, though! God is just so merciful and good!

Oh, Sunday I took two home made cakes to church for our church dinner. On was a chocolate cake with truffle frosting and the other was a yellow cake with white frosting. I didn't pay close attention to the chocolate cake recipe and instead of putting unsweetened chocolate in it I put semi sweet chocolate chips in it which I was supposed to only use in the frosting! FYI- read and make sure what is supposed to go in there *smiles*.

Do any of ya'll get the Above Rubies magazine through snail mail? I like the helpful information in it. I really enjoyed reading how this one woman's husband has a zero tolerance zone for teenagers. They refer to them as young adults so as to give them a better picture of what is expected of them. Not to say they cannot have a little enjoyment but if you look back maybe a hundred or two years ago young adults were not immature at 16 they were mature and ready for life. I am thankful for a father who has made me grow up. I have come to realize that I don't have to be immature and down to where they are to be a blessing to them. I have also come to realize that they are that way because of their upbringing and parents do not realize what they are doing by letting them be foolish. I have noticed that some of these daughters who are at home and have graduated are more mature than most because of the way their parents have taught them and treated them. I think it is very important that families are close and homeschooling is an important role in it, as well. But, that doesn't mean just because they are home schooled they won't know how to socialize or they will be sheltered. It all depends on what is allowed in the home. I know quite a few people who home schooled their children but ya can't tell because they are like everyone else in the world and there's not much difference because of what they let into the home. It's not always bad to have your children sheltered but also make sure at certain age groups they are aware of the stuff that they need to be aware of so that they can avoid it or understand what it is that's going on. Like for instance we have a chick tract that my brother found in a drawer but I couldn't go into detail all that was in it because of the subject but I just said well it talks of how it is a sin for a man to like another man in the same way as a man liking a woman and that's all I said and left it at that. He doesn't need to know all about it at 6 years old. He is at an age that it's not always appropriate for him to know it all and he's innocent and it's good to keep it that way.

Well, I better get going... I want to try and get a few dishes done before I rest again.

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Yesterday Morning

his morning(Tuesday) after I took my dad to work I got in a wreck. Surprisingly, I wasn't the one who hit anyone(since I haven't had much sleep last night and woke up about 2 or 3 this morn). I was stopped behind someone and letting them turn and after they turned I was just starting to go and a Yellow Taxi cab hit me. I was so scared. At first I was shocked and didn't understand what happend and so I drove a few yards when I realized I had been hit so I stopped the van and turned the engine off. I was shaking and crying. I found the insurance document and realized how it all happened and that it wasn't my fault, so I wasn't in trouble or anything. I didn't know if anyone called the police or not until the taxi guy came up and asked me if I was ok. I told him I was and asked if he had called 911 and he said no because he thought I might and I said no because I have no phone at all. So, he called it in and I had to move the van into a parking lot. He couldn't move his car at all. The front of his taxi was smashed, but our van only needs the bumper, the light, the back door replaced. I was cold standing outside and shaky(nervous and stuff). We were there for aawhile. The guy was two miles away from me when he saw me but looked down and when he looked back up he was pretty close that he tried to miss me. I am still kinda shook up, but the thought that hit me as we were waiting for the cop to show that God may have provided this opportunity for me to witness. So, as we were waiting for the cop to be done calling in or whatever he was doing in his car I gave him two different tracts. Asked him if he went to church and he said he works all the time. I said ok. Then I asked him if he would of died today in that wreck if he knew for a 100% sure if he was going to Heaven and he said no. I asked why he said that and he said because he had done so many things to repent of. I told him that i didn't know if anyone had talked to him or heard any of this before. He said it's been awhile. I quoted Scripture(wouldn't ya know it that I couldn't remember references!grrr). I said by one man entered sin in the world which was Adam and he acted as if he knew. I said there is none righteous no not one. I said for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. I told him that a person can know for sure whether they are going to heaven and not hell. I found out that he was an absent catholic. I asked him if he grew up catholic and he said catholic and southern baptist and kinda confusing. I said yes, I can see why it would be confusing. I didn't get much further than that because he was more concerned about what had happened and what was going on(he will be out of work for awhile since he has been a taxi cab driver, driving the company car). Honestly, I can say praise the Lord for the wreck! Witnessing to people will help me grow even more. I had to let go and just do it anyways because I know the Lord would want me to witness for Him and that it's not my own power that I can do it. I also thought about how there are quite a few bad cops but at the same time they are souls that need truth, too. All I can do is try to witness and let them do what they want with what they've been told. And by the way that cop talked to us with tobacco right there in his mouth between his lower lip and teeth and he spat in a cup(ewwwwwwwwww)! Leave it to me to notice little weird stuff. I am weird....praise God I guess for that! But, praise God I am safe. I am just exhausted, very exhausted. It seems God might be pruning me what for I don't know but I want to be found faithful even if I am alone and lonely.

P.S all I have is some pain in my neck and mainly middle and upper back. Arm is sore and so is my right leg. My Legs are swollen some... guess it'll be awhile before my Dad can teach me to change the oil and tire...that's a bummer.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Home made German Chocolate Cake

I will have to post the recipe sometime.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hamburger buns, sandwhich buns, or hot dog buns

I made these ahead of time then froze them until a day or two ahead of when I would need them.


* 6 cups flour
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 2 cups water (warm)
* 1 tablespoon yeast
* 2 eggs, well beaten
* 1 cup oil


1. Dissolve yeast in water with a pinch of sugar.
2. Mix in with other ingredients.
3.Knead for 10 minutes on a floured surface.
4. Let rise until doubled in bulk (about 45 minutes).
5. Punch down and let rise again.
6. Punch down and form into bun shapes (hamburger or hot dog).
7. Make them on the small side as they do raise a little more when you bake them.
8. Let rise until double.
9.Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
10.Let cool until just warm to the touch; place in a sealed bag to soften crust.
11. Makes 16-20 hamburger rolls.
12. NOTE: You can cut this in half.
13.Double wrap and freeze any remaining ones.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (101g)

Recipe makes 16 servings
Calories 314
Calories from Fat 132 (42%)
Amount Per Serving %DV
Total Fat 14.7g 22%
Saturated Fat 2.3g 11%
Monounsaturated Fat 6.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.4g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 26mg 8%
Sodium 446mg 18%
Potassium 73mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 39.2g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 5%
Sugars 3.3g
Protein 5.9g 11%

Friday, May 8, 2009

Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on Clabber Girl can)


* 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used self rising flour)
* 2 1/2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup shortening(I used oil or liquid shortening if that's what ya wanna call it)
* 3/4 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon soft margarine or butter


In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the milk all at once. Using a fork, stir just till moistened and dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl (dough will be sticky).

On a floured surface, lightly knead dough with floured hands for 30 seconds or till nearly smooth. Lightly roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, dipping cutter into flour between cuts.

Place biscuits close together on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush tops with soft margarine. Bake in a 475° oven for 11 to 15 minutes or till golden brown. Serve warm.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sweet Potato Biscuits

I made these Saturday and they were wonderful!

Sweet Potato Biscuits
Cooking Light
Sweet Potato Biscuits from Cooking Light

Cutting in the butter makes for flaky, delicate biscuits. Be sure to stop cutting in the butter while there are still pebble-sized pieces. If you work it longer, the biscuits will be tough.

16 servings (serving size: 1 biscuit)

* 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
* 1 cup pureed cooked sweet potatoes, cooled
* 1/3 cup fat-free milk
* Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine sweet potato and milk in a small bowl; add potato mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Roll dough to a 3/4-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter into 10 biscuits. Place biscuits on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Gather remaining dough. Roll to a 3/4-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter into 6 biscuits. Place the biscuits on prepared baking sheet. Discard any remaining scraps.

Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan; cool 5 minutes on wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional Information

124 (27% from fat)
3.7g (sat 2.3g,mono 0.9g,poly 0.2g)

Lorrie Hulston Corvin, Cooking Light, JANUARY 2007

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dinner Rolls

1cup water ( I heat up the water with the butter in it until the water is warm)
2tbs butter, softened
1 egg
3 1/4 cups Gold Medal Better for Bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tsps regular active dry yeast OR 3tsps quick acting active dry yeast

1. Place all dough ingredients in bread pan in the order listed.
2.Grease cookie sheet (I use butter). Divide dough into 15 pieces. Shape each into ball(if it sticks to hands flour hands each time you shape each into ball) Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Brush with margarine. Cover; let rise 30 to 40 minutes( I double the time to two hours unless I think it needs more time when I check on it).
3. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with butter if desired.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Home Made Bread & Cheese


It's been a while since I updated. I made some sour dough bread in my bread machine and decided to cut a couple slices and use them for grilled cheese. I used 100% real provolone cheese. And it was delicious!!!

Here's a picture:

I had just taken a bite when I had the thought to take a picture of it.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Home Made Pizza

I made home made pizza for Sunday's lunch. Miss Emily shared a crust recipe with me and it turned out well. For the toppings I put banana peppers, jalapenos, pepperoni, black olives, and mozzarella cheese, of course after I spread the pizza sauce on it. I put cheese on the sauce then the toppings then another layer of cheese over the toppings.

Here are a couple pics:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Baking Soda

Hello! I decided to talk about baking soda and how useful it can be. Plus, it is cheap.

For Baby: Bath: Add 2 tablespoons soda to bathwater to soften skin and minimize the need for soap. Diaper odor: Add 1/2 cup soda to water in diaper pail. Soak diapers and pants. Soda neutralizes acid and makes laundering more effective. Clean bottles: Mix 4 tablespoons soda with 1 quart water. Fill bottles, let stand overnight. Rinse well, then air dry. Removes sour milk taste and odor.

Baking specialties: As called for in your favourite recipes.

To Clean: Use directly on all surfaces as a no scratch scouring powder. Combine 4 tablespoons soda with 1 quart water for an all purpose cleaner. To clean oven and stove top drip pan. Combine soda with water to make a thick paste.(Note: This is not a heavy duty oven cleaner.) For crusted cookware, boil half a pot of water with 2 tablespoons each soda and vinegar.

To Deodorize: Place opened box in refrigerator and freezer. Stir every 2 weeks to expose fresh soda. Replace with new box every 2 months.(Reuse old boxes for household cleaning.)

For Health Care: Bathwater: 1/2 cup soda in bathwater softens water and skin.
Mouthwash: Dissolve 1 teaspoon soda in a half glass of warm water and gargle.
Tooth powder: Dampen toothbrush, coat with soda and brush.

For Pet Care: To deodorize Kitty Litter: Sprinkle 16 ounces of soda in litter box and cover with litter. Replace as necessary, As pet shampoo rub soda into pets fur; Comb or brush out. Ideal when tub bath isn't convenient. A handful of soda in pet's bathwater helps eliminate odors.

Swimming Pool Care: As directed by your pool's manufacturer.

Bee Sting: Pour some soda onto a small plate then add enough water to make a paste. Then apply to the swollen are of the bee sting and after an hour it should go down and just keep washing it and reapplying until there is no more swelling or redness and looks normal.

Tick Bite: Again pour some soda onto a small plate, add enough water to make a paste. Then apply to area of the tick bite. It will draw out the poison and will push out the tick head if it still remains in the skin. If there is need to repeat steps then do so. Once it has drawn the poison out and tick head there then will be a scab left. (We did this when we got tick bites at the Martin Nature Park Center. The ticks had a spot on them and carry Rocky Mountain Fever. But, by making a paste out of the soda it took care of any chances of us getting ill.)

Deodorant: Pour enough of soda into hand and rub the under arm. Kills the odor and works well for those who cannot use anti-perspirant.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Garden Stuffed Baked Potatoes

I had told Mrs. L that I was going to put up a new recipe on here and she loves recipes.

This recipe is what I used for our church fellowship dinner.

Garden Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes unless you bake the potato in the oven for an hour like I did instead of using the microwave.

What you'll need:
- 4 russet potatoes
- 1 10 ounce package of frozen chopped broccoli
- 1/2 cup of ranch salad dressing
-2 tsp. of dried parsley
-2 tbs. of butter
-1 tbs. of oil
-1 small onion

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 425
Microwave pierced potatoes on high for 12 minutes;
bake for 15 minutes. Slice off potato tops. Scoop out pulp, keeping skins intact. Mash pulp in a medium bowl

Step 2:

Heat a small skillet over medium heat; add butter. Add onion and saute until tender; about 5 minutes. Add onion and broccoli(I boiled broccoli first then drained the water then mixed them in with everything else), and salad dressing to pulp; mix well.

Step 3:

Brush outside of [potato skin shells with oil.

Step 4:

Spoon potato mixture into shells, dividing evenly. Place on a baking sheet. Bake potatoes until heated through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley; salt and pepper to taste.


-You can always precook these potatoes, then cool to room temperature. Wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Then just reheat in the microwave for 5 minutes.

-Rubbing the outside of the potatoes with oil before baking will help them absorb more heat and allows the potatoes to cook more quickly- reducing cooking time by a few minutes. It also makes the skins more crisp and nicely brown.

- A variation to this recipe: you can add 1 cup of cheddar cheese to the potato pulp mixture or top the stuffed potatoes with cheese before baking in step 4.

- Also, you can dice any left over beef, chicken, or fish and add to these vegetable packed potatoes. You'll have an economical, nutritious dinner that includes most of the major food groups.


Note: You will have some of the mixture left over once you scoop it into the potatoes, so then you can add it to whatever meal you want. It is still tasty even though it's not in the potato.