Large Visitor Globe

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Homemade Tangy BBQ Sauce

    My family likes things homemade.  I feel sorry for my son's future wife.  He doesn't like fast food hardly at all and prepares everything made from scratch.  :-)  When it comes to BBQ sauce, my menfolk like the sauce to be tangy and not super sweet.  Here is my recipe that really brings out the flavor of meat.
Tangy BBQ Sauce
                                      2 c. ketchup                                 1/2 c. water
                                      1/2 c. Apple cider vinegar               1 c. brown sugar
                                      1 tsp. pepper                                 2. T. chopped onion
                                      1 T. lemon juice                             1 T. Worcestershire sauce
                                      1 tsp. salt                                     1/2 tsp. garlic

      Place all the ingredients into a pot and stir.  Heat on low heat and let simmer for at least 20 minutes.  Serve over beef, chicken or pork.  It's all good!  :-)
homemade BBQ sauce, tangy barbecue sauce recipe

homemade BBQ sauce, tangy barbecue sauce recipe
Follow me on Pinterest
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on g+
Follow us on linkedin
Follow our Youtube channel
Follow me on Instagram

Monday, July 21, 2014

French for Kids DVD review

French for kids DVD

    We had the opportunity to try out "French for Kids" DVD by the Whistlefritz company.   This DVD is different than any other learning DVD we have viewed.  It is called an immersion teaching DVD because they jump right in with the french singing, etc. and do not include any English.  There are many movement songs and sing along and dance songs and from the melody you can figure some of them out on your own but to be honest, I was totally lost through much of it but my young son seemed to do better than me. The characters are very vivid and fun and the songs are catchy.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Liquid Fence Review

   I was recently asked to review a product to help keep critters out of my gardens.  I love raising our own food but hate when deer, rabbits and other varmints get into the garden and try to eat everything before we get to.  This is where Liquid Fence comes in.
Liquid Fence Deer & rabbit repellent, all natural pest repellent for garden
   Liquid Fence is a natural alternative as a perimeter barrier for your ornamental trees and gardens.   I put this around the perimeter of my gardens and apple trees and have noticed that we have had no more problems with the rabbits in the garden.  We also have a pair of donkeys on our property that like to eat my cherry bushes, plum trees and grape vines but since I have put this up, it has even kept the donkeys at bay.  Yahoo!
   As I stated previously, the best part about Liquid Fence to me is that it is biodegradable and all natural.  That is important to me. It is made with garlic and eggs so I can use it without worrying about it harming my crops or my animals.  I recommend this product highly.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dehydrating Carrots: Carrot Coins

    I love to dehydrate food.  It saves space and preserves your food for a LONG time and uses very little energy to do.  I used to can about everything but it took a lot of time, effort and energy and the jars take up a lot of space.  I have learned that dehydrating preserves the food just as well and takes up a lot less space.  For instance, to can 10 pounds of potatoes would take up a bunch of quart jars (you can only get 2-3 potatoes per jar).  But I can dehydrate 10 pounds of potatoes and they fit into 3 jars is all.
   Anyway, another veggie I love to dehydrate is carrots.  Sometimes I just chop them up and dehydrate them but sometimes I make them into these little carrot coins. 
making carrot coins, dehydrating carrots, preserving carrots

  Just wash your carrots;  peel them and then cut off the ends.

making carrot coins, dehydrating carrots, preserving carrots
   I save the peels and dehydrate them and make a vegetable powder with them.

    Now using a mandolin, cut the carrots.
making carrot coins, dehydrating carrots, preserving carrots

  Just place the carrot "coins" onto your dehydrator tray and dehydrate for about 8 hours.  Or do as I do and just turn it on when you go to bed and they are done in the morning when you get up.  Easy-peasey!
Follow me on Pinterest
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on g+
Follow us on linkedin
Follow our Youtube channel
Follow me on Instagram

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon

  One of our favorite ways to preserve apples is by dehydrating the apple slices with cinnamon.   They are SOOOO good and easy to do!  They make a great snack that is nutritious and delicious.
drying apples, preserving apples, how to dehydrate apples, good dehydrator to buy, Oster dehydrator

   All you do is wash your apples. Now take your apples and slice them.  I use a mandolin and use my "medium" slice.   Take some lemon juice and pour some into a bowl.  As you slice your apples, take them and dip them into the bowl (just long enough to get some of the juice on all surface layers).
drying apples, preserving apples, how to dehydrate apples, good dehydrator to buy, Oster dehydrator
The apple slice in the bowl of lemon juice.


     Then remove each slice from the lemon juice and place it on the dehydrator tray.
drying apples, preserving apples, how to dehydrate apples, good dehydrator to buy, Oster dehydrator
  Next, take some cinnamon and sprinkle it generously over each apple slice.
drying apples, preserving apples, how to dehydrate apples, good dehydrator to buy, Oster dehydrator

  Turn the dehydrator on and let them dehydrate about 8-10 hours.  I just turn on my dehydrator when I go to bed and they are done the next morning.  I use the Oster dehydrator and you can get one like mine by clicking here.


Follow me on Pinterest
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on g+
Follow us on linkedin
Follow our Youtube channel

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

muvee Reveal 11: GIVEAWAY

 I generally do not do 2 different giveaways at the same time but when I was presented the opportunity to do a giveaway for this fantastic video creating software, I jumped at the chance.  muvee Reveal 11 is AWESOME!
muvee Reveal 11, easy professional looking video editing software, givaway
   If you have ever wanted to create your own movies and videos at home but were intimidated by how hard it can be, this is the product for you.   In 3 easy steps, you can create professional and cool looking videos with all the neatest features and then upload it to Facebook, youtube or burn it to a DVD.   It is automatic video editing software at its finest and you can win your own copy of it too.   
     The contest ends at  midnight on the 9th and the winner has 48 hours to reply.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 30, 2014

Making and Bagging your own French Fries at Home

   Our local grocery store often has 2 ten pound bags of potatoes on sale for $5.00 and I can't ever pass up that bargain.  I generally buy about 30-40 pounds of potatoes a month.  I dehydrate much of it but I also make and bag up a lot of homemade french fries and today I am going to tell you how I do it.
    Our family really enjoys french fries but I like making things from scratch so I know exactly what goes into the things my family eats.  But having the time and energy to cut up potatoes every time my family wants french fries is an issue at times.  Now, when I have extra time and potatoes, I just prepare them and bag them up and pop them in the freezer and they are ready to go when we need/want them.
   First just peel your potatoes and slice them into french fries.  We prefer the "steak" style of french fries but you can cut them like shoestring french fries if you wish.  As you are cutting the potatoes, place the peeled and cut potatoes into a bowl of cold water to keep them from turning brown.
How to make and bag up french fries at home, homemade french fries,
A bowlful of cut up potatoes.
  Once the potatoes are all cut up, place them on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan, but make sure they are not touching one another, like so:
How to make and bag up french fries at home, homemade french fries,
The french fries ready to be flash frozen.
  Now, put the pan of french fries into the freezer for 1-2 hours to flash freeze them.  Once they are partially frozen, just remove off the pan and place into a large baggie.  You do this so that the french fries will not stick together.  Anyway, now you just put the baggie of french fries into your freezer until  you are ready to use them.  Remove and cook them like you would do a bag of store-bought french fries.  :-)
How to make and bag up french fries at home, homemade french fries,
The bag of frozen homemade french fries.

frozen french fries
These are some I froze about a week ago. 

Follow me on Pinterest
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on g+
Follow us on linkedin
Follow our Youtube channel


Other blogs you may like:
Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Blog Oklahoma
Blog Oklahoma
easy recipes