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Friday, April 28, 2017

My Youtube Channel

    I have a Youtube channel and I share lots of videos about life on our farm.  I share videos of our various farm animals (ducks, turkeys, quail, chickens, and goats).  Right now we have an abundance of new baby goats so there are a lot of real cute videos of the babies running and frolicking.  I also have a how-to video on how to properly hand milk a goat.  We have fun and would love for you to go and view our videos and if you like them, share them and give them a "thumbs up" and please, please, please subscribe to our youtube channel.  Thanks and God bless.
 
     Here is my Youtube channel.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Chocolate Cobbler

        I came up with this recipe to make something special for my family for Valentine's Day.  It was such a huge hit that we have made it two times after so far.  It is so decadent and delicious and pairs perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Chocolate Cobbler

1 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. boiling water
1 c. flour
1 c. mini chocolate chips
1/2 c. whole milk
6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
6 T. melted butter
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

       Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Pour your melted butter into an 8"x8" square cake pan.  Now in a medium sized bowl, stir together 3/4 cups of your sugar, the flour, milk, baking powder, salt and just 2 T. of your cocoa powder.  After it is stirred well, pour this mixture over the butter.  

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     It is okay to leave it like it looks above.  You don't have to stir it together or anything.  It will turn out correctly like this.  Now, in another medium sized bowl, mix together the 1 cup of sugar that remains, along with the mini chocolate chips and the remaining 4 Tablespoons of cocoa powder.  After it is mixed together, just kind of sprinkle this all over the butter and cocoa mixture in the pan.

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     Now, just slowly pour the boiling water over the top of the cobbler.  You do not need to stir or anything, just be sure the water has kind of dampened the top well.  Now slowly and gently place the pan in the oven for exactly 28 minutes.  When you remove it from the oven, you will see a LOT of liquid and question whether it is done or not but please trust me and remove it from the oven and set it on a level area. 

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 We do NOT allow it to cool before we begin scooping it up.  Use a large serving spoon and dip up some of the cobbler and the sauce.  You can eat it like this and it starts off being a chocolate sauce but as you eat it, the sauce thickens into a luxurious chocolate pudding that will set your taste buds alive.  

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    Now if you want a real treat top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you will drool and your mouth will water over how good the flavors meld together.  Enjoy!


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Super Loop de Loop Train set

    Great toy for your little ones.  The Super Loop de Loop Train set is so much fun.  My grandsons love it.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dehydrating Sweet Mini Peppers

      These sweet mini peppers are so delicious.  I could eat them as they are but I love cooking with them also.  To be able to use them throughout the year, I always dry mine in the dehydrator for future use.  They preserve nicely and rehydrate beautifully.  Drying peppers give them a very LONG shelf life.

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    Not only do they taste good and add a nice texture, flavor and color to your foods, they are also full of vitamins (which dehydrating does not diminish), they also have disease fighting properties.  Did you know that just a half cup of sweet peppers contain almost double your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C?  Well, it's true!  They also have a lot of your B vitamins, Vitamin A, Potassium, Folic acid and Fiber!

      To dehydrate, wash each pepper and cut off the ends.  Then slice the peppers and remove the seeds and place the pepper slices on your dehydrator tray.

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      Turn on your dehydrator to 145-155 degrees and dehydrate for 48 hours.  It takes a long time to dehydrate them but once dried, store them in a sealed mason jar and they can stay preserved this way for YEARS!

      To use, if you are using in a dish like stew or soup, just toss them in and they will cook up as a normal fresh pepper will.   If you want to rehydrate them for a salad or other use, soak them in hot water for about 20 minutes and they will be ready to use.

      Peppers are great sprinkled in salads, omelets, pizzas, dips, soups, stews, stir-fry and pasta!  Or make some sweet pepper relish.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

     I know when one thinks of Pumpkin Pie they generally think of Thanksgiving but I believe a good Pumpkin Pie can be served (and eaten) any time of  the year!

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      Pumpkin Pie

 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 lg. eggs
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
pie crust

        Mix together the pumpkin and sweetened condensed milk.

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    Now add in the eggs and all of the spices.

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       Stir well.  My pie filling is darker than most because I use the spices really well.  I have won numerous contests with this pie and every one always state that mine taste so much more flavorful than others.

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     Now pour the pie filling into a pie crust.  

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    Now place the pie in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, turn the oven down to 350 degrees and cook another 45 minutes.  Remove when done (stick a toothpick into the middle and if it comes out clean, it is done.  If not, allow to cook 3-5 more minutes).  

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cake-like Brownies

       My family loves brownies.  Usually we eat my brownies that are moist and chewy but occasionally, we crave these cake like brownies.  Both are delicious but it just depends on our mood which we want.

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Cake-Like Brownies

2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
1/2 c. cocoa
4 eggs 
4 tsp. vanilla

    Mix the ingredients together and pour into a 9"x13" pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 22 minutes.  You can check to see if it is done if you stick a fork in it and the tines come out clean.

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      As the brownies cool, prepare the icing.  Don't leave out the icing.  The icing totally completes these brownies.

Icing  
3 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. cocoa
dash of salt
        Mix all together.  It will be thick and apply it very heavily to the cooled brownies.  So good!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pancake Muffins

     Sometimes we get bored from pancakes so I came up with a fun and delicious alternative...pancakes muffins.  It was a hit and we try to have these about once a week. 
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Pancake Muffins
         
2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. milk
1/2 pkg. chocolate chips 
1/4 c. butter, melted
2 eggs
2 T. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
 
 
       Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, mix together the milk, butter and eggs.  Then when it is well mixed, stir in the remaining ingredients.   
 
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     Pour the batter into the muffin tins.  Fill each tin to about 3/4 full.  Cook for 17 minutes. 
 
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      Allow to cool and then remove and put them on a plate.
 
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       You can eat them like they are or drizzle some syrup over them as you eat them.  You can freeze any leftovers you may have.  They freeze well.  


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dehydrating Jalapeno Peppers

       I love to dehydrate.  It is so much faster and easier than canning and takes up way less space.  Dehydrating foods also is great because the items dehydrated retain most of the nutrients. 

   



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     First wash the peppers and then put on a pair of gloves.  Jalapeno juice burns and don't make the mistake of wiping your eyes if you have touched a pepper.  Now cut of the stem end of the pepper.  If you are cutting the peppers lengthwise, just cut into two large pieces or if you are cutting into thin slices, cut off the other end too, and slice into small slices.

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      Now place them on a dehydrator tray.

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     Turn on the dehydrator to 135 degrees and dehydrate for about 10 hours.  Store the dried peppers in a sealed mason jar.  I have kept them for up to a year with no problems. 

      To use, soak the dried peppers in hot water until they are soft (about 10 minutes).  Then you can use them as you would a fresh pepper. 


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dehydrating Plantains

     Plantains look really similar to a banana but when ripe, a plantain looks like a blackened banana that is wider.  Plantains are usually eaten as a staple item (like we use a potato in America) instead of a snack or breakfast food.  They have less sugar content than bananas too and are rarely eaten raw or by themselves.

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            To dehydrate the plantains, first remove the peel.

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      Then slice the plantain to about 1/4" pieces.  Place the slices onto your dehydrator trays.

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       Dehydrate at 135 degrees for about 6 hours. 

     One way to use the dehydrated plantains is for long term preserving until you are ready to use them.  Packed into a mason jar, they are good for years.  When I am ready to use them, I just throw some in my trail mix for some extra carbs and flavor or you can rehydrate them by soaking them in hot water for 15 minutes. Once they are rehydrated, just use them as you would a fresh plantain.  One of my favorite ways to use them is to rehydrate them and then fry them in coconut oil with a bit of salt and they are so delicious.  Dried, they make a great go-to snack!  Finally, you can grind up the dried plantains and make them into a flour and use it to replace 1/4 of the flour in baked goods.


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Making & Using Tomato Powder

       I love dehydrating fresh tomatoes and make sun dried tomatoes.


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  Sometimes after drying them, I will make tomato powder.  To me, tomato powder should be in EVERY kitchen.  It is so versatile, storage-effecient, and super delicious.  It is so easy to use and there are so many ways it can be used.  Yes, you can purchase tomato powder (and pay a fortune) or make your own and you can know that it will be made from pure 100% tomatoes with no additives or preservatives.

      To make tomato powder, you first have to dehydrate the tomatoes.  I won't go into the details of how to do that but this link will show you how to dehydrate the tomatoes.

      Once the tomatoes are completely dried, just toss them into a blender or we use a single serve blender (like you would use to make smoothies) and grind the tomatoes until they turn into a fine powder.  Just store it in a mason jar out of direct sunlight.  I know the one I have pictured shows it in a baggie but every time I took a photo of it in the mason jar, it looks so pale and I wanted to show you how vibrant the powder truly was.

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       Tomato powder can be used in the powder form to thicken soups, sprinkle on salads or hamburgers.   To make homemade tomato sauce with tomato powder, use 2/3 cups of tomato powder and 2 cups of water and it will make the same amount as a 15 oz. can you would purchase from the store.  To make tomato paste, use 6 T. of tomato powder and 1/2 cup of water to equal a 6 oz. can of tomato paste.  If you want to make tomato juice, use 1 c. of tomato powder and 8 c. of water and it will equal a 64 oz. bottle of tomato juice.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dehydrating Cantaloupe

     I recently found some Royal Cantaloupe on sale super cheap so bought some for us to eat right now and bought a few to dehydrate for us to enjoy the rest of the winter.  Cantaloupe is high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A,  choline, and beta-carotene. 


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      Dried fruit is so yummy.  It's a great snack whenever you are hungry and goes perfectly in so many things.  Such as granola, cereal, and breakfast bars.  Dried cantaloupe is so naturally sweet and the cantaloupe taste is so amplified that you almost can't stop eating it.

      To dehydrate cantaloupe, just cut the cantaloupe in half and then scoop out the seeds.  Then cut the cantaloupe into manageable sized pieces.

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     Now cut up the cantaloupe up into slices or chunks or a combination of both and then place on your dehydrator trays.

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    Now just dehydrate them at 135 degrees for about 15 hours.  They take so long because they have so much moisture in them.  They are done when they feel "leathery".

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     Store in a mason jar.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fruit Cobbler Recipe

      This is an easy fruit cobbler recipe that I have used for years.  This time I used Blueberry Pie filling but I have also made this with fresh peaches, home canned apple pie filling and fresh blackberries...it turns out great every time!

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Fruit Cobbler

                                    2 c. flour                                      2 c. sugar
                                    2 c. milk                                      2 qts. fruit or 2 cans pie filling
                                    1 stick butter                                2 tsp. baking powder
                                    Dash of salt

        Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Place the butter in a 9"x13" cake pan and place in the preheated oven for 5 minutes to melt the butter.  Remove and make sure the butter coats the bottom and sides of the pan. 

        Mix all other ingredients (except the fruit) in a bowl and stir well.  Pour the mixture into the cake pan and then pour the fruit on top of the batter.  There is no need to stir.  Batter will rise up and it will turn out perfectly.  Trust me!


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This is how it looks before baking.



       Bake for 45 minutes.  It is delicious served warm with ice cream or eat it by itself.  It is DELICIOUS!!!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pumpkin Supreme Pie

      Our family loves this pie.  I try to make it when we are having special company over for dinner or on Thanksgiving but my family would love to have this at least once a week.  It is a perfect pumpkin pie but elevated to a whole new level. It looks lovely and tastes delicious!




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Pumpkin Supreme Pie

2 pkgs. vanilla instant pudding (3.4 oz. size)
2 c. Cool Whip
1 c. milk
1 c. pumpkin
1/4 c. caramel topping (plus 2 T. more)
1/4 c. pecan bits
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
pie crust

    For this recipe, you can use a regular pie crust or a graham cracker crust.  We have tried it with both and both ways are incredible and we can't decide which crust we like better!

      Pour 1/4 c. of caramel into the bottom of the  pie crust and then set the pie crust aside.  In a mixing bowl, beat together the pudding, milk, pumpkin and spices.  Whisk until blended.  Stir in 1 1/2 c. of Cool Whip. Now pour entire mixture into the pie crust.  

     Place in refrigerator for 1 hour.  Remove and top with 1/2 c. of Cool Whip and 2 T. of caramel and then sprinkle with nuts. 
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Dehydrating Strawberries

       Strawberries are so sweet and delicious but they are not always readily available so that is why I love to dehydrate them so I can enjoy them all year long.  Dehydrating them does not reduce their vitamin content and drying them properly makes them last up to a few years on your shelf (if stored properly).  And dehydrated strawberries take up way less space than canning them does. 

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     To dehydrate strawberries, wash and hull the strawberries.  Then slice them from top to bottom.  Now just arrange the berries on your dehydrator trays and dehydrate them for about 8 hours at 135 degrees.  When they are done, they are pliable and leathery.  When they are completely dried, just remove them and store in a mason jar. 

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       Dehydrated strawberries are great in granola, trail mix, on cereal, or even as a healthy snack.  You can rehydrate them by soaking in water for about 30 minutes and then you can use them in smoothies or sauces.  



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