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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Creamy Cold Corn Salad

      We were needing something to take for Wednesday night potluck at our little church and I decided to whip up the Creamy Cold Corn Salad.  It is perfect for potlucks, BBQ's and summer picnic's at the beach.  It is super easy to make and takes just 6 ingredients which you probably already have on hand. 

Creamy Cold Corn Salad

3 (15 oz.) cans of whole kernel corn, drained
3 medium tomatoes, diced and seeds removed
1 1/3 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dill weed

    Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  The colder it is, the better it tastes.  

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    It is so delicious!   

     It is perfect the way it is but you can also add in some crumbled up bacon and you can also substitute half of the mayonnaise with Ranch dressing.  



This would go really well with some hamburgers or pulled pork sandwiches!  

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Deess Permanent Hair Removal system.

    This review is for the Deess Permanent Hair Removal system.  I was able to get this one and I am so glad that I did.  I am 49 years old and have multiple health problems (MS, diabetes, heart issues, etc.) and am beginning to get some facial hair and am not always up to the task of plucking as often as I should.  I often just don't have the energy to shave and do all the upkeep.  I am often on bed rest but I still want to look presentable and feel good about myself so this was the option I looked into and it has really helped.

   
Deess Permanent Hair Removal system.

   This permanent system can permanently remove hair after just 6-10 uses, which is really incredible.  I have done the first usage on my upper lip, chin area and armpits.  I will do my legs next.  You can also use it on other parts of your body, including your bikini area. 

    You have to shave the area you will be treating first and the hair will come back but it is lighter and thinner than it was before.  It should continue like this until the hair is not growing back at all.  After use, the area was a little red (not extremely red or painful) so I just used a moisturizing facial mask after I did my lip area and a good moisturizer on the rest of my skin to help.

    Just be patient with it and don't expect permanent results the first time.  It takes time but I am noticing improvement and from others I have spoken to, it does work.  I usually have to shave my arms daily and pluck daily.  After the first 3 days after treatment there were NO hairs but after day 4, the hair is coming in but like I said previously, it is lighter and thinner. Yahoo!
     
 If you would like to purchase it, you can find it here on Amazon.  Here is the link:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BDCHMFY

    I would recommend it.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018

How to Make Delicious Egg Rolls

   I have never tried egg rolls before but recently as I was shopping at our local grocery store I noticed that they had some egg roll wrappers on sale so I decided to purchase them and give them a try.  I'm glad I did because they turned out FANTASTIC!  So much so that Ron and Bub said they would never eat another frozen egg roll again because the frozen ones don't even compare to how good mine tasted.

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   As they cook, the whole house started smelling so enticing.  Just the aroma alone had our mouths watering.  They turned out so flavorful and moist.  Bub said even at the restaurants he has tried egg rolls at, theirs were really dry inside but mine are real moist and yet not soggy.  They crisp up so well that even Ronny liked them and Ronny doesn't like pork or cabbage.  With him being autistic, it is so hard to get him to try new food but he actually asked if he could try one and we said "yes" and he ended up eating several of them.  Yahoo!  

Delicious Egg Rolls

12 egg roll wrappers
1 lb. pork sausage 
1 (16 oz.) bag of coleslaw mix
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 T. rice vinegar
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. water

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     Brown your pork sausage with the ginger and garlic.  Drain lightly, you are just trying to drain out most of the juice without losing all the flavor of the spices.  

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      In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, water and cornstarch.  Once mixed together, add it into the sausage mixture and allow it to heat up.  It should take just a minute or so.  

  Now grab a large bowl and add in the coleslaw mix.


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    Add in the sausage mixture and stir well. 

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    Now get your package of egg roll wrappers and open them up.

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    Take a wrap and lay it in front of you so it is shaped like a diamond.


   Now place about 3-4 tablespoons of filling onto the wrapper.


    Fold up the bottom of the wrapper over the filling.


    Fold up the sides.


   Finally, finish rolling it up the rest of the way but leave a small part out.


   Now using a clean finger or small brush, smooth a bit of water over the edge.


   Press to seal.



   Do the same with the rest of the filling and wrappers.  Once they are all rolled, heat up a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet and fry the egg rolls until they are golden brown.  


    They are great to eat just like this but I made a sweet and sour sauce for us to dip ours into.

    Sweet & Sour Sauce

1/3 c. brown sugar or honey
3 T. ketchup
2 T. rice vinegar
2 T. cornstarch
1 T. soy sauce

   Stir together all the ingredients until well blended.    Dip your egg roll into the sauce and enjoy!



     Be sure to make some Chicken Fried Rice to go with it!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Help Us Name our Twin Baby Girl Goats

   We recently had twin baby girl goats born here on our homestead.  Please watch the video and learn about our goat herd and then leave us a comment and let us know your suggestions for their names.


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Classic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

    The Classic Texas Sheet Cake is a family favorite and most have heard of it, ate it and loved it.  Everyone I know makes theirs slightly different from one another but this is the recipe that I have used for over 20 years.  Why change a good thing?!

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Doesn't it turn out so pretty?!


    If you have never had a piece, you are in for a TREAT!  It is rich & super moist.  It is super addictive too.  You can't eat just one bite.  You'll keep going back for more and more and more!  It really is the best chocolate cake that there is.  Hands down!  

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This is one we made with the pecans.  I actually prefer it WITH the pecans myself. 


  Classic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

 For the cake:

2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 c. boiling water
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. cocoa (heaping)
2 sticks real butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt


For the frosting:

3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. pecan halves, optional
1/4 c. cocoa (heaping)
1 3/4 sticks butter
6 T. (or 3/8 of a cup) of milk
1 tsp. vanilla

   In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and the salt.  Set aside. 

   In a small saucepan, melt the butter for the cake over medium heat.  Add in the cocoa and stir well.  Add in the boiling water and allow it to cook for 30 seconds then turn off the heat.  

   Pour in the flour mixture and stir lightly.  Allow to cool slightly as you do the next steps.

   Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  

   In a medium bowl, pour in the buttermilk, the beaten eggs, baking soda and vanilla.  Stir and then pour into the chocolate mixture, stir and then pour into a large sheet cake pan.  Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. 

    While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting.  Melt the butter for the frosting in a small saucepan over medium heat.  I just use the same one I used for the cake.   Add in the cocoa, stir and then turn off your burner.   Add in the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  Stir together.  Add in the pecans if using them.  When the cake is done, pour it on and serve.  

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We started eating on it fresh out of the oven.  So good when it is nice and hot with a cold glass of milk!

  We prefer to eat ours warm but it is fine to eat it cooled too.  Whoever eats it will be indebted to you. 

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This one was made without the pecans because Ronny doesn't really like nuts!

 It is a true staple for people of the South, including this Okie.  So tasty!  A go-to recipe for any occasion!  If you serve it, be prepared to be hounded for the recipe!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Steak Fingers with Country Gravy

    This is the epitome of comfort food.  So delicious.  Ron and Bub work hard on our homestead.  They spend their days tending to our animals and taking care of the land's upkeep.  They build fences; they haul hay; and they repair pens.   Needless to say, they work hard day in and day out.  When they come in for a meal, they are HUNGRY!  They want good ole country food.  Comforting food.  They want meat, taters, and gravy and this meal is right up their alley.

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Steak Fingers with Country Gravy

2 lbs. tenderized round steak or cube steak
1 c. flour
1 c. milk
2 eggs
1 T. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. pepper


For the Gravy:
2 c. milk
salt & pepper, to taste

    
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     Cut up the steak into 1" strips.

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    In a shallow pan (I often use pie plates) stir together the flour, seasoning salt, and pepper.  In another shallow pan stir together the milk and whipped eggs.  Take a few strips of the meat and dredge each one through the flour mixture.  Be sure both sides of the meat are covered.  Then dip them into the egg mixture and then back into the flour mixture.  Do all the meat this way. 

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      Fill the bottom of a skillet until there is about 1/2" of oil in the bottom of it.  Turn the heat onto medium-high.  Once the oil is hot, carefully place a few pieces of meat into the hot oil.  

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       Fry them until they are brown on one side and then turn them over and fry them until they are done.  Remove them and place them on a a paper towel lined plate.  Keep frying them this way until they are all done.

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      To make the gravy, pour off the oil that is in the skillet and place it into another dish.  Now measure up 1/4 cup of this oil and place it back into the skillet.  Turn the heat onto medium-low.  Sprinkle in a few tablespoons of flour.  I just use the flour I dredged the meat through.  Whisk the flour into the oil until it becomes a smooth paste.  If it is too greasy, just add in more flour.  Once it is a paste, allow it to brown just a wee bit.  Now pour in the milk.  Whisk the gravy and cook it for 2-3 minutes or until it starts to thicken.  

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    Serve and enjoy.  Serve the steak fingers with the gravy and with french fries or mashed potatoes. Also good with some homemade biscuits.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Ultimate Chicken Salad Recipe

    This is a family favorite using leftover chicken from other meals.  It is a simple recipe that really packs in the flavor.  I like to make this a lot in the summer time when it is just too hot to cook.

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The Ultimate Chicken Salad Recipe

1 c. mayonnaise
3 hard boiled eggs
2 T. olive oil
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1 T. dill
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. minced garlic


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     In a medium sized bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice olive oil, the relish, garlic, the onion powder and all the spices.  Stir well.

    Take your boiled eggs and chop them up and then add them into the bowl of the mayonnaise mixture.  Finally, stir in the chopped chicken.  

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     This recipe is so easy to adapt to your own personal tastes.  Just add or omit whatever you like.  Some other things that could be added include:  chopped celery, crumbled bacon, toasted almonds, seedless grapes or even some raisins.  

    Spoon up the chicken salad and eat it on plain bread; a sliced croissant, or even on some saltine crackers.  We have even scooped some up and placed on a large lettuce leaf and topped with a few slices of fresh tomatoes and eaten it that way.  No matter how you eat it, it is scrumptious.  You will find it hard to stop eating. 

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     Many people keep their chicken salad pretty basic and don't use really any spices or just very few.  I implore you to try my recipe and you will be blown away by the flavors and will never fix it another way ever again.  Trust me!


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Wonderful Wednesday
Thursday Favorite Things
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Simple Homestead Blog Hop
Awesome Life Friday
Funtastic Friday
Friday Feature Linky Party
Meal Plan Monday
Sweet Inspiration Link Party
Bloggers Pit Stop
Saturday Sharefest
Friday at the Fire Station
Share it One more Time Inspiration Party
Saturday Shuffle at Strawberry Butterscotch
Our mini Linky Party
Happiness is Homemade
What's for Dinner?
Smell Good Sunday
Dishing it & Digging it
Mix it Up Monday
Meet up Monday Link Party
Over the Moon Link Party
Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Busy Monday
Inspire Me Monday
Cooking & Crafting with J & J
Amaze Me Monday
The Hearth & Soul Link Party
Tuesdays with a Twist
Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday
Inspire Me Tuesday
The Happy Now Link Up
The Homemaking Link Up
A little bit of Everything Wednesday blog hop
Link it Up Wednesday
Homestead Blog Hop
Whisk it Wendesday Link Party
To Grandma's House we Go
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