Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Absolute Best Homemade Steak Dry Rub Recipe

   This is the best steak rub recipe to compliment the amazing flavors in your steak or use it to bump your steak up to the next level.  It smells so good and makes your steak taste even better and it is super easy to make.  This not only goes great on steak but is perfect for burgers, meatloaf, chicken or use it to enhance the flavor of soups or stews.  

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Absolute Best Steak Dry Rub

 1 1/2 T. salt
1 T. pepper
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. oregano
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. turmeric

    Combine all the ingredients into a pint sized jar.  Put lid on the jar and shake well.  To use, pat dry your streaks with a paper towel then generously cover each side of your steak with some of the seasoning.  Use your fingertips to gently rub the seasoning into your steaks.  

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Let the steak rest for about 45 minutes before cooking.  Cook as usual.  

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Monthly Update

    Gosh, I am sure glad May 2020 is over with.  It was a rough month for everyone and now with the civil unrest going on, June is not really off to a great start.  We all just need to continue to pray for our nation.  Pray for protection.  Pray for healing.  

    My health was not too good in May either.  Not really had any illnesses or anything but I just do not have the energy to be out of bed for more than a few hours a day.  I get up for about an hour or so in the morning and then about the same amount of time in the evenings.  With all of my medical problems and health issues (multiple sclerosis, heart failure, diabetes, etc.), my heart is having trouble pumping blood throughout my body and my feet and legs swell and my toes turn purple so I am following the doctor's orders and staying in bed as much as possible. 

  Since I have had to spend so much time in bed, I have not been able to do much blogging but will try to do better this month.  But on to the monthly update for the month of May.

     The most popular post for the month of May was my Homemade Au Jus Mix.  A mix to make delicious au jus right from the comfort of your own home.

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My homemade Au Jus

   My most popular Youtube video on my Youtube Channel for the month of May was actually a video of my oldest son (22) playing the bass guitar.  He started sharing videos of original songs and people are really responding well to them.  

 
   On Pinterest, my top board is my Dehydrating board. And the most pinned post was on Dehydrating Peeps. And currently trending right now is my Breakfast Rice Pudding! It is filling and delicious and very economical to make.

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Breakfast Rice Pudding

     My favorite post right now is Dehydrating Aloe Vera.  In the post I explain not only how I dehydrate Aloe Vera but why I dehydrate it. 

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Dehydrating Aloe Vera

   I'll be trying to blog more this month so be sure to check in regularly or even better yet, be sure to subscribe to my blog using the "subscribe" button at the top-right side of my page.


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Friday, May 1, 2020

Recipes for the Perfect Mother's Day!

   Mother's Day is just around the corner and I'm here to help you celebrate your Mom this year.  For instance, how about preparing her breakfast in bed?  It's a cinch if you make her my lovely French Toast Casserole, Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy or even a stack of lovely Buttermilk Pancakes!

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French Toast casserole.

    Or how about treating her to some sweet treats such as Chocolate CobblerRich & Decadent chocolate brownies, or my Southern Fried Hand Pies.  

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Rich and Decadent brownies.
     Or celebrate your Mom by fixing her a delicious meal.  Whether she prefers pork (Pork Loin), beef (steak fingers with country gravy) or chicken (soy & garlic chicken), we have the recipes for a perfect the protein.  

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Pork Loin dinner
     We also have the perfect sides for the meal such as:  Creamy Potato Casserole, Zucchini, Squash & Corn Casserole, or Creamy Corn Casserole.

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Zucchini, Squash & Corn Casserole  
  
   And don't forget the bread.  No special meal is complete without a slice (or two) of homemade bread and I have easy recipes to make either white or wheat bread.   

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A loaf of homemade bread.
    I hope each of you have a great day with your Mom.  

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Belle's New Son (Baby Goats on the Homestead)

    On April 26th, our "Belle" gave birth to a little boy was aptly named "Bambi".  He is so small and precious and we just love him.

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Just an hour or two after birth. 

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2 days old

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2 days old

    Hope you enjoyed seeing him.  




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Monday, April 27, 2020

New Goat on the Homestead: Dainty Girl had a baby girl

    On April 24, 2020, our "Dainty Girl" had a little girl.  We let Ronny name her and he called her "Sunshine".  She is just the sweetest little thing.  


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Such a pretty profile.




  
   Be sure to check out the short video we took too.  It's only 12 seconds but it is 12 seconds of cuteness.  Be sure to have your sound up so you can hear her call out for her momma.  Enjoy!





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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Super Easy Chicken Quesadillas

     This is a super quick and easy recipe for chicken quesadillas.  Let me tell you, they are so good and addicting!  These are easily one of my favorite meals.  Try it tonight and let it become one of your favorites too.



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Quesadillas on a platter.

     With a few simple shortcut ingredients, you can have warm and cheesy homemade quesadillas on the dinner table in less than half an hour.  If you need to master the basic steps of how to make chicken quesadillas, this is the place to start!

Super Easy Chicken Quesadillas

 12 flour tortillas
3 c. shredded chicken
1 c. salsa  
1/2 box of Velveeta cheese or other similar cheese

    I know it is just a few ingredients and may not sound like it would be super delicious but they are.  The absolute best part is dipping the quesadilla into the salsa con queso.  Yum!!! 

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

    Melt your Velveeta in a crock pot, double boiler or microwave.  I just used my crock pot.  

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The melted Velveeta in the crock pot.
     Once it is melted, stir in the salsa.  You can add more or less salsa depending on your preference.

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Salsa con queso in the crock pot.
      I like to boil my chicken and then shred it but any shredded chicken will work.  Now, in a large bowl, mix together your shredded chicken and about 2-3 cups of the salsa con queso. You don't want an abundance of the salsa con queso, just enough to just coat your chicken.  

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     Spoon some of the chicken mixture into the middle of the tortilla and fold over in half. 

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     Place each of the quesadillas onto a baking sheet and bake for about 9-11 minutes or until they are golden brown.  Remove and cut in half so that they are now wedges.  

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    Be sure to get you a bowl of the salsa con queso you made up and dip the quesadillas into it as you eat it.  So good this way.

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     Serve with some Spanish rice and refried beans and you have a complete meal!

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Recipes & Baking Help During the Quarantine

    Much of the U.S. is still on lockdown, quarantined or just practicing social distancing.  Grocery stores are open but grocery shelves are still pretty bare.  Covid-19 is affecting all of our lives but let's not let it impact our meals!

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Don't these homemade biscuits look good?

    To help everyone alleviate some stress, I am sharing with you some recipes that you can make with basic pantry ingredients.  Some recipes are main meals, some bread recipes, and some desserts too because let's face it...desserts just make us feel better!  I hope my recipes are a blessing to you. 

Breakfast recipes because we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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Extra light and fluffy pancakes.



  Bread recipes.  There is nothing quite as good as homemade bread and if you have never made bread before, here is the perfect place to start.

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A loaf of my artisan bread.

Recipes with Beans.  Beans are a staple pantry item and most everyone has some dried beans, no matter the time of the year.  Now is the perfect time to use them up and have a meal full of delicious protein.
 
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A bowl of 3 Bean Soup!


Pasta & Rice.  Pasta is another item that most people have on hand and it's one of the easiest things to cook!

 
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My homemade rice-a-roni




 Snacks & Desserts.  Kick back and watch some movies and enjoy all of these delicious desserts.

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A piece of spice cake made from my homemade mix.




    
    Stay safe and healthy everyone!

     I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of the doctors, nurses, health care workers, grocery store workers, truck drivers and everyone else who is still working to help the rest of us carry-on.  We know you are putting yourself (and your families) at risk and we definitely appreciate it.  Each of you are heroes!  God bless!



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The Absolute Best Homemade Steak Dry Rub Recipe

   This is the best steak rub recipe to compliment the amazing flavors in your steak or use it to bump your steak up to the next level.  It...