Large Visitor Globe

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Hewing

   
Hewing, how-to video, timber framing, do it yourself, DIY

     My oldest son, Bub, loves to work outside and enjoys making things.  He is all about doing things the "old fashioned" way and hates using power tools.  He enjoys it and is quite good at it.  We recently shared Part One of a video that he made on "hewing lumber".  I think you will find it quite enjoyable and learn a lot from him. 

    Enjoy it!



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

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Breakfast Pancake Tacos

  Anyone can make plain pancakes but sometimes the kids get bored with just pancakes and that is when we make the protein packed Breakfast Pancake Tacos!   (Okay, to be honest they are just pancakes that have peanut butter smeared on them and then I fold them over like a taco but Ronny thinks it is super cool to eat a breakfast taco so give me the win!)  Shhhh!!!!

Breakfast pancake tacos

    Just make up a batch of pancakes.

Breakfast pancake tacos

    Get some creamy peanut butter.

Breakfast pancake tacos


   Spread a nice thick layer of peanut butter all over a pancake.

Breakfast pancake tacos


   Now just fold your pancake over into the "taco" shape and enjoy!

Breakfast pancake tacos

   Feel free to smear on some jelly or sliced bananas too!

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

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dehydrating Citrus Zest

   I love to bake and often times when I come across a recipe, it will call for some citrus zest and I never have it on hand.  I don't keep lemons or limes laying around much either so I decided to zest some citrus fruits and dehydrate them so I have them on hand whenever I need them.  

how to dry grated orange and lemon zest; how to make dried orange or lemon peel at home; homemade dried lemon zest; dehydrating lime and lemon zest;



   Orange zest and lemon zest are usually used in quick breads and fruit breads.  All the different citrus zests are great for decorating the tops of breads and cakes and adds just the simplest of citrus flavoring that really makes a difference.

how to dry grated orange and lemon zest; how to make dried orange or lemon peel at home; homemade dried lemon zest; dehydrating lime and lemon zest;


    To create your own zest is super simple.  Using a citrus zester or a vegetable peeler, just remove the "skin" of your lemons, limes and oranges.  Stop before you get to the white of the fruit.    

how to dry grated orange and lemon zest; how to make dried orange or lemon peel at home; homemade dried lemon zest; dehydrating lime and lemon zest;

      Place the "zest" onto your dehydrator trays and start the dehydrator.  The zests are ready when they are completely dry and brittle.  It can take about 14-16 hours.    I then place the dried zest into a small mason/canning jar until I am ready to use it.  

   To use, just place the zest into a grinder and grind into a powder or pinch the zest between your fingers to break it up into small pieces.  Add into your dishes as you would fresh zest.  If a recipe calls for the zest of one lemon, lime or orange, just use 1 tsp. of this dehydrated and dried zest. 
 
Follow us on Facebook
Follow me on Pinterest
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on g+
Follow our Youtube channel
Follow me on Instagram 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Top 5 Posts for Last Week



    My top 5 posts for the past week are:


top 5 posts of the week, dehydrating aloe vera, chicken and rice soup mix in a jar, southern boiled cabbage,
Chicken and Rice Soup Mix-in-a-jar

2.  Turkey breast in the crock-pot.

top 5 posts of the week, dehydrating aloe vera, chicken and rice soup mix in a jar, southern boiled cabbage,
Cooking a whole Turkey breast in the crock pot.  


3.  Dehydrating peeps.   I found it kind of strange that this was #3 of the most viewed posts for the week considering it's the first part of January but to each their own. 

top 5 posts of the week, dehydrating aloe vera, chicken and rice soup mix in a jar, southern boiled cabbage,
Southern Boiled Cabbage

5.  How (and why) to dehydrate Aloe Vera.


top 5 posts of the week, dehydrating aloe vera, chicken and rice soup mix in a jar, southern boiled cabbage,
How (and why) to dehydrate Aloe Vera

   Well, there you have it.  Come back next Saturday to see what posts where the stars of this upcoming week!

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


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Top Posts of 2018

     2018 was a nice year.  I had a LOT of health issues with my heart so I did not blog as often as I needed to but was pleased with the recipes that I was able to come up with.  This year, all but one post was a recipe.  That makes me proud. 

      Just click on the name of any recipe or post I have here and it will direct you to my blog post.  Enjoy!


     The #1 viewed post that I made this year is "How to Dehydrate Aloe Vera".  In the original post, I explain how to dehydrate Aloe Vera and why you should try it too.   This post was viewed over 10,000 times in the first 30 days I had it up!  

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Dehydrating Aloe Vera


     The 2nd most viewed recipe for this year is my Classic Sheet Cake recipe.  It is the same recipe I have used for over 20 years.   

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Classic Sheet Cake Recipe

    The 3rd most viewed post of 2018 is my post on How to make Perfect Mashed Potatoes Every Time.  Our family loves mashed potatoes.  I used to think there was not such a thing as bad mashed potatoes but have found out, that sadly is not true.  I have tasted super dry mashed potatoes; soupy mashed potatoes; bland mashed potatoes, gummy mashed potatoes, etc.  Today, I am going to teach you how to make perfect mashed potatoes every time.  My techniques will show you how to whip up a batch in no time that turn out fluffy, light and buttery!

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
How to Cook Perfect Mashed Potatoes Every Time


    #4 on the list is my blog post that I really opened up and poured out my soul is "Letting Go".  It is very emotional and I hope you will read it and understand.

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Letting Go!

     Next up in line would be my post:  35 of the Most Frugal Tips.  It is a collection of the best frugal tips that I know.  

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
My Most Frugal Tips all in one spot!

#6 is my post on Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot.  In the post, I show you my technique that works for us. 


Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

    #7 was on my first attempt to Cook Asparagus and it turned out nicely.

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Oven Roasted Asparagus

   #8 is a really refreshing drink my Lemonade Freeze.  I could easily make this every day.  It is that good!

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Lemonade Freeze


   The next recipe is one of my FAVORITES... STEAK FINGERS WITH COUNTRY GRAVY!  (Excuse me while I wipe my mouth from drooling!)   

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Steak Fingers with Country Gravy...MMMM!

    And the 10th most viewed post of the year was my recipe for my Blue-Ribbon Winning Baked Beans.  

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Blue Ribbon Winning Baked Beans

    

     My most popular post of ALL time would be my post on Frugal Living which has been viewed over 100,000 times.  


Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Frugal Living

    The #1 viewed recipe of ALL time would be Chicken and Rice Soup Mix in a Jar which has been viewed well over 50,000 times.

Top Posts of 2018, most popular blog posts, most viewed recipes, most popular recipe,
Chicken & Rice Soup Mix in a Jar

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


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Minimalism is Great!

Minimalism Is Great, But You Do Need These Items In Your Kitchen
If you’re of the school of thought that prefers to keep things simple in your home, you probably steer well clear of items like popcorn makers and spiralizers. However, no matter how minimalist you want to keep your kitchen, there are a few items which you really have to have in order to prepare and serve food!

If you’re trying to keep your kitchen equipment down to a minimum, here is our guide to the essentials for basic cooking.

Silverware
You won’t get very far if you don’t have any spoons, knives and forks in your kitchen drawers. Are you going to eat every meal with your fingers? There’s no need for very fancy or expensive cutlery, but at least four forks, knives and spoons will make sure that you can not only feed yourself in style but also any friends or family members who pop around for dinner.

Flatware And Cups
If you’ve got silverware to eat with, you’re going to need something to eat off! Plates, preferably in two sizes, bowls and some cups and glasses will ensure that you can serve up a meal without worrying about having to wash up between courses!

Food Preparation Essentials
Even if you aren’t a culinary whizz, you’re almost certainly going to need a few basic food preparation essentials. A spatula will allow you to stir foods as they cook, while a large serving spoon will be essential for ladling out portions. You’ll also need a minimum of one high quality knife which will be suitable for cutting up meat and vegetables for soups, stews and stir fries. There are many different types of knife on the market today, and you’ll find some of the best products that you can choose from discussed here. Don’t forget to invest in a can opener and a bottle opener as well. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to open that bottle of wine!

Pots And Pans
Of course, you’re going to need something to cook food in. Even if you’re only planning on opening packets and tins, at least one saucepan and a skillet will make sure you can prepare food without too much difficulty. You’ll also need an oven tray or roasting dish and if you can stretch to it, a glass casserole dish would be a great addition to your kitchen equipment.

Some Key Electricals
Even if you’re determined to keep your countertop electricals to a minimum, there are a few that you’re certainly going to get plenty of use out of. A microwave is an absolute essential, whether for preparing food or for re-heating it. You’re also going to get a lot of use from a toaster – who can live without toast? A kettle is another key piece of equipment for most people, but perhaps a coffee maker would be a better choice for anyone who is a huge fan of their cup of java in the morning!

Some Protective Items
If you don’t want to burn your hands every time you take a dish out of the oven, you’re going to need some oven mitts. You may also want to think about getting an apron too – unless you particularly like the stylish appearance of splashes of food and grease on all your favorite outfits!

The Best Of The Rest
Although we’ve covered all the basics, there are a few more things you might want to consider adding to your kitchen essentials list. Some measuring spoons and cups could be very useful if you’re planning on baking, while some Tupperware dishes could be invaluable for storing or heating up leftovers. A mixing bowl and a blender are two more items which could be very useful for anyone who is keen to do a little more in the way of food preparation, and for those who are looking for the absolute easiest way to prepare nutritious meals with minimal effort, a slow cooker could be the business, and could revolutionize the way that you prepare meals for yourself.
So, there you have it, the absolute essentials that your kitchen can’t do without. Anything else may as well be frippery! 


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


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Recipes for the Perfect Christmas Meal



     Christmas is just a few days away so I thought I would share a list of my tried and tested recipes to make your Christmas go smoother.  

Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas


    For Christmas breakfast or brunch, nothing can beat my French Toast Casserole.  It makes a cake pan full of delicious French Toast without all the work of making individual pieces of French Toast

Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas
French Toast Casserole

   Now that breakfast/brunch is over with, it is time to start making your Christmas Dinner.

    We have turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas so here is my Pineapple Glazed Ham recipe.  This is the recipe we use EVERY single year.  Your ham will turn out moist and so tantalizing that it will be hard to stop eating it, even after you are stuffed.  Everyone who has ever tried my ham begs for the recipe so that is why I am sharing it with y'all today!

Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas
Pineapple Glazed Ham

    We love potatoes and we always serve Homemade Mashed Potatoes for our Christmas Dinner. 

Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas
Homemade Mashed Potatoes

   Another side we serve is my Creamy Corn Casserole.  The corn casserole might not look super pretty but it more than delivers on taste.  It turns out so creamy and is always a favorite no matter when or where you serve it.

Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas
Creamy Corn Casserole
Of course, no meal is complete without some type of bread so I will be serving my Potato Rolls.  They are super simple to make and they turn out light and delicious every single time.

Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas
Potato Rolls

    And to go with the rolls, some delicious Cranberry Chutney.  You won't believe the depth of flavor and how aromatic it is.

Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas
Cranberry Chutney

    We love desserts so we make several different kinds.  This year I am making my Chocolate Chip Pie, my Chocolate Mousse Pie, and some Chunky Chocolate Chip Bars.  Chocolate overload but we wouldn't have it any other way.  




Christmas Dinner Recipes, Recipes for the perfect Christmas Meal; traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas Dinner recipe ideas, best Christmas dinner menu ideas
Chunky Chocolate Chip Bar


     I hope you found this post and my recipes helpful.  I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!

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

Blog Oklahoma
Blog Oklahoma
easy recipes