Saturday, February 6, 2021

Delicious Soups to Warm Your Heart and Soul

    It is officially soup season.  I love eating soups anytime of the year but especially in winter time.  A hot bowl of soup can warm you up on these cold winter days and they are just so comforting too.  It just hits the spot!  Grab a bowl of soup and cuddle up with a blanket and stay warm!

    This first one is not a soup but a stew but eating a good old fashioned bowl of the stew is never a wrong choice. 

 


    Potato soup is my all-time favorite soup.  I could literally eat it every single day.  It is the most satisfying, tummy warming soup there is to me. 


    Growing up, my Mom would fix Ham & Beans at least once a week during the winter.  It is a hearty soup that conjures up sweet memories for me. 


    This 15 bean soup recipe is one that requires no soaking of the beans and is hearty, rich and smells delicious as it cooks. 


    My youngest son Ronny could eat Tomato soup every day.  It is rich and creamy and goes perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich.


     Creamy chicken and rice soup is a thick and flavorful soup and turns out marvelously every time.


    

 Cauliflower soup is so warm and inviting.  Curl up with a bowl and a good book and enjoy your evening.


   

 Rainbow soup is a colorful soup that is full of flavor!

 


     What is your favorite soup? 


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Friday, February 5, 2021

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

    I love baking from scratch.  Nothing is better than food that is truly homemade.  Store-bought items just can't compare to the taste and this is so true when it comes to cream cheese frosting.  It is sweet, silky and creamy with just a touch of tang.  It spreads so nicely and goes perfect with my homemade chocolate cake, a wacky cake, my hot fudge cake or even a white sheet cake!  Yum!  I always have to frost my cakes right away or else I'll catch my boys eating this frosting by the spoonful until it is all gone! 

 


 Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

 12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks)

3 1/2 c. powdered sugar

3/4 c. butter

2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1-2 T. milk or evaporated milk

2 tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. salt


    In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese on high with the paddle attachment until the cream cheese is smooth.  Then add in the butter and beat until creamy.

    Slowly add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt until well blended.

     This makes enough frosting to frost two 9"x13" cakes or around 48 cupcakes.




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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Homesteading Blogs

    I love homesteading blogs.  I have subscribed to several through email and love reading about fellow homesteading bloggers. It is a great way to learn things and to just read what is going on in their lives.  

    I recently was added to a homesteading list that lists wonderful blogs and they are listed by state. How wonderful!  My blog is under Oklahoma.  If you would like to find some other homesteading blogs to follow, be sure to check them out all at this site "Better Hens and Garden" or by clicking here!



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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Top 10 Posts of 2020

    Here are the top posts from my blog for the year 2020.  I did not blog as much due to my health but some of the most popular were posts from this year and others are ones from years past.  The most popular post of 2020 that had over 4,000 unique views was my recipe for Homemade Au Jus.  

 

1.  Homemade Au Jus.

  

    Our family loves Au Jus but it is not always easy to make when I'm in a time crunch.  I decided to come up with a homemade mix that would be similar (but superior) to the store-bought envelopes of the mix.  This turned out even better than I dreamed.  There is so much flavor that comes from the mix and you can have the homemade taste in a matter of minutes!


 

2.  Chicken and Rice Soup Mix-in-a-Jar.


   I like having many kinds of "mix-in-a-jar" meals around.  My goal is to have 365 of them made up, one for every day of the year.  They are great on days you feel lazy or anything like that and perfect for any type of emergency.  Most of them you just toss into a pot of boiling water and in a bit the meal is done.  Some meals require adding a few more ingredients but the beauty of these is most of the prep work is done for you.

 

3.  Cooking turkey breast in the Crock-Pot.

 


 

 4.  Frugal Living.  

 

    This is my most popular post ever.  It has been viewed over 1,000 times this year but over 100,000 times total.  Lots of frugal tips that everyone finds useful.


5. The Perfect Wacky Cake Recipe (no eggs, no milk, no butter)


    This cake is perfect for the things we are all going through right now.  This calls for no eggs, no milk, and no butter!  How wonderful is that?!  This cake actually dates back to the depression era when things were scarce.  But don't let that deter you about the taste.  This cake bakes up super moist and stills tastes good.  This is absolutely my husband's favorite cake!

 

6.  Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread.

 


    The BEST cornbread in the world is made in a cast iron skillet.  It makes all the difference in the world.  We try to make this a few times a week and there is never any left over.  We eat it all.  It is great with meals and we often eat it as a snack.

 

7.   Cooking a Roast in a Cast Iron Skillet.


    Pot roast is a favorite of most families.  It is the most flavorful, comfort meal that is a staple evening meal for so many of us in America!  It takes a bit of work to make this but it is TOTALLY worth the effort.  Quick and easy is not always best and this is one recipe that proves the fact!


8.  Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

 




 

9.  How to Cook the Perfect Porterhouse Steak

 


      A porterhouse steak is a true thing of beauty.  It is a large cut that has both the New York Strip and a Filet Mignon; which is separated by a T-bone.  With a porterhouse steak, you truly get the best of both worlds.  A perfect marriage cooked beautifully in a cast iron pan.  It will be juicy, flavorful and have the perfect crust on the outside!

 

10.  True Southern Pimento Cheese Spread.

 

    People are always asking for my Pimento Cheese recipe.  It is so good and creamy. 
 

    Which one of these is your favorite?

 

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Strawberry Jell-O Fluff Salad

    I love fluff salads and up until today, my husband's favorite fluff salad was my Rocky Road Fluff Salad, while the boys' favorite was Oreo Fluff.  Today I made up this Strawberry Fluff Salad and Ron fell in love with it.  He ate 2 large bowls full and declared it his new favorite. 


    Fluff salads are easy to make and are perfect as a side dish or dessert.  It turns out light, fluffy and delicious.  And with the walnuts added to it, the extra crunch and texture is an absolute delight.  


Strawberry Jell-O Fluff Salad

1 c. mini marshmallows

 1/2 c. walnuts

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. water

1- 3 oz. pkg. strawberry Jell-O

1- 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

8 oz. Cool Whip

    


    Mix the pineapple, sugar and water together over low heat in a small saucepan.  Cook until the sugar is just dissolved.  Pour in the jell-o powder and mix to combine.

    Pour the mixture into a bowl and place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour, or just until the mixture starts to congeal.

    Once it has started to congeal, stir in the walnuts and fold in the Cool Whip and mini marshmallows.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before serving. 

 

 
 
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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Cake Mix Pumpkin Cookies

    These are the easiest cookies you will ever make and they turn out moist, soft and delicious to boot!  It only takes a few ingredients and you can have cookies in the oven in about 5 minutes.!  I do mainly from-scratch cooking but with having MS and having an autistic son, I do not have the time or energy to cook from scratch all the time.   This is the perfect recipe for times like that. 

 


      Cake Mix Pumpkin Cookies

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
1 box spice cake mix or yellow cake mix (15 oz.-18 oz.)
2 c. mini semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1 c. chopped pecans (optional)
1 lg. egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
 
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  
 

 
 
    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, the egg, vanilla, cinnamon and cake mix.  Do not use the mixer to mix the ingredients.  Just use a large spoon to gently mix the dough.  Be sure not to over-mix them.  Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans if using them.  The dough will be sticky and that is okay.
 
    Drop by spoonfuls onto your prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.  The cookies are done with they look done and the tops should spring back slightly when touched.  The tops should not look glossy. 
 

 
    Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet.  Best to eat them the same day they are cooked.  Makes 36-40 cookies, depending on the size.  Each cookie has 18 carbs.  
 

 
    Here are a few more pumpkin recipes I think you will love: Pumpkin Sheet Cake, Pumpkin Supreme Pie, and my No Bake Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie.  
 
 
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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Homemade Dog Treats--Recipe #2

    I recently did a blog post over making homemade dog treats.  Today I am sharing another recipe for dog treats that is different than the first one.  Our dog Chrissy prefers the first recipe but Cheddar and Esther prefer this recipe.  Try them both out and let me know which recipe your dog(s) prefer.  

 

Esther, our cock-a-poo.

Chrissy, our Great Pyrenees.

 

Homemade Dog Treats--Recipe #2     

 1 1/2 c. quick oats

1 c. apple sauce

1 c. wheat flour

1/2 c. peanut butter (no Xylitol or  sugar substitutes)

2 lg. eggs

1 can carrots, drained and mashed up

1 can chicken (10 oz. can), drained

1 T. coconut oil

 

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.  Set aside.


    In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.  Stir well.  The dough should be a bit sticky and stiff.  Lightly flour your countertop and roll the dough out to 1/4"-1/2" thickness and cut out dough with cookie cutters. Place on tray.

     Bake for 15 minutes or until desired crunchiness is achieved.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Store in an airtight container for up to a month in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer. 


Our guard dog Cheddar.


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Delicious Soups to Warm Your Heart and Soul

     It is officially soup season.  I love eating soups anytime of the year but especially in winter time.  A hot bowl of soup can warm you ...