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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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Monday, April 20, 2020

Southern Fried Hand Pies Recipe

         Fried pies are so darned delicious.  They are easy to make and turn out perfectly every time if you follow my recipe.  Some people call these kinds of pies hand pies or fried pies...we just call them Southern Fried Hand Pies.  No matter what you call them, they are wonderful.  You can use homemade pie filling like we did or just open up a can of store bought.  They are truly delicious!

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  Southern Fried Hand Pie Recipe

 5 c. flour
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
1 can evaporated milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

For the glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
milk 
     Mix all the ingredients together (except for the pie filling) until you have a nice dough.  Pinch off the dough about the size of a golf ball.  Roll out and fill with 1-2 tablespoons of your pie filling.  Or you can roll out the dough to about 1" thick and use a small bowl to cut the dough into circles (about 5" around) and then fill each circle with the pie filling.    Moisten the edges with a bit of water and fold over.  Press the edges with a fork dipped in flour to help seal each one.  It gives them a pretty edge too.

    Deep fry in hot oil.  We just used my cast iron skillet for this.  Glaze them with a glaze.

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    To make the glaze, combine the ingredients with just enough milk to make a nice and thick glaze.  Drizzle over the top of hot pies and enjoy. 

    These go perfectly with some Homemade Ice Cream


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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Easy and Moist Blueberry Bread

    My family loves fruit bread!  I used to only make banana bread but then ventured away from my comfort zone and made Peach Bread and my Glazed Strawberry Bread.  Both are so good but since I had a bunch of fresh blueberries, I decided to try my hand at Blueberry bread and I'm glad I did.  It is perfect to eat for breakfast with a cup of coffee or have it as a snack or even for dessert. 


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For the bread:

2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil or butter
1/2 c. milk
1 lg. egg
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt


For the glaze:

1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

   Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream together your oil (or butter, depending on which you use) and your sugar together.  Add in everything else for the bread but the blueberries.  Stir well and then fold in the blueberries. 


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      Oil the inside of a large bread pan (9"x5") and then pour in the batter.  Fill the pan about two-thirds of the way up.  


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     Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.  To check for doneness, stick a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean it is done.  

      Mix up the glaze by stirring the ingredients together and then drizzle it over the top of the bread.

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