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Monday, August 6, 2018

Are you connected with Countrified Hicks on Social Media?



    Community is super important to me.  I live on a farm, out in the country.  The nearest town has less than 2,000 people in it. 


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This is the little "lane" that is at the beginning of our property and leads up to our home. 

       I only have 1 friend in town. All my other friends are online and 99% of them, I have never met in real life but I love them all dearly.  Because I am isolated and enjoy the friendships that I have, I want everyone to know the various ways I communicate with "my people".  

     I have several social media accounts so I hope you will "pop" by each one and follow me on them and be sure to say "hi" while you are there. 

     You can find me on my Facebook page "Countrified Hicks 2".  That is the place you will find me on a daily basis and have the largest batch of community.  We are very social and the people on my FB page are all one big family. 

     I am also on Twitter and just celebrated my 7 year anniversary with Twitter.  I don't post as often as I should be love reading and sharing other peoples "tweets". 

    On Instagram is the place that I share the majority of our farm life pictures.  I also share pictures of our day-to-day lives.   Lots of family pictures, animals and garden updates.  

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    I love Pinterest.  I have a LOT of boards and love the community style boards where a lot of people can all add pins.  If you have a community or shared board, please send me an invite so I can start pinning there too.  I pin pictures of all my recipes and anything I find visual and interesting.  

    I am super excited about my Youtube account.  My family and I create videos of all kinds.  I try to do video how-to's on recipes, DIY stuff, animal antics, etc.   Be sure to follow me on Youtube and subscribe to my channel so you never miss a single video.  

     I hope you will be sure to connect to me on my social media.  I look forward to connecting to each and every one of you!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Dehydrating Ranier Cherries



    This is my 2nd year to be a part of the Northwest Cherry Growers Canbassador program.  This year I am using the cherries in two different ways.  First, I will be dehydrating the cherries to make a delicious snack.  In case you have never tasted a Ranier cherry, they are not too sweet and not too tart.  They are just perfect.  They seriously are the most delicious cherry we have EVER tasted.  We enjoy them as a snack; dehydrated to use in granola or trail mix; we use them in baking and in cereal.  There is actually no wrong way to eat them.  

      Please check out the Northwest Cherry Growers page.  They have lots of good ideas and recipes and even printable labels.  And if you want to see what I made with Ranier cherries last year be sure to find the recipe Canning Cherry Amaretto Jam.  
   

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  Dehydrated cherries are juicier than most dried fruit.  They are soft and chewy.  They have a great taste and texture.  

To dehydrate cherries, you first need to wash them under cool running water.  Once they have been washed and dried, you need to use a cherry pitter and pit each cherry.  Since we will be using the dehydrated cherries through out the year for all different kinds of recipes (muffins, cakes, etc.) and will also use them as snacks, I decided to cut some of the cherries in half for this batch.  
  
     Once the cherries have all been halved, just spread them out on your dehydrator trays.  

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      Turn on your dehydrator to 135 degrees and let them dehydrate overnight and check them the next morning or just let them dehydrate for 12-14 hours.  

     When done, they should be sticky and pliable.  Some people like them to look like raisins and let them dry longer but I like them before they reach that state.  I don't want them to be all dried up.   Dehydrated cherries are juicier than most dried fruit.  They are soft and chewy.  They have a great taste and texture.  


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     Dehydrated cherries can store in any airtight container.  I generally store mine in canning jars.  If you don't plan on using them for awhile I would add in an O2 absorber.  

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      Other ways we use dehydrated cherries is to use them in any recipe that calls for raisins or craisins.  They also go great on ice cream and stirred into yogurt!  Yum!  


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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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