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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why use Blackstrap Molasses in Cooking?

Some people are wondering why they should cook with Blackstrap Molasses instead of using the regular molasses.  The Blackstrap molasses is much healthier.  It is the thickest and darkest molasses, so it has more minerals.  It has, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and selenium.  The regular molasses is processed with sulfur which is believed to cause allergic reactions. 


This is so simple to make.  It is much better for you, and stays fresh.  It tastes great, and works well if you have run out of your store bought brown sugar. 

1 cup of granulated sugar
2 tsps. un-sulphured molasses (blackstrap molasses)

First, put in a small bowl.  Next, Cut (mash) the molasses into the sugar with a fork.  This will take a little effort.  Do not be discouraged it will work in fast once it starts to.  Finally, put the finished brown sugar into a Ziploc bag and put in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. 

Monday, January 27, 2014


I love my bread machine.   It is so handy on busy days.  I think homemade bread is so much healthier then store bought.  Here is my own recipe.  I hope you enjoy it.

It makes a 1.5 lb. loaf

1 cup and 2 Tbs. of warm water
3 cups of unbleached flour
1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. raw honey or homemade brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned oats ( oatmeal)
1 1/2 tsp. yeast

Set your machine to #5 for a 1.5 lb. loaf and hit start.  Make sure you are there to hear the beep when it is done and get this out right away before it ends up being hard. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014


I don't know about you, but there is nothing that I hate any more then a can of Corned Beef Hash. YUCK!
This is how I make my Corned Beef Hash

First, I start by peeling a bunch of potatoes and boiling them in a medium kettle.  Then, I drain them and let them cool. Second, I heat up my cast iron frying pan with about 2 Tbs. of olive oil in it, on a medium heat.  Third, I dice up an onion and add that to the pan.  Next, I open a can of Libby's Corned Beef and add that to the pan and chop it up with my spatula.  Then, I slice my boiled potatoes and and them.  Now, I just let it cook until brown, while flipping it over every now and again with the spatula.  Add a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
I like to serve this with homemade oatmeal bread with a little olive oil on it and boiled eggs. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


I have come up with a recipe for homemade laundry detergent that takes care of this problem.  Here it is.

1 bar of Fels-Naptha 5.5 ounce grated fine
3 bars palmolive 3.2 ounce each grated fine
Oxy-clean 16 ounces
Color Safe Bleach 19 ounces
1 small box of baking soda

Mix together and store in a tupperware.  Use the oxy clean scoop for your measurement.  One scoop per load.  It makes your laundry odor less and unscented. 

If you would rather buy it already made click this link

Monday, June 4, 2012


We had a sleep over outside in our yard the other night.  We decided to cook outside and make it like a real camping trip.  It was an interesting experience.  My husband had put an old wood stove out on the lawn and taken the doors off.  The first night we had hot dogs cooked on a stick.  This of course worked out fine. 
The next morning I decided to make waffles, coffee, bacon, and scrambled eggs on it.  This didn't work very well.  The waffle iron was one of those old cast iron ones from the early 1900's.  I couldn't get it hot enough on this set up and it stuck.  The coffee turned out great.  The waffles ended up being cooked in the cast iron frying pan like you would cook pancakes.  The only think is that the stove wasn't level so it made them a very interesting shape.  Then the scrambled eggs turned out great.  We ended up calling the waffle, pancake things, flip flaps.  They looked terrible.
The thing is though that everything tasted way better then when you cook inside.  There is just something about cooking on a fire.  I think we will do it more often.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Making Homemade Bagels

Wow!  Making homemade bagels can be a big job!  You have to start them with potato water.  So it is a good idea to think ahead and when you make potatoes, save your water for bagels.  I usually make mashed potatoes for supper the night before I am going to be making bagels.  I just save my water in a covered kettle in the fridge until I am ready.  Then I heat the potato water till warm on the stove.  This is one of my favorite things to make even though they take so long.  There is nothing like them.  They are so fresh and yummy.  The other thing that makes them a big job is that they have to be boiled 3 minutes on each side and then baked.  If you are still interested in making them after getting this information, I have included my favorite recipe.  These are the best topped with cream cheese and a homemade raspberry freezer jam.
Some benefits of making your own bagels is that they are a lot cheaper then buying them.  You can freeze them and use when ready.  If you raise chickens, this is a great way to use up extra eggs.


1 1/2 cups potato water
2 packages of yeast
1 Tbs. of sugar
1 Tbs. salt
3 Tbs. canola oil
3 eggs
6 cups of flour

Heat water to just warm on your wrist.  Pour into your largest mixing bowl.  Add the yeast, sugar, salt, oil and eggs.  Beat with a wire whisk until all mixed.  Add the flour 3 cups at a time.  Then, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed until smooth and elastic like.  Wash out the mixing bowl and dry it.  Grease the bowl and put the dough in it, cover with a cloth, and set in a warm place to rise.  Once the dough rises once, push it down and get ready to form it.  Start by forming the dough into 2 long log rolls.  Then cut each of these into 12 pieces.  These little pieces will each be 1 bagel.  Roll each one in your hands like a play dough snake.  Then, join the ends to make a ring.  Pinch together and just dab with water where you pinched it to hold it together.  After you have formed all the bagels, let them set and rise for about 20 minutes.
While they are rising.  Get your largest kettle, add 1/4 cup sugar and a gallon of water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Once it is boiling, Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Add bagels to the water about 4 to a time and boil 3 minutes on each side.  Then put on a greased cookie sheet and bake.  These will bake until they are lightly brown on bottom and the top.  Keep in mind they are mostly cooked from boiling.  They are just going into the oven to brown.