Monthly Archives: July 2013
Last year for my 4-year-old’s birthday party, I had a few people ask what they could get him. I gave a few ideas one of which being a REAL mini tool set. you know those tiny hammers, tiny screwdrivers and so on. Well He didn’t get a real one he got an imagination one. Which was fine. HE LOVED it anyway. Which is what counts anyways. This year for his birthday he WILL be getting that mini tool set. Why? Well as I was working on my Mother in-laws surprise last week. My eldest son asked for a hammer and some nails and some scrap wood that we were not using. I said sure and told him to be careful. I didn’t have to show him how to handle a hammer. “After all he did have an imagination one for almost a year.” I was busy building my thing and he was busy building his. 30 minutes passed and he comes to me and says LOOK Mommy!
I made a plane!
Isn’t it cool Mommy?
Can I paint it? What could I say? I’m still in shock and sooooo proud of my 4 year old for making an airplane out of scraps of wood. I already had the paint out since I was painting. So I handed over the paint brush and container and said have had it. I put a plastic bag over him after I created a hole for his head and his arms. I really didn’t want paint on his swim shorts or on his skin. We placed some newspaper on the grass and he had a blast.
His airplane turned out great!
I am so proud of him and what he created by just putting his mind to it.
So the lesson is this. Even though there might be fingers that get hammered, nails that keep slipping, nails becoming crooked. It still is an accomplishment even through tears and frustrations. It will be a time where a child and a parent will forget about all the rest and smile from ear to ear and be proud at the accomplishment.
So give your child or children some nails, a hammer and some scraps of wood and see what their little minds will create. You might be surprised and you might be shocked at what they create. There is nothing quite like creating a piece of 3D art work on your own.
Have you ever given your child/ren a hammer, nails and some wood? What did they create?
I LOVE Bacon! I feel horrible for those of you that can’t have bacon or have chosen to not eat it! I just can’t resist that smell in the morning when bacon is frying up in the pan. Not to mention the crisp taste as I bite down. Yep I love bacon! and I so easily could eat a pound by myself. However I’m a mom and must share with my kiddos 😉
There are benefits to cooking and frying up bacon and eating your heart out. Here are a few of them.
- Bacon is healthier for you than some cuts of meat.
- Bacon has less total fat, cholesterol and saturated fat than some cuts of chicken and beef
- Bacon helps to fully satisfy your appetite with high protein and low carbs. Bacon will actually help you lose weight because it helps one’s metabolism and it will build healthier muscles that are leaner and stronger.
- Bacon has choline in it which is a very important nutrient. Choline is known for helping increasing memory and intelligence which is great from conception all the way to senior status. Even University studies have been able to show that it helps fight debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease and many other chronic mental conditions.
- What are the nutrients that are found in bacon you may ask?
- Vitamin b1 “Thiamin” – 65% of our Recommended daily intake
- Vitamin B3 “Niacin” – 47% of our recommended daily intake
- Vitamin B12 – 38% o of our RDI
- Zinc – 36% of our RDI
- Vitamin B6 – 24% of our RDI
- Vitamin B2 “Riboflavin” – 22% of our RDI
- Phosphorus – 22% of our RDI
- Pantothenate – 10% of our RDI
- Magnesium – 10% of our RDI
- Iron – 9% of our RDI
- The protein to fat is 4 to 1 which is one of the highest fat to protein ratios in any meat that is found on earth.
- Feeling sad? Bacon will help you feel happy, blissful and satisfied. It also helps reduce stress and it also helps relieve negative frustrations. So in other words feeling depressed a serving of bacon will pick you up.
Now when I cook bacon up I save all that wonderful bacon fat that is sitting in the bottom of the pan.
By saving your bacon fat you will save money on buying cooking sprays, butter and anything else you use to keep food from sticking on the bottom of your pans. To save your bacon fat, place it in a container that can handle heat. “Microwavable container or glass jar with a lid”.
Once you have placed that excess fat in a container put it in your fridge for the next time you need to pull it out and use it. I love using bacon fat whenever I make eggs. “Which is quite often”. When your ready to use it grab a spoon or knife and take about a tablespoon or two out and place in your pan.
Once it has melted add your eggs or other food that you like bacon flavoring in.
Yummy! Once my eggs are done cooking my pan. It looks like this once I have dished up my eggs onto plates.
Ahh a success and it didn’t cost me extra money and I get a little bit of bacon flavoring in my eggs. A double whammy:-)
Have you ever saved bacon fat before? If so what foods have you used it for?
I love croutons! They have a wonderful taste and they can go with most everything. The flavor, the crunch and simplicity of making. Make it all worth while when it comes to making your very own. Oh did I mention IT is so much CHEAPER.
Croutons come in many different flavors and you can created most of them at home with only a few ingredients that you most likely already have in your cupboards and or fridge.
My favorite lately has been ranch flavored croutons. Ahhh they just melt in my mouth. You can garlic flavored, basil flavored, cheese flavored and just about any other spice you have in your kitchen.
Ok enough with how they taste let’s get started.
You will need the following.
- Bread “this is great if you accidentally left the bread bag open and a few pieces started to dry out” You will need about 6 slices. Otherwise I have used hotdog buns and hamburger buns to make these.
- Half a stick of butter “4 tablespoons” up to 6 tablespoons.
- Large bowl
- Cutting Board
- Microwavable bowl
- Oven set at 350
- Cookie sheet
- Your seasonings
Now let’s get started making these awesome tasting croutons.
Grab your bread and cut into small squares. “About the size you normally see croutons”. Once you have cut them all up and you have approximately 4 cups – 6 cups place them in a large bowl.
Now grab your butter. “For every 1 cup of bread add 1 tablespoon of butter.” place it in the microwave and heat until the butter is melted.
Next you will want to add your flavoring.
- Garlic flavored – 2 tablespoons of garlic salt or 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- Ranch flavored – 1/2 a packet of a dried ranch packet or 2 to 3 tablespoons of ranch dressing. “You can add more if you want a richer ranch flavor”
- Butter flavored – Just leave your butter untouched and follow the rest of the directions below
- Cheese Flavored – 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of any cheese flavor you want. “You will have to melt the cheese in the microwavable bowl with the butter.
- Caesar flavored – Same as Ranch directions
- Any other dressing flavors that you want your croutons to be, just follow the Ranch recipe above.
The possibilities are endless for flavors
Once you have added your flavorings, go ahead and whisk that up. Once it has been really mixed and there are no more clumps. Drizzle half of the butter mixture over the bread chunks that you have previously cut up. Mix it all together now drizzle the last half of the butter and seasoning mixture together until all the bread chunks have been coated well.
Now go ahead and place it on your cookie sheet. “Yes my cookie sheets are scarred from all the cooking I do. But I love them and they hold lots of memories of the deliciousness that happens in my kitchen” 🙂
Next place your cookie sheet in the oven at 350 and bake for about 10 minutes. At the 5 min mark go ahead and move your croutons around on the pan so they don’t get to dark on one side. The longer you bake them the crispier they will get. We like ours crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Once your croutons have started to turn brown they are done. Unless you like yours super crunchy bake them a little longer.
Now your croutons are done and it cost you less than a dollar to make enough that would normally be in a bag of croutons that you would buy at the store.
What is your favorite flavor for croutons?
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In our house we go through a lot of garlic salt. I love the stuff. It goes in just about everything. Mash potatoes, hamburgers and just about any pasta dish. “Spaghetti just isn’t the same without it.”
So I decided to make my own and save ourselves some money
In order to make your very own you will need the following:
- A container with holes in the top and a lid. Make sure it is large enough to hold 1 cup of salt. You can use an old spice container or you can do what we did. Use an old Parmesan container. After using up one of our containers of Parmesan cheese. I took the label off and washed it really good.
- Sea Salt or Table Salt
- Garlic powder. “If you feel really adventurous. Cut and dice up some cloves of garlic and dry it in a dehydration. Once dry crush it into fine powder.”
- 1 cup measuring cup
- 1 tablespoon measuring spoon
Once you have everything together. Put 2 tablespoons of garlic powder in your container along with 1 cup of sea salt or table salt. Put the lid on the container and make sure it closed tight. Shake the container to mix the ingredients together. Make sure to mark your container with Garlic Salt and the date you made it.
*** Now I will let you know that in this awful humidity that we get. Ours cakes. If this happens to your homemade garlic salt just shake it until all the lumps are gone. Make sure that lid is tight or you may have garlic salt raining down on you :-). Yes this did happen to me and my husband happen to be in the kitchen at the time and we had a very good laugh.***
Have you ever made your own dry seasoning mixture before?
I would to hear what kinds you have made if you have made any.
I just love bacon bits, but have you ever looked at the ingredient list on the back? EWW. So instead of buying bacon bits. I decided to make my very own.
Lately my family and I have been into salads. Our favorite seems to be a chef salad. We use romaine lettuce. I find that it taste better and is cheaper than iceberg lettuce. Plus you get more “lettuce for your money”. Diced Tomatoes, Crushed hard-boiled eggs, shredded carrots, Bacon bits and than any of our favorite dressings.
Bacon bits are one of our “toppings” that we add to our salads and it is so worth it in the end. I think these homemade bacon bits “make” the salad very tasty and very yummmmmy.
To get started you will need to grab the following
- 1/2 lb of bacon “Will feed about 5-6 people”
- Frying pan
- Cooking Scissors “We have a pair that is ONLY used for cooking purposes” If you don’t have a pair I highly recommend you buy one at your local department store in the cooking utensil aisle.
- Spatula for the frying pan
- Stove top
- Plate with NO paper towel “unless you really don’t like the fat drippings from the bacon.”
- Hungry mouths
Once you have gathered all your supplies let’s get cooking.
You will need to grab your bacon and start cutting your bacon in slices from one end of the bacon to the other. Just remember that if you want your bacon bits smaller you will have to do more cutting with your scissors. Once you have cut up all your bacon. Add it to your frying pan and cook medium heat.
Awe look at it really bubbling. It’s almost done.
Now the bacon is nice and crispy and ready for the bowl. We don’t use a paper towel or anything to soak up the extra fat drippings. WE love the taste and it adds a little more flavor to our salads.
* This is a small cereal bowl.*
Now your bacon bits are finished and ready for your salads or anything else you use bacon bits for.
Our yummy salad.
*Just a reminder if you don’t use them up with your meal. They must be refrigerated.*
Have you tried making your own bacon bits before? What are some of the toppings you love to add to your salads?
I’m going to share with you today a recipe for making your very own homemade maple flavored syrup. It is simple to make and so very easy. It takes a matter of 5 to 10 min. You also need 3 ingredients. Yep only 3. Plus you will find that tastes just about the same for only a fraction of the price. Your initial cost will be for the maple flavoring. I will be honest here I don’t buy maple syrup anymore and haven’t for several years. I can’t even tell you how much I really have saved by doing this.
So here comes my secret recipe. “not really” I stumbled upon this recipe a couple years back in a very old cookbook.
You will need the following
- Maple Flavoring. “you find near the vanilla flavoring and other flavorings you use in baking.”
- White Sugar
- Syrup container
- Teakettle *Optional
You will start by putting a cup of water in your teakettle to boil or a microwave safe bowl. Next place your pan on the stove. DO NOT TURN the burner on yet. Add 2 cups of White sugar to your pan.
Once your water is boiling add it your sugar.
Mix until your sugar and water become clear. I will turn the burner on at this point to help the process along.
Once this happens you can add a teaspoon or more depending on your maple flavoring. “Some are weaker than others” than stir all your ingredients together.
As a cook we get to do a taste and see if I like it. 🙂
So taste your homemade maple flavored syrup and see if you need more flavoring or not.
Now grab your funnel and your syrup container. If you don’t have one like the one above. I would just put it into a jar that has a lid.
Now your syrup is ready for pouring over your pancakes, french toast or anything else you like to put maple syrup on or in.
*** Your Maple Flavoring container will make approximately 24 pints***
**Just a reminder this recipe is not for making REAL Maple Syrup. This is only an alternative to the Maple Flavored Syrups you buy in the store. **
I would love to hear about your experience in making your very own homemade maple flavored syrup. If you have questions please feel free to ask.
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