Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas


I haven't sat down to do a post in ages!!  I guess we are just busy with the everyday things.  Enjoying the Grands, doing a little traveling, enjoying the day to day tasks of living...

Our current focus is Christmas.  Most of the gifts are wrapped and under the tree.  We have gone to usable or consumable items.  Everyone has enough 'stuff' to dust.  So the presents are wearable, eatable, or tools. Toys also fall under tools for the littles - toys are their tools for learning, growing and fun.  The baking and making has started.  Today's making was Fantasy Fudge.



Fantasy Fudge
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
3 cups sugar
bring to a full boil and boil for 5 minutes - stirring

Turn off the heat and add:
12 oz of chocolate chips
7 oz marshmallow cream
1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (you can use imitation - the price of real vanilla is off the charts!!)

Stir this all together and pour into a 9x13" pan. I like to do a parchment sling so it lifts out easily for cutting and packaging.

Hope you are having a beautiful season and enjoying some Christmas at your house as well.
alittlebird

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Oatmeal Cookies



This morning I made some steel cut oats for our breakfast and doubled the batch.  Yummy breakfast and I had enough leftover to make some oatmeal cookies. (big smile here)

Oatmeal Cookies with leftover oatmeal
1 cup butter, cream with
1 cup brown sugar, and
1/2 cup white sugar
when well creamed add
4 eggs, one at a time mix well until light and fluffy
Now add:
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups leftover oatmeal or steel cut oats from breakfast
4 cups flour (2 3/4 cup wheat berries grinds to just the right amount of flour)

I use a cookie scoop or you can use a tablespoon to drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

add ins of your choice - I added raisins and pecans
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes

These are a soft cookie, very tasty and really with the whole grain oats and if you grind your own whole wheat flour a good source of fiber.  Makes 6 dozen

If you only have one cup of leftover oatmeal cut the recipe in half.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Ball Pickle Mix




Wanted to give a recommendation.  My DH purchased this accidentally a year or so ago - he went for pickle spice and picked this up instead.  It had been on my shelf for a while and last fall I had lots of cucumbers so decided to try it.  This makes a wonderful pickle!!!   I would highly recommend it and as soon as I see this in the store again I will pick a couple more up.  All the spices, salt, sugar are in the bag all you need is vinegar and water.  These are crisp, dill - kind of like the type you get at the restaurant with a sandwich. 




Spring Case Lot Sales


Case lot sales come to our area in the spring and the fall.  It's a nice time to buy items that you would purchase anyway.  It does require some space to house the extras but in the long run can save you $$$.  Last fall I bought some sugar and after the sale was off the price doubled..  That's a big savings.  I also like to buy tomato sauce, canned milk, etc..  The canned milk is 1/3 to 1/2 the normal price.  (I like canned milk in creamy soups - and then I can save our fresh for drinking.)  I have also used canned milk in place of half and half in recipes (Alfredo sauce and the like).

We like to have some canned soup on hand as well so this is a great time to stock up on that.  If we have unplanned lunch guests or we're just busy and need a quick something, I can always make soup and a sandwich.  

I do make it a point to check the 'best by' date on the items I purchase.  I've never had a problem but do like to check that the items have a year or more on them just in case we don't get them all used up right away.   

Do you have case lot sales in your area?  

I do remember them from my childhood in Michigan.  Although my mom says they just don't do that any more.   So now mom watches for items on sale and when she finds a good price she'll buy extra.   Smart lady.  

Hope everyone is well and starting to see signs of spring.  
Blessings to you and yours...
a little bird



Saturday, February 3, 2018

100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls


Today I decided to make some whole wheat rolls.  These are an adaption of The Survival Mom rolls.
·        2 Tablespoons yeast
·        1 1/2 cup warm water
·        1/4 cup honey
·        1/2 cup butter, softened
·        3 eggs
·        3 Tablespoons dry milk
·        3 cups wheat berries ground fine (or 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour hard white wheat or hard red wheat both work great)
·        1 1/2 teaspoon salt

In your bowl mix the yeast, warm water, and honey.  Let it get foamy add the dry ingredients (milk, flour, salt and begin to knead.  Now add the 3 eggs and the soft butter.

Knead for 10 minutes. Put in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allow to double.

Punch down and cut into 24 equal portions roll into balls and place touching each other in a 9x13” pan.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double again and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.




Friday, February 2, 2018

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Happy Ground Hog's Day.  How did this ever get started??  Anyway hope you had a great day.

My Daughter-in-love called they were headed out shopping and the girls said call Mimi she may want to  go too.  I did, we had a fun lunch out and shopping day. 

I had a few things on my list not many but bread was one of them... I love Dave's Killer Bread - but ouch the price, $4.62 a loaf.  Well I just choose not to pay that price.  I have a good whole wheat recipe and thought I can make good bread at home for a fraction of the cost!!

I buy my wheat berries in bulk a 45 lb bucket of wheat is 24.99 (Lehi Roller Milles is my very favorite) That's about 55 cents per pound.  One pound of wheat berries = apx. 4 1/2 cups of flour.  (That's one loaf of bread.) Add in the water, sugar, salt, yeast, and vital wheat gluten and that's maybe 75 cents (and I'm being generous here).  So $1.30 per loaf for wonderful healthy, freshly ground homemade bread.  I did add a handful of walnuts in just to add some extra yum.

You can knead this by hand, use your mixer or bread machine, knead for 10 minutes.  I also make a super easy artesian bread .  That we love so I guess sometimes I just have to be reminded why I like homemade bread.

Whole Wheat Nut Bread
3 cups wheat berries - grind fine and sift
1 3/4 water
3 T. sugar (or 1.5 T. honey)
2 T. dry milk
1.5 teaspoons salt
2 T. butter
4 T. vital wheat gluten
1 T. yeast
2/3 cup walnuts


Happy bread making to you!!  This makes wonderful bread for toast.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The First Thanksgiving - Gratitude!!!



I thought this was a great reminder.  Sometimes the real history is forgotten or misconstrued.  Thanksgiving is a great time to look back and remember our ancestors and the many gifts we have been blessed with in this wonderful country.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
alittlebird

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