A simple recipe for a homemade buttermilk dressing mix.Don’t worry about not being able to find a gluten-free buttermilk dressing mix at the store! You can make your own mix in minutes and then have plenty to use for any recipe that comes your way. Continue reading
I need quick fixes. Time gets away from me ALL of the Time. I’ll be on the computer or spending time with my kids and then WHAM it’s dinner time. That’s why I love this Homemade Gravy Mix. AND it’s gluten-free. Continue reading
Cardamom Amaranth Granola is a nice change from the normal cinnamon type granola. It’s easy to make and SO good to eat!
I have been trying to come up with an alternative to milk and sugar filled sweetened condensed milk. I think this Non-Dairy Sweetened Condensed Milk is a great substitute.
A gluten free recipe for Italian Dressing mix because many of the brands available in stores are not gluten free. Make your own instead!
Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.
If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above. Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages. Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans. Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make. Yes, yes, yes, I know. This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading
Apple Pie Granola: pecans, dried apples and cinnamon make this granola a special way to start the day.
In November, I cannot get enough apples. I eat a fresh one topped with peanut butter every single day while they are in season. I supplement that regiment with pies, crisps and cakes, but those are mostly for my family. This year, I decided to add a little extra apple goodness to some homemade granola. The resulting Apple Pie Granola is something I am going to enjoy all year round because it uses dried apples instead of fresh. Continue reading
I had the most interesting conversation with a Canadian friend the other day. I said something about her celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this week and she told me it wasn’t until next week. I “hmmm’d” to myself and went home to Google it. It appears she will be eating her feast a week after the rest of Canada… Any-hoo, I thought I’d get a jump on the U.S. Thanksgiving by posting a roast turkey on our northern neighbor’s holiday. Continue reading
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My kids are all about big flavors. It doesn’t matter if I am making steak or beans, if the dish has enough flavor, they will like it. With a big family like mine, I try really hard to make meals for less than $20. It just isn’t feasible to spend oodles of money on big ticket food items for every single dinner. We are big on budget meals…as long as they taste good. It almost doesn’t matter what I serve, as long as it is tasty.
Winter has become an unwanted guest who will not get the hint that it is time to leave. While I want to be eating salads and even ice cream, I am coerced into eating soups and casseroles because I am just so dang cold. Yes, I do live in Florida, and yes, I am a wimp. Continue reading
I love the idea of making holiday foods for my family. It’s the execution of such ideas that often get lost in the day to day rush of my life. It would be so cool if I got up early on Halloween and made jack-o-lantern pancakes or if I made 100 layer red, white and blue jell-o on the Fourth of July. Continue reading
Every year I make up treats for neighbors and friends. What I make changes a little every year, but the fun is in the planning and delivery of the plates. My kids get involved, arguing over who gets to take which plate to which family. We take an evening early in the month of December and instead of sitting in front of the television, we give. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I like to think that that evening of sharing sweets with friends sets the tone for the month.
This year, I did my ingredient shopping at Dollar General, which has lower prices than most of my local stores. They have a full line up of ingredients for all of my holiday baking needs. I find that their Clover Valley brand is just as good as most name brands. They had a great big section all set up specifially for making treats.
I was able to get plates, candies, sugars, chocolate chips, nuts, crackers, and many other ingredients for less than $25. I came home and fired up my stove and microwave. I made homemade caramels, peanut brittle, fudge, chocolate covered Ritz sandwiches and English toffee and then filled 16 plates.
English Toffee has been a family favorite since I was a little girl when my mom started making it. It is really simple to make. I am not very good at making dipped candies, but because this recipe is broken into randomly sized pieces on purpose, there isn’t a lot of stress over whether it looks right or not.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp corn syrup
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan.
- Add sugar, water and corn syrup to the pan.
- Cook over low heat to 290 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
- Pour hot mixture over foil.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Wait a few minutes and then spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee.
- When cool, break into bite sized pieces.
The Dollar General Holiday holiday section can serve all of your needs. Not only are there foods and supplies for favorite holiday recipes, but there are decorations, lights, present wrapping supplies, stocking stuffers, and great ideas for presents from toys to electronics.
I got my first cookbook for Christmas the year I turned eight years old. It was a book made just for children learning to cook and made every dish look like fun. I am sure my grandmother, who gave me the book, had no idea the adventures that would come to my life because of that gift. Today’s review is for a new cookbook for children: Kids Cooking Made Easy: Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes
by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, authors of the “made easy” series of cookbooks. Continue reading
Have you ever had a little voice in your head tell you to do something, ignored it and then afterward saw that you should have gone with that original thought? The other day I made a batch of Donut Muffins. They are an old family favorite that always please my kids. As I was about to put the batter into the muffin tins, I had a fleeting thought about using muffin liners. I have a nice nonstick muffin pan that never gives me trouble, so I dismissed the thought. When the muffins were done baking and cooling slightly, I turned the muffin tin over and every stinking one of the muffin tops came out without the bottoms. Continue reading
With the holidays literally just around the corner, I hope you are getting lots of gift ideas from the cookbook reviews I have been doing. Or maybe you are making a list for what you want to add to your own cookbook library. Either way, here is another book that you may want to put on that list. The author, Jessica Fisher, is a fellow blogger and frugal mama whose busy life has led her to budgeting her time and utilizing her freezer. In fact, I used to link up to her “ultimate recipe swap” year ago at Life As Mom. Continue reading
When I set out to start doing cookbook reviews on a more regular basis, I contacted many publishers to see what the interest would be in my doing reviews for them. I was overwhelmed by the positive response! One of the lesser known publishers I contacted was American Traveler Press. They not only have a fun and unique set of cookbooks, but their catalog also includes Old West books, ghost books, field guides and travel books. As an old Arizona girl, I had a great time looking through their catalog. Continue reading
My absolute favorite thing about Autumn is the onset of apple season. Apple pie has long been my favorite dessert and although I have not come up with a decent gluten free version, I am still willing to bake up a few pies for my family and friends. Recently, I needed to put on a breakfast for 30 teenagers. I wanted some easy, portable dishes for them, because they were would be in a hurry to eat and then rush off to school. I thought about making some granola bars, but then I thought about apples, and these bars came to mind. Continue reading
It’s Pepper Party time again!! I was so impressed with all of the amazing pepper recipes on October 3rd and 7th! Today will be our final day. Be sure to check out all of the links to recipes. It’s a veritable bell pepper cookbook in the making! Divemex is also sponsoring another giveaway for you wonderful readers: $200 worth of Food Magazine Subscriptions of the winners choice!!! The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers in state of the art facilities that facilitate the production of the highest quality peppers in some of the safest facilities anywhere. But most importantly, as a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts workers first. Continue reading
As the mother of five children, I have never been able to keep up with their tastes in food. One day my youngest son told me that he hated pizza and that I should have known that. That was the day I threw in the towel and stopped even trying to keep up. As luck would have it, there are a few foods that my kids have always agreed on: macaroni and cheese, chicken enchiladas, and good old Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup. Continue reading
I am so excited to be participating in a party this week; and not just any party….a Bell Pepper Party! Our sponsor, Divemax has provided some amazing giveaways for you as well. The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers in state of the art facilities that facilitate the production of the highest quality peppers in some of the safest facilities anywhere. But most importantly, as a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts workers first. Today’s giveaway is a Le Creuset 3 1/2 quart braiser! Continue reading