Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Linky & Drinky Party #3: Natural Remedies

Here's to staying healthy!
This week's linky party was inspired by being hit with my first cold of the season.  I hate going to to doctor and taking medications unless I'm desperate.  Especially right now, because I don't have insurance.

So I'm hoping you will share your "old tricks" when it comes to natural remedies.
*Please don't make me put in a disclaimer here about how non of us are doctors...duh.

You can link up anything you would like here.  Even if it's not related.   Please link to this post in your post.  Visit new friends and come back again next week.
I will pin each entry and announce the winner with the most views/ votes hopefully on Friday.  I'm trying to make a button for the winner, but it may not be ready this week.

When it comes to feeling better a few tricks I've learned are:
Rubbing Vick's vapor rub on the bottom of your feet and then putting on socks right before bedtime.
Cleaning your nose with hydrogen peroxide and then rubbing on some coconut oil for sore/dry nose is great.
Gargling warm salt water (do NOT drink).
Using natural oils and reflexology.

Using a humidifier or vaporizer.
Get plenty of rest.
Drink lots of fluids... which brings me to the "Drinky".

Sometimes the right drink can make all the difference in the world when you don't feel good.  My husbands grandma would make jello and severe it to them warm (although I'm pretty sure she would put in "something else").  If your kids are bad about taking medicine this is a good way to hide it.  I just added a little honey to help coat a sore throat.

Orange juice is great, or Sprite.  When you need something hot, chicken broth is nice.  I find that alternating between hot and cold helps too.

Shared With:

Fluster Buster
The Chicken Chick

Monday, September 23, 2013

Raspberry Layered Dessert

Bake a boxed cake mix as directed in a 9 x 13" pan.  Then let cool.
You could use any flavor but I recommend butter or white.

Whip together:
1/2 small container whip cream
8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 cup sour cream
About 5 drops almond extract.

Spread out on top of cake.

Mix one box of Danish Dessert (Strawberry) and add 2 cups fresh raspberries or fruit of choice.
Make Danish dessert according to directions on box and using a large slotted spoon spread the fruit topping over the cake.  Refrigerate until set. 

Linked To:

Modern Hippie Momma

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cookie Linky Winner

Hope you're all having a nice Sunday.  I'm sorry for the delay in announcing a winner to the link up.  I've been miserably sick with a bad head/chest cold.  I guess it's that time of year.

Thanks to all you you who linked up last week though.  It seems this is going to take a few rounds to figure out.  Last week we had pictures, and this week we didn't I guess I am going to have to pay $ for that or find another host who will do it for free.  I appreciate your patience with me in figuring it all out.  And I hope you will keep linking up each week.

The winner was oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-snack-bites!  Thanks for sharing your yummy treat.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cookie Linky and Drinky Party

I regretted asking my husband what kind of cookies I should make when he said "oatmeal raisin".  They are my least favorite kind.  I don't mind them this time of year (read: if they have chocolate in them).  And every now and then I have to make something he likes or I would weigh 400 lbs.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
3 eggs
3 tablespoons apple butter
2 tablespoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup tiny chocolate chips

Bake by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheets at 375* for 10-12 minutes.

I know this is so lame and disappointing... but I can't think of what drink to go with this, other than milk!
If I come up with something good in the next day or two I will update.  Help me out!
If it counts for anything I did juice grapes today.

Linked To:

Happy 100th post!

I couldn't help but do a happy 100th post

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Friday, September 13, 2013

End of Summer BBQ

One last hoorah with the grill before it gets put away sounded like a great idea to me.

A delicious rack of beef ribs-  I prefer pork, but the beef was on sale this week.
Fresh veggies from the garden &
Tasty Summer Salads
and of course, S'mores over the fire!

For the ribs- wash and cut into smaller sections or individual ribs.
Mix together: 1/4 cup brown sugar (not pictured), 1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne,  garlic and onion powders and 1 tablespoon black pepper.

They come out with a kick, so if you don't like the heat use less cayenne.

Rub the dry mix on the ribs then drizzle with Worcestershire sauce

Wrap in foil and bake at 250 for about 2 hours.

Then brush with BBQ sauce (I used Kraft) and put on the grill long enough to glaze.

They reminded me of those stupid stick family stickers people put on their back window.  hehehehe

For an easy coleslaw buy a bag of shredded cabbage. Then mix together a few heaping spoonfuls of mayo with a lid of lemon juice a pinch of sugar and a few splashes of pickle juice.

Linked To:

Winner Winner

I'm a little embarrassed to say that there were no votes... I think maybe that was a glitch on my part too.
The Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks from Photo Life Site had the most clicks though and so I am declaring it the winner!  Congratulations!

This first party was small, but I'd still consider it a success.  My apologies again with the first glitch getting off to a slow start and the second with the voting.   Thanks to those who linked up anyway.  It all looks good to me and I hope I get to try it all out soon.

I am hoping next week will have a bigger turn out.   The theme will be cookies, and of course the "drinky".

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From the Garden Linky & Drinky Party

This Weeks Drink-
Homemade V8
Run these fresh veggies through a juicer;
Tomatoes, celery, carrots,  lemon, water chestnuts and salt.
Optional- add tabasco sauce and a few shakes of pepper.
Garnish with lemon wedge and celery stalk.
My hasband had the great idea of mixing one of Red's strawberry ale beers with the juice and it was supurisingly good!

And from the garden...
Beets on the grill.
Wash, peel and dice your beets.
Then pile them up on a sheet of tin foil along with s few pats of butter, garlic salt and pepper plus one or two ice cubes.
Then wrap up the foil packet (It's a good idea to double layer the foil.)
Then put it on a hot grill and turn every five minutes for about twenty minutes. 

P.S. the "drinky" thing is because:
1- I am addicted to Mt.Dew and I need to kick that habit. I hate buying it and I really don't like my kids to have pop either.
2- when you have 3 little kids you go through a lot of milk and at about the same price per gallon as gas, it ain't cheap.
So I'd love to find a variety of "healthier" drinks we can make ourselves at home.

Linked to:
Miz Helen's full plate Thursday

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rainbow Bright Bread


I've been wanting to make this for a while so when I saw a pack of food coloring at the grocery store for less then $2 I decided it was time.

You could probably use any bread dough recipe you have, but I like this one.
I split it and made one large loaf of rainbow bread and two small loaves of cinnamon bread.
You could just split the recipe in half and not make the cinnamon, but it's so easy you might as well.

6+ cups Flour (you will need a little for the counter while kneading)
1/4 cup Sugar
1 1/2 rounded Tablespoons Yeast
2 Cups warm Water
2 teaspoons Salt
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring any colors- I used Red, Yellow, Blue & Green
1 1/4 Cups Cinnamon Chips

Combine warm water with yeast and sugar in non metal bowl- and let the yeast work a little.
In another bowl combine 2 cups flour with salt then mix in the yeast and water.
Stir in the oil & eggs and then split your mixture in half- stirring in the cinnamon chips in one half.

Add in the remaining flour to both bowls of dough, kneading until smooth.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let sit for one hour in a warm place.

When the hour is up you can knead the cinnamon bread again and place it in a bread pan that has been sprayed with a non stick coating spray.  Cover and let sit again until doubled (30-60 minutes).
Bake at 375* for about 30 minutes.

With the other dough, divide into four equal balls.   Start adding your food coloring to the dough and kneading it until it's the color you want throughout.  (I used a lot of food coloring to get mine so bright.)  I let the kids "help" it was almost like playing with play dough for about half an hour, but it was kind of fun.

Then roll out each ball...

 and stack the pieces on top of each other rolling them all out together.

Then roll from one end to the other and place in a cake pan sprayed with a non stick spray.
Cover and let sit for 30-60 minutes or until doubled and bake at 375* for about 30 minutes.

Linked To:

Fluster Buster

Modern Hippie Momma

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Remodel Revisted

Are you ready for the after pictures?
I love some of the fun decorating details.  I'm not sure how to describe it... "saloon meets country farm"?
That sounds awful, but it kind of works for us.
It's hard to get good photo's but we've got old "bottles" above some of the cabinets.
This cupboard was actually recycled.  It was originally flooring from the house- made into a cupboard door!
It has a "rustic charm" to it.
Sometimes I wonder if I have brain damage, like when I think, "Let's put chicken wire on these cupboard doors."                                                                             As strange as it is, I like it.  See right down here?

I also have a nice new prep sink in my island.  It's close to the fridge (which is also new) and cutting board, so for me it's highly functional.

Any of you that follow my blog have noticed there's been a major lack of blogging going on this Summer.
The kitchen remodel was a large part of that.  And let's face it, Summer is just crazy busy.
Although there is more to that story...

I've been dealing with a lot of stress for a while now.  Mainly with working full time.
It all started about a year ago and it's been "festering".
I got to the point I was so miserable that I was taking the stress home with me.
Which was not pleasant for anyone.

After a lot of pondering... I decided to quit my job.
It was not an easy decision, because even though it was making me nuts- I've been there for the last four & a half years.  I take pride in my work and I've grown to care about a lot of people there.

I actually tried to quit twice, and they wouldn't let me.  I guess I should take that as a compliment.
After some more thinking and ridiculous ultimatums, it was made final.  I was really leaving.

So here I am taking this huge leap of faith.  Hoping that I can stay home and blog.
It's something that I've wanted to do for a couple of years now.  As strange as it may seem to some,
I feel really passionate about it.  Not so much just this little blog and the cooking, but the idea that I can do something I love and make money while still being home.  All of the marketing and advertising is interesting to me.  I know that it won't be easy, and that it's not going to happen overnight.

I am just thankful for an amazing husband who has supported me through this decision.  Hopefully he will have more great ideas up his sleeve- like his "red neck dessert".

Also thanks to my followers, I hope soon there will be lots more of you.