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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Butternut Squash Chips

   We had an abundance of butternut squash this year again.  If you ever want something simple to grow, grow butternut squash.  We didn't even plant butternut squash this year.  We threw out some seeds, after eating the squash, and it grew up wild all over the place.  One of our favorite ways to preserve butternut squash is by making "chips" with them.  My hubby and boys snack on these just like you would a potato chip.
    All you have to do is wash your squash and using a vegetable peeler, peel the squash.  You also need to cut the ends off of the squash.  Some people do it before peeling, some after.  It doesn't matter when you do it, whichever works best for you. We save the ends and peelings and feed them to our goats and chickens.  They love them.

Savory butternut squash chips, how to preserve butternut squash, curry


 Now, using a mandolin, slice the butternut squash.  Put the squash on your dehydrator trays.
Savory butternut squash chips, how to preserve butternut squash, curry

    You can leave them plain but my family prefers to add some extra flavor to them.  From my experience, the three spices that go well with butternut squash are salt, crushed red pepper or curry.
Savory butternut squash chips, how to preserve butternut squash, curry
With crushed red pepper.

Savory butternut squash chips, how to preserve butternut squash, curry
With curry powder.
   They take about 6-8 hours to be completely dehydrated.  If your family plans on eating them right away, you can store them in baggies.  If you plan to store them for a long time, just place them in a canning jar and put a lid on it.  I have stored them easily this way for over a year.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Super Easy Apple Pie

    I have to give a shout out to Paula Betts Andrus.  Paula is a follower to this blog's Facebook fan page and she told me this recipe this past week.  I had to try it out and it is amazing!

Super, Easy Apple Pie

1 can Apple Pie Filling
1 can cinnamon rolls

   Yep, that is all it takes.  I used the "No sugar added" apple pie filling for this.  It turned out beautiful and so delicious.  
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The 2 ingredients needed.

    All you do is open up the can of cinnamon rolls and press them into a pie plate
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Smooshing down the cinnamon roll.

 Then open up the can of pie filling and pour it on top.  Place in a preheated oven to whatever temperature is called for the cinnamon rolls.  I first tried cooking the pie at the recommended time of the cinnamon rolls but found the dough on the bottom was not done so I cooked it 7 minutes longer.  So I recommend to add 7 minutes to the time it is called for.  
    Once you remove it from the oven, pour the cinnamon roll icing on top.  
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Doesn't this look scrumptious?!

This is AMAZING!  So simple and delicious.  I highly recommend you try this!!!


    A great book I would recommend:  "The Apple Lover's Cookbook"

The Apple Lover's Cookbook



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Homemade Tomato Soup

   My youngest son loves tomato soup.  He would eat it every day if we would let him.  I hate him eating the store-bought variety because of all the extra ingredients and sodium that they put into it.  I prefer to make my family homemade tomato soup.


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Homemade Tomato Soup

       In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and fry up 1 tablespoon of chopped onion and 1 teaspoon of garlic.  Saute until done.  Now stir in 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 cups of chicken broth,  3 1/2 cups of chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and finally, 1 tablespoon of basil.  
 Stir well and let simmer about 15 minutes.  Remove from the stove and puree.  It is now ready to eat.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Green Smoke Electronic Cigarette Review

    The Green Smoke Electronic Cigarette kit we received is pretty neat. It is a really nice kit.  We have tried some electronic cigarettes in the past but these are definitely a cut above.  


Green smoke electronic cigarette

     The batteries come already charged so you don't have to wait to try it out.  It is a smooth smoke and there is a wide variety of flavors.  The kit we got came with 3 long lasting batteries, a life time warranty, 10 flavored cartridges, a USB charger, 2 adapters, and a really nice carrying case to carry it with you.  My husband is the smoker and he said the flavor was nice, strong and smooth.  It was very easy to charge and smokes remarkably like a regular cigarette.  His favorite flavor he tried was mocha.


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3-step Fruit Acid Peel Kit Review

    This 3-step Fruit Acid Peel kit is really nice. 

Fruit acid peel, refresh peel
   This company really believes in their product.  They offer a 100% 365 day guarantee.  They would not do this if they did not believe you would like it.  I have noticed a difference in my face since I began using it.  I had a lot of red capillaries on my face and they have diminished in looks.  My face feels tighter also. And I really like the smell of the face wash.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Canning Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

    We have an abundance of tomatoes from our garden each year.  We eat a lot of them and use the rest in a variety of ways by canning the tomatoes; making tomato sauce; tomato soup; making and canning salsa; and by making spaghetti sauce.

Countrified Hicks Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

                                  4 T. olive oil                                       4 tsp. chopped onion
                                  4 tsp. garlic powder                            4 tsp. Italian herb seasoning
                                  8 c. tomato sauce                              2 small can tomato paste
                                  8 c. diced tomatoes                            1 tsp. thyme
                                  1 tsp. basil                                        2 tsp. oregano
                                  2 T. sugar 

      Pour all ingredients into a crockpot and stir well.  Cook over low heat for 8 hours.  I like cooking it in the crockpot because it does not heat up your kitchen and allows the flavors to really "meld" together.  When the sauce is done, pour the hot sauce into hot prepared jars. Add into EACH jar 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of vinegar into each jar.   Fill up to 1/4" headspace and wipe the rims clean with a rag dipped into vinegar.   Put the lids on and place into a water bath canner.  Water should completely cover the lids.  

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The water should be about an inch over the top of the jars.
When the water begins to boil, start timing then.  Let boil for 40 minutes. 
Makes 3 quarts.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Countrified French Vanilla Coffee Drink

    Let me start off with and say that I don't drink flavored coffee AT ALL.  I just don't like the taste of it.  I want just plain, strong coffee BUT my hubby loves them.  We do not buy them because they cost WAY too much and are an indulgence we just can't afford.  I remember my daughter buying a frappuccino or something like that a few years back that she bought in a bottle from a convenience store.  I tried it and naturally I didn't like it but my hubby sure did.  The taste is stuck in my head and I decided to play around with flavors and came up with this drink.  I don't know what it would be considered but several people have tasted my concoction and LOVE it.  They say it is equally superb hot or ice cold.






Countrified French Vanilla Coffee Drink

   (I know I need to come up with a better name for it but for now, this works.)  :-)

10 cups of STRONG hot coffee
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 cup french vanilla creamer
1/4 c. sugar




     Put the two kinds of sugar into a pitcher.  Pour the hot coffee in on top of the sugars and stir until the sugars dissolve; then pour in the creamer.  Stir and enjoy.  This tastes just as good hot as it does cold.  Even my teenage son liked it.


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