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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

This wonderful tasting dip takes a total of 10 minutes to throw together.  Makes a medium size bowl full of goodness.  Tomatoes paired up with corn and some fresh green onions starts this all off.  Add some Sour cream, mayonnaise and you have a cream but still hearty dip.  If that isn’t enough add in some shredded cheese and everyone will be asking you for the recipe.



Drain the corn and tomatoes.  Place in medium size bowl.  Add chopped green onions.  Stir together.
Mix together sour cream and mayonnaise.
Add to corn and tomatoes and stir to combine.

That is all there is to it.  Told you 10 minutes tops.

Serve with crackers, chips or anyway you want.

All About the Food

The Cowboy Caviar is shown in the right hand bottom of photo.  I barely was able to take a photo before the crowd started demolishing the spread.

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Orange Fluff Side Dish

Orange Fluff Side Dish

Searching for an easy side dish to throw together that everyone will enjoy.  This Orange Fluff dish will make everyone happy.   Every time I make this it always disappears first.  What is so nice is how fast and easy it is to throw together.  Give this a try, you will be adding it to your meal list all the time.



In a large bow add cottage cheese and orange powdered gelatin.  Stir to mix.
Add container of cool whip and mix to combine.
Drain mandrin orange slices.
Add one can or orange slices to mixture and stir to combine.
Place the second can of orange slices in the middle of the mixture.

Orange Fluff Side Dish

This is what it looks like with just the cottage cheese and orange powdered gelatin mixed together.

Orange Fluff Side Dish

Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.  ENJOY!



Hash Browns and a Waffle Iron

Hash Browns and a Waffle Iron

My hash browns are just beginning to cook and turn nice golden brown.

Waffle irons are for more than just making great tasting waffles for breakfast.  Time to start thinking out of the box.  Start with making hash browns in your waffle iron.  Individual serving size for everyone.  Plus you can add topping right on top of the hash browns.

Homemade Hash Browns

Hash Browns and a Waffle Iron

1 bag frozen hash browns or make your own fresh.  Hash Browns Freezer Friendly

1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper

Cooking Spray

Thaw hash browns at room temperature.  Place half of the hash browns on a stack of three or four paper towels.  Bunch up the hash browns and squeeze to force out as much of the liquid as possible.

Place in a large, add salt and pepper.  Mix all together.

Spray and heat waffle iron.

Place 1/2 cup hash browns onto each square of your waffle.  Close the lid and cook until golden brown.

Options:  Add some chopped onions, ham and shredded cheese to the top of the hash browns.  Cover with more hash browns and close the waffle iron lid and cook.  All in one meal your family will enjoy.

Don’t forget the ketchup.  ENJOY!

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Hash Browns and a Waffle Iron



Amish White Bread

Amish White Bread

My mouth starts to water just looking at this wonderful homemade bread.  If you have never attempted to make bread before, please don’t be intimated.  This makes two loaves, which is a good thing because one won’t last long fresh from the oven.  Wish there was a smell button for you to push, my home smells so good right now.


6 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups water

In a large bowl add sugar, water and yeast.  Stir to combine.
Let sit for 5 to 15 minutes.
Add salt, oil, 3 cups flour and mix well.
Add remaining flour.
Dust a surface with flour and turn out dough.  Knead for 5 minutes.
Place in a greased bowl and let rise for one hour.
Punch down dough and divide in half.  Jelly roll your dough and place in sprayed baking pans.
Let rise for one hour.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Brush tops with butter if desired.

Amish White Bread
Amish White Bread




Anadama Bread

Anadama Bread



The name Anadama comes from a New England fisherman whose lazy wife always served him cornmeal mush and molasses.  One day tired of the same dinner, he mixed it with flour and yeast.  Baked it as a bread saying Anna damn her.

Wonderful easy to make delicious brown bread.  The molasses is not over powering in taste.  Eat it plain or slather it with butter and jam.  Anyway it will be delicious.

3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup warm water (10 to 150 degree F)
2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast.  (one envelope)
1 egg
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon butter

Grease 8 or 9 inch loaf pan, sprinkle with cornmeal.  In a large bowl, stir together boiling water, cornmeal, softened butter, molasses and salt until blended.  Cool 5 minutes or until lukewarm.

Pour water into small bowl and sprinkle yeast on top.  Stir until dissolved.

Add yeast, egg and 1 1/2 cups flour to cornmeal mixture.  Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add remaining 1 1/4 cup flour.  Stir with spoon until well blended.  Place into bread pan.

Cover pan and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Bake loaf 50 to 55 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped and is dark golden brown.  Remove from pan and brush with warm melted butter.

Anadama Bread

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Self Reliance Skills Anyone Can Learn

DIY Candles

Being self-reliant comes in many different shapes and forms.  People have different ideas of what it takes to be self-reliant.  Where you live really doesn’t matter when it comes to working toward being self-reliant.  The different skills you learn now may be needed during another time in your life.

Looking back on our life as a married couple we have come a very long way to being self-reliant.  We are still learn new skills to utilize and share.

Don’t be stingy after learning a skill.  Offer to share and teach a class to your friends or even a group of people you don’t know.  I am very grateful to a woman who took the time and offered to show me how to can salmon many years ago.  Teaching me that skill helped me feed my family many meals over the years.

Here is a list of skills for you to choose and learn from.  Start slowly and continue to build and learn as the years go by.  Remember to always give back in return.

Cooking from Scratch
Bread Baking
Cheese/Yogurt Making
Grown Herbs
Pressure Canning/Water Bath canning
Cooking Over an Open Fire
Make Jams/Jellies
Rendering cooking fat
Dehydrating Food
Soap Making/Laundry detergent
DIY Cleaners
Drying Clothes on the Line/Inside or Outside
Candle Making
Build Greenhouse
Grow own Wheat
Grind Grains
Raise Chickens/Rabbits
Water Storage
Seed Saving
Pasta Making

This list should get you started on a new journey toward becoming more self-reliant.  Good Luck in your journey.  ENJOY! Growing Our Own Wheat  Pioneer Maple Syrup Made from Corncobs  Beef Tallow How to Render  Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning


Seven Uses for a food Processor

Brown Sugar

If you are only going to purchase one small appliance, my suggestion would be a food processor.   I use my food process for all kinds of different meals.  From breakfast, dinner, breads, treats and simple pantry staples.

Please allow me to show you some easy pantry items to start off with when you get your first food processor.

Brown Sugar Homemade

1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon molasses for light brown sugar, 2 Tablespoon molasses for darker brown sugar.

Pour sugar into food processor.  Add molasses.  Pulse until completely combined.

Superfine Sugar

Superfine Sugar

1 cup plus 3 teaspoons sugar.

Keep pulsing until the sugar is broken down to fine sugar.  The one cup and three teaspoons sugar will equal one cup of superfine sugar when processed.

Bread Crumbs

Use any type of leftover bread you have on hand.  When the bread is dry just put it in the food processor and pulse until you have the crumbs you want.  Add some seasoning if you like.

Flavored Salts

1/2 cup coarse salt
1/2 cup fresh rosemary, thyme or your favorite herb

Place in food processor and process for 30 seconds.

Crush ice:  Pulse 2 cups of ice cubes in the processor until finely ground.  10 pulses.  Freeze different flavored drinks.  Make them into crushed ice flavors.

Whip Cream:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Process for about 1 minutes until soft peaks form.  Makes for a fast basic sweetened whipped cream.

Ground Nut Flour

Nuts can be processed in several ways.  You can simply chop them in your food processor or completely ground to a paste.  The more you process the more oil is released.  They become nut butter.

For nut flour pulse 2 cups whole almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios until finely ground.  20 Pulses.  Makes 2 1/2 cups of nut flour.

Take out your food processor and start using it.  So many things to make.


Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Who doesn’t love homemade from scratch cake.  The flavor can’t be beat, so moist and yummy.  You won’t need any fancy ingredients to make this cake.  Just pull what you need from the pantry shelves and throw this cake together.

Will make two round cakes or use a 9 x 13 pan.  Frosting is not needed it is that good.

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups applesauce
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips.

Stir well and pour into prepared baking pans.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and return to oven to melt slightly.

This cake freezes well.  So make one to eat immediately and save one for later.

Told you it was a breeze to make.

ENJOY!Chocolate Applesauce Cake

BlueBerry Poke Cake

First Aid Essentials Kit

First Aid Essentials Kit

How many of you have a First Aid Kit in your personal car or home?  If you don’t please think about adding one immediately both at home and in your car or cars.

I started out purchasing this one shown in the photo from a local store.  Saw it was on sale and thought this was something we should have in the car just in case.  After having to use the kit a few times I found out there were several items that were missing we could have used.

Here is a list of basic items we keep in our first aids kits both in our home and in our cars.  Everything is in one container so it is very  easy to find and use at anytime.

Remember to fill your first aid kit to meet your families needs.

2 and 3 inch Elastic Bandages
Tongue Depressors
2 x 4 Adhesive Bandages
Triangular Bandage
Steri Strips ( wound closures)
Knuckles bandages
Band Aids assorted sizes
Non-Adherent Gauze Pads
1 Roll Conforming Gauze
2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 Gauze Pads
1 Inch Adhesive Tape
1 Inch Elastic Tape
Dental Floss
Wet Wipes
Baking Soda for stings
Lip Balm
Syrup of Ipecac
Cough Medicine and Cough Drops
Dramamine for motion sickness
Assorted Safety Pins
Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls
Digital Thermometer
Assorted needles
Heavy Thread
Razor Blades
Medicine Dropper
Antibiotic Ointment
2 Burn Free Gel Packs
Aloe Vera Burn Aid
Calamine Lotion
Diarrhea Remedy
Non-Aspirin Pain Reliever
Children’s Pain Reliever/fever Reducer
10 Latex Gloves
Utility Knife
Waterless Hand Sanitizer
Rubbing Alcohol
Hydrogen Peroxide
Paper Bags
Sanitary Napkins
Disposable Instant Hot Pack
Disposable Instant Cold Pack

Hope this list helps get you started on your journey to making your own First Aid Kit for your family.  ENJOY!



Hot Chocolate Master Mix

Hot Chocolate Master Mix

Why purchase those expensive chocolate mixes when you can make this in five minutes or less.  Simple ingredients with no added preservatives.   One more thing not to put into your  shopping cart.


3 1/2 Cups sugar
2 1/4 cups cocoa  ( I use Dutch chocolate)
1 Tablespoon Salt

Hot Chocolate Master Mix

In a bowl add sugar, cocoa and salt.  Mix well to combine.

To use:  Add milk to your mug.  Warm in the microwave.  Add Tablespoon or more to your mug and stir.

If you want to make a bunch of hot chocolate.  Heat several cups of milk on the stove.  Add chocolate mix and stir well.

Add your marshmallows or whip cream on top if you want.  ENJOY!

Hot Chocolate Master Mix