Monthly Archives: November 2015

Turkey and Noodles

Turkey and Noodles
Turkey and Noodles

Serving up homemade Turkey and Noodles after Thanksgiving is a time-honored family tradition.  Don’t throw out your turkey carcass.  Instead use it to make your Turkey and Noodles.  Come along, it is very easy.

First Break down the turkey carcass, place in a large stockpot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for two hours.  You might need to add more water.  Remove all the bones from your stockpot.  Let cool.  Remove all that wonderful turkey meat and place back into your stockpot.

Turkey Carcass
Turkey Carcass

While your waiting to remove all that wonderful turkey meat, you have time to make homemade noodles.

In a bowl add 2 cups of flour.  Make a well in the middle of the flour.  Crack two eggs into the well.  Take your fork and mix the eggs.  Start adding the flour.  If your dough is to dry, add 1 Tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.

Lightly flour surface.  Turn out dough and knead for 2 minutes.  Let rest for 15 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a rectangle.  You can make your dough as thin or as thick as your family likes.  On the long side roll dough up.  Take your knife and slice as wide as you want your noodles to be.

Bring your Turkey and broth to a boil.  Unroll your noodles and add them long or break into pieces (your choice)  Boil until done.

Tip:  Add salt and pepper to season.  Add celery or carrots if you want.  Cook until tender.

Serve with some warm, crusty bread.  ENJOY!


Fresh Tortilla Chips

Fresh Tortilla Chips
Fresh Tortilla Chips

Forget those store-bought tortilla chips, when you can make your own in no time at all.  Noting says party like fresh corn tortilla chips straight from your oven (you can deep fry them) alongside some salsa made from your garden this summer.

First if you don’t feel like making your own corn tortilla chips, feel free to pick up a package at your local store.  I will give you the directions on how to deep fry and bake your chips.

1 package corn tortillas, cut into 6 wedges each.  Divide the tortillas into separate stacks to cut your wedges.
Salt to taste.
Cast iron skillet with 1/4 inch oil heated or use your deep fryer.

Put your tortilla wedges into the heated oil and let fry for couple minutes.  Turn if using a cast iron skillet.  Remove from oil, drain and sprinkle with salt.

If baking your chips.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread on baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until crisp.  Sprinkle with salt.

See how easy that was.  Here is a corn tortilla recipe if your interested in make your own.

The secret to making corn tortilla chips is to use masa harina (found at your local mexican grocery store) and water.

Yes, that is all it takes, two simple ingredients for freshly made corn tortillas.

1 3/4 cups masa harina
1 1/8 cups hot water

Mix the masa marina and water until it forms a dough.  Knead until pliable and smooth.  If dough is sticky add more masa marina, if it begins to dry out sprinkle with water.

Cover dough with plastic wrap let rest for 30 minutes.

Divide dough into 15 equal size balls.  Using a tortilla press, rolling-pin or your hands, press each all of dough flat between two sets of plastic wrap.

Preheat cast iron skillet or griddle to medium heat.

Place tortilla in skillet and allow to cook for 30 seconds.  Your tortilla should be brown and slightly puffy.  Turn tortilla over to brown second side.

Transfer to a plate and repeat with rest of your tortillas.

Keep your tortillas warm by covering with a towel.

Whatever way you choose to make your tortillas, always make them fresh!  ENJOY!



Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps
Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps

Don’t be throwing away your leftover pie dough.  Make  a quick treat for your family.  It just might hold them over until the pies are baked.

Take your leftover pie dough and roll it out.  Cut into strips or any shape you like.  Spray baking sheet. Place strips on baking sheet.  Brush with butter. Sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until dough is crispy.

Serve warm.  ENJOY!

Let It Snow Wall Hanging

Let It Snow!
Let It Snow!

Spending a saturday morning getting my crafty, creative side motivated was just what I needed to start the weekend.

Making this simple picture frame Let It Snow wall hanging was so much fun and very and I mean very easy to accomplish.  Deciding what colors to use was my toughest decision.  I decided on blue, because I have a dear friend who loves the color blue.  This was a gift for her.  I think it turned out perfect.

Here is what you will need to make your own or give as a gift picture frame wall hanging.

My frame was 27×10.  Choose the size you want to decorate.
Paint color of choice
Ribbon color of choice.
Christmas bulbs.  Choice different sizes, textures and colors.
Any additional decoration you want to use.  I used snowflakes.
Paper of choice (scrapbook etc.) for letters
rubbing alcohol and piece of cloth
burlap cut to the size of the frame
hot glue

Clean the frame with the rubbing alcohol and clean cloth.  This helps the paint adhere to the frame better.  Let dry.

Decide how long you want your ribbon to be and cut to hang the christmas bulbs onto the ribbon.  This isn’t rocket science.  Lay everything on top of your frame until you like the way it looks.  Attach the ribbon holding the bulbs over the glass and back of the frame.  Tape into place.  Glue the snowflakes onto the front of the glass.  Add your lettering.  Secure the frame and back.

Add your large bow at the top to finish off your frame.  TaDa!  You are the proud owner of a beautiful Christmas Decoration.  Unless you decide to give it as a gift.  Plan on making two, just in case.  ENJOY!

PS:  Thank you Shonnie!




Homemade Stroganoff Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper
Hamburger Helper

Stop purchasing those expensive boxes of Hamburger Helper.  So quick and easy to make your own.  Plus it is much healthier to make your own homemade.  No ingredients you can’t pronounce.  I bet you have everything sitting in your pantry to make your own Stroganoff Hamburger Helper.

Take a quart canning jar and a zip lock bag to make everything up ahead of time (just like in the box).  All you have to do is remove everything from the jar and your set.  Plus I add the ingredients to the front of the jar to remake ahead of time.  The recipe is on the side, so even the rest of the family can make Stroganoff Hamburger Helper if mom isn’t around.

Make several, decorate, include the ingredients and recipe, add a loaf of homemade bread or biscuits with some homemade jam or jelly and you have a gift anyone would enjoy.

1 pound ground beef
8 ounces of noodles
2 cups milk
2/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups beef stock or use the cubes
1 Tablespoon cornstarch or flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Brown and drain the meat.  Sprinkle the cornstarch in and mix.  Add the noodles, milk, beef stock, salt, pepper, paprika.  Simmer for 12 minutes with the lid on.  Add sour cream, simmer for 2 more minutes.

Use dehydrated potatoes in place of noodles.  Add mushrooms for added taste. ENJOY!


Snowman Centerpiece Mat

Snowman Centerpiece Mat
Snowman Centerpiece Match

Make this easy Snowman Centerpiece Mat to show off a special candle, dish full of goodies or a special Christmas decoration you would like to showcase.

If you’re not into sewing don’t hesitate to pull out your glue and go to town.  This way the kids can be involved.  Come along, we have a gift or special  centerpiece to make.

Supplies:  2 pieces of blue felt, 1 piece light blue felt, 4 pieces white felt, scraps of orange and black felt.  If sewing white embroidery floss, 4 blue stars ( make or you can find them at Hobby Lobby), black embroidery floss, snowflake and crystal embellishments.

I used my cricket to cut a 11 inch scalloped pattern and 8 1/2 inch scalloped pattern. Cut 2 inch circle for pattern for faces.  Refer to the picture for placement.

From the 11 inch scalloped pattern cut 2 dark blue felt pieces, cut 1 scalloped light blue felt piece, cut 4 circles from white felt, cut 8 black felt eyes, cut 4 triangles from orange felt for nose.

If you are sewing, center the light blue scalloped felt and using a blanket stitch, going around the edges to secure.  Do the same with the 4 white round felt pieces for faces.  Sew on eyes, nose and using black embroidery floss sew on mouth.  Sew on blue stars.

Using second dark blue felt piece and white embroidery floss sew the top to the second blue felt piece.

Glue on the snowflakes and crystals.

If you’re not sewing, glue everything in place and let dry.  Make several of these.  Change up the colors and make it your own.  ENJOY!  Let It Snow Wall Hanging


Old Fashion Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle

Golden buttery tasting Old Fashion Peanut Brittle makes the perfect gift.  Fill up a mason jar.  Decorate with ribbon and add the recipe and you have the perfect gift.

Eating peanut brittle is like eat potato chips.  You can’t eat just one!  Make couple batch, one to give and one for your family to eat.  Store in sealed container and it will keep up to one month.

Ingredients you will need:  2 cups sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup butter, 2 cups raw peanuts, 1 teaspoon baking soda

Butter two large baking sheets.

Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a large pan.  On medium heat cook, stirring now occasionally.  You want the sugar to dissolve and the mixture to come to a full boil.

Add butter.  Place your candy thermometer in the mixture.  When candy thermometer reaches 280F stir in peanuts.  Stir and watch until candy thermometer reaches 305 F.

Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.

Immediately pour onto baking sheets.  Spread evenly.  Cool completely.  Break into pieces.

Don’t forget to share all this goodness.  ENJOY!

Meatball and Potato Soup


Meatball and Potato Soup
Meatball and Potato Soup

Check out this hearty Meatball and Potato Soup recipe.  Make the meatballs up ahead of time.  Use half for the soup and freeze the rest.  Make this in your favorite dutch oven pot or put your hard-working crock pot to work.  Doesn’t matter which way you choose this soup will satisfy all the hungry people in your home.

Here is how you make the meatballs.  Lightly spray two baking sheets.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In small bowl mix 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.  In large bowl add 1 pound  ground beef and 1 pound of ground pork sausage.  ( or use only ground beef, your choice).  Toss in 2 eggs and 1/4 cup milk.  Now add the small bowl of bread crumbs and mix altogether.

Shape into 1 inch meatballs.  Place on sprayed baking pans.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Drain off fat.  Makes around 72 meatballs.

Meatball and Potato Soup

8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
1 cup onions
4 cloves minced garlic
1 Tablespoon olive oil
6 cups beef broth
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 Tablespoons steak sauce
1/2 meatballs recipe you made

Cook mushroom, onions, garlic in hot oil, around 5 minutes.  You want the onions to be lightly brown.  Using your dutch oven or transfer everything to your crock pot.  Add broth, tomatoes and potatoes, steak sauce.  Bring everything to a boil, reduce heat.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.  Add meatballs and cook for 10 more minutes.

If using your crock pot cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Serve with some fresh homemade bread.  ENJOY!  Oatmeal Honey Whole Wheat Bread



Are you in need of a gift or decoration at the last-minute?  This snowflake saying is your answer.  Make this decoration in only an hour.

I had a 1 1/2 x 4 scrap piece of wood lying around.  Blue craft paint was used to paint the board.  Let dry completely.  If you’re in a hurry use your blow dryer to speed up the drying process.  Sand the edges if you want more of a distressed look.  Sprinkle with glitter before paint dries, if your into glitter.

Using a cutting machine or by hand cut out all the letters.  Glue letters on.  Add snowflakes or any decoration you like.

Change the saying to Merry Christmas, Let It Snow or anything you like.  Make several and let the kids paint and help decorate.  ENJOY!





4 No-Bake Cookie Recipies

4 No-Bake Cookie Recipies

With the holidays fast approaching, don’t stress about making goodies.  No bake cookies is the perfect answer to your busy schedule.  Mix and match to give the perfect homemade gift.

Need something quick for cookie exchange or work, school parties.  Here is your answer.

No-Bake Fudge Clusters

1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups quick or old fashion uncooked oats, 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut.

Combine cocoa, sugar and salt in medium saucepan.  Stir in milk and syrup.  Cook over medium heat stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Continue cooking stirring occasionally, to soft all stage (236 degrees).

Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Stir until butter is melted.  Stir in oats and coconut.  Drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper.  Makes 3 dozen

No-Bake Peanut Cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/2 cups quick or old fashioned, uncooked oats, 3/4 cups peanuts.

Combine sugar, salt, milk and syrup in saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, to soft ball stage (236 degrees).

Remove from heat, add peanut butter and vanilla.  Stir in oats and peanuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.  Makes 3 1/2 dozen.

Sugarplum Bonbons

1 cup butter or margarine, soften, 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, 1/2 cups blanched almonds (optional), 2 cups quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked.  Flaked or shredded coconut.

Beat butter and sugar together until creamy.  Blend in cocoa and almond extract.  Mix thoroughly.  Stir in almonds if using.  Stir in oats.  Chill dough until stiff.

Break off pieces of dough.  Shape to from 1 inch balls.  Roll in coconut.  Makes 3 dozen.

Chocolate Scotch Drops

1 cup semi sweet chocolate pieces, 1 cup butterscotch pieces, 1 1/2 cups quick or old fashioned oats uncooked. 1 cup peanuts.

Melt chocolate and butterscotch pieces.  Stir in oats and peanuts.  Drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper.  Makes 2 1/2 dozen. ENJOY!