Monthly Archives: January 2016

Broccoli Mushroom Beef and Noodles

Broccoli Mushroom Beef and Noodles

Need a delicious hearty meal everyone will enjoy?  I have one right here waiting for you to whip up tonight.  Broccoli Mushroom Beef and Noodles is one of our all time favorite meals.  Plus this is a one dish meal.  Add some fresh rolls and your ready to serve.

Ingredients:  1 pound of flank steak sliced against the grain,  1 head broccoli cut into florets, 5 fresh mushrooms sliced, 1/3 cup soy sauce,  1 teaspoon honey, 1 Tablespoon dried garlic, 3 Tablespoons sesame oil, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

In skillet heat 1 Tablespoon of the sesame oil.  Cook steak for 3 to 5 minutes.  Add broccoli and mushrooms.  Stir to mix.  In bowl mix soy sauce, garlic, honey, 2 Tablespoons sesame oil.  Add to skillet and stir.  Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Bring your water to boiling and add your noodles.  I make fresh homemade noodles.  Check out my blog for instructions on how to make easy fresh homemade noodles.  Cook noodles until soft.  Drain.

Place noodles on plate and spoon broccoli, mushrooms and beef over the top along with some of the sauce.  ENJOY!

http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=319  Noodles from Scratch

http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1018  Turkey and Noodles

4 Homemade Healthy Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuit
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuit

Since I am always cooking and baking new recipes for people, a friend of mine asked me to come up with some healthy treats for mans best friend.  Here are four healthy, yummy treats your doggie will love.  I taste tested them on our neighbors dog Dukie.  It was a success.

If you happen to have a cookie cutter in the shape of a dog or dog bone, please roll these out and make them all fancy.  I just didn’t happen to have these cookie cutters.  Duke didn’t seem to mind as he was munching away on his treat.

Duke loves these cookies as his owner calls them  She says Duke thinks he is getting a human cookies since they look like a regular cookies.  Win, Win all the way around.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuit

2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup rolled oats (regular or quick), 1 Tablespoon parsley dried, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup dried milk, 2 eggs, 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup water.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or line baking sheets.

Mix flour, oats, parsley, dry milk and salt.  Add eggs and peanut butter.  Mix.  Add water a little at a time to bring the dough together.

Drop 1 inch balls onto cookie sheet.  Using a fork smash the dough down.  You may also roll out this dough and using cookie cutters to make your treats.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes.  If you want them really hard (dry and crisp) bake for 40 minutes.  Be careful not to burn them.

Banana Oat Dog Treat

1 banana, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2/3 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup dried parsley, 3 Tablespoons peanut butter, 1 egg

Pre heat oven to 300 degrees.  Mash banana.  Add flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg.  Mix well.  Roll into 1 inch balls.  Flatten with a fork.  Bake 40 minutes.

Cheddar Applesauce Dog Treats

2 cups barley, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup applesauce, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 3 Tablespoons water

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in the order given.  Roll out and cut with cookie cutters.  Bake 30 minutes.

Honey Wheat Dog Treats

1 cup white floor, 1 cup wheat flour, 1 cup oats, 1 cup chicken broth, 1 Tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter

Pre heat to 350 degrees.  Mix peanut butter, honey, oil, broth.  Combine flours and oatmeal.  Add dry ingredients to the wet.  Mix well.  Drop by teaspoon full onto cookie sheet.  Bake 15 minutes.

These are for you DUKIE!  ENJOY!

DIY Container Box

DIY Container Box
DIY Container Box

Need some cheap and easy storage containers.  Can you believe this great storage container is made out of a shoe box.  Yes, I said shoe box.  After the back to school shopping, we ended up with several great heavy duty shoe boxes in several sizes.

Looking for a way to recycle and solve the problem of storage, this is what I came up with.  Spend a craft day with your kids and let them paint and design their own storage boxes.  I just happen to store all my craft paints in the one pictured.  A different one stores my ribbons.

Here are the directions.  First find a design you like (or if your talented draw one free handed) I painted the bottom of the box black and the top a light brown. Next trace the design on to paper.  Using carbon paper I traced the design on the box.

Here is the fun part.  Pick out your paint colors and start painting.  It is like filling in a number by number paint picture.  Have fun and don’t worry if it isn’t perfect.  Remember it is a shoe box and for storage.

I used several different craft paints I had on hand.  Plus several size brushes.  This was a no cost project.

See there really aren’t any real directions, especially if the kids are painting.  Honestly they come up with the most adorable, great looking storage boxes.  ENJOY!

Easy and Quick Herb Flatbread

Easy and Quick Herb Flatbread
Easy and Quick Herb Flatbread

Appetizers have been on my mind lately.  Flatbreads can fall into this category.  Don’t let that stop you from making this for any occasion.

Herb Flatbread is so easy to make.  I will share some of my favorite herbs I use to make this Quick and Easy Herb Flatbread.  Don’t let that stop you from changing it up and making it your own herb flatbread to suite your family.

Make your favorite pizza recipe or you can use my favorite pizza crust posted in a different post.  http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=439

Ingredients:  1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, medium chopped tomato.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Grease your favorite cookie sheet be sure it will hold a 12×8 rectangle.

Spread out your pizza dough onto the greased cookie sheet.

In bowl combine oil, basil, rosemary and garlic.  Brush over the dough and sprinkle with salt.

Take the back of a spoon and crush tomato.  Spread tomato over dough.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light brown.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle cheese.  Return to the oven for 2 more minutes.  Cut and serve.  ENJOY!

Jalapeno Cheese Round

Jalapeño Cheese
Jalapeño Cheese

This homemade cheese doesn’t take any special ingredients.  Everything you need is in your kitchen cupboards.

If you have never tried making your own cheese, please give this a try.  I used dried jalapeños from my garden last summer.  Having an over abundance of jalapeños, I decided to use my dehydrator.  So happy I made that decision.

If you would rather use a different dried herb, example red pepper flakes, please go for it.  Add some black pepper, red pepper flakes, dried garlic.  Use what your taste buds are craving.

Supplies:  Large colander or mesh strainer, cheesecloth, large heat resistant bowl to collect the whey in. 3 quart stockpot, cooking thermometer, large mixing spoon, 1/4 measuring cup, 1 teaspoon, bowl or something to mold cheese in.  (I used a little colander).

Ingredients:  8 cups whole milk (not ultra-pasteurized) I use fresh cows milk, not everyone has that option.
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt, flake salt or use regular salt
1 teaspoon dried jalapeños

  1.  Line colander with cheesecloth.  Place a bowl underneath to collect the whey.
  2. Pour mlk into the pot and heat the milk, on medium to 200F.
  3. Stir milk every few minutes to prevent a skin from forming on the surface of the milk.
  4. When the temperature reaches 200F, add the apple cider vinegar and stir it in thoroughly.
  5. Coagulation should happen within seconds.
  6. Take the pot of the burner and very gently stir the curds for 1 minute.  Don’t break them up.  Moving the curds around will help shrink the curds and release the whey.
  7. Pour the curds and whey into the cloth lined colander.  Let the curds drain for 5 minutes.  Stirring gently to release whey, until the curds resemble thick oatmeal.
  8. Add the salt and jalapeños.  Stir thoroughly.
  9. Gather the corners of the cheesecloth to form a tight bundle.  Squeeze out more of the whey.
  10. Press the curd bag into your mold and fold the cloth neatly on top.
  11. Press down to form your curds into a cheese mold.  Let sit 15 minutes.
  12. Remove the cheese mold and unwrap your cheese from the cheesecloth.

You can eat your fresh cheese immediately.  The longer it cools the easier it will be to slice.

Don’t throw out the whey.  This is pure protein.  Pour the whey into ice cube trays and use in your smoothies.  Substitute for water when baking.  Use instead of water for all your soup recipes.  ENJOY!

 


 

Valentine Peppermint Scrub

Valentine Peppermint Scrub
Valentine Peppermint Scrub

Valentine Day is fast approaching and this peppermint scrub would be the perfect gift for the person or persons on your love or friend list.  Quick and easy to make.

All you will need is the following.  1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup sugar plus one drop of red food coloring.  (or any color your heart desires).  6 drops of peppermint essential oil, ( or your favorite essential oil),  another 1/4 cup of sugar.

Mix your first 1/4 cup of sugar with food coloring.  Mix well.  In a bowl add coconut oil and plain 1/4 cup sugar.  Mix well.  Add essential oil and mix.  Now add the colored sugar.  Using your electric mixer (just because it is easier) on low speed mix until creamy.

Store in a clean container.  Will keep for one month.  ENJOY!

Valentine Centerpiece

Valentine Centerpiece
Valentine Centerpiece

Whip up this easy, cute Valentine Day mat.  Display on your table as a center piece or underneath your favorite candy dish.  Choose your own colors or follow what I made.  This makes a wonderful gift.

Supplies needed:  white, dark pink and light pink felt,  pink embroidery thread, glue on crystals, heart button

Using white felt, cut two 11 inch scalloped pieces, cut one 8 1/2 inch scalloped pieces, cut eight 2 inch circles.

Using two strands of embroidery thread sew the eight light pink circles to the 8 1/2 inch dark pink scalloped piece.  Use the blanket stitch.  Sew heart piece in the middle.  Sew heart button to middle of heart.

Use the blanket stitch, sew the dark scalloped pieces to the white scalloped piece.  Sew the second white scallop piece to the first scalloped piece.

Finish by gluing the crystals onto the circle pieces.

If your not into sewing, feel free to glue everything.  This way even your youngest kids can make a Valentine centerpiece mat.  Enjoy!

 

Use the Correct Pie Pan

Use the Correct Pie Pan
Use the Correct Pie Pan

Earlier we learned how to use the correct tools for making pies.  Using the correct pie pan is just as important.  Listed are several different types of pie pans and why you should consider using them.

Have you ever noticed that pie pans have angled sides?  The reason is so the slices are easy to remove.  Tart pans most often have straight, fluted sides.  Not always, but most of the time a removable bottom.

Glass pie pans disperse heat and allows the crust to bake evenly.  Plus you can see the crust as it bakes and determine how much your pie crust has browned.

If using metal pie pan, make sure it is aluminum.  Aluminum doesn’t rust compared to stainless steel.

Ceramic or porcelain pie pans make a beautiful presentation.  They add a homey touch and style.  There are many beautiful ceramic and porcelain pie pans floating around.

Cast iron is one of my favorite to use when baking pies.  Rustic appearance.  Brown evenly and are heavy and durable.  Plus those cute little single serving cast iron pans are adorable.

Use muffin tins instead of being several small pans.  Tins come in different sizes and some are deep dish.  Use the tins with disposable paper for foil liners.  This helps with removing your pie.

You can use cake pans, remember the pie will be harder to remove.  I still like to use them, because they come in so many different sizes.

Foil pans come in handy for transporting for a meal, gift, bake sale etc.  Plus they come in different sizes and you don’t have to worry about getting your pie pan back.

Last but not least is your rimmed baking sheets.  These work great for making slab pies, turnovers, hand pies and pop tarts.

In a different post I show you how to make pie in a jar.  Don’t forget to look it up.

Now go make a PIE!

Valentine Day Jar

Valentine Day Jar
Valentine Day Jar

Searching for a DIY craft for Valentine Day?  Needs to be simple, quick and something the whole family can enjoy.  Search no more.

Make several jars different colors.  Fill them with candy and hand them out to teachers, neighbors, family, friends, postman the list is endless.

Here is want you will need:  mason jar ( I used a pint jar), craft paint of your color choice.  Makes sure it works on glass. Contact paper, scissors, paintbrush, cottonball, rubbing alcohol, ribbon, Candy of your choice

Clean jar with cottonball soaked with rubbing alcohol.  Cut heart out of contact paper ( I used cookie cutter and traced it onto contact paper).  Place heart on jar.  Make sure all edges are sealed.

Paint jar.  I painted my jar with three layers of paint.  Let dry completely between painting.

Peel off contact heart slowly.  If you need to touch up paint, now is the time.

Add ribbon and fill with Candy.  ENJOY!

 

Pie Making Tools

Pie Making Tools
Pie Making Tools

Over the holiday season several people asked me questions about pie making and what I use to produce my delicious pies (their words not mine).  Starting with some of my favorite tools seemed a great place to start.

Measuring Cups:  For accurate measurements use a metal cups for dry ingredients and glass cups for liquids.  Always incorporate air into your flour before measuring.  A simple way to achieve this is to pour the flour from above with a spoon into your metal measuring cup.  Use a knife to level the flour.

Measuring spoons:  Use graduated set of measuring spoons.  Never use flatware, the measurements won’t be accurate.  I personally use metal measuring spoons.

Pastry Blender: Using your hands to mix the fat (shortening, butter, lard) with the flour has been used for ages.  Two forks can be used to cut in the fat.  Using a pastry blender is the easiest and best way to break down the fat and incorporate the flour.  Your mixture will look like pea size crumbs when finished.

Pastry Brush:  Use a pastry brush for egg washes and glazes.  Purchase a brush that has a tightly woven bristles.  Silicone brushes are designed to hold liquids for easy coating.  They are odor resistant and easy to clean.

Plastic wrap and Wax Paper:  Use plastic wrap when you want to store your dough in the refrigerator or freezer to chill.  Roll dough out between two pieces of wax paper.  Wrap in plastic wrap to chill.

Rolling Pin:  Important tool for pie making.  Use a nice heavy wooden rolling-pin or marble.  The weight makes it easier to roll out the pie crust.  You do want flaky pie crust.

Rolling Surface:  Clean Kitchen counter tops, dusted with flour works just fine.  Granite or marble is the perfect surface.  Unfortunately, I don’t have that option.  Roll the dough directly on the counter or roll the dough between two pieces of wax paper.  Remember to always lightly dust with flour.  Don’t use too much flour, your pastry will be chewy.

Pie Coming UP!

http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/use-the-correct-pie-pan/  Using the Correct Pie Pan.