Monthly Archives: November 2016

Christmas Jar Gift

Christmas Jar
Christmas Jar

Searching for a super easy quick decoration for Christmas?  How about a gift for that special teacher, neighbor or friend.

Here is your answer.  I used a tree, let your imagination go wild, snowman, reindeer or snowflake would make a great looking Christmas Jar Gift.

I filled  min with jingle bells.  Fill your with candy, cookies or some pretty colored rocks with a tea candle placed on top.  Make several and place them all around the house.

Get the kids involved.  Especial when it coms to painting.

1 quart jar  (Clean the outside with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball)
Contact paper
Paint Bruch
Cookie cutter or pattern of your choice
Filling for your jar.

Trace your cookie cutter onto the contact paper.  Cut out and place on your jar.

Make sure all the edges are sealed down so no paint seeps underneath.  Paint your jar and let dry.  Repeat at least two more times or until the jar is completely covered.  Let dry completely.  I let mine dry overnight.

Carefully and slowly remove contact paper.  Add ribbon and fill jar.  ENJOY!  Snowman Centerpiece Mat  Let It Snow Wall Hanging

Apple Pie Homemade/No Fail Pie Crust

Apple Pie Homemade
Apple Pie Homemade
Apple Pie Homemade/No Fail Pie Crust
Apple Pie Homemade/No Fail Pie Crust

Traditional two crust Apple Pie made with my dear mother’s No Fail Pie Crust recipe.  Making your own pie crust is not rocket science.  Any one can achieve a beautiful tasting pie.  Simple ingredients and I will give you simple instructions.

If you enjoy a crumble topping over the dough crust, don’t despair.  Below I will share the link to Apple Pie Crumble.

If your still not sure about making your own homemade pie check out these links I have included on Use the Correct Pie Pan, Pie Making Tools and Pie In a Jar.

Earlier this fall I processed and canned my own apple pie filling.  If you decide to purchase a can of pie filling, no problem.  Maybe next year I can talk you into making and canning your own apple pie filling.  The link is included below.

No Fail Pie Crust

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cup shortening ( I use Crisco)
1/2 cup cold water

Place flour, salt and sugar in large bowl and mix.  Add shortening.  If you don’t have a pastry cutter no problem.  Use a fork and mix the shortening and flour until you have pea size crumbles.

Add cold water and continue to mix together.  At the end I always use my hands to finish making the dough.

You can wrap the dough at this point and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days.  Chill dough for 15 minutes.

Cut dough into 4 equal pieces.  This will make two double pie crusts.  Sprinkle flour onto your work service.  Roll out dough.  Place in your pie pan and trim the edges.

Add your pie filling.  I use one quart of homemade canned pie filling.  If purchasing your pie filling you will need 1 large can for a deep dish pie pan or 1 small can for small pie pan.

Roll out your second piece of dough.  Cover the filling.  Use your fingers to make a fluted edge or just take a fork and press down all around the edge.  All you’re doing is sealing the two crusts together.  Take a knife and cut off any excess dough.

Cut 3 slits into the top of the crust to help the steam escape.

Sprinkle the top with cinnamon if desired.

Don’t throw the pie dough away.  Make Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps, the link is below.  Want not waste not.  Kids will love them trust me.

Pre-heat oven on 350 degrees.  Place pie on a cookie sheet and place in oven.  Bake for 1 hour.  Apple Crumb  Apple Pie Filling  Use the Correct Pie Pan  Pie Making Tools  Pie In a Jar  Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps

Don’t forget to check out these posts.  ENJOY!

Crock Pot Smothered Round Steak

Crockpot Smothered Round Steak

Crock pot or slow cookers are a life saver in my opinion.  A person can never have to many great recipes to be used with a crock pot.  Please add this one to your list, it will become a favorite.

Nothing fancy about this recipe, just plain old great home cooking.  I always make extra and freeze for those days I need something really fast.  To freeze, place the steak and vegetables in freezer containers.  Top with cooking sauce.  Cool and freeze.  To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight.  Heat through in a covered dish.  Add a little water if necessary for the sauce.  Remember cook once eat twice.

1 Beef round steak cut into six pieces
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 large carrots sliced
2 celery ribs sliced
1 16 ounce can tomato sauce
2 garlic cloves minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper.  Add beef and shake to coat.

Place in crock pot.

In a small bowl, combine carrots, celery tomato sauce, garlic, bay leaf, Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce.  Pour over beef.

Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.  Discard Bay leaf.

Serve over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.  ENJOY!  How to Make Ahead and Freeze Food

Gluten Free Baking Master Mix

Gluten Free Baking Mix

Gluten Free Baking Mix for all my family and friends.  Plus the mix can be stored at room temperature up to three months.  This mix will make 8 cups.  I usually double the recipe.  Included at the end is a wonderful gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for you to get started with.

Use this mix for cookies, bars, brownies, quick breads, biscuits and thickening soups and sauces.

Gluten Free Flour Mix

2 Cups white rice flour
3 Cups potato starch
2 Cups sorghum flour
4 teaspoons xanthan gum

In a large airtight container whisk together all of the ingredients.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cups shortening
1/4 cup butter softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
2 3/4 cups Gluten free flour mix
2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces (12 ounce package)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl combine shortening and butter.  Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt to shortening and butter.  Mix well.

Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.  Beat in the gluten-free flour mix.

Add chocolate pieces.

Drop by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on a engrossed cookie sheet.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.

Makes around 48 cookies.  ENJOY!  Master Mix Quick Mix Bisquick replacement  Master Mix for Crescent, Pan and Squash Rolls



No Bake Chocolate Oat Squares

No Bake Chocolate Oat Squares

Who remembers No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies?  I think this was the very first cookie  my daughter ever made.

Now here is a bar version which is just as easy and dare I say faster to whip up.  Gotta love those pan cookie bars.  Come on let’s go make some No Bake Chocolate Oat Squares.

1 1/2 sticks butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter

Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil.

In a medium saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.

Combine the peanut butter and chocolate chips, melt in a double boiler or in the microwave.  Stirring to combine and melt together.

Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.

Pour the peanut butter and chocolate mixture on top of the oats.  Spread over the oats evenly.

Pour the rest of the oat mixture over the top of the chocolate, peanut butter mixture.  Spread evenly over the oats.  Press down slightly.

Cool the bars, if you’re in a hurry in the refrigerator. Cut into squares and ENJOY! Multi Cereal Squares