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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Brown Edge Saucies Easy Recipe - Cookie And Master Forge Wood Pellet Stove

 

One of the best applesauce cookies you will ever taste!


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Brown Edge Saucies Easy Recipe - (Cookies)

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned applesauce

Directions:

Step 1. Measure flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into sifter. Save for step 4.

Step 2. Cream shortening until soft in a medium-sized bowl. Add sugar gradually creaming after each addition until well blended.

Step 3. Stir in egg and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 4. Sift and add dry ingredients alternately with applesauce blending well after each addition.

Step 5. Drop batter by teaspoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet keeping mounds 2 inches apart.

Step 6. Bake in a moderate oven at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Thoughts On Brown Edge Saucies:

The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves will pop in this cookie recipe so much you will think you are biting into Christmas morning! You can add a small amount of vanilla icing to the top of these cookies for an added flavor if you like.

Extra Information For You:

Here is some information about the history of applesauce. Applesauce came from Central Europe. It was originally found in an English cookbook. You can learn more details about this cookbook and the history of applesauce in the article called Apple Sauce by Tasteatlas.

A Question or Two For You:

Do you like applesauce or apple sauce cookies? Have you ever made these cookies? If you have had any experience with these cookies I would love to hear your story. Please share with me in the comments below. Also, did you miss my last easy recipe? If you did miss my last recipe, I would like to share it with you here. The recipe is called Italian Meatballs Easy Recipe. Take a peek at it!

Personal Thoughts For Today:

In previous posts I have shared I wanted to get a wood pellet stove. I finally got over to the Lowe's store and bought one. It is a Master Forge wood pellet stove.

I picked up my wood pellet stove with my truck.

I had to wait a few days before picking it up at the store. I heat with propane but I wanted to add a wood pellet stove to not only have more of an option for heating my home but it is also a beginning towards being more independent and self-sufficient. Eventually, it would be ideal to produce power as well with solar panels and wind turbines. 

In the middle of the house. It is the dining room area.

My stepdad owns ramps for his truck and brought them to me. We put the ramps on the tailgate and slid the stove down the ramp to the ground. Then we used a dolly to wheel it into the house. The picture above is basically where I want to place the stove in my home. The next step is to measure how much pipe I need for installation. I have to get on top of the roof and measure the amount of pipe I need to run down to the stove for exhaust. I have a chimney flu built into the home so I will run pip down the flu instead of using the flu itself.

I am thinking I would like to purchase a plate for the stove to sit on and possibly a plate to go on the wall behind the stove as well. If I don't use a plate for the wall I may use some kind of decorative wall board that looks like bricks. It is just an idea. I also would like to use black pipe for inside the house. The pipe going up the flu won't be seen so it will be the cheapest and probably just regular silver metal.

This stove heats 2,000-3,000 square feet and my house is not as much as that so this stove should heat the house very well. I can use the central air unit to circulate the warm air throughout the house. The intake for the central air is in the ceiling of the dining room where the heat from the stove will go to. I think it will work out well and I will keep you updated on the progress and experience.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Italian Meatballs Easy Recipe And The Taco Food Truck

 

Goes great with the pasta of your choice!

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Italian Meatballs Easy Recipe - (Italian Food)

Ingredients:  - (Meatball Mix)

1 pound round steak
1/2 pound lean pork (ground fine)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup cheese (shredded fine)
1 small onion (grated)
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon ground sage (optional)

Sauce:

1 small can tomatoes (mashed)
1 cup water
1 onion (diced)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Mix all ingredients for meatballs thoroughly and form into small balls. Roll in flour and put into the pan. Mix all ingredients for the sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Thoughts On Italian Meatballs:

Meatballs automatically go with pasta of some kind right? This easy Italian Meatball recipe is one you will enjoy eating for sure. The sauce is out of this world too. You might have noticed in the recipe that ground sage is optional. I love the taste of sage but if you don't like it as much you can easily leave it out. I like spaghetti noodles when I eat meatballs because that is what I am used to and it is most traditional here in America. I would say that any pasta will do.

Extra Information:

It is commonly thought that meatballs were invented by Italians and they brought the recipe to America when they immigrated in the late 1880's and early 1900's. According to history, the earliest known origin of meatballs comes from Rome. You can learn more about the meatballs by visiting Escoffier's post on Bringing Spaghetti And Meatballs To America.

A Question For You:

Do you like pasta with your meatballs? What kind of past do you like? Do you like grated cheese on top? Every time I visit Olive Garden I love to watch the server grate the cheese over the pasta. Also, did you miss my last recipe? It has beef and pasta in it. It is called Beef Stroganoff Biscuit Casserole in case you missed it.

Personal Thoughts For Today:

I wanted to share a food story from last Tuesday. It was a pretty good day as far as Tuesdays go. My employer rewarded us by feeding us lunch that day. As I work in a wood product manufacturing facility, we have a record of safety throughout the year. We have gone a whole year without any recordable incidents and that was cause for celebration.

I Love TACOS TAQUERIA food truck

Do you like food trucks? It seems that food trucks are really popular lately and there are many to choose from in our area. With the warmer weather, the restaurants really increase their revenue by going out into the communities and serving customers where they are. They may set up in retail parking lots, festivals, or even in front of their own restaurant location. Most of the trucks are decorated nicely and catch the eye with bright colors and graphics. I just love some of the catchy names these businesses have.

steak burrito with chips and salsa

We didn't have to pay for our food when the food truck came. Our company paid for the food and I was very happy to get it. I was hungry and I was craving Mexican food. I decided to get the steak burrito. You can tell from the picture I shared here that the burrito was really big. Look at it in comparison to the can of Dr Pepper. It was really good! The burrito came with chips and salsa. After I ate everything and I had to go back to work, It took me an hour or two to feel normal again. My feet felt like steak burritos. They were so heavy and all I wanted to do was take a nap. If my employer is reading this they will be happy to know I did not take a nap. I went back to work and worked very hard.

Share a link in the comments to your favorite food truck! 

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Weights And Measures For Cooking Easy Recipes

 

some of my cooking tools

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Weights And Measures For Cooking Easy Recipes

Standard Abbreviations
(I may not use these in my recipes but if I do this will serve as a useful guide)

t. --- teaspoon
T. --- tablespoon
c. --- cup
f.g. --- few grains
pt. --- pint
qt. --- quart
d.b. --- double boiler
B.P. --- baking powder
oz. --- ounce
lb. --- pound

Guide to Weights and Measures

1 teaspoon = 60 drops
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
5 1/3 tablespoons = 1/3 cup
8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
1 pound = 16 ounces
1 cup = 1/2 pint
2 cups = 1 pint
4 cups = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
8 quarts = 1 peck
4 pecks = 1 bushel

Substitutions and Equivalents

2 tablespoons of fat = 1 ounce
1 cup of fat = 1/2 pound
1 pound of butter = 2 cups
1 cup of hydrogenated fat plus 1/2 t. salt = 1 cup butter
2 cups sugar = 1 pound
2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar = 1 pound
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar = 1 pound
3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar = 1 pound
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour = 1 pound
4 1/2 cups sifted cake flour = 1 pound
1 ounce bitter chocolate = 1 square
4 tablespoons cocoa plus 2 teaspoon butter = 1 ounce of bitter chocolate
1 cup egg whites = 8 to 10 whites
1 cup egg yolks = 12 to 14 yolks
16 marshmallows = 1/4 pound
1 tablespoon cornstarch = 2 tablespoons flour for thickening
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice + 1 cup milk = 1 cup sour milk
10 graham crackers = 1 cup fine crumbs
1 cup whipping cream = 2 cups whipped
1 cup evaporated milk = 3 cups whipped
1 lemon = 3 to 4 tablespoons juice
1 orange = 6 to 8 tablespoons juice
1 cup uncooked rice = 3 to 4 cups cooked rice

Thoughts On Weights And Measures For Cooking

It is essential that you do not confuse "weight" and "volume" when it comes to cooking. I want to share the Guide to Common Cooking Measurements by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Hopefully, this guide will be helpful to you. If you have any comments about these measurements please let me know at the end of this post.

Extra Information For You:

Maybe you have been cooking for a while and you have heard someone use the term "smidgen" or "dollop" when they provide instructions on a recipe. These terms among other cooking terms are very unique. It is almost like a cooking language. I would like to share a great article that explains these terms on these weights and measures. It is by Lapham's Quarterly, and is called How Much Is a Smidgen?

Quick Question To Think About:

Do you have a memory of being in the kitchen with a loved one and they used a cooking term concerning weights and measures? I remember my grandmother cooking and saying "dash" or "pinch" and sometimes she wouldn't use a measuring device except for her hands. This confused me because I am a very analytical person. To me, it made more sense to use a measuring spoon or cup. It seemed to work for her very well and all of us benefited from her tasty cooking. What words do you recall hearing in the kitchen while someone cooked your favorite meal?

Did you miss my last easy recipe? If you did, then you can read it now. It is called Beef Stroganoff Biscuit Casserole where I share a BONUS recipe for BEST CHILI that you just love. Check it out and let me know what you think!

My Personal Thoughts:

Me at Barnes & Noble Bookstore

It has been a very busy week and I intended to share more recipes but just haven't been able to. Friday night my daughter had her friend over to stay the night. I took them to eat Chinese food and then to a local thrift store. I found a couple good T-shirts and some books. I did find an old wood walking cane I plan to refinish and maybe sell. I will share pictures of that later when I get around to working on it.

The girls found a few items at the thrift store and then we went next door to the Aldi grocery store to get snacks for them. After the sacks, we went to the Vintage Stock store so they could shop there. I sat in the car while they looked. The Vintage Stock store is a video game store that also sells posters and movies. I am not into video games that much so it didn't interest me.

Auto Problems:

Before we went into the thrift store I had problems with the side van door opening up. It is automatic and it didn't seem to want to work. No matter how hard I tried or what I did it just didn't work. I had filled up my gas tank at the station and I figured out my gas cap door was not all the way closed. This prevents the sliding door from opening. Once I clicked the gas cap door all the way closed, the sliding door began to work correctly. This happened before but it was so long ago I forgot all about it. The girls had a good time and I got a dad-win taking them out. One thing I learned was that when pumping gas it is very important to make sure the gas cap door is all the way closed before leaving the station.

Ok, I hope I haven't bored you with my dad journeys and making teenage girls have a fun time shopping. I'll be finishing up this post and hopefully, you find the information I shared here helpful. If you have a recipe you would like to share please send it to me. I will give you recipe share credit and link back to your page or social media. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Monday, September 18, 2023

Beef Stroganoff Biscuit Casserole Easy Recipe - Bonus Best Chili

 

See My Bonus Best Chili Recipe - Video Below


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Beef Stroganoff Biscuit Casserole Easy Recipe - With Bonus Best Chili Recipe - (Beef)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pound hamburger
1 cup chopped onion
1 (8 ounces) package of cream cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup catsup
1 tube biscuits

Directions:

Brown beef and onion. Combine cheese, soup, and milk. Add salt, catsup, beef, and onion. Pour into a 2 1/2 quart baking dish.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Arrange biscuits on top and bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

Thoughts On Beef Stroganoff Casserole:

Beef Stroganoff or Stroganov has a Russian food history and I absolutely love it! If you are reading this post then chances are you love it too. This is one of the easiest dishes to prepare and most everyone enjoys this food, even the picky eaters. When I was a kid my mom would make beef stroganoff for dinner and I always ran to the big skillet she cooked in to get me a big plate. Do you like to add anything on top of your beef stroganoff when you eat it? I like salt and pepper!

Extra Information:

Did you know Stroganov was a real person? His name was Alexander Stroganov. Of course, there are other people linked to Beef Stroganoff and you can learn more about these people and the history of this recipe by visiting The Moscow Times.

Quick Question or Two:

How often do you eat Beef Stroganoff? Do you make it yourself or do you enjoy someone making it for you? Also, have you ever eaten leftover Stroganoff on bread like a sandwich? I do that sometimes myself. To me, it makes a great cold sandwich. What dessert do you like after a big meal of Beef Stroganoff? If you are looking for a great dessert then you might like my last easy recipe. It is called Breakfast Milkshake Parfait. Let me know what you think of it. It is easy to prepare and tastes really good.

Personal Thoughts: (and bonus Best Chili Recipe)

I'm going to share my Best Chili Recipe but first I wanted to share how my weekend went.

I didn't get to work as much online as I wanted to because I had so much to do around the house so I am actually putting this post together Sunday night. I also have been working on an article for my homesteader website and I am behind on that for sure. I may have mentioned doing an interview in Jasper, Missouri. It's about an hour and a half drive away from where I live. A man named Jimmy Carter, not the President, welcomed me to his incredible hand-built home and we captured tons of video. I will be sharing a link to that article once I get it published.

Cooler weather is coming on here in the Ozarks and I am installing a wood pellet stove. I had a propane wall heater hanging up but I removed it and will sell it on the Facebook Marketplace. I don't know how much I will get out of the stove but I know it will go to someone who will make good use of it. I'll share a picture here of the propane wall heater.

propane wall heater

I've had this propane wall heater hanging for many years. I haven't used it for several years now because I primarily heat with the propane central air furnace. It is a good backup if the power goes out but my new wood pellet stove I will get this week will do much better. I will be sharing more on that project as it comes along. I'm just trying to diversify and save money with the wood pellet stove project.

Another project I did was to go to my wife's apartment in my daughter's room and help put a school desk together for them. You know how those do-it-yourself projects go. The products are cheaply made and the instructions are sometimes difficult to understand. Getting the right screw in the right place with the right part takes a little patience. I'm glad it is together and my daughter seemed very happy.

Bonus Best Chili Recipe:

Yes, that is a flour tortilla in my bowl!

I personally put this recipe together myself. I worked on it for quite a while and I just love the taste. Every chili tastes different in my opinion but mine is the best! I know this because I love chili so much and have tasted so many different chili recipes. It began when I tasted some chili my step-father cooked. I asked him for his recipe and he gave it to me. I had to work on it though because I was in a phase where I loved to fiddle with recipes and make them all my own. I made this recipe the way I wanted my chili to taste for me. Another reason I say this is the Best Chili recipe is because everyone who tries my chili says it's the BEST they ever tasted. So it is confirmation for me that I have done a great job. I don't mind sharing my chili recipe with you at all. I want you to make it for yourself and see what you think.

This chili recipe makes a big pot of chili so you will want a big pot to cook it in. Rather than write the recipe down here, and please forgive me, I thought I would share an actual video of me making this chili for you. It is on one of my old YouTube channels and at the time of this post, the video is about seven years old. The video is only 3:52 minutes long. Here is my video Super Easy Chili Recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments here and in the video. I changed my mind on just sharing the video after looking at it but check it out anyway. You will see how it has changed. I will list the actual ingredients here.

Chili Ingredients: (I usually add everything in this order and let it cook on the stove for at least 30 minutes to get everything all cooked together.)

2 pounds meat
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 can mushrooms (small)
3 chili season packets (McCormick regular)
1 can tomato sauce (or 2 small cans)
1 can Rotel (regular)
1 big jar of salson (medium spicy - On The Border) or two small jars
1 bell pepper (chopped)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cans sweet corn
3 cans chili beans (regular)
2 cans kidney beans
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 bay leaves

*I like to place a flour tortilla in my bowl and top it with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chili cheese flavor Fritos. Yes! I love to eat chili!

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed my recipes and this blog post!

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Breakfast Milkshake - Parfait Easy Recipe

 


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Breakfast Milkshake - Parfait Easy Recipe (Beverages)

Ingredients:

1 banana
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
8 ounces frozen sliced strawberries
1 (6 ounces) yogurt
6 ounces milk
6 ounces orange juice

Optional:
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
Granola

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For added protein (and crunch). toss in sunflower seeds and puree.

Variation: Layer into a glass with granola to make a breakfast parfait.

Thoughts On Breakfast Milkshake - Parfait:

This is a great recipe to have in the morning before you start off your day. It is very easy to prepare for the day before because everything is already in the refrigerator or freezer. All you have to do is throw the ingredients in the blender and enjoy. In just a few minutes you will be loving this quick easy milkshake or parfait.

Extra Information:

The word "milkshake" was first coined in 1885. It was actually a whisky drink at first. That marketing was short-lived and soon became a drink that appealed to children without alcohol. Other ingredients could be added like chocolate. It became a family-friendly drink and its popularity soared. Today there is hardly anyone in the Western culture who doesn't know what a milkshake is. You can visit IcebergDriveInn to learn more about The Complete History of Milkshakes.

Quick Question:

What is your favorite milkshake or parfait? Do you prefer a milkshake or a parfait? My favorite is a chocolate flavor milkshake and for a parfait, I love strawberry and banana. This would also make a great dessert after a good steak meal. Did you see my last recipe made with steak? If you didn't I will share it with you here. It would go great with a milkshake or parfait. It is called Steak Rollatini's and is considered an Italian dish. You may think of eggplant when you hear about Rollatini but this one is made with steak instead. Let me know what you think of it.

My Thoughts:

Amish horse and buggy at my local gas station.

I stopped by the gas station on the way to work yesterday and this Amish horse and buggy was there. I got about twenty dollars worth of fuel and it cost around $3.75 cents per gallon. Do you remember when fuel was under $2 dollars a gallon? I sure miss those days and I wonder if we will ever get back to those prices.

My first thought when I saw this horse and buggy was how much the Amish save on fuel but then I thought about the pros and cons of not using an automobile. If I had a horse I would have to have hay, feed, and a place to keep my horse. It would take much longer to get to where I am going too. Think about how cold or hot it would be in a horse buggy during extreme weather. One good thing would be to use the horse manure for compost in the garden.

There is an Amish community not too far from where I live. Most of the Amish people in my area are situated along a certain two-lane highway you have to drive in order to get to the main highway. I always enjoy driving along that road. From the road, you can see about six different homes that Amish people live in. They have sheep, geese, horses, and other farm animals. They have long clotheslines where their laundry is on display. The colors are white, blue, black, and gray. I have even seen clothes out on the line in the middle of winter. You can always tell when there is an event among the Amish because you will see tons of horses and buggies in one place and all the young Amish children are outside playing.

Seeing an Amish community is like stepping back in time. I don't think I would like to permanently live that type of lifestyle but I would like to be more self-sufficient in living. Amish make great food and I always enjoy seeing the Amish. The only downside about driving through the Amish community besides the "country" smell their animals put in the air is driving behind their horse and buggy very slow. Sometimes you will see Amish children in the back of the buggy and they like to stare and wave at those in the cars behind them. I don't know if they are being friendly or making fun of us because we have to drive slowly. One thing is for sure, they didn't have to pay $3.75 a gallon for their car.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Steak Rollatini's Easy Recipe - Italian Food

 


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Steak Rollatini's Easy Recipe - (Italian Food)

Ingredients:

1 pound top or bottom round of beef per person, sliced very thin
Garlic salt
Salt
Pepper
Butter
Parmesan cheese
Chopped parsley
Bay leaves

Directions:

Cut strips of meat 3 inches wide. Place a little bit of each ingredient on each slice. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Put bay leaves between rollatinis on toothpicks. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on charcoal or broiler. These freeze very well.

Thoughts On Steak Rollatini's:

You may notice when I listed the ingredients, I didn't give any measurements except for the amount of beef to use. There is a reason for this. This is a very intuitive recipe. When I wrote out the directions you may notice I said "Place a little bit of each ingredient" and that is to challenge you to feel your way while cooking the recipe. In doing this, hopefully, it will help you get in touch with your Italian side. 

Extra Information:

Rollatini is not a real Italian word. It just sounds very Italian and is a form of word invention for food branding. You can thank a smart marketer for that one. In Italy, the dish is called Involtini di melanzane. Rollatini actually means Italian Cooking. Rollatini is most commonly made with eggplant but it can be made with veal, chicken, or fish. For the recipe I shared, it is made with beef. You can decide what you would like to use. You can learn more about Rollatini by visiting Beef2Live.

Quick Question:

Have you ever tried cooking or eating Rollatini? If you have, would you care to share your experience with this food? Did you see my last easy recipe? See my Pumpkin Bread recipe if you missed it.

My Thoughts:

Frozen Deer Meat

In my previous posts, I shared about a young man who I used to work with. He is only 20 years old and quit working where I work to start his own fishing bait business. He has leased a shop in a downtown rural city right on the square. He makes plastic fishing lures as well as metal fishing lures. All handmade.

He doesn't have a website yet but he does have social media accounts. He is currently hiring someone to create his website for him so that he will be able to process orders through. I will share his Facebook business page link here with his business name. His Facebook business page is called Bubba Red's Bait Co.

His name is Cyris Helms. Cyris messaged me on Facebook today and wanted to know if I would like to come by his shop and take a look. He also wanted to share some frozen deer meat with me. He is trying to make room in his freezer for the next round of deer he kills for the bow hunting season. It starts this week and I thought to share some meat with me. I am glad to get it. I don't have much time for hunting but I do love to hunt and eat wild game.

I grew up eating deer meat and I just love the flavor of deer meat. Some people don't like it as much because it has a gamey taste to it. The gamey taste comes from the blood in the meat. You can get rid of the gamey taste by soaking the meat in cold water for a few days. You periodically replace the water and keep ice in the water too.

Have you ever tried deer meat? Here in the Ozarks, deer meat is very popular. Many people hunt for deer in this area. You can drive down rural roads and most likely you will see deer, turkey, or other wildlife. As a matter of fact, I was going home from Cyris's bait shop and had to slow down for a young deer on the side of the road. Thankfully I did not hit the deer with my car. People hitting deer happens so often around here.

Thank you so much for reading this recipe blog post. I hope you enjoyed it and I would love to hear from you what you think about this recipe or anything else I shared. Have a super day!

Friday, September 8, 2023

Pumpkin Bread Easy Recipe

 


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Pumpkin Bread Easy Recipe - (Breads, Rolls)

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar
1 cup salad oil
4 eggs
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup water
2 cups pumpkin
3 1/2 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

Combine ingredients with an electric mixer. Divide batter into 3 greased bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until done. (Freezes well too.)

Thoughts On Pumpkin Bread:

At the time of this recipe blog post, we are coming to the close of the summer months. It is still warm during the day here in Missouri, but it is nice and cool at night. This pumpkin bread will almost make you think of banana bread when you bite into it, but it has a really nice pumpkin flavor. If you have never had pumpkin bread, you are in for a treat with this recipe. You might never think of pumpkins the same way again after trying it. During the fall time, I always try to get at least one pumpkin for decorating but this recipe makes me want to use it for cooking again. I also like saving the seeds for roasting in the oven. You can add any season you like for that and I may share a recipe I like later on.

Extra Information:

Did you know that pumpkins originated from central America and they began being used for cooking as far back as before the birth of Christ? You can learn more about the history of pumpkins by visiting Classic History. They also share a great recipe as well.

Quick Question:

Have you ever made pumpkin bread? Have you ever eaten pumpkin seeds? I am sure you have been involved in making a jack-o-lantern or just used a pumpkin as outdoor decoration. What are your thoughts on this recipe? If you missed my last recipe I will share it here. It is not a sweet recipe but it is one that will go well with fall weather. It is called Tortilla Soup Easy Recipe and I am sure you will like it if you have not tried it before.

My Thoughts:


I wanted to share a picture of a KitchenAid stand mixer my daughter is wanting to purchase. If you have been reading my posts you will know that she is quite the baker. She mostly focuses on cookies and browning and sells them at the local farmer's market. I haven't been able to get her to several of the last markets because I have had to work on Fridays. The market hours are from 2:30pm to 6:30pm on Fridays. I work a sencon shift job and we start at 3:15pm so when I work that makes it impossible for me to help my daughter get to market. She has been saving her money for a mixer but she is not met her goal yet. She loves the yellow mixer. I think that one is the best too.

I just wanted to say thank you for reading my recipe blog post and to let you know that it helps. If you are interested in helping me to help my daughter reach her goal you can share this post with your friends. It is my goal to share great recipes and entertaining content. I might share trivial information about my life but I am always looking for great people to share with. I am very interested in your comments or opinions. Please feel free to share.

I hope you have a happy Friday and a great weekend. Thank you very much for visiting!




Thursday, September 7, 2023

Tortilla Soup Easy Recipe

 


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Tortilla Soup Easy Recipe - (Soups, Mexican Food)

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 cups water
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can beef broth
1 (14 1//2 oz.) can chicken broth
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes (or may substitute 10 oz. can RoTel diced tomatoes and green chilies)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 (12 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (1/2 of 1 1/4 oz. envelope)
Tortilla chips, coarsely crushed (about 3 cups)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

Directions:

Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes, and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine water, beef and chicken broths, undrained tomatoes, onion, and green pepper. Bring to a boil, add chicken, and reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Add corn and taco seasoning. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes longer.

To serve, place crushed tortilla chips into each bowl. Ladle hot soup atop. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Makes 6 servings.

Thoughts On Tortilla Soup:

I don't know about you but I can eat soup all year around. It doesn't matter if it is hot outside I still like to eat soup, especially if it is great Tortilla Soup! I am a jalapeno lover so I like to add some fresh-cut raw jalapenos to my soup. If the jalapeno peppers are too hot for you then you can add some crushed red pepper. Where are my spicy friends? I know my last recipe was a Mexican dish but this falls into the soup category and I give myself a pass for posting it today.

Extra Information:

Did you know that tortilla soup was invented in Tlaxcala the Mexican state? Tortilla soups is a staple food for the Mexican people. Every family may make it just a little different but it is a sure thing you just may find some sort of tortilla soup in their house. You can learn more about tortilla soup by visiting Slurrp.

Quick Question:

Have you ever tasted tortilla soup? What do you think about the recipe I shared here? If you haven't tasted this Mexican soup I would like to encourage you, like always to give it a go and whip a pot of soup up. Another question for you. Did you see my last recipe? It is a Mexican recipe as well. You may like it. It is called Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. It is a Mexican easy recipe you will love just as much as tortilla soup.

My Thoughts:


Here is a picture of a pepper plant my mother bought for me for my birthday. I thought you would enjoy seeing a picture of it. My daughter put it in a bucket and has been watering it. I can't remember the name of this pepper but it turns red when it is ripe and it has a smokey flavor to it. I wish it was an heirloom plant so I could save the seeds and grow more. They grow really big and I love them.

It has been a busy week so far. I am looking forward to the weekend to try some new recipes. I have a friend where I work who shared with me some taco chicken. I am still trying to get that secret recipe. It tasted super. I do know there is taco seasoning in the chicken but there is also other ingredients as well. I think recipes should be shared. I don't understand "secret" recipes that people do not want to share with others. I could understand if it was a donut chain or fried chicken empire but just a regular recipe that you cook at home should be shared with the world.

I think this is a good place in this recipe blog post to mention something that I heard and I can get your feedback on what you would do in that same situation. I was at an apartment complex and the neighbors upstairs were being very loud. I heard yelling and they had their windows open for everyone to hear. I know you might expect me to tell you I heard a couple fighting but that is not what I heard. I heard a mother yelling at her four year old daughter. It wasn't just once but it went on and on. It was hard for me to listen to. Some of the things I heard made me want to go knock on her door and ask if everything was ok. Actually if I am completely honest I wanted to go yell at the woman for yelling at her child like she did. I didn't do anything. I just left and thought about it a lot this evening. I felt so sad for that little girl. Kids should not be spoken to that way. What would you do in that situation? I know this is a serious topic to share in a recipe blog post but this is also my personal blog where I share things in my life. At any rate, I would love to hear from you about this recipe or anything else I write.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a super blessed day!

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Easy Recipe

 


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Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Easy Recipe - (Mexican Food)

Ingredients:

1 dozen flour tortillas
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 (4 oz.) can chopped mild green chilies
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken

Directions:

Combine cheese, onion, and chicken in a bowl. Mix well. Place several tablespoons of mixture down the center of each tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down in a greased 13x9 inch pan.

In a saucepan, melt margarine, and blend in the flour. Add broth and cook until bubbly. Stir in sour cream and chilies. Heat through and pour over tortillas. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes and pour over tortillas. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle extra cheese over the top and melt it as desired.

Thoughts On Sour Cream Enchiladas:

When I visit a tremendous Mexican restaurant I love to order chicken enchiladas. Well, the first thing I order from the waiter or waitress is corn chips and salsa. A nice drink goes well with the chips of course. Then after I have devoured the chips and drinks I like to order chicken enchiladas. There is something about the Mexican restaurant atmosphere that always gets me. They usually have some sort of Mexican music playing. Have you noticed that many Mexican restaurants have very decorative furniture? I just love the carved wooden chairs painted and finished to a shine.

Extra Information:

Enchiladas have an interesting history. Supposedly, they originated from the Mayan culture. Since corn was a regular food source for the Mayans they created tortillas to eat. The natural progression for the food would be chicken enchiladas. Over time the great-tasting dish made its way into Western food culture. You can read more about the history of the enchilada at Guadalajara's The History Of Enchiladas.

Quick Question:

How do you feel about my Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Easy Recipe? Have you tried cooking chicken enchiladas before? Do you have a special recipe you would like to share with me? I would enjoy hearing from you concerning chicken enchiladas and any tips you might have when cooking them. Have you been enjoying my easy recipes? Maybe you missed my last recipe Impossible Cheeseburger Pie.

My Thoughts:

I've been off work for the past five days and it has been the fastest five days off I've had in a while. Each day it seemed I had something I needed to accomplish. I go back to work Tuesday afternoon because I work nights right now and it was Labor Day weekend. I'll get back to how my Labor Day went but first I'll share an update on my daughter's cell phone.

I got her a new phone and all her personal information was erased from the old phone and put on her new phone. Most importantly, she has all her baking recipes on her phone now and can continue baking her cookies for the farmer's market. She is very excited about that. She did mention to me that now she realizes how important personal information is to her on her cellphone. She talked about how valuable smartphones are and it made me proud to hear her talk that way. Obviously, I am having her pay for her phone. It would be easy just to forget about it since my phone provider is letting me finance her a used phone but in the long run, it will help teach her more responsibility.

I did manage to sell a TV on Facebook Marketplace over the five days off. I delivered it to the person who purchased it and I helped set up the brand new Roku that came with the TV. My youngest daughter went with me to help deliver the TV. It was a 42-inch plasma-screen television. It is very heavy too. It was a good thing it had carry handles on the TV. I had another person on Facebook Marketplace show interest in a trumpet I have for sale. They agreed to buy the trumpet and we planned on meeting up. On the day we were supposed to meet up, they changed their mind and decided not to purchase the trumpet. It is very disappointing when that happens but that is part of selling things online and meeting with them in public.

I helped my daughter move some things to her apartment at her mom's place and finished up the weekend at my mom's house on Labor Day. She cooked us pork steaks, brats, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, baked Brussels sprouts, and chicken noodles. We also had apple pie and a cake she made. My daughter baked her famous chocolate chip cookies. It was a good time with family and good food for sure.

As a final thought, I am thinking of installing a wood pellet heat stove in my house. I heat with propane but would like to supplement with wood heat. I don't want to worry about a regular wood stove and buying precut wood from individuals. I think wood pellets would be easier and help with the propane bill. Last year propane cost almost $4 a pound. I will share more about this heating project and the general cost in the future.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear from you about it. Please leave a comment below and share this post with a friend. Thank you for reading!

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