Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Meal prepping is fun!

A few weeks ago hubby found me a YouTube channel that shares meal prepping recipes. We've tried two of their recipes so far and quite impressed! Meal prepping is such a great idea for when you come home from work exhausted and don't want to eat out. You just simply pop your ready made meal in the microwave and it's ready in a few minutes.

I've tried making pad Thai in the past, but I never cared for it, until tonight.

Here is where I found the recipe.

I am so glad I thought to ask my local kitchen store if they had any woks for sale. They had one left, on clearance. Normally it would have been $85 but I got it for $60. I love the wok! No more do I have the food falling out of the pan. There's so much space to cook it all in.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

15 bean soup with cornbread

I have fond memories of eating beans and cornbread with my Granny every week. The only thing is that she liked to use a ton of vegetable oil in it. When we lived with her, I had to hide the bottle so she didn't use too much.

Anyways, I decided to make a batch of 15 bean soup for supper tonight. I tried making some awhile back according to the directions but I found it tasted too watery.

First, I soaked the beans overnight. Then I rinsed the beans and drained them. Put them in my large oval crockpot and put just enough water to barely cover the beans. I put the lid on at 8 in the morning and set to low. Around noon, I checked on it and the beans had nearly cooked all the way. I opened up a can of diced tomatoes and added some dried onions and garlic powder.

 About 2 in the afternoon, I added a pound of diced cubed ham. It is simmering nicely while the cornbread bakes.

I have two favorite cornbread recipes that I use depending on my mood. I grew up on spicy cornbread. I wish I had my Granny's recipe. Her cornbread had cheese, creamed corn, green chillies and bacon in it. It was delicious! I grew up thinking that all cornbread tasted this way. Until I met my husband. He grew up on the kind of cornbread that tastes like cake.

Since my Granny passed, I have switched to eating his style. The first recipe is sweeter than the other. It reminds me of a light sweet cake.

If you've only ever tasted cornbread in a box try this recipe!

Sweet cornbread

Preheat oven to 400.

1 cup of flour
1 cup of yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup oil (I use butter)
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoon baking powder
2-4 Tablespoons of sugar

Mix dry. Beat egg in separate bowl. Add milk. Mix liquid into dry. I like to grate the butter on top and mix together. It will melt while it bakes.

Bake in cast iron or greased skillet for 25 minutes until golden brown.

When I want cornbread, but want something less sweet, I make this one-


1 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup of milk
1 egg
1 Tablespoon of oil

Mix everything together like the other. Pour in a small greased skillet and bake 425 for 25-30 minutes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Farmhouse kitchen cloth

I found this pattern on ravelry. It reminds me of my knitted dish cloth with ridges pattern. It looks similar but is made differently.

Here is what I have so far.

This cloth is a set of six that I'm making for an order. I'll post up all six when I get the ends of the others weaved in. I'm trying to make six different cloths.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...