Use For Old Terrycloth Towels

Do you have an old terrycloth towel that has lost the terry? Do not throw it away yet! You can use it for disposable rags, and save money on paper towels.

Cut the towel into pieces that are just larger than your hand. Use them for rags for very dirty jobs like cleaning the oven or the toilet. When you are finished with the rag, throw it away!

Pieces of an old beach towel!

Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cake

The recipe for : Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cake was created by Carol Reen

This recipe was created to utilize the abundance of berries many of us have in our personal patches and of course to enjoy!!

1 teaspoon stevia   or    3/4 cup sugar blend    or    1 1/2 cup sugar

& 1/2 cup sugar

 

1 1/4 cup Canola oil.                                    Dry Ingredients

3 eggs.                                                                   1 cup whole wheat flour

4 cups fresh raspberries.                             2 cups white flour

1 teaspoon vanilla.                                          2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup buttermilk

Marbling:

8 ounces cream cheese.                               1/4 cup sugar

1 egg.                                                                         1 cup chocolate chips

Beat sugar and oil until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in raspberries and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Add some of the dry mixture and then some of the buttermilk to the sugar and oil mixture. Alternately adding wet and dry until both have been completely utilized. Pour into a greased 13×9 inch 

pan.

Beat the softened cream cheese with the 1/4 cup sugar and egg in a different bowl until well blended. I like to use the mixer for the cream cheese mixture. Spoon creamed mixture onto the top of the cake in the shape of a figure eight. Cut through the marbling mixture with a knife, with the goal of reaching the edges with the marble or cream cheese. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake 45 minutes to an hour at 350degrees. Insert toothpick, if it comes out clean, the cake is done. Do not poke a chocolate chip, doing so may mar your results. Let cool! Enjoy!

At the top of the recipe are three different options for sweetening this cake please choose: either 1 teaspoon stevia and 1/2 cup sugar or 3/4 cup sugar blend or 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Using all three would make the cake much too sweet.

Succulent Sausage Rolls

Looking for something new and delicious for Easter breakfast this year?

Succulent Sausage Rolls

We may have the right recipe for you! These rolls are a golden yellow color once they are baked. They smell delicious! The special ingredient that makes them moist is healthful for you! We can keep that ingredient a secret just between us.

Succulent Sausage Rolls

  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed squash
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 one-pound packages breakfast sausages

1 cup of warm water into which you dissolve 2 tablespoons of yeast(that is 2 packages of yeast if you do not buy it in bulk.)

While the yeast is proofing, combine 1 egg, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup cooked and mashed squash. There it is the ingredient you may just want to keep to your self! Mix the above ingredients together well. Then add the proofed yeast. Mix a little. Add the flour 1 cup at a time. First you will stir in the flour. As the mixture becomes thicker, you need to knead. Keep kneading and adding flour (up to 6 cups) until the dough is not too sticky. Make sure you use flour to get all the dough off the sides of the bowl also the spoon, and knead that in as well. The kneading should take about 5-6 minutes. Grease the bowl. Plop the dough into it, turn the dough over in the bowl. Cover the bowl and let it rise in a prewarmed oven of 180 degrees that is off, for one hour.

Frying breakfast sausages

Start frying the little breakfast sausages. 2  one pound packages should be enough. When they are all fried, cover them with aluminum foil to keep them warm.

Cutting triangles of dough

When the hour is over, knead the dough a few times. Flour part of your work surface.  Take a large handful of dough, place it in the center of the flour and roll it to about an eighth inch thickness. Trim off the ends to make a rough rectangle. Now cut the rectangle into triangles that start out about the width of the sausage and taper down to a point. See the picture above. Wrap a sausage in the triangle of dough starting at the wide end. See the picture below. When it is wrapped, place it on a greased tray. Repeat these steps until you you have all the sausages wrapped.

Rolling the dough around the sausage

If you still have dough left, take a small handful and roll it like you would to make a meatball. Place on the tray.  When all the dough has been utilized, cover the trays and let rise for 45 minutes. After 30 minutes has elapsed light the oven to 400 degrees. When the oven is at the correct temperature, place rolls in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Left-Dinner rolls
Right-Succulent sausage rolls

You can store the rolls in a plastic bag in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat the rolls at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Take some time this weekend to ponder the questions: Is Jesus Lord of my life? Is Jesus Lord over every area of my Life?

Happy Easter Everyone!

Thank you to my son, Benjamin, who thought of the new idea!

Cleaning With a Coffee Container

Spring is right around the corner and so is spring cleaning. I was raised, that when you clean something, you get the cleaning bucket. You fill the cleaning bucket with warm water and then pour in the cleaner. Perhaps there is a better way!

To save money on cleaning products look at the manufacturers direction and used the advised amount of cleaner per gallon of water. Measuring saves money!

My daughter had this idea. For smaller jobs use less cleaner by filling a coffee container with warm water and using a fraction of what you would put in a bucket of water. If you are like me or my daughter, you may only have time to clean for an hour or even a half hour. That is okay. Doing a little bit at a time is better than putting off til tomorrow what should be done today.  You do not need a full bucket of steaming water to clean one cabinet or the refrigerator.

Sometimes I only have time to clean one shelf in a cabinet during the evening.  I grab an empty coffee container fill it halfway with warm water and then add a little wood cleaning detergent. I empty the dishes from the shelf into the dishwasher. I wipe the ceiling of the cabinet, the three walls of the cabinet. If there is a reusable shelf liner, I put that in another coffee container with some warm water and dish detergent to soak. Later I wash it out and then hang it over the shower head to dry if it is winter or nighttime or outside in the summertime.

If there are dishes to be washed, I wash them and let them dry. While waiting for the shelf liner to dry, I put the clean, dry dishes on a tray which I leave on the counter or the table, out of the way. The next evening I put the clean shelf liner on the shelf and replace the clean dishes. If I still have time, I clean the next shelf.

Proverbs 18:9 says “He who is slothful in his work, Is brother to him who is a great destroyer.”

Frugal Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the giving of thanks.  The Pilgrims gave thanks to God for enabling them to grow food in the New World so they could stay in the New World and worship God as they believed the Bible showed them, they should.

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we should celebrate with sense.   Do not make 5 different vegetable dishes if only two are needed.   Freeze extra leftovers do not just throw them away.  Have Thanksgiving at home and not at a restaurant so you can enjoy all the leftovers.

Boil down the turkey carcass or the bone from the ham after the majority of the meat has been eaten.  Boil the bones until the marrow is out of them.  A healthful broth will gel when cooled.

Spend time with family.  Eat the delicious meal together and then stay to play cards or a game. Spend time purposing to be grateful and giving thanks to God and others around us!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Cabbage Concoction

Do you have an abundance of cabbage this year, but you do not need any sauerkraut?

Why not try my cabbage concoction? Cabbage needs to be sautéed before it can be frozen. Here is a delicious way to preserve your cabbage and make in advance a delicious, healthy entree to enjoy during the cold winter months.

Ingredients include: bacon, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, garlic, salt, and peppers.

You need:

8 pieces of bacon

2 small onions or 1 medium onion

1/2 large cabbage

1 large tomato

4 pieces of garlic, 4 teaspoons of minced garlic can be used if you do not have fresh garlic

2 peppers- bell or hot

1 teaspoon salt

The most time consuming part of this recipe is the chopping. Prepare all the ingredients for the  concoction first. Chop 2 medium sized onions. I used red onions because that is what I had in the garden. I have also used Vidalia onions. Dice the garlic. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can use minced garlic. Shred the cabbage. We used half of a large head of cabbage. Dice one large tomato. Chop the hot peppers or even a green bell peppers; this ingredient is optional. As always I recommend letting the kids help!

Fry 8 pieces of bacon in the frying pan. Remove the bacon from the pan to a small cutting board. Put the onions into the hot bacon grease. If the bacon is lean, you can add up to 4 teaspoons of olive oil. Cook them stirring occasionally and cut up the bacon into small pieces while cooking the onions. When the onions are starting to turn brown, add the tomato and garlic. Stir it a couple times for about 15 seconds then add the cabbage and bacon. Do not forget the salt! After about three minutes add the peppers. Stirring requires caution at first. After the cabbage begins to cook down then it gets easier. Keep stirring until the cabbage is thoroughly cooked. If you grasp the mixture between a metal spatula and a pair of tongs, you can turn the mixture more easily.

Keep stirring the cabbage until all the cabbage is completely mixed. Put the lid on the pan and turn the heat to low. Let the cabbage cook for about twelve minutes on low heat. When the cabbage is thoroughly cooked, turn the heat off and let the mixture cool. When the mixture is cool, place the entire mixture in a freezer bag and freeze it.

In the winter simply remove the cabbage concoction from the freezer and let it thaw. Remove from bag and place in baking dish. Bake it at 325 degrees until warm about 40 minutes.

Fruit Leather Made Easy

Strawberry Fruit Leather made at home!

You need a dehydrator for this recipe.

Use a can of canned pears. This recipe is a great way to utilize canned pears leftover from the previous year’s canning. Open the can or jar and pour the entire contents into a two quart saucepan. Turn the heat to medium high. Stir until the juice starts to simmer. Take a potato masher and crush the pears to make the mixture look like applesauce. You can stop here and pour the contents onto the solid tray that fits on a shelf in the dehydrator. Or…. show your creativity by adding one cup of another fruit to the simmering mixture. Our favorite is strawberries. You can take a cup of frozen fruit, add it to the simmering pear sauce and again apply the potato masher. Keep mushing and mixing until the mixture is uniform. Use fresh fruit if you have it and simmer until it is sauce.

Spoon the mixture onto the solid tray that fits on the shelf of your dehydrator. Be careful not to overflow the tray. You may get a bowl of fruit sauce to enjoy for lunch! Set the dehydrator at 135 degrees, leave it for twenty to twenty-four hours. When you have to carefully  scrape it off the tray and it looks like leather, it is finished. The kids love it. It travels well. Just roll it onto a piece of wax paper and put it in a zippered bag to keep it fresh! Enjoy!!

Carmelized Conundrum

Ever have too many carmelized onions? You do not want to waste them and just throw them away. Here is a new idea for me at least. Find those ice cube trays in the cabinet. Wash them, so they are nice and clean. Fill them with the carmelized onions and put them in the freezer. When they are frozen, pop them out of the trays and into a freezer bag. Close the bag and put them back in the freezer until needed. You could thaw one cube per person and put them on your hamburger to make an onion burger! You can put several in a pot of soup you are making. You could thaw some to have with sausage sandwiches! Keep thinking!!!