hot drink mixes

Hot Drink Mixes

I love cold weather because it’s my time to sip on hot drinks. My two favorite recipes are listed below this section (Decadent Hot Cocoa and the Spiced Tea Mix). However, there are times I’d like something different. I went on a search and found the following hot drink mixes. I hope to try them…

Pie Crust 101

Making pie crusts can be tricky, but don’t get discouraged. With a few tips and a little practice, you can make scrumptious and flaky desserts, too. So, let’s take a look at Pie Crust 101. Flaky Pie Crust This is for a 10″ pie. 1½ cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon salt ¼ cup shortening ¼…

spiced tea mix

Spiced Tea Mix

This is spiced tea mix PERFECT for cold winter nights. It makes quite a bit so you can even package some up in a pretty container to give as Christmas gifts. Spiced Tea Mix 2 cups Tang 2 cups sugar 1 cup instant tea 1 package lemonade 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon cloves Mix together…

the mighty chile pequin

Ah, the Mighty Chile Pequin

Chile Pequins are an extremely hot pepper rating above 30,000 Scoville Units. Yep…hotter than a jalapeno. I’ve grown to really love these peppers as they are tiny enough to provide a great amount of heating using just a little bit. This is the first year we ever planted a chile pequin, although we’ve tried to…

canning marinara sauce

Canning Marinara Sauce

We have been so blessed this year with an abundance of tomatoes. I’ve been able to put up (can) many jars of salsa, marinara, and even Italian tomato sauce. It’s been awesome. Here is the recipe I use for when we are canning marinara sauce. It’s easy and tastes incredible in spaghetti, pizza, etc. Ingredients: 7…

9 ways to use excess zucchini

9 Ways to Use Excess Squash

It’s the middle of May and I’ve already picked about 9 yellow squash and two green squash. We only planted 3 summer squash plants and one winter squash. The winter squash takes about 90 days to mature (as it’s more like a pumpkin than a summer squash). So, while that’s growing, we are getting quite…

cooking with bulk meats

Cooking with Bulk Meats

One thing we’ve done for many years is cooking with bulk meats – whether it’s turkey, ham or even brisket.  It’s a great way to make many meals at once saving money and hours in the kitchen.  For a turkey, I will roast it like I would for Thanksgiving, carving the meat into 2-3 cup portions,…

roasted chicken

Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken is one of our family favorites. Check out this easy recipe and enjoy a scrumptious dinner at home tonight. 1 whole chicken ¼ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons dried rosemary 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon lemon pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 lemon, quartered 2 celery stalks, cut in half or smaller sections…

chicken pot pie

Chicken Pot Pie

  Chicken Pot Pie is a great way to use the remainder of the roasted chicken you made the other night: 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken 1 cup sliced carrots 1 cup frozen green peas 1 cup diced potatoes ½ cup sliced celery ⅓ cup butter ⅓ cup chopped onion ⅓ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon…

multiple meals from one chicken

Multiple Meals From One Chicken

I’ll buy chicken one of two ways – either bone-in breasts or a whole chicken.  It really just depends on what is on sale and what I feel like cooking.  Typically the chicken I buy is $1.49 a pound, but about once every two months it’ll go on sale to $1 a pound.  These are…