Recipes For My Boys: July 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pizza Slices

Time for more fun!  Today, for lunch, we made Pizza Slices.  My Boys have such a great time making these delicious and fun pizza slices.  We hope you do too!  ~hugs~

Pizza Slices

1 tube Cresent Rolls
Pizza or Spaghetti Sauce
4 String Cheese
Toppings of your choice

My oven cooks at a high temperature.  The cresent roll tube said to preheat to 375 degrees...I am cooking at 325 degrees.   You know your oven...set it just like you would when cooking these without the fun on top.  :D

Unroll and arrange wedges on two cookie sheets.   I lined mine with parchment paper, you don't have to. 
Now, the fun begins!  My Boys put the spaghetti sauce on top of the wedges, over and beyond.  ~smiles~  They then pull apart the string cheese.  You can use already grated cheese but this adds more hands on fun.
Put the cheese on and you choice of toppings. 
I cooked mine for half the time stated.  Then turned the broiler on low just to heat up the cheese more for, 30 seconds to 1 minute keeping a watch on the slices with the door open.
Please note, the cheese will not melt like grated cheese.

For dessert you may want to buy another tube of cresent rolls and make these also,  Red, White and Blueberries

My Boys were so proud of the pizza slices they made.  <3

Things got a little messy.  ~smiles~

Getting toppings to add.

Adding black olives...what was left of them that is.  ~big grin~

The Twins creations right before going in the oven.  <3

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tortellini Salad

I found this recipe about 20 years ago and make it all the time.  My Boys just love it and we hope you do too.  ~Hugs~

My twins made this Tortellini Salad!  <3 p="">

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Outside In Chili Dogs and Cheese Dogs

My Boys love Hot Dogs! I thought it would be a good idea to but a surprise inside for the little ones. I boiled some the other day and today I fixed them in a grill pan. The grilled turned out the best to me.

To make the Inside Out Cheese Dogs you need string cheese and hot dogs. Pull apart in 4 pieces and pop them in the freezer while you get the dogs ready. I used a popsicle stick, or craft stick, to hollow the inside. Push in and twist to remove some of the inside. You may need to go to the other side and do this again. Take the cheese out of the freezer when it has hardened and push through the hole in the hot dog. Tada!!! Cheese dogs..Now you can grill or boil them. Just be careful and keep an eye on them so the cheese doesn't come out.

To make the Inside Out Chili Dogs I pureed a can of chili beans. Hollowed out the dogs as before and used a long skinny decorating tip to fill the hot dog with chili beans. You may want to hollow these out a bit more than the cheese ones to have more chili inside. I grilled these. The ones I boiled, I hollowed the hot dog, cooked and filled with the chili beans.

Wrap in lettuce leaves, cut in slices or put on a bun! Enjoy!

Fun Time Shopping

The other day we went to the store and had fun!  The Boys always like to go to the toy section and that day they got to each pick a cheap toy. 

My oldest, Lucas, picked out Jungle Animals.  He is everything Animals and Dinosaurs!  If he only had one thing to pick out,  it would be animal related.  He loves to watch Animal Planet and Discovery.  Look on the internet to learn all he possibly can.

Wade picked out a puzzle.  He always loves to sit down and put puzzles together, do crafts or just draw.  Each day he brings me multiple masterpieces he has created.  We are decorating our walls with the Boys framed artwork.  ~big, proud smile~

Reid picked out a gumball bank.  Two of his very favorite things are money and something sweet!  The ultimate gift to make him happy and keep him occupied.  At least until the gum runs out.  ~giggles~

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cheddar Chicken Strips

I was looking for something to cook for supper last night.   I found chicken breast and My Boys little fishy crackers. I thought I would try something new.   The boys really liked it and ate every bit of it.  :D

Cheddar Chicken Strips

2 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast cut in strips

1/2 cup (that’s all I had) finely crushed little cheddar fishes or other cheddar crackers 

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon coarse ground garlic with parsley

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 375 

Grease cookie sheet

Beat eggs and milk together.

Put fishy crumbs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl.

Dip chicken strips in egg, then in crumbs and place on cookie sheet. 

Cook for 10 minutes and turn over.  Cook another 5-10 minutes.






Vanilla Ice

My Boys always love ice cream, so do I,  but we don't own an ice cream maker.  I started off making single servings of Ice Cream In A Bag.  Then decided I needed to make more.  The boys arms would get tired of shaking the bag and I would do all the shaking for them.  A little work out for ice cream...good trade out.  :D

I have been making Watermelon Ice, Cantaloupe Ice and Frozen Creamy Peaches.   Yesterday, everyone wanted ice cream and I came up with Vanilla Ice.  My Boys LOVED it and would have eaten every bit of it had I let them.  :D  It is little sparkles of Vanilla that make you smile.  Now please excuse us as we go eat more of these vanilla sparkles. 

Make this in the morning for a delicious afternoon frozen treat.  I hope you enjoy it! 

Vanilla Ice

3 cups Whole Milk
1/2 cup of Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Mix well until sugar is dissolved.  Pour into a 4 cup rectangular container and place in freezer.  When it start to freeze....stir it around.   Do this 3 more times.  Eat yours right away because there won't be any left later.  :D

I can't find the adapter for my camera card to post a picture.  argh  I'll go on a hunt for it tomorrow.  I think little hands may have wanted it for their own.  <3   Found it!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Welcome and Hugs!

Welcome and Hugs!  We are so glad you stopped by.  Please make yourself at home while I get you some Sweet Tea or perhaps you would like a Frozen Iced Coffee.  ~hugs~

Very soon I will be posting Fun Days With My Boys!  It will be pics and stories of the fun we have.  We don't have to spend a lot of money to do it.  Just a day at the park, the Childen's Museum, Marine Science Center,  a special birthday party for the oldest Dolphin in captivity..Nellie,  as she turned 58!  We even have fun at Walmart and I am never without my camera to document it.  :D

Please follow us so you don't miss a thing as we are "Making New Recipes and Memories While Preserving The Old!"

Frozen Iced Coffee

It is so hot and I am craving coffee.  I keep Southern Plate's Home Brew for Iced Coffee in the refrigerator at all times.  I decided to make Frozen Iced Coffee.   Here's how I made it...

Frozen Iced Coffee

1 cup Home Brew*
1/4 cup Condensed Milk
2 cups Ice

  Makes 2 1/2 cups.  Since you are making this, go ahead and drink the extra 1/2 cup.  :D

 Crush 2 cups ice in blender. 
Add 1 cup of Home Brew and give a short whirl.
Find an empty jar you have around waiting to can in and

* To make home brew..stir 1 cup of freshly ground coffee (I just use already ground) to 4 cups water and let sit 4 hrs to overnight.  Strain through coffee filter.  Keep refrigerated.  Enjoy!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Brown Sugar Ham and Peaches..Memory of Sunday Lunch

Sunday's remind me of lunch as a kid.  Having a huge spread of just about everything on the table after church.  My parents...yes, Daddy helped too when Mama was busy, would get the side dishes ready in the morning.  The main part of the meal would be put in the oven to cook while we went to church..  My sister or I would set the table before we left.  The only thing to do would be to put ice in the glasses for the Drink of Choice of the South...Sweet Tea, so sweet a spoon could stand up in it,  and pop the bread in the oven. 

When you opened the door after coming home from a wonderful morning of worship, the house was filled with the most delicious smells.  More intense than if you were home cooking the same meal.  Your stomach would begin to growl and you didn't know if you just wanted to kick off your shoes or change out of your church clothes first before you began eating.  The fastest way to get to table, was the way I chose.

After filling up with lunch, Daddy would lean back and have to unbutton to top of his pants because he was so full.  A sure sign that Daddy loved his meal.  Often times he wouldn't have room for the luscious dessert Mama had made.

We would go our separate ways after a great time shared as a family on a Beautiful Sunday Morning.  I would go to the pool in the backyard or movies with friends.  Daddy would sit in front of the tv, Mama would talk to friends and family, and my sister would go her way with friends.  Sometimes we would all go for a ride to nowhere and stop and get an ice cream on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Today I am cooking a Brown Sugar Ham and Peaches.  Yes, I am in a Peaches mode it seems.  ~smiles~   My husband bought some really huge, sweet peaches the other day and I need to use them up.  ~grins even bigger~   

Sunday Brown Sugar Ham and Peaches

1 Smoked Ham
1 cup of Brown Sugar
1 can or jar of canned, Peaches,  I used a pint of home canned
3-4 Fresh Peaches

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Trim excess fat from ham and save for seasoning. Pour the juice from peaches over ham, putting peaches in the pan.
Peel, and cut peaches into quarters, halves if on the smaller size.
Put brown sugar over ham and peaches.
Tent with foil.

Cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on size of ham.  You want to heat it completely through.
Take peaches out of juice as soon as you take it out of the oven.  Let ham rest for 15 minutes or more minutes.

Getting ready for oven.

Really Huge peaches my husband bought! 

Mini Egg Custard Pies With Peaches

This is a recipe I got from our dear friend Shirley for the boys.  She lived up the road from us for a very long time.  At least until a few years ago when she and her husband, Buddy,  moved back to their home town.  I really miss our dear friends and seeing them daily....sharing everything by just going a short walk to their house.   I miss eating together and just enjoying each others company.  Thankfully, through facebook and emails we get to catch up with each others lives and chat.  It just isn't the same as sharing Sweet Tea and looking into your friends face.  Love and Miss you both Shirley and Buddy!  ~hugs~

I made Mini Egg Custard Pies with Peaches, this recipe made 18.  Below is Shirley's recipe for her Egg Custard Pie.  

Egg Custard Pie(s)

4 Eggs
1 can Evaporated Milk 
1 can of Water using evaporated milk can to measure
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 Cups of Sugar
2 Tbs of Flour (any kind will do)
Sprinkling of Nutmeg
2 premade pie crust
fresh peaches diced very small, optional
3 1/2" cutter,  I used the rim of a glass

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly grease muffin tins.

Mix first 6 ingridents.
Cut pie crust with your cutter.  Put into muffin tins.
Fill each with custard mixture and a few pieces of peaches. 
Top with a pinch of nutmeg.
Bake 15 minutes and check to see if it is set.  Firm to the touch.  I ended up cooking mine 25 mintues.
(I always start checking too early.  But I would rather do that than over cook.  :D)
Let sit until cool.
You can also cook in pie crusts,  put on cookie sheets,  for 45 minutes checking after 30 minutes.

The boys had to nibble on the mini pies.  :D

Saturday, July 23, 2011

YooHoo Ice Cream Without An Ice Cream Maker

My Friend, Christy Jordan of Southern Plate, posted this recipe for YooHoo Ice Cream on her website. Friends on the Front Porch wanted to make this but didn't have ice cream makers.  So, I thought I would make it without one.  :D

This is my version of:   

YooHoo Ice Cream

2 6.5 oz boxes of YooHoo
1/2 cup of Condensed Milk

Mix YooHoo and Condensed Milk with mixer, whisk or throw in a blender. 
I put this in a glass bowl and put inside larger container with salt and kosher salt.  The boys had fun twirling the bowl around for awhile.  Then they got tired and I put it in the freezer.  :)  You can put this in a rectangular container and do the same in a lesser amount of time. 
When it gets partically frozen, take out and whisk.  Do this two to three more times then keep in freezer until completely frozen to a soft serve stage.   You can keep it in longer for a harder ice cream.  We couldn't wait.  :D 

I only had one chance to take a picture before the ice cream was taken away!  :D

Sausage and Peach Jam

This is similar to my Bacon Jam.  Although mine is not very ... jammy, it has a delicious taste and sits nicely on a toasted biscuit, english muffin, toast or even a hamburger if you so desire.  :D

Sausage and Peach Jam
makes 2 1/2 cups

1 lb of Smoked Sausage, I used Kielbasa because that is what I had
1 medium to large Sweet Onion
1 1/2 cups Peaches, diced
1 cup of Coca Cola*
1  cup of Water*
1/2 cup of sugar*
2 teaspoons of Minced Garlic, I used the jarred minced garlic in olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce

Cut sausage into thin quatered pieces. Cook to render fat.  Pour off fat and wipe fat out of skillet with a paper towel.  Blot sausage.
Dice onion into small pieces and add to skillet.  Cook until carmelized.
Add garlic, salt, pepper, tabasco sauce and coca cola. 
Cook until most of the coca cola has reduced. 
Boil water and remove from heat.  Add sugar and stir to dissolve.  Add to skillet along with peaches. 
Cook until most of the liquid has reduced. 
*note.. you can substitue a large can of peaches for the water, sugar and peaches*

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thoughts Of A Mindful Child

I always talk to my children about making memories.  Always do things and act in ways that memories are treasured ones.  My oldest told me this morning that "Memories are thoughts stored away in jars in your mind.  When you want to relive one, you find the jar and open it to view what is inside."  I think I have a very smart 8 year old!  ~huge smile and a heart full of love and pride~

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Frozen Coffee Cups...Tastes Like Starbucks On A Stick Also Fantastic as a Coffee Slushee

I have recently discovered the great flavor of Iced Coffee!  Where has this great tasting coffee been?  Where have I been? 

My Boys like coffee or rather milk with a splash of coffee.  Since they love coffee, I thought this would be a great afternoon treat for all of us.  For the adults...take the Frozen Coffee Cups out before they are completely frozen for a GREAT Coffee Slushee!

This tastes like Starbucks Ice Cream to me.   I hope you enjoy this....We do!  I'd love to hear what you think.  :)

 Frozen Coffee Cups

 I started with Home Brewed Coffee from my friend Christy Jordan's Southern Plate.

To Make Iced Coffee

1 cup of ground coffee beans to 32 oz of water and let sit 8 hours or overnight, or however long you can stand to wait within a decent amount of time. 
I just use the ground coffee I have on hand.  :D

Frozen Coffee Cups

1 cup of Home Brew *recipe above*
2 cups of Water
1/2 cup of Condensed Sweetened Milk

Give a couple of whirls in a blender or just stir hard with a whisk.
Pour into 8 5 oz cups (I made 6 full 5 oz cups)
Freeze for an hour or until a craft stick will stay in place
Freeze until completely set
Adults...take out before completely frozen for a Fantastic Coffee Slushee

You can also take out of freezer before completely set and eat it with a spoon!  YUM!
Tastes like Starbucks on a stick!
(please forgive the cherry stained hands and nails ;) )

Koolaid Sherbert

For our little party yesterday, that we didn't have but had a ton of fun as usual, we made Orange Koolaid Sherbert.  I found the recipe looking through some old recipes I had tucked away and had forgotten about.  I just love when that happens.  It is like my Birthday and Christmas all wrapped up as a Special Gift.  ~smiles~

We love the recipes that do not call for an Ice Cream Machine, especially since we don't have one and love to eat cold treats!   Besides, this is about having fun with My Boys while sharing recipes and making memories and it isn't as special, or fun,  when you let a machine do all the work.  ~huge smile~

Koolaid Sherbert

1 .25 oz (or close to it) evelope of unsweetened Koolaid or any brand will do
1 cup of Sugar
3 cups of Milk

Whisk all together well.  Pour in a rectangular container and put in the freezer. 
Check after an hour to see if it is getting thick.  If so,
Stir and put back in freezer.  Repeat two or three more times then let freeze completely. 
Store covered if there is any left.  : )

Getting a thumbs up from the oldest! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chili Bean Salad Dip

My Boys are wanting to have a party today.  A Halloween Party to be exact.  Although I don't think the party theme will end up being Halloween.  I think it will be Play, Eat and Watch Movies theme instead.  :D

I made this dip for them to eat and also Orange Koolaid Sherbert using a very old recipe.  They are having pizza's also. 

This is great to pack in a lunch with veggies and/or homemade tortilla chips or made into a burrito or pita sandwich. 

Chili Bean Salad Dip


27 oz can Chili Beans, Don''t use all the liquid
1 12-16 0z block of Cheddar Cheese
1 can of medium Black Olives, sliced
1 large Tomato, mine were two small homegrown :D
Salad Mix
(no salt, I think it is salty enough for us)
Sour Cream for topping


small valdalia onion, thinly sliced
large carrot, grated
crumbled bacon
cooked hamburger mixed with the beans
the options are endless!

Puree the Chili Beans. 
Grate the Cheddar Cheese.
Chop the Black Olives into pieces or slice into rings.
Tear Salad Mix into small pieces.
Chop tomato in small pieces.

 Layer the same order as ingredients, except the options, just put them in wherever you get a hankering to.   I was going to heat the beans and cheese but couldn't find the pie plate I wanted to use.  I'm thinking My Boys were playing in my kitchen again.  :D  (We like it cold) Add pepper and salt if desired and top with sour cream.

You can use this as a dip for squash, cucumbers, celery, tortilla chips, store bought or make your own.*  You can also use this as a burrito and in pita bread. 

*To Make You Own Tortilla Triangles..Cut floured or corn tortillas into triangles and frying until puffed and just starting to brown, flip and do the other side.   They cook very fast so don't leave.  Season with salt once finished. 

Can also be baked.  Give them a light spray of oil and salt if using them as dip.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.   

You can also top your tortilla triangles them with cinnamon sugar or parmesan cheese while still hot. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Whipped Frozen Bananas

Another day looking for a way to have something cold to eat in this scorching heat.  We bought bananas yesterday and threw some of them in the freezer. 

Today we pealed them and put them in my little food processor with a splash of milk.   You can leave out the milk and have it a lot thicker.  Mine was still very frozen and I needed the liquid to whip the banana with.  Very nice taste..a super cold  banana.  Of course, My Boys had to add a little chocolate to theirs.  :D

National Ice Cream Day

Wow!  What a wonderful day to celebrate!  We will be making different flavor ice cream in bags today.  Maybe make ice cream sandwiches with it or have it with a cake.  Yum!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Frozen Creamy Peaches And A Sweet Summer Memory

My Boys and I have been making frozen fruit desserts since it is so hot out.  Today I was thinking about my Grandma, Papa and summer time.  Our family would load up in the old Chevrolet Station Wagon and go to Georgia to visit during the summer.  What a Blessing it was to see my Grandparents whom I only saw once, maybe twice a year.  We would spend a week in the hot summer.  The only air conditioner was in a window in the living room.  Door and windows open with curtains flowing once in awhile in the sparse winds of summers.  Fans were placed in just the right places at the perfect angles to help ease the scorching, breathless air of Georgia in July. 

Grandma and Papa would be up before the break of dawn.  Papa would be in the garden gathering whatever needed to be put up that particular day.  Grandma would be where she always was...In her kitchen.  We would wake up to the smell of bacon with thick rind and sausages that they had cured in the smoke house.  Big fat cat head biscuits, with a slap on bacon grease on them before heading in the oven.  Grits popping and boiling all over the back eye with a long handled spoon stuck inside the worn pot.  Eggs were fried to order and for me pancakes,  you know bacon grease got in batter also.  Butter was on a saucer and was big as a brick it seemed.  Syrup was Blackburn favorite back then and probably would be now if I could find it.

After breakfast, Grandma would have Papa put the big ole washtubs in the sunniest part of the yard and fill them with water.  As the day and cousins got hotter playing, so did the water. 

After lunch would mean a dip, or sit rather,  in the washtubs of water.  Sometimes the water would be too hot and you would have to get the garden hose out to cool it off.  They were only big enough for one of us at the time.  If there were more kids than washtubs you had to wish you were the first one in or your water may be mighty shallow.  ~giggles~

Once we were dried off and sitting 'round the kitchen table, Grandma would bring out the best dessert ever to be had on a hot, mid summer Georgia day.  Frozen Peaches!  She would get the little white, square freezer containers out with a bunch of spoons.  If we were lucky, we would get one of our own.  But it was just as good to share...given your peach scraping cousin, or one of my sisters, wasn't hungrier than your stomach was for those icy, sweet peaches.  We scrapped and dug holding onto the frozen containers until we couldn't hold any longer.  This memory brings with it sighs and smiles as the bittersweet memories flood through my mind like the little creek after a hard rain.  I Love And Miss My Grandma and Papa So Very Much!  Until that Beautiful Day when we meet again.........

Today I wanted frozen peaches and only had canned.  Here is my very simple, yet delicious way to fix them.

Frozen Creamy Peaches

1 large can of peaches in heavy syrup

That's it.  One ingredient to get the best of the best in frozen desserts.  Puree the canned peaches and put into a rectangular container. 
Place in freezer.  Check back in 45 minutes or so.  Stir.  Check again in another 30-45 minutes stirring again. 
One or two more rests in the freezer, stirring as you go, should bring you to the most delicious sweet and creamy frozen peaches. 

If you happen to have any left over, which I doubt, just let it sit out for a few minutes before serving to get that great yumminess once again. 

I hope you enjoy this as much as My Boys and I did.  Fixing the frozen peaches and eating them 'round the table while I share Sweet Memories about their Great Grandma and Great Papa.  <3 

Getting ready for the freezer.

Can't wait to get into this but one of the little ones got to it first!  ~giggles~ 
Scoops up just like soft serve after 3 hours in the freezer.
I made this with fresh peaches and it works well...puree and sweeten to your taste.  Not as creamy but delicious and is scoopable!  Your children will love eating frozen fruit! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bacon Jam

This is the greatest!  The best of all tastes...Sweet, Salty and Spicy .  A burst of UMMM in your mouth as you take a bite.  My Dear Friend Sandi H. talked about Bacon Jam on her Facebook yesterday and you know I just had to try it.  :D  I changed it around by using the sweetened juice from frozen nectarines I put up recently. 

Fruity Bacon Jam


1 lb of bacon
1-2 Tbsp of bacon grease
1 medium to large onion (I used vidalia)
1 Tbsp of minced garlic
3/4 - 1 cup of coffee (I used 3/4 because that was what I had leftover)
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of syrup from frozen, or canned, peaches or nectarines. 
I used the juice from frozen nectarines but heavy syrup from a large can of peaches would work really well.   
1 to 1 1/2 cups diced fruit, or whatever you have, if desired.
1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper 
1/2 tsp of kosher salt (you may need more depending on how salty your bacon is) 

I looked at several different recipes and they all called for maple syrup and brown sugar instead of the juice.  I wanted a different taste.  Mine wasn't very "jammy" but did hold together well.  

Cook bacon until done but not crisp.  I did mine in the microwave.

While the bacon is cooking put 1 tbsp of bacon grease in a skillet and saute onions until caramelized.  Add more bacon grease if necessary.  Do Not throw away the remaining Bacon Grease!  Save in a container, in the refrigerator to season with.   Put a Huge sign on it for your husband to Leave It Alone!  Mine threw my precious Bacon Grease Away!  But that is another story.   :D  

Add minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Pour in juice, coffee and bacon cut in small pieces.  Add some of the fruit if you want.  I did with Sausage jam I made and it was Wonderful Also!  

Cook until the liquid has thickened.  Mine didn't get very thick.  I got tired of standing at the stove so I put my Bacon Jam in a glass bowl and microwaved for 3 minutes...stirring every 30 seconds.  My microwave is 1100 watts.

We had our Fruity Bacon Jam on hamburgers.  YUM!

This is what was left after we made burgers.

My oldest son's Burger with Fruity Bacon Jam

What do you think? 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Homemade Extracts

I am going to make my own Vanilla Extract.  My friend Sandi Hawk told me to use Bourbon for the best extract...Canadian to be exact.  She also said I could use cheap and leave the beans in longer.  Thanks Sandi!  It's great having a Chef as a Dear Friend!

1 750 ml of vodka or rum that is 80 proof
12 vanilla beans

Remove 1/2 cup of the liquor from each bottle. Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and put in bottles. Store in a dark place for 2-3 months, giving a shake every week.

I think I will put this in decorate bottles to give as gifts.  That is, if I don't use it all baking.  : )

I need to send hubby to the liquor store.  :D  I'll be posting pictures as I go.

Lemon Extract

Thinly peel and dice one lemon, being certain to not get any white.  Put in a jar with 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 cup vodka.  Steep for 3-7 days and will keep for up to one year.

Orange Extract

Thinly peel and dice one orange, being certain not to get any white.  Put in a jar with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vodka.  Steep for 3-7 days and will keep for up to one year.

Making Laundry Detergent

I found this while on Southern Plate.  Please keep all ingredients away from children.  ~hugs~

My children had itchy skin but don't any more since I have used this.  ~hugs~

*This does not make many suds and is perfect for your HE washer.  ~hugs~

Homemade Laundry Detergent
*This was based off of’s recipe #4, I just altered the amounts
  • 4 Bars Laundry Soap (to yield 12 cups of soap shavings)I use Ivory Bar Soap
  • Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap can be usually be found in the laundry isle
  • 6 Cups Borax (this is roughly one box)
  • 6 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (this is roughly one box)
Grate soap using cheese grater. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Place in sealed container and measure out two tablespoons for each load.

Smaller Batch Recipe

  • 2 Cups Laundry Soap Shavings, 1 bar...I use Ivory Bar Soap
  • Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap can be usually be found in the laundry isle
  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Watermelon Ice

Getting ready to go in the freezer.

First stir.


The boys like to drink the juice at the bottom of the bowl and stuck a straw in one to be prepared.  :D

The weather outside is atrocious!  We try to find things to do inside.  Like last week, this week we are making a fruity ice.  Watermelon was our pick today.   It tastes like a mouthful of sweet, frozen watermelon at its peek.  The boys have a lot of fun taking turns, first pulsing the little processor and then mixing the watermelon as it turns from liquid to a shimmer of watermelon sparkles.  :D  

Watermelon Ice

3 cups pureed watermelon
3/4 cup light syrup 

To make syrup,  boil 1 cup of bottled water, remove from heat and add 1/3 cup sugar.  Stir until it is dissolved.  Cool completely. 

Add the syrup to the watermelon puree and put in freezer. 

Take it out when it starts to freeze, give it a few stirs with a fork to break it apart.  

Return to freezer and take out again when it has become more frozen....stir.  You may need to do this one last time.  It will start to lighten in color and sparkle when it is ready. 
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