Showing posts with label Homemade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homemade. Show all posts

Friday, January 10, 2014

Homemade Velveeta Cheese

I was so excited to see Michael Symon's alternative recipe for Velveeta Cheese on "The Chew" yesterday. It seems there is a shortage of Velveeta in the east. Most certainly due to the polar vortex that has disrupted the realm of living recently, with unspeakably COLD temperatures.  Thankfully, we live in Florida,  We fuss and complain when the weather gets below 50.  BRRR!  I know...I know!  We have a heat wave compared to most.  Stay warm and safe, dear friends.   If you are out of the smooth and velvety orange cheese...here is a fix for your Velveeta Cheese cravings.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cinnamon Ornaments

My boys and I love to make these Cinnamon Ornaments each year.  Hanging from the Christmas Tree or attached to homemade gifts, they will be treasured by all who receive.




  Please do not eat the decorations.  ~wink~

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Homemade Butterfingers

Why.  Oh, Why? Did it take so long for me to run across this recipe?  Really?!  Why?!  I always buy candy corn around Halloween except that one year I couldn't find any.  WAIT!  Now I know why!  Y'all were hoarding the candy corn, weren't you?!  Well, this year, watch out...I'll be the hoarder!  ~Smile and snicker as I take another bite of  Homemade Butterfingers!~


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pizza Bianca

Friday is pizza night at our house which usually includes a movie and/or games.  Pizzas are usually homemade, from crust to sauce and even mozzarella cheese.  Some weeks they are completely from scratch,  Some weeks are east going with fast crusts or even, gulp, frozen.  Yes, we do.  We have frozen pizza .. Once In A While.  Life gets fast and although there are super easy homemade alternates, at times I am just too tired.  That said…I think I will make some pizzas and freeze them, just for those busy nights. These are great pizzas without sauce.   You could add garlic, parsley, basil, oregano (you get the idea) to the dough.  Diced chicken and mushrooms would be great on this pizza.  Oh…and, spinach!  Let's make some pizzas.  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Italian Dressing Dry Seasoning Blend

I made my own Italian Dressing Dry Seasoning Blend and we love it!  I've used it on salads, chicken and pork mixed as a dressing.  It will be great as a dry seasoning blend and I cannot wait to try it. 
There is need to buy Italian Dressing when you can make it at home.  Enjoy!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Homemade Magic Shell

I got an ice cream maker!  Woo Hoo!!!!  Finally!  I made Vanilla Ice Cream for my first one...the boys LOVED it ... we all did!   Do you like toppings on your ice cream?  I'm picky about it and it all depends what type of dessert mood I'm in.  Some days are berries while others are nuts and chocolate.  Today, was chocolate so I decided to make Magic Shell.  It's easy and everyone loved it.  In less than one minute you can make magical chocolate shells and amaze your little ones, too.


Vanilla Ice Cream..Yes, I got an Ice Cream Maker

My sweet boys, and their thoughtful Daddy, got me an ice cream maker for Mother’s Day!  Finally, after all these years of making ice cream in the freezer, I got the ice cream maker I have dreamed of.  It’s nothing fancy.  It makes ice cream the “old fashion way” as my twins like to say.  If it isn’t connected with a computer,  that’s the category everything falls into.  It’s one that you have to look all over town to find the rock salt because the place it was bought, doesn’t carry it. I love it and picture great times, sitting outside with my boys, waiting for the sweet outcome of the humming machine.   I had to go to Publix to find rock salt and bought 3 boxes just so I’ll have it should there be a shortage this summer.  It could happen, ya know.   I would have to get the kosher salt out and try, if it did.



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

My son requested these for his breakfast this morning.   I made them with the Homemade Biscuit Mix I made yesterday.  They turned out nice and fluffy.  He loved them!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade Biscuit Mix

I sometimes use packaged biscuit mix in  my recipes, don't you?  Since I have been sharing them, it has come to my attention that not all of my friends, that follow Recipes For My Boys, have access to items like Bisquick.  I shared my Cheddar Garlic Biscuits this morning on facebook and one of my friends, from the UK, commented she was all excited about making them, until she read ... biscuit mix.  That was all it took to get me in the kitchen to make my own.  I think it turned out great and so did hubby.  At least by all the biscuits he ate, I would say so.  I don't think I'll be buying the packaged biscuit mix again.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Tall and Fluffy Biscuits Made From Scratch

These biscuits are so easy to make and better than a biscuit mix! In a very short amount of time, these tall and fluffy biscuits can be on your table. They are perfect for breakfast, a slider and supper. This recipes makes 10 3" biscuits.

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

I have been wanting to make a recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk.  For some reason, I always seem to forget to buy it.  When I found the recipe again, I looked in the pantry, as if it would miraculously find it's way in there, and still no little can of sweetness.  That did it!  I recalled seeing a recipe for homemade sweetened condensed milk in an old cookbook (I even tried the powdered recipe a couple of years ago, but didn't like it but will try again. ) Since I couldn't find it in a cookbook, isn't that always the way it goes?, I searched the internet and found several, all using the same ingredients in different amounts.  I decided to make one using milk.  This took over 2 hours to make so be very patient.  Put it on the burner while you are cleaning, doing laundry, making supper and stop by every 10 minutes or so to give a stir.  (I'm thinking the crock pot will be great for this.)  I'll make this again using powdered milk later, which is a lot faster.  So, here ya go.  I haven't used it in a recipe yet but I know you it will be amazing just by the taste.  I've been licking a spoon all the time.  Think I will put some in my coffee...mmmmmm.

Note:  Try using different milks and sweeteners.  Comment and let me know how it turns out.  ~smile~

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Homemade Cream of Soup Base


You don’t have to buy those cans of "cream of" based soups again. Use this as a start for everything from soups to casseroles. Add your own meat, vegetables, herbs and seasonings to this base to make your best recipes homemade!



Friday, February 8, 2013

Homemade Cake Release

I am forever having my cakes stick to my bundt pan.  Always!  It never fails.  Whenever I want to bake a bundt cake I am both filled with excitement and dread.  Now, there are no worries!  I remembered my step daughter, Carla,  told me about making your own cake release and I have finally made it!  This recipe has been around forever, I don't know why I haven't been using it before now.  It was such a relief to see my little bundt cakes come out of the pan without sticking.  Love this!  Just brush the cake release in your pan and wait for your perfect cake to come out of the oven.  Use them with my Sour Cream Pound Cake, Lemon Fizz Cake, Cooked Apple Coffee Cake, Carrot Cake .. everything you bake!  Use what you want and leave the rest in the refrigerator.  Now, get out your bundt pan and bake away!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Homemade Fig Newtons

Oh My Gosh!!! You are not going to believe how great these taste.  I promise you, once you make these, you will not buy them again.  The filling is light, and I do mean light and fluffy, and bursting with flavor while being wrapped in a buttery blanket with a hint of cinnamon.  Yep, you are going to love me for this one!  Uh, Hm...May I take this opportunity to add...or beg or plead?  ~wink~  Could you please follow me.  I'm on Google Connect, Google + (although I know nothing about it), facebook, pinterest, twitter.  Take your pick or follow on all.  ~smile~ I also write on Examiner.com.  I'd love for you to subscribe (that is my Molasses Crinkles.  Anywho, the button is above the picture.)  I got carried away again....I'm getting bad about rambling!  Are you ready to impress?  Okay...here ya go!  Please let me know how they turn out!
Love and HugS!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY Homemade Granola

Don't you just love granola?  It goes on everything or can be eaten by the fistful by itself.  So easy  (I'm lovin' all the easy things to make!) and affordable, too!  You can add anything in it and it will always be just right.  Start with old fashion rolled oats, add nuts, seeds, dried fruit, pretzels. cereal, chocolate, butterscotch or cinnamon chips and there ya go.  Ta Da!   The makings of your own granola.  This make 1 1/2 to 2 cups.  You may want to make more. ~smile~  I'm making more tomorrow and will update.

DIY Homemade Granola

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
5 tablespoons homemade maple syrup
1/2 cup broken pretzels, optional, I didn't have nuts so I used them first...very good!
OR, 1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cumin
whatever you want to add

Preheat oven to 375
Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix oil, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and cumin together in bowl.
Add oats, nuts, seeds, and pretzels.  Toss gently to cover all with syrup mixture.
Spread and separate on baking sheet.
Cook for 7- 10 minutes, until light brown, stirring every couple of minutes. Watch carefully, it can burn in no time at all.
Cool completely and store in sealed container or plastic bag.

DIY Homemade Maple Syrup

I don't know about y'all but we go through a lot of syrup in our house.  I got tired of buying it all the time and decided to make my own.  You control the strength of flavor, the add ins and type/amount of sweetener you use.  It's so easy and inexpensive p to do.   Keep it in an old syrup bottle or dispenser for convenience and nobody is the wiser.  ~wink~

DIY Homemade Maple Syrup

1/2 cup water, boiling
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon maple extract or imitation maple 
kosher salt, just a pinch, optional
1/8 to 1/4  teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste, optional


In a microwave proof large bowl or large cup, you need room for water to boil, stir sugar into heat water and heat to a boil, 2 to 3 minutes, more or less.  Checking after one minute then every 30 seconds to be certain it doesn't boil over. Carefully take out of microwave and stir.  If the sugar isn't dissolved, put back in microwave 30 seconds at the time.  Stir in maple extract and cinnamon, if you want it.  
Alternately, stir sugar into water and heat to a boil.  Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.  Take off heat and add maple extract and cinnamon, if using.
NOTE
I made this again before starting my pancake using 1/2 cup water, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon maple extract, a bit of cinnamon, ginger and pinch of salt.   I kept it at a simmer while the pancakes were cooking.  It reduced a bit and was great.  Served it over Pumpkin Pancakes and my oldest said it was an explosion of yumminess in his mouth.



Friday, November 2, 2012

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

We love oatmeal at our house yet each boy wants their's a bit different.  I've seen this on the internet for some time now and I decided to make my own instant oatmeal so they can each have their own favorite.   Brown or regular sugar, sugar substitute, cinnamon, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips...the possibilities are endless! Putting the Instant Oatmeal in jars so they can be easily accessed and used in the desired amounts, has been great.   I'm cold and ready to make some Instant Oatmeal come on and join me.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Buttermilk English Muffin



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese the Junket Way

Have you ever been so determined to make something that you travel to every store you think may have it or may, on the off chance, know someone that may have it?  I searched the internet looking for a substitution for rennet to make my much desired cheese.  It was found online but I don't like to go that route...unless it is absolutely necessary.  I looked further and found recipes for cheese using Junket.  Off to Walmart I went and they didn't have any...here I go again!  I finally found it two stores later at Publix.  I came home and started making cheese...without a thermometer.  I ended up throwing away that batch because it didn't look like the pictures I have seen on the internet.  My cheese today didn't  set like the pictures on the internet but I proceeded anyway.  So glad I did because I made.......






Homemade Mozzarella Cheese..the Junket Way
makes about 8 oz.  double to make approximately 16 oz

Ingredients

1/2 gallon milk...whole, 2%, skim
5/8 teaspoon citrus acid...found at the health food store
1/4 cup cool water
1/4 tablet Junket Custard Tablets 
1/4 cup cool water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup salt

What you need

5 quart or larger stainless steel pot...heavy bottom and non reactive to the acid
thermometer
handkerchief (boil in water and squeeze dry), cheese cloth, even multiple coffee filters will work, see ricotta cheese post
8" fine mesh strainer
gallon container to catch whey
container to keep cheese in
How to make it
Heat milk slowly to 88 degrees.  Don't get in a hurry like I did.  I heated it too fast and had to wait for it to cool down to start!
While heating dissolve citrus acid in 1/4 cup cool water.  I used room temperature.


At 88 degrees, add dissolved citrus acid and stir, thoroughly mixing it in the milk.  It should start to curdle.
Dissolve 1/4 junket table in 1/4 cool water.  Pour into milk, stirring to thoroughly mix.  Let it sit, undisturbed, for 1-2 hours.  I let mine sit 2 1/4 hours.  
It should pull away from the side when sit.  
Mine did not look like the pictures I have seen on the internet.  There was curdled milk on top but the milk did pull away from the sides.  Cut into cubes..again, mine didn't work like the pictures but I did as the directions showed.  

Heat to 108 degrees, stirring until it is reached.  Then stir every 5 minutes for 35 minutes.
Mine got too hot..up to 111 degrees!  I stirred at 5 minutes and then again after another 5 minutes.  I noticed mine looked like it was going to dissolve so I only kept let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes.  You be the judge.  

Pour in the lined strainer over a larger container to catch the whey.  You may keep the whey to keep make ricotta.  I didn't because it is to hot in our house to let it sit out over night.  

Let it sit in strainer  for 15 minutes, until the whey has stopped dripping.
Pour 1 cup cold water into container and dissolve 1/3 cup salt, set aside.
Put the cheese in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 15 seconds.  Push the side of the cheese to release any whey.  You can save the whey for another use or throw away.

Try to pull the cheese.  It should stretch.  If not, microwave another 5-10 seconds until you can pull it.  
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Stretch until shiny.  If it gets hard, heat in microwave again for another 5-10 seconds. 

 And pull until it gets shiny and form into a ball. 

Immediately put in salted water (after you take a picture that is!) to set.
Store in liquid up to one week changing every couple of days.
Rinse off before using.
*edit storage....Or, after cheese is set, dry off and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Keep it in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
It should keep up to one week.
There you go!  Congratulations, you made mozzarella cheese!!!!

Enjoy! 

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Homemade Pop Tarts

My boys love pop tarts but I don't love for them to eat them.  I thought I would try making my own out of pie crust since I have seen them posted around.  I had a pie crust in the refrigerator, yeah I know, but it is easy for a quick morning..uh, snack, breakfast, delight?   One packaged pie crust made 3 pop tarts with spare pieces of crust.  You can toss these in cinnamon sugar and cook them at 375 degrees F for a few minutes, until brown.  Back to the pop tarts.  Gather whatever it is you, and your kids, like in them.  I used peanut butter, grape jelly and strawberry preserves for my boys.  Nobody was arguing because they didn't want what the other picked out at the store.   So nice!  I made the pop tarts with Wilton's rectangle mini pie mold at Walmart.  If you don't have one..just cut the pie crust into 6 equally shaped rectangles, about 2x4".

Peanut Butter Pop Tart

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