Saturday, July 11, 2009

What'cha Cooking: Hot Dog!...Corn Dog That Is!

Today for lunch I decided to try out the recipe for Corn Dogs from Hillbilly Housewife. They came out wonderful! Sorry ya'll that is not my picture of my corn dogs....they did not stick around long enough for me to snap a pic.

I had a lot of batter left over..but not to fear! I just turned the extra batter into corn fritters....I added some extra sugar and mixed it right in the cup and dropped the batter into the already hot oil and the children LOVED IT!

They were crispy on the outside but soft in the inside! It was a hot dog of a lunch!


1 cup milk

2 medium eggs

1/4 cup oil

2 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/3 cups corn meal

2/3 cup flour

1 to 1- 1/2 pounds of hotdogs

1/2 cup flour (for dusting)

Oil for deep frying

Popsicle sticks

In a large bowl combine milk, eggs, oil, sugar and salt. Mix very well. Sprinkle in the baking powder, corn meal and flour. Stir up until it is a slightly thick batter.

Use a paper towel to dry off hotdogs make sure they are nice and dry then dust with flour, coat them completely or the batter won't stick. Then shove the Popsicle sticks into the floured coated hotdogs and then set aside.

While your doing all of that heat up your oil until it is almost smoking but not smoking.

I poured my batter into a cup that was longer then my hotdogs and I dipped the hotdogs into the batter. Let the excess batter drip off and then drop into the hot oil and fry.

Only put two hotdogs at a time so that they fry properly.

God Bless!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thrift Store Find

I found this wonderful chair at my neighborhood thrift store...I was so happy to find it because I was in need of a nice chair for my daughters desk that I purchased on craigslist.

They had an array of chairs but none of them spoke to my heart until I saw this one and it said "I am the one you're looking for!" the chair looks a lot wider in the picture then it is in person.

The chair must be an antique because it is small compared to today's dinning chairs and the craftsmanship and sturdiness of the chair is excellent and so was the price at $8!

Once I cleaned it up and spray painted and put on some new fabric for the seat it looked GREAT and as I suspected when I first laid my eyes on it.....It looked as though it was meant for my daughters desk!

Here is a close up of the detail of the chair I just love the lines on this little chair it is so feminine.
I love the chunky legs .
Here it is all wiped down and ready to be painted.

TaDa! here it is all painted and in it's new home and serving a new purpose.

Don't cha just think that it was made to go with the desk?

**Pictures of my daughters finished room soon to follow! **

God Bless!

In My Nest: My Sweet Little Girls Room

I have been really busy around the nest this week....painting and spray painting and more painting! I am so done with painting that I don't want to see another paint brush or can of spray paint for months!!!!

Oh but I must endure some more spray paint in the name of decorating my bookshelf (I'll tell ya'll more about this in another post).

I am so happy to be finished with the children's room and I am so happy with the results...I just love my daughters room...ohhh but I also sooo love my son's room (I better take pictures before they destroy it!).

Here are a few pics of my daughters room .....Thanks so much for taking a look and God Bless Ya'll!

What'cha Cookin?: Peanut Butter Fudge

"Hard Workers, lunch box carriers, and children who hike a distance to school or the bus stop find snacks (sweet or salty) and special drinks a happy reward.
Cooks turn out candy, snacks and pleasing beverages to surprise and celebrate.
It's time for a break or a party!"

Yesterday I made yummy Peanut Butter Fudge from my cute little Cook Books from Amish Kitchens Candies, Beverages and Snacks cook book.
The fudge came out creamy and deelish! I think it makes a wonderful peanut butter filling for chocolate covered peanut butter squares (like Resse's Peanut Butter Cups).

I will be trying some more of the delightful recipes in this cute little cook book.
Here is the recipe:
4 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Milk
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 Tbsp. Vinegar
1 lb. smooth peanut butter
2 1/2 Tbsp. Maarshmallow whip
1 tsp. Vanilla
1. Mix together in a saucepan the sugar, milk, butter, and vinegar. Boil slowly to the soft ball stage.
2. Remove from heat and sir in peanut butter, marshmallow whip, and vanilla.
3. When mixture begins to set, cut into serving pieces. Then refrigerate. Remove pieces from pan only after the candy is cold and hardened.
*Have fun and enjoy!
God Bless Ya'll

Sunday, July 5, 2009

"Around The Kitchen"....Making Sourdough Starter

I have been thoroughly enjoying Candy's Blog and I had decided to take the chance in starting my own Sourdough Starter.

I started my Sourdough Starter on Tuesday and unfortunately I did not take any pics of it but I have tried to take pics of the process.

Simple Recipe Sourdough Starter
  • A plastic container (not metal, it may react with the active Sourdough) wash and clean thoroughly.
  • Add one cup of wheat or white flour and one cup of spring water. You can use tap but you have to be sure that there is no chlorine in the water.
  • Stir all together and cover with a clean Floursack Cloth
    or some other sort of clean cloth and secure it on top of the container using a rubber band
  • Place in a warm place in your kitchen away from any sort of contaminants
  • Continue to add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of spring water for 7 days and put it back into it's safe warm spot. On the 7th day you can try to bake some Sourdough bread using your new homemade Sourdough Starter.
  • Put in the fridge on the 7th day and continue to feed once a week. Make sure to wash your container when you think it is time for a can just transfer you Sourdough Starter to another container and then transfer back into it's clean container when you have washed it.

Here are some of the pics I have taken of my Sourdough Starter

This is how the Sourdough Starter looked on the 2nd day of sitting on my counter

This is what the Sourdough Starter looked like after adding another cup of wheat flour and water and stirring it all in....notice the bubble (this is what you want to see in your starter) I read.

I then placed a Floursack Cloth on top and secured it with a rubber band, I then placed it in a warm spot in my kitchen....and this has been it's home for the past few days.

This is my Sourdough Starter on it's sixth day...I had continually added 1 cup of water and 1 cup of wheat flour everyday (except for one day I missed). You can see some "hooch" (liquid) in the Sourdough Starter. My Sourdough Starter has been quite bubbly and at this point it has a very unpleasant smell. (that is normal) I read!

This is what my Sourdough Starter looked like when I took off the Floursack Cloth to add more wheat flour and water to my Sourdough. You can see all the bubbles and I could even hear some fizzing sounds (all is normal).

This is my Sourdough Starter all mixed up after adding more wheat flour and water to it. I sat it back on the counter in it's little spot and come Tuesday (God Willing) I will attempt my 1st batch of Sourdough Bread......shoot any sort of baked bread in the oven for that matter!

I will update with pictures on how it all came out and what lessons I learned along the way!

God Bless You All !

"From Scratch Saturdays"...Baby Wipes

I'm sorry about the late post but my Internet was not working after we switched providers but without any further is this weeks "From Scratch Saturdays" project...Homemade Baby Wipes!

I have been making these for about 2 months now and I love them! They last us for about a month...because I use them for wiping hands, noses, feet, tears, messy faces and bottoms.

They are so easy to make and all the ingredients are common when you have small ones at home.

Simple Recipe Taken From The Duggar's Book "The Duggars 20 and Counting"

•Cut a whole roll of Bounty paper towels into thirds (we've found that Bounty is the only brand that works. Use an electric knife for best results).

•Place one of the halved rolls vertically into an empty and thoroughly cleaned one-gallon ice cream bucket. In a large measuring pitcher, mix two cups water, two tablespoons baby oil, and one tablespoon rubbing alcohol (some families also like to add a tablespoon of baby bath).

•Pour the liquid over the halved roll of paper towels in the ice cream bucket, and soak for 30 minutes. Remove the cardboard center. Feed the top corner of the paper towels through an X-shaped slit you've cut in the lid of the ice-cream bucket so you can pull out and tear off one “wipe” at a time."

God Bless Ya'll!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

From Scratch Saturday's...Homemade Yogurt, Deordorant & Ice Coffee

Hey ya'll I am so excited about some of the things I made from scratch today! Let me start off by saying that today when I woke up this morning I was greeted with a wonderful crock pot of fresh homemade yogurt!

Ohhhh was I pleased in the way it turned out! It was my first time ever making yogurt and I plan on doing it again very soon (it is running out fast!).

I used the recipe from Candy over at My Blessed Home...she has so many wonderful ideas and recipes over at her blog. I also used her recipe for homemade deodorant.

My youngest daughter was in need of some deodorant and I was not about to purchase that toxic stuff they sell in the I thought why not give Candy's recipe a try.

It was very easy and simple and it glides on real easy (I tested it on the back of my hand) and it glides on clear no streaks or white messy residue.
I hope it does the job! I made one change to it and that would it a name! I have decided to call that recipe " Caribbean Island Deodorant" because of the coconut in it...the coconut is not over powering it is very light but it made me think of an Caribbean island.
I'm pretty pleased with my from scratch projects for today...Oh I also made me some wonderful and delicious Ice Coffee...just to think that one cup of coffee with lots of ice yielded me a mega large cup of Ice Coffee! LOL!

I can't believe that I have been on occasion spending up to $2 buck on a cup of Ice Coffee that is actually one cup of coffee that looks like a large!

Well I will choke it up to the novelty of it....but uhmm that novelty has faded....and I enjoy my Homemade Ice Coffee so much better and I enjoy the price too!

Well here are a few pics from my "From Scratch Saturday's" enjoy!

Simple Household Ingredients

1/4 Cup of Baking Soda

1/4 Cup of Corn Starch

A Few Tablespoons Of 100 % Coconut Oil

Mix dry ingredients first and then add Coconut Oil and make into the consistency of the store bought stuff...and then stuff into an old (washed out) deodorant bottle.

*Thanks Candy!The yogurt is deelish! The small half empty mason jar is the jar that I used to make individual servings with fruit. The children just about ate up those jars.

I have only the big jar of yogurt left and I plan to use that for yummy smoothies! I took a page out of the Hillbillyhousewife's book and put my store bought yogurt into ice trays and froze them and after they were frozen I popped them out and put into a baggie to use as starter for a later date!

I hope that works! We will see because soon I will be making another batch.

My Large Ice Coffee...I also like to make a French Vanilla Ice Coffee as well! It's as easy as PIE!

Simple Ingredients
Cup of Coffee
Sugar (or any other type of sweetener)
Cofeemate Creamer (or milk, half & half, or evaporated milk)
A Teaspoon of Instant French Vanilla Pudding (for French Vanilla Ice Coffee)
Lots of Ice Cubes

Stir in sugar, creamer, and pudding mix into hot coffee and mix well. In a plastic cup ( I used an old washed mayo container) put in lots of ice (to the top) and pour hot coffee mixture into the cup of ice and stir....add a straw for sipping...and that's it!

God Bless Ya'll!