Friday, May 19, 2017
I've shared before with y'all how I've had weird skin issues. I'm still not 100% sure if it is caused by fragrances or by whatever is it soaps these days. Regardless, I've eliminated most non-natural smells from our home (well I do have one favorite perfume I'll share another Friday!!) as well as store bought soaps. I make my own hand soap, use Ivory Dishwashing liquid (watered down even!), I "wash" my hair with conditioner, and I found the BEST homemade soap that is local to me!!!
Sweet Teas Soaps & Stuff is WONDERFUL!! I've been buying their soaps for several years now and have had ZERO issues with my skin cracking or getting super duper dry. YAY!!! Their bars are HUGE so I always cut them in half before I put them in the shower. I wipe them on my poofy (what do you call them?) and they suds up nicely!!!
Their website says this about their ingredients...
Our soap is made in small batches from pure Olive Oil, Distilled Water and Sodium Hydroxide – the most basic ingredients – just as our ancestors would have used in the pioneer days. There are many healing benefits to olive oil soap and it cleans and soothes the skin like no other. We have unscented soap as well as many with different Fragrance Oils, Spices and Additives for exfoliation. The fragrances are long lasting and the bars are oversized at 6+ oz and can easily be cut in half so they last even longer.)So if any of y'all are looking for some quality soap that won't bother your skin, try my FAVORITE- Sweet Teas Soaps!!!!
(I'm not an affiliate for Sweet Teas. I'm just sharing what works for me and what I LOVE!!!!)
Thursday, May 11, 2017
I'm sure I'm not the only one with a love for cookbooks. I've got a bazillion of them. I had to give some away a few years ago because I read out of room!!! Anyone else "been there, done that"?
This cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens, is one that will always remain on my shelf. It's got so many "old faithfuls" that I trust again and again. Their pancake recipe is WONDERFUL!!!!! Oh!! And their Chocolate Crinkle cookies are DY-NO-MITE!!! OH!!! I could go on and on, but I do love this cookbook.
I pulled it out yesterday as I needed a basic yellow cake recipe for Caroline's birthday cake. Very easy and turned out just like a yellow cake should- simple and delicious!! (Well, except Caroline, being her girly girl self, insisted we add sprinkles to the batter!!)
I was curious about this cookbook, so I googled the history of it. I had NO idea it started in 1930!! No wonder the cover of this one says "New!" Go to their website post and read all about it! Here's a sneak peak...
Throughout the years, the cookbook adapted to the times while remaining true to its original mission of providing cooks with a trustworthy cooking resource. The formula has worked. The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book -- with its distinctive red-and-white plaid cover -- is one of the world's most recognized books. In 1930, when that full-page ad claimed that there had never before been a cookbook like this one, it might have seemed quite the boast. But 34 million copies later, it's almost an understatement.
Monday, May 01, 2017
I've been making granola for years. SO easy and tasty and cost effective!! I mentioned in another post that I've been wanting to find ways to cut back on our weekly grocery bill. Making our own cereal is definitely one way to do that!! I've been out of the habit for a while, but mmmmmm was my family happy that I started baking up an easy batch of granola again!!!
I've been making Peanut Butter Granola for a long while. Buuuuut my littlest girl doesn't like peanut butter (I KNOW!!! Can you believe it???!!!) Thankfully I found this yummy recipe on Hillbilly Housewife's site!!
I have made a few changes from the original recipe, so this is how I am making it. You can read there original here. (By the way, Hillbilly Housewife has some GREAT recipes!!!)
Brown Sugar Granola...
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
In a large 4 quart saucepan melt the butter, brown sugar, salt, and water together. Stir it well and let it simmer for a few minutes (2 or 3 minutes should be enough). Remove the pot from the stove and stir up the granola. You want to coat the oats with the brown sugar and butter so keep stirring until everything is moistened. Put the granola onto a cookie sheet, the kind with sides. Bake it at 375° for 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown and doesn’t look “wet” anymore. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the granola to cool right there in the pan. When it is cool, break it up into small pieces and transfer it to a storage container with a lid.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I LOVE cooking. It's just FUN!! Kind of like science meets art, dontcha think???
Anyway, of all the time I spend in the kitchen, making bread is by far my favorite thing to do. Oh yes, I ADORE desserts, but there is something so satisfying about homemade bread. Maybe it's the flour that covers my apron when I'm finished, or the time I can spend thinking about anything and everything (or nothing at all) in the world while kneading the dough. It's relaxing and homey and just plain old FUN for me!!!
This is currently (notice, I said "currently") our favorite bread. However, I have been making this for about 6 years now. It's delicious right out of the oven slathered with butter (we are SO into Kerrygold right now! DELIICIOUS!!!), perfect sliced for sandwiches, GREAT as buttered toast, and, oh yes, most excellent as French toast.
Where did I get this bread recipe? Allrecipes!!!! It's my favorite recipe source online. For this one, I actually stick by the recipe!! SHOCKER!! I do use extra light olive oil in the bread, however, instead of just vegetable oil. No big differences, though.
Amish White Bread
2 cups warm water
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup extra light olive oil
6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof (also called blooming) until yeast resembles a creamy foam (about 5 minutes)
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well-oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Y'all please let me know if you make it. And PLEASE share YOUR favorite bread recipes!!!!!