Saturday, February 3, 2018

100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Today I decided to make some whole wheat rolls.  These are an adaption of The Survival Mom rolls.
·        2 Tablespoons yeast
·        1 1/2 cup warm water
·        1/4 cup honey
·        1/2 cup butter, softened
·        3 eggs
·        3 Tablespoons dry milk
·        3 cups wheat berries ground fine (or 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour hard white wheat or hard red wheat both work great)
·        1 1/2 teaspoon salt

In your bowl mix the yeast, warm water, and honey.  Let it get foamy add the dry ingredients (milk, flour, salt and begin to knead.  Now add the 3 eggs and the soft butter.

Knead for 10 minutes. Put in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allow to double.

Punch down and cut into 24 equal portions roll into balls and place touching each other in a 9x13” pan.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double again and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Happy Ground Hog's Day.  How did this ever get started??  Anyway hope you had a great day.

My Daughter-in-love called they were headed out shopping and the girls said call Mimi she may want to  go too.  I did, we had a fun lunch out and shopping day. 

I had a few things on my list not many but bread was one of them... I love Dave's Killer Bread - but ouch the price, $4.62 a loaf.  Well I just choose not to pay that price.  I have a good whole wheat recipe and thought I can make good bread at home for a fraction of the cost!!

I buy my wheat berries in bulk a 45 lb bucket of wheat is 24.99 (Lehi Roller Milles is my very favorite) That's about 55 cents per pound.  One pound of wheat berries = apx. 4 1/2 cups of flour.  (That's one loaf of bread.) Add in the water, sugar, salt, yeast, and vital wheat gluten and that's maybe 75 cents (and I'm being generous here).  So $1.30 per loaf for wonderful healthy, freshly ground homemade bread.  I did add a handful of walnuts in just to add some extra yum.

You can knead this by hand, use your mixer or bread machine, knead for 10 minutes.  I also make a super easy artesian bread .  That we love so I guess sometimes I just have to be reminded why I like homemade bread.

Whole Wheat Nut Bread
3 cups wheat berries - grind fine and sift
1 3/4 water
3 T. sugar (or 1.5 T. honey)
2 T. dry milk
1.5 teaspoons salt
2 T. butter
4 T. vital wheat gluten
1 T. yeast
2/3 cup walnuts

Happy bread making to you!!  This makes wonderful bread for toast.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The First Thanksgiving - Gratitude!!!

I thought this was a great reminder.  Sometimes the real history is forgotten or misconstrued.  Thanksgiving is a great time to look back and remember our ancestors and the many gifts we have been blessed with in this wonderful country.
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017


I love bread and butter pickles.  We have some lovely cucumbers coming on so as they do I am putting the extras up as pickles.  Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe  If you too like B&B pickles this is a really good recipe. 
salted and iced - this pulls some of the moisture out

wonderful spices and vinegar

bring it to a boil

they didn't fit in the jars - yum

just out of the canner and resting for 24 hours then they will be washed, labeled and put away.
DH is a dill pickle person.(I like them too but my favorite is B&B).  I have been putting a few of those up as well. 
Happy canning!
a little bird


I am sharing this with frustration.  My mom got scammed.!!!!  Her computer gave her a very genuine looking alert with a number she needed to call.  It looked on the level but it was not...

The phone scammers: "Yes, they were the company she needed.  Yes, they could fix her computer."  They needed access to her computer, credit card number, name and address........ 

Thankfully when she got off the phone she had an uneasy feeling about the whole thing and canceled her credit card. Then she called me.  We did a little research and found some steps to take. 
1. Cancel your credit card and have a new number issued.
2. Talk to the bank and have them put an alert on your account or change your account number.
3. Make a police report.

Mom has taken all the steps she - we know to take.  Hopefully this is now an non-event. 
a little bird

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bananas and Strawberries

Dried bananas - YUM!!!

DH called me today from the store.  He wanted boiled dinner tonight - that is one of his signature dishes - I love it when he cooks!!  Anyway DH called from the store to say bananas were on sale today and tomorrow.  Did I want some?  Sure, so he picked some up to dehydrate.  They were the perfect ripeness, not green - not brown.

I like to dip mine to prevent darkening.  A honey dip is very good so is lemon or lime juice so why not mix it up... I did one part honey to one part lime juice - oh my goodness this is yummy!!!

Bananas are so easy!!! slice, dip, and  in the dehydrator.

Our grands love dried fruit and fruit leather so when fruit is in season or on sale we like to buy and put it up.  The bananas went really fast last year it was a true favorite of the kids (I wonder why it's sweet like candy).   The next on the favorite list was the fruit leather.

This year I did some little strawberry 'kisses',  Which are individual fruit leathers. These were so easy!!!  Wash and hull the berries, whirl in the blender and then pour out on parchment paper and into the dehydrator.  Nothing else is needed.  Just straight strawberries, can't get healthier than that. You can do a large round or the kisses are about 3 inches in diameter making just the perfect size for a snack.

Happy dehydrating and putting by.  It's the time of year to take advantage of the produce in season.
a little bird

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

We've got Power!!

We had a Micro-Burst come through our area.  (A microburst is a downdraft that moves opposite of a tornado.)  Power poles were snapped off, trees were uprooted, branches came down on lines, etcetera. 

Out came the kerosene lamps, candles, cooking was done on the gas stovetop or grill. 

What was helpful:
Kerosene lamps and candles
A way to cook - either a grill, camp stove, or a gas stove top
Flashlights - sometimes you just need more light than a candle offers
Hand coffee grinder - or ground coffee
Coffee pot - we have a stainless steel percolator that we use camping (Sure tastes good - power or no power I want my cup of joe.)
Radio - battery operated - it was just nice to stay up with the rest of the world
Portable power pack for recharging the phone or kindle

Thankfully we never lost water pressure.  That would have been the PITS!!!  We have a gas water heater and we had hot water too.  That was delightful - I didn't think it would work without electricity but it did!  (color me happy)

We have a generator and we did fire it up a couple times so we could plug the refrigerator in - threw the cord over the fence so the neighbor could plug his in too  - then #1 son came to get it for their house and neighbors.  Just plugging in for 30 minutes twice a day seemed to keep everything cold.  We still had ice in the icemaker. 

Although we never lost water pressure in the beginning I wasn't sure so I got our two-gallon water dispenser out (you know the kind for parties), I filled it to the brim so we would have drinking water.  We have bottled water too but this was just additional 'just in case' water.   We live in the high mountain desert - trust me water is IMPORTANT!!!  for both us and our pets.

All in all it went without a hitch - It always reminds me how thankful I am for the convenience of power at the flick of a switch.
a little bird

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Crock-Pot Test

Sharing some information I thought was very helpful.

I bought a second hand Crock-Pot at a yard sale.  It was in beautiful shape but it's always nice to know that it is functioning correctly.

I contacted Crock Pot online and they have a live chat.  This was our conversation:

Janet: Hi, my name is Janet. I will be happy to help you today.
Me: Hello, I purchased a lovely crock-pot second hand.  Model 50301. How can I test that it is heating to correct temperatures?
Janet: The slow cooker and both low and high will reach a temperature between 210 to 218 degrees. You can test the temperature by filling the stoneware half full with water and turning it on for 4 hours.  After 4 hours, take a candy or meat thermometer to test the temperature of the water.
Me: Thank you!

Now that's handy to know.  I have the crock-pot heating and we'll see...

I am a Crock-Pot user.  They are wonderful to fill before work and then when I get home dinner is done and the house smells great.  They are also wonderful for pot luck dinners at church or school.  I have two large, two mediums (if this new one tests out), one small, and a mini.  I don't really use the mini but they say it works for sauces.  

A church pot luck favorite is mac and cheese.  I use my biggest and fill it with mac and cheese and let it cook.  The pot is always empty when it's time to head home.  I was thinking of kids when I made this but the adults like it too.

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese
4 cups uncooked macaroni
6 to 8 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 cans evaporated milk
3 cups milk 
4 eggs
salt and pepper
If I have it on hand I will add a can of Cheddar Cheese Soup.
Mix all together, reserving 3 cups of cheese for the top.

Spray or grease the inside of your crock-pot.  Dump mixture into your crock pot, top with remaining cheese.
Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Do not stir while cooking.  I double this for church pot luck dinners. 


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