Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sour Cream and Soda Biscuits


Rich, light, delicious, and most importantly easy! Perfect for breakfast or a companion to dinner! Very similar to the biscuits served at The Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma!


2 cups Bisquick (240 grams) (I prefer Heart Smart Bisquick made with canola oil)

1/2 cup sour cream (120 grams)

1/3 cup soda (Sprite, 7up, Sierra Mist, or  Ginger Ale  type; I just keep the mini cans on hand for this)

1/4 cup butter, melted



Preheat the oven to 450. Stir sour cream and bisquick until well mixed in and crumbly, using a long fork or a wooden spoon. Pour in soda and stir until it forms a ball. Dust the counter with bisquick and knead the dough a few times until it comes together, may need to add a T or two of bisquick to the dough if it is sticky. Spread approximately 1 tablespoon of the melted butter over the bottom of an 8x8 pan with a pastry brush (may need a larger pan for option 2 below*) 


Next Step 2 Options:


  1. Press dough into the buttered 8 x 8 pan, spreading it out evenly. Then cut the dough with a sharp knife into 9 even squares. 

  2. OR you can roll out the dough, cut into circles, and place them in the buttered pan.*  


Spread remaining 3 tablespoons of melted butter over the biscuit dough with a pastry brush. Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve immediately!



Note on Bisquick: It should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, once opened, and it will last for months! I keep it in the freezer so I always have some on hand :)



Adapted from The Recipe Critic https://therecipecritic.com/7-up-biscuits/









Thursday, August 20, 2020

Kitchen Hack #5 Buy Cooking Broth at Dollar Tree!

 


Kristi's Kitchen Hack #5 Buy Broth From Dollar Tree!! I've been buying my cooking broth From Dollar Tree for over 10 years and it's one of my best money saving secrets! It's hands down the cheapest you can find anywhere and it's never gone up in price ;) Plus it's really good! #kitchenhacks

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Homemade Ice Cream Tutorial and Recipes


Easy ice cream tutorial and recipes, just in time to bring some summer quarantine happiness!Yay for homemade ice cream with simple ingredients you can trust and pronounce ;) 


Base Ingredients:


2 cups heavy cream*

1 cup milk (any %)

¾ cup white sugar

⅛ teaspoon salt


Place freezer bowl in a plastic grocery bag in deep freeze (at least 0 degrees F) for at least 24 hours. Be sure it is sitting on a level surface in the freezer.**


Dissolve sugar, extract, and salt in the milk by whisking, blending, shaking, or mixing with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes. Put milk mixture and heavy cream into the freezer for 15-30 minutes to get very cold. Take the freezer bowl out of the freezer just before you are ready to add the ingredients. Assemble the ice cream maker and turn it on. Add milk mixture and cream to the ice cream maker at the same time while it is turning. Process for 15-20 minutes until expanded and thick. Add any additional add-ins and process for an additional 2-5 minutes. Store in freezer safe container in deep freeze for 4-24 hours before serving.***


Notes:

*If you want to vary the fat content or how creamy vs icy it is, you can use a lower percentage of milk (1% or skim) or reduce the heavy cream to 1.5 cups and increase the milk to 1.5 cups. Don’t reduce the heavy cream volume any more than 1.5 cups (50% of the base). I prefer to make it with 2 cups of cream and skim or 1 or 2% milk, since cream comes in a pint and I prefer not to have any leftover. With 1.5 cups of cream it will be a lot softer, more like a frosty starting to melt, right out of processing. With 2 cups it is much firmer.


**Do not store ice cream in the ice cream maker freezer bowl. Immediately rinse and wash out the freezer bowl, let water drain out, then wrap back in a plastic grocery sack and put it back in your freezer. If it hasn't completely thawed it should be good to go to make ice cream again by the next morning. If it has thawed it may take up to 24 hours of freezing time before you can make another batch. If your ice cream doesn't process correctly it means your bowl wasn't frozen long enough or your freezer isn't at low enough of a temperature.


***Right out of processing ice cream will be a soft serve consistency. Enjoy immediately if that's what you want or store in the freezer to harden. I find the best scooping consistency results when freezing the processed ice cream overnight or 24 hours :)


Equipment

Freezer storage containers (insulated containers that keep ice cream easy to scoop OR regular round freezer storage containers, will keep ice cream hard) DO NOT store your ice cream in the ice cream maker's freezer bowl.

Ice cream maker - I have the Cuisinart 1.5qt ICE-20 (these recipes will also work in a 2qt ice cream maker) 


Variations:


Vanilla or Vanilla Bean

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Add add beginning of processing


Chocolate

3 T cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Mix in blender with milk, sugar, and salt for 30-60 seconds


Cookies and Cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

12 small crunchy chocolate cookies, chopped or crushed (if using Oreos, remove the frosting layer first)

Add vanilla at the beginning of processing. Add cookies during the last five minutes. 


Mint Chip or Mint Oreo

½ teaspoon mint extract (I like Watkins brand)

2-6 drops green food coloring (optional)

Add into milk and sugar mixture. Add the chocolate below during the last five minutes of processing time. 

4 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped

OR 12 small crunchy chocolate cookies, chopped or crushed (if using Oreos, remove the frosting layer first)


Peanut Butter Cup

3 tablespoons peanut butter powder (like this)

⅔ cup white sugar

4oz chopped mini reeses cups


Fruit Swirl

6 oz fruit, crushed (like strawberry, raspberry, or mango)

Add to basic vanilla ice cream recipe


Mix ¼ cup of the sugar with the crushed fruit. (Make your ice cream base with the remaining ½ cup sugar.) I use a ground beef masher to crush the fruit.  Heat in a saucepan until simmering, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Add 1-2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in water .Continue to simmer and stir for approximately 5 minutes until mixture is thickened and fruit is fully cooked. Transfer to a small container and store in the fridge or freezer until cold (not frozen). When basic vanilla ice cream is processed add ⅓ of it to your freezer container and swirl in ⅓ of the fruit mixture with a spoon or knife. Repeat for the additional two layers.  (Note: I have tried adding raw fruit to the ice cream and it just froze into hard ice pieces, which is why I recommend cooking it first). 


Other Add in Options for Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream

- chopped heath bar

- chopped nuts

- marshmallows

- brownie bits

- fudge or caramel swirl

- chopped candy bars




Monday, June 29, 2020

Lemony Garlic Butter Herb Basmati Rice (Electric Pressure Cooker)



Hands down my favorite food is rice and this is the latest recipe that I'm obsessed with. I love rice so much that for me it's a main dish :) I serve this with a side of chili or black beans and a sweet potato or salad. Please use basmati rice for this recipe! It's tender and stays separated. Other rice varieties will not turn out as well.

1.5 cups basmati rice
2 cups chicken broth (or 2 cups water + 2 teaspoons better than bouillon)
4 T salted butter (or half butter, half olive oil)
½ tablespoon dried oregano
½ tablespoon dried basil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest of one lemon* (save juice for end, optional)


Spray pot with nonstick cooking spray. Add rest of ingredients (saving lemon juice for end if desired). Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Natural release for 5-10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Fluff well and mash and mix in garlic cloves if still intact. Taste and add lemon juice if desired. 

*if you don’t have lemon zest, just add lemon juice to taste at the end

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Wooden Scrapbook Paper Jewelry
























Easy fun craft that can be made for adults, tweens, or kids :)

wooden circles from craft store
drill
large popsicle sticks
scrapbook paper
modge podge
scissors
earring hooks and rings
ribbon
glass mason jars
blow dryer, optional

Earrings: Cut out piece of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the circle. Glue on with modge podge, let dry, Cut the excess off. Put layer of modge podge on top and let dry (can use blow dryer to speed up the process). Drill hole near top and attach ring and earring hook,

Bracelets: Boil popsicle sticks in a saucepan for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Bend into mouth of mason jar, pulling tight to form smooth arched shape, and let dry in the jar overnight. Trace the paper with a flat popsicle stick, cut out, and modge podge on trimming away any excess. Let dry and modge podge the top. Glue ribbons on to tie, optional.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Good Morning Granola


Easy and adaptable to whatever nuts or fruits you prefer! The best and easiest granola recipe I've found and it's made with natural sweeteners! Wake up to this for breakfast and it will definitely be a good morning :)

3 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups chopped nuts (pistachio, sliced almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts)
1 cup dried shredded coconut
¼ cup flax seed or chia seed
1/2-3/4 cup coconut oil (*see note)
2 T honey
2 T real maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt


½-1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (craisins, cherries)


Stir ingredients (except dried fruit) together in a large bowl. Spread onto a large baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.  Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir in raisins. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool to form clusters. Store in an airtight container. 

*If you want it a little less oily, use 1/2 cup. It won't cluster as much with 1/2 cup but it's still excellent and crispy!


Slightly adapted from https://pinchofyum.com/coconut-oil-granola-remix


Monday, March 30, 2020

DIY Foaming Dish Soap Refill


We've been saving soap since we got married, 12 years before it was cool ;) We actually got this exact foaming soap pump, Dawn brand I believe, as a wedding gift in a basket we received from a family friend. We've since removed the label and have refilled it with our own foaming soap for 12 years now and it still looks brand new! Haha! We buy the biggest bottle of dish soap from Dollar Tree, fill up the bottom, about .5-1 inch or so, and then fill the rest with water. The Dollar Tree soap isn't super strong and but just fine for most dishes that we hand wash. We keep a small bottle of the real stuff in case we need it for an extra greasy dish. We saved millions of dollars and reduced a lot of soap waste over the years. I'm sure most of you already know this, but just thought I'd share since soap is a hot commodity right now :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Yay We Can't Go Anywhere Daily Schedule!


This is what I made for my kids for the next 2 weeks or more to try and survive while literally every activity in town is cancelled :( We probably won't stick to it, but it's a start ;) We put ours in a plastic sleeve on the fridge and will fill in activities daily with an extra fine point dry erase marker (I found them at Dollar Tree) or you can print it out daily and write on it!

Download the Free PDF HERE!


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Rainbow Topped Birthday Cake


I used this recipe for the cake and this recipe for the frosting with blue food coloring. One batch of the frosting just barely covered the cake and the middle layer and did the clouds. I made the rainbow out of jolly ranchers. See picture below. I shaped foil into a thin rectangle with sides folded up to prevent spreadinng and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Lined up jolly ranchers lengthwise, 3 rows. Cooked in oven on cookie sheet at 350 for 5-10 minutes until candy was melted. Remove from oven and let cool a little but not get hard, just pliable. Cover a large food can with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Wrap candy around the foiled can to form rainbow and press to smooth and shape. Let cool until hard. Store in an airtight container until just before using. I wrapped mine in bubble wrap to make sure it didn't crack if bumped. Used 2-8 inch cake pans.




Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas





I tried making these about 10 years ago when they were all the rage and they turned out terrible, grainy and soft! Unfortunately I had no idea that it was just a bad recipe and I never tried them again. Fast forward and a few months ago I had them at book club when a friend made them for our discussion of “A Place for Us”. I was hesitant to taste them because I knew I didn’t like them. I did anyway and was pleasantly surprised! They were a lot smaller and crunchier than I remembered from years ago.



After a little internet research I was thrilled to come across this technique. It worked like a charm and resulted in savory crispy crunchy chickpeas. The seasoning options are endless! They are so addictive with absolutely no guilt. Basically a super healthy copycat of corn nuts :) Which sadly I remember eating along with starbursts while on road trips as a kid … eeek! It’s amazing what you can eat when you are young :) These make the perfect salty snack, party appetizer, or salad topping! Note: you can double this recipe and two cans will fit on a large cookie sheet.

1 - 15oz can chickpeas*, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon olive oil
seasonings of choice

Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. It's ok if they are still a bit wet, they will dry out in the oven. Bake 30 minutes, stopping to shake the pan every 10 minutes.
3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and stir in oil and seasonings of choice.
4. Spread the chickpeas back onto the pan and bake for another 10-15 until golden and crunchy. Let cool before serving and store in an airtight container. 


*Note: I have only tried the canned chickpeas from Aldi. Different lots or brands may vary in how crispy they turn out. They may need to be dried with a towel before baking or cover with foil after the suggested cooking time, to prevent burning, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.


Seasoning Ideas:
ranch seasoning
all purpose seasoned salt (like Lawry’s)
Italian seasoning
garlic salt
dried parmesan cheese
cumin and chili powder and dried cilantro


Friday, January 10, 2020

Any Month Meal Plan Calendar with Themes

This calendar can be used for any month of the year and you can use the themes that I use or fill in your own. You can download a free pdf printable here that includes both forms and an example calendar with meals written in. Enjoy and happy meal planning!

Download a free pdf printable here!