• cooking,  gluten free

    Overnight Oatmeal ~ love it.

    I’m sure you’ve seen this floating around facebook.  I decided to try after my 28 day Clean Gut cleanse as a way of eating oatmeal again without the gluten. Overnight Oatmeal1 cup almond or coconut milk1/2 cup whole oats (large flake)1/4 tsp. vanilla1/4 tsp. cinnamon1 tbsp. raisins2 tbsp chia seeds1 tbsp ground flax seed Mix everything in a mason jar. Screw on lid and place in fridge overnight. By morning the chia seeds have softened and all the milk has been absorbed. I really love it. My husband prefers dried cranberries.  I like mine cold but I have a co-worker who warms her’s up and loves it. Are oats gluten…

  • cooking

    Homemade Caramel Recipe

    Every year I try to make some things to give away at Christmas.  2013 I opted for Homemade Caramels, Peanut Brittle, and Cinnamon caramel sauce. I have had a number of people ask for the recipe for the caramels so here ya go… Homemade Kahlua Caramel Homemade Caramel 1 cup butter, unsalted1 cup light corn syrup1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (or substitute two cups half and half or light cream BUT factor in a longer cooking time)2 1/4 cup brown sugar1 tsp. vanilla*1/4 cup Kahlua ~ optional 1. Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, even up the sides.2. Cut butter into smaller, even sized cubes for even melting. Melt…

  • cooking,  December Photo Project

    #DPP2013 ~ Day 16

    Christmas Peanut Brittle is all done…. Peanut Brittle 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 cup water 1 cup peanuts 2 tbsp. butter softened 1 tsp. baking soda 1.  Line a  large cookie sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a heavy pot combine sugar, syrup, salt and water. Stir until all sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil. Stir in peanuts and place candy thermometer in pot (not touching the bottom of the pan). Stir frequently until it reaches 300 degrees F. (150 degrees C.) 3. Remove from heat and add butter and baking soda. Stir until butter is fully melted and soda…

  • canning,  cooking,  simple living

    Chili Sauce ~ the remix!

    Today was Chili Sauce day. It’s not a favorite day for my family but it’s one of those necessary days every year.  Tomorrow is Chili Sauce Day Take 2.  Also not popular. This morning I dragged my faithful family to the farm down the road to pick roma tomatoes.  We picked 1 bushel… well three of us did, the other one wandered around looking for bugs and avoiding any manual labour. Said bug hunter redeemed himself by spending an hour chopping onions, peppers, and helping me skin what seemed like a million little red lava bombs. All for this…. Here’s how to make your own! Steph’s Chili Sauce (adapted from…

  • cooking,  gardening,  vegetarian

    Zucchini Wars

    It’s that time of year again… the time where I look at the mountain of zucchini on my table and wonder… “Why do I do this to myself every year??” Oh well. Time to suck it up and deal with it.  If you are in the same predicament here are a few ways I’m using them up this year… 1. Zucchini Bread ~ the ol’ stand by!  I do some with chocolate chips and some without. 3 cups all purpose flour1 tsp. salt1 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. baking powder3 tsp. cinnamon1/4 tsp. nutmeg1/2 tsp. ginger3 eggs1 cup vegetable oil2 cups white sugar3 tsp. vanilla extract2 cups grated zucchini1 cup walnuts…

  • cake,  cooking

    How To ~ Decadent Fudge Cake

    This is one of my more popular creations.  Here is a short How To on how to make this cake!  Enjoy. Bake 2 chocolate cake layers.I like this one:   2 cups white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup boiling water DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans. 2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.…

  • cooking

    The Vegetarian Pulls Beef

    Yes, I am a vegetarian.  That doesn’t mean I don’t live with a bunch of carnivores.  I thought I would share my popular pulled BBQ beef recipe.  My family loves this and I like how versatile it is.  The first night I serve it on homemade buns, later I can make a shepherds pie with it, add it to pasta sauce, serve it over rice… etc. etc. You see what I mean. Steph’s Pulled BBQ Beef 1 cup sliced onions1 cup chicken broth1/2 cup red wine vinegar1/2 cup brown sugar1/4 cup tomato paste2 tbsp. soy sauce2 tbsp. prepared mustard4 cloves of garlic, minced (or 1 tsp. powdered)1/2 tsp salt3 lb…

  • canning,  cooking,  thrifty stuff

    Crying over chopped onions

    No Frills had their onions on sale recently.  The 10 lb bags were $1.49.  I bought 2 bags.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good sale and I like to buy things while they are in season. The problem then presented itself… what I’m I going to do with all these blessed things!I chopped them.  All of them.  Then I backed them in bags and froze them all.  This was not my first choice but I don’t have a pressure cooker so I couldn’t can them. In case you are the proud owner of a pressure cooker, and you have onions abounding in your garden/market here is the recipe I…