Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How To Make Butter!

Making butter is one of the easiest yet messiest thing you can make! Honestly, it splashes everywhere and it is kind of fun too. My family goes through a lot of butter, and I enjoy buying heavy cream that is local and grass fed so I can make my own butter, since we go through so much and the damn stuff cost $5.99 a 4 pack here!! Here is what you need: (there are TWO ways to make butter; here is the first I LOVE!)


1. Stand Mixer fixed with your whisk attachment
2. Heavy Cream
3. Splash Guard or Towel
4. Strainer
5. Ice Water (LOTS OF ICE)


Add the heavy cream into your stand mixer (like I said there is another way to make this.. this is just easiest on the arms!)


Cover with a splash guard or towel and turn your mixer on high speed


Keep Going.....



Do not stop mixing when it looks like whipped cream, keep going until you see buttermilk starting to form; then you are almost done


Here you can see both, the butter and buttermilk (yum! keep that buttermilk as well- great for biscuits or pancakes)


Strain the buttermilk


Pour only the water into the bowl and start pushing the butter, until you no longer get cloudy water or any more buttermilk-usually takes me 3-4 times (you can skip this if you are going to use the butter within a week)


Push, baby, push!


A lot less butter than I normally make, but I am saving the second half for the other method of how to make butter


The buttermilk (keep this for biscuits or pancakes! YUM)

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Shrimp & Rice!

My sister introduced me to this meal and it is beyond amazing.. One of our all time favorites.. what more is there to say about this? Just make it and give it a try!

You Will Need:

1 Cup Organic Basmati Rice or Noodles
1 Cup Organic Chicken Broth
3 tbsp Organic Chopped Fresh Cilantro, divided
3 tbsp Organic Butter, divided
1 Organic Leek, White and Green Parts chopped
2 Cloves Organic Minced Garlic
2 lb. Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/2 Cup Organic Chicken Broth
1/4 Cup Organic Heavy Cream
1 tsp Organic Lemon Zest, grated




While this is cooking, add the chicken broth, cilantro, and rice into a sauce pan, cover and cook until done, and all liquid is gone


Add butter, salt, leaks, cilantro, and garlic to a stainless steel pan and cook 3-4 minutes or until done


Cook shrimp


Cook shrimp separately until 'red' done


Add shrimp to the leaks


Add cream 


Zest lemon


Boil for 3-5 minutes


Stir in pasta or rice


YUMMERSSSS!!!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Homemade Yogurt Melts!

When my children were toddlers, of course, I never knew any differently when it came to what I fed Kristopher and Kailee. One of their favorite snacks were the Gerber Yogurt Melts.


Even my father started enjoying these with the kids and soon he became addicted; to this day today he still eats them! haha funny man! =] As I found out what was in these and how they are not really all that good for the children, I sat out to figure out how to make them myself, and I have done just that for years!! Here is how...

What you need:

1. Organic Yogurt (I used Vanilla for Kristopher & Blueberry for Kailee)
2. Baking sheet, lined with or without unbleached parchment paper
3. Piping bag (or zip lock as a piping bag)


Take the yogurt, open and place in the piping bag or zip lock (the yogurt I used was very runny, so when I picked the bag up it started quashing out everywhere).


Pipe the yogurt onto the parchment paper or right onto the baking sheet, does not really batter either way; my baking sheets are brand new, so I just used them straight as is. 



Place them into the freeze to completely freeze, they honestly do not take much time at all! It took mine 30 minutes to fully freeze. I then placed them into a zip lock and in the freeze for snacking for Kristopher/Kailee! They absolutely love these! Frozen yogurt snack, who would not love them!?! 


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fruit Pizza!

I love making fruit pizza. It is one of my favorite desserts to make, not only do the children love it but they can customize their 'pizza' how they want it; fruit wise. And boy do they love helping and making their own!!
You Will Need:

1 pkg Organic Cream Cheese
2 tsp Organic Sugar
4 tbsp Organic Powder Sugar
2 tsp Organic Lemon Juice
1 tsp Organic Vanilla


Add softened cream cheese and all the ingredients but the fruits


Whisk until well combined and fluffy


Cut fruit, any organic fruit will work


My homemade sugar cookies


Bake 350 for 10-12 minutes
Cool in freezer for 10-20 minutes or until completely cooled


Spread the cream cheese mixture on top evenly


Place in fridge to set, and serve when ready! YUMM!

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Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts!

Christmas is around the corner and everyone needs a GREAT sugar cookie recipe! These are my absolute go to and favorite. They make up easy, and fast. You can double or triple this recipe easily for whatever you need. Get your children into the kitchen with you, for this fun project; plus I have seen and understand kids love eating things they help make even if it has whole wheat flour, or something they may not truly like (but then again who does not like cookies!). Be sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook, we love seeing kids in the kitchen! My number one goal is to move more children into the kitchen and helping out! I love when my kids help and they truly never smile so much then when they are helping create something yummy! Families that cook together, stay together. We get in that kitchen and make a 'bloody' mess and I do not really care because seeing them smile, laugh, and enjoy themselves means more to me than a mess (plus no electronics!!!). 

You Will Need:
3 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 tsp Salt 
3/4 Cup Organic Butter, room temp
1 Cup Organic Sugar
2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
2 tsp Organic Vanilla 



Cream butter & sugar together 


Add eggs, and vanilla continue to mix


Should be thick, pale and incorporated 


Fold in flour, baking powder, and salt, I used a fork to fold this in because it worked much better than a spatula; then I went to my hands. You may have to add a bit more flour if it is too sticky


Divide the dough if you want to add food coloring- then add natural vegetable food coloring (whole foods market sells it or make your own)


Wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes


Roll dough on floured surface, leaving it thick (better cookies that way!) and cut whatever out you wish; I lost all my cookie cutters when we moved but I did find a snowflake at Kroger for $.63


They are beautiful color here, I used roughly 6 drops of the natural vegetable food colors
Place them on a cookie sheet, lined with unbleached parchment paper, and bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown
Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack- I just slid off the parchment paper onto the wire rack


Aren't they beautiful?! The pink color of that snowflake is flawless!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Swiss Steak {aka Pepper Steak}!



You Will Need:

2 lb Grass Fed Organic Top Round Steak
2 Cups Organic Cooked Rice
32 oz. Organic Creamy Tomato Soup
2-4 Organic Bell Peppers (can mix the colors-could look lovely!)
3 Medium Organic Onions
1 pkg. Organic Mushrooms
1/2-1 Cup Organic All-Purpose Flour (in a medium bowl)
1/4 Cup Organic Olive Oil 
Salt & Pepper


Cut mushrooms 


Cut peppers 


Cut onions- add to pan


Cover meat in flour


Place in a cast iron pan covered with olive oil and cook on medium for roughly 5 to 6 minutes a side- this is to brown the meat only


Be sure to get all the brown out of the pan that is going to thicken the 'sauce'


BEAUTIFUL!


Add your tomato soup, also add water to each can, about 4 tbsp and swish around


My gosh, my husband, Daniel, took an amazing picture


Season and mix


In the oven it goes, cover with foil and cook at 350 degrees for 3-4 hours, if the sauce is not thicken you will need to thicken it with organic corn starch or arrowroot powder


Make your rice


Add the meat, pepper mixture to the rice and mix together 


BAM!! Donnnnneeee!! and so amazingly, heavily yummy!

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