Thursday, January 22, 2015

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

These rolls are amazing! Light, fluffy, and super moist! They will please any guest for the Holiday's, that I can promise you! You can easily divide this recipe in half, and make the amount you desire. Or you can leave it at this amount and freeze them before cooking (or fully cook and then freeze- it is all up too you). But I can almost promise you, if you put the time in making these, you more than likely will not have any left over! =] 

You Will Need:

4 1/2 tsp Yeast {Bob's Red Mill} 
2 1/2 Cups Warm Water {110-120 degrees}
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Honey or Agave
6 tbsp Organic Butter, unsalted & melted
2 large Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs, room temp
1 tbsp Salt
9 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour

In your KitchenAid stand mixer, attached with dough hook (buy here), add the yeast, warm water, and honey (or coconut sugar); mix lightly to help the yeast dissolve, allow to sit and bloom for 5 minutes {mine took 2 in a half minutes because I use quality yeast (make sure to refrigerate your yeast)}

Add eggs, and half of your flour, and mix to combine

Let this rise for 1 hour or until bubbly

Add remaining flour, and mix well

Grease your bowl, I used butter, add the dough, cover to rise for 1 hour or until double in size. I placed this in warm area; in my microwave, off, above my oven

Beautiful. Roll out

*Can do this one of two ways*

A- Roll the dough about an inch tall, cut the dough in 48 pieces, you will end up having 8 dinner rolls per 6 rows; make sure to place these a half of an inch to an inch apart, cover again all allow a final rise; for 1 hour or until doubled in size. OR...
B- Pinch pieces of dough off, roll into a nice ball, and place on cookie sheet half of an inch to an inch a part and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled. Once doubled in size, brush the tops with melted butter, and bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Homemade Tapioca Pudding!

Ever since I was young, I have LOVED tapioca pudding so much; my father LOVES it and got me into it. But with out change on foods I have cut this out completely and it has been tough, but I decided to try and make this myself! And Oh Boy! Did I cannot believe I ever ate this crap pictured above! Making this homemade is something I will do very often; it is amazing!!

You Will Need:

1/3 Cup Small Pearl Tapioca
1/2-1 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Cup Water
4 Cups Organic Raw Milk
2 Organic Large Pasture-Raised Eggs
4 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract {or homemade}

Soak the tapioca pearls in a 4 quart stock pot, with the 1 cup water for 60 minutes. 

Whisk in your milk, sugar, and eggs; let stand for additional 30-60 minutes.

Place this mixture on the stove, and allow to come to a full rolling boil; be sure to stir this often with a wire whisk (how long to cook?)

Remove and let sit another 60 minutes, do not stir when it sits this 60 minutes; just leave it alone.

When cooled stir in the vanilla. The pudding will thicken as is cools. 

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Recipe Adapted from Bob's Red Mill:

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Amazing Snack Ideas!

Most of us have children and need ideas for snacks because let's face the facts our children eat like ubber crazy. At least I know Kristopher and Kailee seem to be ALWAYS hungry; at least that is what they tell me, drama king and queen, for real. When we switched our eating habits, we cut out almost all snack ideas, which is great for us but there are a few select brands I still buy. We do apples, bananas and carrots for snacks now instead of chips, or boxed gummy bears. No more cookies packed with crap I cannot pronoun, no more chips packed with the same crap, and none of that any longer it all changed for the better. Kristopher and Kailee seem to have so much more energy and really, honest to God, have not been sick with more than a common cough, for 2 1/2 years. I wanted to share a list of snacks I do provide them, and pictures for them.

1. NatureBox- this is a subscription based program, you pay monthly and you get 5 snacks in a box. These are our number 1 go to snack, but obviously I only get 1 box a month, 5 snacks a month, with a family of 4 that is not enough. Normally the snacks we get are gone, next day! bahaha -_-! (do not judge) Our favorite snacks are, Big Island Pineapple, Carrot Strawberry Fruit Chews, Coconut Cashews (we double and triple were it is needed!!) This month I actually had to order a second box because we went through it so fast! If you want to try this, I have an affiliate code that gets you 1 month free, all you pay is $1.97 for shipping (click here).

2. Bolder Canyon Sea Salt chips- these chips have 3 ingredients, are non gmo and are amazing! The ingredients are potatoes, sea salt, and avocado oil (they are cooked in that oil- which is 100% better for you than olive oil, canola oil, and those other oils they cook in (GROSS)! Give these a try and let me know what you think, you will be surprised at how amazing they taste. I love them with my homemade game day chicken dip (recipe here)... yummers!!

3. Stretch Island Fruit Strips- these are non gmo, and only contain fruit, no added sugars or corn syrups! Um yeah talk about amazing and addicting! Not only do Kristopher and Kailee love these, but I have become extremely fond of them! Tonight alone, I had 3 of the Summer Strawberry -_- again, do not judge! They contain 1/2 a serving of fruit per fruit strip and the taste is so much better than any boxed gummy bear crap! You can also try my Homemade Gummy Bears! Those are to die for too (recipe here)!

These are a couple of snacks that I stand by, and believe 100% in. I do not know of any other snacks I would fully trust, expect organic apples, organic bananas, organic carrots or any organic fruits and vegetables, yummers!!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Better Than Wendy's Frosty! (Only 3 Ingredients)

Growing up I have had my fair share of Wendy's Frosty's and lets' all be completely honest here, you know you all did too! It was something that was cold, cheap, and satisfied a craving for a short time period. Daniel and his mother, Gloria, are completely obsessed with these Frosty's. I figured it was time to try to make these myself because I do not like the idea of not knowing what is in the Frosty's from Wendy's (they sure as hell are not gonna disclose that information). I recall back when I was 18 years old working at Wendy's having to refill the Frosty machine. I thought it was chocolate milk, that froze into a frosty like shake; but boy I was wrong! Groooosssss!! Kristopher and Kailee have had a frosty once or twice their whole life's. When I brought up the idea of making these homemade, Kailee asked me "is it like the dog's frosty's?" Honestly, I could not help but laugh so hard I almost peed myself! That girl cracks me up!! Onward with the recipe!

You Will Need: (4 servings or in my case enough for just Daniel haha -_-)

1. 4 Cups Organic Alden Ice Cream (Vanilla Bean)
2. 2/3 Cup Organic Raw Milk (Hartzler Dairy Farm)
3. 10 tsp Organic Hot Chocolate Powder (Silly Cow Farm Brand- Whole Foods Sells It)
      - The flavor powder I got is Udderly Milk Chocolate

All you need to do is throw all the ingredients into the blender, and blend (using pulse or just blend) until smooth; you may need to turn off the blender and stir; I have a crappy blender still (no Blendtec or Vitamix for me still -_-) so I had to do this. Once it starts to blend, it is beautiful and creamy!

Absolutely amazing! Hands down the best!

Tops Wendy's by far!!! 

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Organic Chicken Noodle Soup! (Gluten Free!)

The past week in Ohio has been, HELL, weather wise. This winter has been mild, and not so bad, until a week ago. We dropped down in temperature to single digits; and today we hit rock bottom, below 0; -5 and snowing! I decided today would be a great day to bring homemade chicken noodle soup to y'all and then how to can it (without noodles, you cannot can noodles; that is why I cooked noodles separate from the chicken soup).

What You Need:

Organic Chicken Thighs {or breasts}
Organic Celery (you want two stalks and the leaves)
2 Organic Dried Bay Leaves 
6-8 Organic Carrots, shredded (save the peels!) and chopped in big pieces
Half the Organic Onion, minced
Dried Parsley, sprinkle as much or little as you want
Stock Pot

Add the chicken with salt, pepper, bay leaves, parsley into a stock pot; filled with water, over filled

Chopped celery and carrots, and place in the pot right away (leaves on celery is heeling and good for you!) Allow this to simmer for 3-4 hours, the longer the more tender your chicken, make sure to check the water level, and add more as needed! I had to refill a bunch. Be sure to season with salt really well! 

(Sorry I did not show this in pictures! OOPS!)

After your chicken is done, remove from pot, and shred with your fingers, place back in pot, and add a few more carrots. Continue to boil. While this boils, start a pot full of water, heavily salted for your noodles; as I said I cook the noodle separate therefore I can, can the soup whatever is left over and freeze the extra noodles. Once the noodles are done; I used these...

Take a ladle full of noodles, add to your bowl, and add soup on top, stir with a spoon and allow the noodles to absorb the chicken flavor for 3 minutes; salt to taste. 

Best soup ever! PROMISE! Helps heal the sick!!

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Strawberry Orange Gummy Bears!

Any parent knows how much children love gummy bears; they have no idea what is in them, if it is good for them or not they just love the little shapes and what not. My kids LOVED gummy bears until I stopped buying stuff with artificial coloring and what not; so I needed to figure out how to get them the gummy bears they desired and bam I did just that! 

There may not be a lot of gummies here, but when I put them in the silicone molds, they would not come out this time without being damaged! -_- So, I recommend the second way to make this, not first. 

You Will Need:

1/4 Cup Organic Lime Juice (pure:optional- if you like sour, then use this)
1/4 Cup Organic Lemon Juice (pure)
Silicone Molds-or Baking Sheet lined with Unbleached Parchment paper
2 Cups Strawberries 
1/2 Cup ( about 2) Oranges
10 tsp Sugar
1/4 Honey
1 oz. Grass fed gelatin (buy here)

Squeeze your orange juice to get 1/2 cup- add 1/4 cup of lemon and lime juice. 

Add strawberries, honey, and citrus juice to a stock pot 

Bring to a boil, and boil until the berries are soft; not mushy

Pour into a blender, add sugar as well and blend 

Blend until smooth; allow to cool 5 minutes before continuing onward

Add the grass fed gelatin and blend until there is no chunks; I blended for 5 minutes to be safe. Once you stop blending it wills tart to bubble this is how you know it is all mixed through with no lumps {grass fed gelatin is a post I will get into later, about why and how it is SO MUCH better for you than regular!!}

Pour into molds- like I said earlier, I recommend not using these, because they do not come out easily; I recommend using the second method, but if you use these and figure out how to get them out easily, let me know in the comments below!

Refrigerate for 2 hours

Second method, I only had a little left over, so I tried this way too; works so much better! 

Using small cookie cutters, cut your shapes out and enjoy. You can store these in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. I feel like they taste better in the fridge! But never last in our house! 

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Window Clings! OH-YA!

I have always loved and admired all the beautiful window clings one can buy for Valentine's Day, July 4th, Halloween, and Christmas; to name a few I love. I set out to discover how to make them myself, so I am not forking out a bunch of money on something I could do myself and could cost less. And I did just that... Kristopher, Kailee and myself have been making these for years; since they were about 2 and 3 years old! Oh-My-Word! Do they LOVE making these for their bedroom windows... they pick the picture and decorate it how they wish, let dry, peel and stick bam (in so many words). So, let's explore how to make them, so you and your little ones can enjoy an amazing #CraftySunday craft!! Let your child and yourself be extremely crafty and creative... you will be amazed what they come up with.. ha I was.

Take your printed image and place it inside the plastic sheet

You Need:

1. Puffy Paint (any colors!)
2. Plastic Sheets (the school clings)
3. Printed Picture
4. Time & FUN!!!

Use the puffy paint and decorate, fill in your pictures

Allow to dry overnight, at least 24 hours

Gentle peel and stick where ever you or your child likes

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Freeze Potatoes Three Ways!

Having a family of four who eats, eats, and eats can be a bit overwhelming sometimes but I manage to make it less stressful for myself and figured why not share my less stressful methods with all of you! Potatoes are one food item that is so hard to keep in the house... Kristopher and Kailee love hashbrowns, and fries; and honestly who can blame them, hashbrowns and fries are amazing! But, all the ingredients and crap that are put into frozen fries, or frozen hashbrowns just blow my mind! I can do the same exact thing, without all that crap!! And I have, over and over again; we buy bulk potatoes (Kroger organic brand $1.99 on sale), peel, cut, diced, shred, and freeze our own; so I decided to show y'all how we do it! A lot of people have no idea where to start, and lets be honest either did I, but I managed a method I thought would work, and so far its flawless! Onward with the freezing potatoes three ways!

You Will Need:

1. Organic Potatoes (LOTS of them if you want to freeze a lot and stock up
2. Shredder 
3. Potato Peeler
4. Stock Pot
5. Baking Sheet line with unbleached parchment paper (or a silicone mat)

Start off by peeling your potatoes (hehe look at my piggies!!)

While I work with one set of potatoes (lets' say hashbrowns I work with first) I keep the rest in cold water so they do not brown

Cut your fries, I recommend this Chop Magic from Kohl's (may even do a giveaway!)

Can also make these into curly fries... I love those!!

I cheated and bought a Chop Magic from Kohl's and oh my word! I am so glad I did. They cut the perfect shoestring size fries; show above. 

Place the fries in a stock pot filled with COLD water, salt the crap outta it (haha) and bring to a boil. Boil until fork tender, but not mushy! It takes 5 minutes once it boils, maybe even less, just keep an eye on them! 

Once down boiling, strain and leave in the strainer for 10 minutes this allows the fries to fully drain off the water, and cool a bit. Pop in freezer in batches and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour. Label, date and bag in a zip lock... BAM! Fries anytime, with no additives or nasty crap! ha 

Onto hashbrowns...