Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tamales!

Growing up in Arizona has brightened my love for all foods, including Mexican foods (wish I think, hands down, is my favorite type of food; anyone who knows me knows this). Tamales were never in the house much, but I remember when my mother worked at Pepsi Cola in Arizona and would bring bags of them home from one of her employees; absolutely amazing!! It has been lost 8 years since I have had a homemade tamale (we sometimes buy them at Whole Foods Market but there is hardly in stock). I decided, what the hell?! Why not try making them myself! I set out to find the ingredients, but not just any ingredients I wanted them to be pure, non-gmo, and of good quality. I did just that! The masa I am using is from Bob's Red Mill (a big brand I completely trust), I used grass-fed organic roast (almost 8 pounds).

You Will Need:

7 lbs Organic Grass-Fed Roast
2 bags California Ancho Dried Chili's
Organic Minced Garlic
1 Medium Organic Onion
2 Organic Bay Leaves
Salt & Pepper
1/4 Cup Organic Tomato Sauce
Juice From Boiled Chili's
6 Cups Masa (Bob's Red Mill)
5-7 Cup Broth (from meat)
1 tsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp Organic Garlic Powder
3/4 Cups Organic Pork Lard
2 Packages Corn Husks


Place onion in crockpot (I cooked my meat the night before, and kept the broth as well)


Add two pay leaves per pack of meat (therefore if you have two packs of meat, add 4 bay leaves)


Place mean in crockpot, cover with water (I also added garlic)


This was cooking for half the time


Cut the tops off the chiles and along the side of the chiles 


Deseed the remove the veins as well (because those bring heat too)


So pretty


Shred the meat when it is fully cooked (I placed my meat in the fridge until next day)


Soak the corn husks for up to 2 hours


Add chiles to a stockpot, cover with water and bring to a boil continue cooking until they are soft


This is what I used for the sauce, tomato sauce (home canned), salt, and garlic


Place tomato sauce, garlic in blender (I used my vitamix)


Salt (about 2 tsp) taste to adjust


Add the chiles and about 1 cup of the water from the chiles


Blend on high until smooth, you may need more water 
Taste for salt and spice


Heat the over in a pan, over medium heat cook to heat throughly, while heating, start your 'dough'


I trust this brand masa! 


I needed to make double the sauce, since I made double meat than I had originally planned


For the 'dough' start by melting your lard (I found this at whole foods market)


Place lard in a stock pot over medium heat until fully melted


Melted, check!


Adding baking powder, salt, garlic powder and any other seasoning you want to the masa, mix well before adding the melted lard


Mix with a fork


I switched to my hand mixer and started adding my broth, 4 cups to start, add more if too dry


The texture you want is almost like peanut butter, smooth, and spreadable but not sticky


My assembly line! Woo HOO!


Take your husk (these need to be removed and dried before using them), and spread your masa on the husks, holding it with the top away from you, and the wider end towards you


Spread half way up the husk


Add meat in middle


Fold left side in, then right side in, and tuck the top under (away from the seams, leave the seams on the top and tuck behind- this will leave both ends closed)


Um.. I think a certain dog thinks she is going to get one!! 


Tuck UNDER not over top (can we just admire this darn pug! Marleigh Marie is too funny)


Done, continue with the rest I ended up making a second batch of masa and making 70 tamales


In a double broiler, place corn husks on the bottom, fill with water (NOT TOUCHING the tamales) and place the folded tamales opened end facing up in the pot (like pictured, sorry Kailee took this picture)


Place a wet cloth (making sure you have never used this cloth with bleach (I just used new)) over the tamales and place two pennies in the bottom of the pot
Steam for 1 hour to 1 hour 40 minutes. Check after 1 hour to see if the dough pulls from the husks without sticking (this made 70 plus tamales)


These were seriously delicious! Show stopper!! 

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DIY iPad Stand!

I love the idea of having my iPad in my kitchen while I am baking, cooking, or in need of looking something up on my website. But the idea of paying $30-$40 just did not appeal to me.. I made this stand for less than $20 because I had almost everything on hand. The scrabble letter stand I got for free off of a FaceBook garage sale site.

You will need

Scrabble Letter Stand
Main Paint Color
Accent Paint Color
Hot Glue & Glue Sticks
Old Picture Frame Stand
Circle Cutting Board



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Vanilla Frosting!

Tis the season... to make cookies and decorate them with your family!!! I absolutely love watching my kiddies make cookies and decorate them however they please! Of course, I only use homemade sugar cookie recipe- which is one of my top posts currently. Having family activities to do during the Holiday season makes the Holiday so much better, in my opinion. I love pulling all my cookie cutters out, and watching my kids, with the biggest smiles ever, make their favorite shaped cookies. Decorating can be a bit of a pain, and messy, but honestly it is their smiles that make it completely worth it.



You Will Need:

2 Cups Organic Powder Sugar
2 tbsp Organic Grass-Fed Butter
4-6 tbsp Organic Raw Milk
1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
Natural Food Coloring
Sugar Cookies







Cream the butter, making sure it is nice and fluffy before continuing on


Add vanilla, and cream together some more


Sift in the powder sugar


Add 1 tbsp a time of the milk and mix in with a silicon spatula 


Once all the powder sugar is mixed in (I used 3 tbsp milk) and the consistency you want, mix really well until very fluffy with your kitchenaid mixer or hand mixer. Add in your natural food coloring (we do not use any other food coloring but what is posted above on our food)


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Monday, December 21, 2015

Angel Food Cake!

Angel food cake is literally my favorite type of cake, because it is so fluffy and you can pair it with just about anything. My favorite thing to do is to cut up strawberries, make homemade whipped cream, and homemade angel cake. I take a nice piece of cake top with whipped cream and strawberries, then shave a bit of chocolate on top or cocoa powder (even powdered sugar) yum! So mouthwatering and perfect for the Holiday table!



You Will Need:

12 Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs, room temp
2 tsp Organic Vanilla
1/4 tsp Real Salt
1 1/2 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Cup Organic Cake Flour (mine is homemade)
1 tsp Cream of Tartar

Sift half the sugar, and the flour together; set aside


If you get a little egg yolk in the whites do not freak out! 
I have read how this completely ruins the cake, BS! 
As you can see I got yolk in mine, and if you continue looking on, my cake turned out more than fine!


Add salt, vanilla, and cream of tartar


You can see the salt.. so pretty, now beats these until soft peaks


Add your remaining sugar (not the sugar with the flour) to the soft peaks 1/2 cup at a time, beat until incorporated, add 1/2 cup at a time until sugar gone (should only be two)


Keep going, almost there! If you do not have a stand mixer, like I do not, then use a hand mixer, it works just as good


OMGGG so beautiful! 


GENTLY! I repeat GENTLY! fold in the flour/sugar mixture until incorporated fully


Pour gently into your tub pan (not greased!), gently tap the pan on the counter a couple times
Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, top springs back and insert comes out clean


Beautiful golden color...


On unbleached parchment paper, invert the pan to allow to cool for 1 hour, or longer
After it is cooled, take a butter knife and loosen the sides and around the tube, you may have to take the knife on the sides and kind of push the cake backwards to loosen it from the bottom of the pan (push it towards the tub section)


Here is my beautiful masterpiece! Amazing and delicious! OMGG! 

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