Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bob Evan's Sausage Gravy CopyCat!

Daniel and I visited Bob Evan's for the first time ever when the kids where in school. I have to admit, I am not too high on eating out (in fact it NEVER happens). I rather enjoy making our food, than eating out. Anyhow, at Bob Evan's we decided to share the Biscuits and Gravy. It was good, a little gelatin-ish for my liking but not bad overall; I did however get a horrible stomach ache from eating it. Boo! I decided to make this from scratch. 1- it is not that difficult to do, 2- it is better for you, because you control the ingredients 3- no stomach aches! I set out to find the best ingredients possible. Now finding a good quality sausage is rather tricky; I know Whole Foods Market has good ones, but I was not in the mood to drive there. I used Kroger Simple Truth brand.

You Will Need:

1 pkg Organic Sausage
1/2 Cup Organic All-Purpose Flour
Salt & Pepper, to taste


Un-case all the sausage into a nice sauce pan, I added a little organic olive oil to keep them from sticking since this pan is stainless steel crap sticks pretty well!


Leave on medium heat to brown


Smells amazing


Once browned, as you can see, I made sure to chop the sausage rather finely


Add in the flour, and cook for 1 minute- this removes the raw floor taste


Pour in the milk; bring to a boil, and reduce, cook for 10 minutes or until your desired thickness


I know Bob Evan's gravy is a brown color, and you can surely obtain that color if you continue to cook this until browned- I, honestly, do NOT like it brown creeps me out lol. I stick to white gravy- add pepper, and taste to adjust salt (ours did not need any)


Pour over homemade fluffy biscuits and enjoy! These are to DIE for! Honest!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Homemade Marshmallows!

WITHOUT CORN SYRUP! WOOT WOOT! That is correct ladies and gentlemen!! There is no, absolutely no, corn syrup in my recipe. I do not believe in corn syrup, I will not buy anything that has corn syrup; nor will I allow my family to consume any (organic or not- NO THANK YOU!). These melt amazingly! Just like the Kraft brand ones, expect without all the JUNK they add to them! As you see pictured below I used great lakes gelatin, this gelatin is made of pure ingredients and is really good for you; because it is made from beef. Shocker but yes! It is amazing! I have used this recipe of marshmallows for over 5 years now, and continue to become more and more impressed with how they turn out; fluffier every time- even more so! Use for s'mores! YUM YUM! Eat plan or pop in hot chocolate; whatever your marshmallow desire-fulfill it with homemade marshmallows not store bought. (My next experiment with these is gonna be dehydrating them-so stick around!!)

After making these this past week I realized something... I actually am making corn syrup when we boil the water and sugar together! Holy COW! How cool is that?! Well hop to it y'all! Make some organic homemade marshmallows and watch everyone go uber crazy over them!

You Will Need:

1 Cup Water
8 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Organic Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Organic Sugar



Place your 1 cup water into a sauce pan with the sugar


Place the 8 tbsp of water and gelatin in a separate bowl, leave it alone


Sugar added


Place on medium heat and allow the sugar to dissolve. Stir often


Will start to bubble up, continue stirring and once the bubbles go down a bit continue cooking for 10-15 minutes more


Looks beautiful 


Pour the sugar mixture into the gelatin 


Add salt


Add vanilla


Now you are going to mix this until stiff peaks


It is so beautiful!! So white, fluffy and this is considered done if you want Marshmallow Fluff


Pour into a dish that is line with unbleached parchment paper, covered in powder sugar- this will keep it from sticking


Sprinkle powder sugar on top 


Leave on counter away from any moisture for 8 hours


Dump onto a counter covered in powder sugar


Cut


Cover all sides in powder sugar


Beautiful, fluffy, and amazing!!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Green Bean Casserole!

Holidays are coming! Holidays are coming!! OMFG!! Get ready! I love, love, love making this green bean casserole. I use as many pure ingredients as I can; for example I used canned green beans (but I canned them myself!), I used raw grass-fed milk, and cream of mushroom soup (not in a can). You can take any classic recipe that may not be 'healthy' for you and you can make it healthy; as I did here. The crispy onions I used only have 4 ingredients in them (which is amazing considering what is in French's onions). When I use items that are non-organic I like to look for 5 or less ingredients, not in a can, and does not contain anything 'bad'.


You Will Need:

4 Cups Organic Green Beans (I used canned that I did)
1 Cup Organic Raw Grass-Fed Milk
1 Organic Cream of Mushroom (12 oz)
Crispy Onions (I got from whole foods market)
Salt & Pepper



Mix the cream of mushroom with the milk, whisk well


Stir in green beans


Add in crispy onions, mix, and top with more. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until everything is heated through


I served it with roasted potatoes, and pot roast that I cooked in spices and other things, then thickened it with gravy packets (organic from whole foods) 


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Adapted from French's Website

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Yellow Cake with Frosting!

I am not a BIG baker, but when I get in the mood to bake, I make from scratch because honestly there is no better feeling then looking at everyone enjoying cake you made not from a box. With Holiday's approaching fast, I thought it would be fun to post a cake recipe that I have used many times. This cake is super fluffy, super moist, and really is simple to make as long as you set the time aside. The taste is something everyone should experience once (fresh, fresh, fresh!!) just remember to use pure, organic ingredients. This cake would be good for any birthday, wedding, Holiday party or just because! I decided to make mine in a 9x13' pan, but you can use two 9' round pans, square pans, or whatever you want (even mini muffins or regular muffins- shh! I know! I was so gonna be mini muffins!!)


You Will Need:

Cake:

1 Cup Organic Butter, room temp
1 1/2 Cups Organic Pure Cane Sugar
2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
3 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt (Real Salt Brand)
1 Cup Raw Grass-Fed Milk, room temp



Frosting:

2 Cups Organic Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3-5 tbsp Organic Butter, room temp
1/4 Cup Raw Grass-Fed Milk
1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract




Cream your softened butter together with sugar


Add egg yolks and blend


Add vanilla


Stir together all the dry ingredients


Add the dry to the wet ingredients, mix well


Grease your pan or pans and sprinkle flour

Monday, October 19, 2015

Mini Pumpkin Muffins!

Pumpkin time, pumpkin time!! EEKK!! I  must admit I have a huge obsession with making mini muffins! Making recipes with pumpkin in it gives me great thrill. I enjoy the flavor and the knowledge that the Holiday's are right around the corner (which means I need to kick the speed up and get moving on Holiday recipes). What more is there to say about this recipe? I love pumpkin muffins and bread so give this a try and I hope you enjoy. Remember, use pure ingredients vs. the bad ingredients. Pure ingredients when using give such a deeper flavor and understanding to the flavors. These are the most moist muffins you will ever try, I promise you that!

You Will Need:


3 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour
2 tbsp Organic Homemade Pumpkin Spice
2 tsp Baking Soda (Bob's Red Mill)
1 tbsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Organic Pure Sugar
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Agave
1 (16 oz. can) Organic Pumpkin Puree (not pie)
3 Large Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
1 Cup Organic Applesauce



Mix all the dry ingredients, except the sugar, into a bowl, mix together well, and set aside


Mix the eggs, vanilla, sugar, agave, and applesauce into another bowl; mix well (there is no need for a stand mixer here, this is easy without)


Add the pumpkin puree (you can def use homemade, but that is one ingredient I would rather not make homemade! Long process and never turns out)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Banana Walnut Mini Muffins!

Okay, so I admit it! I have a kind of obsession with mini muffin making!! =/ Okay who cares?! They are super cute! Why not, right?!? Plus, these mini muffin obsession is perfect snack for the kids in school (they have a late snack before leaving) and a great snack for at home! Today, they walked in the door and saw the mini muffins and yelled 'woo hoo muffins!!'; super cute honestly!

You Will Need:

2 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour (or whole wheat)
1 tsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda (Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Organic Cinnamon
2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs, room temp
1/2 Cup Organic Butter, room temp
1/4 Cup Organic Raw Milk, room temp
2 Organic Bananas, brown spots and soft
1 tsp Salt (Real Salt Brand)
1 Cup Organic Coconut Sugar (or reg)
1 Cup Organic Walnuts (optional)



Cream the softened butter together with the sugar (coconut sugar or regular organic sugar work well here) 


Add eggs, vanilla, and milk, and cream together


Add the ripened bananas and mix until there is chunks but not HUGE ones (I love looking at the bread and seeing all the small chunks of banana)