Monday, June 22, 2015

Easy DIY Rocket stove

  
For some reason the title picture doesn't show up. But the video does play.

My husband was on you tube when he found videos of this stove and decided to make his own version. So me being the good wife that I am thought I would drive him crazy by videoing the whole process.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Just Great Chicken



Ingredients
All you need is chicken, brown sugar and Italian dressing mix - and it only takes an hour!
About 3 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
1 ( .7 ounce) packet of Italian dressing mix
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
Method
Preheat your oven to 350.  Grease a 12 inch x 9 pan. You can line your pan with foil for easy clean up. The brown sugar tends to stick  the pan. Mix your Italian dressing with your brown sugar in a clean shallow pan. Place your chicken in the mixture and press the mixture into your chicken. Place in pan with top of chicken pointing up. Sprinkle any left over mixture over the top and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Baste every once in a while with the juices that dripping off the chicken. Turn once  3/4 of the way thru cooking.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Making Tomato Powder

Tomato powder is very easy to make. You can us your own canned tomatoes .Fresh or store canned tomatoes work just as well. 
If your using fresh tomatoes just cut them thin and place in a single layer in your food dehydrate .  For canned tomatoes place in a blender or food processor and blend.

 For blended tomatoes you will also need to use a fruit roll screen or  parchment paper on your trays.  Pour a thin layer of your blended tomatoes on your trays.  Dehydrate over night till both your fresh and blended tomatoes are dry and is easy to crumble. (  Humidity and temp will play a factor in your drying time.)

After cooled and crumbled, place in a coffee grounder or some type of blender. Blend till you have a nice powder.  I place my power in a Ziploc bag with a oxygen absorber.

To use:
For tomato puree  1 part powder to 1 part water.

For tomato sauce   1 part power to 2 parts water.

mix together and let sit 1 to 2 minutes to fully rehydrate.
This powder is great for making dried hiking meals . They taste so much better and way cheaper. You can also use it for long storage meals.



Monday, June 1, 2015

What to do with leftover wonton wrappers.

 I still had a half of a bag of wonton wrapper after I got finished with my pot sticker.( Pot Sticker recipe posted below this one.) I didn't want to wast them ,so I had to come up with a good way to use them. I remembered I had a can of pie cherries in my pantry so dessert became my best option. 
 I fried up the wrapper in a little oil.
 Placed the can of cherries in the food processor along with 3 tablespoon of the blackberry jam and blended.
 I warmed up the filling up, then layered the mixture between the fried wonton wrappers. . I used three wrappers. You can use as many layers as you like.
Next came the ice cream. These were so good that we had them last night and again today after lunch. And I am going to be really bad and have another one after dinner. As they say you only live once.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Shrimp Pot Sticker

This is a post I did a while back. Although when I went to look for it ,it had been deleted. Luckily I had saved it on my recipes page. So I am reposting it for myself and for those reading this blog.  This is one of my all time favorite recipes.

My husband loves pot stickers, I use to buy them from the store ,but they weren't that good. Then I started buying them from the Schwan's guy. They were good but got to be really expensive. So I decided to make my own. I found a great recipe and changed it a little to make it my own. My family and friends  love them. And it saves me a lot of money. I never knew how easy they were to make.
 

 RECIPE
1 and1/2 pounds of cooked Shrimp or 1 pound of any other cooked meat you may like.
4 chopped green onions
4 cloves roughly chopped garlic or 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.( Optional)
1 eggs and one egg white.
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
Wonton wrapper. There are normally around 60 in a package. ( Don't worry they freeze up really well)
 One husband or friend to do the frying.

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER:

Put everything in a food processor and pulse until combined and minced.
Wet all four sides of your wonton wrapper.
Place about 1/2 of teaspoon of filling in the middle.

Fold over to make a triangle. Gently push filling to the middle. Making sure to seal it all along the edges. This is very important. If it doesn't seal it will leak.  Your water helps to make it seal. Don't worry they seal really easy .

Place in a pan with a little oil They cook up really  fast. So make them all up at one time,placing them on a lightly floured sheet pan. Or have someone cook them as you make them up. I love my assistant. He looks so cute in his apron.

These freeze up great. I usually make a big batch for the freezer so I always have some on hand for lunches and snacks. But they still never seem to last long.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Have you ever just been tired ?

 I am running on empty. I use to love doing my Blog and you couldn't get me off Facebook or YouTube. Now I am hardly on I just don't have the desire. I still will get on my blog at least once a week to read the blogs I am following, but I can't seem to get up the energy  to leave a comment.  Most of the time  if I am honest,  it has to do with the fact that I never see these people on my blog and feel they could care less about what I have to say. And sometimes I just don't have anything to contribute  to the post. The same is true for face book.  I will go on the games I use to play and answer request, but that's about it. I am just not into playing the games any longer. It's like a switch has been turned off. Is there such a thing as media over load? 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

UPDATE: Trailer is totally finished and ready for camping.

 A couple of years ago we visited Ricks dad in Arizona  . He is a snow birder, they spend every winter in Quartzite Arizona. While there I meet a lady that had redone her trailer to look as close to a home as possible. It was lovely and very inspiring. After we got home I couldn't get the look or feel of her trailer out of my head. So I set off to do the same thing on a budget.

 Our friend Kent made this head board for us ( that was not on a budget but so worth it). I just love it. The white curtains were found in a yard sale. The valance is done with fabric I got on sale. All I did was staple the fabric over the valance. The pillow were  some I no long us in the house.

 The hunters quilt at the foot of the bed was a gift I made for my husband.The mirror was a sore spot with my husband. He doesn't care for mirrored closet doors. To fix this I bought a roll of frosted window covering.  My talented daughter drew  the trees and moose for me. Then it was just peeling the backing off and applying it to the mirror.The bear in the right corner was also done by our friend Kent.

 This was so simple. We bought these decorated pieces from Home Depot and with a little stain and liquid nails we were done.
 You would never know they didn't come with the trailer.


 Pictures really added to that home feeling. As you can see we also took down the valances off the windows and added curtain I found at the dollar store.  I still can't believe I got them for only a dollar. Rick added the shelf above the window and behind the sofa for me. It's so nice to have somewhere to set my coffee cup.
 The tin on the kitchen wall was bought on sale at Home-Depot. Very easy to put up. I also add white curtains that were given to me and used some old fabric for the valances.
 We tore the carpet up and added a fake wood flooring. It's one of my favorite things we did. 
 It's amazing how little things like a small quilt or simple tablecloth can make a space.
When we bought the trailer they had cup holders between the chairs. We removed it and added this reading table from Lowe's.  We pretty much set in these chairs in the evening. The lamp is perfect for reading. The top of the foot stool comes off for more storage. It was also bought on sale. I love a good sale. I fell like I pretty much accomplished. what I intended to do.  For me it feels like our home away from home. Can't wait to take it out this summer/

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The best part of Mothers Day

I woke up to coffee and breakfast smell waffling into my bedroom. My wonderful husband had made me breakfast. I also found flowers and a card on the table by my plate.
My twins came over after Church to make me cookies as well as take me out to dinner for Mothers day. They informed their dad he could come along too. This is when I realized that the card they gave me was so true.

My girls have a great seance of humor
 
I also received calls from my other two daughters. They live out of state. It was so good to hear from them.They both have family and are very busy so it meant a lot that they took the time on their own Mothers Day to just chat.  
Now for the best part . It wasn't the cards or flower. It wasn't the great restaurant or food. It's whats is going on right now as I write this. My girls are sitting on the couch watching Shaun the sheep on TV. It may not seem like much but to me it,s everything. It's been so long since we have been together just to watch  TV and enjoy each other company.  With their work and school, not to mention living out of town it seems like forever since we were able to take a step back in time to enjoy what it was like when they were young and lived at home. I miss those days. So I will cherish any time I get a little glimpse of when my girls were young.