Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Homemade Choclate Pudding

 This recipe came from Mennonite woman can cook. It is so good I had to share it on my blog. Hope you enjoy it.
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 4 Tbsp flour or 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 Tbsp Nestle Nesquik powder (or 4 Tbsp Nesquik plus 2 Tbsp cocoa)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar, optional
  • 2 egg yolks
  1. In a small pot, just below medium heat, bring 1 1/2 cups milk to almost boiling point.
  2. In the meantime, in a small bowl or 4-cup measuring cup, mix dry ingredients, then stir in 1/4 cup milk to make a smooth paste. Stir in egg yolks and then the final 1/4 cup milk. 
  3. When the milk in the pot shows tiny bubbles along the side and a bit of skin forming on top, stir in the chocolate mix and keep stirring with whisk until smooth and bubbly.  If lumps appear, keep stirring. They will go away.
  4. Cool slightly. ( Set the pot into sink with cold water, stirring for several minutes) Pour into individual bowls or large bowl before it sets.. Cover and refrigerate. Yield 4 or 5 - 4 oz minis.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dolly's awesome yellow cake recipe

Dolly's cake is the best homemade yellow cake I've tasted. I can say that since I have tried way to many other recipes.
 She took her cooking blog down last year.So when I lost my recipe book in the move I contacted her on face book. She was kind enough to message me the recipe.   I copied and pasted it . Which is why it on the left hand side of the page.
I was afraid if I tried to changed it's format on the page I would leave something out. I tend to do things like that.

If you love homemade cakes, this is a recipe YOU HAVE TO TRY !

Ingredients 1 cup butter  softened 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs at room temperature 3 cups cake flour or all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Grease with shortening and flour 3-9inch cake pans. Cream butter until whipped; add sugar a little at a time mixing thoroughly and continuously. Do this for a few minutes to insure a smooth texture. Add eggs one at a time mixing well between each one. Combine the flour with the baking powder and salt in a bowl. You can use a whisk to mix thoroughly. Have your milk handy too for when you need it. You will add about a third of the flour and mix well. Add a third of the milk and mix well. Continue doing this until you have used all of your flour and milk mixing well. Add your vanilla and almond extracts mixing well. Pour your batter evenly into the cake pans. I use a huge spoon to ladle mine in one spoon at a time for even layers. Bake for 18 to 25 *minutes checking and inserting a wooden toothpick or cake tester to see if done. It will come out clean if cooked. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Take from pans and cool completely on wire racks.* Check the earliest time because homemade cakes can overcook so quickly and they may be dry if they do so. Tip* Do not over beat batter.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Welcome to Utah, Thanks a lot

Is this how Utah welcomes everyone or just those from California. 
I was really happy to see the snow at Christmas ( silly me ). I enjoyed shoveling the snow since I hadn't seen this much snow in 13 years. I was soon to learn ,there was a lot more heading my way.

Christmas was just the beginning. I have shoveled twice since then and my husband has shoveled three times. I don't mind shoveling, what upset me as you can see from the picture . Is that I had to go back out an hour later to shovel again.

The last time I had to shovel snow ( sorry no picture) It didn't snow ,but the wind blow like crazy. I end up shoveling snow drifts that were waist high. Which wouldn't have been so bad except the wind was blowing snow into my face the whole time. ( Bless my neighbor for snow blowing the last part of the driveway) . I was already an icicle by the time he came over.

 My husband works days so he is not here to shovel the driveway. We live on a busy street so parking in front of the house is not an option. Last thing I need is to have a 18th wheeler smash into my car or truck.Yes I know I am whining. I am sitting here with a bad head cold and felt like complaining. Sometimes you just need to complain to feel better.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cooking Pork Salsa Verde Stew on a wood burning stove.

Our new home has a big wood burning stove downstairs. I have been wanting to try to cook on it since we moved in. I finally was able to last night. I started with something easy Pork Salsa Verde Stew.
Even with the lights on it was really dark ( the stove is set back into the wall.)So I had to use a flash light to see. Which made for some interesting cooking. I was really surprised how easy it was and how well it turned out..  The only thing I would change is to have even thing ready and downstairs with me. Walking up and down those stairs about killed me .  I am planing on cooking more meals on the wood stove very soon.  Next time I am going to try biscuits.

Pork Salsa Verde Stew
1/4 cup flour
1tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 lb boneless pork lion( cut into bite size )
2 tsp olive oil
2 cans southwest corn and black bean
 Or you can use 1 (12oz) frozen corn with red and green pepper and add black beans
1 cup mild or hot Salsa Verde
3/4 cup water
 Sour cream

In a large bowl mix your flour and cumin together. Add your pork and toss. In a skillet or dutch over add olive oil Cook pork till brown making sure to add the left over flour to pan. Once browned remove from pan . Mix salsa, southwest corn,  and water together,add to pan . Stir making sure to scrape the bottom of pan to release flour and pork bits. Bring to a boil . Add pork back to pan and simmer on low for 10 min. 
Place in bowl add Cilantro, sour cream stir . Add cheese and enjoy
You can also add 1/4 cup of sour cream to stew before serving.

Hope you give this a try. It's so good.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Winter wonderland and thoughts of spring

This is the view from my back door. It looks like a Arctic Wonderland . We got about a foot of snow that started Christmas Eve and ended late Christmas night. The only down fall was having to shovel the walk and driveway twice. To be honest it wasn't bad .
 It has been 13 years since we have seen this much snow. Not since leaving Alaska. Which made it  enjoyable to be shoveling snow. I am  sure by the end of winter I won't feel that way.
Just a quick question . How many of you start thinking about your gardens and planting in spring the day after Christmas. As soon as Christmas is over my mind goes to spring and how I am going to plant my garden. I am I alone in this?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

In our new home. Time to paint

This is the old living room in our new home. The white you see on the wall is where I took down the wallpaper that was up. The wallpaper was of logs with a border of cowboys herding cattle. I told my husband if I ever want wallpaper to remind me how much work it was to take it off. The gray you see on the walls was painted thru out the house. It made everything look dreary to me. It was more of a cold color and I am a warm color person
So everything was taken down so the walls could be painted a warm tan.
 This is how the room ended up. I am really happy with it.

I love having the warm colors on the wall. It feels more like me now.

I also had to paint the dinning room. Now it's on to the guestroom  .

Monday, November 7, 2016

Homemade Maddox Dinner Rolls

 I don't live far from this restaurant and have enjoyed these rolls several times. They are so good I had to share.

Maddox Rolls
recipe courtesy of cityhomecountryhome
I think she used to work at Maddox:)
Maddox Ranch House Rolls
2 Tablespoons of yeast (not rapid rise)
1/2 cup of warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup (or 4 ounces) of  butter
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
3 large eggs
5 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the milk and salt.  Scald but do not boil.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
In a measuring cup, mix the yeast and warm water.  Add a pinch of sugar from the 1/2 cup measure and stir.  Let the yeast sit and proof for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, mix the yeast mixture, eggs, sugar, milk mixture and flour just until blended and no lumps of flour remain.  Do not over mix.  The dough will be sticky and very loose.
Let the batter/dough raise until double (about 90 minutes).  Mine took only 50 minutes to double in size;  I live at high altitude so my dough raises quickly.  
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Spoon it into greased muffin tins and let it raise again until doubled in size. 
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.  I'd go a little more on the underdone side.
Cool on a wire rack.  Serve with honey or raspberry butter.
This recipe makes about 24 dinner sized rolls.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

RV is ready for Halloween

We sign for the house on the 27th of Oct. But  we will still be living in the trailer till my husband has time to get our furniture and belongings from storage in California. 
  So I went ahead and decorated for Halloween. There aren't many kids here, but it still fun to see the decorations .

 I really love this door wreath. I love the vintage cat. But then I am a cat person.LOL

 What you can't see in the pictures is the projector , it projects dancing skeletons on the side and front of our RV. I think that's my favorite part.If all goes well I will be decorating our new house at Christmas.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New Homestead

We put in a bid on this house and they excepted. We should be moving Oct 27. It is on .92 acres. Plenty of room for animals, orchard, and a garden. We will be adding a front porch and shudders  to the windows. Plus a few changes inside. But over all it,s a great house. It is in great conditions and really cute inside. It has three bedroom with one unfinished room  downstairs, which we will turn into a forth bedroom. Also downstairs we  have a family room with a big wood burning stove and a large pantry for my freezers and canned goods. The pantry is big enough to turn part of it into a mud room. Which will be handy since we are now living where we will be getting snow.  I can't wait to get moved in and start this new chapter in our lives. The Lord truly blessed us with this house.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Starving stray kitten found under my RV

    The poor thing was skin and bones. By this I mean I could feel every bone in it's body. I already have 5 cats and a dog in our RV I couldn't add another one. ( Who am I kidding ,if I couldn't find a home for it I would of made it work) Luckily Bert my neighbor and friend wanted the kitten.   We think the kitten is about 2 months old. It was so dirty and has a old wound to the mouth. Bert took it home and has named it Peanut.
    We took it to the Vet today since it has bad diarrhea, plus to make sure it's healthy. They thought it might have parvo  which really scared me since I was around it  and parvo is very contagious for cats. I did wash my hands and change my clothes after visiting Peanut. But that didn't stop the fear in hearing those words. The test came back negative. I know that doctor could feel the tension leave the room from both of us. It does have a parasite from drinking stagnant water. The doctor gave it meds for that. He wants to wait to take care of the old wound on her mouth since she is so frail. He will address that when she is a little older. So now it is just getting the weight on her and making her feel better. Bert is my kitty angel right now for taking her in.
    As you can tell from this post I am a big cat person. The cat isn't even mine and I was crying in the doctors office  when he said she might have parvo. I am such a big baby!
      Well I has better end this post I have a cat crawling over me and my laptop to be petted.And she is letting me know that she is more important then what I am trying to write.

 Thanks for visiting me.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dutch Oven Cooking Chicken Delight

I was

I had to share this . It was so good. The next day I fried up the left over vegetables like you would fried potatoes. OMG they were so good. The next time I make this I will defiantly be adding extra vegetables so I can do it again. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We have land

My husband transferred to Hill Air Force Base. So we moved to Ogden Utah. It is so beautiful here. We found this great piece of land it is 3 and half acres of pasture land.  We plan to build a home on it and make it our new homestead. It will be a lot of work since it has had horses on it till yesterday. As you can  guess a lot of cleaning up after the horses. If you look close you can see the tree line in the back of the property. That is the end of our land.  I am in love with how open it is. We went there last night to stake where we wanted them to build the house. The sunset was amazing! I am so excited to live there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saying good by to Great Women and Friends

 Before moving to Utah my quilter friends throw me a going away lunch. The food was great and the gifts were awesome,but the company was even better.  I will miss these girls so much. Everyone needs friends like these.

This is the bag that Debbie made me. I have been eyeing hers for a long time. Every quilter needs a bag like this.  It holds so much. I can carry large ruler sand cutting mats. The inside pockets hold my fabric cutters,pins, patterns, finished blocks, est.....  It will even hold my TV tray turn ironing board.  

We are living in our 5th wheel till our house is build, So this has come in real handed for keeping everything together. And makes quilting in the trailer so much easier. 

The girls got together and made me this Cat quilt. The picture is of my kitty Cleo.  They are all so talented.! This will be one of those quilts I will treasure forever. No matter how far apart we are I will always care for these special woman.  
                                                As you can tell Cleo  loves the quilt also .

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Simple Living in a Backwoods Cabin

This is a must see you tube channel. He has a lot of great homesteading DIYs as well as some great humor and good old fashion country living.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bailey's first day

This was Baileys first day. I had to get all that cuteness on tape.  It is so much fun  watching her interact with her mom and us.  She has stolen my heart.
 Still waiting on Jan's goat Mocha to give birth ,then I will have two new babies to play with.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

We spent Saint Patty's Day on baby watch.

 Our friends  Jan and Fred let us join them during the birth of our little girl Bailey. She was born at 7:04 pm on Saint Patty's day. Jordan was also there to help with the birth. She was full of so much useful information ( which is on the video ) .  We went back today to visit Bailey. She is so cute and cuddly you just have to hold her.  We have to wait 3 months before we will be able to bring her home. Jan and Fred are going to get real tired of seeing us.
If you would like to see the video of her birth ,you are welcome go to my you tube channel.
              Channel name is      Michelle C Cutler

Monday, January 25, 2016

Homemade Pizza

I love this pizza. The crust is made a little differently then some recipes. But it makes a world of differences in the taste.

 Crust recipe:
7/8 cup of warm water. ( I use a cup ,since we are in a high altitude  )
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil ( a lot of recipes call for cooking oil but this gives it a better taste and texture.)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons yeast
In a kitchen aid or mixer ( With dough hook) place your sugar, water, olive oil, and yeast together in a bowl. Add your flour then your salt on top.
Knead for 7 min. Place in a bowl greased with olive oil. Roll your dough in the bowl to coat it. Cover with plastic and let rise for one hour. Place on flour surface and roll out in to any shape you desire.

  Making the pizza:
                                                  Preheat oven to 550 or as hot as you can get it.
Garlic butter
 3 cups mozzarella cheese ( Grate your own. It melts so much better then the pregrated. This will also give you a great stringy cheese consistence to your pizza.)
Fillings of your choice.
Can of diced tomatoes with garlic and basil added.
Place   1/2 of the can of tomatoes in a food processor of blender. Lightly puree.
Butter the outer edges of your crust with the garlic butter. Spread your puree tomatoes over the crust. Drain the rest of the tomatoes and add to the crust. Sprinkle 1/2 of cheese on top of the tomatoes, then add your fillings. Add the rest of the cheese.  Place in oven and cook for 7 to 8 min. Check after 6 min( all ovens cook different).


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Looking back at how my life has changed.

I have been thinking a lot about the life I led and how I got here. I stated out as an Army Brat. I grow up traveling all over the US and several other countries . After leaving home I worked and played in large cities. I loved it, couldn't see myself any where else.  I spent my high school years in a small town near where my dad was stationed and totally hated it. The guy I started dating in my 20's lived out in the country while I lived in the city . I was surprised to find I enjoyed being out there. It was like a mini vacation.
A couple years later I moved to Vegas where I met my husband. He grow up on a ranch but was now stationed at Nellis Air Force base ( Vegas). Where my family and I lived  I really enjoyed Vegas . There is so much to do no matter what the hour.
A couple of years later he got stationed in Germany. We end up living in a small village. It was even to small to call a town. At first I was lost. The streets closed up at 5. Everything in that village closed at 5 except for the guest houses ( they only had one.).   The Guest House is a restaurant, hotel, and gathering place. It  closed by 9.
Stienvienden ( Sorry can't remember how to spell the village name ) was a beautiful place and the people were very friendly.  To live there was like taking a walk back into time. If you want meat your went to the butcher, who also owned the guest house . For bread you went to the bakery. They even had a little candy store. There was only one very small convenient store. Twice a week a truck would come into town and sell veggies out of the back. In the mornings a guy would come door to door delivering  milk, soda,water, juices, and yes even beer. All you had to do was leave a note for him telling him what you wanted.Every Saturday people would come out and sweep the streets and side walks. They took great pride in their village.
 We were stationed there in the early 90's I know  this sounds like something from the far pasts ,but it was totally real and charming.

The reason I am telling you this, is because they started me on this journey  along with my husband.
 I learned to slow down to relax. To enjoy what was around me and the people I met. Even they festivals were centered around friends and enjoying what life had to offer. I was blessed with great friends ( thankfully a lot of them spoke English) Germany  taught me how to live rather then just run thru life with my eyes closed. Fast forward and My husband took what I learned and added a new level. He was able to start a little garden with out me rolling my eyes at him. Which as time went on turned into bigger gardens and me learning how to can. My husband had always loved the simple life, me not so much. But times were a changing.  Germany taught me to slow down. He was slowly teaching me  simple living.

 Over the course of time and  wonderful experiences I have come to love small towns and the life it offers. I now live on a homestead with three gardens , chickens, and this spring we will be adding goats,  We raise our own meat birds, turkey, and pig( with help from our friends since we can't have a pig where we live.). I am canning, cooking everything I can from scratch, and learning new skills every day. Did I mention and loving it!
 Germany started my journey by teaching me to slow down and my husband took me the rest of the way.  My parent never thought in their wild's dreams I would turn out this way. When I asked my mother how she  expected me to turn out she commented Died. To her defense I was a wild child when I was younger. Plus I had married a very violent man. Now my ex and long forgotten ( Love does really hurt some times) So I can understand that answer totally.  Being a city girl all my life, this was a BIG change.  Even to this day a lot of my friends and family are scratching their heads over my path in life.   What they didn't  know was there was always a uneasiness and discomfort about me. I was never quit comfortable in my life. Now I wouldn't change a thing. I am enjoying every thing about my life and there is no longer a uneasiness or discomfort. It may not be the life everyone one envisioned for me,but it's the one I need. As For city life. YOU CAN KEEP IT. Not my cup of tea. At one time I loved being around a lot of people and activity . Now it just makes me jumpy.

 If you had told me when I was young that I would led this life I would of laughed at you.
  Funny how your out look and life can change.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Thoughts of Veggies dancing in my head.

We had a great Christmas this year. Now I find, I am ready to start planning my garden for next year. I have a bad habit of getting a head of my self. I am the type of person that Home depot and garden centers love. They always bring out all these beautiful plant ,way to early in the year.

Yes I know it's  way to early to buy or plant. But all those beautiful green plants just seem to knock the common sense right out of me. My eyes go glassy and I tell my self I can keep them alive. We  will have a warm spring. My cats won't eat the leaves this time...... ( Isn't denial great ! )

I am sure there are others like me who do the same thing. Why else would they  display them so early.  We buy, then they die, then we buy again. All the while the big man sit back  and counts his double profit off us.

Well not this year. No MORE buying seeds and putting them up and forgetting them ,till I have already bought a new batch.  NO MORE Letting those lovely green plants seducing me into  buying them way to early. This year I will be patient, I will watch the weather ,test the soil, and turn my back on the big man.  Yes this will be the year!!!!! ( Isn't denial great ! )