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Cream Soup Mix
2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup chicken bouillion (run through blender or food processor)
1 tsp basil leaves
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
Mix all ingredients in an airtight container. Whe you have a recipe that calls for cream of chicken (or other soup) blend 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1 1/4 cup cold water. Cook stirring until thickened.
I am going through this thing where I want to make everything here at the house. A week or two ago, I made my own laundry detergent. This is turning out to be wonderful. Like yesterday we were out and I needed more. I could have spent the $13.00 at the store but I came home and made it for probably less than two or three dollars. I also saw where you can use vinegar as a fabric softener. I was kinda scared to try this so I started off with my clothes. I would hate for David to walk around the office smelling like pickles! I also read where caked up fabric softener can start smelling like rotten eggs. This is TRUE, every once in a while our washer will start smelling awful. I never knew where the smell was coming from until I read it online. Oh, my clothes smell clean and not like pickles!
Yesterday, I bought spray bottles so I could try to make an all purpose cleaner as well as a furniture polish. I have always used mineral oil on our mantle to give it a shine but this recipe calls for oil and lemon juice. So we shall see how it turns out.
Months back I found a very easy recipe for linen spray using water and lavender. I can’t wait to use this. I have to run by the health food store first and I never think about it when I am in town.
I ran across a wonderful blog the other day and she has lots of yummy homemade things. The other day she had posted her mayo recipe and this morning she has posted some recipes for dressing. I have made the caesar before and it is very good. I really do not care for the store bought but love this on a salad. I just never thought about making it in bulk to keep. I’ll be trying the ranch dressing soon because it is my all time favorite.
Here are some more things that I would like to make: my friend Amy has a buttermilk recipe on her blog that she uses. I have made bread crumbs before and plan to make a batch of them to keep on hand, also I think I am gonna try one more time to make homemade bread, I have been wanting to learn how to make soap for the longest time and I found a couple of recipes for face cleaner using honey & oatmeal
So, what kind of things do you like to make?
I made this chicken pot pie the other night and it is very yummy! Well, the crust and the gravy were (heehee) I only took one bite since I am on the “no meat thing” right now. For a while now I have been trying to find a recipe that did not call for cream of chicken (to me that is the grossest looking stuff, and you never know what those little chunks are) and finally found one in my Betty Crocker cookbook.
It calls for a homemade crust but I just bought 2 of the deep dish ones. I have not mastered the art of making a pie crust, yet. I also left out the peas & carrots. I also left out the onions.
1 pk (10 oz) frozen peas and carrots
1/3 cup of butter
1/3 cup of flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 1/2 cups of cooked chicken or turkey
Rinse frozen peas and carrots in cold water, drain
Melt butter in saucepan over med heat. Stir in flour, onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in broth and milk. Heat to boil, stir constantly. Boil and stir one minute. Stir in chicken and peas; remove from heat.
Heat over to 425
Pour chicken mixture pastry lined pan.
Roll remaining pastry out. Cut out designs with 1 inch cookie cutter. Place over chicken mixture. Arrange cutouts on pastry. Turn edges of pastry under adn flute.
*I am going to try and make this with just the veggies and gravy next time. *
I also found a recipe for making your own Cream of Chicken powder (adding water when needed) I’ll have to look for it again. Once I find it I will post it.
Tonight we are having baked potato soup. It is wonderful! I have tried several potato soup recipes and this is by far the best. I wish I would have thought ahead of time to bake some yummy bread for our sandwiches.
Baked Potato Soup
Bake a handful of baking potatoes (6 or so). Bake at 350 for 65-75 minutes. (I cooked mine in the microwave and it turned out fine)
cool, peel & cube
Melt 2/3 cup of butter and add 2/3 cup of flour, salt & pepper
Gradually stir in 6 cups of milk
Bring to a boil and cook and sir for 2 minutes more
Remove from heat. Whisk in 1 cup of sour cream.
Add potatoes and green onions diced up. Garnish with bacon & cheese.
btw ~ I was reading over this and by baking bread, I mean the frozen kind you buy at the grocery store =P
We started using the Praire Primer a couple of weeks ago and the girls are loving it. Although, the first chapter was a little hard to get through for Emily. She kept asking me to stop because she was feeling sick on her stomach. It talks about how Pa had to prepare the deer & pork before they put it away for the winter. The part that really upset her was when Mary & Laura played with the pigs bladder and ate the pig’s tail. I was kind of surprised because we read it a couple of years ago. But then again she did not realize where meats came from. Anyway, last week for one of our lessons we had to make butter. We had such a fun time doing this. Here are a couple of pictures that we took.
We started out with whipping cream.
I did not have a glass jar with a lid so we had to use one of Sarah’s sippy cups. After we poured the cream into the cup we added two marbles.
Then each of the girls had a turn shaking the cup. (This was their favorite part)
Emily & Sarah wanted to jump on the trampoline.
Our finished butter.
We tried to put them in a butter press but that did not go well at all.
These belonged to my grandfather and we have them sitting on a shelf in the kitchen.
3 cups of fresh red grapes
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp. almond extract (I leave this out and it is just as yummy)
Mix brown sugar and sour cream together until lumps disappear. Then mix in other ingredients adn refrigerate. Stir to coat grapes before serving.
Tuscan Tomato Bread Salad
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove,minced to a paste with a dash of salt
Salt & white pepper to taste
3 cups stale crusty French or Italian bread, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/2 lb fresh ripe tomatoes, diced
1 small cucumber, peeled,seeded, and diced
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup basil leaves,stems removed,finely shredded
Whisk together all dresing ingredients and set aside.
Combine all sald ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.
Crunchy Skillet-Browned Garlic New Potatoes
2 lbs small red or white new potatoes, scrubbed,peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Place potatoes in a large,non-stick skillet. Add cold water to cover the potatoes by three-fourths. Add the oil,garlic, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heart to medium, and cook until water evaporates, turning occasionally, about 25 minutes. Increase heat to med-high and cook until potatoes are crispy and brown, turning frequently, about 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately.