Archive | August 2012

Homemade vanilla extract made easy!


Homemade vanilla

You will need:

Vanilla beans (I ordered organic vanilla beans on amazon for about $26.00 for half pound)
A fifth of rum ( I used Bacardi because i know it is a better quality that the cheaper ones. Next time I will use an organic rum if I can find one. Price depends on state)

A mason jar. Yup an old canning jar that has been washed and dried.

First take five to six beans and cut them length wise down the center and put in jar. Some say to scoop out the inside of beans, I say leave it!
Next fill with the rum (or you could use a vodka) to top of jar right wear it starts the thread for top. Put on top and give it a gentle shake. Last put it in cupboard that is dark for a week. Take it out and again gently shake it. Repeat this process for another four weeks and before you know it….Vanilla extract!!!

Yummy homemade flour tortillas!


As I was making homemade veggie fajita last night, I realized I didn’t have enough flour tortillas. I really didn’t feel like running to the store so I did the next best thing….jumped online to check out recipes. I came across one that was easy to do so I tried it out.

Flour tortilla recipe
By: Abuelita Elvira Gonzalez Leal

3 cups unbleached flour (I needed more so I doubled recipe and I prefer organic unbleached and brominated flour by King Arther)
2 tsp baking powder (make sure you don’t mistake this for baking soda)
1 tsp salt
4-6 Tbsp vegetable shortening or lard (I used vegetable shortening because it was handy)

Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl

Add vegetable shortening. I use a pastry cutter but you can use a fork to cut in the shortening.

Add warm water a little bit at a time until dough is soft and not sticky.

Lena the dough then form into about twelve small dough balls. They should be about the size of a golf ball or a bit bigger. Let set for ten minutes.

As the dough is resting heat up your griddle or cast iron pan. Set to medium high (400 for a plug on griddle). Roll dough into thin circles. Lay dough in pan. When it starts to bubble flip(this only takes about ten to fifteen seconds per side).

Place in a warmer or on a plate and cover until ready to use!!!

This is great breakfast food for kids on school days!!!


Ok so i saw this and loved this idea!!! Great way for kids to have a great breakfast! She did a great job and I think you will all love her site!

http://onmywaytohealth.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/sausage-and-pepper-egg-muffins/#comment-397

 

 

UPDATE: These are amazing and so easy!! My kids love them and make breakfast a breeze. They are also healthy!!! WOOT! You gotta love that!

Great Christmas idea!


Christmas will be here before you know it, and that usually means tons of money spent on gifts. Well why not make some wonderful homemade gifts that actually mean something! I was looking for some great ideas to go with ideas I already had, and came across this site.

http://thejunkwave.com/2011/07/18/how-to-make-your-own-air-dried-porcelain-with-common-household-ingredients/

This is a great way to make some fun crafts to give for Christmas! Not only that, but they will be cherished because they were made with love! I will be making some soon and will post some pictures then!

Easy homemade liquid hand soap


If you are like me, then hand soap disappears quick in your house lol! I have a toddler that thinks it is fun to waste the expensive liquid soap so…..I said bye-bye expensive store brand and hello homemade. It is easy to do. All you need is a pan old clean milk jug, water, glycerin, and a cheap bar of soap. I also use essential oils to add a nice scent.

 

1 Tablespoon glycerin (you can usually find this near the pharmacy department at the store)

10 cups water ( I prefer reverse osmosis water but any will work)

1 cup soap flakes ( i run it through a food processor…I AM NOT shredding it by hand lol…but you can! lol)

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

a funnel so that you can pour soap in milk jug when it is cool

 

Melt soap in water on medium low until all soap flakes melt. Add glycerin and essential oil. Let cool. When soap is at room temperature pour it through funnel into the milk jug! See easy as pie!!! make sure to label milk jug so you remember what is in it!!