Friday, September 21, 2018

Shower Tabs

1 cup corn starch ($1)
1/2 cup baking soda ($1)
4 oz jar of Vaporizing chest rub ($1)
5 drops eucalyptus oil ($1)
ice cub tray ($1)
plastic disposable bowl and spoon
Jar with lid
*disposable gloves

Okay, so I got most of this at the Dollar Store and I only used 1/4 of the the cornstarch, baking soda and eucalyptus, only used one of the 2 ice cube trays. This DIY is super cheap maybe five dollars.

In your disposable bowl, mix (with your disposable spoon) cornstarch, half of your baking soda, vaporub, and add the 5 drops oil.
Take the remaining baking soda and dust the ice cube tray.
With the mixture, use your hands to make small balls press them into the ice cube tray.
Freeze them for a couple of hours.
Pop them out and place them in an airtight container till ready to use.

I used disposable mixing implements because eucalyptus absorbs in plastic. *If you have sensitive skin you might want to use glove for this as well.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Easy Peach Cobbler

1 (12 oz) can peach pie filling
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
mini loaf pan
1 teaspoon butter

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease loaf pan including the outer rim with your butter. This will make sure it doesn't stick and gives a great taste.
Fill the pan with your pie filling. I spooned out the fruit because they put way too much of the syrup filling and I want the fruit more than the filling.
In a medium bowl mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon.
Using a pastry blender cut butter into the sugar and flour mixture. Mix until it turn into little peas.
Place crumble on top of filling. If you have extra you can freeze it for a month.
Place loaf pan on a sheet pan and put it in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes till topping is browned and crispy. I place it on a sheet pan in case it drips.
When it's done set it on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
Scoop ice-cream on top, get 2-4 spoons and dig in.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Protein Pack Lunch

1-2 hard boiled eggs 
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup cheese 
2 cut celery sticks
1 to go peanut butter pack

I hard boil a batch of 12 eggs to last the week.
Chop up a head of celery for the week.
Cut up 1/2 lb a cheese into sticks.
Then just pack 5 containers and you're good to go throughout the week.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry filling 
2 1/2 cups flour plus extra for dusting when rolling out
1 cup ice cold butter
7-8 tablespoons ice water (no ice cubes)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw

Make pie filling per my linked instructions and let cool.
Put flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times. 
Add the butter to the food processor and pulse several times until the largest pieces of butter are the size of large peas. 
Start adding the ice water a tablespoon at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition until the dough just barely begins to hold together.
You know it's ready if you can pinch it and it holds together.
Kneed dough a couple of times (careful not to over kneed) into 2 balls.
Wrap and place them in the fridge for an hour.
Let them sit till they are at room temperature about 10 to 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425°.
Dust rolling area, and rolling pin, lightly with flour.
Roll dough out into a nine inch round it should be about 1/8 inch thick.
Carefully place one 9 inch dough rounds into the pie pan.
Add the filling.
Cut thin strips and lay them across the pie, then do the same thing going the opposite way. 
* I don't do the weaving in and out it's a hassle and time consuming. Besides it still looks good like this in my opinion. 
Pinch the pie crusts together around the edges and cut off any excess pie crust.
Whisk together, yolk, and cream.
Brush the cream mixture on the pie dough and sprinkle with sugar.
Place pie on a baking sheet just in case,then place it in the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Place on a cooling rack for 20 minutes.
Serve with ice cream or by itself so yummy!

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pinwheel Wraps

2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon (your favorite jam)
1/2 pound lunch meat
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
large tortilla 

Mix cream cheese and jam together till smooth.
Smear your cream cheese onto the tortilla.
Place a thin layer of lunch meat on top of the cream cheese.
Layer the lettuce (remove the hard white portion from the center or it won't wrap right) in the center.
Then start to tightly roll it.
Cut about a three finger size slices.
Lay them face up if they start to open place a little dab of the cream cheese on the opening.

These are great for parties, and easy enough for unexpected guest.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Italian Baked Pasta

1 and 1/2 jars of your favorite pasta sauce
2 boxes whole wheat cooked Penne pasta
15 oz ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350°.
Boil pasta till al dente.
Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with Pam.
Drain pasta of all water.
Pour half the pasta sauce in the baking dish and and half the pasta.
Toss till well coated.
Then do the same with the remainder tossing till pasta is coated.
Mix ricotta cheese, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Spoon cheese mix over pasta and bake for 35 minutes.
Then serve.

FYI- My family said it tasted like Buca Di Beppo's Baked Ziti so it must be good!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Bronze Chief whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon backing soda
2 sticks room temperature butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups chocolate chips
1 cup precooked bacon crumbles

Preheat oven to 375°.
Sift both flours, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl.
Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy.
Beat eggs into creamy mixture one at a time.
In small amounts start to mix in the flour mixture.
Stir in chips and bacon.
Place dough in the fridge for about an hour.
Drop by the round tablespoon onto an ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Let cool then enjoy or remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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