Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dinner Rolls

BEST EVER LIGHT AND FLUFFY DINNER ROLLS

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package dry yeast
1 1/2 cups hot tap water
1 egg
1/3 cup softened butter or vegetable shortening (I used margarine today)

Sift together two cups of the flour with the sugar, and stir in the yeast. With mixer at low speed, blend shortening or butter into the flour mixture. Add the hot water (the hottest it comes from your tap, all at once, with mixer running. Add the egg, and continue mixing.
Add in the remaining two cups flour to make a soft dough.
(At this point, I changed my mixer beaters for dough hooks and let the mixer knead the dough for about ten minutes and then put it into an oiled bowl to rise.)
OR YOU CAN DO IT THIS WAY.
Knead lightly on a floured board and shape into a ball. Put into an oiled bowl, cover with a towel, and allow to rise in a warm spot until doubled, about two hours. Punch dough down. At this point it can either be refrigerated or shaped in rolls or loaves and allowed to rise a second time until doubled. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven until barely brown. May be frozen after baking and reheated to serve.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Materials:

15 drops lavender oil
3 Tbsp of vanilla extract
10 drops of citronella oil or lemon-eucalyptus oil
1/4 Cup lemon juice
Spray bottle

Directions:

Combine above ingredients in spray bottle. Fill remainder of bottle with water, water/vodka or water/witch hazel mixture.

Spray yourself and any objects or areas you wish to keep mosquito free!

Oven Roasted Asparagus

  • 1 bunch thin asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced(optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice(optional)
This recipe came from allrecipes.com

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.

Beautiful Sunrise

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I know I share lots of sunrise pictures with you all but I thought this one was a little different from the others.  I like the way it looks like a flame shooting up.  That is not a trick of the camera.  It actually looked like that.  Our God is amazing!

I am making some more yogurt this morning.  Today, I am trying the stawberry flavoring instead of vanilla.  I’ll try to remember to let you all know how it turns out.  We are still cold with flurries but I think it is supposed to be warmer by the weekend.

Supper tonight is crispy fried fish, oven roasted asparagus and rice.  I guess it will really be lupper instead of supper.  We plan on going to C-burg after we eat.  Sally’s Beauty Supply has conditioner on sale in the gallon container.  We want to pick up one of those and a few other things.

I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

Crispy Fried Fish

2 tbsp. parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp flour, 6 tilapia fillets, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp butter.  Mix cheese and flour in pie plate.  Dip fish, 1 fillet at a time in cheese mixture coating both sides.  Heat oil and butter in large nonstick skillet on med. high heat.  Add fish fillets-cook 4 to 5 min. on each side or until fish flakes easily with fork.

More Snow Pictures

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I thought I would show you all a few more snow pictures.  This picture is of our road.

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Icicles hanging from the front porch.  I love the blue of the sky!

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Floyd is full of old barns.

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Papa Goose standing guard.  Mama Goose is already nesting!  Hopefully, we will soon have lots of goslings swimming around.  We are not sure of Mama Duck is nesting or not. I guess time will tell.

I am trying a new recipe for hamburger buns.  I got the recipe from here.  http://penniesandpancakes.blogspot.ca/  I’ll let you all know how they turn out.  I am making them using all whole wheat flour.  I’m not sure how that will go over with everyone. I usually do half whole wheat and half all purpose but I am hoping to move us over to more all whole wheat.  We are having hamburgers (on the homemade buns), french fries and cole slaw for supper.

I also wanted to tell you all how much we like the new yogurt recipe I have been making.  I have the recipe here vanilla yogurt.  I am making another batch today for us and will be making one tomorrow to take down to Jessica when we go.  This yogurt is kinda sweet and flavored.  It is delicious served with fresh fruit.  We like that much better than plain yogurt.  I think I will substitute strawberry flavoring for the vanilla next time and see how that turns out.

Well, time for lunch.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

 

 

Brownies

Never buy boxed brownie mix again! So simple, so easy. Not just frugal but cuts out the unknown ingredients. Brownie Mix $0.30 /mix. 1 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup Flour, 1/3 Cup Cocoa, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/4 tsp Baking Powder. Add: 2 Eggs, 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil, 1 teaspoon Vanilla. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

This recipe came from pinterest

Winter Wonderland

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I thought I would share a few pictures of what it looks like here in Floyd.  Maybe I shouldn’t say Floyd because from what I can understand not everywhere in Floyd looks like this.  Some areas only got ice but we have snow on top of the ice.

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Yesterday was spent not doing much of anything.  Just chilling out, reading, playing games.  Just a fun relaxing day.  Watching it snow.

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It is very beautiful, however, I do believe I am ready for warmer temperatures (I think I have said that before!)  Next week, we are supposed to warm up considerably.

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My hero!  The first thing he does after a snow is to clear the vehicles and the walkway-just in case we want to get out.  Thanks, babe!  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless.

 

Winter Isn’t Finished Yet

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a nice week.  Ours seemed to go by quickly which is not unusual for us.  No church today due to bad weather.  This picture shows what it looked like about 20 minutes ago.  Now it has changed from sleet to snow and is really peppering down.   Thursday morning our temperature was 13 with a wind chill of 6 degrees.  Wow, that feels more like January than March.  I am hoping though that when April comes in it will feel like spring.  I am definitely ready for spring temps.  The girls were supposed to play their Easter specials today.  I suppose they will have to wait until the Sunday after Easter now to play them as we always spend Easter down at Dave and Jessica’s.  It is SO much warmer at her house than it is here.

I hope you all have a great Sunday and God bless.

 

Monday

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a good weekend.  Ours was very nice.  On Friday, Jess and the kids came up.  She had found a new laundry soap recipe she wanted to try.   So far, we like it.

On Saturday, it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL here!  We worked outside all day, trimming trees and such.  I love days like that.  We, however, woke this morning to ice covering everything.  Oh well, I know spring is on its way.  I have a big kettle of homemade soup cooking on the wood stove.  It smells go good.

I guess I better get busy.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

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