Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Skunk Recipes

Last week one morning I awoke to the dog banging on the front door. Thinking the Farmer had left him outside, I let the dog in and started about my morning routine. The dog meanwhile was going nuts, running throughout the house, rubbing himself all over furniture, rugs, over beds, etc. This is not unusual when he is left outside, I think he's trying to warm up. But after a couple of minutes, I realize something stinks...BAD.

I immediately put the dog back outside and call the Farmer to ask him what stinks. He then tells me not to let the dog in the house...long silent pause...He then tells me about his morning of letting the dog outside and then he hears him banging in the garage, walks into the garage (where our wood furnace is kept and running) and sees a skunk which proceeds to spray. He then goes back into the house, get a gun, shoots the skunk...which sprays again.

Because I'm not a morning person, I go about the morning and take the two oldest to school and the youngest to daycare. At daycare, the lady tells me something's the Little Man's jacket and blanket so we put everything outside while I explain our morning and what must have happened. I head back to the van and get a text from my mom who tells me Miss Em's stuff stinks. I call her at school and tell her about my morning and realize not only the dog brought it in but it must have come through the heating vents. I make my mom go back to my kids room and smell them to make sure it's just their outerwear and not them and get to come home to spend three hours carrying out laundry, bedding, etc. and cleaning the house from top to bottom.

After trial and error, these are the best skunk recipes for cleaning out the stink.

Skunk "Febreeze"
Mix one bottle of hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle, shake well and SPRAY EVERYTHING.

Pet Cleaner
2 bottles hydrogen peroxide
1 tablespoon liquid soap
Half cup baking soda
Stir together in a pail.
Sponge on liberally
Let sit for 5 minutes
Rinse liberally with water

1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
Regular amount of laundry soap

Floor, woodwork, etc.
2 cups vinegar in a pail of water

On things that I wasn't sure should be sprayed with hydrogen peroxide (like the kids dance costumes for their recital) I did use regular febreeze and it did get rid of the smell.

And when your other half comes restarting the wood furnace after you spend the entire day doing laundry and cleaning the house....consider burning everything...and then start over cleaning.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Gluten-Free Wheat-Free Waffle (Pancake) Mix

My kids love pancakes and waffles. When Miss Em was first told she couldn't eat gluten and wheat, this was her only concern. We have tried the premade mixes, but unfortunately, those are just not in our budget to buy on a regular basis. We've tried several recipes but ultimately I wanted something simple, without a lot of ingredients that would be similar to what the kids were used to eating. This is probably the closest I have come and my kids absolutely love them and all three kids give them two thumbs up!

1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup gluten-free corn meal
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (vanilla or plain)
1 banana mashed
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
3 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
2 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 tbsp. cinnamon (depending upon your taste - my kids LOVE cinnamon)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix together dry ingredients and whisk in eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and almond milk. Spray waffle iron or griddle with oil and cook until done.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free (in our house, dairy free is milk products, does not include eggs). Hot out of the oven, these muffins were scrumptious with a dollop of butter, almost like a bread pudding!

Prep Time: 5 minutes                                   
Servings: 12
Cook Time: 22 minutes

•  1 C brown rice flour
•  1 C light brown sugar
•  3/4 C tapioca starch
•  1/2 C Stevia in the Raw
•  1/4 C almond flour
•  1 tsp. xantham gum
•  1 tsp. baking powder
•  1 tsp. baking soda
•  1 tsp. ground ginger
•  1 tsp. ground cinnamon
•  1/2 tsp. sea salt
•  1/2 tsp. nutmeg
•  1/2 C coconut oil (melted)
•  1 C pumpkin puree
•  1 banana, mashed
•  2 eggs
•  2 tsp. vanilla extract
 •  Whisk together dry ingredients.
•  Wisk in wet ingredients and let sit for a couple minutes to rest.•  Line muffin pan with 12 liners and divide batter evenly. •  Bake 22-25 minutes at 350 degrees. •  Remove from oven to cool and store in refrigerator.

TIP: While I do use Stevia in the Raw in place of sugar, I have not found a good alternative to brown sugar.


p.s. I did take a picture, however, I cannot find the cord to my camera and couldn't figure out how to download pictures from my cell phone to my new computer!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

No Fail Basic Bread Dough

I love homemade bread. Typically though, my homemade bread is a big ol' fail. I've tried different recipes, oh so many different recipes. I make bread that has wonderful flavor but very rarely rises. I've tried different yeasts with no success. I've tried 5-minute a day bread, bread from scratch, and bread maker bread.

A friend from church gave me a basic bread dough recipe and FINALLY I can make bread. Her best advice was that you don't have to follow the recipe exactly, you need to make bread like you cook, follow your eyes and nose. And since I've never been one to follow a recipe, this is my style of baking. The best part, it's basically a no-knead bread.

Basic Dough for buns, etc.
1 heaping tablespoon yeast (I've made with regular, fast-acting, and bread machine yeast with great results!)
1 level tablespoon salt
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 cups flour

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and make sure bubbles are present.

Add all ingredients. Knead gently to incorporate all ingredients. I maybe knead for about a minute.

Place into a lightly greased bowl, cover, and set in a warm area to rise. For me, I let my dough rise in the laundry room. Once dough has doubled, shape into bread pan or form into rolls. Cover pan and allow to double again.

Bake 400 degrees until golden brown.

I am in LOVE with this dough. I have not tried it with whole wheat flour so I don't know if it would need gluten added to it. My favorite variation is to add 1 cup of 9 grain mix and decrease the flour by 1/2 cup and add 1 tablespoon garlic powder.



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Miss Em's Famous, Mouth-Watering, Hot-Diggity Peach Cobbler

I canned 28 pints of peaches today. Miss Em was quite concerned through the whole process that I wouldn't save her enough for her to make her "famous, mouth-watering, hot diggity peach cobbler" (do you ever wonder where your kids come up with this stuff?).

So we made peach cobbler. She gave me the general ingredients of what she wanted in there, I added the extras. I would have taken a picture but by the time I got into the kitchen, it was gone. Whatever didn't get eaten by us and our guests had been scooped up to take home for lunches tomorrow. The Farmer had even scooped up a little container for his own lunch tomorrow and put in on the shelf where I always put his lunch.

So in lieu of a picture, just imagine a warm, goey, peach cobbler steaming fresh out of the oven with trails of real whipping cream melting over the brown sugar crumbly top.

Admit it, your mouth is watering right?  :)  Thought so!!

Miss Em's Famous, Mouth-Watering, Hot-Diggity Peach Cobbler

5 cups fresh sliced peaches (but save the pit so you can grow a gazillion peaches next summer)
1/4 cup splenda brown sugar
1/4 cup splenda sugar
1/8 cup whole wheat flour
Shake some cinnamonony jamma mama (makes perfect sense right?)
Couple little pinches of sea salt
A little tipsy of lemon juice (1 tbsp)
Make a slurry with 1 tbsp. flour and 1 tbsp. water

Butter the butter of a casserole pan. Mix together all ingredients and put into pan. "And you gotta beat it with a spoon so it cooks up just right."

Crumbly Topping (Mix all ingredients together)

3/4 cup splenda brown sugar
1/3 cup splenda sugar
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
Shake some more of that cinnamonony jamma mama for some flavor! (there's moves and everything involved in this recipe)
1 stick melted butter
Some more of that healthy sea salt

Spread half of mixture onto top and bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes in a covered dish. Spread the rest of mixture and bake for 35 minutes in an uncovered dish.

Allow to cool and cover with some yummy whipped cream or ice cream. Sit back and enjoy and wish you'd remember to videotape your children!  :)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tomatoes - Fresh fro the Garden

Last night as we were finishing up chores, I wandered down to what is becoming my weedy garden. I really need to spend some time out in the garden weeding but it has been very humid and hot. However ,things are still growing splendidly!

I picked these four big gorgeous tomatoes that I took to work and ate for breakfast and lunch.

And half a colindar (red on red doesn't make for the best picture) of scumptious cherry tomatoes that the farmer took to work for lunch.

So delicious. So summer.

There may be lots of tomato sandwiches in our future!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

A good friend gave me this recipe and it couldn't be easier. My kids also LOVE them!

1 box Spice Cake Mix
2 cups pumpkin puree

Mix together and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

My friend used the pumpkin pie mix but I had pumpkin puree in the freezer from last fall. I like the pumpkin puree better, it seemed to make a denser cake. Either way they are yummy and healthy. If you make 24, they come in at about 69 calories each and 12 muffins are about 138 calories each.