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June 24th – Happy National Praline Day!!!

This looks too delicious not to reblog! I am going to have to make these.

Be Like Water

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Pralines

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups toasted pecans

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3/8 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In large saucepan over medium heat, combine pecans, sugar, butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla. Heat to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface.

Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely.

Cooks in 30 Mins / Ready to eat in 45 mins

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Double Choco Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Choco Chocolate Chip Cookies

20140622_204825Love these cookies, especially when I am in the mood for some serious chocolate!  Someone made these for me years ago, and I loved the recipe so much, I still make them regularly!

 

Double Choco Chocolate Chip Cookies – Makes about 4 dozen

1 cup butter

3/4 c white sugar

3/4 c packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Add in the remaining ingredients.

2 cups flour

1/2 c cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups chocolate chips

Mix them well until they form a sticky cookie dough.  Drop by the teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 11 minutes.

I actually doubled this recipe, and instead of using 4 cups of regular flour, I used 3 and then I added one cup of ground pinto bean flour.

 
 

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DIY Vanity to Desk

DIY Vanity to Desk

Cool project, I was going to get rid of this old vanity, but then I remembered a picture of one that I saw refinished and it looked so nice, so I decided to give it a whirl.  It was already primed and painted white.

I took off the handles, and Logan gave them a nice workout,

Old Handles

Old Handles

 and they came out so shiny!

They look soooo nice!

They look soooo nice!

 My project went:

From this………..

What I started with

What I started with

 To This!

I love it!  I don't love the wall behind it, but I love it!

I love it! I don’t love the wall behind it, but I love it! Now what to do with that wall???

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in DIY, Life

 

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Cooking With Beans!

Cooking With Beans!

A couple of weeks ago, I taught a class on cooking with beans.  I have taught this class many times, and I absolutely love cooking with beans and eating them!  Each time I teach this class I learn something new, and of course learn so many new recipes.  It is actually kind of fun. I love experimenting with beans to find new ways to use them.  Tonight I made a really yummy gravy, and instead of thickening it with corn starch or flour, I used bean flour.  It worked out great!  I had to whisk it a little bit more, because it tended to leave the tiny little dumplings on the top of the gravy look – but my whisk took care of that.  The gravy was delicious and nutritious!

Black Bean Brownies

Anyways, I was prepping for this class, and the day before the class I had a very strong AHA moment.  I was reviewing some of the things that I could do with beans, their value, their versatility, and their ease of storing, when all of a sudden I had the biggest AHA moment that I have ever felt with beans.

I totally understood why we are counseled to store beans for long term food storage.  It totally makes sense to me. I mean I always knew that they were good to store, but I learned even more why!

Beans are the all around healthy food for pretty much every purpose.  Here are some of the things that we can do with them.

  • Beans can replace proteins in our meals, and by combining them with another form of protein, they make up a complete protein that is usable by our bodies, and has way less fats than other forms of proteins.  They can be mashed, fried, baked, roasted, toasted, or made into salad.  The possibilities are endless.
  • Beans can be ground into flour and used in baking by replacing portions or all of the wheat flour with bean flour, depending on what you are baking.  This offers a much more nutritious way to baking for those fussy eaters who need that nutrition.  Flour can also be used in gravies (like I did tonight), sauces, dips, and pretty much any type of cooking that you need to thicken.  The only thing about cooking with bean flour in your baking, you will need to add more of your leavening agent like yeast or baking powder, because the bean flour is much heavier than wheat flour.  It doesn’t have a natural gluten to help things stick together so remember than when substituting it in baking as well.
  • Beans can also be used in baking by mashing up cooked beans and using them to replace the fats, either partial or all, in baking.  If you are replacing oil, you can blend up the beans with enough
    Black Bean Tortillas

    water to make them oil like consistency.  If replacing shortening, mash them up to resemble this texture.  To start with this I would experiment with various recipes until you get the hang of it.  Maybe start by replacing half and half beans and fats.  You will be making yummy food and it will still be nutritious.  They will never even know it is good for them. This one is extremely important to our food storage, because whenever there is food shortage problems, and especially during the famine over in Europe some time ago, if you do the research, the thing they were crying out for the most was fats to use in their cooking and baking.  Beans can provide the needed fats for the baking portion!  Yes it really will work!  Applesauce can also replace some of the fats in your baking – but that is another post!

  • Beans when sprouted, increase their nutritional value exponentially.  They offer so many vitamins and minerals that they could offer a complete meal, pretty much all on their own.  Sprouting them, use them in soups, salads, or any other meals.  All they really need to do is sprout to contain these vitamins.  If you use mung beans to sprout and get the same sort of sprouts that you can buy in the stores, it will help you to get healthy, lose weight and alkalize your body.  If you sprout regular beans, then dry them, and then use them in flours, baking, and cooking, you will still gain all of the nutrition.  What a complete power packed source of food by sprouting.
  • Storing beans can be done indefinitely if proper conditions are provided.  If they are kept dry and cool, they will last for many years, far longer than you or I will live.  Excavating the pyramids in Egypt, they found beans that had been stored for thousands of years, and guess what?  They were still as good as if they were first grown.  Keep them dry, and clean, and they will last forever.
  • Finally, but not the least by any means, they are so inexpensive to buy, and easy to use once you get used to them.  You can pick them up pretty much anywhere, but the place where I purchase them, which is probably the cheapest for the types they sell, is the LDS Church Cannery.  The LDS church has many of these canneries scattered throughout North America, and they will sell to anyone.  Search one out and see what they have to offer for beans.

My AHA moment – We are counseled to store beans for our long term food storage program, and I understand why.  They are an amazing food group / food groups, all wrapped up in one.  Why wouldn’t we want to eat them, and store them, and learn to cook with them?

What are your thoughts on beans?  I would love to hear them, and would really love to try out your favorite recipes. Please share them with me!

 

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Lazy Daisy Cake

Lazy Daisy Cake

Lazy Daisy Cake is one of my family’s all time family favorites.  If you ask any of them what their favorite cake is, the majority of them will say Lazy Daisy Cake.  I have used this recipe to make cupcakes and cakes for lots and lots of years, and have been eating it for almost 50 years.  I am sure that my family has been making it much longer than that, as it is in a few of the family recipe books that goOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA back a couple of generations.

Lazy Daisy Cake

2 eggs beaten slightly. Add 1 cup sugar beating well.  Add 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 tsp vanilla.  Mix well.  heat 1/2 cup milk and 1 tbsp butter just to boiling point and add to the batter.  Mix well.  Pour into small greased cake pan. 9×9  Bake at 325 for 35 minutes.  This recipe doubles easily to fix a 9×13 pan.

Topping:  Melt 3 tbsp butter, add 5 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp cream(milk will do), and 1/2 coconut or rolled oats.  Spread on cake after baked and still hot.  Put back into the oven for a few minutes on broil.  Watch closely it will burn quickly.  Remove when nicely golden brown.

 

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Cooking, cooking from scratch, Recipes

 

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Write Your Personal History

Write Your Personal History

Have you ever thought about writing your personal history? There are so many different ways you could go about doing this.

Here is a great site (Family Search) that gives some input into how to go about getting started and writing  your history.  I have been helping a good friend write her personal history, and have really come to understand why this is important.  I have also been doing some looking into a bit of family history as of late and reading some of these stories, and I always find it fascinating to try and think of how they must have lived.  I know it isn’t a topic that everyone loves, but I sure do.  life-story1

So then I get to thinking that perhaps I should start writing my own history.  I have kept a sort of journal off and on through the years, which does reflect somewhat on some of the things that I went through, but there are many gaps.  And yes, some of those gaps, I think I would prefer to leave as gaps.  Not totally sure that I want my kids to know some of the dumb things I did!  However, having a close brush with the other side has got me to do some serious thinking about life.  I think about what I would want my kids to know about my life, my feelings and thoughts on different things, and the values I have.  What better way to do this, than to start writing about my history, and the present.  I need to keep a current journal as I go along right now, so that it is fresh in my mind and doesn’t soon become the history too!

So where the heck does one start?  You can decide to do it on your computer, or if you are a bit more old school, just go buy a simple coil bound notebook and start writing.  Maybe a binder might even be better than a notebook, because then you can go back and add in more pages as you remember experiences and stories.  You could add in some of the old pictures that your parents saved from way back, add in some of the old school report cards, some of the memorabilia that you have kicking around from forever ago, sitting in boxes under your stairs.  Just grab a binder of some sort and get started.

Think back to some of your earliest memories, or the earliest stories that people remember about you, and just start writing about them.  You could break it down into small chunks of time, like five year chunks of your life and write about everything that you can remember of that time frame.  You could break it down into places that you have lived, or schools that you have attended.  Before you know it, you will have your life stories down in print.

personal historyYou could write your history in stories instead of a journal.  Or add the two together.  You could write it down as memories through time, specific milestones that you have accomplished in life.  You could put together a history in pictures, if you were lucky enough to have parents who took and kept many pictures.  There are quite a few different places online that you can upload your pictures or even your text, and print off a really nice book.  Just think, that would be a really precious book to have to pass along to your kids and grandkids.  If you a good at scrapbooking, or good at using these kinds of computer programs, you can make some really nice looking scrapbooks and have them printed off as gifts.

So start today by gathering all of the information  you can get together about yourJohn H Groberg life.  You could even add in old newspaper clippings that show what was going on during certain events and times in your life.  Gather it all and sort into time periods.  Then break these down into smaller chunks and organize it all in order.

The whole thing boils down to just getting started.  It doesn’t really matter how you go about doing it, because what works for me, may not work for you.  It doesn’t really matter how it all looks or reads in the end, as long as the information is there.  What really matters is getting going.  Start writing and recording your history, before it is all of a sudden too late, and your family will wish you did it.

Any other ideas or creative ways that you have compiled your own personal history?  I would love to hear them.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Life, Living

 

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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Living, Writing

 

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