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Two Ingredient Dessert

17 Jul

Can I just say, I love pinterest.  I really, really do.  I use it for many things.  This past weekend we went to family dinner at my mother in laws.  My sister in law gave birth to my awesome nephew this past week and I cannot get enough baby time!  I decided to bring some lemon bars for dessert.

So these are pretty much the easiest bars I have ever made…

You take this…


Mix it with nothing else but this….



Just mix it up nice and good, bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on 350 and you get this



The entire pan was gone in 10 minutes!  It was a hit, and super easy



DIY Fabric Softener

17 Jul

I am allergic to store bought fabric softener.  I cannot use it at all, nor can I use dryer sheets.  For 7 long years my husband has complained about his clothes feeling “stiff” and I cant really do anything unless I wash his clothes seperate, and he doesnt really want that.

So I did a little research.

Vinegar is great at stripping the soap out of your clothing and softening it.  Hair condition smells yummy and is very cheap.  Here is the recipe…

6 cups VERY hot water 3 cups vinegar ($1.32 for a gallon) 2 cups conditioner (I used suave ocean breeze) ($1.98 for 22.5 ounces)

COST: 1.66 for 3 quarts.

Pour the hot water into a container with the conditioner until it dissolves.  Mix in the vinegar.  Store in containers and fill a downy ball put it in the wash.  I made my batch and it filled 3-1 quart mason jars.  Last night my husband slept on sheets washed with it and he LOVED IT!


Let me know if you use this recipe and what you think…I have never used fabric softener so while this is a HUGE difference for me, I have nothing else to compare it to.

Thanks mom, I dont like the Limeade part.

27 May

When you have children you realize the funny things they come up with!  Today was one of those days.  I made this really yummy, amazing limeade for the first time. (Thank you Pioneer Woman for the recipe)


Take one cup sugar
2 Liters of lemon lime soda
1 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
10 oz jar of maraschino cherries
Lime slices

Mix it all up in a jar, refrigerate for 30, and then serve with a ladle adding cherries to each glass!  The kids loved it, Chloe’s favorite part were the “surprises” at the bottom (the cherries), and she noticed I didnt put any lime slices in her glass she responded “Thanks mom for not giving me the limeade part, I dont like the limeade part only the surprise part” haha, kids.

I also made a “new to me” recipe today, if you can call it that, maybe its a new cooking technique.  I am really REALLY bad at making baked potatoes, I never cook them long enough, they never turn out right.  I found a recipe somewhere in the vast reaches of the internet that said to make your baked potatoes in the crock pot!  I love my crock pot its the best-invention-ever.

I scrubbed those little suckers and wrapped them up in aluminum foil, put the crock pot on low for 8 hours, and by the time the men were done doing yard work, and the steaks were cooked on the grill they were slow cooked to perfection.  The second you put pressure on them with your fork, they fell apart in baked potato yummy-ness.  I will NEVER attempt an oven baked potato again, ever.  This was a WIN.

I have also started a new recipe in the baking department (well two but we will get to the second one later)

(Amish) Friendship bread.  My mom made it for me one weekend, but never gave me a starter, and I forgot about it until my baking bug bit me.  So, you guessed it, I looked to google for a recipe.  Here is what you do…

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 cups white sugar, divided
  • 3 cups milk
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
  2. On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
  3. Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).

(taken from allrecipes.com)

The problem comes when you need to give the starters away.  Here is my idea.  I am going to freeze the extra starters (you totally can safely dont worry), and then pull them out and act like you are on day 1 of the cycle.  I will be giving them away for Christmas, with a homemade recipe book of different recipes to make with the starter!  How exciting!  I will also be donating the starters and the recipe books to local churches so that they can give them away as well!

My second baking project is pies in a jar, but since they are not completed yet, you wont be getting that recipe until tomorrow!!

Let me know if you have any baking/cooking suggestions!!

Bringing Home The Bacon

24 May

Does anyone else HATE cooking bacon or am I the only one?

Cooking bacon is the worst thing I do in the kitchen.  I hate the grease, the mess, the popping, the smokey-ness.  I hate it.  I have been looking to alternatives for cooking bacon, because like many people I think bacon is super yummy.

I have done some research and found three ways to make Bacon.  You do not need anything fancy to do these three methods.

The first is the type that I loathe…frying it in the frying pan.  The way that I do it, is lay strips of bacon (I cut them in half) in your pan, and fry them

Another type is baking it.  Lay the bacon out on a foil covered baking sheet, and put it in a COLD oven.  I am not sure why they suggest that but that is what they say.  Then you turn it on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake it for about 17 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown but not excessively crisp.  When you remove the pan from the oven then transfer the bacon to a pan lined with paper towels to soak up the grease.  MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE IT FROM THE ORIGINAL PAN RIGHT AWAY OR IT WILL CONTINUE TO COOK.  *I am so, so trying this tomorrow!*  They also say you can undercook it and then freeze it so you can reheat it in less time.

The third method I have found is the microwave.  Line the plate with paper towels and cook it on high for 5-7 minutes or until done to your liking.  I have attempted to make bacon in the microwave on one of those special bacon cooker things, and I melted the bacon cooker in the microwave.

I am making the grocery list from tonight.  I have a big summer to do list, and I want to start crossing things off, so this weekend we will be putting up a shed in our backyard.  I will be making dinner for everyone.  I will be making my own BBQ sauce, and probably a dessert (pies in a jar) and I will also be attempting to make bread!  What a big weekend for me!