Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Easy Corndog Muffins

I can't really take credit for this, a lovely lady named Circe posted her dinner for the evening and it seems just WAY too fun/easy and yummy not to share here. She modified the directions from
hungrygirl.com, and I have to just post it right now.

You need:
1 box of Kruzteaz Honey Cornbread mix (prepared per the directions on the box)
1 package of hotdogs/beef franks/turkey dogs cut into 1/4 inch 'coins'

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees. Grease a muffin tin with non stick spray or buttter/margarine or line with cupcake paper liner thingies (yeah, that's the technical name for them) . Spoon in the cornbread mix ( spoon 2/3 way to the top, it will rise) and put 3 or 4 little pieces of hot dog into the mixture. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I can't vouch for the taste of these yet, but I can't wait to try them!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Mock French Toast Bake

Mock French Toast base:
4-5 cups of cubed bread (day old works best)
4 eggs (can use powdered)
1 1/2 cups milk(I use non instant powdered and water)
3 tablespoons of white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Streuesel

Mix all the wet ingredients, using a mixer on medium until it is all a creamy butter color. Put bread in a well buttered 10 inch cake pan in a flat layer. Pour the mixture over the bread and let sit for about 10-15 minutes. Cover with the streusel. Put into a preheated 350 and bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve with Maple Syrup or eat unaccompanied! :)

Streuesel mixture

1 cup of flour (oat, wheat or all purpose all work well for this)
1/4- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, or margarine room temperature

I mix mine up in the kitchenaid with the whipping attachment, but you could use your hands, a fork or a pastry cutter. You want it to be in fine crumbs. Try not to sneak it all before you use it. If you have leftovers (yeah, right) you can store it in the freezer in a container for up to 6 months.
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Making Coffee Cake :)

So I was thumbing through my copy of the Better Times Cookbook (printed from the website)
and I found a really easy coffee cake recipe. It was about 2 am and my oldest son wasn't going to sleep, so I decided to let him help me bake for breakfast tomorrow.

Easy Very Tasty Biscuit Mix Coffee Cake Recipe

2 cups of biscuit mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup milk or 2 Tbsp milk powder plus 2/3 cup water (double the powder if using instant milk powder)

Cinnamon Streusel Topping
1/3 cup of biscuit mix
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter/margarine
(I mix this up with my fingers)
*optional 2 Tbsp of Maple syrup (the real stuff, toss out that corn syrup impostor)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.Grease up a 9 inch round pan. Mix the cake ingredients together (or let your kid do it) and then pour evenly into pan. I jiggle it around a bit. Sprinkle the topping onto the batter making sure that the entire top is dotted with the yummy streusel mixture. Bake for about 20 minutes. If using syrup, drizzle it on the top when you take the cake out of the oven. Let cake cool before removing from pan.

I am letting it cool off before I put the cover on it. And when everyone is ready to eat, the coffee cake will be an easy thing to pull out! :) Sorry for the blurry pics. All I have is my crappy cellphone camera that is blurry and the color is off. Soon enough I will have a camera again!

Update- I haven't gotten the camera to get pics. (Darn heart issues are tuckering me out) but I made a cute recipe card to go with.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

A picture of me grating fels naptha soap for homemade laundry detergent.

Powdered Detergent

22oz washing soda
7.5 oz baking soda
8 oz OxyClean Free
10 drops of Essential Oil of your choice, (Lavender or Tea Tree Oil preferably)

Mix all together in a Jar with a fork and use 1/8 of a cup per load of laundry.

Cost analysis:

$2-1 box of washing powder(55oz),
$0.39-1 box (sm) baking soda
2 cups of the Oxy Clean Free (big tub for $5, it has 56 oz in it)

So about 80 loads for 3 bucks

It doesn't suds up so you can use it in your front loader or top loader, it gets your whites clean!! Good for cloth diapers too!

Sudsing version

1 bar of fels naptha (or ivory) soap finely grated or finely food processed
2 cups of washing soda
2 cups of borax

Use 2TBSP to 1/4 of a cup per large load

You can either leave it like this, or you can make a liquid.

For doing a liquid

Melt the fels naptha in 1 quart of water over low heat. Add the borax and washing soda. Stir until it is free from lumps Either put it into a bucket with a lid or a reclaimed laundry soap bottle. Add enough water to make 1 gallon. Let it sit overnight (it will gel)
Shake gently before use or stir before using
Use 1/8 of a cup to 1/2 of a cup depending on your water hardness.

This DOES have fragrance if you use fels naptha, but not if you use ivory.
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