Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Noodles and Stuff


 Making noodles is an art form, I suppose.  One I normally don't have time for!  This day we took time to make them for our homemade chicken noodle soup lunch.  I had cooked a homegrown chicken for 24 hours to make stock and didn't want anything non organic to offset the wonderful aroma from the crockpot!

To make the dough:
  • Two cups of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • cold water
In a large bowl, mix the flour and eggs together and then gradually add a tablespoon at a time of the cold water to form a dough.  You need to have a stiff dough so it can hold its shape for cutting.



Divide into 10 round balls.  Flour your surface for rolling or flour your doughballs for putting through the pasta maker.  Four is a key ingredient in this!


Roll out each ball to about 1/4th inch thick.  I used setting 3 on my pasta maker.  Lay them down and sprinkle flour on them again.


At this point, my noodle part of the pasta maker, the top part, started to gum up, meaning my dough wasn't quite as stiff as I needed it to be but I just decided to cut the dough with a pizza cutter instead of waiting or redoing the dough.  I will remember next time.


Let the dough rest for a few minutes while your water with about a tsp or more of salt is coming up to a boil.  Then drop the noodles into the boiling water and allow to boil a few minutes more.  Usually the noodles with want to stay on the top of the water by this time.


Stir them down and when they look done, take them out of the pot and let them drain.
If you are going to eat them as a pasta noodle, just add sauce and serve.  Or add butter and a sprinkle of salt and hide in a closet until they are gone and your waistline expands.  They are pretty tasty.  I added ours to the crockpot of soup.  The family gobbled them down so fast and asked for seconds and thirds!  So, I'd say it was a hit.


Have you ever made your own noodles?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Deep Dish Pizza

Friday we made deep dish pizza adapted from the wonderful cookbook, Busy Family Menu Planning reviewed below.  The dough recipe was the Amish white bread recipe, which is our normal bread recipe.  I used fresh ground wheat for the flour but you could use what you like.  
The process of putting it together was:
Dough in cast iron skillet
Mozzarella sliced and put on the bottom.


Then add meats.  I added turkey pepperoni and salami.  If you use ground meat, make sure to cook and drain it first.


Next, I added fresh mushrooms and onions.  Then sprinkled spices on the top.


Top with pizza sauce and bake until it is done.


 I made a spinach and strawberry salad.


The finished pizza and a pizza for the kids!  
The pizzas were delicious.  Don't try the deep dish if you don't like deep dish pizza. I am not one for eating deep dish but the family loved it!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Quick and Easy Peanutbutter Cookies

These cookies are super dangerous because they are so easy to make!  They go together really quick too.  Perfect for a quick snack at the end of a day or super quick dessert.

1 cup of peanutbutter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*
Stir ingredients together.
Shape into balls and flatten with a moistened fork.  
Bake until done, approximately 9 minutes.
Pour a glass of milk and enjoy!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was great!  We had lovely weather, a bit chilly but lovely none-the-less.  My husband cooked the turkey.  First he smoked it and seeing that we would not eat until late in the night, he got it into the oven and finished it that way.  The smoked taste was delicious.  Next year, we will start it early!

The table was set with finery.  I am pleased to say that no stemware were harmed in the eating and drinking feast of merriment!


The turkey was tasty.  The rolls were good too.  I didn't get a picture of the cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravey, greenbean casserole or desserts, but they were delicious as well.


This year, and probably from here on out, I had my guests bring a dessert.  I didn't make any desserts, so that freed me up for easier cooking tasks!  For dinner we had desserts.  Needless to say, the children were excited to hear that!  They all enjoyed every morsel.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Picture Dump -

This is going to be a picture post of the worse magnitude!  I need to dump some pictures so I can clear out my phone. 
 A cutie with a ukulele.
 So, this year Abi started teaching beginner piano lessons.  And the two little girls started piano lessons.  Their first recital was August 18th.  They all did very well. 
 A pillow for the littlest little one.







She learned how to ride her bike! 




Teehee.....

Playing Little House.


 The Big Baby Gender Reveal party...




Daddy's birthday!


And Matt's too!

A trip to the pumpkin patch.....


Next time, I will try to keep up. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Baking with Einkorn? Yes Please!

This is the first Thanksgiving I have decided to do my baking primarily with Einkorn wheat/flour.  I am happy to have done it.  Everything is turning out great and tastes good!  Today I baked:
3 loaves of this recipe, adding a bit more sugar and yeast than called for, two dozen rolls with regular ground wheat and 24 einkorn muffins.  I also baked 36 servings of granola to last the next couple of days for a breakfast choice. 

Before baking while letting it rise beside the oven.

After baking.  It tastes so good!


My daughter worked on some dessert specialties she makes us for Thanksgiving and the cornbread for the stuffing.  We are all set for tomorrow!  Well, at least in the baking department. 

Einkorn muffins

I am finding einkorn works well either fresh ground or in the all-purpose flour form.  The fresh ground flour was used for the muffins and the ready made all-purpose was used in the loaves.  Today was a good baking day.  I imagine I will spend Saturday, after some of my company leaves, making more loaves of bread. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Lovey Dovey's Birthday

Days go by so fast.  I remember the hustle and bustle of her birthday.  Newspapers, cameras...lights...makeup....All because she was born on 11/11/11 and she is our 11th child!  That garnered some attention from the local news. 
Precious jewel of God.

After dinner of chicken macaroni, made with califlower in the cheese sauce, salad and garlic breadsticks, she got her requested brownie cake and opened her gifts.  We had eaten at the pizza buffet earlier in the day as per her request as well.  Yum!


She is such a sweet little thing.  Quiet in the midst of the storms it seems.  She is a blessing to all of us.  We could not be so blessed were it not for the grace of God!

 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

I Love Cookbooks

I love cookbooks that are well written and helpful to me as a busy, homeschooling mom of 12.  I don't care for making food once and freezing it for the month, unless I am ready to have a baby or otherwise laid up.  It just doesn't seem feasible for me to do that when I have to be in the kitchen several times a day anyway.  I have always needed to menu plan due to the nature of my mind.  Add that to being pregnant or nursing over the span of 30 years (Yes, my baby girl just weaned about a year ago and my oldest child is now 31!) and you have a super need to menu plan just to keep the plates spinning in the kitchen!  When they grow up, it is not an exception and things do not slow down a bit either.  So, I still need to do it!

I have made my own monthly menu plan and corresponding grocery lists over the years and have always enjoyed the freedom and repetition that comes with that.  I was so pleased to find out that Zsuzsanna Anderson, a busy, homeschooling mom of 10, over at Are They All Yours is working on a 10 week menu plan/grocery list cookbook!  Aptly named Busy Family Menu Planning Cookbook.





She offered a week's worth of menu and grocery lists so I jumped at the chance to sign up!  I will be purchasing the book as soon as it comes out because, it is just that good.  I have always loved whatever I have tried from her blog!  She is an ace in the kitchen and knowledgeable about nutrition.  We have many of the same beliefs about nutrition so I knew it was going to be good.  I Was Not Let Down!!


Pork carnitas bowls with black beans, rice, and a side salad.



I tried the recipe for pork carnitas bowls and the biscuit recipe.  I used einkorn in the biscuits, but they can be made with any flour.  They both turned out great and the family loved them.  I used the crockpot for the pork carnitas and they were so good and seasoned to perfection!  I think there is a secret ingredient in the recipe that I've never run across in Tex-Mex yet.  Shhhh....it was worth it!

Dough
Ready for yum biscuits!
Rolled and folded
With the biscuit recipe, I do not have a mixer with a paddle attachment so I ended up doing it by hand and it turned out well.  Mine were a little flatter than hers in the book but it is more than likely caused by having to touch the dough too much!  There were some which rose higher than others but they were all fluffy and moist inside.  I doubled the recipes because, well, I am feeding lots of hungry folk and they still came out tasty!





Each week has five breakfasts, five dinners and one dessert meal.  With recipes and shopping lists all included.  I especially like that there is a section called basics and extras where she gives recipes for things that go in the recipes!  Like sauces, breads and sides and seasonings!

I am so excited for this!  Added to my own menus and shopping lists I can have up to 18 weeks planned out for me with very little thought!!  I encourage you to head over to her blog to check it out!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Let's Do This!

This week I have spent countless hours cleaning up from last week when my husband took a working vacation and we redid our downstairs common area, aka the library.  The whole house become a mess when there are house projects being done.  


The BEFORE:
Before

 Flooring had to be laid down and that involved taking out the toilet and sink in the bathroom.  We also had to fill a few holes and sand the sheet rock before we could paint.

Before

 Of course, in the midst of all of this, we also had to eat three meals a day.  Which had to be home cooked because of health and allergies. Which amounted to an astounding 210 meals to be done that week on top of that!  No wonder people take vacations from their vacations.



We had planned on taking the children on a little trip to the history museaum but ran into a few snags with the work so that got postponed.  Plus, we had a birthday to celebrate on Sunday!

Painting

Here is the paint going on the walls.  We didn't plan for it to be arial floods at the time we were redoing this, nor cold weather!  Thus we worried a bit about the paint drying in time to move furniture back in place, but it was all good.
 
The finished bathroom.  I will spare you the toilet side. 
 
Just after putting the flooring down in here and getting ready to move furniture, books and shelves back in.





 The AFTERS: 

Sleeper sofa.  You can see the two bedrooms in this picture.  They will be getting their makeover soon with the flooring.


 
Pantry door, part of the library shelves.
I need a tablecloth and a lamp for the round table.  Somehow this picture is before the trim was on the door.  Trim is on there now though.

     

This was a fun vacation.