Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Making Your Own Beef Broth to Freeze or Can

Making your own beef broth is much like making Chicken Stock. When making beef broth you are going to want a bit of meat in the pot to help make the broth flavorful, and I have been told that you want to actually cook the bones first for a good flavor, so that is what I do. 

When making broth I usually  cook a roast and some "soup bones" in my crock pot then once that was finished and we have enjoyed our roast,  I Put the bones, and a little of the meat back into the crock pot. Then add some onions, garlic, celery, and carrots, a splash of vinegar and fill with water. Cook on high for another 3 hours, then once it has cooled Freeze or can. 

We get our beef once a year and when I get it I ask for the bones and I make a LOT of broth from it . Since I am not cooking any meat first I roast the bones for a few minutes just until they start turning brown then I add them to the pot or slow cooker to make broth out of. 

 before and after roasting





Before you start the canning process you will want to drain the veggies and bones out then cool the broth down. Once it is cooled you can scoop off the fat on the top. 

If I don't want to make broth right when I cook a roast or a bony piece of beef, I simply put the "leftovers" and and bones back in the freezer until I am able to make the broth. 




While your jars heat up bring your broth to a boil in a large pot. 
Once everything is hot pour your broth into you hot jars, and place the lids and rings on the jars. 
Then process in the pressure canner at 10 pounds of pressure for 20 minutes for pints and 25 minutes for quarts. 
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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine Box

Just a fun little Valentine box for school. Boys can be hard when it comes to this stuff, but this box was approved by my 7 year old.

I took the box and cut out the mouth, make sure it is big enough to get cards and candy in and out of the box. Then I wrapped the box with red paper, folding the paper into the mouth opening and taping to the inside of the box. Then we made teeth out of card stock and hot glued them to the inside of the mouth opening. and glued (super glue) the CDs on for eyes.

Then my son decorated with the blue circles which I cut out of vinyl on my Cricit but you could use paper or stickers. then he hot glued the wiggly eggs onto the center of the CDs. It took all of 20 minutes to make.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cajun Turkey Breast….Easiest Turkey Dish EVER!!! and in the slow cooker too!

This is the easiest dish to make and aways a hit. All you need is a turkey breast, Cajun seasoning, and butter. Really, That is all there is too it. 

If you thaw your turkey breast out first it makes it easier to get this pretty seasoning crust on it but it is not necessary to thaw first. Simply coat the turkey breast in the Cajun seasoning place in your slow cooker with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter on top. That is all you do. 

If thawed cook on high in about 3 hours and on low in about 6.
If frozen when placed in the slow cooker then it will take about 4 hours on high and up to 8 on low.

Once it is cooked, I check the internal temperature to make sure it is at least 180 degrees then let it cool for a few minutes before taking off the string that is normally wrapped around the breast then slice. 









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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Burrito Casserole





1 lb ground beef
Flour Tortilla shells - 4- 6
taco seasoning
salsa
jalapenos
sour cream
cheese
foil

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees
-Fix ground beef like you would taco meat. Add diced up jalapenos and 1 cup of salsa to meat once it's done. Mix together
- Line 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil. I like to spray Pam on the foil so the tortillas won't stick. Then layer tortilla shells on the bottom. Usually takes 2 - 3 shells depending on size.

Pictures by Ann Kelly the small one is a Gluten free version.

-Spread sour cream on tortilla shells. I like to make a mix of sour cream and taco season just to spice it up a little.
- Layer ground beef and cheese on top of tortillas. Top with more tortillas,sour cream and repeat layer.

- cover with foil and bake for 15 min. After 15 min uncover and bake until cheese is melted ( about 5 - 10 minutes)

**You can pretty much throw whatever you want into this casserole if you like corn or beans, etc. I don't put anything extra in it.
Ann Kelly added a can of black beans and some frozen corn after a layer of cheese. Also added the Jalapenos to the sour cream instead of the beef .

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Boneless Pork Chops-- the easy way

Boneless Pork Chops-- the easy way



This is SO simple and full of flavor, and tender. This is great for a fast dinner just  throw it in the fridge in the morning and when you get home it can be on the table in 30 minutes without you standing over the stove. I served with some raw veggies and dip and Teeny Tiny Potatoes, that cook in the oven at the same time as the pork.

6 boneless pork chops (these are about 1/2 inch thick)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons soy sauce (I use gluten free)
2-3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 onion sliced thin

Throw everything in zip top bag and place in the the fridge for at least a couple hours, but all day is fine. Then at dinner time just toss everything from the bag into a baking dish, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, and that is it.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chicken Lettuce Wraps… a Family Favorite and you can sneak in lots of Veggis




Now you know I don't measure anything so these are rough guess on amounts.

My husband does not love veggies, and I try to eat as many as possible so I put my veggies in the food processor so they are small and quick to chop.

I use onion, garlic, carrots, red cabbage, broccoli, and a bell pepper.
I also also hand chop some mushrooms, and water crestnuts. I cook these with just a little olive oil for about 4 mins.

 cook all the veggies down

Add the chicken (also from food prossor) Mix and add sauce.

I boil my chicken, about a pound and a half I usually usally half white meat and half dark meat. This makes is mositer and cheaper. I take it off the bone and also put it in the food processor.

Then I add the chicken to the pan with the veggies. With the sauce below.I use about...
2 Teaspoons chili paste
juice of 2 lemons
3-4 TBS fish sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce.
Mix together and pour over the chicken and veggies. cook until everything is mixed well. Serve with lettuce leaves and I like a little rice in mine.


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chocolate Popcorn… Always a hit and so each and cheap to make




I got this from a friend of a friend. Just pot corn and melt some white almond bark and pour over the popcorn and stir. Today I also melted some chocolate almond bark to drizzle over just so it looks more CHOCOLATE:)


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Friday, January 2, 2015

No Bake Cookies (Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies)







* 1/2 cup butter
* 2 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup cocoa
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 3 cups oats
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix top five ingredients. Cook to rapid boil for three minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, peanut butter and oats. I add the oats slowly to make sure they aren't getting to thick. Sometimes I use a little less and sometimes a little more. You should be able to tell if it is too thin/thick. (I have noticed if it is rainy out or really damp then sometimes the cookies don't set up and so I will add a little bit more oats...I know that sounds weird). Spoon on buttered plate/tray/cookie sheet to harden.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Weight Watchers Friendly Pineapple Upside Down Cake





4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup brown sugar
about 7 canned pineapple slices (rings) in juice, reserve 1/4 cup juice
1 cup yellow cake mix
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 9-inch round, flameproof, aluminum pan over medium-low heat, we used a cast iron pan (make sure to cover entire pan bottom); sprinkle brown sugar over top. Place pineapple rings in a single layer in bottom of pan. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until pineapple caramelizes, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side; remove pan from heat. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter on stove top or in microwave. In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat egg with remaining melted butter.

Add cake mix and reserved pineapple juice; combine well. Pour batter over pineapple; bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Allow cake to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes; when still warm, loosen sides with a knife and invert cake onto a serving plate. Slice into 10 pieces and serve.

****4 WeightWatcher Points Plus per slice****


 Once you have allowed the cake to cool for a few minutes carefully dump it upside down where you can see the yummy pineapple goodness.
 We also did a few in a muffin pan like this but perfered the the whole cake.

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