6/25/14

The BEST 2 ingredient homemade biscuit recipe!

There's several recipes like this well somewhat exactly like this out there they are often called "cream biscuits" because that's all you need heavy cream and self rising flour! Talk about budget friendly! I add salt and melted butter to mine as well but most of us have that on hand all the time! The trick to soft fluffy biscuits is do not pack the flour when u measure and use a butter knife to scrape off excess... sounds crazy but it is key to have correct amounts! Also i always use dry measuring cups for dry ingredients and wet measuring cups for wet ingredients something I've always been told...I need to check into that more lol but I do it anyways!
So are you ready for this uhhhh mazeee ing recipe? Just think about adding garlic and cheese to these to for spaghetti night or cinnamon rolls.... yummmm this is my new bread staple in our household!

2 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
Melted butter for tops (about 1/4 c I guess you will need some before and after baking!)

Directions
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Spray pan...do this now not when your hands are flour deep in dough!

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and cream until the dough forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with additional flour. Fold the dough in 1/2 and knead 5 to 7 times if that , adding just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to your hands. Gently roll or pat out (i pat!) dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter coated with flour, cut dough into biscuits.*another tip...resist the twist..do not twist when you cut the dough out. Press strait down and up. when you twist it cuts off the rising of the dough :)

Place side by side touching on baking sheet coated with cooking spray, mop on melted butter and Bake for 8 -10 minutes, or until golden brown. If you like a crunchier side on yours space them out ;) when strait out of oven wipe down with melted butter and a sprinkle of salt or Parmesan! Nom Nom Nom......;)
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6/18/14

Making butter by hand!


I suppose I've always had a desire to make butter...I remember making zip lock bag ice cream in school it was my favorite day ever! Then in highschool I took an Appalachian lit. Class. We learned how to make string beans,canning and jams.. yup, my love started there haha...anywho I always wanted to make homemade butter but thought it would be so hard *I was thinking churning... lol here's a much easier method using only a mason jar & heavy whipping cream (which we keep so much of make my super easy 2 ingredient biscuits you can find HERE

Get any size jar I like a pint jar and fill halfway with cream set it out to get to room temp. It will make it a lot quicker and easier if its not chilling cold...

Now....channel your inner Luke Bryan and sing....*Country girl Shake it it for me girl shake it for me*.....this will make the next 5 min fly by lol you will shake vigorously (taking breaks as needed) about 5-6 min total id say. The cream will turn to whipped cream with a good bit of liquid left.. like this>
 
Then all if a sudden it starts to crumble a bit then turns yellow and smooths out
Strain the buttermilk off and save for later if you want. Turn butter onto wood surface and pat the excess liquid off then place on wax paper and salt to taste if wanted ,roll up and refrigerate :)

6/11/14

A quick easy weeknight meal

Its nothing fancy...really but its a decent combination of what my lil family wanted tonight :)
Fried Cabbage and Smoked sausage
Cheesy Garlic Homemade Biscuits
& Homemade ranch pasta salad :)

Heres the link to my biscuit recipe
 ...to make these i simply just added shredded cheese and garlic salt :) no exact measuring here with any of these. Once you make the biscuits using my recipe a time or 2 you will know about how much cream to flour ratio you need! But i do have some photos to go with it this time around :) ORIGINAL> http://freerangefarmmom.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-best-2-ingredient-homemade-biscuit.html

all i did for this was shed the cabbage add cut up smoked sausage and a small spoonful of bacon grease..southern gold...lol i cooked this until the cabbage is wilted and the sausage warm/hot about 10 min or so.. med-hi heat
Mix all the ingredients in the original recipe EXCEPT SALT then add 1 c of cheese ( i use finely shredded Colby jack) and a shake or 2 of garlic salt. Start mixing gently with your hands

Flour your surface pat out your dough or roll it and cut out your biscuits...
 Place on you pan touching and mop with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt..LIGHTLY!
Bake 8-10 min @500F Then brush with melted butter again right out of the oven and serve :)
Now to the Ranch pasta salad ..
boil 1/2 box of your favorite pasta we use rontini. and rinse with cold water and drain. 
In a small bowl mix 1/2 packet of ranch dressing mix with 3 spoons of mayo and just enough milk to get a creamy thin mixture. you dont want it runny but you want it thin..then mix the mixture and  cheese and salt/pepper to your liking and mix well!


The Next day me and my daughter mixed in a little more shredded cheese and ham and warmed this up for lunch! It was divine! :)




6/4/14

ABC Coconut Tree :)

I  took this photo months ago with all intentions of posting...lol Oh well its here now! My sweet little Riley (3) is learning her letters & loves the book Chicka Chicka boom! boom! A classic really :) We were trying to figure out what we could do when we finished a letter so i took to pintrest! I found many trees like this and happened to have just the stuff to do it. There were plenty of templates but i found it easier to just free hand it. I cut each leave out of green construction paper & each section of the trunk out of brown i cut them in sort of a mushroom bottom shape taped 2 together at a time and laminated all pieces. Then took alphabet letters and laminated those and the coconuts are from brown foam paper. Each week/2-weeks we study a letter then when we are done it can make its way up the coconut tree :)
 We have the book plus we listen to the story and song on youtube Here's the link for those: Story-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-V4zzXzpT8
Song-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk05y3T-pr8
We also love this activity from "words of his heart" & Makelearningfun.com to do with our chicka chicka theme: http://wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-free-printables/

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