Monday, December 20, 2010

Zeb's Penguin craft!

First you need some eye balls! and then you make a circle in the middle of the plate. Then you cut a rectangle for the body and the Sides to the plate for the two arms. The last thing to cut are the three triangles for the beak and the feet. I drew some hair on the top of mine. He sure is cute!

Here is a link to a craft similar to mine.

Zeke's craft of the day!

The Bulldog Dart!

Here are your supplies:

One piece of typing or copy paper.

Here is the video:

Directions:

1. fold a letter sized sheet of paper lengthwise to get a center line.

2. fold two corners into the center line.

3. Turn the paper over and fold those corners in half.

4. Fold the pointy nose back on itself to form the snub nose. You might try folding the nose underneath, but both ways work well.

5. Fold the whole plane lengthwise.

6. Finally, fold the wings in half to complete the bulldog dart.

Thanks for reading this blog. Have fun making the best airplane in the world. Share it with your friends! Bye!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Zach's craft of the Day!

Today's craft is Christmas finger puppets.

Supply list:
One or two inch long piece of card stock
clear tape
star stickers
any kind of green paper
school glue or glue sticks
brown paper

Instructions:
1. Wrap the white card stock around your finger and apply clear tape to connect ends of paper.
2. Cut green paper into the shape of a Christmas Tree.
3. Add glue to the Christmas Tree attach it to the finger puppet base.
4. Cut out a small rectangle to be the trunk of the tree. Adhere the trunk to the tree.
5. Decorate your tree however you wish and add star to the top of the tree on each side (so there is not a sticky side of the star)

We hope you liked our finger puppet craft. Please join us next time and tell a friend.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sweet Potato Biscuits




There was a seven cent a pound special at Wal-mart on Sweet Potatoes so I told my dear husband to bring some home. Boy did he ever. He's so sweet;) So here is my first use of the wonderful sweet potato. One, large that is.

Sweet Potato Biscuits!

This makes about 14 to 16 large biscuits.

3 1/2 whole wheat flour
4 table spoons of honey or other sweetener
5 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
12 tablespoons margarine or butter
Spray for pan
1 1/2 c. sweet potato or one very large one smashed and chilled
2/3 c. yogurt

Mix like you would any other biscuits and then bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 24 minutes. MMMMmmmmm.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin pie without sugar!

Pumpkin pie without sugar!

Pie dough (I used homemade wheat)
1 small freshly prepared pumpkin
1 1/2 c. evaporated milk, undiluted (made my own for the first time google it)
1/4 c. molasses
1/2 c. truvia stevia
1/2 tsp. salt
1 table spoon pumpkin pie seasoning
3 eggs, beaten slightly
Use small to medium size pumpkins. Clean out seeds and either save to plant next year or roast them later when you are done (great for a parasite cleanse) . Cut pumpkin in half and bake faced down in a casserole dish filled half way with water to keep it moist. Bake at 400 degrees for for about an hour or until pumpkin is very tender. Remove and put immediately and sprape with a spoon off of the skin into a large bowl and use a hand held beverage blender to make into a smooth filling or use your blender both will do the job. My kids enjoyed each getting a turn at using the hand held mixer.

For Pie: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix well fresh pumpkin with remaining ingredients. Pour into pie shell. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake another 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Recycling tip and money saving tip of the day!

install plastic hooks upside down on the outside of your trash can and use those plastic grocery bags from the store in your kitchen trash. I put in two on each side plus I hotglued a couple of clips from skirt hangers to each end of the inside to hold in the bag to the side and then I used a small plastic skirt hanger and clipped each bag to the other in the middle. Works great and you can have little helpers get the trash out easier too. Its not so heavy for them in the small bags and they feel big. I guess you could just use clothes line clips or other clips you may have hanging around the house as well. God Bless!

Muffin pizzas

Today we made muffin pizzas and the kids really raved over them so here goes!

Heat your oven to 350

Make up some pizza dough Two recipes of it will be good. Use the recipe of your choice, I have a simple one that I use whole wheat dough with and its made with baking powder and not yeast there fore it is faster on days like today when you are baking for Thanksgiving.

Take your dough flattened onto a extra large cutting board or kitchen surface and grab a small mouthed glass jar or other small biscuit cutter and cut out lots of small circles. I let Zoi girl cut some of these she likes to bake with Mom.

Place each circle in the bottom of sprayed muffin tins and top with half a spoon of sauce

Then top with a generous pinch of cheese and other ingredient or only cheese (that's what we did) I let my little Zena do a little of this she likes to be included.

Then I added another circle on the top.

Place the dough in your tins I made 24. Put them into the oven on the center rack. Cook for about 10 to 12 minutes until brown on top. Enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pizza pockets!

We are going to have pizza pockets the fast way. Usually I would make my own crust but I am going to do it the, I have to do all the piled up laundry and clean the dirty floors way. But you can make your own homemade crust and do it this way too, its much healthier I'm sure.

Pie crust or pizza dough
tomato sauce, picante, pizza sauce, marinara, or diced tomato
shredded cheese of your choice
meat of your choice-or all veggies-we like turkey pepperoni (make sure to pre-cook any raw meat or dence veggies)
and a little yogurt of course for dipping
one egg beaten



Cut your dough into triangles. Place on a plate and put into the refrigerator until you need them. Mix all your ingredients together in a bowl not including the dough egg and the yogurt.Now you can ask your sweet son or daughter to bring you the plate of dough from the refrigerator.Then dip a couple of fingers in your egg and apply to the edges of the dough triangles to work like glue on your pockets. Add the ingredients in your mixing bowl and top with another triangle. Last bring up another trusty assistant to fetch a fork and teach them the art to lightly pressing the sides of the dough to seal it shut. Ask you sweety to bring you a cookie sheet and place your triangles on the sprayed cookie sheet and cook until golden brown about 10 to 12 minutes. Be-careful its hot wait a little while before eating.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Yogurt in Desquise!





You have probably heard of many of the health benefits of yogurt. It is an alternative to antibiotic drugs. It helps repopulate the gut with healthy flora and the healthy flora eliminate some of the unhealthy flora that come from environment and stress. People with digestion problems and elimination problems have seen its benefits. Autistic people who have a constant battle with their flora and yeast overgrowth. People with high stress occupations. I believe everyone can benefit from this powerhouse! So I have included here some great ways to incorporate yogurt into your everyday life in ways that most will not even mind if they don't care for it as a snack.




Every time you have a recipe calling for sour cream use yogurt instead. Here are some ideas:

* Sour cream - on potatoes and on burritos, this is one of the best ways to eat it because it doesn't get to hot and kill the good bacteria.

                           

*Ranch dip or ranch dressing - this also eliminates the added sugar when buying them redi- made, just pick up a tub of plain yogurt and a package of dressing or dip and combine. Its super fast!



*Also there are your favorite casseroles such as stroganoff




*Last of all, there is the breads and desserts: cheese cake and Bananas and Cream in bread.



I've even used yogurt and honey to drizzle over cakes with a little food coloring.

I just found the 
Yoplait yogurt page and it is a great site to try some new recipes. Try it and see. Good plain yogurt has much to offer.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oatmeal Peach Streusel

This is great for breakfast! I trippled mine and added a large can of peaches!

6 tbls. butter
3/4 c. sweetener (I used honey and stevia)
3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. old fashion oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 can fruit pie filling or fruit of any kind.

Heat oven to 350 Spray your pan with non stick cooking spray and set to the side.

Combine all ingredients except the fruit.

Combine until it becomes a fine crumb mixture.

Layer the fruit on top of the crumb mixture.

Bake on middle of the oven rack for 30 to 40 minutes until bubbly and golden brown color.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Peanut Butter Bar In Disquise!

I just love peanut butter wafer bars. The crunch and the peanut butter oosing through with a hint of sweetness. Here is my easy fast way of creating this essence.

Ingredients:

Peanut butter of your choice
Sea salt
honey

Toast two pieces of bread in a toaster set on number 3 or toast till a little brown in the oven. Then spread peanut butter add some sea salt and then drizzle some honey. Yummmm! Also you can cut these up into strips to create a more party like snack.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lonnie's Mouthwatering Homemade Pancakes


Pancakes are one of the cheapest meals that you can make and they work good for an occasional supper as well. This morning we had our whole wheat pancakes with a few handfuls of oatmeal and a good handful of sunflower seeds. Then I have been reading how good that molasses is for you so instead of syrup with all of the sugar I always like to try something different on top so today it was Brer Rabbit Molasses and we just drizzled it on like the chefs do and they looked just beautiful. the taste was pretty good as well although if you prefer more sweetness you probably would like to add some honey. I only had one or two honey adders. If you have any whole wheat, pancake recipes to share please do so in the comments. Thanks!

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Lonnie's Mouth Watering Homemade Pancakes (Feeds a Large Group)
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6 cups flour (your choice)
2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar or honey
7 tsp. baking powder
6 eggs
3/4 cup melted butter
4 1/2 cups milk

Mix in a mixer until smooth and ladle onto your griddle or frying pan. Flip when the edges are dry. Then remove when the center is fluffy. Serve with your favorite toppings!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Praying like George

Sometimes it doesn't matter how many great recipies that you have; no matter what you do you cannot feed nine on a dime because there isn't a dime anymore. Have you ever been there? I have and I am there a lot lately. But I do have hope and I know that God will see us through every hard time. There was a great hero of mine, George Muellur, who had an orphanage and every day he prayed for all of the food that he needed in detail and God always saw fit to send someone his way to meet every specific need. Lately I have heard that story told two times from the pulpit and I think that one of the hearers that God wanted to hear that message was me. He wanted me to build my children's faith by praying some more of our food in instead of driving it in. so I did just that. Yes, I will continue to pray like this as long as we need it. I will also go to the store and buy my food there and expect God to do miracles with my finances. Not being foolish and spending where I shouldn't but definitely spending where I should to care for our own. I know there is someone out there who is going through this same thing that might need to hear that there are other people out there in you same shoes and that God will see you through. Also God provided for Lazarus through other people a lot more fortunate than him and God praised him above the rich. God never leaves us without but we have to be humbled sometimes to see where and through whom he wants to provide it. Don't deny your children the opportunity to be spiritually strong through seeing God provide in mysterious ways. Don't live outside your means to make things happen when God wants to bring you miracles. Just a thought for today.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blog Giveaway

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

My New Blog

For those who are interested I have started posting a new blog with recipes and good info for large families if you would like to follow. The name of it is "Feeding Nine on a Dime."

Breakfast Pie or Pizza/Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Whole Wheat Pie Crust (my favorite)



note: I double this recipe in a large pie pan or a pizza pan
Preheat to 450 degrees

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour (wheat or white)
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, margarine or 1/3 cup oil
4-5 tbs. cold milk or water

Directions:

1. Cut into the flour 1/2 c. butter, margarine or  1/3 c. cooking oil till largest pieces are pea sized.

2. Add  4-5 Tbs. cold milk over mixture cold water works good too. 1 tbs at a time tossing with fork until mixture holds together.

3. Then mash this onto the pizza pan or pie dish until it covers the bottom and make the edges pretty with your thumbs.

4. Bake for 6 or 7 minutes on 400 degrees.

Empty Pie Crust made with white flour and oil

Toppings:
You can add any topping you wish or have.
Things I tried:
Jelly
Cooked fruit with some of the juice plus some honey
Canned fruit with some honey
Apple Butter with some of the extra crumbled up crust on top.
Honey and Cinnamon
Apple Sauce

Have you ever tried this?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Breakfast Cobbler

Do you have a plethora of peaches or plums or berries. Why not make an easy cobbler for breakfast its fast and easy and not out of a box, and when its not out of a box there are less additives and preservatives. This translates to less money and more nutrition!

What you will need!
Your favorite biscuit recipe or the one off the can of baking powder
Additions: favorites like vanilla (imitation or real) cinnamon, large dollop of honey maybe half a cup if you want. Some fruit are very sweet on their own. Cook for a little longer than biscuits by their self cool and enjoy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mexican Pizza

Hi, this is my first blog about feeding a large family on a low budget. I will be adding recipes, suggestions and interesting ways to accomplish this task as well as encouragement for the large family. God Bless!



Mexican pizza:

Corn tortillas
beans baked, boiled or refried
Cheese

Heat up a frying pan I use a large non-stick one or a griddle for this. Then place your corn tortillas in the pan or grill and set a pinch of shredded cheese or even sliced cheese on top then add the beans and another pinch or half slice of cheese on top and cook on medium hi for a minute or two until a bit brown on each side. Cut up into pizza bites with a knife or pizza cutter. Enjoy!

* Variations you may add other toppings like black olives or green and you can even add a second layer of all ground beef or turkey.

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