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Raisin Scones

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Growing up we didn’t really eat stuff like scones. To be honest…I never heard of scones until I was  much older; probably my teens or early 20’s. Whenever I find an interesting scone recipe I can’t resist trying it. This is probably scone recipe 500 I’ve made. This is by far my most favorite too!

When I cook, I zone off. My mind whirls into a hundred different directions. I’m usually humming or singing to myself. I take myself to my childhood, to another place and time, or sometimes I just think about what I have planned or am planning. I’m standing there singing on this particular day. I love to sing. I always have. Suddenly a memory popped into my head. I don’t know if it was the smell of this yummy goodness I’m making or the song that popped into my head, but I’m standing there just going at it. I plop the dough on the parchment paper and start to knead it. Then I freeze. I look down and that dag gone parchment paper was ripped right in half. There whole point of having it was because I HATE to clean the counters after I have flour everywhere. It’s annoying, it’s messy, and I have better things to do. I’m standing there hands and clothes covered in flour trying to think of a way to salvage my time. It didn’t happen. Nope. That’s ok. I learned a lesson. My lesson was that sometimes we have to get a little messy to get the sweet and joyful ending of things. I realized maybe I don’t take time for my family like I thought I did. I occasionally let the little bit help cook (you can see other posts to see that). Maybe that’s not enough? Maybe I’m supposed to encourage him to be more helpful. What have I been so afraid of? A little dirty? It’s just dirt. It cleans up!

Raisin Scones

1 3/4 C All purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

5 Tablespoons butter

1/2 plus 1 Tablespoon milk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup raisins

1 egg beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl. Cut in butter. Stir together 1/2 cup milk, sour cream, and raisins. Stir into flour mixture. Pour out onto a floured surface. Pat into an 8×5 fold in half, flatten and fold again. Repeat one time. Cut into 8 pieces. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Whisk egg and remaining milk together. Brush onto scones. bake until risen and golden brown. This is about 15-17 minutes. Remove and transfer to a cooling rack.

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Fried Cabbage

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Cabbage can be done in so many different ways, in so many different dishes. I really enjoy making fried cabbage. My son will eat pretty much anything, except cabbage. Since this is the case, I don’t get to make this recipe too much or it’ll just go to waste. I like this recipe though, because it can feed a crowd and it’s budget friendly. I hope you love it as much as we do!

5-6 slices of bacon fried crispy, grease reserved

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cored and sliced cabbage

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste (I estimate about 3/4-1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

With reserved bacon grease add onion. Cook until onion is caramelized. Add garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds. Add cabbage and stir about 10 minutes. Season with remaining ingredients. Reduce to low and cover. Stir occasionally. Cook until cabbage is tender. This should take about 30 minutes. Add bacon and stir. Serve.

 

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Kid in the Kitchen Cheesy Taco Pasta

 

My life goal is to raise a good man. I want to rain a man who can care for his family. However, I also want to raise a man who can feed himself. Years ago when Cooper was younger there was a mom who died during childbirth and left her husband with two children to raise. Both children were under the age of 5. I decided right then, I’d not raise a boy into a man who can’t take care of himself, his children, or his wife. Since he was little I’ve been teaching him the basics. Tonight he asks me if he can help make something. We picked this recipe out of my book.

1 lbs pasta (we used what was on hand)

1 lbs ground beef

1 pack of taco seasoning

3/4 cup water

1 can of Mexican stewed tomatoes, well blended

1 cup of shredded cheese.

Brown beef. Drain fat add water and taco seasoning. Once the water is absorbed, add tomatoes and cheese. Then add pasta. Stir and serve.

 

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Review: Lawry’s Marinade

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We really liked this marinade. It’s a little strong with the lemon juice, so I didn’t let it marinade all day. I ended up making chicken with this marinade. I didn’t use it all, so a few days later I made some pork with it. Honestly, I preferred it on the pork, more than I liked it on the chicken. I’m not sure why, but it was just better. The bottle clearly states marinade in 30 minutes. However, I didn’t find that that worked well. I ended up with my chicken not tasting of the flavor very much. So the second set that I grilled (I had to do it in two batches) I had to baste a bit to get flavor. The pork I just marinated longer and it did fine. I’ll buy this product again. I’m looking forward to it.

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Maybe I’m crazy for cooking spray?

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I know this post seems pretty crazy. I recently decided to switch from my cooking spray that I used a self filling container and try the premade stuff. I was making muffins and I really was worried because I thought it was my pan. SO I bought this pan here:

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Petite Muffin Pan, 24 Cup

It’s perfect by the way. I’m seriously in love with this pan. Anyway, So let me say I had my doubts about this cooking spray, but me oh my! I’ll be buying it from now on.

Pro’s: It sprays great. It’s even and it’s not really all that messy. Nothing I used it on stuck. My pan was actually 10 times easier to clean (how does that happen??)

Con’s: I don’t know if it was because of the flour in the spray, but it did kind of clump up and fell on the side of my can. It was really easy to clean up though. It wasn’t enough to hinder me from purchasing over. and over. and over again.

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Lasgna Soup

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I love soup. I also love cheap soup recipes. I can feed a family of 5 or 6 with this recipe for under $10.00. The original recipe calls for stuff like garlic powder and beef broth with onion…but come on folks, you can’t tell me that replaces the real good fresh stuff. It’s funny because when I first married my one true love I bought this little fill in your own recipe book and this is the very first recipe I wrote in it. Twelve years later, I still have never made this recipe. Today is the day. It’s been cooler than usual and I thought we could really use something to warm the soul.

1 lbs ground beef

16 oz of crushed tomatoes

32 oz beef broth

one small chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon of garlic minced

1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Lasagna noodles

salt and pepper to taste

Brown beef and onion. Right before it’s done browning add garlic. Drain beef. Add back to the pot. Add Italian seasoning, tomatoes, and beef broth. Once it begins to boil break up your noodles and add. Cook until tender. Add 1/4 cup of parmesan and stir quickly. Enjoy!

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Beef and Broccoli

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I’ve posted before that we love Asian foods, but we don’t really get them too much. Here’s another one of my favorite recipes. I love beef and broccoli.  Hope you love the recipe ya’ll!

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1.5 lbs steak, thin sliced

1 lb broccoli florets

2 carrots, peeled and cut into  matchsticks

1/2 onion thin sliced

Whisk hoisin, 1/4 cup water, and soy sauce together in a bowl. Set aside. Combine 1 teaspoon oil, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

Heat 1.5 teaspoons oil in a skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add half the beef. Cook until beef is browned around the edges. Transfer to separate bowl.  Repeat until all the beef is cooked. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the skillet over high heat. Add broccoli, carrots, and onion and cook for 30 seconds.  Add remaining water. Cover and let steam until crisp-tender. Push veggies to the side and add ginger garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir into veggies. Return beef and any juices to the skillet. Add sauce and stir until sauce is thick.