~Locate one 9 X9 baking pan. Grease or line with parchment paper.
Fudge Brownie Recipe
~In a warm glass bowl, place (10) Tablespoons of unsalted butter that is softened. Add 1 & 1/4 Cups of sugar, 3/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir and blend. Warm if needed to blend cocoa and butter better.
~Next, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 2 eggs. (Whip in 1 at a time.)
~ Lightly over the top, sprinkle in a 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour. Beat thoroughly.
*The batter should begin to look well blended, but thick and shiny. If you are adding nuts, now is the time. (Optional nuts- 2/3 Cups)
~BAKE. After 22 minutes of biking the brownies at 325 degrees, you should have beautiful fudgy brownies. (You can test with a toothpick to see if they are finished.) Remove from oven and ENJOY!
Tamatillos are one of the favorite items to plant in our garden. I say one, because they are up there among the tomatoes, peppers, onions and eat before you get to the house fresh produce!
Many people consider staples to be only their rice, sugars, flours, etc. In our household, I believe ketchup and salsa are staples too. Salsa, pickles and applesauce take the majority of our canning shelf in quantity. One year we decided to branch out with some tomato experimenting of varieties, kinds, flavors and their relatives. Ground cherries and tomatillos were a hit! Unintentionally, the following year, we found they reseeded themselves and we had load of tomatillos, hence the search for a deliciously canned Salsa Verde. Here is a simple recipe that may be easily converted to your pantry canning section. Even better, it takes less that 10 minutes to make. This recipe is for either 1 (28oz) can of tomatillos OR about 20 freshly prepared tomatillos.
Tomatillo Salsa Verde
~1 (28oz) can of tomatillos OR **about 20 freshly prepared tomatillos
~3 Tablespoons of diced jalepenos ** 1-2 fresh from the garden (washed & seeded)
~1 medium bunch of cilantro
~ 1/2 to 2/3 Cup of Sugar (your preference)
Add all the items to your blender or food processor. (If you are adding canned items, drain the juice first). Blend until smooth. Add more peppers or sugar as desired to your taste buds.
Best with tortilla chips, tacos and your favorite Mexican dishes, AND fry bread. I store in mason jars in the refrigerator. However, it is not shelf stable as is, check your USDA canning guide (NIFA) for instructions.
Happy Homemaking! Enjoy!
*As with any recipe you can very finely dice your items if you do not have a blender or food chopper/ processor. (We actually prefer it this way.) You can also do what my children love to do… take a 1/2 cup of guacamole and add 3 large spoonfuls of the fresh Salsa Verde and use for toppings.
*A wonderful recipe for a quick dip or last minute gift idea. It is delicious as is, unique and healthy.
However, if you are not in a hurry, whether gifting or canning; consider roasting your tomatillos and jalapenos first for the best flavor. Also maybe add some garlic, onions and lime juice to flavor it up a bit. 🙂
Stewed apples, fried apples, do I need to say more? Perhaps the only 100 % kid loving recipe. My kiddos think it’s dessert at breakfast. I usually double this recipe and serve it as a side (with my substitute version) at breakfast. Whatever is left over, I run it through a food processor or mash up with a potato masher. It then goes into snack, depending on how much is left. It works great in breakfast muffins, mini apple pie pockets, in a pancake batter in the electric mini donate maker, glazed turnovers for a special occasion, or just as a topping.
~With an iron skillet or fry pan, warm 3 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Cut into wedges and cored, slice and add 4 medium apples (Golden delicious works the best.)
~Add 1/4 Cup sugar, 2 Tablespoons of dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Stir until everything is evenly coated and warm. Cover and cook for about 12 minutes or until the apples are soft. Transfer to the serving dish and cover to keep warm.
~In a cup, beat 1/2 Cup of apple cider and 1 Tablespoon of corn starch. Over medium high heat whisk in the same skillet as previous. Stir constantly to blend and thicken aft 1 minute of simmering. Pour mixture over the apples and serve. (This recipe is lovely on vanilla ice cream as well!)
Do your hand dry out during the cool winter months of dry air like mine? We love lotion, but with many of us in the house, and an alternative for my boys that do not prefer the lotion, we have found a way to help eliminate some of the use by making our own soaps. For several years I have had the privileged of making our own bar soap. We simply just take a few days throughout the summer months to make long tubes (PVC) of bar soap and slice as needed. It is so nice to have the lathery soft soap that leaves your skin nice and smooth. However, at the sink my kids still prefer the pumped hand soap. Realizing not everyone makes homemade soap, I would love to share a recipe that ANYONE can make in their home.
Start with 1 Cup of distilled water. Carefully AND slowly add 1 Cup of castile liquid soap. (If you just dump it together it will bubble and you will loose some suds.)
Next add 2 Tablespoons of Vitamin E oil, followed by 3 Tablespoons of jojoba oil. ( This can can be substituted, with almond or olive oil- but it does make a different overall soap- but still effective in the element of cleaning purposes.)
Add 30 Drops of tea tree oil and 20 drops of lavender essential oil. Now for this, it can be substituted with herb infused oil. FOR EXAMPLE, my boys soap instead of adding the lavender essential oil, I will often use my herbs infused oil. (Which is high density lavender and calendar.) It makes beautiful and moisturizing hand soap. Feel free to play with the scents a bit too. If lavender is too strong for you, add a few drops of the lemon essential oil or orange, it makes a very refreshing soap as well.
After your oils are together, place cap on your large dispenser and shake. Squirt a little into your hand and place next to your sink for future use. Remember castile soap is a vegetable base so it will not “mix” or blend well. If it sits a long while, it will separate, just shake before use and viola!
Just a couple notes. The Vitamin E and oil are the moisturizers, yes they can be omitted or exchanged. However, just keep in mind it will change the texture on your skin. As far as the essential oils, they can also be omitted or exchanged. However, if experimenting and you have children, keep in mind peppermint and “strong” oils can be harsh on sensitive and young skin, so please avoid them. If you are looking for a scent that is to “wake you up” or refreshing, try a lemon or an orange essential oil, etc.
Happy Soaping & Happy Homemaking!
P.S. This can be mixed in a large bowl, a 5 gallon bucket or in a single use dispenser. It mixed triple batched wonderfully in the clear OJ containers and allows you to make less often and just funnel or refill your household dispensers, depending on the size of your household. Penny’s to make, without all the harsh chemicals on your family, so nice! Don’t forget, you can also make hand pumps out of mason jars or you can purchase them online– and with a little creativity, they do make beautiful gifts too!