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Smooth New Ideas January 15, 2013

Filed under: Postaday2013,recipes — Sheena @ 12:00 pm
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I am trying my hardest to start adding in more fruits and vegetables in my daily diet, but it is not easy thing to do. The best solution I have found is to start making smoothies from breakfast. That sounds easy, right? Well, once you wash, cut, blend, all the fruit it can eat up a lot of your morning. My smart idea, premake them, kind of.

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What I did was cut out all the time it takes to deal with all the fresh fruit. I know, you can use the frozen bag fruit and that works just as fast but I am all about fresh is always best. I blended about 3 servings sizes of smoothie, just the fruit, and stored them in mansion jars in the fridge. Now, when I wake up all I have to do is add a little bit of Greek yogurt along with a cup of ice = breakfast is served.

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My Interest in Pinterest: Apple Rolls December 19, 2012


I have fallen in love with a website. I didn’t think anyone could top my favorite Reddit.com but Pinterest is stealing my heart away. I love to try new ideas that I find and I also enjoy just looking at what others have found. I decided that I am going to try to post 1 activity that I found on Pinterest at least once a month. I would like to try for once a week but I will make say once a month to keep from fibbing.

Here is my first go at Interest in Pinterest: Apple Rolls

As with many things on Pinterest, the website was just a link to a picture. However, under the image it had the following directions.

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Crescent rolls + Sliced apples + Cinnamon, bake for 11-13 min. at 350

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 I added a little sugar to half of the rolls to make them a bit sweeter but I honestly couldn’t tell the difference, so save the calories. Also, a bit of advice, use small slices of apple. The large pieces didn’t cook all the way and had an odd texture. The taste was great and super easy to make. Great for a quick breakfast.
 

How to Make Homemade Cheese July 2, 2012


In my last post I showed you how to make homemade butter from the cream that was on top of my raw milk. Well now I am making cheese from the leftover milk.

Start with a large pot. Rinse with water to help prevent the milk from burning.

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Pour about 1/2 gallon of milk and start to cook on medium high.

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While that is getting started get your vinegar ready. You will need about 1/4 cup. (Please note I have more measured because I put in about 1 1/2 gallons of milk)

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Once your milk has reached 182 degrees take it off the stove.

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Add your vinegar. The milk with separate fast into curds and whey.

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Use a cheese cloth to drain the mixture.

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You should be left with whey on the bottom and curds in the cloth.

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Wrap the cheese in the cloth and drain as much water out as you can.

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Let the rest drain in the refrigerator for a few hours. This is a very bland cheese after I tasted it. I need to find a whey 😉 to add some flavor.

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You can store your whey and use it for other things. I am keeping mine to add to dry dog food.

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How to Make Homemade Banana Bread… Yum May 2, 2012


Have overripe Banana’s? Turn them into bread!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: One large loaf of bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Butter, soften
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups Overripe Mashed Bananas
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees F and grease (lightly) a loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients: The flour, baking soda, and the salt. Set to the side.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the soften butter with the brown sugar. Once it is well mixed add the 2 eggs and the mashed bananas.
  4. Take your wet mixture and combine with the dry. Don’t over-stir!
  5. Pour mixture into your loaf pan or pan of your choice.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes. Check with a toothpick if bread if cooked. Let cool for 10 minutes

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