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Friday, October 6, 2017

Crazy Huge Muffin Baking Day.....100+

I got it in my head that I wanted to bake 100 muffins.  Why?  So I could feed them to my hungry family plus the extra crew that's around for cranberry harvest.  Emily was standing idle at the moment I had my muffin baking epiphany so I grabbed her and put her to work mixing and filling and baking.  Of course, I was instrumental in the process.  I didn't make her do all the work.

We had fun over filling muffin cups, balancing hot muffin pans on surfaces not meant for hot muffin pans, and creating a huge pile of dishes for Amber to wash.  It was a good day.  And in the end (which is a different end than in the video) we counted 105 muffins.  

Three of these recipes are old standbys.  The recipes are already on the blog.  Only one is new(er).





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Power Muffins was the newbie recipe.  Both times I made them I had to make substitutions for some of the Greek yogurt.  I used plain Greek + honey, then I used plain Greek + honey + sour cream + vanilla yogurt.  Both batches turned out great so it seems to be a forgiving recipe.  No fussy cooking for this mama.

Are you crazy for muffins?  What's your favorite flavor?  I'd love to know.

Watch Emily and I make 100+ muffins.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Delicious Venison Meatloaf Basic Recipe


Meatloaf is a favorite comfort food of mine, but I just can't make it with ground beef because it's too fatty.  We hunt big time!!  And put a pile of deer in the freezer each fall.  Venison is the perfect ground meat for meatloaf because it's not fatty and won't leave a pool of grease behind.

This is my basic recipe for 1 pound of meat.  I adjust the amounts depending on how big a loaf I want to make.  It's very forgiving, too.  In my video you'll see that I started with 3.25 pounds of venison.  I tripled the extra ingredients and it turned out perfectly.

Basic Meatloaf Recipe (per pound of meat)

1 egg
2 T. water
1/3 c. ketchup
6 T. bread crumbs (or a heaping 1/3 cup)
1 T. dried minced onion
2 tsp. beef bouillon paste or granules

Mix together with meat.  Place in greased loaf pans or pan of choice.  Top with additional ketchup to taste.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until meat tests done.  Usually mine is in for another 10 minutes.

Here's the full action video if you're interested.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pizza Burger Mix :: Easy Large Family Lunch

Seems just when breakfast is finally cleaned up everyone is hungry for lunch.  And whether you have 3 kids or 12 staring at you wondering what's for lunch, having something quick and easy is a necessity.  This Pizza Burger Mix is quick and easy to prepare and keeps well in the fridge for 1 week or frozen for 3 months.


Pizza Burger Mix
1 lb. hamburger
1 medium onion chopped
3/4 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 can tomato soup
1/2 t. oregano
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
Chopped black olives, optional

Brown burger, onions, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Drain grease if needed.  In medium bowl mix together soup and oregano, add meat mixture.  Cool slightly.  Add cheese (and olives) and stir gently.  Spread mix on split English muffins and broil 4 inches from heat for about 5 minutes.  We like ours quite dark on top and the muffin nicely toasted.  Makes enough to spread on one 6 pack of muffins - 12 pizza burgers.

Favorite Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

When I make these I always double or triple the recipe.  Warren and Nick can and will eat 4 pizza burgers at one meal.



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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Quick & Easy Chocolate Torte

This delicious and super simple Chocolate Torte is highlighted on today's vlog.  This recipe is from my mother-in-law's hand typed recipe binder.  It can be made as lemon torte or Warren's favorite, chocolate torte.

Chocolate (or Lemon) Torte
1 pkg. dry cake mix (chocolate or lemon)
1 cup flaked coconut
2 T. water
1/4 c. melted butter
1 egg

Mix all together and pat into greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.

1 large pkg. chocolate or lemon instant pudding
Handful of toasted coconut

Prepare pudding, pour over baked crust.  Then cool completely.  Frost with 8 oz. container of Cool Whip.  Garnish with toasted coconut.  Chill.  Keep leftovers refrigerated.

That's it!  Not much to it.  Vlog can be seen here.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Vlog | Day in the Life | Cooking & Swimming

On today's vlog I shared my plan to make chicken salad, chicken fried rice, dirty rice, and taco meat.  I also had big plans of making a couple desserts, rhubarb dessert and chocolate torte.  Even though I never actually got to my big cooking day until the next day, I'm sharing all these family favorite recipes with you because they are all super simple and make for easy homeschool lunches or short on time suppers.  Large family life is unpredictable most days, but that doesn't mean I need to give up completely, but just postpone my plans for another day.

Click here for the recipe and to see how I make Chicken Salad.


Chicken Fried Rice
This recipe is so delicious, but a little bit putsy.  If the chicken is pre-cooked and all the vegetables diced then it goes much smoother.  Although, I always double this, I'll post the original recipe and you can decide how many "batches" will feed your family.  We can polish off a double batch in one sitting.

Mix together and let sit:
2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 T. soy sauce

Heat oil in skillet (I use an extra large electric fry skillet).
1/3 cup oil
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
Add rice to hot oil and stir fry until rice has browned nicely.

Add broth and vegetables.
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 small onion, diced
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1/4 c. thinly sliced celery (we like more)
Cover and cook until rice is tender (20-25 minutes)
Uncover and cook a little longer until moisture is absorbed.

Add chicken/soy sauce mixture.
Push everything to one side.
Whisk 2 eggs and pour into open side.  Let cook just until the bottom is set and top is still liquid.  Stir eggs.  Cook a little longer and then mix throughout rice/chicken.

Shred or thinly slice 2 cups lettuce.  Stir into chicken fried rice and cover just until lettuce is wilted.  Serve immediately with extra soy sauce if desired.  Yummy!!

Dirty Rice
This is simply a box mix I get from Aldi.  I always make two boxes and add 1 large onion to the meat as it cooks.

Taco Meat
Here's a video of how I make taco seasoning and taco meat.

1 lb. ground venison (or beef)
1 medium onion OR 1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 cup water

Fry meat, add spices and water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes or less if you're in a hurry.  Then I always add a can of re-fried beans and extra water to get desired consistency.

Questions regarding large family cooking?  Add them to the comments.

Favorite large family meals?  Add those to the comments, too.

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