Monday, February 9, 2015

Jewelry Cleaner

I was wondering around on Pinterest today and I saw a simple way to clean my jewelry.  I wish I had taken before and after pictures but I don't have any to share but it worked beautifully.
Here's how:
Heat one cup of water in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Cut a piece of aluminum foil that covers the bottom of a small bowl.
Pour the hot water into the bowl.
Place one tablespoon salt, one tablespoon baking soda, and one tablespoon liquid dish detergent into bowl.
Place jewelry on top of the foil and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry completely with a soft cloth.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Homemade Wonder Bread

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water -- (110 degrees)
1 tablespoon white sugar 
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup instant potato flakes
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup warm water -- (110 degrees)

Whisk together the yeast, 1/4 cup warm water and sugar. Allow to sit for
15 minutes.

Add ingredients in the order suggested by your machine's manufacturer,
including the yeast mixture. Select the basic and light crust setting.

This recipe yields a 2 pound


I put all of this, according to bread machine, and set on dough.. Let it go thru it's thing. Take out , punch down dough, roll to fit your pan.. Cover w plastic, let rise , put in oven 350 degrees 20 minutes covered , and 15 mins uncovered. So it can brown.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Orange Meringue Pie

1  1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp. butter
2 Tbl. cornstarch
sugar to taste
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
1 pre baked pie shell

In heavy saucepan dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup cold water
Beat egg yolks and add to orange juice.  Place in saucepan with cornstarch water, sweeten to taste.
Cook slowly until mixture is thickened
Take from heat, add butter and stir until butter melts
Pour into prepared pie crust
Make meringue with egg whites and a little bit of sugar and top pie with meringue.
Bake at 350 degrees until meringue is lightly done.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


We usually eat at church on Wednesday nights and last night we had tacos.  Every Sunday we will look at our menu and then we will sign up for what we want to bring.  I have never made the meat filling for tacos before but that was the only thing that no one had signed up for when I went to look at the list. 
Here's my recipe which I think turned out pretty good.

Taco seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl mix together all of these spices and store in an airtight container.

When I went to make the tacos I browned approximately 3 pounds of hamburger.  I mixed 3 tablespoons of  the seasoning mix with 2 tablespoons of flour.  I sprinkled this mixture over the ground beef and then added about 2/3 cups of water and 2 small cans of tomato sauce.  I put in the crock pot and let it cook on low for about 3 hours.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I made this coffee cake recently for a ladies Bible study that I host at my house.  It turned out great and I plan on making this again.

1 cup butter, softened
2  3/4 cups sugar, divided
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
2 cups (16 oz) sour cream
2 Tbl. cinnamon

In a large bowl, cream butter and 2 cups of sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  Add flour and sour cream alternately, beating just enough after each addition to keep batter smooth.

Spoon one half of the batter into a greased 13 X 9 pan.  Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over batter.  Add remaining batter and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sewing Machines for Quilting

I am looking to buy a sewing machine that I will use for machine quilting.  As I save my money I will be looking to see which one I want to buy:

And here  is another one: