Sunday, December 22, 2013

Chèvre and strawberry overnight French toast

I had this dish in a restaurant as a grilled cheese and loved it. Wanted to turn it into a fast breakfast for my family. Here it is. 

You can make this the night before, or if you are an early bird like me, make it and let it set at least an hour to soak up the eggs. 

Grease a baking dish. The size will be determined by how many you are cooking for. 
Layer first layer of bread. Sprinkle chèvre onto break then squeeze strawberry jelly onto it. Top with a layer of bread slices. 

In a bowl, scramble 12 eggs (9 x 13 pan, half for 10 x 10). Whisk in some milk. Pour over bread. 
Refrigerate at least an hour, overnight is better. 

Let rest on counter while oven pre-heats to 375°  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until egg mixture sets up. 
Serve w powdered sugar, cocoa powder and strawberry syrup. 

You can also serve it with walnut ice cream topping. Yum! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Homemade ornament 2013

Every year I like to try to give a homemade gift out to my family and friends. 

This year I saw something on Pinterest has sparked my interest. I saw a melted snowman in a clear  glass ornament. 

It's really quite simple it's kosher salt, whole peppercorns and some embellishments and a few tiny twigs from my Christmas tree. I made the scarf curved with ZOTS (adhesive scrapbooking dots. They are  like a glue but in  that you just stick on.). And the nose is just a triangle cut out of craft foam. 

I probably could have found a tiny top hat at the craft store, but then he wouldn't be melted if he had his magic hat. 

No cook Rum Balls

Here are a few basic rum ball recipes. They are do easy to make and the sky is the limit on making them your own. Oreo cookies, nuts of your choice, add your favorites. 
They travel to parties well in candy boxes you can buy at craft stores. 

These cookies start out exactly like rum balls except you add 1 cup of Graham crumbs to the mixture. I used unsweetened chocolate, because the icing sugar and the Graham crumbs are already sweet. The first bite is bitter, but then the cookie is less so, which is a nice surprise.

1 cup icing sugar
1 cup finely ground almonds
3 squares [3 oz] unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/3 cup dark rum or your choice of hard liquor
1 tsp vanilla
unsweetened cocoa to roll into

• Line trays with waxed paper and set aside.
• Place a fry pan on low heat and add the chocolate.
• Stirring continuously, partially melt the chocolate.
• Remove from pan from heat and stir until chocolate is fully melted
• In a large bowl, combine the almonds and the icing sugar.
• Add the melted chocolate, the rum and vanilla.
• Add the Graham crumbs and stir to combine.
• Press together with clean hands.
• One by one roll mixture into 24 balls.
• Roll each ball into unsweetened cocoa and place on the prepared tray.
• Let rum ball cookies dry on the tray for 1 hour.
• Serve or place cookies in Tupperware containers until needed.
• Rum ball cookies freeze well.


You know those days when you really, really, really want a homemade cookie, but the thought of the mixing and the baking and the cooling and the cleaning up makes you reach for the box of supermarket cookies instead, when what you really wanted was the homemade deal?  That is where these delectable little rum balls come in.  They require exactly no oven, no cookie sheet, no baking, no cooling and about 15 minutes from “I think I want a cookie” to popping into your mouth.

Ironically, they do START with supermarket cookies –Nilla Wafers, to be precise.  You’re going to pulverize about 2 cups of wafers to make about 1 3/4 cups of Nilla Wafer crumbs…this is best done in your food processor.  Do the same thing with walnuts – about 3/4 cups to make 1/2 cup of finely ground walnuts.  Now dump all of that into your stand mixer with some powdered sugar, some butter, some water and a little rum extract (which you can find in the baking aisle next to the vanilla extract).  Let the mixer rip until you have a nice stiff dough.
Now roll the dough into little balls (about one inch across), and then roll the balls in a little powdered sugar until the are nice and coated.  And that’s it – you’re done.
Seriously!  Done.  Homemade cookies.  Ready for the eating.  Sometimes the easiest things are also the most delicious!


1 large box vanilla wafers
3 TBS cocoa powder
3 TBS light corn syrup
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup rum
chocolate sprinkles (for rolling)

Process the vanilla wafers in a food processor until finely ground.Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and stir until combined. Add the corn syrup and rum and mix well. Chill if necessary and then shape into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in the chocolate sprinkles. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Message to Milk Haters

I got really irritated with a milk hater the other day. "People don't need milk after a certain age, people's bodies can't digest it after a certain age". 

MY body can digest it. Quite well. My body runs better when I consume raw, organic milk. 

So you don't  eat cheese, ice cream, or beef/chicken/fish or even vegetables for that matter??  Let's be real, your body doesn't need meat, or even vegetables to survive. I know people who don't eat either that walk on two legs. You'll go on living eating junk but adding meat, vegetables and dairy give your body nutrients. 

Milk and gluten is bad for people who are intolerant  of it. That doesn't mean people who are capable of eating it and digesting it shouldn't have it. 

So to say milk isn't meant for humans is a crock of bullshit. Mind your own business if YOU can't digest milk. 

Look at that cream line in my raw, organic milk at the top of this page. 

If you want to learn the benefits of drinking raw milk, do your own research and don't believe all of the horror stories of the naysayers on the web. Most of those stories are fabricated and exaggerated. 

There's my tirade. Let me have my milk. Of you don't like it, don't drink it. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Shampoo from kitchen ingredients that costs pennies to make

I have tried a gazillion recipe for shampoos that I saw on facebook.  Most of those "forwards" (shall we call them) are bogus fails in my book.

As far as castile soap may work for some, but I have never had success, in any form, no matter what ratio I hair turned into a nightmare.

A friend recommended something with a baking soda in it.  That got me thinking...I love using apple cider vinegar rinse for my scalp...why not baking soda and vinegar!  Genius!!!  So simple!

I not only experimented on my hair, but I also had my husband try it.  (He's a real trooper).
His hair looks amazing and he likes it.  You do not smell vinegar.  I love it too, of course, or I wouldn't be blogging about it.

I put it in these containers for keeping the baking soda moisture free until I use it, and easily applying the vinegar rinse.

Here is how it works..wet your hair in the shower and take a handful of the dry baking soda and rub it into your scalp...rub it all around, Then, with a pointy nose bottle, apply the vinegar to your scalp(I get mine at Sams Club in a six pack in the restaurant section)

You will get a reaction like this on your scalp.
Let it react and rub your fingers thought it.

Then rinse want to get the baking soda out.  Proceed with your regular beauty regimen fo your hair...I am low maintenance...comb it and blow dry it (or let it air dry if I have nothing to do).  I keep it simple.

You can add a few drops of essential oil to it also..we have tried both with and without and both get great results..the essential oils just add a bit of remedy for things like dandruff/dry scalp, psoriasis, etc. It is said to help men keep their hair longer too.  Who knows.  It can't hurt.

I won't toss the castile soap, as it works for making a shaving lather, that is hopefully safer than the commercial brands.
I am slowly but surely working on ways to lessen the toxins in the products I use.  I am in no way close to getting rid of it all,but I am well on my way.

Some other things that work for me.....

Honeybee Gardens makeup is the safest makeup I have found that stays on for most of the day (8-10 hours before I need to touch it up)

 I just got this cute new compact this week.  I only picked two shadows so far. I am new to eye shadow, as I never really wore it. I am just learning to use it so I haven't decided on the other colors yet. I guess the packaging sold me on the shadow, since I never thought I needed it until I saw the compact lol..

Toms is my favorite deodorant. I tried the crystal and like it for a short time, but the staying power on that isn't the best...Toms gets me though a normal day. I am sure I can come up with a homemade baking soda deodoarant, but I need convenience..I am out the door before 5am, so I don't have time to play with things that take time.

Some other home remedies I love is....scrubbing in the shower (for cellulite deterrent, see my earlier post) and also dry brushing my body.
And it need be, or as a summer sun lotion...
Coconut oil!  Everyone uses that now adays.  I love it on my lips too.  I melted some and put it in a tiny container and apply it with my finger.
Other tried and true remedies I use regularly.

Home Remedy for warding off colds...and shortening their lifespan if you waited too long to ward them off.

I look forward to a friend sharing with me, her coconut milk shampoo, as I like variety when shampooing my hair and making coconut milk is simple.  Coconut oil treatment as a "hot oil" treatment once a month is nice..but that is all my hair can take for oil.  I have thin straight hair and anything that can make it look greasy, will.  
I don't like eggs or mayo in my hair, the smell nauseates me.