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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

No Egg Chocolate Cake {Hundred Dollar Cake}

I love this recipe for those days when there isn't an egg to be found in the house.

A very moist chocolate cake due to the mayonnaise base, with a very rich frosting. The name of the cake comes from the story that somebody (I think around the turn of the last century) supposedly paid $100 to a restaurant in Chicago for the recipe--equivalent to paying several thousand dollars today. 

2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa
1 c. cold water
1 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift together dry ingredients and add water, mayonnaise and vanilla. Bake in greased pans 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Secret KFC Fried Chicken Recipe

Who does not like Crispy Chicken pieces? Crusted chicken, tender and very delicious-but this recipe had a secret no one knew until now...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bacon Burger Bombs

Can I just say these are THE BOMB ! 
Meatballs inside an onion...wrapped in bacon, grilled  crisp...then slathered in sauce....
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup bread crumbs 
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese or/and shredded cheddar
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 large yellow onions 
  • 1 package bacon
  • ½ c. favorite BBQ or teriyaki sauce
  1. Mix first 8 ingredients in a large bowl well, kneading it with your hands to incorporate all the ingredients.
  2. Cut top and bottom off onion, cut in half and peel off skin. Then separate the onion into layers. Use the  3 larger outside layers.
  3. Take a  handful of your meat mix and put it inside one onion layer, add as much needed to fill the onion . 
  4. Continue with the rest. Amounts can vary based on onion sizes.Also don't worry if they are not perfect...the bacon will cover it.
  5. Wrap each "bomb" with 3 slices bacon and secure with toothpicks if needed.

  Bake or grill on a rack with a pan underneath to catch grease at 450 for approx 50 minutes .

Brush your desired sauce all over and bake an additional 5  to 10 minutes and enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2016

DIY Harem Pants

 Each piece makes one leg, sewn together in the U (make the U long enough to go from belly to back of waist), make tops of U long enough to reach or exceed 1/2 of belly / back area to each hip / side

Harem Pants
If you're  plus size these are the lightest most comfortable pants for Summer EVER!

1. Have someone hold the measuring tape at your spine where you want the waistband to be. Put the tape between your legs and bring it up to where you want the waistband to be in the front (same height as back).

2. Add, what, about 3"   or more for comfort so the seam isn't pressing into your crotch.

3. Add 2.5" inches at both top ends of the U so that you have enough fabric to flip the edges over and make a 2" casing for a drawstring, instead of those little shoelaces sewn to the corners.

4. Instead of 3/4s of waist circumference, give yourself a bit more fabric so that you have greater modesty re the side slits, especially when sitting down. The drawstring lets you adjust the extra fabric easily.

There! Don't wait to lose weight. You have the pretty pants now. The drawstring makes your weight loss irrelevant; they'll still fit.....
 grab one side and wrap it around your waist.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

John Marzetti Casserole

Have you heard of John Marzetti Casserole before? 

It's a  yummy dish that we ate for school lunches back when I was in school. 
Fond du Lac,Wisconsin.

 It was my favorite lunch day !

 So why is it called John Marzetti

Where did the name come from? 

John Marzetti is a casserole created in the 1920s by the owner of the Marzetti Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.  John Marzetti was the brother of the owner of the Marzetti Restaurant.

Here is how I make it...
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef browned with 1 medium onion chopped. 

Drain then add a large can of tomato sauce.

Drain then add a large can of corn.

Stir in 1 lb. cooked macaroni. 

Spread in a 9 x 13 dish. 

Cube 1 lb. of cheese of choice, pressing half down in the casserole

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve  topped with sour cream ,garlic bread and salad.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Succulent Growing 101

I have always had an obsession with  rock gardens, bonsai, and succulents. They just intrigue me .And best of all they can go for long periods with no care because this girl has crafting A.D.D....And while I have good intentions on faithful watering, it always goes out the feel me, right? ha ha

I use to put pretty flowering plants in my widow boxes, but let me tell you...unless you water them twice a day, they die. I have tried every potting mix, and even those little water holding beads,but nothing worked. 

Now I have added succulents, I never water them anymore, and the best thing is they come back every year in Wisconsin!!WOOHOO...

Do you know how much money I have saved every year on those dang blasted boxes??? Lots....

My motto since I have grandbabies here all week is make it Simple yet Significant...

The variety of shapes, textures, and colors is endless. And they’re beautiful as one in a pot, just as much as they are when multiples are together in a container. 

If succulents don’t get enough sunlight they begin to stretch out.

Succulent leaves don’t live forever. As the plant grows it creates new leaves and the older ones die.

If the leaves are starting to look yellow and  transparent, and feel soggy or mushy to the touch, it’s likely you’ve over watered.

A sign of over watering is the leaves fall off with just a slight bump. 

Soft black spots on the leaves or stem means over watering is getting severe and it will be hard to save your succulent.

Fertilize  with  Cactus/succulent food ... you only need one drop for every gallon of water.

Plant and transplant using Cactus soil

Now I have learned a new trick to get a ton of plants from one...Starting Succulents from Leaves- i love doing this and watching them grow can get so many plants from just one succulent!

You just pull leaves off making sure you get the whole leaf, and lay them on top of a pot filled with soil

When you see  cute little roots, you’re ready to plant!  { takes about one month}

Plant your leaf as shallowly as you can without it falling over.

Mist with water every other day, and watch it grow!!

A neat little trick is to add 1 tsp. of liquid food coloring to 1 cup of water. Drizzle the colored water onto the soil surrounding the base of a plant. Wait 24 hours for the water to absorb. Apply another  dose if the color  was not bright enough.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Natural Lice and Tick control Doggie Treats

No Fuss Egg Nog Doggie Biscuits

The Pet Anthology | Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth - eliminates fleas and ticks! #health #pets #lifestyle:

You can omit the honey, but I have a little girl with a sweet tooth, and honey is a great natural antibiotic .I use a good local dark clover honey .

This recipe is so dog gone easy, your going to wonder why you ever bought those chemical filled treats from the store!This recipe is a large batch, but you could half it if you choose. I always seem to be giving them away, and my furballs eat them so fast,I could double this recipe and never have enough. 

5 cups whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 cups milk
2 crushed up multi vitamins2 eggs
2 T. honey
1/2 tsp. sea salt
4 T. Diatomaceous earth 

Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer with dough hook attachment. I use a low speed, mix just until dough pulls away from the bowl, and forms a ball. Roll out on a floured surface and cut with a cookie cutter, or use a pizza cutter and cut in strips. Lay on an ungreased cookie sheet close together, but not touching. Bake 10 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven . Cool, and store in an sealed container for up to 6 months.These freeze well also.

Peanut butter is rich in protein, iron, calcium, potassiummagnesium, copper, and Vitamins B3, E, K,and a great source of furry kids love it!
Did you know it contains  rich natural oils including omega acids that help kill the bacteria  in your dog’s mouth, which cause bad breath.