Around the Homestead, In The Kitchen

…from the weekend


I had a really great weekend at home.  I spent Friday in the Kitchen working on some new recipes and some old favorites.

I whipped up: 

Salsa (NT p.103) we thought this was really good

Toothpaste This was a little salty for me, so I cut the salt a little bit.

Butter Spread (NT p. 150) We love to use this instead of the hard butter straight out of the fridge.

I tried and failed at making my Sourdough Starter (NT p. 489).  This is my second attempt/failure.  It always smells horrible after 2-3 days.  Ugh!

Soaked Oats (NT p. 455) Tried rolled oats, but they were a soggy mess.  I just bought steel cut oats to try instead.

Ricotta & Mozzarella Cheese  This is a great tutorial!

Hot Cocoa Mix  I didn’t make this much since there is just the two of us, but this is good on those cold and windy Kansas days.

Friday: Taco Soup with a Taco Seasoning from mommaofmany (this soup is so good) w/ cornbread

Taco Seasoning:

1/4 c Dried Onion Flakes, chopped fine (I just used Onion Powder)

4 t. Cornstarch (arrowroot)

4 T. Chili Powder

3 t. Ground Cumin

3 t. Garlic Salt

2 t. Red Pepper Flakes

2 t. beef bouillon (I crushed these with my coffee grinder)

1 1/2 t. Dried Oregano

Mix well and store in an airtight container.  To use:  add 1/4 cup spice to 1 1/2 lbs hamburger and 1/2 cup water or so.  Mix well and cook until most of the water has evaporated. 

On my days off I try to spend some time loving on my pets since they are by themselves throughout the week.  So, without further ado:

All rules have fled our home in the following (incriminating) pictures of our dogs.

They aren’t really supposed to be curled up on our leather furniture, but I just couldn’t kick them off.  Our blue heeler was a tad heavy at her vet appointment over the weekend, so we have started two-a-day frisbee playing mid-morning and mid-afternoon to try to get her slimmed down.  We have 6 months until the vet wants her weighed again, so she will be an exercising machine in the meantime.  LOL

Once again I have a nice sized “to-do” list for the weekend; however, I have to run errands in town on tomorrow.  My least favorite thing is going to town on my days off when I just want to be tucked away at home, but it has to be done.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

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