Friday, February 17, 2017

Awesome Chocolate Cookies!

I found this recipe on the King Arthur site and we have made them 3 times un 2 days! (Holds head in shame...with a grin)
I will just give you the recipe exactly as they have it. We added pecans. We did not use the espresso and our cocoa was a different one. We did not add milk .

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, light or dark, packed
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa; King Arthur All-Purpose Baking Cocoa is a good choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk (optional, if you add chips/nuts/fruit)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional; for depth of flavor
  • 2 cups chips, nuts, and/or dried fruit, optional but good


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugars, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add the egg, beating until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and beat again until smooth. If you're going to add chips, nuts, or dried fruit, beat in the 2 tablespoons milk; if you're going to bake plain cookies without add-ins, omit the milk.
  4. Add the flour and espresso powder, mixing to combine.
  5. Stir in the chips, nuts, etc., if you're using them.
  6. Drop the cookies by the traditional "tablespoonful" (actually about 4 measuring teaspoons) onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2" apart. A tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.
  7. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, until they've lost their shiny appearance and look like they're set. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pans; or transfer to a rack to cool.
  8. Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies, depending on add-ins.

One of the faces I make cookies for

Linking with Farmgirl Fridays

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

My kids turned me onto a seasoning from a namebrand. Lemon and pepper.
I loved it! I became addicted to it! Then I read the ingredients.

Salt...not the himilayan pink kind with all the minerals but the plain BLEACHED no mineral white kind for 33 cents. ( that should tell you a lot right there!)


Citric acid....  Not the real kind from lemons but the fake kind manufactured in the factory

Onion....probably not real..who knows



Calcium sterate...a white waxy powder used in lubricants as a soap product

Calcium silicate. anti caking agent known for it's free flowing ability...also used in fireproofing .   MMmmmm.

FD&C yellow no.5 lake...contains aluminum ( which causes alzeheimers).... BANNED IN THE UK....

So.....ummmm.....I will simply use a safer one


That's all folks

Sunday, February 12, 2017


I love Carla Emery's book
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself

Carla gives gardening tips, livestock care basics, recipes, green living advice from before green living was cool,  rural living anecdotes and folklore, encouraging yet sobering  advice on homesteading and more. All you need to start living the "simple" life.
(And right now it's on sale ...$7 cheaper than's the time to grab it!!)

And one of the things I love in this book is this chocolate cake recipe.

Jeanie Johns' cake

Mix 1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
 1/2 tsp salt
Melt 6 tablespoons of shortening. ..butter or oil works. I used coconut oil
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup cold water
1 tsp vanilla
Bake at  350 for 25-30 minutes in a 8x10 pan

Now you need a creamy frosting to top this baby and I found one at All

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Let me tell you...the troops enjoyed this one twice so far and you will be doing yourself a favor baking this one.
    Let me know how it turns out!

    That's me!! Still in my jammies...yep, really driving!

    Linked with the Chicken Chick. And Homemaking Mondays

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Chicken Dinner Winners

    I buy a lot of chicken. Where I live , in Texas, I am 20 minutes or so from the Pilgrims plant. Chicken here is pretty cheap. And no, I haven't graduated to butchering my own yet. ( they all have names!)
    Meet Esmerelda

    Anyway. ..I digress...

    We eat a lot of chicken. Just from the store😀
    A few quick recipes we like are caesar chicken, salsa chicken and Mexican chicken.
    For caesar style we simply combine chunks of chicken with macaroni noodles ( can be any type) with mixed veggies and creamy caesar salad dressing.
    Super easy but a crowd pleaser. 

    Salsa chicken is simply chicken done in a crockpot or baking pan with salsa poured over the top and topped with cheese. How easy is that? But oh so good!

    Mexican chicken....I do that in a crockpot. ...chicken breasts or thighs with rice and salsa ...can be ro-tel...corn and black beans.

    There. 3 unbelievably simple recipes that maybe you hadn't thought of. Try 'em out!

    And Homemaking Mondays

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Daybook Entry

    Outside my window ...  Sun...a rare sight nowadays!

    I am thinking ... How tired I am after an all night birthday party!

    I am hoping ... to work on my lasagna garden some more today.

    I am thankful ...  to have kids I can have an all night birthday party with!

    I am sewing ...nothing

    I am reading ... Woodswoman...about a woman living alone in the wilder

    I am seeing … my dog lazing in the sun

    I am hearing … chickens cackling

    I am learning ... How to drive my big tractor

    In the garden ... Prepping the lasagna garden. Just bought watermelon and lettuce seeds.

    On the dinner table …  we had breakfast for dinner last night. Eggs, hash browns, bacon and sausage.

    A picture to share ..

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    A Review of Esther Emery's Book

    The Amazon review:

    Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Something had to be done.
    What Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet - 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives - in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long.
    Ultimately, Esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace - and the God who created it - she has been searching for all along.     

    What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. For all the ways the Internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.

    My personal review:
    Excellent! I can't tell you how much I loved this book! After watching Esther's You Tube channel for awhile I knew I had to get this book. All the accolades...I cried, I laughed...glimpses into an already interesting person gives us even more insights into a woman willing to share her thoughts and ideas with us. It's not just about leaving the internet for's the insights gained while doing so. I will re-read this book again and again

    So what are you waiting for?! Grab a great book and read!!

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    A Few Links

    Want a step by step instruction book to help lead you in your journey of homesteading?
    This book is it!
    The Backyard Homestead is filled with diagrams to aid in designing  your homestead and practical advice on what to do when.
    A great book for novices and old pros alike in my opinion.

    Want a chance to win a Kitchen Aid mixer? Go here for that chance!

    Did you know that cucumbers not only make great eye pads but also help relieve joint pain? And help fight cancer?  Not only do cukes aid in weight loss but they also stabilize your  blood pressure. Learn more here.

     Ok  one last thing before I go
             My son wearing  a watermelon rind for a hat! Betcha didn't see that coming!