Homemade Poptarts

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These are the yummy Poptarts I made for breakfast this morning. Seriously, there is NOTHING like eating homemade Poptarts (or popovers)!! The kids gobble them up before I can blink and it is okay because I know exactly what went into them and it is actually good stuff! I actually use a pie crust recipe and I use this recipe for tons of stuff, chicken pot pie, fruit pies, blueberry crisp, and any type of popover or pastry. It works for so many things and it is very light and flaky when it is done right. I used to buy the pie crusts that are boxed and already made, not only do they cost a lot but they have some really terrible stuff in them. Google it. It’s gross.

So, here is the recipe:

1 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar (I have used honey and it tastes amazing)
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup coconut oil (you can use veggie oil)
3-4 Tbsp. water or milk (I use water or rice milk)

This will make one pie crust. If your pie crust needs a top just double the recipe and divide it.

Whisk together the dry ingredients (you can do this right in the pie plate), make a well and add wet ingredients. Add more water if needed to get the right consistency. Mix only until dough forms. Spread dough into pie plate. Pull out half to roll out and make top piece. Sooooo easy!

You can use the same exact recipe for popovers, pastries, etc. just mix in a bowl and roll out!

Baking is one of my very favorite things! Go bake something!

Confession…

I am the worst pancake maker ever. I love to bake and cook (as long as I have a detailed recipe, haha). But I have never been able to flip a pancake without making a mess. I should have gotten a pick of the kids faces after the had gobbled them down. The good thing is, my kids love my imperfect (more like unrecognizable) pancakes. 🙂

I just had to confess to someone…

 

Happy Tuesday!

Yummy…

I have been meaning, for a long time, to make my Papa’s granola. He makes the best, healthy granola. So last night, I decided to make a batch. I am going to try to keep some all the time. It is so much better than buying the granola in a box: cheaper and you actually know what’s going in it.

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My 15 year old niece, Kayla, was here last night, hanging out. There are moments with her that I think, “I wonder how crazy she thinks I am…” One of those was when the granola came out of the oven (she thinks it’s strange that I make anything homemade) and I started taking tons of pictures of it to get just the right light for this shot. I looked over and she was just staring at me like I was someone she didn’t even know. Then she just said, “I’m used to it.” And so, I’m sure she is….

Anyways, here is the recipe, in case you feel the need to be weird like me and make your own granola…

Papa’s Walnut Molasses Granola

Ingredients:

3 c. rolled oats

1 c. wheat germ

1/2 c. chopped walnuts

1/2 c. raisins

1/2 c. dried cranberries

1/4 c. sesame seeds

2 T. Molasses

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly

3. Transfer to a 9×13 in. baking dish

4. Bake for 25 minutes, turning often

5. Granola should look golden brown.

Enjoy!

So much going on around here…

Scarlet got her first shots on Thursday. Bailey took good care of her. 🙂 The dogs are so funny. If she starts crying, most of the time, they beat me to her. I have found Bearon many times already to her swing licking her tears (or drool) off of her face. 🙂 Anyways, the vaccines were hard. She got three shots and one by mouth. Ahh…. it wasn’t Mommy’s best day. I cried all the way home. Scarlet, on the other hand, was a trooper. She didn’t even act upset. The only time she acted any different was when I took her into Target later that day. She didn’t appreciate that. I needed to do some Christmas shopping to make me feel better. How many more of those days do we have to have? A lot they say. But at least we have a two month break before the next round.

One night last week, we decorated the tree for Christmas. Scarlet absolutely LOVES the lights in the tree. We laid her under the tree in her moses basket and she fell asleep there. It was sweet. 🙂 Earlier that day, I decided to bake bread. I think I will do this every week. It was easy and yummy. After we got done decorating we watched Evan Almighty (great movie) and ate homemade bread and apple butter from Momma-too and Paw. Yummm…. here’s the recipe for anyone whose interested:

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients:

2 cups of warm water

2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 tablespoon salt

1/3 cup of honey

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

5 cups all purpose flour

Directions:

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water (110F/45C). Add honey, stir well. Mix in whole wheat flour, salt, and vegetable oil. Work all purpose flour in gradually. Turn doughout onto a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 10-15 minutes. When dough is smooth, and elastic, place it in a well oiled bowl. Turn it several times in the bowl to coat the surface of the dough, and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

2. Punch down air in the dough. Shape into 2 loaves and place into 2 well greased 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise in a warm spot until dough is 1 to 1 1/2 inches above pans.

3. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25 – 30 minutes.

4. Eat, Enjoy, and have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Handmade and Homegrown

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We went to Tennessee for a few days when Scarlet was only a couple of weeks old. My mom, Joseph, Scarlet, and I packed up and headed well… northwest. Anyways, we had so much fun. I learned how to change diapers in my lap. (Mom is full of great advice 🙂 My Grandparents oowed and aahed over her and she just loved it. Momma-too made me some knit dishcloths. She gave me some last year and I just love them. Yay for more! Paw gave me tomatoes and peppers from his garden and a jar of apple butter. The tomatoes mostly went to tomato sandwiches. Fresh tomatoes are the best for these. The rest went to yummy sauce… mmm. The apple butter is still being enjoyed. Most recently on my homemade bread that you will see in a bit. I absolutely LOVE fresh veggies! So then, on our way back, I am changing Scarlet’s diaper in the car (I mastered this skill by the end of the trip) and her blue bellybutton grossness fell off right on me. I flipped out and swore she was in pain and Mom just laughed at me. Then it got thrown away in a dumpster at the gas station. Mom says it’s a great story to tell her when she’s a teenager. 🙂
We had an incredible trip! I miss them all. Christmas is coming too soon!!!