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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 
How we keep extra bananas in our pantry I dehydrate them I have purchased the proper tools to dehydrate food. I have read my handbooks that came with my dehydrator. I have read other books so I can be more knowledgeable about food safety. I would advise anyone preserving food to do the same. I have food dehydrator books as well as Ball canning books. This is where you first start when preserving food. People have their own reasons for storing food. My goal is to have enough for my family to get us through tough times, food shortages due to drought or weather disasters. We recently went through ......
You will need 1 spoon, 1 cup measuring cup, 1 medium size bowl and 1 small bowl and one tablespoon measuring spoon if using crisco. 1 Cup self rising flour Buttermilk About 1/2 cup Plain flour (not self rising) in anoter small bowl 2 Tablespoons butter or crisco Dash salt (If you don't have buttermilk put 1 Tablespoon vineger or lemon juice into a cup of regular milk, stir and let sit a few minutes to sour.) Preheat oven to 495 degrees Add salt to self rising flour. Work or cut butter into flour until crumbly. Add buttermilk to flour mixture until it looks like thick cottage cheese. If it is too dry add more butte ......
Making bread or dough at home is not difficult. After making a few loaves of bread or a few pizzas you will start feeling more confident. The house will smell wonderful and knowing what is in your food is a good thing. One thing that would be helpful to buy is a kitchen thermometer because you will have better results if the water is around 105 degrees to 110 degrees. Some people can just feel that temperature with their hands but I have always used a thermometer. If you don't have the money for it don't worry, just warm the water until it feels warm, not hot. This is my basic bread dough for all, you can make bread, dinner rol ......
Double Crust Pear Pie First start with a basic double butter crust 2 and ½ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 cup cold butter cut into pieces 1/4 to 1/2 cup Ice water (you have to judge the amount of water, I don't usually need all the water) Pie Crust DirectionsIn a large size bowl put in flour, salt and sugar. Add cut up pieces of butter and work with your fingers until crumbly or use a pastry cutter. Some small chunks is ok.Work in the cold water a small amount at a time using a rubber spatula, spoon or your hands. You only need to use just enough water until the dough holds together without being stic ......
I Ummm some more good sourdough pancakes! First let me explain what I mean when I say Fed Sourdough Starter then the recipe and pictures will follow. I like to keep my starter out on the counter at room temperature but when it is hot weather I keep it in the refrigerator because it eats too much food and too often if it is too warm. Every week or so I take it out, let it get to room temperature and feed it. I normally will feed it twice and maybe three times before I put it back in the refrigerator just to keep it built up and not weak. When sourdough is fed it will rise and double it's size or more then deflate back down. Then it is time to feed ......
For those that have been on this page before I have re-done this page to try and make it more simple. Paying attention to what we eat is becoming so important now for so many reasons. I have less trust in the food we buy now and feel that the more food we make from scratch the safer the food. Many years ago my Mother gave me a sourdough starter. I did not bake as much then as I do now and somewhere along the years I tossed out the starter. I did not realize that starting a new starter would be a challenge but once I figured it out I had a nice bubbly starter that I named Pascal. So to make what I call old fashioned True Sourdough bread ......
Black Beans and Rice is very affordable to cook and good for you. 2 cups dried black beans Enough water to cover the beans 1/2 medium size onion (optional) 2 cloves garlic (optional) 2 strips bacon salt is optional Place the black beans in a flat pan and look through them to see if there is any trash or stones. Wash the beans in a strainer. Beans contain complex sugars that do not digest well, thus cause gas issues. It has been told for many years that soaking the beans before cooking and pouring off the water after soaking helps to avoid these digestion issues. First look through the beans for any trash. Then put the beans in a pan and cove ......
Dried Beans Dried beans are so easy to cook just think ahead so you can soak the beans before cooking to make them easier to digest. Beans are good for you and low in fat, high in fiber, high in protein and they contain vitamins and minerals. First prepare the beans by pouring the beans into a flat pan and look through them for trash. Then rinse the beans, put the beans in a pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil for about two minutes and strain off the water. Put them back in the pot or a container and cover with water plus about two inches more. Put them in the refrigerator for a soaking overnight or for 24 hours. This should he ......
Homemade Dairy Free Biscuits Recipe for small batch, about five biscuits (we ate one in the batch pictured) One cup Self Rising Flour 2 Tablespoons Dairy free Margarine, (we use Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread because it is Non GMO) Rice Milk (We use the Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink) About a half cup Plain (All purpose) flour in a small separate bowl. The next few pictures were taken on a day when we made a large batch of Homemade southern biscuits but the method is exactly the same. When we made the Dairy Free Biscuits pictured above I did not think to take pictures while making them, only after we put them on a plate. In a meduim size bowl work th ......
This is a good stew, easy to make and nourishing Depending on your family size simply buy the amount of ingredients that you need. Make sure your ingredients are fresh and nothing added. Simple bagged carrots, potatoes and fresh chicken. If you like a lot of carrots, add a lot of carrots, if you like potatoes, add the amount you lke. The amount of the ingredients are just how many you are cooking for. Pure fresh Chicken thighs or breast whichever you like *Note make sure the chicken has no added products. In this stew pictured below I used boneless, skinless chicken breast and thighs Carrots Potatoes Olive oil Water Seasoned salt Garlic powder &nb ......
First off here, let me be clear. You are in control of what your child eats. These little people have no money and no ability to go out and buy their food. What goes in their tummy is dependant on you. Parents should be feeding their family nourishing food, the same food an adult eats. There is no excuse for junk food. If you can afford the price of junk you can afford the price of nourshing food. If you have limited funds for food then every bit should be spent on real food cooked in your home. Not fast or processed food with empty calories and you can stretch the food dollar easier by cooking at home. I am a Grandmother and one of the most ......
This is our recipe for Pot Stickers I will post three recipes here, the dough, the filling and the dipping sauce I am using Pork for this recipe but you can make your own choices for your filling. The Dough 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup hot water small bowl of water that will be used later to seal the dumpling Yes, that is it for the dough, just flour and hot water. Put the two cups of flour in a bowl, make a well in the middle and pour the hot water in the middle, stir with a spoon and then work the dough with your hand until it is held together. The dough will be more stiff than if you are making bread or pastry. After the water is incorporated i ......
ALWAYS CHECK YOUR INGREDIENTS FOR ALLERGENS One loaf bread machine Bread 1 cup warm water (not hot) 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 cups bread flour OR 1 cup wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour. 3 & ½ Tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast Add wet ingredients first into your bread machine pan. Then add flour, sugar, salt then yeast. Set your machine to baking a regular size white bread. All machines are different so use your judgment here. You should have a nice textured loaf of bread.   Two loaves, dough cycle only Bread You will need two bread pans For this bread you will be using the dough cycle on your bread machine. After the dough cycle is ......
VERY EASY AND VERY SIMPLE RANCH DRESSING
1 CUP MAYONNAISE
1/2 CUP SOUR CREAM
1 TSP. GARLIC SALT
1/2 TSP. ONION SALT
 
MIX WITH SPOON AND THIN WITH MILK.  PUT IT IN THE REFRIGERATOR TO CHILL OR EAT IT RIGHT AWAY. ALWAYS KEEP IT REFRIGERATED.  ENJOY!

Recipe Below This is a very easy cake to make. It is a simple cake, not too sweet, just right. It is also Dairy Free, Egg Free and Peanut Free for those with food allergies. 1/2 Cup lite olive oil 1 Cup sugar 1 Cup chilled applesauce 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teapoon Baking Soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon Small amount of powdered sugar There will be no mixer needed for this cake, just a medium size mixing bowl and a whisk. Whisk together oil and sugar, then add applesauce and whisk together. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cinnamon, give it another whisk. Pour into a greased and floured 8 square pan or any kind of pan about that siz ......
Two pieces of French Toast One egg Two tablespoons milk One tablespoon sugar (if you are not using syrup over the top of the cooked french toast) Butter Beat egg and milk together in a small bowl. Melt a small amount of butter in skillet then dip bread into the egg mixture and coat on both sides of bread. Place in skillet and cook until browned on both sides. If you did not add sugar to the mixture then pour syrup over toast or spread with jelly. ......
These are so much better than the one that come in a box. 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 sticks butter or margarine 2 eggs but you will use them seperatly 2 tablespoons milk one egg is use for brushing on top of pastry before cooking Filling 3/4 cup or 8 ounces jam any flavor you like 1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 Tablespoon water Mix the water and cornstarch first then add jam in a saucepan and whisk together. Turn on the heat and bring mixture to a low boil and simmer for two minutes while stirring. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool while you make the dough. The Dough Whisk togeth ......
Squash Soup for a special Dinner 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 and 1/2 pounds of zucchini or yellow squash 1 large onion (Chopped) 6 cups vegetable stock 1/2 cup chopped basil 1 and 1/2 tablespoons softened butter 1 and 1/2 all purpose flour Juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper to taste Sour Cream or plain yogurt to put on top (optional) Heat oil in large saucepan or pot. Add squash and onion. Saute for 5 minutes or until onions are cooked and squash is tender. Then add stock. bring to boil, reduce the heat and cover . Cook for 20 minutes then add basil and cook another five minutes. Mix flour and butter into a paste then remove about a cup of soup st ......
1 pound uncooked ground turkey or ground chicken 2 cans petite diced tomatoes (You can add fresh tomatoes if you have them) Olive oil Fresh Garlic if you like garlic Make sure to get egg free pasta.... Thin spaghetti or any kind of egg free pasta you can eat that is ** Note Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free pasta! If you cannot find egg free pasta you can cook rice and pour this over rice. This recipe can be adjusted to your size family. MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR INGREDIENTS TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO ALLERGENS First put on your water to boil the spaghetti. Cook the amount of spaghetti that you need for your family. While the spaghetti water is heating start making the sauce. Sauce Pour a co ......
1 cup plain white flour (not self rising) 3 tablespoons white sugar or organic sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 Tablespoons extra light Olive Oil to put in batter then you will need extra to grease the pan 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons water Directions: Whisk or sift,flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together into medium mixing bowl. (I do not sift, I used the whisk) Add water, olive oil to dry mixture and whisk together. Don't over whisk this mixture, small lumps are ok. then fold in blueberries or fruit if you are adding the fruit. Grease pan with extra light Olive Oil I use a paper towel to spread the pan. Cook pancakes over medium to high h ......
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