Monday, August 29, 2011

How to make special K cereal bars

No these are not the healthy ones. These are the ones that taste amazing and probably have five hundred calories for every glance. Any way these are my favorite things ever they beat rice krispies treats, and I love those things too. Okay let's get started shall we?
What you will need:
1 c. White sugar
1c.Karo syrup - white or light
1 c. Peanut butter
4 c. Special K cereal
okay put sugar and syrup in a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn off the heat and add the peanut butter and then when it is all nice an mixed add the cereal. Now mix all that together press it into a 13 X 9 inch pan and press in the pan. Now melt and mix together 1 c of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together. Then spread over the top. Let chill, and then enjoy...yum yum!
As always feel free to send me ideas! Happy Eating!

Monday, August 22, 2011

How to make homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

One of my old co-workers and friend recently did a picture how to on making laundry detergent.  I thought this sounded amazing. Mom would be running low on laundry detergent soon and I figured what a great thing to make from scratch.  So then I realized I could even write my next how to on it. So I purchased all the ingredients and set out to make this wonderful concoction. So yes my how to today is on homemade liquid laundry detergent, so don’t eat this one.
What you will need
Box of 20 Mule Team Borax – You need 1 cup 
Box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – You need 1/2 cup 
1 bar of ivory soap or any other type you wish to use. I used dove
TSP- trisodium phosphate – 1 tsp of this
large clean bucket - about 5 gal.
Now if you can’t find the ingredients, Google around for it, call places, usually Lowes will have it or any “organic” store. I got all mine online but I don’t recommend because you have to pay for shipping also make sure you get WASHING SODA not baking soda(Jungle Jims also has all these items….go figure). Also the TSP is optional but apparently helps to make your clothing nice and clean. And one last item. I was at Meijer yesterday and saw EVERYTHING except the TSP. It is right next to the laundry stuff.
Let’s get started!
Place 4 cups of water in a large pan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile grate your bar of soap. Now don’t worry about using a grater, after all it is soap it’ll wash off. I used my mother’s food processer which scared the crap out of me because it was done grating in like 2 seconds. It was pretty amazing. Moving along. When your water is boiling add the soap and boil until it is all “dissolved”.
Now pull out that lovely bucket and pour in the soap mixture. Then add 44 cups or a little over 2 gal of water and mix in the other ingredients. Then let it sit for 24 hours at least, and make sure you cover it. Now this is supposed to gel…mine is still liquid, I suppose it has to do with the type of soap you use I hear that it is normal for it not to gel according to everything I read. So now to store it place it in any container with a lid, I used some old detergent bottles and an empty kitty litter bottle. Pretty smart eh! Okay also you only want to use 1/2 c. when adding it to your laundry or 1/4 c. for HE machines. Thanks to Nikki the amazing we can all use homemade laundry soap and save a buck! Trust me it works well and your clothes will be fine, you can still use fabric softener and everything. Also feel free to pre-treat your clothing and stuff if necessary. It’s just like regular old laundry soap! One last comment. Feel free to add scents to your detergent if you please. Ours smells like “ocean spring” whatever that is…Thanks again Nikki!!!
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Monday, August 15, 2011

How to make Butterbeer Cupcakes my HP tribute!

Okay so I just finished reading the final Harry Potter book…took me a while but it has been totally worth it. Yes I know it came out forever ago but due to the matter in which I read I knew if I bought it that I would ignore all other life forms until it was finished…this means I would have skipped all of my classes at school…also I am rather cheap so I didn’t want to shell out for the book just yet. However, now that I have done so I have decided to make these cupcakes to tribute my love for the books which sadly are done being written. Thank you JK Rowling for being amazing and writing your wizard novel. So what are we making today? Butterbeer Cupcakes... yes yum. So let’s get started shall we?
Things you will need:
For the cupcakes: 2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cream soda
For the ganache: 1 package butterscotch chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
For the buttercream frosting: 1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup butterscotch ganache
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 16-oz. package powdered sugar
Okay so basically this is really simple, start by preheating the oven to 350 then mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and setting it aside. Now take your butter place it in a large bowl and beat it with your mixer. Now when it is fluffy looking add the sugars to it. Now add vanilla and eggs one at a time, let them all incorporate before you add another. Now that we have done that add half of the dry mixture to the wet…now add half of the cream soda…now the other half of the dry, you get the idea!  Now place 3/4 of the mixture in a cupcake pan…this will make 12 cupcakes! Now place in that lovely preheated oven and bake for 17 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Once they are in the oven it is time to make the ganache. Because it needs to cool it will be helpful to make it now. So over a double boiler melt the chips and add 1/2 c. of heavy cream, now if you ever read a recipe for ganache it will tell you 1 c of cream. Well it’s always too thin for me so I use less and it works better. Now melt mix and let cool.
When we are done we are now going to make the frosting. Butter in the mixer again and add 1/2 c of the ganache to it. This is to make it yummy! Then add the vanilla and mix and mix and mix…well until creamy. Now add 2 c. of powdered sugar or the 16 oz. I ended up adding 2  1/2 c. to it to make it thicker. So now that it’s done and you’ve removed your cupcakes and they are nice and cool feel free to pour some ganache in the middle of them, I made a small knife cut and placed it on top. Now pipe or frost the top and decorate with left over ganache on top. This makes for a very lovely looking finished product which I am now delouring. Yes I am my own test subject today, since I have no HP fans nearby I will have to enjoy these all to myself…darn!
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Monday, August 8, 2011

How to make Italian Cream soda

So today it is hot out and I thought why not make a drink that can beat the heat! Also I love this and it is super simple. Ever have an Italian cream soda? Well I have and they are great, but super expensive out so I learned the recipe and made it for all my readers! Let’s get started shall we!
Things you will need:
Club soda or lemon lime soda…I used sierra mist 
Drink flavoring, Torani syrup is the best flavoring I have found! Today’s flavor is strawberry but I also use orange. These can be hard to find I got mine at Jungle Jim’s which is only here in Ohio, but it can be bought online or at GFS. Now any flavor you want is okay!
Cream, milk, or half and half.
Large Glass
Put ice in a glass fill 3/4 full of the soda. Add about 1 – 2 tbsp of your flavoring to the glass. Then add a “shot” about a tablespoon or more of any of the above listed dairy product. Mix, add a straw and enjoy. Now since I used sierra mist which has no caffeine I figured the niece and nephew could have some without whiplash of super sugar hike. Also they loved it so that was nice. This is a mild and tasty drink. It reminds me of a milk shake! Super easy to make and tastes great, oh and I didn’t have to pay 4 bucks for a glass. I probably only paid four bucks for all the ingredients and now I can make ten of them! 
Also if you are having trouble finding the syrup here is a link
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Caviar, Cowboy Caviar - Perfect for a party

I know I didn’t update my blog last week but in my defense I could not breathe. So this week is a very easy recipe due to the fact that I STILL don’t feel good.  However, on the bright side this is also a VERY delicious dish. Perfect for that summer party! It is called “Cowboy Caviar” and it’s out of the better homes and garden cookbook with a little bit of tweaking on my mother’s end. Okay so let’s get started
Things you will need:
Storage container for “dip”

1 15oz can of black beans

1/4 c onions finely chopped, or green onions

1/4 c Finely chopped red pepper (bell) 

2 tbsp olive oil, or veggie oil
2 tbsp of vinegar
1 to 2 jalapenos - I use about 4 rings out of a jar- finely chopped
1 Tsp fresh garlic – I used can out of the fridge but I am lazyfresh pepper
dash of salt

Okay now here is a side note before we even get started, if you are making this for a party double it at least. Because, between my brother and I, we ate the whole thing and I had to make another.  Also one more side note let this sit for at least 1 hour, but by making it the night before and letting it sit over night it will taste a million times better. Okay so rinse the beans put them in a storage container, chop onions, add, chop pepper, add, add oil and vinegar, chop jalapeƱos, add…you get the picture right?? Okay mix, combine add a lid let it sit in the fridge and serve with corn chips, or put it on your tacos! But chips are the best! If you think it sounds weird and you love beans try it, this is an amazing dip everyone makes it in my mother’s class at least once a year and it’s always repeated! The only people who would not like this are bean haters…well I am not a bean hater…you know who you are bean haters…shame, they’re good for you! One last comment we had a new test subject. Test subject Jared, my oldest brother, he said "That's a great dip Jess!".  As always I am accepting ideas for the blog! Facebook, twitter, or email me! and happy eating!