Homemade Granola and Granola Cookies

I was going through my cookbook the other day and I came across a recipe for granola.  I used to make it all the time, putting it on everything because this recipe is the best and it makes a ton.  Ice-cream, yogurt, cereal, puddings!  I even use it to make my granola cookies. Granola 10 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats 2 cups of coconut 1 cup of wheat germ 1 cup of powdered milk 1 cup flax seed 1 cup of sunflower seeds 1 1/2 cups almonds – chopped, sliced or slivered Mix all of the above ingredients together in a big bowl. Dressing 3/4 of honey 1/3 cup of canola oil 2/3 cup of cold water 1 teaspoon of vanilla Mix dressing and pour over granola, stirring to coat well.  Place in a large shallow pan and bake at 300 degrees for about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes…

Oreo Cookie Truffles

These are so decadent it is unbelievable how easy they are to make.  They require only three ingredients. Oreo cookies, cream cheese and chocolate. Take one package of Oreo cookies and run them through your food processor. Chop them up good, you don’t want any big pieces of cookie in there. Then add one 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese and give them both a spin until they are well combined. Roll into balls and then place them in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up before dipping. Melt one 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips using a double boiler. You can also use one package of the white chocolate morsels.  When melting white chocolate it is best to use the microwave and add 2 tablespoons of shortening.  This will keep the chocolate from seizing up on you. Dip truffles into melted chocolate and place on…

Cherry Chocolate Kisses

When I was younger I worked at the Masonic Home and Hospital.  I did everything from nurses aid to physical therapy aid to pharmacy technician.  I learned a whole lot and met so many wonderful people.  One of those people was a women named Ann Needham who ran the Occupational Therapy Department.  She gave me this recipe and I’d like to share it with you.  It’s one that I make every year for Valentines Day because it is so good (cherry and chocolate?? Oh yea!!) and it just looks so pretty and Valentine-ish. Cherry Chocolate Kisses 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup confectioners sugar 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice 1/2 tsp. almond extract 3 drops of red food coloring (optional) 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp. salt  1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped chocolate kisses, unwrapped In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, cherry juice, almond extract and food…

Homemade Pasta

I love pasta and could eat it 7 days a week.  I especially love homemade pasta.  It is light and fluffy and cooks up in no time at all.  Once you try homemade pasta you will never want that hard stuff that comes out of a box again.  If you have never made it then I think its time you give it a try.  It really isn’t hard to do and if you have a pasta machine it can even be fun.  Put on a pot of sauce, some good Italian music, pour yourself a glass of Vino and get the family involved! Pasta dough 4 eggs 1 pound flour (3 1/3 cups) olive oil or water to soften the dough if necessary Put your flour onto your counter forming a mound.  Make a well in the center and put eggs into it.  Slowly begin to mix in the flour…

Buckeyes ~ Peanut Butter Balls

Every year, for the past 30 years or so, at Christmas, my very bff or my “fluffy slipper” as I like to call her, and I get together to make peanut butter balls. They are messy to make because you have to dip them into melted chocolate and they take forever to roll because we both need a triple batch but it gives us time to catch up on each others lives, share a good laugh or two and ask ourselves why we do this every year?  It’s not because we both love peanut butter balls so much or that we really even have to have that many, it’s that I love my “fluffy slipper” and she loves her “old shoe” and it is tradition.  Some things can NEVER change. Through the years we have tried several different versions of peanut butter balls and they are all really good.  I…

Cajeta! Yes Please!

Got Milk??  Yes I do and lots of it.  I get 2 quarts of delicious, creamy goats milk a day.  I milk 2 of my 4 goats every morning and they each give me a quart.  I could get more if I milked them again at night but right now I’m fine with what I’m getting so I leave it at that.  My freezer drawer is full of quart bags waiting to be made into soap and my fridge has 5 quarts of fresh milk on the shelf and I’ll get 2 more tomorrow.  I figure I better learn what I can do with all this milk and I better learn fast! I gotta tell ya that the hubs had this great idea to paint the jar lids with chalkboard paint so I can keep track of the freshness date.  The “P” means it was pasteurized.  Isn’t he smart!  The…

Simple, Easy Goat cheese, once you get the milk!

I think our two little goats are going to be a wonderful addition to our ever-growing farm family.  I admit we did have a bumpy start but once we got everything worked out the rest is just falling right into place. Are these not the cutest most sweetest goats you ever saw? These little girls are so different from each other.  My little Nigerian Dwarf Dutchess, is very timid and shy.  She likes to watch from a safe distance, is very chatty and gives me a run for my money.  She does not like to be milked, at all so I haven’t been able to milk her completely, I get just enough to make her comfortable and that’s it.  Every single time I get my container filled with milk from her she gives it a kick and we spill the whole thing.  I swear she knows and she waits and…

Piccalilli

Today I made Piccalilli otherwise known as Green Tomato Relish.  It is the end of the season and my tomatoes were just not ripening anymore so I figured this would be a good way to use them up. Piccalilli – makes about 7 pints 4 quarts of chopped, cored green tomatoes 2 quarts of chopped cabbage 2 cups chopped sweet green peppers 1 cup of chopped onion 1/2 cup salt 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar 2 Tbs mustard seed 1 Tbs each of celery seed and prepared horseradish 4 1/2 cups of vinegar Combine vegetables in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and mix thoroughly; let stand 3-4 hours.  Drain; rinse and drain again.  Combine sugar, spices, horseradish and vinegar in a large saucepan.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add vegetables and bring to a boil.  Pack hot relish into hot jars leaving a 1/2 ” headspace.  Remove air bubbles,…

If at first you don’t succeed…

Try, try again?? And sometimes again and again.  That seems to be the story of my life lately.  Take my pickled eggs and beets for instance.  Yesterday I tried to make them and for some reason I couldn’t get my hard boiled eggs to peel – at all. I ended up throwing one dozen eggs into the garbage out of sheer frustration.  If that wasn’t enough, after I painstakingly peeled and boiled a half dozen teeny tiny beets ( cuz that’s all I had in my garden..beets the size of a half dollar), I boiled all the water out of the pot and they were burnt to a crisp, stuck like glue, in the bottom of the pot.  Try cleaning that baby up!!  I quit!  I’m not cut out for all this domestic kinda stuff.  Yes my hubs loves beets, yes he loves pickled eggs, yes I love my hubs…

Sauerkraut

My daughter has been hosting a Octoberfest for the past few years.  The whole family goes and of course everyone brings something. I have been in Florida and missed every single one so last year I told my husband that I WILL be going to the next one, even if I had to swim the Atlantic to get home.  Well I am home, I didn’t have to swim, and I came up with a great idea!  I would learn to make sauerkraut using all the cabbage I have growing in my garden (46 of them to be exact – that’s alotta cabbage!) and I would give everyone a jar (or 2) to bring home with them. Win, Win, Win!! Alotta Cabbage! Sauerkraut 1 medium head of cabbage (about 3 pounds) – I used Savoy Cabbage 1 1/2 Tablespoons of salt 1 Tablespoon of caraway seeds (optional) Wash everything you will…