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Old Fashioned Homemaking Weekly Digest Volume 3

  1. 1. Old Fashioned Homemaking WeeklyDigest Volume 3 • Chill your cupcakes before you frost them so they won’t Old Fashioned Homemaking weekly digest of articles crumble while you’re handling them. from October 8 - October 12, 2012 • Wipe the excess frosting off the spatula on the edge of the can before going back for another swipe. If you have extraBake Like A Pro With 10 Easy frosting on your spatula, you will never get a clean peak on your cupcake top.Tips • Keep frosting at room temperature before spreading it onBake Like A Pro With 10 Easy Tips is a post from: Old your cupcakes. If frosting is too cold, it will be difficult toFashioned Homemaking spread and can tear the cake. If frosting is too warm, it becomes runny and messy.For cupcakes that look as good as they taste, use an aluminumfoil–lined baking cup that’s designed to keep its pattern after For more tips and for fun-filled recipes, visitbaking. www.cupcakecentral.com.(NAPS)—Whether it’s a school party, personalaccomplishment or just because, every day, there are occasions Pinterest for Scrapbookingthat call for special treats or desserts. Even with a full schedule,busy moms can bake and decorate beautiful cupcakes that Pinterest for Scrapbooking is a post from: Old Fashionedwould be perfect for any gathering. Homemaking By Lain EhmannThe key is to use quality ingredients and products designed forthe job. To help, best-selling authors and cupcake gurus KarenTack and Alan Richardson share their best tips for bakingcupcakes like a pro every day.• Start with a good cupcake pan. It should be silver colored anda little on the heavy side. Can you picture an online bulletin board where you consolidate images from around the web in a single spot? Now• For cupcakes that look as good as they taste, use an aluminum imagine you get an unlimited number of boards that you canfoil–lined baking cup that’s designed to keep its pattern after name and organize however you like. And what if you couldbaking, such as Reynolds StayBrite Baking Cups. Baking cups share those boards with other people, check what your friendsthat are not foil lined can lose their color while baking. pin to their boards, and comment and share images you like?• Before mixing your cupcake batter, make sure to bring all Wouldn’t that be awesome?ingredients to room temperature. This way, the ingredients are Well, that’s Pinterest!more likely to blend together easily. Not only can you pin things you find, you can also RE-• Remember, if you mix cold items into your batter, you run pin things other people find. It opens up a whole world ofthe risk of having a lumpy consistency. This might lead you to connecting and getting inspired via images. Very cool forovermix the batter and overmixing can cause cupcakes to be visual-types like us scrapbookers, eh?chewy instead of moist. Here are some of my favorite ways to use Pinterst for• Pinch the ends of your baking cup with paper clips to make scrapbooking:your cupcakes into different shapes, like a star or a football. 1. A single place to hold all my online inspiration. Instead• Only fill your baking cup 2⁄3 to the top. They will rise to the of having to jump from blog to blog to website to gallery totop of the liner while baking. Flickr and back again, I can hold all my online images in one• Simply use a serrated knife to trim the top of your cupcakes spot. Every card, every layout, every mini-album can be in oneso they are flat, rather than rounded like a mushroom cap you convenient spot. And yes, I can tag them so they’re searchable,may find in a bakery. This makes it easier to decorate the top or create separate boards for each sub-category. Hurray!of the cupcake. 2. A great way to track color inspiration. I love finding unique and unusual color combos, from paint swatches to fabrics. I 1
  2. 2. pin these all to a single board I call “Color Inspiration.” When • Quality – even a person with rudimentary sewing skillsI’m feeling dry or tired of the same old colors, I can take a quick can produce an item far superior to what can beglance through my pinned inspiration and find something to purchased at some of the big box stores.jumpstart my creative juices. • Uniqueness – Sometimes you just want to give a one-3. An interactive wish list. How often do you cruise about of-a-kind gift, a gift that will be remembered or tickle athe web and encounter something you’d like to purchase at funny bone. One way for your gift to really stand out, isa future time (or like your spouse to purchase for you?). Not to make it yourself.EVERYTHING in the world is at Amazon. Now you can createa visual wish list you can share with friends and family, or useto treat yourself when your tax return comes. Eat your heartout, Oprah’s Favorite Things!4. A list of “To Do” items. I’ve got more tutorials and craft ideasthan I could ever complete, even if I were to retire tomorrow.Saving them as browser bookmarks or printing them out andfiling them isn’t very efficient, but saving them on a Pinterestboard is PERFECT. When I have some time, I can peruse myboard and pick out a tutorial to try. I can even upload myversion of the craft to the same board, or delete the pin entirelyafter I complete it.5. A way to track trends. On Pinterest, you can get a runningfeed of everything that everyone in the whole Pinterest world Source: mccallpattern.mccall.com via Sandra on Pinterestis pinning. When you do this, you can easily spy trends,commonalities, and inspiration as it jumps from one medium(say, graphic design) to another (like fabric or clothing). I use Over the last 40 years, I’ve developed a list of tried and truePinterest to keep ahead of scrapbooking trends. Christmas sewing ideas. Some of my favorite gifts to give family and friends are Christmas related items that can be used to decorate and celebrate the season. In the past, I would get so excited with my projects that I just couldn’t wait to give my presents out. Here are 7 Christmas sewing ideas for gifts that are meant to be opened upon receipt and put into use immediately. Christmas Sewing Idea #1 – Tablecloths and Napkins There is fabric manufactured specifically for this purpose. All you have to do is get the fabric cut to length and then hem the raw edges. Napkins can be created from the same fabric or contrasting. Most cloth dinner napkins are 12″ or 14″ square. Many of today’s sewing machines can create a rolled hem, butIf you’d like a 15-page FREE report on how to use Pinterest it can be done by hand as well.for Scrapbookers, visit my blog. While you’re there, sign upmy newsletter at [http://www.getscraphappy.com]. Through Christmas Sewing Idea #2 – Large Holiday Pillowsscrapbooking videos, tutorials, projects and inspiration, I help Changing out throw pillows on a couch is a fast way to createwomen make their scrapbooking simple, fast and fun! a festive look in a room with a minimal amount of money andArticle Source: http://EzineArticles.com/? fuss. Tossed on the floor, they offer an alternative place to sitexpert=Lain_Ehmann and open gifts I make the front out of a single, large (24″) quilt block in a very simple pattern (Ohio Star, monkey wrench, log cabin). Sometime I add lace. I give three or five pillows, stacked7 Christmas Sewing Ideas up and tied with a big ribbon.7 Christmas Sewing Ideas is a post from: Old Fashioned Christmas Sewing Idea #3 – Advent CalendarsHomemaking An advent calendar is a 24 day countdown to ChristmasBy Martha E Bishop – starting on December 1 and ending on Christmas Eve. However, since you’re the one doing the creating, you canThere are plenty of good reasons to do some Christmas sewing make it to include Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. This isthis year: a great gift for the family that has school age children. There are commercial patterns available, but it could be something • Financial – making some of your own Christmas gifts can as simple as recycled jeans pockets stitched onto a piece of really stretch a holiday dollar. canvas. Don’t forget to hide a little treat in each pocket. Christmas Sewing Idea #4 – Christmas Tree Skirt 2
  3. 3. My own personal Christmas pet peeve is an old ratty bed sheet • Is the assignment my child is working on destined for thewrapped around the base of the Christmas tree. I’m quick to trash can?replace it with a special hand stitched tree skirt. Piece it, quilt • Will my child understand the topic better by completingit, appliqué it, paint it or even stamp it. Commercial tree skirts this assignment?range in diameter from 48″ to 60″. • Is my child excited to finish the task at hand?Christmas Sewing Idea #5 – Christmas Stockings • Does my child look for ways to share this assignment withA beautiful Christmas stocking is a great way to welcome a new others? Are they proud of their work?member of the family. Try to match the fabric and style withthe personality of the recipient. There is a better way. Let me introduce you to the art ofChristmas Sewing Idea #6 – Christmas Ornaments notebooking. Don’t tune out yet. You do not need to be creative! Phew! All you need is a rich collection of books,Christmas sewing really shines when you use your talents to articles, or textbooks and a healthy supply of enticing supplies,make ornaments. Usually they become the most treasured and your child will basically do the rest.gifts of all. You can spend hours sewing that one perfectVictorian-styled pouf or quickly stitch up a dozen felt hobby Well, it may not be that easy, but almost. Your child knowshorses. Either way, you can use your Christmas sewing for a when something is simply a time filler. I have been guilty ofgift that will remind the recipient how much you care, every this type of teaching. If you have been homeschooling anyyear as they decorate their tree. length of time you will recognize this to be true. When I hand my children a piece of notebook paper and tell them to writeChristmas Sewing Idea #7 – Toys! Toys! Toys! something, they are more than likely going to stare at the blankSomething about Christmas brings about the child in all of us page for some time before doodling all over the edges.– and that child wants TOYS! Sew up some little animals totuck into the top of a Christmas stocking. Or stitch up a sillyreindeer doll or a teddy bar to guard Santa’s cookies and milk.For more Christmas sewing tips, ideas and patterns go to:http://www.missbeesdesigns.comArticle Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Martha_E_BishopA Better Way to Homeschool:Using Notebooking To AddCreativity and Depth To YourLessonsA Better Way to Homeschool: Using Notebooking To AddCreativity and Depth To Your Lessons is a post from: Old Source: homeschoolnotebooking.com via Lisa on PinterestFashioned HomemakingBy Bekki Sayler Notebooking templates create a very different response. There is something magical about a neat and creatively organized sheet of paper containing very manageable spaces for varying pieces of information. There are thousands of notebooking templates available today. I was hand making my templates for my kids until recently. Even a simple box for an illustration and a few lines for explanation changes the way my own kids attacked an assignment. Now when they read a story, or learned about an event in history, or completed a scienceAs a homeschooler, you have total freedom to express yourself experiment is was manageable for them to illustrate the pointand what you are learning in a way that suits your learning that struck them as most interesting and then writing a fewstyle and personality. With many, many, many curriculums good sentences to describe what they drew.to choose from, it is understandable to see why manyhomeschoolers are falling into the worksheet mentality. The first thing I noticed was that the manageable template yielded a better product most of the time. The second thingWorksheets are easy to assign. Worksheets are either done or I noticed was that the kids could not wait to show theirincomplete. Many parents enjoy the boundaries offered by a assignments off. I began experimenting with template stylesworksheet; but is that the best for your child? and presentations. I started putting their pages into plasticAsk yourself these questions: page protectors and notebooks. A Funny thing happened. The more time I took to showcase their work, the more the 3
  4. 4. kids applied themselves the next time. If the assignment wasfor their “book” they attacked it head on. If it was a simple 1⁄2 teaspoon saltworksheet, they hardly gave it a second glance once completed. 6 tablespoons butter, softenedLooking for a way to increase your kids effort, performance,learning and excitement toward school? Try notebooking! 1 cup sugarSharing tried and true homeschooling resources, templates,tips, advice, and encouragement is our passion. Visit http:// 2 large eggsabetterwaytohomeschool.com/ today!Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/? 1⁄2 cup reduced-fat sour creamexpert=Bekki_Sayler 1⁄4 cup fat-free half-and-halfBlueberry Coffee Cake Warms 1 teaspoon vanillaThose Chilly Mornings 2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberriesBlueberry Coffee Cake Warms Those Chilly Mornings is a post Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking pan withfrom: Old Fashioned Homemaking nonstick spray. Make the topping: In a small bowl, stir oats,(NAPS)—When the temperature drops, a cinnamon-scented flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add butter and blend untilkitchen is especially warm and inviting. Savor the warmth crumbly. Set aside. Make the cake batter: In a medium bowl,every time you bake a Blueberry Coffee Cake. The classic recipe stir together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a largehere, rich with sour cream and dense with luscious blueberries, mixing bowl, add butter and sugar; with an electric mixer, beatis a blue-ribbon winner! And a bonus—because it’s made with until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, sour cream, half-reduced-fat products, the calories are relatively low for a treat and-half and vanilla; beat until well blended, about 1 minute.that tastes so indulgent. Add the flour mixture; beat on low speed to combine, scraping the sides with a rubber spatula, about 30 seconds. IncreaseBlueberries—fresh and frozen—are abundantly available speed to medium and mix just until well blended, about 30through the winter months, so you can enjoy Blueberry Coffee seconds. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the blueberries.Cake and all the blueberry dishes you love anytime you like. Turn batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the topping mixtureFind a large collection of recipes, nutrition information and evenly on top; press lightly. Bake until a wooden pick insertedmore at www.LittleBlueDynamos.com. in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 30 minutes before serving. Yield: 16 portions Per portion: 216 calories; 33 g carbohydrate; 8 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 1 g fiber Blueberry Coffee Cake makes a great breakfast, snack or dessert anytime of year. Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa is a post from: Old FashionedBlueberry Coffee Cake HomemakingTopping: (NAPS)—Here’s a sweet idea:Serve yourself and those you1⁄3 cup rolled oats love a hint of a seaside vacation in a tasty drink that also offers the real warmth and cozy feelings of hot cocoa by the fire.1⁄3 cup flour1⁄4 cup sugar11⁄4 teaspoons cinnamon1⁄4 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons butter, softenedCake:12⁄3 cups flour2 teaspoons baking powder Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa 4
  5. 5. (Makes 1 serving) Cheese is versatile, nutritious and can add zest to snacks and family-friendly dishes. And with a broad array of appetizing¾ cup low-fat milk, heated flavors such as Gouda, Provolone and Pepper Jack, availablePinch of sea salt from Borden(r) Cheese, the options are boundless.Whipped cream, caramel syrup and cocoa (optional) Here are a few cheesy snack ideas that you and the kids will enjoy making as much as you enjoy eating.1 envelope Rich Milk Chocolate Flavor Nestlé Hot Cocoa Mix • Walking tacos - Layer taco meat, tomatoes, lettuce and1 to 2 tablespoons caramel syrup shredded cheese in individual serving-sized bags of corn chips. Top them off with sour cream, guacamole or salsa,Pour milk into large mug. Stir in hot cocoa mix, caramel syrup then eat them with a fork, right out of the bag.and salt. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle with additionalcaramel syrup. Sprinkle with cocoa. • Baked mac and cheese bites - Spoon your favorite baked macaroni and cheese recipe into mini-muffin tins andWhat ToGive bake.After you’ve enjoyed this yourself, you may care to share the • Kebabs - Alternate chunks of ham, grapes, and cheese cutdelight with others. Pack the non-perishable ingredients in into shapes with a small cookie cutter.attractive jars, write out the recipe and wrap them up for afriend, hostess, letter carrier, teacher or anyone to whom you’d • String cheese dippers - Roll string cheese in breadcrumbslike to give a sweet treat. and bake. Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.What You Get • Mini quesadillas - Sandwich cheese, shredded chicken and salsa in between two tortillas. Bake until cheese hasBecause this is made with Nestlé Hot Cocoa, you get the kind of melted. Slice into triangles with a pizza cutter, and servequality ingredients that come from over 100 years of creating with salsa and sour cream.chocolaty memories. You also get a rich, creamy, chocolatymug of hot cocoa with every packet in the signature red • Pinwheel wraps - Spread a thin layer of ranch dressingbox, less than 100 calories per serving, a variety of delicious, on a flour tortilla. Layer sliced cheese and ham on top.indulgent flavors, and added calcium and natural antioxidants Roll up, and cut into bite-sized pinwheels.to make any moment even better. You can also try these Pizza Bagel Snacks and Italian RosemaryLearn More Cheese Straws. Both recipes use Borden Cheese, which is madeYou can find further facts, gift ideas, tips and recipes at by a cooperative that is 100 percent farmer-owned. This meanswww.NestleKitchens.com. that for every product purchased, 100 percent of its proceeds go back to hard-working American dairy farmers and their families.Kid-Friendly Snacks the Whole For more information about Borden Cheese or to check outFamily Will Love some more cheesy recipes, visit www.FriendsOfElsie.com.Kid-Friendly Snacks the Whole Family Will Love is a post Italian Rosemary Cheese Strawsfrom: Old Fashioned HomemakingItalian Rosemary Cheese StrawsPizza Bagel Snacks Ingredients • 1/2 package puff pastry(Family Features) Whether it’s kids hanging out with friends • 1 eggafter school or you watching the game with neighbors, there • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemaryare plenty of reasons to have kid-friendly snacks that grown-ups will enjoy, too. One way to keep everybody happy is to • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt with parsleybring cheese into the mix. • 1 cup Borden Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded 5
  6. 6. Preparation traditional holiday favorites, you may also like trying new recipes. Experimenting with new recipes is easier if you start 1. Preheat oven to 450°F. out with a well-stocked pantry. 2. Unfold pastry sheet; cut into 1/2-inch strips. Combine egg, rosemary and seasoning; whisk to blend. Brush evenly over pastry strips. 3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over the top, and press into dough with rolling pin. Twist strips; place on greased baking sheet. 4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden. Top with remaining cheese; bake 2 minutes or until cheese melts.Pizza Bagel Snacks While some holiday recipes might call for unusual ingredients that require a trip to the gourmet food store, some ingredients are ubiquitous. Keep those ingredients in your pantry year- round and you’ll be on track to bake up a storm this holiday season. The baking gurus at Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, a more than 100-year-old family-run flavoring company, offer this checklist of must-have items to help ensure your pantry is well- stocked for holiday baking:Ingredients • Flour – Some type of flour is the foundation of most • 2 bagels, halved baking. Your pantry should always have a supply of all-purpose white baking flour, but don’t forget to add • 1/3 cup pasta sauce some other common, useful varieties like whole wheat, • 1 cup Borden Mozzarella Part-Skim Regular Shredded unbleached or semolina. Cheese • Sweeteners – Refined white sugar, of course, is a • Toppings of your choice reliable stand-by for sweetening any recipe. But many holiday recipes may call for alternative sweeteners likePreparation confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar or honey. And, if you’re baking for folks with dietary restrictions, 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. you’ll need artificial sweeteners. Many brands of artificial 2. Halve two bagels, and top them with the pasta sauce, sweeteners now offer varieties specifically designed for cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake 8 to 10 minutes use in baking. until the cheese is bubbly and melted. • Extracts – Holiday baking cries out for certain flavors, 3. Suggestions for toppings are thin slices of hot dogs, sliced like peppermint, almond, chocolate and vanilla. You ham or any lunch meat, pepperoni, browned hamburger, can find an extract for virtually every flavor under the mushrooms, diced green peppers, chopped onions and sun, but keeping an ample supply of the staples, like black olive slices. Be creative with toppings that your Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, will ensure you have the perfect family likes. flavoring on hand for a variety of dishes – from holidaySOURCE: baked goods to main courses and side dishes. The family-Borden Cheese run company uses a proprietary cold extraction process that slowly and gently draws the delicate and distinctive flavor from the vanilla beans.Checklist of Pantry Supplies • Spices – Certain spices just speak to the holiday season,for Christmas Baking but they’re also useful throughout the year. Keep yourChecklist of Pantry Supplies for Christmas Baking is a post pantry stocked with holiday-appropriate spices likefrom: Old Fashioned Homemaking cinnamon, allspice, ground ginger, nutmeg and cloves.(ARA) – A holiday season without baked goodies would be like • Fruits and nuts – While some recipes may call fora movie without popcorn, burgers without fries or a sundae fresh fruits and nuts, others will require dried varieties.sans cherry: good but not quite perfect. If you enjoy baking Walnuts, almonds, pecans, raisins, candied ginger and 6
  7. 7. even dried apricots and cranberries are all good starting large plastic food storage bag. Twist the bag until the chocolate points for a well-stocked holiday pantry. is in one corner and then trim the tip of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. • Grains – What would oatmeal raisin cookies be without Variation: Add 1/2 teaspoon of any Nielsen-Massey Pure the oatmeal? Holiday recipes often call for grains and cereals, including oatmeal, cornmeal and bran. Flavor Extract, such as Chocolate, Almond, Lemon, Orange or Coffee, to the cookie dough to create a signature cookie. • Leavening – Many cookies don’t require a leavening Makes 2 dozen. agent or stabilizer, but cakes and breads may, so include yeast, baking soda and baking powder in your pantry. Christian Relationship • Shortening – Vegetable oil, shortening and lard are staples of baking. To lighten a recipe without sacrificing Help: Four Ways to Prevent taste, try naturally lighter oils like canola. Escalating an Argument • Milk – You may not use it at any other time of year, Christian Relationship Help: Four Ways to Prevent Escalating but holiday baking often calls for evaporated milk. an Argument is a post from: Old Fashioned Homemaking Sweetened condensed milk is also incorporated in many By Karla Downing recipes. A can or two of each, purchased ahead of the holidays, will ensure you don’t have to make a special trip to the grocery store for this less-used ingredient.Now that your pantry is prepped for the holidays, try thisfestive recipe from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas:Crisp Vanilla Butter CookiesIngredients:1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar Are you looking for Christian relationship help that enables you to handle conflict differently? When someone starts an1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure argument, the most common thing people do is to respondVanilla Powder in ways that escalate the situation. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up2 eggs, lightly beaten anger” (NIV). Here are four ways you can put that advice into action and prevent escalating the argument:2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour Don’t raise your voice. When someone is angry, it1 teaspoon baking powder automatically puts your body into a protective stance. Your adrenaline rises and you have an increase in energy. This is1/4 teaspoon cinnamon often expressed by yelling at the person. When you yell, the person will yell back at you and the argument will intensify.1/4 teaspoon salt Don’t react defensively. When you are attacked, you naturally want to defend yourself. The problem is that when you react1/2 cup chocolate pieces of choice in a defensive manner, it prevents you from listening openlyDirections: to what the person is saying. Defensive tactics include denying the accusation, blaming the other person, and attacking back.Cream the butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla powder in It’s obvious that these responses will increase the energya mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add between the two of you.the eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, bakingpowder, cinnamon and salt on low speed until just blended. Don’t bring in old issues. The purpose of conflict is to getPlace the dough on parchment paper and shape into a 12-inch resolution. The only way to do that is to focus on the issue atlong log. Chill for 3 to 24 hours. hand. When you bring in other problems, you not only bring in the topic but the emotions and unresolved resentments with it.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an insulated cookie That can’t do anything other than increase the anger betweensheet with nonstick cooking spray. Cut the dough log into 1/4- the two of you.inch-thick slices and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Place Don’t bring in sarcasm. Sarcasm means to tear flesh. Itthe cooled cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. involves carefully chosen words that are meant to undercut and hurt directly and indirectly. It can’t do anything butPlace the chocolate pieces in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on escalate the argument between the two of you because thehigh for 15 seconds. Repeat at 5-second intervals, stirring and person will respond to the strike that comes with the sarcasticchecking the consistency. The chocolate is ready when it freely comment.drips from the spoon in a fine line. Spoon the chocolate into a 7
  8. 8. You have a choice with how you respond to someone who The first of my fresh green bean recipes: Green Beans andcomes to you with a conflict: You can escalate and stir up anger Almonds.or de-escalate and turn away wrath. Ingredients:Next, if you need more practical tips and Biblical truths to 2 lbs of fresh green beanshelp you change your relationships, get my FREE “15-DayRelationship Challenge” designed to give you back the power 1 cup of toasted almonds less if you don’t like a lot of almondsover your life. 1/2 stick of butterJust click here: http://www.Free15dayChallenge.com Salt and pepper to tasteKarla Downing is an author, speaker, licensed marriage and Preparation: Wash and remove the string from the green beansfamily therapist, and Bible study teacher. Karla’s passion is to and snap off the ends.help people find freedom in Christ in the midst of their difficultrelationships and circumstances through Biblical truths and Boil or steam the green beans until cooked but still crisppractical tools. In a skillet melt the butter and add the cooked green beansArticle Source: http://EzineArticles.com/? Mix well and add the almonds and salt and pepper.expert=Karla_Downing Mix all of the ingredients together well and on a low flame let the mixtureHow to Cook Fresh Green cook until done but the beans are still crisp.Beans This recipe can be used as a side dish with either meat or fish dishes and will serve four with moderate appetites…How to Cook Fresh Green Beans is a post from: Old FashionedHomemaking The second of my fresh green bean recipes is Green Beans and Scallions;Fresh Green Beans – Add a Healthy Dish to Your Meal Ingredients:By Wendy Pan 2 lbs of fresh green beansFresh green beans should be crisp and break easily when theyare bent. If the green bean folds over easily it is not as fresh as About eight scallions or less if you don’t like onionsit should be. It can still be used but the freshness of the bean 1/2 stick of butteris gone. There is nothing tastier than good fresh green beanrecipes and I will give you some of my favorites. Salt and pepper to taste Preparation: Wash and remove the string from the green beans and snap off the ends. Boil or steam the green beans until cooked but still crisp. In a skillet melt the butter and add the cooked green beans. Cut and chop the scallions and add them to the green beans with salt and pepper. Mix well and let the mixture cook until the scallions are soft. This recipe can be used as a side dish with either meat or fish dishes and will serve four with moderate appetites. Another of my fresh green bean recipes is fresh green beans in vegetable soup. Ingredients: 1 lb of fresh green beans 1 can of diced tomatoes 1 cup of fresh peas 1 cup of fresh whole kernel cornSource: pauladeen.com via Miss Kitty on Pinterest 1 large potato cubed A dash of rosemary, thyme and any other herb you enjoyBefore I get into the recipes I would like to tell you how you Salt and pepper to tastecan freeze fresh green beans. Strip the green bean of its string Preparation: Remove the string and snap off the ends, snap theand snap off the ends. Place the beans in a strainer and blanch green beans in half, and place into a large pot adding the otherwith very hot water. Immediately place the beans in a plastic fresh and canned vegetables with it. Add the herbs and placefreezer bag and place in your freezer on the shelf where you enough water to cover the vegetable completely. Cook until allwould place all instant freeze foods. of the vegetables are cooked through. 8
  9. 9. This recipe is for a vegetarian vegetable soup. If you prefer a land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” Deuteronomysoup that is not meatless then you can use the following: ½ lb 32:46-47hamburger plain or made into meatballs, ¾ lbs of beef stew This is living by the book, God’s Word, following his laws andcut into small cubes, or 1 large chicken breast cut into cubes. precepts and teaching our children to do the same. As we oftenAdd any one of these ingredients into the soup and cook until say to others, “it begins at home”. We must being by teachingdone. I hope you enjoy my fresh green bean recipes and will our children the basic manners of “please” and “thank you”use them often. and expand into more social concepts such as, dining etiquetteWendy Pan is an accomplished niche website developer and social introductions.and author. To learn more about fresh green What is in your heart comes out in your actions. We have Jesusbean recipes [http://greenorganicgarden.info/fresh-green- in our hearts and we want to show others him by our actions.beans-add-a-healthy-dish-to-your-meal/], please visit Green This is where manners can be of much importance. However,Organic Garden [http://greenorganicgarden.info/] for not only does this learning of manners do wonders for othercurrent articles and discussions. people who are around your child, but also for their own selfArticle Source: http://EzineArticles.com/? esteem and confidence as well. After all, with Christ in ourexpert=Wendy_Pan childrens’ hearts and lives they can have all the confidence they need and when they present themselves as Godly and respectful individuals to others they can shine brightly. WhatBiblical Reasons For Teaching mother wouldn’t be proud of that?Your Children Manners Alyssa Avant is a Christian Author and Speaker who helpsBiblical Reasons For Teaching Your Children Manners is a moms connect with their daughters. A work at home mom ,post from: Old Fashioned Homemaking Alyssa is the founder of Beauty By Design Ministries, http:// www.beautybydesignonline.com grab her Her FREE Guide,By Alyssa Avant Seven Easy Tips Encouraging Your Daughter to Say “No” here“Mind your manners,” you may have heard the phrase uttered Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?from you mother or grandmother a million times, but is it expert=Alyssa_Avantsomething that we as a society use today with our children?Manners seems to have gone by the way side much like otherconcepts that were so often used by those who have gone on La Tienda de Animales –before us. That’s the Pet Shop to Anyone Who Was Wondering La Tienda de Animales – That’s the Pet Shop to Anyone Who Was Wondering is a post from: Old Fashioned Homemaking Here is a guest post by Shannen Doherty. So if you go to Spain and try to buy a pet, you’ll be doing it in the tienda de animales, which is also known as a pet shop. Or rather if you were in the UK looking for a tienda de animales you would in fact be seeking a pet shop – while in Spain,We must get back to the basics of life and what is really looking for a pet shop, you need to be able to ask for the tiendaimportant in life, especially back to our Biblical roots. The de animales.Bible teaches many of “life’s basics” one of which is manners.Surprised? Don’t be, God has a plan for every aspect of our Here’s how you do it: donde esta la tienda de mascotas. Youlives, including manners. They after all were his idea in the first see, interestingly enough “mascotas” is “pets” while “animals”place. He set it forth beginning with the Golden Rule beginning is a more generic term for animals. So really if you asked toin Matthew 7:12, “Do to others what you would have them do go to the tienda de animales you would be trying to find theto you.” “animal shop” – where presumably you could buy a cow or a pig, as well as a rabbit a hamster a fox and a mongoose.God also set forth instructions for us as parents about howwe are to train our children, these scriptures include Proverbs Rabbits, hamsters, foxes and mongooses (apparently that’s22:6, which says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and the plural of mongoose – it always sounds like it should bewhen he is old he will not turn from it.” We must do our part mongeese doesn’t it?) all have one thing in common. Well,as parents and then leave the rest to God. However our part OK, so they have several things in common – like they’re allcomes first. He commanded us in Deuteronomy that we were furry and they all bear fully formed babies rather than layingto model the actions that we wanted our child to have. eggs. Also they have mammalian glands, producing milk from a series of nipples; and they’re placental, putting them in“Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you the largest category of warm blooded creature (of which we,this day, so that you may command your children to obey too, are a part). Plus they share a structure in the inner earcarefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words comprised of a series of small bones – another sign of commonfor you-they are your life. By them you will live long in the ancestry from way back when. 9
  10. 10. Now then. Where were we? Oh yes. Pet shops, or animal shops, even the hungriest appetites. They start with Ball Park Flameor whatever it is that tienda de animales actually means. And Grilled Patties, fully cooked patties made with 100 percentmongeese. Or mongooses. The hamster and the fox and the rat beef. Available in three varieties, Beef, Beef & Cheese and Beefand the mongoose all have one thing in common. They need & Onion, they are ready in about a minute straight from theto eat. So they need to be fed. That is – if you’re going to buy microwave and can be easily dressed up and turned into familya mongoose from a tienda de mascotas, or whatever it is you favorites like these Quick Patty Melts or Malt Shoppe Burgers.want to call it, you need to also buy the food the thing eats. Simple Sides – All burgers need the perfect side. TakeSo in the case of a mongoose, you need to buy cobras and advantage of convenience items at the grocery store and stockscorpions – which presumably a tienda de animales will be up on items like salad mixes, coleslaw, macaroni or potatoable to sell you, on account of how cobras and scorpions are salad. They make easy sides for your burgers – and all the prepalso animals. Well, that depends actually on whether you count work has already been done for you.the word “animals” as a catchall scientific term describing Sweet Treats - If you’d like to end the meal on a sweet note,organisms capable of movement and reproduction; or whether look for small, bite-sized treats you can enjoy on the go. Anyou interchange it more with the concept of mammals. In individually wrapped mini chocolate bar, a handful of trail mixwhich case neither a snake of a scorpion would be sold be a with chocolate chips, a small peach or some frozen grapes aretienda de animales, and certainly not by a tienda de mascotas. great options to have on-hand.Question is, would you want to buy pets from a pet shop in To find more fast family dinner ideas, visitSpain? Having seen some of the conditions given to animals in www.ballparkbrand.com.the Mediterranean, one would have to answer “probably not”.On the other hand, if you wanted to indulge your boyish fancy Quick Patty Meltto be Gerald Durrell then why not. A chicken in a small cage,after all, can always be released into a big garden. Hasta lavista, baby.Shannen Doherty is a journalist and linguist who likes pets.She has just finished writing a series of articles on tienda deanimales.Fast Family DinnersFast Family Dinners is a post from: Old FashionedHomemaking IngredientsQuick Patty MeltMalt Shoppe Cheeseburger • 1 Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef and Onion Patty • 2 slices rye bread • 2 slices American, cheddar, or Swiss cheese • Ketchup or yellow mustard, for dipping Preparation 1. Heat beef patty following package directions. 2. Toast bread until golden brown. 3. Place one slice of cheese onto each slice toasted bread. 4. Top one side with heated patty and join two halves to make a sandwich. Serve with ketchup or mustard for(Family Features) Sometimes the fast pace of family life dipping, if desired.doesn’t leave much time to make dinner. When you’re runningfrom one practice to another or juggling after school clubsand music lessons, it’s always important to keep the rightingredients, easy recipes and some quick foods on hand thatyour family can easily prepare for themselves and take on thego.Quick Burgers - Even if the grill is packed up for the season,it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite flame-grilledfoods, like a juicy burger. These two recipes let you enjoy adelicious burger at home – and in a flash – helping to satisfy 10
  11. 11. Malt Shoppe CheeseburgerIngredients • 1 Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef and Cheese Patty • 1 sesame hamburger bun • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard • 1 tablespoon ketchup • 1 leaf Romaine or iceberg lettuce • 1 slice tomato • 1 tablespoon prepared French fried onions, or 1 – 2 cooked onion ringsPreparation 1. Heat beef patty following package directions. 2. Spread bottom half of bun with mustard, and top half of bun with ketchup. 3. Fill bun with lettuce, tomato, beef patty and onion.SOURCE:Ball Park 11

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