Cooking

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Let me be the first to tell you, Im not a good cook. There, the truth is out, its off my chest. Seriously, if the smoke alarm is going off, everyone yells, “Momma is in the kitchen!” Photobucket Photobucket

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I do however like to try to prepare good homecooked meals for my family. I’m convicted of wanting to make things from scratch. It is far healthier. Dont get me started on whats wrong with processed food and alot of boxed or microwaved meals from the store. However, my husband is not as convicted as I am, because he still buys alot of it from the store. I have to admit, when Im pressed for time like having to go to ball games and such and were getting home late, they have come in handy. I can compromise. I dont make it our soul diet to where it is not harmful to us. And occasionally we do like to treat ourselves to a restaurant every now and then to give me some time off and to just spend this time as a family. This is simply my conviction. To try to convince you would take a whole other page. lol

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I know today it takes sometimes two to run a home financially. The mother cannot always be a stay at home mom to do all this from scratch cooking. I know you can improvise. I wish that all mothers and wives could have time to do this one incredible and God given deed when they get home from work. But I also know time can be pressing because we live in a world today that we just rush, rush, rush. I use to be in the work force until I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and got to where I couldnt work. Now that Im home, I have the time to do this and I try to do it to the best of my ability, although it has taken me yrs. to just learn how to make biscuits that dont turn out like hockey pucks. lol

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If you have the time, please do you family this honor and perform it with pride and satisfaction.If they kids are old enough, get them in there to help. Not only will it teach them how to cook for themselves someday, it is a great quality time helper. My kids love to help in the kitchen, especially my youngest. We can talk and hang out and have fun, but at the same time they are learning. There fore you are “killing two birds with one stone.” It makes for some good memories, especially when I get the camera out. lol

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I have an Amish baking cookbook that I just love. Talk about from scratch. There is from scratch pie crusts and etc. You name it its in there. I dare anyone to touch this book or get it dirty in any way. They know to take care of this book. I am a better baker than I am a cook. Here are some things I have baked and they actually turned out ok, and didnt set the alarm off. Humph!!
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Let me be the first to tell you, you can put anything you want to in pancakes, breads, muffins and casseroles. I make Choc. chip pancakes and muffins and the boys tear them up. Some more of my favorites is putting pumpkin or sweet potatoes in pies and breads and muffins.

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Since we grow a garden, we have alot of fresh veggies to put up and store. My kids have gotten so use to home grown vegetables that they want eat vegetables from the cans at the store. They say they just dont taste as good as ours. This makes me proud, because I know we havent sweated or labored in vain.

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We all also hunt, yep, including me. I joined in on this cause I couldnt beat them on it. Ha! You know, if you cant beat them, join them. We process alot of deer in the fall and winter. This also helps tremendously on the grocery bill. I use alot of ground deer instead of ground beef. And the deer cubed steaks are to die for. My kids eat them up. My husband killed a couple of turkeys a few years ago and we cooked them up. Man, you talk about mouth watering. It was nothing like that commercial store bought turkey for Thanksgiving. I couldnt believe the difference. One year we went in half with my brother in law and processed a pig. Boy talk about good there too. Then processing your own cow. Again nothing like it. I know alot of people dont have the time to raise or process their own food, but thats why we also have farmers markets or farmers that do. Buy locally and support those farmers. If you get it from someone you know, you can trust them to have now hormones or steroids or chemicals in their food or meat. That is another story too in a nutshell.

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I can remember my grandmother telling my grandpa( we called them MawMaw and PawPaw) to go get a chicken. Well, he would come back with one. It would be dead with feathers sill on it. It was then her job to scald, pluck, cut up and fry it. Then it was on the table for lunch. Talk about scrumptious and delicious. Not to mention fresh. Thats how they did things. Then he would go into the garden and pick some fresh veggies to go with it. My, My. Thats how we were raised. I knew when I grew older and had a family, I wanted to do it the same way.
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Since Im not a good cook, I probably want put alot of recipes on this page, but I sure will guide you to some websites where you can find good recipes or how to’s for some things. If I come a cross some that I think are real simple, I will post them for you. I would also like to add, a crock pot sure comes in handy when pressed for time or you dont want to slave over a hot stove a few hrs. I get alot of good use out of mine. My husband loves to make deer chilli in his, yes, I bought him his own camoflauge crock pot for Christmas one year. He loves it and we love his chilli. YUMMY!!!!!!!
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Ok, I think yall get the picture. I enjoy these times with my children, I will treasure these memories always, maybe some day they will too.

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I love homemade pizzas:
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Dallas loves to cook and experiment with food:
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I love using a roaster, crock pots and etc for conveniences

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Hamburger buns or rolls:
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I finally got some attachments for my Kitchen Aid mixer and love them. I got the pasta roller, spaghetti cutter and fettuccine cutter. We made Homemade chicken noodle soup one night and homemade lasagna another night. They were so good.
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Home made yellow cake mix:
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