Archive for September, 2011

My children love Ramen noodles, while I agree they are cheap food source, they are not exactly good for you being packed full of sodium and MSG. I’ve played around with trying to figure out how to make them from scratch for a while now.  The noodles were simple, it was the flavor packet that always was stumping me.  I think I finally have figured it out, or at least close enough that it’s not noticeable and still very flavorful.

Making your own homemade pasta’s is rather simple, once you have made your various pasta’s they can be dried and stored.  True it’s not as simple as just opening a plastic wrapped bag, but if you truly want to get away from hidden ingredients and to know what you are putting in your families bodies it is worth it.  I would highly suggest putting the money into purchase of a pasta machine.  They are wonderful for making a variety of pasta’s and you can purchase one to suit your daily needs for under $50.00.  A food processor also can come in handy for making the dough if you don’t want to try the “well and hand” method.   Here are the steps I take.

Make Noodles.

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

4 eggs

1 tbsp water

Combine your flour and salt in large bowl and make well in center (or food processor bowl).

Stir together your egg and water and add to well (or food processor bowl).

Combine with large spoon, or side of your hand until dough forms a crumb texture (or use food processor on low).

Remove dough onto floured rolling surface and kneed by hand for 10 to 15 minutes or until it feels elastic.

Return to bowl, cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

Roll out dough thin on floured surface (or use your pasta dough maker with angel hair or spaghetti fitting).  Pause between rollings if doing so by hand as you want this pasta to be VERY thin.

Cut into thin strips 6 inch long by 1/8 inch thick if doing so by hand.  The pasta maker will do this all for you.

Twirl strips together into little nest bowls and set to side to let dry at least 2 hours if using that day.  Leave dry 12 to 24 hours if you plan to store for later use.

**Difference is in making this.  Rather then 3 minute boiling you need 6-8 minutes to cook fully.**

Seasoning (Bulk)

Oriental – 2 tbsp each :  Onion powder,  ground ginger,  garlic powder, black pepper.

Chicken – 2 tbsp Onion Powder, black pepper, garlic powder and chicken bouillon.

Beef – 2 tbsp Onion Powder, black pepper, garlic powder and beef bouillon.





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September is Childhood Cancer Month, and Conkerr Cancer is hosting “Miles for Pillowcase Smiles”.  Their goal is to stitch 44,000+ pillowcases, this is one for each child who is battling cancer.  To help them with this goal, the children and I have been cutting out and sewing up pillow cases for the cause.

To make pillow cases to help them out, or just for your own personal family use, you will need:

3/4 yard fabric for pillowcase

1/4 yard fabric for trim on pillowcase

Cut the body of the pillowcase to 26 1/2″ by 40 1/2″ .

Cut the border to 10 1/2″ by 40 1/2″.

Fold border in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.

Place right side of border to right side of pillowcase fabric and stitch together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Place right sides of pillowcase together and stitch down side and along bottom.  Turn to right side and press.

Finish seams to avoid fraying.

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Ranch dressing never last long in this house. Kids eat it not only on salad, but to dip raw vegetables, chicken, pork..it’s spread on sandwiches, ok it’s used a lot.  I always have liked the taste of Hidden Valley Ranch, but was never fond of the additives and most certainly not the price tag.  So I played around with various ways to make my own, they were all good but none of them compared to Hidden Valley, until I ran across a copy cat recipe and altered it just a bit. I’m quite pleased with the results and have been using it for some time now, it’s also friendly on the pocket book.

Oh, and don’t you just love the bottles? I am such a scavenger.  Work was just going to throw out empty ones at the Assisted Living home, I grabbed up about a dozen of these little beauties…as my daughter would chant…Reduce, reuse and recycle!!

Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

(Makes 2 quarts)

4 tbsp dry parsley flakes

1 tbsp onion salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic salt

1 quart mayonnaise (store bought or homemade)

1 pint sour cream (store bought or homemade)

1 pint buttermilk (store bought or homemade)

Combine all ingredients and allow to sit to blend flavors overnight.

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A Fish Tale.

These are the ones that didn’t get away. These two fish are body pillows about 3 ft long.  There is one more set of them exactly like these yet to be done for lesser prizes for a local kids fishing tournament and a couple smaller fish sewing crafts yet to finish.  With the hot weather keeping me from being able to enjoy the shore line this summer, at least I’m getting to enjoy the catch, even if it is stuffed.

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