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Homemade Biscuits From Scratch

Tags: Biscuits, , How To Make Biscuits From Scratch

Homemade Biscuits From Scratch

Posted on 24 June 2013 by noelskitchen



 

The family loves biscuits and while the drop biscuits I make are pretty simple, I enjoy the round flaky on the outside and fluffy on the inside kind. Much similar to those you buy from KFC. Serve with jam, honey or even better butter and a little bit of cinnamon. I’ve also read others like molasses and butter.

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Homemade Biscuits From Scratch

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda; Cut in 1/4 shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in milk until a soft dough forms. (It will be sticky.)
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead gently 10 to 12 times or until no longer sticky, re-flouring board as necessary while kneading.
  5. Divide dough in half; Gently pat or roll each half into an 8-inch circle 1/2-inch thick.
  6. Cut out biscuits – pressing straight down – with a 2-inch biscuit cutter.
  7. Reform the scraps, working it as little as possible and continue cutting.
  8. Place cut biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet with edges barely touching; Brush tops of the biscuits with a little milk.
  9. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and lightly brush melted butter on top and enjoy with jelly, honey or more butter.

 Homemade Biscuits From Scratch



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Tags: , How To Make Instant Oatmeal, Instant Oatmeal

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets -Revisited

Posted on 08 May 2013 by noelskitchen



This week, it’s time for me to replenish my pantry with some pre-made mixes for breakfast and for dinner. Today, I’m starting with re-vamping my Homemade Oatmeal Packets. After doing a little bit of testing and research online, and thanks to Jillee at  One Good Thing, I’ve tweaked my recipe and it comes out to the exact consistency  that my family enjoys. I’ve been making my oatmeal packets this way for a few months now.  This recipe continues to allow me to make up a bunch of snack size baggies that the family can grab and make easily for breakfast or snack.

I found the secret to making the oatmeal the exact same way as store bought, is by blending the oatmeal.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Makes: 24 snack size packets

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups quick oats (reserve 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 to 2 cups brown sugar (depending upon how sweet you like it)
  • 1 cup non-dairy creamer (I like French Vanilla or Hazelnut but you could choose whatever flavor your family likes.)
  • snack-size baggies
  • raisins, dried cranberries or nuts optional

Directions:

  1. Put 7 cups of the oats into a large bowl.
  2. Blend the remaining 3 cups of oats in a blender until powdery, then add to the 7 cups of oats.
  3. Add salt, brown sugar, and creamer to the oats. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Measure 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture into each snack-sized plastic baggie and seal.
  5. To prepare: empty 1 “packet” of oatmeal into a bowl or mug and add 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. (Microwaves vary, so add more time if necessary.)

 

 



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Birthday Fun and a Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Tags: , Homemade Yellow Cake Mix, Homemake Cakes, Sweets

Birthday Fun and a Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Posted on 03 February 2013 by noelskitchen



I used to run around like a crazy scatterbrained mom when it came to planning and celebrating birthday parties for the kids. Trying to get way too many tasks done in one day– ordering the cake weeks in advance, decorating the house or backyard, creating the invitations, planning what games the kids will do. Now, for some reason, I look back and feel kind of silly. Silly because if I had know then what I know now in terms of how simple a birthday can be, I would have done things differently.

For starters, now  that the kids are older, I simplify the birthdays. Having a few friends over for a sleepover is enjoyed by all kids. The boys entertain themselves by playing video games, board games and watch movies. The girls by watching movies, drawing, dressing up, or doing nails. Make a few homemade pizzas, serve a veggie or fruit tray and the kids hunger is easily satisfied. And making your own birthday cake has never been easier on a mom. It cost me less to make my own birthday cake than ordering from the bakery department and can be made in a short amount of time. Which leads me to today’s post. I love how simply and good this recipe is and I hope that you will try it too!

You can have a  high quality, delicious tasting cake with the ease and convenience of a box cake mix for a fraction of the cost. And it really only take moments to do!

Homemade Yellow Cake

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

(This is the standard size mix for recipes calling for an 18.25 ounce mix.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and non-fat dry milk. Store in an airtight container, mason jar or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

 Cake Mix Directions:

  • 1 recipe Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  1. Place Homemade Yellow Cake Mix in a bowl. Add water, vanilla, butter, and eggs. Combine with an electric mixer then beat two more minutes. (Do not over beat  the mix.)  Pour into a greased and floured cake pan. Bake at 350-degrees, using these baking times (watch carefully as your oven may vary–test for doneness using a toothpick):

8″ or 9″ cake rounds — 20-25 minutes
13 x 9 pan — 35-40 minutes
cupcakes — 12-15 minutes
tube/bundt pan — 45-50 minutes

Don’t overbake! You’ll dry out your cake.

Yellow Cake

RECIPE NOTE: If you don’t like using dry milk in your cakes, you can always leave the dry milk out of the mix. When making the cake, replace the water in the recipe with milk.

Oh and have you ever read the label on store-bought cake mixes? They’re packed with additives, preservatives, artificial coloring, oils, corn syrup, etc. You can make up several batches of Homemade Yellow Cake Mix at a time, store in the pantry, and whip ‘em out any time for a quick, easy cake with none of that stuff!

*Still working on adapting this recipe to a little more of a healthier version. Next time, I might just cut down the amount of sugar.

 



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Prepare For Back To School Freezer Cooking

Tags: Back To School Tips, , , Once A Month Cooking, Once A Week Cooking

Prepare For Back To School Freezer Cooking

Posted on 03 August 2012 by noelskitchen



I have been working all week to prepare all of our meals from the pantry, cleaning out my freezer and making sure nothing goes to waste. We’ve been doing really well on the daily pantry challenge all week long. We’ll be continuing this challenge through the end of next week. At that point, I’ll be moving into some major freezer cooking as we prepare for back to school in the middle of this month.

Moms, we’ll also plan on some healthy lunches as well as some freezer lunches to take to work as I know sometimes we can get caught up in the chaos of school mornings and forget to grab something before we head out the door. I have been jotting down meal plans and freezer cooking ideas, and just itching to go grocery shopping! But, I will wait until next week. :)

Today, I’m actually throwing some chicken in the crock pot as we speak. I’ll divide it up and have it in the freezer for upcoming recipes. 

I am also hoping to finish making my Homemade Cheese-Its and Wheat Thins. I’m testing out these two recipes for the kids school snacks. It’s also cheaper to make your own with just a few ingredients from the pantry and fridge. I am also hoping to make a large batch of oatmeal raisin cookies and freeze half. And when I make granola bars this weekend, I will double it and freeze half of those, too. I have lots of  honey, in the pantry, so I will most like start out with cinnamon raisin granola bars. I’ll add some peanut butter chips and chocolate chips to the grocery list for making other types of bars next week. 

Here’s my list so far:

  • Freezer Falafel
  • Breakfast Mixes
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Bread Mixes
  • Homemade Cheese-Its (not for the freezer)
  • Homemade Wheat Thins (not for the freezer)
  • Icebox Cookies 
  • Mexican Potato-Topped Casserole
  • Broccoli, Ham and Rice Casserole
  • Shredded Beef
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Pie Crust
  • Pot Stickers
  • Meatballs
  • Stroganoff
  • Turkey Sloppy Joes
I’ll be adding to the list as I come up with ideas based upon what’s on sale at the grocery store. 

Are any of you preparing a freezer cooking list in preparation for back to school?  What kinds of things to you make-ahead and freeze? Please share! I love new ideas!!

 



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Brownies and Frosting

Tags: Brownie Recipe, Cake Recipes, Chocolate Recipes,

Brownies and Frosting

Posted on 16 April 2012 by noelskitchen



Brownies topped with a creamy chocolate frosting are great for a family get together. This recipe makes a nice big pan that feeds a big group.

Our family loves brownies. But when it comes to buying a box from the store,  spending close to $2 a box for an 8×8 pan of brownies seems costly when your on a food budget. I can make an entire bar pan of brownies for less by making my own baking mixes. I know what ingredients are in the foods I bake that feed my family.

This is one of my favorite brownie recipes I’ve tested because it’s so simply and takes no time at all to make. It taste more like a “cake” brownie, since it’s made with cocoa powder and not chocolate chips or chocolate pieces. It’s even better after it sits on the counter covered for a day.

If preparing this as a make ahead baking mix, mark a quart-size ziploc bag with wet ingredients and baking instructions. Combine the dry ingredients in bag and seal. Store in pantry until ready to use.

Brownies and Frosting

Makes: 2 dozen large bars or 48 small bars

Ingredients:

Brownies:

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brownies: Cream together margarine, sugar, and eggs. Mix together cocoa and water until a thick frosting consistency. Add to creamed mixture. Add flour and salt. Mix well.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured jelly roll pan or bar pan. Bakes for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
  4. Frosting: Cream together powdered sugar, cocoa, and margarine. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Spread over cooled brownies. Slice into bars and serve.

These are even great without the frosting served with vanilla ice cream.



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