Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More Snow & Beaten Biscuits

Here are a couple of old recipes.

Beaten Biscuits. This is from the 1700's
(If you what to add a tablespoon of sugar go ahead, but this was made without the sugar.) Mix together
5 cups flour
1 cup lard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
After all is mixed well beat with a hammer until blistered. Shape into biscuits and poke tops with fork Bake 400 deg for 15 min. or till golden. Makes 35 to 40 biscuits depending on size, brush tops with melted butter.

Swiss Cheese Potato Bread
1 cup very hot water add, 1/4 cup instant potato's
let cool to luke warm then do the yeast water.

1 package or 1 tablespoon yeast, add
1/2 cup warm tap water
Let set 5 minutes then
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
mix then add
5 tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs beaten
1 cup grated Swiss chess, sometimes I use mild cheddar cheese
Turn out on floured surface and knead well. Allow to raise. Punch down and put in a bread pan or roll round and out in a tube pan.  Let raise again and bake 45 to 55 minutes at 350 deg.

Hope you enjoy these.

We got another 8 inches of snow but things are supposed to melt down some with 40 plus degree temperatures coming in, in a day or two.

Dave plowed last night after he got home from work and before he had supper.

Kathy was hired today and starts tomorrow, she is very happy.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers

I have used ground hard red and also white wheat and both turn out just fine.

1 cup butter
5 &1/3 cups whole wheat flour or flour of choice 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or more if you like more
1 cup water
Cream butter and sugar together, mix in rest of ingredients adding water a little at a time. Roll the dough out on a floured board or counter and roll to about 1/8th in thick. Put on greased cookie sheet and cut in desired squares. Bake at 350 deg. for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Preheat oven.

Here is a double knitted hat I finished last week.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Allergy Needs and Etc.

Well here is what we look like this week.

K got her first hair cut

We had several grand children's birthday in Feb., mine and the last will be my oldest brothers.

List for cold and flu season, things I tend to not get restocked with right away and I should.  To make sure we have them on hand after flu season is over in case we are hit with a new batch.  But this year I have tried to make sure I pick something up each payday if possible.

Sore throat spray
Sore throat lozenges
Vicks vapor rub
Vicks cold and flu medicene, I like this better then the Night Time type.  There is something in the Nyquil and Night Time that makes me groggy headed for 2 days after. Or I just get it in pill form and the pills do okay without the side effects I get from the liquid.
Day time cold medicine
Extra bottle of a pain reliever or more 
Don't forget Kids med.s also.

For allergy season which will be upon us before we know it.
Allergy eye drops and regular
Allergy medicenes, over the counter works for some of us.

Also for those that tend to be allergic to other things that might set off and allergy attack like certain foods, insect stings and etc. (I found out I am very allergic to the glue on those little black triangles used to glue pictures onto paper pages to)

Benadryl - liquid works fastest but I keep it in pill form in my purse.  There are a few things that will set off an reaction quite quickly.
EpiPen if you need one through prescription
Masks if needed
Other med.s that work for you

Comments welcome.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Old War Time Recipes

Its been snowing here this morning and has for the last couple of nights but melts off during the day.  That's not saying we still don't have quite a bit of snow and ice left sitting around out there.  The temps are supposed to be dropping as the day goes on today, so we will see.

I have still been fighting this crazy flu.  If you get tired out or stressed it comes back.

There seems to be a whole bunch of people interested in looking back into old War time recipes and so forth for more frugal meal times.  We here at home just cook a lot of what the family has eaten then and all through  the years.

Here are a few from the net on war time recipes: 


And http://recipecurio.com/thrift-meats-for-dinner/


The next ones were used also for losing weight. 


Comments welcome.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Waterless Hygiene & Homemade Toothpastes

Waterless Hygiene
Plus toothpastes

These ides are good for everyone; we never know when a storm or other problem may arise and we are left having to evacuate or be at home without water to waste.

We need to be thinking of what we would need if for a short time you didn’t have a way to clean without having water to do so.  Some of these can be found in camping supply in stores and sporting good stores.  Some of these things also that can be taken with you if you had to leave home.  An extra layer like zip lock bags with help them from drying out as quickly.

1.     Wet naps, baby wipes and one called bathing wipes

2.     Waterless shampoo and no rinse shampoos, they do make it, also baby powder works to sprinkle in your hair and takes out excess oils

3.     Witch hazel isn’t real expensive and works for cleaning your skin and if necessary brushing your teeth, it is also good on cuts, rashes and is an astringent

Experiment with different products, find the ones you like and work the best for you and or your family.

Store these tooth pastes in containers with tight fitting lids

Toothpaste: 1 simple
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons peroxide
1 teaspoon salt
Mix and use

Toothpaste: 2
½ cup baking powder
Enough coconut oil to make paste consistency you like
A couple drops of a mint essential oil or crushed mint leaves or flavor you prefer
1 teaspoon Calcium Carbonate powder (optional)

When I grew up most of the time all we had was baking soda and it cleaned our teeth just fine.

 I managed to catch the flu a few days ago and it really slowed me down big time.  Doing better today :).