"She rises also while it is still night, And gives food to her household, And portions to her maidens."
Proverbs 31:15
I love to cook and prepare tasty treats for my family. Some of my treats have been pased down from previous generations, some are newfound recipies and some are ones I have invented myself.
There's few things that are much more comforting than smelling that wonderful aroma of freshly baked goods!
I hope you will be inspired to dig out that old cookbook or maybe even invent something new to surprise your family!
Kitchen Tips

Replace each egg with 1 tbsp. soy flour and 1 tbsp. water

For a brown crust on a pie, brush with melted butter.

Use 1 tsp chicken base and 1 cup water to replace 1 cup canned chicken broth.

For flavorful noodles, cook in broth instead of water.

To avoid heartburn, add 1 tbsp. cocoa to your favorite chili or spaghetti sauce recipe.

A couple tsp of Beef Base added to spaghetti sauce makes it richer!

To make leaner ground beef, first brown and then place in a strainer and rinse with HOT water. Practically fat free!

Substitute Evaporated Skimmed Milk for cream in recipes such as Fettuccini Alfredo.

To quickly make up concentrated frozen juices, put contents of can in blender; add 1 can water and blend until smooth. Transfer into container and add the rest of the water.

When chopping onions, cut in half and rinse cut ends under cold running water to cut down on teary eyes.

Save overly ripe bananas for banana bread by placing in a freezer bag and freezing... you can do this skins and all!! Just thaw and use as usual!

When making a whole chicken or turkey, break apart the carcass and freeze in a freezer bag until you are ready to make soup!


Sugar Cookies

1 cup crisco
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
5-6 cups flour

Mix all ingredients until mixture is stiff. Add extra flour if you want to make cut out cookies so the dough is stiff enough to roll out. For drop cookies, drop by teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart
Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
More recipes coming soon! Be sure to stop back!
Menu Planning

One key component to preparing meals is menu planning. Without a plan, you are much more apt to just give up and go out to dinner or pick up something from the fast food place. But, this doesn't need to be the case. With planning, you will always know what is for dinner!

There are a few basic steps to menu planning.

Step One: Deciding what to have!
Write a list of meals you fix regularly. Stick to one area such as dinners. Do you eat hamburgers? Lentil soup? What meals do you usually fix? Once you have this list, you can customize your menus and add new dishes to try.

Step Two: Planning Main Dishes
The next step is to decide on 7 meals to feed your family for a week. If you always order pizza on Friday, you only need to plan 6 meals. Number the meals and now you have your meals for the week.

Step Three: Entire meals
Now that you know the main course of each meal for the week, plan what side dishes you will serve with them. Write them down next to the main dish. Don't forget to put in any desserts you plan on having as well.

Now, you have meals for the week! You only need to pick a meal each day and you have planned dinner! You can shuffle your menu each week easily because you have already listed meals you like making. Add a new dish every week and you will soon have a whole array of menu's!
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