Friday, July 18, 2014

Homemade Apricot Fruit Rolls

We've started the harvest season in our neck of the woods. I've been busy these last few weeks picking cherries to make pie filling, picking raspberries to make freezer jam, and picking apricots to make fruit rolls. My kids love to eat the fresh apricots, but they are not big fans of  apricot jam or bottled apricots. They LOVE the fruit rolls though!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dutch Oven Caramel Chocolate Crumb Bars

We've been experimenting with some Dutch oven recipes to get my husband ready to go to Scout Camp for a week. Some of our experiments have flopped and some have become new favorites! These Dutch oven caramel chocolate crumb bars are one of those new favorites. The scouts have already requested them for their next (and every other) campout! My kids love them too.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Coconut Cream Pie the Old-fashioned Way

This is one of our family's favorite pies! It's delicious in the summer since it is chilled, but we will eat it any time of year.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kid's Craft: Salt Dough Fun

Quick, easy, and no mess - Salt dough is the perfect activity to keep little ones entertained! 

Begin by making your dough and rolling it out. We used simple animal shape cookie cutters. If you want to be able to hang them, use a straw to poke a hole at the top before allowing to dry. I always speed up the drying process by heating them in the oven.

Once dry, heat each salt dough ornament in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. You want it warm to the touch, but too long will burn the dough and turn it brown. The length of time will depend on how thick you made your shapes. Once it is warm, the kids can use crayons and color directly on the ornament. The warmth melts the wax. Once it cools and re-hardens, it gives you a bold, almost stained glass look.

I made a large number of shapes and we just heat them up one at a time when we need an activity for the kids to do. You can also use acrylic paints to paint the salt dough shapes. There is no need to heat them up if you plan to paint them. Painting is just a lot more messy so we love the crayon trick at our house.

Salt Dough

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
Food coloring, optional

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Start by adding ½ cup water and knead until it forms a dough. Add a little more water, as needed, to create a smooth dough. Roll out and cut into shapes using cookie cutters or mold into other shapes. Allow to air dry for a few days, turning as needed, to allow it to dry on all sides. To speed up the drying process, you can place items on a baking sheet and bake at 200 °F until dry. Again, flip items over if needed to dry completely. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Scrumptious Snickerdoodle Bars

I've grown more and more fond of bar cookies lately. As my kids get older and busier with all of their activities, my time in the kitchen has shrunk. I still bake regular cookies every now and then, but I more often bake a pan of bar cookies

Friday, June 13, 2014

Overnight Chili Cheese Mac

I read a recipe in an old cookbook for an overnight pasta bake. It intrigued me since I had never tried this method. I decided to give it a try with this chili cheese version. I mixed it all together in the morning and then baked it up at dinner time. It left me free

Monday, June 9, 2014

Growing Green Onions

Three days ago, these were only the little white stubs I had left after chopping the "green" parts to use in my meal. My kids and I were all amazed at just how quickly new green tops grew!