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French toast rush..

Gooood morning!

Well giving the fact that our area hasn’t had any snow this year and we have 2 snow storms heading this way..everyone is in panic getting ready for this suppose to be 3 feet of snow. Possibly 9 inches an hour. Whose complaining..not me!  There’s not a better way to spend time with your family than to be snowed in together for a couple days! I really do want my children to expience the tall snow and having to walk in it.

Quick story..I was about 11 my brother was 8 in the blizzard of 1994, we lived in an apartment complex at the time. Our mother had to walk to the store to get us bread and eggs. The snow was up past the door at least half way. My brother and I dug us out with spoons! Soo fun, sledding on a trash can lid!

Now we have saucers and running sleds to use! But we haven’t put them to use this year. And I finally got my Hubby to enjoy winter time! Now I need to get up off this and go get our French toast ingredients! Have fun!!

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Family genealogy..

Soo, I’m currently back at my family’s genealogy. In the midst of doin this recipe book, I’ve decided to get back on ancestry and family search to finish my research. I’ve figured out our Swedish and Irish ancestors immigrated to America about 115 years ago, right around the Great Depression time. Our Irish ancestors suffered the Potato Famine right before the Great Depression. I am the 5th born generation for our Swedish side, and 6th generation for our Irish side.

Now if I can only find a paper trail for our Native American ancestors. Which unfortunately I don’t think will be happening, because I think our Indian ancestors got shunned for eloping with a white family. It was not accepted for an Indian man to marry a White woman. However if an Indian woman married a white man she had limited access to her tribe. Which also on this side of my family, we do have some German that we can date back to 1400 with ease, but the websites dated this side back to 900!!

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Martha and Jasper Phillips, est. date: 1940

Our German ancestors immigrated right before the Great Depression, to some right after the Great Depression. So I am 4th and 5th born Generation. Now if I can only find some pics of anyone before my grandparents.

Family history is something the government can never change! Unlike the text books my kids are using, they are not teaching them the same I was taught 15 years ago. Stories change every time their told. You would be surprised what kind of information you can find on a census report in the 1900. Still born babies were soo common, they have it written down on almost every census report. Some even ask if they owned radios. It will tell you how much their house was worth, if it was rented, a farm, what language they spoke, did they write, read and speak English, all kinds of stuff.

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Olive and Earl Phillips, est. date: 1950

All you need is a dead family members general age, 2 out of 3 names, a general area of living and the next thing you know a week passed and you have people in your family you never know! Now I gotta get the boys on the bus! Happy Thursday!

Does she look Indian?! How I wish I could find her paper trail!

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White bread from scratch..

Who doesn’t love fresh home baked bread? No preservatives, additives, or artificial things being added. Only what you add to it besides basic ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, water, little sugar, and some oil.

Nothing beats the smell of fresh baked bread, creeping it’s way upstairs or out the front door to your neighbors. It’s amazing, and you’ll want to bake more. The aroma is soo inviting realtors bake a loaf before an open house!

This recipe is so basic, you can add whatever flavors you want. From cinnamon raisin to rye. Possibilities are endless!

Yeast

Make sure to read what kind you have.

This makes 2 loaves or a dozen of rolls.

2 packages of active dry yeast (4  1/2  tsp.)

3 tbsp. Sugar

1 tbsp. Salt

2  cups water

1/2 cup milk

3 tbsp. Oil

6 cups flour, with 1 cups reserved

cover in heated room

In a glass measuring cup add milk and water and microwave until about 110*F. Dissolve sugar and salt into warm liquid, add oil and yeast. Stir slightly and leave sit for 10 mins. or until doubled the size and frothy. In a large bowl put 5 cups of flour and make a well in the middle. Pour liquid into the middle of flour well. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the measuring cup clean. Using a fork start to mix the dough until all the flour is mixed in. Use 1/4 cup of reserved flour to flour your work surface, top of dough once flipped onto your work surface and your hand. Use your palms of your hands to push the dough, grab the dough and fold over using your palms again to push, continue to knead your dough adding flour as needed where sticky. Once the dough is like elastic and no longer sticking bad to your hands, use non stick spray and spray the bowl you originally mixed the dough in. Put dough back into bowl, and flip to grease the top of the dough. Let proof for an hour in a warm, non drafty place covered with a damp towel.

Spray your pans..

Get your our pans ready with non stick spray. In an hour, the dough will double in size. Punch the dough down and give a slight knead to release any built up air. Shape into desired size and let proof again for about 20 mins, or desired size is reached. Bake in a 325*F oven, rotating in about a half hour. The bread will rise more when baking, when the bread is golden brown, flip over and knock the bottom. It should be hallow when done.  Remove right away from pan to let cool.

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Click here for crust like that!

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Depression cake..

This cake was created by our grandmothers and great grandmothers when times of war were wreaking havoc on our world. In some countries the Great Depression started in the late 1920s and lasted till the late 1930s. During this time food like dairy were scarce. Women had to come up with ways to feed their families off of $5 a week.

This cake is called many things. Wacky cake, depression cake, grandma’s cake, boiled cake, boiled raisin cake, the list goes on and on. I will refer to it as depression cake, being this is where it originated from. This cake is safe for anyone with dairy allergies, because it has NO dairy! Wait, what?!? Yes that’s right, no eggs, milk or butter! It will still be very moist and filling!

Because I wasn’t sure if our kids would enjoy the cake I made a half batch, but this recipe will be a full batch. My mother remembers eating this cake when she was a child. You can use pretty much any dried fruit you want, but the normal is raisins. This is a spiced cake. Soo I told my youngest, it’s like pumpkin bread without the pumpkin lol.

This cake is most enjoyed with a cup of coffee, milk, a dusting of powdered sugar, or just plain.

2 cups water

2 cups raisins

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup oil

2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Cloves

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

2 tsp. Water, separate

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. Salt

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. Baking powder

Powdered sugar, optional

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In a medium saucepan over med-high heat combine sugar, water, raisins, oil, and spices. Bring to a boil and continually stir for 3 mins. Remove from heat and let cool down 20 mins or so. You should be able to put your fingers it it before using it. In a small dish add 2 tsp. Warm water and dissolve salt and baking soda. In a medium bowl mix flour and baking powder. After raisins cool down, add your salt/soda mixture into the raisins. The batter may bubble a little. Next add wet mixture into dry and mix and stir until raisins are equally distributed. You may either grease a 9×9 pan or line with foil and leave an overhang on all sides. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 325* F for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. After it’s done baking let rest for 5-10 mins and either flip upside down or use foil handles to remove and further cooling.

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I left mine sit too long after I flipped it and it has lines, but that does nothing to the flavor and the lines are not normal lol.

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Sausage gravy recipe..

Good morning world! This morning is a perfect chilly day for some hearty sausage gravy! What is sausage gravy? It’s basically crumbled sausage with a thick flour gravy that your pour over biscuits, or dip your toast in.

Ingredients:

1 roll of any flavored sausage (we prefer Bob Evans, we tried the cheap sausage and the gravy was flavorless)

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup milk 

Black pepper

A medium to large pot

Over medium to height heat cook off the sausage…leave the grease in the pan! Crumble the sausage to your preference, we like them small, not bite size. After all the sausage is crumbled and cooked, add the flour to the pot and stir until flour is well mixed. Add in desired a out of black pepper. Next pour in the milk and add enough water to make the gravy as thick or thin as you would like.

Enjoy your gravy over some toast, buttermilk biscuits, or some fresh bread!

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Water bath..

Good morning!

I would like to share a quick tip for bread baking. As I’ve baked scratch bread over the past year and a half, I have struggled to figure out the perfect Italian bread. Yanno..the warm, soft, fluffy bread you can start to eat as your checking out at Walmart.

I’ve done a lot of research on “how to” and it usually says milk and oil. Which I already do, I use 1/3 of milk to go with my water, and always 2 tbsp. of oil, it’s easier than cutting in butter. Soo now I’m really confused..I also saw something for an egg wash, which we all know has nothing to do with the actual bread itself, and just how nice and golden shiny the crust will be.

Finally..after a few times of researching, I’ve found something that says baking with a water bath will end result in a crusty crust, and soft inside. Well my plate was full last Sunday as I baked soft pretzels, bagels, breads, etc. and I ran out of room to bake. Anyways.. I decided to make a depression cake last night, as well as a batch of bread. (What’s depression cake? Click here to find out)

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I used a shallow glass 13×9 pan with about an inch of water on the lowest shelf in the oven. Preheated my oven, and about 15 mins later, baked my bread. As we all waited patiently, as bread takes close to an hour to bake, the smell was tortuing us! Soo heavenly and light the fresh bread aroma filled the house. About 45 mins later, I take the bread out, go to move it from the pan and it was soo soft, my finger went thru it!!

Now for the last 5 mins to cool off enough to try a slice! Mmmhmm!! The best bread I’ve ever baked! Now I’m about to warm up some of this sausage gravy from yesterday morning and use the bread to dip!

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Recipe book..

Soo..I know I told y’all about my recipe box and going thru it to replace unwanted recipes. Well..I’ve found our family A-Z recipe book, which is 2 index binders with rings! 😜 And I know it’s going to be a lot of work, which I love trying new crafty things so I always have something going on lol, buut I was thinking about making our boys each their own recipe book from our family that they can always add to. I was also thinking about customizing each of them according to which recipes they like, but also the main ones with some tips and conversions. Our oldest loves to cook meals and our youngest loves to bake. And of course neither one enjoys eating what the other does, but isn’t that typical? 

Always remember a family that cooks together, stays together!  

And to clear my table some, in my search of lost (misplaced) items, I found their old bakugan binder with attached card sheets. Soo, until I’m bored again the binder will replace my accordion coupon book. Now all I have to do is paint it 🎨 

Quick mini story about my first time couponing:

Literally this past week before Christmas I decided to do last min. shopping, which I will NEVER do again! Anyways I was soo proud of myself for finding coupons for the things I wanted to get the boys, which would of saved $15 or so. With my Ibotta rebate savings almost $20. Anyways, lines were extremely long, traffic was horrible to get there, walking thru the people traffic was even worse. I don’t like crowds of ignorant people who bump into you and act like they never did.. Soo finally it’s cash out time, I give her my coupons and she scans one and says it doesn’t have numbers, it doesn’t work. But because I was already extremely irratated, I took back my coupons (which I threw out because she said they didn’t work), paid for everything I had coupons for in full price, and just yesterday asked a Facebook couponing page about my coupons. Which of course I find out they are good, all she had to do is enter the numbers ABOVE the bar code.. Anyways, lesson learned..be persistent in using your coupons, and put the items back for the coupon that “doesn’t” work. Oo and not to forget, never shopping the week before Christmas!

Hope you enjoyed my couponing story, hopefully you’ll learn from my bad expierence. Lol, till next time..have fun!

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