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Homemade Goodness

April 6, 2011

Every year I get really excited about the berry season – specifically the opening of the Lewis Farms stand….which, by the way, there’s 2 this year, one down by the CB bridge!!  Yesterday I picked up my first pound of strawberries, and today I HAD to stop by and pick up 2 more.  I am addicted to fresh, local strawberries!!  So to celebrate the beginning of strawberry season I HAD to find a great Strawberry Shortcake recipe….so here it is:

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat White flour (can use all purpose)
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) Butter
  • 1 whole Egg Beaten
  • ½ cups Cold Half-and-Half or Whole Milk

Mix dry ingredients.  Cut butter into small pieces & “cut” into dry ingredients with pastry blender or a fork.  Beat egg, add milk to egg, mix, then add to dry ingredients.  Form a ball.  On counter top, press into a 7 1/2 x 5 inch rectangle.  Cut into 6 pieces.  Put on cookie sheet 1 inch apart.  Sprinkle with extra sugar if you want.  Bake 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden.

Here’s the best part – HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM!!  I will never buy the Cool Whip junk again.  I tried to think of words to explain it to Jeff, here’s a few: delectable & heavenly.  Get a thesaurus and get your own words 🙂

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until cream holds peaks.

That’s it.  It’s well worth the 3 minutes it takes.

Sooooo – split the shortcake, spread whipped cream, add strawberries, add more whipped cream, put the top shortcake on and add more whipped cream – enjoy!  If there’s any whipped cream left in the bowl – LICK IT CLEAN!!


March 23, 2011

I probably will never buy store-bought tortillas ever again. They are so easy to make & this recipe is healthy! My kids love them & usually eat them hot off the griddle. I’ve accepted the fact that mine will NEVER be round. As much as I try to roll them out round, it’s just not gonna happen…it’s fun though cause like the clouds you can usually find a fun shape with the tortillas….here’s an example: what do you see?


Here’s the recipe:
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil (can sub butter but please don’t use that horrible crisco stuff!)
1/2 cup water
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in oil with pastry blender or fork till looks like corse crumbs. Stir in water. Make into a ball, divide in half, divide those in half, etc until you have 8 balls or 10 smaller balls. Roll out & put on hot griddle (450). 2 minutes each side…you’ll have to play with the time…you want them soft to roll, but they can get crisp like chips. To look “authentic” let them blister.

Answer: top picture- africa, bottom picture- crocodile head

Have fun with it!!

Crockpot Roasting Chicken

March 18, 2011

Just had to post about this chicken I made.  I have never cooked a whole chicken before.  If we wanted a chicken to eat, I’ve just gotten the rotisserie chicken from Harris Teeter, which is really good.  Never in my life did I ever think I could make a chicken that tastes better than a rotisserie chicken….seriously it’s that good!  And it’s made in my least used small appliance…the crockpot.  We were given a crockpot for a wedding gift, and I know I haven’t used it more than 10 times over the past almost 13 years.  So, enough chit chat…here’s the deal:


By: strubleroots


  • 1 whole Roasting Chicken
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (I’ve left out)
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon White Pepper (Left out cause didn’t have)
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Black Pepper (upped to 1 tsp, cause didn’t have white & didn’t use cayenne)

Combine the spices in a small bowl.   Remove giblets from the chicken if they’re in there. :) “De-hair” the chicken. (To do this, I normally will use a lighter to burn off the hairs. It may not be completely necessary, but it’s what I do.)

Rinse the chicken and pat dry.

Rub spice mixture on the outside and inside of chicken.

Cover and put in the refrigerator for several hours. Overnight is best. (I’ve put the spices on it & put it in crockpot right away & it still tastes amazing!!)

Put the chicken into the crockpot.

Place the chopped onions inside the chicken.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

When done, remove the chicken to a serving platter and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.

The juices in the bottom of the crockpot make a great gravy….just dump in a small pot & add a Tablespoon or 2 of flour, whisk away until thickened & pour over some mashed potatoes!  Enjoy!


Artists in the Family

March 4, 2011

I got a call the other night saying Rileys artwork had been selected to be showcased at the community art center. The next morning the lady called again & said Kenlys artwork had also been selected. Tonight was opening night so we went to see. The mayor was there along with the Azalea Festival Belles.

Riley’s is the top right, it’s a picture of the battleship. Here’s Kenly…she wasn’t too happy to have her picture taken but I took it anyway…

And here is Riley with the Azalea Belles…this was as close as he would get & still doesn’t look thrilled with that.

. I’m so proud of my kids!!

March 3, 2011

I have to admit, I didn’t do great this 2nd half of the month, in my defense I did have 3 verses…eeehhhh….here goes nothing 🙂

Psalm 112:1-10 – Praise the Lord.  How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands.  Their children will be successful everywhere, an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.  They themselves will be wealthy and their good deeds will last forever.  A light shines in the darkness for the godly; they are generous, compassionate and righteous.  Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.  Such people will not be overcome by evil; those who are righteous will be long remembered.  They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.  They are confident and fearless and (can) able to face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need, their good deeds will (be remembered) last forever.  They will have influence and honor.  The wicked (will see this) see them and (be) are infuriated.  They (will) grind their teeth in anger. They (will slink) go away, their (hopes) plans thwarted.

I  am so sure those last few verses are paraphrased & not concise…yep, went back & graded myself..I’ll continue to go over them this month!  Now for my new set of verses…these are taken from the message Sunday….if you weren’t there….watch it here!!  It was super! I plan on memorizing 2 Corinthians 6-15, but will start with this:

1 Corinthians 9:6 – Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop.  But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.

If you can’t say your previous months for memory, or are getting frustrated, take this month as a review…say them every day until they just come out without you having to think about them.  DO NOT ACCEPT THE LIE THAT YOU’RE JUST NOT GOOD AT MEMORIZING!!!!! Satan will fill your mind with every excuse possible to keep you from this:

Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

Keep pushing forward….what an amazing tool we will be for God when in any situation or hardship we can encourage someone with a verse that just comes out from memory!!!

Fresh Eggs!!!!

February 27, 2011

I have been searching for somewhere to buy fresh eggs.  In fact, today when Jeff was talking about farming & how we probably don’t have any farmers in our church but if we did, they’d be in the minority…I was hoping he would say, “and if you are a farmer, my wife would like to talk to you after service”.  I’d love to find fresh local produce, eggs, & meats….soooo can’t wait for the farmer’s market to get going again.

ANYWAY….a sweet friend from church said she would bring me some eggs from her grandma’s house….yippy skippy!!  You don’t know how excited I was when she handed me these today:

Aren’t they beautiful??!!??!!  I feel like we will have brinner tonight, just so I can try them.  Also, please pray for my friend’s grandpa…he needs prayer for physical healing….thanks!

Crazy Boys

February 27, 2011

We went to a surprise party for a friend this weekend with a Mexican theme….