Healthy Challenge March 24th to April 24th.

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Family Happenings | Posted on 01-04-2014

We start a healthy challenge as a family, I had two kids that needed to gain some weight and one that needed to lose some as well as I needed to lose some weight.    I started the challenge as mostly a way to set an example of being healthy, I cook most of if not all of the food we eat from scratch and try to make it well balanced.  I put a garden in each year and that also helps us with eating healthy.   I wanted to teach my kids that portion size is what helps keep us healthy just as much as watching what we eat,   I showed them two different video’s one of the guy who ate nothing but Subway and lost weight and the other of the guy who ate nothing but fast food but watched how much he ate and still lost weight, I also encouraged them to stay active as well.   So far it has been up and down with the weight, but they have all been fairly excited about the challenge.   We will celebrate the winner, by percentage and will be going to Menchie’s for frozen yogurt

Brewed Chocolate anyone? How about Choffy????

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Family Happenings, Uncategorized | Posted on 29-06-2013

About a year or so ago, a friend of mine started selling something called Choffy.  It’s ground coco beans that is then put in a french press, hot water is added and then you wait a few mins, add some creamer and you have an AWESOME drink.  Wait????  What is a french press???   A french press is a container that has a filter on it, to keep the grounds from floating to the top.    It looks like this, you can also brew it in a coffee pot, if you have a really fine filter.  I have also read that a tea infuser works well too.   Well!  back to my story.    So the first time I made it, I didn’t do it right, and it still tasted pretty good.   The next time I tried it, I did it right and it was AWESOME!!!!  While Choffy seems pretty pricey, if your used to going to Starbucks or some of these other coffee shops, Choffy is cheaper and far healthier for you.     Currently there are three flavors, Ivory Coast, IC Dark and La Espanola.

Choffy has the following:
20 Calories
2x the antioxidents in one serving  as 2 servings of  blueberries
Theobromine-
It has about the same of caffeine, as a 1 oz. of dark chocolate (20-24mg).
No Gluten
No Sugar- Except for what you add
No Fat

For more information you can go to http://www.drinkchoffy.com/about-choffy/faqs/ or to order go to www.drinkchoffy.com/katgowen

 

Making Peanut Butter

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Hobbies | Posted on 14-02-2013

I have always wanted to make peanut butter, just to say that I have done it.  So today I am going to make some, first I have to shell the raw peanuts and then I have to roast them, when they are finally roast I can make the peanut butter.   When you use roasted peanuts, it has concentrated the oils, so that you can make the peanut butter.   Once that is all done, then I finally get to put them through a food chopper and make peanut butter.   Here is the recipe I am following; http://joythebaker.com/2009/02/how-to-make-homemade-peanut-butter/

Making Mother Of Vinegar

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Hobbies | Posted on 14-02-2013

So today I decided to learn something new, I am going to try my hand at making vinegar.   It’s actually pretty simple and I while I have been meaning to try it, I just hadn’t gotten around to it.   First off, I goggled how to make vinegar and found out that first I have to make mother of vinegar.  For most of those who might not know me, I don’t drink so I have to make my vinegar from juice instead of wine.   So first off from what I read, you take a splash of vinegar and add it to your juice (in my case) or wine.  The juice has to be fresh as most store bought juice has been processed in such a manner that it won’t ferment right.  The wine can be corked ( I learned what this meant today) or freshly opened, you then add either a splash of red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or what ever type you have on hand, you add this to the wine and or juice and let sit for 2 months, in a dark and warm location.  After the end of the two months, you check it for flotsam and jetsam, this is your mother of vinegar and you feed this for a while and do a few other steps to make vinegar.   Since I am not to this stage yet, I will write about it later.

The following are links on how to make mother of vinegar.

http://blog.makezine.com/craft/in_the_kitchen_with_jarod_make/

http://www.ehow.com/how_5752385_make-mother-vinegar.html

http://down—to—earth.blogspot.com/2007/12/good-mother-making-vinegar.html

http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/83/83-4/Countryside_Staff.html

 

September’s Meal Menu

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking | Posted on 29-08-2012

Here is the menu for the meals for September.  Last month it was so easy and dinner was ready when I needed it to be.

Taco Salad all purpose meat mix
Hurry up curry Chicken meat mix
LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS
Meat loaf and tangy topper meat loaf mix
Mexican chicken Bake Chicken meat mix
Chimichangas mexican meat mix
Sweet and sour chicken Chicken meat mix
Week two Week two Week two
Stuffed green peppers meat loaf mix
Cream chicken enchiladas Chicken meat mix
LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS
swiss hamburger soup 5 way meat mix
Crunchy crust chicken crisp coating mix
vegtable cheese casserole 5-way meat mix
stuffed Manicotti shells italian cooking sauce
Week Three Week Three Week Three
three layer casserole meat sauce mix
Hot Dogs hot dogs
LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS
slumgullion all purpose meat mix
chicken tortilla corn soup chicken mix
Hamburgers hamburger meat
Tuna Fish
Week Four Week Four Week Four
Spegetti Casserole speggeti, hamburger meat
Baked Potato bar baked potatoes
LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS
Chili Beef for stew, red kidney beans, picante sauce, chili powder, oinon
Brocoli and cheese casserole Yellow mustard, Mushroom soup, milk, broccoli, cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, butter
Pasta Primavera Rotini, Broccoli, carrots and califlower, italian sauce, parmesan cheese
Hearty Ham and onion melts red onion, balsamic vinegar, bread, sliced ham, muenster or provolone cheese
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