Posted in Biscuits, Bread, Bread and muffins, Flour, Recipes

Buttermilk Biscuits

This post was originally posted in January 2011.  I did not have a picture of the biscuits on this post.  So I’m reposting this blog with a picture.

buttermilk biscuits

I made these for our family’s New Year’s Dinner.  Everyone loved them because they are tasty.  Tonight I was asked to bring the bread for our Sunday dinner.  I was torn between making Easy Rolls, breadmachine rolls (haven’t posted this yet), or the buttermilk biscuits.  I let the Wee One and Imaginative One be the deciding factor.  They told me they wanted the biscuits.  So that’s what we are having.

Buttermilk Biscuits
Southern Plate

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Posted in DIY, Flour, Recipes

DIY – Self-Rising Flour

On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, I made biscuits with our split pea soup supper.  The problem was I did not have any fresh self-rising flour.  I decided to make my own self-rising flour.

It’s so easy to make the flour.  Why waste money buying self-rising flour when you can make your own?


DIY – Self-Rising Flour

Add a Pinch

Posted in DIY, dressing, Mason jars

Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Grapefruit Vinagrette

While perusing my blog, I noticed an absence of homemade salad dressings. I make my own on occasion but haven’t shared any recipes.

During winter, citrus fruits are the stars of the fruit world. They are refreshing. The vitamin C in citrus fruits is great for you.

So I decided to use the grapefruit I had at my house to make a vinaigrette. The result was pure deliciousness.

A hint about juicing fresh citrus fruits:  place the fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds. This causes the fruit to release its juices.

I used the grapefruit vinaigrette on top of a simple salad of spinach, kale, goat cheese, and slivered almonds. Yum!


Happy eating,

Posted in menu plan monday, Menu planning, Recipes

Menu Plan Monday – January 25, 2016

One of my favorite recipes during the past few weeks was the sausage, onions, and peppers made in the pressure cooker.  I use sausage from Fresh Thyme which is a local grocery store.  I absolutely love that place.

Anyway, I got basil and garlic pork sausage once again.  We used that flavor last time, also.  I put instant rice on the menu, but I may change it to pasta.  Since we used the sauce from the last time over pasta later in the week, I think I may have it over pasta this time.  Yum!

I’m also going to use frozen peppers and onions instead of cutting them up.  It should make it easier tomorrow tonight when I get home.

For Sunday supper, we had porcupine balls with orange gravy.  It’s one of my husband’s favorite meals that his mom cooks for him.  This was the first time I’d made it for him and his mom.  It must have been good because they both went for seconds.  I’ll be sharing the recipe in a few weeks.

Since we had a lot of the porcupine balls left over, that is what we had for supper on Monday night.  I also made a pressure cooker mac and cheese (recipe coming later).  So we had a smorgasbord of leftovers.  The Imaginative One had a leftover pancake from our breakfast out on Sunday morning.

Without much ado,  here is our menu for the week.

Week of January 25, 2016

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Posted in Bread, Bread and muffins, condiments, DIY

Do It Yourself – Spreads, Sauces, and Breads

This is my last installment of reviewing my Do It Yourself blog posts.  This DIY post features my blog’s spreads, sauces, and bread.

Sauces and Spreads

Homemade Applesauce
Homemade Applesauce


Homemade pumpkin butter

root beer
Root beer Barbecue Sauce
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
thousand island
Thousand Island Sandwich Spread


homemade baking mix
Homemade Baking Mix and Pancakes
homemade tortilla
Homemade Tortillas
Do It Yourself

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Posted in Crockpot, Pasta, pasta

Crockpot Lasagna

Soon after I was married in 1999, my mom gave me a recipe for lasagna that involved no boiling the noodles.  I’ve made it that way for the past almost 17 years.

I can’t believe I haven’t shared the recipe for my lasagna before.  It takes a while to prepare it, but it’s worth the preparation.

I used my casserole crockpot for this recipe.  You could use an oval, but you may need to break up the lasagna noodles.

My measurements for the lasagna layering are estimations because I typically don’t measure how much of each ingredient I use on each layer.

crockpot lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna


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Posted in DIY, easy, Electric Pressure Cooker, Pasta, Tomato

Pressure Cooker Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

The other day I went to an event.  They served frozen lasagna.  It made me crave homemade lasagna, so I decided to make some.    I asked Hubby to get me the ingredients for my lasagna.  Rather than using store-bought sauce, I decided to use my spaghetti sauce recipe.  I adapted the recipe for the pressure cooker.

The kitchen smelled amazing as it cooked!  This is an easy recipe to put together.  If you don’t want to use the pressure cooker, click on the link to the original recipe.

Pressure Cooker Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I use an Electric Pressure Cooker.

Posted in DIY

Do It Yourself – Spices and Other Random Kitchen Tips

Making your own spice blends is so easy.  You can customize the number of spices.  Hubby doesn’t like cumin, so I put a trace amount in my taco seasoning.  He enjoys it when I make tacos because he knows it’s customized to his liking.  I haven’t bought taco seasoning in years.

Here are some of the spice blends I’ve shared over the years.

Spice Blends:

Pumpkin Pie Spice
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Homemade Ranch Dressing

Other Kitchen Hacks:

brown sugar
DIY Brown Sugar
Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Puree

Here are the other Do It Yourself blog posts.

Drinks and Coffee Creamers


Desserts and Snacks

Happy Eating,

Posted in menu plan monday, Menu planning

Menu Plan Monday -January 18, 2016

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Last week I posted a menu for the next two weeks.  We did not have a very successful week, even though I had a list of meals posted.  I was sick for most of the week.  In fact, I was off of work from Friday until Thursday, minus the weekend.  Tuesday was a snow day, and Wednesday was a below-zero temperature day.  Ohio has below-zero temperature days a few times during the year.  We are so not used to temperatures getting that cold, so we call off of school or have a delay.

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