If you cook your corned beef recipe in a slow cooker you will have tender juicy meat. I promise. Here’s the deal…I used to dread fixing the tough, chewy slab of corned beef every March 17th on St. Patricks Day. But to me life is all about traditions…some good, some well, not so good. I felt it was my duty to figure out how to make the perfect corned beef and cabbage recipe. I tried boiling it, I tried baking it overnight in a roaster in the oven. I tried slicing it to make it cook easier….yes that one made things worse. I had read about certain liquids to cook it in….well I did not want to go to the store to purchase anything. So…..this is what I did. I am here to tell you this is the first perfect juicy tender corned beef I have ever had….literally.
Below is the raw meat placed in the slow cooker: (more…)
Here are 6 Different Salads For 6 Days. I made these salads in about one hour. I washed, chopped and threw them together. I took a class from Chef Brad and he showed me how to use different flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars. My husband and I are really trying to eat healthier….trying is the keyword. I call it baby steps to eating healthier.
Salads, salads, salads. I basically grabbed 6 clean quart mason jars. I chopped the freshly washed lettuce (into small pieces-not torn) because I love chopped salads. I grabbed freshly washed celery and chopped one whole bunch into bite size pieces. Next I cut two different washed and cleaned out bell peppers, yellow and red (red and yellow are sweeter) into bite size pieces. I washed some grape cherry tomatoes and drained them. I cut washed and shredded 1/4 of a head of cabbage and drained. I washed and sliced some carrots. I washed the spinach and drained it as well.
Then I started layering:
1. mandarin oranges, drained, spinach, craisins and dehydrated apples.
2. cabbage, dehydrated bananas and strawberries.
3. celery, carrots and spinach.
4. grape tomatoes, celery, yellow bell peppers, lettuce.
5. grape tomatoes, celery, red bell peppers, lettuce.
6. same as #5, grape tomatoes, celery, red bell peppers, lettuce.
Now comes the fun part…..Chef Brad told me about Redstone Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars. You can put these on grains, salads, etc. His blog: Chef Brad!Here are just a few of the flavors he suggested for my veggie and grain salads. Check out his blog for the flavors that look good to your taste buds! (more…)
Are you wondering how to store water long term? Today I have one way to store 56 gallons under a queen size bed (depends on your bed frame). I always recommend several ways to store water. Today, I am talking about the WaterBricks. They are available in two sizes, 3.5 gallons and 2.5 gallons. They come with a handle and you can purchase a spigot, if desired. I have both sizes. The water storage under the queen size bed as shown below are the 3.5 gallon size. I have the smaller ones ready to grab and go with my 72 hour kits or bug out bags. The bed skirt actually covers the WaterBricks. This room looks like any ordinary bedroom but has water stored underneath the bed for long term storage. This is just one way to store water long term.
Here they are under the queen size bed: ***please note an awesome reader asked about the weight of the water, plus the bed and the weight of those who sleep on the bed. It reminded me of the “waterbeds” that were very popular back in the 70′s. If you have a concern about weight in an upstairs apartment or bedroom…consider lining up the bricks behind a couch or make side tables with them….you will have water….when you need it.
I love St Patricks Day Chocolate Cake, or any day with a chocolate cake for that matter. This chocolate cake is actually my Texas….I mean Utah sheet cake recipe but baked in a nine by thirteen inch pan. This chocolate cake is so moist and chewy…very similar to a brownie, almost. I like to add mint flavoring (essential oils) and put a little dollop of whip cream, then sprinkle with green sugar sprinkles. I love to make as many things GREEN as possible on St Patricks Day! Holidays are my favorite times of the year. What I really like about this homemade chocolate cake mix is the fact that I can add cherry flavoring (essential oils) in the mix and top with cherries. We can all use our imagination with different flavors and never have to go to the store for a cake mix again. One more thing, I use this cake mix and delete the cocoa and add 1/4 cup more flour to substitute for the cocoa and now I have a white cake. It is perfect for strawberry shortcake….enjoy!
Happy St Patricks Day to everyone and don’t forget to wear green….just saying….
This post is about how to dehydrate grapes. I picked up some red/purple grapes at Costco so I could demonstrate how easy grapes are to dehydrate. I must say, I started out with a very large bowl and ended up with a pint mason jar of dehydrated grapes. Let me say this….those #10 cans are totally worth the price. Of course, if you grow your own grapes you would love dehydrating them because they are almost FREE in bumper crop years. My sweet husband removed the grapes from their stems and cut each grape in half so I could serve them to a dehydrating class I taught at The Kitchen Corner in St. George, Utah. I was busy dehydrating bananas and apples.
Below is the finished product, dehydrated grapes with zero chemicals or preservatives. These are ready to pack in lunch boxes, take camping or seal in mason jars with a FoodSaver. (more…)