Category Archives: Cooking

Make Your Own Hamburger Buns

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There’s nothing like a big juicy burger, right?  I like mine with bacon, provolone cheese, avocado slices, lettuce, tomato and some mkm (aka mustard, ketchup, mayo)……oh, and of course a bun.  But I couldn’t have the bun for about three years due to my gluten intolerance.  I used to get this “chicken skin” on my elbows every time I would eat store bought or restaurant bread.  I started doing some research on where flour came from and found out that the problem is not with the gluten, but with the way the millers were removing all the vital ingredients (and adding bad stuff) from our flour just so it would stay fresh.

I was bound and determined to eat bread.  Like, who doesn’t love bread?  I can let go of the pasta and the refined sugar for sure.  But, I can’t live without bread.

I found this Co-Op and ordered some grains.  I didn’t even have a grain mill but I was going to grind my own flout and provide a delicious loaf of bread for my family.

I ended up going to my friends house to grind my first batch.  I came home and made the bread.  It was the most delicious bread I’d ever had.  Seriously, it was.

I started eating bread more often and my “chicken skin” started to go away.  Uhhm, maybe I’m on to something here.  I honestly feel better when I eat the bread.  No bloat, no itchiness like with the other kind of bread either. Read

HERE for more on grinding your own flour.

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After making loaf bread, I thought to myself, ” I wonder what else I can make?”  I had become used to eating pretty much anything without bread or a bun.  Man, I really missed having a bun on a burger or a sloppy joe.

So, I did some research ( can you tell I like to research things?) and found this cool pan to make hamburger buns.  I only bought one so a cookie sheet will suffice for now. Yeah, baby!

They aren’t perfect in shape like you would buy store bought, factory made with a perfect machine buns, but they got the seal of approval from my family and that’s what is important to me.  Besides, knowing that they are healthy for us is what really matters. I’m feeding my family good nutrition.

Here’s my recipe.  I’d love to see how yours turn out.  I like using Hard White wheat but you can easily use Hard Red for a nuttier flavor.

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: Total: 3 hrs
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a basic dough recipe.  You can use it to make sandwich/loaf bread, rolls & hamburger/hot dog buns.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of hot water                                                2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt

1/3 cup of olive or coconut oil                                   2 tbsp. Flaxseed Meal           

1/3 cup of raw local honey                                         1 tbsp. instant yeast

4-4 ½ cups of freshly milled Hard White flour

 

Directions:

Combine water, oil, honey, salt and flax-seed meal. Add half the flour and mix thoroughly. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5-6 minutes).  Cover with plastic and let rise until double. Now, shape into 12 balls on greased cookie sheets, cover and let rise again. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

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I love to share and see what others are doing in our efforts to have healthy families.  Enjoy your buns LOL and have a wonderful day!

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How to Dry Your Own Herbs

We all have good intentions when we plant herbs in the garden.  But what happens when the basil takes over or the dill weed is out of control.  Before it gets to that point, you can harvest it and dry it for use later.

I know I have wasted good herbs in the garden because I didn’t know what to do with it all.

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It’s super simple and easy to do. Kinda like one of those “set it and forget it” moments, but don’t forget to check on them things LOL.

STEP 1. Grow your herbs

OK, this step is pretty simple but hey, if you don’t want to grow your own, you can easily go buy herb plants that are already grown and start from there.

STEP 2. Pull a bunch off and get a piece of twine and tie the bottom ends together (the cut pieces)

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STEP 3. Set it and forget it LOL, well, make sure you check on them from time to time but they will take roughly 2-3 weeks to dry.  Hang them on a rack or from a piece of twine out of the way so the kids don’t pull them down or the dogs don’t think it’s a snack!  The laundry room is a good place.  No one ever goes in there, right?

STEP 4. Once they are all dry, remove the twine, grab a cutting board and a knife.  If you have a coffee grinder, you can use that too.  Just make sure it’s clean from all the coffee grinds ha ha! Take the knife and just start rough chopping the herbs to your liking and fill them into a jar.

STEP 5. Enjoy your fresh dried herbs in your soups, stews or whatever you are cooking. This is great for flowers as well.  Stay tuned as I will be posting about drying flowers for herbal remedies later this spring.

I hope you have a great weekend and share this with your friends and family.  Tag me on Instagram with your herb pictures – @lhsimpleliving

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The Most Amazing Pickles

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Who doesn’t like pickles?  I mean, really.  They have to be dill for me and of course, the more garlic, the merrier!

My good friend Annette over at Cassia Fresh Farm gave me a few pickling cucumbers as mine weren’t ready to pick just yet.  She also told me about an amazing recipe for fermented pickles.  We used to can our pickles several years ago and I remember the disappointment in both of our voices as we bit into one.  No crunch and very soggy.

These are really the most AMAZING pickles!  It’s kinda gross as you go along in this process, but don’t give up.  They are fermenting so at the end when they are all ready, you can always drain the pickles and then add fresh brine to your jars.

I ended up making two jars of whole, one of spears and one of chips.  We had the chips tonight with our burger and oh, my!!!

You can find this recipe HERE.  I can’t take credit for this one but it goes to Alton Brown.  I learned how to cook eggs from him many many years ago.  Now, I’m learning how to make fermented pickles.  Whoah!  How exciting!!!

Follow the recipe and don’t forget to check on your pickles every now and then!

 

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Blessings,

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Simple Meal Prepping

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Do you ever feel rushed when it comes to deciding what to fix for a meal?  I mean, you’ve been out in the garden all day (just pretend that’s where you’ve been) and you haven’t really thought about supper too much then your hubby asks “what’s for dinner”? Uh Oh….

Fortunately, I have something quick and simple I can make.  I always keep meat, veggies and fruits on hand in the freezer at all times.  I also have a reserve of things I’ve canned unless we are getting low.

I shop at a local market to get my hormone free chicken and ground chuck.  I go once a week sometimes every other week and kinda stock up.  Besides, Venison and Pork, we eat a lot of chicken and a little bit of beef each week.

Everything is wrapped in butcher paper so I come home and basically process it.  The chicken is in these two connected breasts that are huge, so I trim off any fat and then butterfly them so I get four breasts.  I then put two in a ziplock bag.  It’s perfect if there’s just two of us or my son wants two breasts for lunch.  He’s a chicken hog like that.

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This week, I bought bison and ground chuck.  I made up patties and put some in my handy dandy tupperware burger holder and some in ziplock bags.  I wrote on the bags what was the contents and the expiration date.  These are perfect for go-to dinners or lunch.  They quickly thaw out as well.  I also take my ground chuck and put several pounds in a big pot and cook it up.  I then let it cool and fill each ziplock bag with it.  It equals out to like a pound.  These are perfect for those quick suppers like homemade sloppy joe’s, chili, spaghetti, etc.  Well, you get the picture…..

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Another simple thing I do is cut up veggies and freeze them.  I bought these sweet peppers at another local market and brought them home and started dicing them.  I also diced up a yummy Vidalia onion that someone gave me.

 

 

These go in the freezer and are perfect for adding them to an omelette or meatloaf.  I usually spend an hour or so during the evening after supper and do all my prepping or a rainy day is a good day too!  This will literally shave off about two hours of meal preparation.  Well, not really two hours but more like 30 minutes and that adds up a lot.  It’s extra time you could be spending time with your family, playing with your dog or more time in the garden!

What extra prepping do you do?  I’d love to hear  how you save time in the kitchen!

 

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Blessings,

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I have good intentions, really I do.  I actually call this my organized piles LOL.  I know exactly what is in each stack!  Do you know what I mean?Affiliatebutton

I have plans to get around to this, someday, after I take care of……..

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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MAC ‘N CHEESE

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE TASTE OF CREAMY MAC ‘N CHEESE ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE IN NEED OF SOME GOOD ‘OLE COMFORT FOOD, RIGHT?

I’m going to let you in on my little secret on how you can have it on the table in less than 20 minutes and guess what?  And, it’s made from SCRATCH!

I have to admit many many years ago, like 10 or 12, I use to buy the boxed kind like Velveeta or Kraft Mac ‘N Cheese (What was I thinking, eeww?) because it was easy, the commercial made it look so exciting and I could get it on the table in less than 5 minutes!  Why did no one share with me back then that homemade was so much better for you?

Making it homemade tastes so much better and is healthier for you!  It’s rather quite simple to make and if you just plan a few extra minutes you can have homemade mac ‘n cheese anytime of the day!

I have two teenagers and they still want me to make it for them – for lunch, as a side with dinner or even just a snack.  Btw, have heard recently about the recall on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese?  And what’s in that packet of powder anyways?  You can read all about the recall HERE.  Compare their ingredients to my recipe below:

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OK, so are you ready to try homemade?

Homemade Mac 'N Cheese

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1/2 lb. elbow macaroni ( I often use bow tie or penne as well)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour (make sure it’s unbleached/unbromated)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of Organic or Raw Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese (or a mixture of your favorites)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain and set aside.

Heat the butter in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. When it starts to bubble, whisk in the flour. This is called making a ROUX. Mixture will thicken considerably. Turn heat to medium and slowly whisk in the cream. When cream mixture is thick and creamy, turn off the heat, add the salt and cheese, and toss with the pasta.

That’s it my friends!  Post your pics here or on my Facebook Page and share with me your creation of homemade mac ‘n cheese!

Happy Cooking!

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