Foodie Friday ~ Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

1 1/4 cups cake flour

1 3/4 cups white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups egg whites

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks, and then add cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.

Sift together flour, sugar, and salt. Repeat five times.

Gently combine the egg whites with the dry ingredients, and then pour into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan.

Place cake pan in a cold oven. Turn the oven on; set it to 325 degrees. Cook for about one hour, or until cake is golden brown.

Invert cake, and allow it to cool in the pan. When thoroughly cooled, remove from pan.

Green Recipes ~ Natural Homemade Shampoo

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1/4 cup coconut milk

1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronners)

1/2 of a teaspoon (or several capsules) of Vitamin E oil (completely optional)

20 drops of Essential Oils of choice ( peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)

For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

How to Make Natural Shampoo:

Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)

Shake well to mix.

Keep in shower for up to a month.

Shake before each use.

Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.

If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

Foodie Friday – Chicken Zucchini Rice Casserole

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2 cups boiling water

1 cup uncooked white rice

2 cubes chicken bouillon

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup thinly sliced zucchini

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced onion

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic

1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

1 cup diced cooked chicken

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 (3 ounce) can French-fried onions

Directions

Bring water, rice, and chicken bouillon to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir zucchini, celery, and onion in hot oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir rice, cream of mushroom soup, cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic, water chestnuts, chicken, mayonnaise, and lemon juice into vegetable mixture. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Spread French-fried onions over rice mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes.

Green Recipes ~ Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

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4 Cups – hot tap water

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*

½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

•Works well in traditional or HE machines.

•Low sudsing. It is the ingredients in the soap, not the suds, that does the cleaning.

•Clumping and geling of the detergent is normal. Stir before putting in dispenser, and shake before each use.

•For stains, consider using an inexpensive spray-on stain remover before washing. (Zout, Spray ‘n’ Wash, Oxyclean)

Foodie Friday ~ Mocha Cheesecake Brownies

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1/4 cup unsalted butter

2 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup white sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee powder

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 cup sour cream

Directions

First make the brownie crust. Begin by melting butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add 2 ounces chopped chocolate to the butter; stir until chocolate melts, and remove from heat. Whisk in 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and pinch of salt. Spread batter in thin layer on bottom of greased and floured 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan.

Bake at 350 degrees until tester toothpick inserted into center comes out with only moist crumbs attached, about 10 minutes. Cool.

Next make the filling. In a small saucepan, stir cream and coffee powder over medium-high heat until coffee powder dissolves. Cool.

Beat cream cheese and 2/3 cup sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and yolk. Add 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon flour, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and the coffee mixture; beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon filling evenly over brownie crust.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake about 35 minutes, or until filling puffs slightly around the edges and center is set. Cool completely on rack. Cover pan with foil, and chill overnight.

Now make the topping. In a small saucepan, stir 1 cup sour cream and confectioners’ sugar over low heat until sugar dissolves; do not boil. Spread topping evenly over filling. Cool slightly. Cover and chill until topping sets, at least 2 hours. Cut dessert into 24 bars. Serve cold. Enjoy!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Fabric Necklace

Fabric Necklace

What you’ll need:

An old piece of stretchy clothing (like stretch pants) that can be cut into a strip approximately 24″ by 2″.

Large beads with holes wide enough for fabric to fit through.

Scissors

Needle nose pliers

How to make it:

Cut fabric into a strip approximately 24″ by 2″.

Lay out beads in an appealing manner.

String beads onto fabric, using needle nose pliers to pull, if necessary.

Space beads according to your taste.

Tie ends together!