Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I saw this easy, healthy recipe on Facebook and have to try it.   Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Among many other health benefits, it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer --especially colon cancer. It is a very alkaline forming food. Eat it often!
 1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey 
1 tablespoon oil 
1 large onion, chopped 
1 clove garlic, minced
 1 small cabbage, chopped 
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes 
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 
1/2 cup water 
1 teaspoon ground black pepper 
1 teaspoon sea salt
 In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender. 
Yield: Serves 6 to 8 Share this to your Timeline so it's available when you need it! Unstoppable Farm Woman

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Monkey Bread (Hungarian Coffee Cake

American Cakes - A History of Monkey Bread and a Traditional Irresistible Recipe on The History Kitchen

Monkey Bread (Hungarian Coffee Cake)


  • 1 package active dry yeast (¼-ounce/7 grams/2¼ teaspoons); or 1 cake fresh yeast (0.6-ounce/18 grams); or 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115°F for dry yeast; 80 to 85°F for fresh yeast)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk or buttermilk, or 6 tablespoons milk and 6 tablespoons sour cream (5.125 ounces/180 grams)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (2.25 ounces/65 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick/4 ounces/115 grams)
  • 1 large egg (1.75 ounces/50 grams)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • about 3 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour or bread flour (18.5 ounces/525 grams)
  • 1 cup dried currants or raisins (optional) (5 ounces/145 grams)


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick/4 ounces/115 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar or packed light brown sugar (7 ounces/200 grams)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ to 1 cup finely chopped lightly toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)


  • Mixing bowls, stand mixer with dough hook (optional), 10 inch tube or Bundt pan, nonstick cooking spray,
Prep Time: 2:55 - 3 Hours
Cook Time: 40 - 50 Minutes
Total Time: 3:35 - 3 Hours 50 Minutes
Servings: 12 - 16 servings, one 10-inch tube or Bundt cake
  • To make the dough: In a small bowl or measuring cup, dissolve the yeast (except instant yeast) in ¼ cup water. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar and let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The History of Monkey Bread - Classic Vintage-Inspired Recipe on The History KitchenIn a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, milk, the remaining sugar, butter, egg, egg yolk, and salt.
  • The History of Monkey Bread - Classic Vintage-Inspired Recipe on The History KitchenBlend in 1½ cups flour. If using instant yeast, do not dissolve, but add here. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • The History of Monkey Bread - Classic Vintage-Inspired Recipe on The History KitchenOn a lightly floured surface or in a mixer with a dough hook, knead the dough until smooth and springy, about 5 minutes. If using, knead in the currants. Place in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a kitchen towel or loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours, or in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The History of Monkey Bread - Classic Vintage-Inspired Recipe on The History KitchenGrease a 10-inch (12-cup) tube or Bundt pan or two 9-inch ring molds. (If the pan has a removable bottom, line the outside with foil to prevent the butter from dripping.) In place of a tube pan, place a custard cup or foil lined 1½-inch tube in the center of a round, deep baking pan or casserole.
  • Punch down the dough, knead briefly, and shape into 1-inch balls. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and, if using, nuts. Dip the balls into the melted butter, then roll in the sugar mixture to lightly coat.
  • The History of Monkey Bread - Classic Vintage-Inspired Recipe on The History KitchenArrange the balls in the prepared pan no more than halfway full. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap spritzed with cooking spray and let rise at room temperature until nearly doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  • The History of Monkey Bread - Classic Vintage-Inspired Recipe on The History KitchenPosition a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F (350°F for a convection oven).
  • Bake until golden brown or the center of the dough registers about 180°F on an instant-read thermometer, 40 to 50 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes, then loosen the sides of the cake and invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Pull away pieces for your own barrel of fun.
  • Variations:
  • Blueberry Monkey Bread: Layer and scatter 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries with the dough pieces.
  • Chocolate Monkey Bread: In the topping, substitute ¼ cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder for the cinnamon.
  • Eggless Monkey Bread: Omit the eggs and increase the milk to 1 cup.
  • Lemon Monkey Bread: In the topping, omit the cinnamon and mix the sugar with 4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest and ¼ teaspoon ground mace.
  • Poppy Seed Monkey Bread: In the topping, omit the cinnamon and mix the sugar with ¼ cup poppy seeds.
  • Pumpkin Monkey Bread: Reduce the milk or sour cream to ½ cup, omit the egg yolk (use the whole egg), and add 1 cup (8.25 ounces/240 grams) unsweetened pure pack canned pumpkin. If desired, also add to the dough ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.
  • Spicier Monkey Bread: Add ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg with the cinnamon.

About Gil Marks

Gil Marks writes about the history of American Cakes for The History Kitchen, revealing the history and culture of the United States through its classic treat. Gil is a leading authority on the history and culture of culinary subjects, as well as a James Beard Award-winning author, historian, chef and social worker. Read more...

Vicks Shower Pucks

With the cold season-- I get this requested a lot!!! DIY Vicks Shower Pucks!!! ~ put theses in the bottom of your shower when your sick and let them melt away while you have a hot shower. Leaves you feeling less stuffy and helps to clear up colds faster. Ingredients: - NOT EDIBLE!! 1 Cup Baking soda 1/2 Cup Cornstarch 1/3 - 1/2 Cup Water 2 - 3 tsp Vicks vapor rub Heat water enough to melt vicks in. Add in baking soda and cornstarch and mix into a think paste, if you need to add more water. Line a muffin tin with paper cups, fill each cup about half way with mixture. Let dry overnight. Remove from paper cups when discs are hard and store in an airtight container. Share to KEEP!!! TO SAVE this or share with family & friends, be sure to click this photo and SHARE so it will store on your personal page. For healthy recipes, tips, motivation and fun, click this link and join us ----> ~ Feel free to FRIEND REQUEST me I am always posting awesome stuff!! Like · · Share

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

25 ways to clean with SALT

A collection of 25 great ways to naturally clean your home using salt.  Put your pantry to work with these great cleaning ideas.

Always test any new cleaner on an inconspicuous area of any surface.   
  1. Shine metal with equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar.
  2. Clean cast iron cookware when hot with a paste of oil and salt.
  3. Clean carpet spots with equal parts salt, vinegar, and borax.
  4. Apply salt to freshly spilled liquids on carpet.  Vacuum up after it dries.
  5. Add salt immediately to burnt food in pots for easy removal.
  6. Sprinkle a little salt in stinky shoes to help eliminate odors.
  7. Mix 1 part salt to 4 parts rubbing alcohol to treat grease stains on carpet.
  8. Make a paste of cooking oil and salt to clean water rings from your wood furniture.
  9. Rub salt on tea or coffee stained cups to remove marks.
  10. Fill your coffee pot with water and add 4 tablespoons of salt.  Boil to clean.
  11. Brighten your wood cutting boards by rubbing with a damp cloth and salt.
  12. Restore your sponges by soaking in cold saltwater.
  13. Sprinkle salt on paper then run over it with your hot iron to remove any sticky spots.
  14. Remove deposits from vases by rubbing with salt.
  15. Mix 2 tablespoons salt with 1 teaspoon vinegar and use to shine your chrome faucets.
  16. Remove rust from metal with a salt, cream of tartar, and water paste.  Apply paste then sit in sun to dry.
  17. Mix 1 part salt to 4 parts vinegar to remove soap scum.
  18. Sprinkle salt in doorways and window sills to deter ants.
  19. A damp cloth that has been soaked in salt water makes an excellent dust rag.
  20. Add one tablespoon of salt to a gallon of water to mop your floors.
  21. Add one cup of salt to the washer when you are cleaning your new blue jeans or towels.  The salt will set the dye and keep them from fading.
  22. Place artificial flowers in a bag with 1/4 cup salt and shake to remove dust.
  23. Toss salt on oven or stove spills while they are still liquid.  Wipe up when cool.
  24. Pour 1/2 cup of salt directly into your garbage disposal to clean and freshen.
  25. Remove odors from your hands by rubbing with a lemon wedge dipped in salt.  
Be sure to test these methods on an inconspicuous area on any surface before cleaning.  Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference as well as my other natural cleaning guides.  Clean your home with vinegarcream of tartarlemon, and baking soda as well as salt.  Go to your pantry and start naturally cleaning with salt today.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes

It's no secret that I love making things from scratch if I can. That goes for food, cleaners, toothpaste, laundry soap.. just about anything. We were recently having a lot of trouble finding a good dishwasher detergent that got our dishes clean because nothing else was working. We actually had to wash things by hand - but then, what's the point in having a dishwasher right??

I set out to find my own way to make some and I had a few duds before coming across this one. I tweaked it a tiny bit to fit what I was looking for and this makes a great little cube for washing! 


1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/4 Cup Epsom Salt
Lemon Juice
First I started by mixing all the powders together. I made sure they get mixed up good because I wanted it evenly spread through all the cubes I'm going to be making. If you're not sure about the Borax, just eliminate that from the recipe, it won't harm it at all.
When everything was mixed I put a cup of the powder into a separate bowl and then poured in a little bit of lemon juice. For one cup of powder I used 4 tablespoons of lemon juice. You don't want it to be dry but you don't want it soaking wet either. 4 tablespoons made it a little wet and sticky which is exactly what I wanted.

The lemon juice will foam when it hits the powder. I mixed it all in and got it a little sticky. When I was finished with that, I started to add it to the ice cube trays. I put in a little and patted it down, then when I ran out I did another cup to mix with the lemon juice.

Now when I was all done, I set the cubes up on the window sill in the kitchen so that it would get a lot of sun and therefore dry quicker. Letting it sit overnight made it nice and hard and when I woke up in the morning I was able to flip the trays over and knock the cubs out.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Orange Monkey Bread Recipe:
(Serves 8-10)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon grated fresh orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuit dough, cut into fourths
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon milk (more or less depending on desired consistency)
1 cup powdered sugar 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.  In a small bowl, combine sugar and orange zest.  In a separate bowl, combine orange juice and melted butter.  Dip biscuit dough pieces in orange juice mixture, roll in sugar mixture and place in prepared pan.  Pour remaining orange juice mixture over the biscuits.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.  Let cool for a few minutes, then turn bundt pan over onto a serving platter.  Remove bundt pan.  To make glaze, whisk melted butter, vanilla, milk and powdered sugar together until combined.  Top with glaze and sprinkle with additional orange zest (if desired).


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

7 up Biscuits

Bisquick, sour cream, 7-up and butter!.... These are excellent!!!! So easy and soooo good! Recipe is hard to find so here it is:
7 Up Biscuits

4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-up
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix bisquick, sour cream and 7 up. Dough will be very soft - don't worry Knead and fold dough until coated with your baking mix. Pat dough out and cut biscuits using a round biscuit / cookie cutter. Melt butter in bottom of cookie sheet pan or 9x13 casserole dish. Place biscuits on top of melted

butter and bake for 12-15 minutes or until brown at 425 degrees



2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls 
1 stick butter, softened 
½ cup white or brown sugar 
1 tablespoon cinnamon 

½ cup powdered sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, combine butter, sugar and cinnamon; beat until smooth.   Separate dough into triangles. Spread each triangle with about 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon
butter mixture. Roll up each crescent roll.  Firmly press ends and seams to seal. 

Place each cinnamon filled crescent roll onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350°F. for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. In small bowl, blend all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls.

 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls 

1 stick butter, softened 
½ cup white or brown sugar 1
 tablespoon cinnamon 
½ cup powdered sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 tablespoons milk I
Heat oven to 350°F. 
In small bowl, combine butter, sugar and cinnamon; beat until smooth.
Separate dough into triangles. Spread each triangle with about 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon butter mixture. Roll up each crescent roll. Firmly press ends and seams to seal. 
Place each cinnamon filled crescent roll onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350°F. for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. 
In small bowl, blend all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


1 lb hot sausage, uncooked 
8 oz cream cheese, softened 
1 1/4 cups Bisquick 
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded 

Preheat oven to 400F. 
Mix all ingredients until well combined. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook attachment) 
Roll into 1-inch balls. 
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until brown. 
Sausage balls may be frozen uncooked. If baking frozen, add a few minutes to the baking time.

Cheesy Baked Dip

OMG!! YUM! If you ever have to bring something to a potluck or if you are asked to bring an snacky type dish to someone's house...this is something almost everyone would LOVE!! 
 Cheesy Baked Dip
 8 oz. sour cream 
8 oz. cream cheese 
16 oz. cheddar cheese, grated (sharp or mild) 
4 oz. chopped green chilies 
Green onion (suit your own taste) 
1 c. chopped ham (cooked) 1
/2 pound chopped bacon (cooked) 
1 round bread loaf, hollowed out 
Mix first seven ingredients together and put into the hollowed out bread loaf. 
Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for one hour (no, this isn't too long - trust me!). 
Serve with leftover bread or chips... It's not a super skinny recipe, but it is delicious and it's okay to indulge once in a while.. Just don't eat it all by yourself! 
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Low Fat Crinkle Cookies

These cookies use only four ingredients, and mix up in less than 5 min. 
Seriously awesome. Even better, they use no oil or butter. I know, you might be a little skeptical, too. But these are simply the lightest, softest, yummiest cookies ever. 
Low Fat Crinkle Cookies Ingredients 
1 box lemon cake mix (any kind) 

1 egg, lightly beaten 
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed (8 ounce container) 
½ to 1 cup powdered sugar 
 Preheat oven to 350. 
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip. 
The batter will be sticky! 
Form dough into tablespoonfuls and roll in powdered sugar. 
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges are golden. 
Allow to cool 1 minute on baking sheet; then remove.... 
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