Pickled Carrots

If you are lucky enough to have a huge carrot harvest, give this pickled carrots recipe a try. They are wonderful all throughout the winder to brighten up salads or to have just by themselves as a side dish. It’s a nice change of pace from regular pickles or even pickled beets.

Pickled Carrot Recipe

  • 3-1 lb. Bags of small carrots
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp pickling spices
  • cheese cloth

Boil carrots until they are fork tender. Drain carrots and slice into sticks.

Combine sugar, vinegar, water and salt. Place cinnamon stick and pickling spices into a cheesecloth bag and add to the sugar/vinegar mixture. Add carrots and boil for 8 min. Cool slightly and place into sterilized jars.

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Spelt Bread Recipes

Just wondering if anyone has any good spelt bread recipes? There is one bakery locally that makes it, but charges $7 a loaf. I think it would be cheaper to make my own (I am allergic to wheat, corn and cane sugar). If you want to share any other recipes free of the above ingredients, I would appreciate those too :) Thanks.

Biscuit Cutter On The Cheap

My wife wanted to buy a biscuit cutter that was like $2.90 something for the set. I said why waste the money when we already had one? When we got home I took an empty pineapple can (similar to tuna) that had a ring on the bottom like the top and cut the bottom off with those safety can openers. It’s the size for the biscuit she likes and works like a charm. Cost, about 78 or 90 cents. I also use it for doughnuts. I just use an old film canister to cut out the center hole. Hope someone can use this.

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Clean Out The Fridge Soup

You can either brown some hamburger to start or what I do most often is boil up some chicken (I use thighs) in water with bouillon cubes and seasoning to taste. When the chicken is done I take it out to cool and debone. Then I throw in a can of cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom soup with beef). When that is heated up, I literally take all the leftover veggies in my fridge and put them in the pot. I live alone, so I always have leftovers. You can also add potatoes, noodles, canned tomatoes, etc. I take the boneless chicken and add it. All you have to do then is heat it through.

The wonderful things about this, it gets rid of leftovers and the flavor is always different depending what you put in it.

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All About You, $75 Menu, Cowboy Cookout – HBHW Newsletter

July 28th, 2010

Editorial

Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

It will be back-to-school before we know it so let’s get into some serious summertime fun.  What does summertime fun mean to me?  A cookout!  My friend Cheryl over at Celebrations.com has created a cookout with all the makings of a day on the open range in the Wild Wild West.  There are recipes for kids and grownups, as well as decoration and entertainment ideas.  Be sure to click on this link to find everything you need for a Cowboy Themed Summer Cookout.

This week’s featured article brings back a very popular subject from the past; the $45 Emergency Menu.  However, as we all know, the cost of food has risen somewhat since the time I posted that article.  So, I have tweaked the menu to more closely reflect today’s grocery prices.  Be sure to take a look at the featured article this week.

The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week are about you; more importantly what you do with your life.  Are you hindering your growth and happiness?

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at susanne@hillbillyhousewife.com

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

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News From The HBHW Club

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Our friends at the Club have been discussing canning.  We’ve received some great tips from a long-time canner, along with quite a few recipes.  Here is one of the recipes I posted on the Club that I’d like to share with you:

Old Fashioned Canned Tomato Juice

If you like a salty tomato juice, you’ll want to salt it when you drink it, not before you can it. This tomato juice makes a wonderful marinade or tenderizer for meat.  It’s especially good for any kind of crockpot stew or roast that you make with a less expensive cut of meat.  For any recipe you use, just substitute this tomato juice for some or all of the diced tomatoes you might add.

25 lbs. of tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
14 Tbsp. lemon juice (fresh or bottled)

Prepare the quart size canning jars and two piece lids according the manufacturer’s instructions.
Place the tomatoes into a large cooking pot and bring to a slow simmer over medium heat.
Stirring often cook the tomatoes for 30 minutes or until very soft.
Press the tomato mixture through a sieve to separate the juice from the skins and seeds.
Place the juice back into the pot and bring to a slow simmer over medium heat.
Simmer the juice for 5 additional minutes.
Pour the juice into the prepared jars leaving a 1/2 inch head space.
Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to each jar.
Release the air bubbles and add more juice if necessary to achieve the 1/2 inch head space.
Wipe off the jar rims and seal down the caps by hand.
Process the jars in a water bath canner for 45 minutes from the point of boiling.
Remove the jars with a jar lifter and place on clean towels in a draft free area to cool.
Check the seals before storing and place any jars with tops that did not seal in the refrigerator.
Use any refrigerated juice within 2 weeks.

Makes 7 quarts

A metal colander works fine for the sieve.

Listed here is a sampling of recent recipes added, making a total of more than 400 recipes currently available to our Club members.

  • Anytime Strawberry Jam
  • Fresh Green Sweet Peas
  • Handy Canned Onions
  • Pressure Canned Greens

We welcome recipe submissions from our friends at the Club and are always happy to see what’s cooking in your kitchen. Our aim is to have six recipes posted each week. That’s a lot of recipes!

Featured Article

For many families on a tight budget, the most effective way to cut costs is in their grocery bill each month.  This one expense is something we feel we have control over.  Planning a menu in detail, with each item chosen for greatest cost savings, can help a family truly stick to a limited budget.

That’s why I developed a menu plan that is easy to follow, including specific dishes with recipes included.  Most people I talk to want and need a plan to follow in order to save real money, and stick to a budget.

Won’t you take a few minutes to read the article and see how you can really save on your grocery bill?  Just click on the link below:
$70 Menu for 4 to 6

Healthy Hillbilly Housewife

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Recipes

Here are some of the most recent recipes that have been added to the HBHW site. Enjoy!

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I’m Looking For:

This section is all about you. If you are looking for a particular recipe or a tip on how to do something, submit it here and I will post it in an upcoming newsletter. I’ll give you my input and other readers of the newsletter will have the opportunity to share their recipes and tips as well. So take a moment to post your questions and of course if you have a tip or idea for any question posted in this section feel free to leave a comment under the appropriate post.

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Inspirational Story

You Are
~author unknown~

One day not too long ago the employees of a large company in St. Louis, Missouri returned from their lunch break and were greeted with a sign on the front door. The sign said: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”

At first everyone was sad to hear that one of their colleagues had died, but after a while they started getting curious about who this person might be. The excitement grew as the employees arrived at the gym to pay their last respects. Everyone wondered: “Who is this person who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he’s no longer here!”

One by one the employees got closer to the coffin and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. They stood over the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.

There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.”

YOU are the only person who can revolutionize your life.
YOU are the only person who can influence your happiness, your realization and your success.
YOU are the only person who can help yourself.

Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your partner changes, when your company changes.

Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs, when you realize that YOU ARE the only one responsible for your life.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Gluten Free Summer Treats

I don’t know about where you are but here in Pennsylvania it has been extremely hot the past few weeks.  So I thought that I would share some of the cool treats that I like to make for my granddaughters.

They are not only refreshing, but are better for the girls than the store bought frozen treats.  Besides with the Frozen Fruit Pops I control the amount of sugar.

                                               Frozen Fruit Pops

  • 1 1/2 Cups of fresh fruit  (strawberries, pineapple, peaches*, or whatever your child likes)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

In a blender, blend the fruit, sugar, honey and lemon juice with 1 cup of ice until mixture is semi chunky.  Add another 1/2 cup of ice and blend until smooth.

Pour mixture into popcicle holders** and freeze until firm.  About 5 hours, or over night. 

*If using peaches or other fruit with a skin on it, remove skin before blending in the blender.

                                               Frozen Pudding Pops

  • 1 small package Jello brand pudding mix any flavor
  • 2 Cups cold milk

Whisk ingredients until completely mixed about 2 minutes.  Pour into popcicle holders.**  Freeze about 5 hours or overnight.

**Run popcicle holders under warm water for a few seconds to unmold the frozen treats.  If you don’t have popcicle holders you can always use bathroom size dixie cups and popcicle or craft sticks.  Just freeze slightly before inserting the sticks into the center of the cups, and remember to peel the paper off first.

I use Jello brand pudding because that is the only brand I am certain is gluten free.  But, as always, check ingredients before using.

I hope you and your children have fun making these and enjoy them as much as my granddaughters do.

Mary Blackburn has been gluten free since 1988 and is the owner of http://www.easyglutenfreeliving.com.  She invites you to visit her site for more gluten free living tips and recipes.  While you’re there, take a moment to sign up for The Gluten Free Gazette, her bi-weekly newsletter filled with articles and answers to your questions about gluten, gluten free living and celiac disease.

Pasta Salad Made With Sour Cream

I am looking for a recipe for pasta salad and potato salad that is made with sour cream or cream cheese instead of mayo or salad dressing. If any body has a recipe to share I would really like to try it.
Thank you,
CharlieAnn

Crockpot Cooking Is About More Than Convenience – It’s About Saving Both Time And Money

I bought a crockpot some time ago, thinking that I found the solution to my nightly dinner dilemma.  Like so many other “crockpot fanatics,” the bloom was off the rose as soon as I found myself with a bit more time and money to spend.  So, my crockpot found it’s way into the deep, dark recesses of my pantry, never to be heard from again.  Or so I thought.  My budget is tighter than ever and time is at a premium, as well.  Dinnertime is again centered on a warm and wonderful crockpot meal, much to the delight of my family.

If you have forgotten exactly when you bought your crockpot, or it has a pattern or color that’s reminiscent of the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s, it’s best to buy a new one.  You’ll be doing yourself a favor spending the $30 to $50, what with all the new energy efficient models available.  There are also some really great new features like additional temperature settings, warming cycles, and secure leak-proof lids.  Although, the best feature of all is that a crockpot saves you both time and money.  That’s great to know, but how exactly does that happen?

MONEY SAVING

Small Appliance Wattage vs Big Wattage Appliance

If you’ve got a pot roast in the oven, you’ve got your oven heating for a long time.  Let’s just figure your pot roast is going to cook for 3 hours.  That’s 3 hours in a roughly 2500 watt appliance, which calculates at about 10 kWh for your pot roast.  Now, put that same pot roast in your crockpot, cook it for 6 hours, and you’ve used 1.2 kWh to cook the same meal.  That’s because your crockpot uses about 200 watts instead of 2500.  Why heat up a big oven, or have a burner on radiating heat for long hours when you’ve got a little personal-sized oven all ready – your crockpot.  Look at the online energy consumption calculators and check out your own appliances to see if this doesn’t make sense.

Bring Home Those Budget Cuts Again

It’s time to try some of those budget cuts of meat again!  This time, when you cook them in your crockpot instead of the oven, the meat will fall right off the bone and you can cut it with a fork.  The sinew and tissue breaks down nicely when cooked with a low, slow method of the crockpot.  Cooking the meat with some liquid added also adds to the tender results.  An expensive, tender cut of meat won’t do in the least in your crockpot; they just don’t come out as well as your budget meats.  So, if you’ve been avoiding the less expensive cuts of meat, now’s the time to try again.  No more disasters, because they’re not going in the oven!

Stay Out Of That Drive Thru

Are you spending money on fast food?  How many times have you rushed through the convenience store, spending money you didn’t have on bad food?  Here’s where your crockpot can save you money with a little planning.  Get your meal planned, shop, and prepare everything ahead of time.  Now, when everybody gets home after school and work, and all that evening chaos begins, at least you know you have dinner bubbling away in the crockpot.  No more quick, and expensive, stops for fast food.

Don’t Add Heat To An Already Stressed Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is running, you really don’t want to start that oven, or even have a burner going on your stove top for any length of time.  I know you’re thinking, well, it’s hot out so why not just eat salads and sandwiches?  But, if you live in a part of the country where the summer heat lasts sometimes for seven or eight months out of the year, you and your family can really get hungry for a nice pot roast or hearty soup.  And when it’s hot and steamy outside, and the air conditioner is just barely keeping you comfortable, you don’t want to stress it, or yourselves, out by adding more heat to your kitchen.  Your little crockpot just won’t crank out that much additional heat.

TIME SAVING

Give Up The Watched Pot

If you are watching your pots boil, you are wasting time.  Even stirring soups and sauces take time, especially if you’re making something that could stick to the bottom of the pot if left unattended.  When you make a meal in one pot it truly does save time, but not if you have to watch it!  Sure, you can put a pot roast in the oven and you won’t have to stand over it while it cooks, but now you’re not saving money.  Don’t we want to save both money and time?

Get The Family Helping In The Kitchen

The whole family can help put a crockpot meal together, which frees up some of my time.  I don’t worry about my kids getting burned on a hot stove, so they can wash vegetables and throw them right in the crockpot for me.  You don’t start a crockpot cooking until everything is inside, so it’s safe for the kids to be in the kitchen helping.  And because there are so many recipes for simple crockpot meals, recipes which require only a few main ingredients, anyone, even my non-cooking husband, can grab a recipe and throw together a meal to help out.

Eliminate Running To The Store

Nightly stops at the store to quick grab something to cook for dinner is a serious waste of time.  Now I take one trip to the grocery store, and buy everything I need for at least three crockpot meals.  I can plan several all-in-one-step meals, buy and even prep a lot of the ingredients ahead of time, and pop a meal in the crockpot in the morning.  Now, we can go straight home from the soccer game… home to a hot meal!

MONEY AND TIME SAVING

Cook Once Eat Twice

I’m a big believer in cooking larger portions so that we’re cooking once and eating twice.  My crockpot is a 6 quart size oval, which is big enough to have leftovers for lunches, so we don’t have to spend money buying lunches at work or school.  We also will cook double and put half in the freezer.  This way, I’m cooking only two or three times a week, and we’re eating from the freezer the other days.  For us, that’s a real time and money saver.

Now that you’ve seen the time and money saving reasons to use your crockpot, I challenge you to give your crockpot a second chance.  Get your crockpot out again, or treat yourself to one of the new models, and browse through some recipes.  It’s time you started cooking, and saving time and money all at the same time!

Ready to get your crockpot fired up?  Find almost 500 recipes plus tips to make your crockpot meals come out perfect every time in this valuable resource Crockpot Cooking Made Simple.

If you don’t have a crockpot yet, this guide will give you all the information you need to help you choose the crockpot that’s right for you.

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Lemonade Chicken

I love this simple chicken dish. The frozen lemonade gives it just the right amount of tang. I know it may sound a little weird, but please give it a try and see if you don’t love the simple sweet and sour flavor.  It’s served over rice and has some veggies in it. Just add a little fruit salad for dessert and dinner is ready.

Lemonade Chicken Recipe

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 4 chicken breasts, or about 6 boneless chicken leg pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 6-fluid ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate thawed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1 green bell pepper small, cut in 1-inch strips
  • 1 red bell pepper small, cut in 1-inch strips
  • 1 yellow pepper small cut in 1-inch strips, or 1 small yellow summer squash, cut in 1/4 -inch slices
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cook rice according to package directions; keep warm if necessary.

Remove skin from chicken breasts. Cut chicken into 2 x 1/2 x 1/2 -inch strips. In a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, saute chicken and garlic in oil until chicken is opaque. Reduce heat to medium.

Add lemonade concentrate, water and bouillon granules. Cook for 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.

Add peppers. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender.

In a small bowl, stir water and cornstarch until smooth. Pour into skillet. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Serve over rice.

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Fish Chowder

  • 2 tablespoons margarine or oil
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups tap water
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound frozen fish fillets
  • 4 or 5 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • a jar with a tight fitting lid

This soup is very good, and an excellent way to make a pound of fish go a long way. First get out a good sized soup pot. Melt the margarine in it and saute the onion and celery until they are tender. Add 2 cups of water and the potatoes. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. While the vegetables are simmering, cut the fish into chunks about an inch square. Add the fish to the potatoes. Cover and continue simmering for about 10 minutes. If the fish is room temperature, it will only take about 5 minutes. The fish will be opaque and flake easily when it is done. Next add the milk, salt and pepper. Heat gently while you do the next part.

In a pint sized jar, combine 1-cup cold tap water and 1/3-cup flour. Screw on the lid. Shake and shake the jar until the flour is dissolved in the water. Pour this mixture into the pot of hot soup. Stir it up and bring the whole thing to a slow boil. Boil and stir for a full minute, or until everything is nicely thickened. Serve hot with crackers and Waldorf Salad.

This is very similar to clam chowder, except it uses less expensive frozen fish fillets. If you liked, you could replace the fish with two 10 ounce cans of clams (undrained). This will cost about a dollar more, but it will be the best Clam Chowder you have ever had.

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Save On Water Bills

Since our water bill keeps going up and up and up, I keep finding ways to use less and less. When I empty the dehumidifier, I empty the water into a bucket and then I use the water to water my flowers or my garden outside. When I boil water to cook something, I save the water when I’m done, let it cool, and water plants with that too. – Laura

Great tips, Laura. Here are a few of the things my family and I do.

  • Take quick showers instead of baths.
  • Use bathwater to water plants (provided you didn’t add anything that could hurt them).
  • Turn the water off while you brush your teeth, wash in the shower etc.
  • Check for leaky faucets and toilets and fix them.
  • Don’t run the washer or dish washer unless it’s full.
  • Wash all dishes in one sink full of hot soapy water, starting with the cleanest and ending with the most greasy stuff (like pots and pans).

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Hot Night Suppers

If anyone has some suggestions for suppers to be served on nights when you just don’t want to turn on the stove or oven it would be appreciated. Sometimes its just too hot to heat up the house. Have the basic salads and fruit salads anything else?

Thanks in advance – Jan

Great question Jan and I can certainly relate right now. It’s super hot and I haven’t used my oven in weeks and the stove only when absolutely needed. Here are a couple of ideas for you:

Use your crockpot whenever you can. You can cook almost anything in there. Here are some crockpot recipes for you to try and take a look at my Crockpot Cooking Made Simple guide for lots more recipes and tips.

Grill – get hubby to grill some burgers, chicken, pork chops, steak, fish etc. on the grill. Make sure you have him cook plenty so you have leftovers for a few other meals.

Crumble up leftover hamburgers in your crockpot and turn them into chili or beef and vegetable soup.

Leftover chicken, pork and steak can be served cold the next day on sandwiches and salads.

When it come to baking, I just use my breadmaker for now.

For more summer cooking tips, take a look at this report about Simple Summer Cooking and I’m sure other readers have plenty of ideas to share.

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Got a hot summer day recipe or tip to share? Please leave a comment below. Thanks – Susanne

Frugal Pressure Cleaner

For an easy and inexpensive way to pressure clean small areas, I use the hose attachment that comes with water balloons. It focuses the water into a small area and creates a lot of pressure. I cleaned my whole pack porch with one!

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Stretching Ground Beef

To stretch ground beef, shred a leftover baked potato or two and mix with the ground beef after you have browned it. Season and use for tacos or whatever. My family likes it like this better than just plain ground beef.

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