Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Been really busy...new business!

So, I'm sure you've noticed that I've not posted in a while. I've been really busy. I STARTED MY OWN COMPANY. I'm so excited!

Here is a link to my Facebook page for Kendra's Kreations.

Please, go "Like" me.

Thank you for your support.

I will post soon :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Heads Up

I just found a new blog I like

Check it out:

http://erincooks.com

Right now, she is giving away a great package!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Banana Blueberry Vegan Smoothie



*4 little tiny banana/finger banana -they are sweeter than regular banans (or use 2 regular bananas)

*1 cup fresh blueberries

*1 cup vanilla soymilk

*1 cup ice cubes

*1 TBS whole flax seeds

*1 TBS honey

Blend and enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Corn Meal Mash

A while back at was at my husband's granny's house. She has this old family recipe book with some REALLY old recipes. She let me take it home and copy it...thank goodness because it sure would have been wrong to steal it from her....but I wanted it bad. (That is a joke....)

This is a recipe from the "Barnhill Country-Style Recipes" book.

This recipe was submitted by Mable Smith - the recipe dates back to 1856 and I will write it as it reads in the book.

"Just as Grandmother wrote it down.
2 qts water to a boil. 1t salt, add cornmeal by handfull trickle in boiling water. Continuing stir. Repeat cornmeal if need, till a pudding stick would stand without falling over. Continual cooking till bubble in about 1/2 hour. Turn into pan to cool. Slice, dip into flour, fry in hot fat till golden brown on both sides"

I think this sounds so good. Is it because I'm a Southern gal? I don't know. And how good would it be if it was fried in some pork fat....yep. I'm Southern.

What are some of your old family meals that have been passed down for years?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Today is the day!

I've always used coupons. As a child, I watched my mom clip and save a lot of money trying to feed and take care of our family.

I'm just now getting good at couponing. I even use coupons for oil changes and dinner out....I have even used a coupon to buy coupons. (Really, I used a coupon to buy our weekly paper that has coupons....but whatever.)

For extra tips and tricks tune in to the new show on TLC - Extreme Couponing. It comes on tonight!!

This show is EXTREME and a lot of it won't work for just anyone. A lot of the show is preplanned and they've talked to corp about some of the transactions...so keep that in mind.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Here We Go

By request, I am going to be working on a coupon/stockup pile/free stuff post. It will take me a while probably, because there is a lot of information I want you to all know. So keep on the look out!!

So mean while...if you want to jump in with the money saving tips and ideas and want to start to coupon...make a coupon book first.

3 ring binder - you'll want a 2 1/2" or larger. I now use a 5" (I think...). Get business card holders or baseball card holders, cheap dividers with tabs.

Next go to your favorite grocery store and write down each aisle. Example - aisle 1 is salad dressing, pickles, and sauces (bbq sauce, mayo, mustard, etc).

Label your tabs in your binder with how you go though your grocery store. For example I go to the outside of the store and work my way back down the aisles. So for me my labels are - produce, dressings/sauces, packaged meats, fresh meats, dairy, bread then all of my aisles.

Put at least 2 of your holder pages (baseball card or business card) between each divider with your labeled tabs.

Got it? Post questions if you have any.

This is the start of you saving tons of $$$ and by being organized you will save lots of time!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Are you a reason, season or a lifetime?

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

My fences are horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

I live a very simple life. It has taken my husband and I a very long time to get certain kinds of people out of our lives and keep it that way. We've pissed a lot of people off but we don't care. We do not like to have drama in our lives and YES you can live a drama free life.

There are changes being made in our life right now and I feel drama sneaking back in. I don't like the whole "don't tell so and so this but..." "you'll never guess who said what about you" etc. Drama and gossip are NOT apart of my life. If you gossip to me you will be weeded out. Gossip and drama leads to a lot of hurt feelings, fights and lost friendships.

So my guard (aka my fence) is high, tight and strong.

I just..ugh!! I want to scream. Drama is toxic. Bad friends are toxic. You guys, drama leads to stress and stress can make you so so ill.

I think that if people would shut their mouths a lot less people would have hurt feelings. Just because you know something about something doesn't mean the whole world needs to know.

Types of Toxic Friends.

Go to the above link and read it with an open mind and heart.

I am posting this out of THE LOVE OF MY HEART and nothing less. I love my friends dearly.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

SWAGBUCKS.COM

Just signed up at this pretty neat place.

You should check it out.

You get 'bucks' for doing things you already do online. You can trade your 'bucks' in for great stuff!!

Search & Win

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tango - Mayo based dip




I love making up different kinds of mayo's for sandwiches & dips. This Tango dip is my latest concoction.


Tangy Mayo aka Tango
*1 C plant based Mayo
*1 garlic clove grated (with a hand grater or Microplane)
*1 T lemon juice (1/2 - 1 lemon)
*1 t fresh black pepper
*1/4 t kosher salt
*1/2 t dry dill weed (not the seeds)

Mix all in a bowl and let set in fridge for about 15 minutes. The flavors meld together pretty well after 15 minutes. This will keep in the fridge for a few days.

This is an amazing dip for Sweet Potato Fries.

PS - DILL IS REALLY EASY TO GROW - YOU COULD GROW DILL FOR THE 2011 FOOD CHALLENGE.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

2011 Food Challenge




For 2011 I have a challenge for you - all of you. It doesn't matter how old you are or where you live - ANYONE can do this.

My challenge for you is to GROW at least ONE SOURCE OF FOOD this year. It can be as small as chives in a pot on your window sill to an acre sized garden - maybe even a fruit tree?

I'd like to know what you guys are doing - so share with us - what are you planting, how is it working out for you and your family?

Maybe this will save you some money. Watching a tiny seed grow into something that will be on your plate if very rewarding. You need to know where your food comes from - and when it comes from your own earth...it is even better.

Growing your own food is something that EVERYONE should know how to do. What if there is an economic collapse? What if you and your spouse become unemployed? If you have many food allergies - growing your own food could be your cure. There are so many pros to growing your own produce.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Get Ready To Plant - DFW Gardening

It is about that time of the year when you should be thinking about your summer garden. I know...it is still January.

Preparing:
By now...your garden should be tilled, tilled and re-tilled a few times. You need to go down about 8-10" and let all of the live organic material start to rot - making you some great soil! If you do not have that well of soil you SHOULD add a few inches of some sort of compost. We use mushroom compost - the stuff rocks! We used about 4-5" for our entire garden and tilled it in with the existing soil. The more you till it the fewer weeds you will have. You can till as many times as you want - but about a month before you plant - STOP tilling. You need to let your earth have a rest & let the dirt settle so the soil doesn't wash away when you water your newly planted seeds/seedlings. Make sure to go over your tilled garden with a rake - you want to pick up any rocks, weeds or other debris.

This is from 2010 - We started to till the earth in our backyard.

Raking after the first few tills - before we added the compost.

Our compost has been delivered & we've started to spread it out over the entire garden.

Tilling the compost into the tilled earth.

***You should also have some of your seeds starting in an indoor grow area - check the seed packages for their planting dates.***

(I AM NOT AN EXPERT. IF THIS DOESN'T WORK FOR YOUR GARDEN - IT ISN'T MY FAULT. THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR MY GARDEN.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pear Sauce Cake

We are not a part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) but in a way we are a part of what I call a FSA...Family Supported Agriculture. My parents, my sister & my grandpa all have gardens. We are always trading vegetables. This year I took up canning. My sister did also. So now, not only do we trade vegetables - we trade canned goods. I traded a jar of pickled peppers and some strawberry preserves for a jar of pear sauce and a jar of halved pears. My sister told me the pear sauce was good...but I had no idea...IT WAS AMAZING!! So much better than apple sauce. She gave me a large jar so I had plenty for eating and then some. So I made this:




*One cup veg oil
*1 1/2 C sugar
*1 1/2 C brown sugar
*1 egg
*3 C flour
*2 t baking soda
*1/2 t salt
*1 t cinnamon
*1 t ground nutmeg
*2 t vanilla
*2 C pear sauce


Preheat oven to 325.
In a bowl beat the oil and sugars. Beat in the egg.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & ground nutmeg.
Stir the vanilla into the pear sauce.
Add the sifted dry ingredients and pear sauce alternately to the oil & sugar mixture - mixing very well each time.
Pour entire mixture into a greased & floured 9x13x2 rectangular pan.
Bake for one hour at 325 or until your toothpick comes out clean - cake will be springy & will start to pull away from the edges of the pan.
Cool in pan on a wire rack.
Cut into squares to serve - top with whipped cream. SO GOOD!!!

If you don't have pear sauce - use apple sauce.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

4 medium to large bell peppers, any color - your choice
1 lb ground lean meat (your choice - I used turkey this time)
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1 small to medium onion, diced
1 pkg of your favorite taco seasoning mix
1 T chili powder (optional)
1 regular can of corn
1 6 oz can of V8
1/4 c water


Directions:
Cut tops of bell peppers off (save for soup or compost) remove seeds & ribs (compost). Rinse peppers.

In skillet, cook ground meat with onion and garlic until meat is cooked through. Drain any extra fat. Add can of corn, taco seasoning package, chili powder, V8 and water. Simmer about 5 min.

Divide the mixture into each of the bell peppers & place in a 8x8x2 pan. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes.

Eat.




You could add cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips, cilantro...

(Pictured: On two of them I added pepperjack slices & on the other two Parm cheese - crumbled tortilla chips on all four)