Friday
Sep272013

Reader Tip: How to Get Fluffier Biscuits 

I got this really great tip from a reader I thought I would share: 

 

 I saw a message about biscuits turning out flat on another blog, one about homemade freezer biscuits.
I am an old hand with this as I have severe migraines and taught myself to cook from scratch as a teen.  Almost any mix or prepared food makes me sick and increases the already too great number of migraines.

If your baked goods are flat, you need new baking soda and/or powder.  This is the number one problem with baked goods that do not rise.  I replace mine every six months or so if I don't use it all up.  Both baking soda and baking powder are inexpensive and using fresh makes a huge difference.  If at all possible, do not ever use self rising flour.  

It is flour with baking powder added and it can sit in stores for long enough that won't rise properly within a few weeks of purchasing it.  There are many recipes online to make your own self rising flour, but generally a half teaspoon to a teaspoon of baking powder per cup of flour is all you need.  Make sure the wet ingredients have some acidity or add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice or vinegar to the milk and you will be fine.  Or use spoiled milk if you have it (my teenage daughter recently realized that you can use spoiled milk in muffins/biscuits that call for buttermilk and was tickled that it didn't have to go to waste, lol.  The things that inspire her are always interesting?)

Just thought this  might be helpful.

That is helpful! Thank you. If you have a tip or question let me know. 

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Wednesday
Sep252013

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake

I felt like sharing this recipe again today. Man it's good. 

Tuesday
Sep242013

What a Toddler Can Teach You

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Sunday
Sep222013

Meal plan Monday Sept. 23

Good morning! Did you have a stellar weekend? It rained on us the whole weekend, but we still managed to have fun.

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Monday: Stromboli

Tuesday: Baked chicken and vegetables

Wednesday: easy stir fry

Thursday: Cilantro black bean bowls

Friday: Pizza night!

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Friday
Sep202013

Toddler Play! The Old Fashion Way

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I have a confession in the three (plus) months since my second son was born, Ry (as I'm calling him here) has spent a lot of time watching PBS Kids. Thank goodness for PBS kids. But he is still watching too much TV. This was in an effort to confine him to one spot while I nursed the baby. 

And no, Issie (as I am calling him here) isn't really on what I would call a schedule, it has gotten easier to find ways to occupy my sweet Ry while I feed Issie

I have wanted to find some ways to occupy Ry that are both fun and educational. And since my house already looks like it was hit by an F5 tornado, I don't mind if games are a bit messy.