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How to Make Seed Balls for the Garden

Candy KageTime to gather up the kids and let them play in the muddy dirt. Teach them how to make seed balls with wild flower seeds. The will have a blast making this fun mud ball, learning about gardening, being outdoors and did I mention getting muddy.

field of wildflowers
Photo by Eva Waardenburg on Unsplash

Wildflower Seed Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce wildflower
  • 3 1/2 ounce organic potting soil
  • 1 1/2 ounce dry clay
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheet
  • Wax paper

Instructions

  1. Line cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Mix seeds potting soil and clay together.
  3. Add water slowly.
  4. Using a large spoon or your hands mix everything until you can form a ball of dirt.
  5. Make 1 inch balls.
  6. Place on cookie sheet to dry for one day.
  7. To plant, prepare the soil of your garden bed.
  8. Take one of the seed balls and throw it into the prepared garden soil and watch it explode.
  9. Water and watch your wildflowers start to grow.

 

DIY Hand and Body Lotion

Candy KageThe different seasons of the year can be hard on our hands and body. Finding a lotion that works and is all natural can be difficult.  Here you will find an all natural Hand and Body Lotion that is simple to make and works wonderfully for your skin.

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Photo by Candy Kage.

DIY Hand and Body Lotion

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond oil or jojoba
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Shea butter
  • 20 to 25 drops your favorite essential oil for fragrance (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a double boiler melt beeswax first.
  2. Add the coconut oil and almond oil and stir well until everything is melted.
  3. Add vitamin E oil and Shea butter.
  4. Stir everything together.
  5. Remove from heat and add essential oil for fragrance if using.
  6. Pour into clean glass container.
  7. Will store up to 6 months.

 

 

 

Cookie Dough Master Mix

Candy KageKeeping a Master Mix Cookie Dough on hand is a time saving and money saving way to always be prepared to have a delicious cookie on hand ready to eat. The cookie jar never needs to be empty and unexpected guest can always have a fresh warm cookie ready and waiting for them to enjoy.

Photo by Pixabay

Master Mix Cookie Dough Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups shortening

Directions:

  1. Combine the first five ingredients.
  2. Cut shortening in with a pastry cutter until dough resembles crumbles.

Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 10 weeks. Makes approximately 15 cups.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups master mix cookie dough
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the first four ingredients.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and mix well.
  4. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups master mix cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal

Directions:

  1. Combine the first four ingredients.
  2. Add in oatmeal, mixing well.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups master mix cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions:

  • Combine the first four ingredients.
  • Add in peanut butter and mix well.
  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.
  • Flatten with a fork.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

 

How To Boil and Store Ground Beef

Candy Kage Looking for a quick way to cook and store ground beef?  Try the boiling method for a fast and easy way to cook a bunch of meat all at once. 

Boiling ground beef was something my mother and grandmother did two or three times a year.  They would store the cooked meat in freezer containers in two cups measurements. All the containers were marked how many cups were in each container.  

Whenever a recipe called for ground beef, one of us kids was sent to the basement to retrieve the required number of containers.

All you need is a big stock pot.  The one I use can handle up to 20 pounds of ground beef at a time.  

boiled-beef

Equipment Needed

  • Big Stock Pot
  • Water
  • Ground Beef

Instructions on Ground Beef Boiling and Storage

  1. Place ground beef into your stock pot.  
  2. Add enough water to cover ground beef with 4 inches of water at the top.
  3. Place on burner and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir ground beef to break up the pieces.
  5. Do not over stir as this will cause the meat to break down into very small pieces.
  6. You are finished boiling the meat what there is no pink left when stirring meat.
  7. Drain water from the meat.
  8. Package in freezer container or bags.  
  9. Label and date.

*Feed the broth or water that you drained out to your dogs or mix in with their food.

 

 

Feeding Eggshells to Chickens?

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"Should we feed chickens eggshells?" has been asked and debated for a very long time.  Some say yes and others say that if you do feed them eggshells they will start breaking their own eggs.

Ever since I was a child we have been saving and preparing eggshells for our chickens.  Especially during the winter when they are resting.  We have never had a problem with our chickens breaking eggs.

1.  All chickens need extra calcium in their diet at times.  This ensures a strong eggshells and stops the hens from breaking their eggs look for the calcium they need.

2.  Break down the eggshells into quarter size pieces.  This is easy to do with your hands.  Wear gloves so you don't get small cuts on your hands.

3.  Have your friends save their eggshells for you to use.  It doesn't matter if the eggs are store bought or from the farm.

4.  Sprinkle the eggshells around your coop and chicken yard.  They will love scratching and finding the shells.

eggshell-crush

Preparing Eggshells to be Used

  • Throw them in your sink and rinse them under water.
  • Spread the eggshells out on a sheet pan and let them dry.
  • You can place them in the oven during the winter month for 20 minutes on low heat.
  • When the eggshells are dry and brittle crush them with your hands.
  • Sprinkle them around the chicken coop and chicken yard.

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Grapenuts Toasted Cereal

Candy Kage"Grapenuts" cereal is extremely easy to make straight from your very own kitchen.  Please stop purchasing the expensive stuff you find in the stores and start making your own.  

There are no fancy ingredients to purchase.  use a natural sweetener like honey, molasses or maple syrup.  Do a combination if you like.  The sky is the limit when making your own natural "grapenuts" toasted cereal.

One of our favorites way to use our "grapenuts" cereal is to sprinkle it on top of yogurt.  We include it in our mix of freshly made granola for a snack.  The kids like to eat it by the handful.

Grapenuts cereal

All-Natural Ingredients:

  • 7 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups sweetener (honey, maple syrup or molasses)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 Cups Buttermilk
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Instructions:

  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the sweetener, buttermilk, butter and maple flavoring.
  • Stir well to combine.
  • Spread out onto two large baking sheets
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes
  • Cool and break up with your hands.
  • Return to baking sheets and bake at 250 degrees for one hour.
  • Stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Store in a air tight container.

Freezes well.


Photos courtesy of Candy Kage

Crockpot Lava Cake

Candy KageAnytime during the year is perfect for using your Crock-Pot; some people may call it a slow cooker.  Doesn't matter the name, what your make inside is what counts.

Come along and make this simple Crock-Pot Lava Cake for your family tonight.  No special ingredients, just open your pantry doors, mix, pour, turn on the Crock-Pot and walk away.  This cake even makes the frosting while it cooks.  Don't forget to have ice cream on hand.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons cocoa divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cups hot water

Instructions:

  1. Whisk flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoon cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk milk, oil and vanilla.
  3. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture, stir to combine.
  4. Spray your Crock-Pot  with cooking spray and pour the batter into your Crock-Pot. Spread out evenly.
  5. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon, rest of brown sugar and cocoa.
  6. Stir in hot water.
  7. Pour over the batter.  DON'T STIR.
  8. Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or until toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with ice cream and enjoy!

 


Photos Courtesy of Candy Kage






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