Brown Sugar

I had a “duh” moment on this one. Seriously so easy to make at home!

Brown Sugar

  • Sugar
  • Molasses

Yes, that is all!

For every cup of sugar use 1 tablespoon of molasses.

Here is what you do.

Mesure out how much sugar you will need.

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Add molasses to sugar.

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Stir in molasses with a fork.

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Blend sugar and molasses until you have brown sugar.

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I really like to not have to buy brown sugar anymore. Good money saver for our family.

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Stuffed Zucchini

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. Eating from the garden is not only a money saver, but it tastes better getting things fresh from the garden. Also knowing that all the food I am getting from my garden is non GMO and not treated with any pesticides or toxic products is a plus for me. Yes, gardening does take time and can be frustrating some years, but I do truly like to garden.

Here is one of my recent favorite ways to cook zucchini. Sorry, no measurements on this one. Sometimes you just have to have fun with it and be care free.

Stuffed Zucchini 

Wash and cut zucchini in half.

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Scoop out seeds.

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Add chicken.

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Add tomatoes.

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Add jalapeños.

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Add chives, basil, fresh garlic and cheese.

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Bake at 350° until zucchini is tender…

 

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…and enjoy!

 

Nachos and a movie = a fun date night

Keeping life simple is best for everyone. A favorite date night at our home is nachos and a movie.

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Be creative; use what you have on hand. I had fresh produce from the garden on hand so our nachos ended up being:

  • Chips
  • Leftover chicken
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Cheese
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Sour Cream

Keep it simple and enjoy life together!

Powdered Sugar

Don’t you dislike it when you run out of something like powdered sugar or find you don’t have it in the house in the middle of a recipe? Now you have to make that decision to either skip it, run to the store, or find a substitute and hope it works out. Well, if you’re like me, you start thinking, “What did they do in the old days? Did they make their own? If so, how?” This kind of thinking has caused me to stumble on a few make-it-at-home items. I plan to not buy them at the store anymore if I can help it. The one that I will go over today is Powdered Sugar.

How to make Powdered Sugar at Home

Things you will need:

  • Coffee grinder
  • White Sugar

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Here is what you do:

Add sugar to coffee grinder and blend for a few seconds.

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Now you have your very own homemade powdered sugar!

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This is the perfect make-it-myself item for me. I don’t have many recipes that call for powder sugar, so now I don’t have to go to the store to get it on the rare occasion that a recipe calls for it.

Note: The texture will be a little different from the store powdered sugar. You many want to use more or less depending on your taste. In order to get an idea on the ratio of how much sugar is needed to get the same amount of powdered sugar, I did 1 tablespoon of sugar and got about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. So plan on getting a little more powdered sugar than the sugar you put in the grinder. Be sure to remeasure your powdered sugar before adding it to your recipe.

It’s that time of year…

To add pumpkin to everything! Fall foods are a big hit in our home. One fall treat idea I was introduced to was by a friend posting she was making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. What an awesome idea! I immediately looked to make some gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Here is what I came up with…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 or 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour or 2 cups regular flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 or 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to your mixer ( I used my Ninja).

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Mix.

Pour batter from mixer into a bowl. Add chocolate chips and stir into batter.

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Scoop dough onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.

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FYI: The coconut flour does not hold together as well as regular flour, so they will break apart easily.