Granola

Today I made Granola from my favorite cookbook: Mega Cooking by Jill Bond.
Here is the recipe for you.

2x 4x Ingredients
2 4 9×13 pans
12 24 Servings
1 cup 2 cups Cooking oil
1 cup 2 cups Honey
12 oz can 2- 12oz cans Concentrated frozen juice, thawed
10 cups (2 lbs) 20 cups (4 lbs) Old-fashioned oats
1 cup 2 cup Powdered milk
1 cup 2 cups Creamy peanut butter (optional for granola bars/chunks)

 

1 cups 2 cups Seeds
1 cups 2 cups Raisins or dehydrated fruit
1 cups 2 cups Nuts (walnuts, peanuts, pecans, almonds)

 

Prepare pans w waxed paper or Teflon liners. Optional.

In a large tub measure the dry ingredients. I use a clean dry dish tub that has never been used for anything besides mixing dry baking ingredients.

In a large measuring cup, measure the oil, then add the honey.

In a saucepan, heat the oil, honey, and juice until warm and well blended. Do not boil.

Pour the liquids over the oats, stirring as your pour and until well coated.

Spread the granola mixture across the bottom of the prepared pans. Press firmly for granola bars/chunks.

 

Bake at 250 F for 1 hour.

Rotate the pans if using more than one.

Bake for another hour. Stir to break up clumps IF desired.

Rotate the pans and bake 30-60 more minutes or until golden brown and no moisture is visible.

Divide, store, and freeze any that you will not be eating within 1 week.

 

ADD-INS:

Harvest Granola: apple juice, dehydrated apples, raisins, nuts, and cinnamon sugar.

Blueberry Morning: White grape juice w dehydrated blueberries

Tropical Island Granola: Pineapple juice, dehydrated pineapple, papaya, mango, and banana pieces

Bog Granola: Cranberry juice and craisins

Hiking Climbing Granola: apple juice, mountain trail mix w m&ms, chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, etc.

Rock Climbing Granola: apple or white grape juice w seeds, nuts, raisins, and several types of dehydrated fruit.

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New Year Vegetable Soup

Wednesday is Crock Pot Night

1 cup baby carrots, chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
1/2 head of green cabbage, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can black-eye peas
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
5 cups chicken broth

Throw everything into the crock pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Add more salt and pepper at the table to taste. We used ground white pepper. We ate it with sliced, jalapeno-cheddar venison summer sausage on the side!

Thanks family, for putting up with my cabbage soup. Now, what am I going to do with the other half of the head of cabbage?

New Year New Menu Plan

Again we’re following our weekly schedule of Choir, Scouts, and Church meetings to decide who cooks and what we’ll eat on which night. Since we have to leave for meetings between 4pm and 6pm four nights a week, we’ll “start” dinner at lunch or right after school, then make a daily plan to “finish” dinner. Like everyone I’ve read and heard from, we have to avoid the drive thru to save money.

I’m seeking at least 4 to 6 recipes for each category. Paste a link below if you have any for me!

Monday is Casserole night by 10yodd and mom

Tuesday is Spaghetti night by 15yodd

Wednesday is Crockpot night by 11yods

Thursday is Nice Dinner Night using Skillet or Grill recipes by 10yodd and mom

Friday is Left Over Night by 11yods

Saturday is Pizza Night by Dad

Sunday is Rice and Veggie Night by 15yodd

LUNCHES

Since we homeschool, we have to plan lunches also. My 11yods likes to cook lunch as a way to get his chores done during or right after school at midday. So he’ll cook lunch Monday through Friday. Dad or one of the younger two will cook Saturday lunch. Mom will cook lunch after church Sunday, while kids do weekly cleaning chores if they aren’t done before Sunday.

Monday – Sandwiches: nut free and carried to co-op classes

Tuesday – Breakfast sandwhiches

Wednesday – Salad Day

Thursday – Boy’s Choice (if it were the boy’s choice we’d eat hot dogs or pizza everyday)

Friday – Mexican

Saturday – Soup and Bread

Sunday – Best Breakfasts

Type and Time of meals

Here’s my helpful tidbit…This year someone has something every night at dinner time. I also have a public high school student who gets off the bus at 5PM starving!

I schedule my meals by TYPES:
Sunday is Kid’s Choir. We get home by 530PM
so we’re busy up UNTIL dinner time. Rice and Veggies in the microwave. Add any small bits of left over chopped meat from earlier in the week. Eat person makes their own bowl. Add chicken broth or cream of chicken soup (prepared as soup) if you want it soupy.
 
Monday night is Cub Scouts from 630-730PM for Mom and son.
Sarah (my 8yo) and I have dinner waiting at 515pm. Casserole night.
 
Tuesday night is Self-serve Crockpot night. I have Girl Scouts at my house! from 415-545, then I’m free from 6-630 to eat and I leave the house for another meeting. So at LUNCH TIME, John (10yo son) and I make up a crockpot, one dish meal that is serve yourself. Everyone digs in when they are hungry and available to eat. High School student at 5pm. Me at 6pm. Dad at 8pm. (And when we have it all together dad cleans up and puts the leftovers away!) It’s all good.
 
Wednesday I do errands between homeschool and homework which is from 5-630 then youth group from 7-9PM. Since everyone is home to eat at the same time, but we’re in  a hurry. We either cook a nice dinner and serve it at 530PM OR we cook frozen heat and eat food, like Taquitos, Lasagna, Chicken nuggets, egg rolls, etc.
 
Thursday my son has Football from 6-7 so we eat by 530PM Lizzie my 13yo doesn’t enjoy cooking so we often do tacos, spaghetti, chicken patty sandwiches, or other simple kid food.
 
Friday is family night, so I TRY to thaw meat and make a nice home cooked meal. Chicken in a pot (30min whole chicken in microwave), pork chops on grill, foil packets on grill etc. I also like to pre-marinade my meats when I bring them home from the grocery store sales. I use the 4meals-in4minutes method from Homemade Gourmet.  If I’m home on Fridays I like to PRE-make chicken salad, pasta salad, potato salad or some other wonderful cold food to serve in a flash for lunch if we can eat together Saturday at lunch.
 
Saturday is pizza night. I’ve been buying frozen pizzas for $5 and having several of them to feed our big crew.
 
Sunday after church we often have “breakfast”… eggs, sausage, biscuits, the whole 9-yards to make it filling and special.
 
 
My helpful advice is to look at your weekly calendar schedule with people going here and there and FIND your cooking time and serving time for your evening meal. Then match the TYPE of COOKING to that available time.
I hope that helps y’all!

Increase your Bookings using the Dice Game!

YOU NEED—

  • 1 pair of dice
  • 11 cards (be sure they cannot read the card through the envelope)
  • 11 envelopes (Number them “2” to “12”)
  • Goodie bag(s) with inexpensive items in them
  • 1 Grand Prize

 

Goodie bag prizes should be under a dollar. You can use candy bars, inexpensive samples from the company or little gifts you pick up at the dollar store. Have one “Grand Prize.” This could be a discounted product or something you can get at a bargain. It should have a $20 to $30 perceived value.

 

SET UP—

·        “Grand prize” card is in the envelope marked #2 (The odds of rolling a 2 is the lowest of all the numbers we’re going to use.)

·        “Win a Prize” cards are in envelopes #3, 4, 5, & 12

·        “Book A Show” cards are in envelopes #6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11

 

EXPLAIN the “Dice Game” at your shows:
(Dice Game should follow the pretend hostess game or showing the hostess benefits)

“Ok, everyone, it’s time for us to have some fun! My customers always love this game! Denise, will you hold these dice for me?” We’re going to play a really fun game! It’s a game of chance!   (This is important! Putting the dice in their hand makes them more likely to play, and once someone starts, almost everybody plays! Choose someone who is enthusiastic so far in the show.)

 

“This is how it works:

I have 11 envelopes in my hand. Inside each envelope is a card. Some of the cards say, “win a prize,” some say, “book a show,” and one says, “Grand prize!” Tonight the grand prize is … (describe whatever you’ve chosen as a GRAND prize then repeat the sentence above.)

 

If you choose to play, you’ll roll the dice and whatever number you roll, I’ll give you the corresponding envelope!

 

Don’t open it until the end! At the end you’ll open your envelopes together and see what you’ve won, and you’ll all be winners. You’ll either win a prize, or an opportunity to book a show and get everything Kathy, our pretend hostess, had in her arms, or the “grand prize.” Now here’s the rules! If you “win a prize”… you have take the prize. If you win the “grand prize”…you have to take the grand prize.” If you win “book a show”…you have to book a show! So Denise will you start us off?”

 

(You don’t want to say “who wants to play?” You need to say, “So, Denise, will you start us off?” Then after Denise plays, you go to the next person and say, “Stacy, do you want to play,” then after she plays or doesn’t, you ask the next person. Ask every person in the room!

Then after everyone has played, (this is optional), you say, “Don’t open your envelopes yet. I have another chance for you! If you choose to book a show before you open your envelope, you win the grand prize for sure. I’ll bring it to your show. Plus you take home tonight whatever is in your envelope!” Then you go around the room and ask each individual again, “Would you like to pick a date and get the grand prize?”

 

Please POST COMMENTS below with questions or comments of how works with your gatherings!

 

Meal Choices

This is also how I do meal planning. I shop for specials in bulk and I put meals in the freezer as “Meal Choices.” So one week I may put 12 chicken meals in the freezer. Another week I may put 3 roast meals and 4 pork loin meals in the freezer.

I use sales to buy the meat on sale and I buy as much as I can afford. I usually put more meat into the freezer than I use. But I stock up for when my husband, who is hourly, gets a small paycheck. Then we just eat out of the freezer for a month or several weeks.

What’s in your freezer?

See what’s in The Happy Housewife’s Freezer!

Find more Freezer ideas at Freezer Food Friday.

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Growing your Homemade Gourmet Business

cartoon-daisyIn many ways your business is like a GARDEN. You need to be doing something to grow your business! Just like a flower needs sunshine and water or it will die –  so also, your business won’t grow on its own. Your business needs sunshine and water from you!

 

If you don’t tend to your business every week, weeds of neglect will start to grow. On the contrary, if you tend to your business every day you will see your business grow to new heights! Give it plenty of sunshine – by staying connected and motivated – and start watering it – by talking to people. You can WATER your garden by making phone calls, booking gatherings, scheduling sponsoring appointments, and following up on old and new leads. You can give your garden SUNSHINE by listenting to training calls, attending team meetings, calling your sponsor or team leader, and nurturing your own positive attitude by reading books and listening to CDs to train yourself.

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  Please let your upline leaders know when we can be of any service to you. You are in business for yourself but not by yourself!  I wish you all the best of sucess in 2009.

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