Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buddy Burner Outdoor Cooking

There is nothing like the great outdoors, especially when you are camping.  Here is a clever and easy way to cook outdoors with supplies you probably have lying around the house.

What you need: 
    - 1 large empty clean can, gallon size 
    - 1 empty, cleaned tuna can 
    - cardboard strips, just wider than the height of the tuna can 
    - church key can opener, the ones used for cans of juice (makes triangle openings) 
    - good scissors
    - paraffin wax or unscented candles - melted


    1. With tin snips, cut door in can on open end. 
    2. With church key can opener, punch vent holes along the top of can 
    3. Spiral cardboard strips into tuna can 
    4. Pour melted wax into tuna can

Light the cardboard from the center and wait until the candle has a good fire.

Find a cutie and let them help you cook outdoors. We cooked cheeseburgers. However we have done pancakes with this method as well. 

Mmmmmm Mmmmmmmm.

Blessings ~ Chrissy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Easy Do It Yourself 3 Ingredient Cookie Cake

Oh wow just thinking about one of those big colorful cookie cakes from that "Patriotic Cookie Cake" store gets my mouth watering every single time! But as you know their yummy cakes can cost $35-$40. Now with this recipe you can DO IT YOURSELF.
So avoid the mall and make an amazing oh so yummy cooke cake at home!
It is SO easy and only 3 Ingredients.
DIY 3 Ingredient Cookie Cake (Makes 2 Cakes):
2 tubes of Chocolate Chip cookie dough
1/4 cup of Light Corn Syrup
Cooking Spray
2 x 16'' Pizza Pans
Prepare both pans with non-stick cooking spray.
Pre-heat oven to 350* F.
Measure out Corn Syrup and break up the 2 tubes of cookie dough.

In a large mixing bowl mix corn syrup and cookie dough throughly.

Divide mix in half or leave whole, for super thick cookie cake, and spread into pizza pans evenly.

Once again this recip can be divided into 2 cakes, or if your pan is deep enough, you can make one thick cookie cake (cooking time may vary).

Cook your home-made DIY cookie cake for 12-15 min or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.


Blessings ~ Chrissy

Monday, October 6, 2014

Chicken and Dumplings Tutorial

The only chicken and dumplings I've ever had are those served at Cracker Barrel. Having worked there during my college years, I've had my fair share of them. So when the time came to cook them at home for the first time, I wanted them to be as close to the famous CB ones as possible. I think I did pretty good. Also, I never seem to have enough chicken stock in the house, so I keep bouillon handy for this recipe.

Chicken and Dumplings


3 raw chicken breasts
8 cubes of chicken bouillon
8 cups of water
2 cups flour
2 Tbs Crisco
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup of milk
Salt/Pepper to taste

Step 1

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cut in the Crisco with a fork. Stir in the milk until the dough forms a ball. Set aside.

Step 2

In a pot, combine the water and bouillon cubes. Heat on medium-high, until the cubes dissolve. Then add the raw chicken breasts. Boil the chicken breasts for about 20 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Once cooked, remove the chicken breasts and allow to cool slightly. Turn the burner down to medium heat.

Step 3

Heavily flour a rolling surface. Divide the dough in half (it's easier to work with) and roll each half thinly. Cut into squares (I use a pizza cutter). 

Step 4

Add the dumplings one at a time to the boiling broth. Stirring them in (I let the kids drop them in). Cook for about 15-20 minutes. They will thicken the broth. 

Step 5

Shred the cooked chicken breasts and add the meat to the dumplings and broth. Heat through, season with salt/pepper to taste.