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I made this for our date night. It was so easy, but so good! Since I didn’t have a lot on hand I had to make something up! Which can either be really good or sometimes not so good=( Thankfully this time it turned out very yummy and Matt said I should to make it again. I made myself write down measurements since usually I just dump it in and go! As we are very blessed to butcher our own grass fed beef, we have a lot of the same cuts. So figuring different ways to cook it, is a must.

                                                                       Italian Creamed Steak 

2 pounds round steak, cut in bite size pieces

3 TB balsamic vinegar {this will make meat very tender} 

1 TB basil

1 TB oregano

1/2 TB onion powder

1/2 TB garlic minced

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

4 TB Olive oil

Marinade at least 4 hours 

Pour marinade and meat in frying pan and cook until brown

                                                                   

 Cream Sauce

1/4 cup butter

3 TB butter

1/2 cups milk

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 tsp basil

1 chopped red Mediterranean  pepper mild {you can find these in a jar in health food store} 

1/2 cup cheese {I used raw cheddar but any kind will work}

Salt and Pepper to taste

Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat

Whisk in flour

Add milk stir constantly

Bring to boil and boil for 1 minute add spices and cheese

When Cheese is melted, pour sauce over steak and serve over a bed of spinach or alone

                                                                            Enjoy! 

 

 

 

I have to say, one of my favorite things to eat is a warm biscuit with butter melting on it and honey dripping off!! Oh my mouth is watering!  I love biscuits for breakfast with homemade gravy. To think about it, I like them with any meal or anything! I used to feel that biscuits where so messy to make with all the flour and the sticky. But once I started soaking them (because of the nutritional value) they are breeze to make, as well as being even yummier then before! The only thing with soaked grains is that you have to be organized!! Eeeek! Not exactly my strong point. But when I do remember, it is so much easier! Are you ready to get rid of bisquick forever?? After you try this recipe you will never go back!

2 cups kamut or spelt flour fresh ground is best

2 TB yogurt or whey 

Just enough warm water to make it stick together but not be wet

  Cover and let sit on counter for at least 8 hours or overnight (Make sure you use a glass bowl)

Add 2 TB melted butter or coconut oil 

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt 

Mix well with hands or kitchen aid mixer

Roll to thickness desired you do not want to roll out too thin 

As you can see in the photo no flour no mess!! 

Cut biscuits out with a glass or biscuit cutter. This one was my Great Grandma’s that she used for many years made from an old tin can! Every time I use it I think of her. She lived to be 101 and left such a legacy!

Arrange on baking sheet

Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minuets or until golden

 

Slather on the butter and I mean slather. It’s good for you. Lot’s of vitamin A there!! And I don’t think I can think of any better way to get vitamin A!!

 

As you can tell by this photo we had some yummy fresh butter to go on them. Oh so yummy! 

                                                                           Dusty

We are having a rainy spring day, I finished getting the garden dirt all ready this morning before the rain! Nothing sounded better than some warm custard. Warm or cold this is one of my favorite dishes. I love it for dessert, breakfast, or snack.  I remember when I was younger seeing my mother taking this out of the oven on a rainy day or waking up and being so excited for breakfast! When my children get up from there naps I know they will have the same look in there eyes when they see this dish, and will be saying “ustard”  in very excited voices. I plan to have a little tea party with some of our warm custard. Making memories, cherishing smiles, and hearing the rain fall!  I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as our family does=)

                                                                      Creamy Baked Custard

1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup

2 cups milk

4 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon flavoring

2 tsp or less cinnamon 

Heat milk and honey or maple syrup until combined. Remove from heat and add flavorings. Whisk well.

In separate bowl, whisk eggs briskly.Aadd small amount of hot milk and whisk. Then add egg mixture gradually into the milk while whisking briskly.

Then strain through a mesh strainer. If you do not have this, it is fine. But when you do it will make it creamier!

Sprinkle cinnamon on top

 

 Prepare water bath in pan that baking dish will fit in by adding around 2 inches of water in pan and then putting baking dish with custard in it. Bake  at 325 for around 25 minuets until set or knife inserted comes clean. 

Enjoy warm or cold. Make sure and refrigerate any left overs, if there are any! This is excellent made the night before and served for breakfast! 

Dusty

 

NO OTHER LOVE

She’s a young lady who’s having a baby

Her hand strokes the place where her little one grows

Slowly it’s blooming; this feeling inside her

So fierce and so strong that it hurts

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No other love is so strong and unyielding

No other love is so patiently wooing

But for the love of our Heavenly Father

His love is the greatest of all

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Finally her arms hold life only seconds old

She sighs and says, “This is what I was made for.”

Love so amazing she has for her baby

She’d lay down her life for this one

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God blessed the mother with powerful love

It’s a reflection of His precious blood

But for the love of our Heavenly Father

His love is the greatest of all

– Kasey Wood

 

 

Have you ever experienced diaper rash?? If you have had a baby or taken care of one, you have probably experienced it and it is not fun!! When my daughter was little and in diapers she got a horrible rash . Nothing would help. It was so bad that it bled. We later found out that beets were the cause of the rashes. Even if the juice of beets got on her plate she would get this diaper rash. My heart broke every time I had to change her diaper. She screamed with pain as I wiped her. I did not want to use the typical diaper rash cream because the main ingredient can be very  harmful for some children. Plus I don’t like using anything that I can’t even read what it is. But at that point I was ready to try anything (it was so bad). I started researching and decided to try ( are you ready for this!!)) plain whole milk yoghurt!! And in less then a day it was totally cleared up. After that, any time there was any rash I dabbed a little yoghurt on it. The rash would be gone by the next diaper change!!  I did not have to use bad chemicals or pay big bucks for cream!! Instead of heading to the store head to your fridge. It really works!  This way you know what is going on your baby’s bottom!!

From experience make sure the yoghurt is room temperature. Right out of the fridge is way too cold for their little bottoms!!

Dusty

 

 

 For our date night I wanted to make something special but not to much work!!  I love the thought of date nights but when I start thinking how much work it would be or how $$ I can sometimes get discouraged on the idea.  I have come to realize that our marriages are so important and they need special attention on a regular basis! But most of the  time between all the dishes, laundry, and the every day things that need done it can be hard to take the time, find the time, and have energy to even start thinking about trying to plan a date night. As a perfectionist I always want everything perfect and if it can not be then I don’t want to do it, so I have had to get over that and go with the flow!! So here is an idea “to go with the flow” and show your husband how much you care! Even if you just take one night a month and dedicate it to your marriage, put the kids to bed a little early  and then instead of taking that time to get caught up on the house or other things take the time to focus on your marriage! Make these easy Chocolate dipped strawberries or this easy drink eat or drink them in your room by candle light and just talk about you as a couple! Super cheap, super easy, super fun, and a super way to show your man how much he means to you!

 

To Die For Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!

Chocolate Sauce

2 TB butter

1/2 cup sucanat

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 TB water

Melt butter in small heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat

Stir in the rest of the ingredients and heat until steaming

Cook for 5 min

Remove from heat

Wash and dry around 15 organic strawberries (depending on size and how many you eat before they get to the plate) ( Make sure you use organic has un organic strawberries are heavily sprayed with pesticide)

Dip strawberries and arrange on a pretty plate  

 

Refrigerate for an hour or more and enjoy! 

(You can also you use any other fruit and dip using tooth picks) 

 

 

My husband deemed these as his favorite ever and said I should call them Sensual Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!! So I don’t really have to say that this a idea was a huge hit with him!!

 

Dusty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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