I seriously had no idea that making yogurt could be so easy. I really didn’t know. I feel betrayed and left behind. But now I’ve come into the light! Annie eats lots of yogurt. Barry and I don’t hate it either. It’s pretty yummy stuff, especially over some granola. But, I keep doing this thing where I read ingredient labels at the grocery store…..and then I get mad. And then I start talking to myself. And yes, the stock boy thinks I’m losing my mind. There is tons of junk in the yogurt you buy in the store! It’s true……and it’s dirty. Really, how can you mess yogurt up? And when you see how easy this is, you’ll start making your own. And you’ll KNOW what’s in your yogurt. And the stock boy will forget all about you – or at least I hope so. Get your crock pot and milk out and let’s culture! I love diversity. [Read more…]
|Annie can kick back the yogurt. Seriously. Applesauce and yogurt are her two favorite foods. If she even sees it on the counter, you’re a goner. If you had plans for that yogurt in a recipe, you’re outta luck. I’m going to have to start hiding yogurt in a paper bag like it’s liquor or something. And she really, REALLY likes Greek yogurt – but I DIDN’T……have you noticed that it’s a lot more expensive than regular yogurt? But following the fashion of most of my kitchen capers, I decided I would save money and make it myself (also going to show y’all how to make your own yogurt here in a week or so). It’s really very easy and will save you money that you can use at yard sales.|
You’ll need cheesecloth and yogurt. That’s it. Are you surprised? You should know by now that I’m really not into difficult stuff. You can buy cheesecloth just about anywhere. It’s easy to find at fabric stores – mine is from Hancock Fabrics. You can use plain yogurt or flavored yogurt. Our family favorite happens to be plain ole vanilla…..and I’m a Dannon fan. [Read more…]
*UPDATE – See this post about our new eating habits.(7/10/11)
This is the best syrup in all the ENTIRE world! Holy moly. I could drink it with a straw……but I’m pretty sure that would wind me up in the ER. Nix that. Anyway, it’s good stuff. Sometimes Barry’s mom gives it to me and then I give her a big hug. I think she’s buttering me up to make her a Coconut Pie. Butter me up baby! When I was growing up, my mom always made her syrup. No, we didn’t go out and tap a tree in the front yard…….she made it using sugar and flavoring. I loved it then and I love it still.
My sister didn’t eat it though. She would only eat Aunt Jemima. I think my Grandma had something to do with that……she would make Aunt Jemima talk. Grandma’s are really good for spoiling your kids so they only eat certain things. Just ask my cousin, Robbie. Yeah, I know it’s pure sugar and not the real thing, but it’s still yummy. And easy! Plus, it’s nice to know this recipe in case you run out of syrup and need something for your pancakes on a cold morning when you don’t want to run to the grocery store. You really should stockpile syrup though. It’s a necessity, like toilet paper. So, let’s learn how to make our own syrup just like my Mama makes! [Read more…]
|***We’ve adapted this recipe to fit our Whole Foods lifestyle by using sucanat, rolled oats, and coconut oil.***Without a doubt, this is the favorite breakfast in the Myers household. I think I could eat it every day and be perfectly happy. In a perfect world, Baked Oatmeal is on the menu. I’m pretty sure God serves it up in heaven….He’s pretty awesome like that. Do you like oatmeal cookies? Oatmeal Crème Pies? Then you’re in luck, my friend! Today I realized how much oatmeal this house goes through……baked oatmeal, homemade granola, granola bars. We take our fiber pretty seriously. So, I’m going to show you my base recipe today and you can build from that. There are about a million variations you can make with this. If you like variety with your fiber, then you are going to be pretty happy. World peace! [Read more…]|
|Did you know there are actually restaurants that only sell smoothies? I still haven’t figured that one out. I’ve never been to one, as I’ve heard they’re pretty expensive. To me, it would sorta be like drinking my money, all blended up. Do you know where that money has been? Eww! Also, I think those smoothies are supposed to sometimes stand in as your meal. What is THAT about? Only a smoothie to eat? Man, I need something else with my drink, like cereal, toast, or waffles. Man cannot live on smoothie alone. I make great smoothies at home, using whatever we have on hand. You can do it too, because it’s SO easy! I’ll go step by step, giving you ideas so you can create your own custom smoothie, and for heaven’s sake please eat a biscuit with it.|
|For this demonstration, I made Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothies. Those are two ingredients that are just meant to be together. Soul mates! These are the ingredients that I used if you want to make one just like me (awwww, flattery!): two bananas, two tablespoons of peanut butter, ¼ cup dry milk, two tablespoons wheat germ, one cup of yogurt, and a handful of ice cubes. This made enough for two smoothies, so if you only want one you’d cut it in half – genius, right? [Read more…]|
|It’s so easy to make an omelet. I make them regularly for Barry…..especially when I have stuff in the refrigerator that I want to get rid of. You can put ANYTHING in an omelet – cheese, salsa, taco meat, bacon, ham, peppers, onions, steak, hot dogs, chicken nuggets. I’d say most people who don’t make omelets don’t do it because they think it’s hard. I’m here to shed light on the subject! If I can do it, you can do it! Now, this omelet turns out a little rough because I got in a hurry…..it split open. Guess what? It still tastes delicious. Did you know that they make a special pan just for making omelets? Good grief! What normal person has room in their cabinets for all these contraptions? I had to get rid of my dishwasher in order to store more cake pans, so I really don’t have room for a special omelet pan. Good thing we don’t need it. So, let’s clean out the fridge and make an omelet!|
|All you need to make an omelet are eggs, water, salt, pepper, and cooking spray. Of course you need your fillings, but that will vary each time you’re making one. The omelet I make the most is just salsa and cheese for a filling. We like to keep things simple in the Myers household. [Read more…]|
|***We’ve adapted this recipe to fit our Whole Foods lifestyle by using rolled oats and sucanat. See printable recipe below.***I love granola bars! I buy them when I can get them really cheap (which is this time of year). But if you’ve had homemade granola bars; you’ll know the ones from the store can’t hold a candle to them. Embrace the love of granola! It’s ok to admit it. It doesn’t mean that you’ll have to sell your house, go live in a tree and never shave again. Let’s make them, shall we? [Read more…]|
Man, oh man. I just love homemade granola! I’m not sure who invented it, but God bless you brother! I love the crunchiness of it. I like how it has just e. Let me show you how to make your own granola and you’ll never look back!
I’m sure you’ve seen those fancy pans that advertise the perfect poached eggs. And, I know what you’re thinking. Only fancy people know how to poach an egg, right?
Wrong – YOU can poach an egg too!
Not that you’re not fancy, but I’m just saying that poaching eggs is for everyone – the common man and for royalty. So, let’s get with it shall we?
And the best part? You don’t need a special pan or even special skills to poach eggs at home. Save your cabinet space for useful things like waffle irons and your 101 cookie cutter set. As long as you have a big pot and a slotted spoon, you can poach an egg! [Read more…]
Scrambled, fried, boiled, poached. I love cooking eggs! They’re so yummy and very filling. Plus, they’re cheap. We all know I love cheap things. I really like finding new ways to cook eggs. Around here, sometimes things are so busy that I don’t have the time to stand over the stove and cook eggs, keeping a watch so they don’t stick. When that’s the case, I make baked eggs. They’re quick, easy, and delicious. Try them sometime when you’re pressed for time but don’t want to eat ANOTHER granola bar. [Read more…]