I wanted a great basic muffin recipe that I could use as a base for adding many different flavors and with ingredients I usually have on hand!
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter with 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup applesauce
Optional 6 drops Vitality Essential Oil (Lime, Orange, Lemon, etc..)
Mix in dry ingredients until just combined:
1 & 2/3 cup flour (white, wheat, einkorn, whatever)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
Add in any other ingredients (dried fruit, nuts, etc..)
Bake at 350* until done (~25 minutes)
I love this recipe because it adapts to anything I want to make. Just a simple, basic muffin recipe that never fails. I've made peach muffins, key lime, lemon poppyseed, orange pecan cranberry, and I'm sure there will be more.
Tested and Approved! The 3 flavors below are YUMMY.
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Orange Vitality Fruit Dip
This recipe is as easy as they come, and twice as delicious as it is easy.
8oz cream cheese
7oz marshmallow cream
2 drops Young Living Orange Vitality Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients together in a mixer, and dip anything you want in it! Strawberries, blackberries, oranges, apples, graham crackers, pretzels, etc..
That's all there is to it!
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Here's a new oily recipe to try out! You will need:
-Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil
-Young Living Orange Essential Oil
Cut your Apples into slices and place them in a bowl (no plastic!)
Add 3 drops of each essential oil and swish together with the apples
Let them sit for a while. The longer they sit, the more delicious this treat gets...but they won't last too long!
I don't claim to be an expert at most things. But this? I know steel cut oats. And I definitely know the cookies that come after the oats.
Steel cut oats take a long time to prepare, usually 45 minutes to and hour. I do NOT like standing at the stove for an hour stirring and waiting and stirring and waiting. Follow this tip to change your steel cut oat game. I don't remember where I heard it many years ago when I first started cooking oats (Maybe in the book Nourishing Traditions?) but I'll never forget this simple solution.
The Leftover Oatmeal Cookie Guide
Like the photo says, These are the ingredients:
I'm excited to include these video instructions as well, because sometimes, you just need a visual! These were all broadcast live on Periscope, so you may see some interaction with viewers thrown into the instruction, but all the good info is still in there.
Steel cut oats are good for you, inexpensive, and even if you don't love oatmeal, the cookies that follow the oats are the bomb. I love making something that all my kids love. They all love oatmeal, and they love these cookies. They are an excellent option for an after school snack, a quick breakfast, or a late night snack made from whole ingredients instead of junk.
It's really the best part of YouTube videos, getting to see the weird faces that pop up on your thumbnail. I guess 1 out of 5 isn't too bad ;)
If you made it all the way through to the end, I'm super mega impressed! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by Hearth and Caravan to learn about making oats. Please leave your questions or comments here or find me @hearth_caravan on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope and here on Facebook. I would love to hear if you make steel cut oats regularly, or if this post has inspired you to start doing so!
When I was little my grandmother bought these off the Schwan's truck all the time. Little single serve pizza like things except instead of sauce and peperoni it has a layer of spiced shredded pork and then topped with cheddar cheese. I had nearly forgotten about them and then I made tamales one day and I snuck a piece of the meat while I was mixing in the spices. BAM, I was right back at my grandmothers kitchen table. It took a while after that to figure out the right bread recipe but spurred on by my vivid and delicious flashback my wife and I cracked the code.
For the meat you will need:
A Crock Pot \Covered Roasting Pan\ You could even cook it on your grill if you wanted to watch and turn it all day. The idea is to cook it slowly so the meat shreds easily with two forks. (Crock Pot with a low setting recommended)
Muffin Pan (optional) We have a stone muffin pan that works great for this.
A 3-5 lb Pork Roast\Tenderloin\Boston Butt (any of these will do and you can also mix in a whole chicken if want but if you do you will need to use the full amount of spices in the linked tamale recipe. My wife and I usually just use the pork but the chicken does add flavor and helps the pork from being too dry.)
1/2 cup Corn Oil
4 Tablespoons Chili powder
2 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons of Cumin
1 Tablespoon of Salt
2 Teaspoons of Black Pepper
1-1/2 - 2 cups of Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese (to be used at final step)
For the Bread:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Teaspoon sugar
Let that mixture proof for 5-10 minutes
2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 1/2 -2 cups Finely Ground Corn Meal
2-3 cups Flour 1 cup at a time and knead in a stand mixer (or by hand if you like) until no dough is sticking to the sides or bottom of mixer. You may need additional flour.
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WAIT WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THE OTHER MEAT!?!?!?!
Glad you asked. This recipe makes a lot of meat that you couldn't possibly pile on just one or even two batches of Barquitos and you will probably be tired of them if you made three batches but not to worry this meat has several other applications. You could make a small batch of tamales, top nachos (I highly recommend this), pile in a burrito, or eat with scrambled eggs. Get creative this meat is delicious and if you come up with any other ideas please leave them below in the comments.
Son of the South Tamales (The only recipe you will ever need. We usually use the full amount of spices and about 3-5 pounds less meat. It still makes enough tamales to feed a family of six for a week and the increase of the spice ratio is needed for our tastes. They also freeze well.)
Copycat Outback Ranch Dressing
I came up with this recipe after making a copycat steak seasoning. I have adjusted the amounts and added some classic ranch dressing herbs to balance out the flavor. I prefer this recipe over Hidden Valley Ranch mix and I have been looking for a suitable DIY replacement for a long time. No MSG!
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to sour cream a little at a time, mixing as you go. Don’t dump it all in at once to avoid clumps. The last thing you want is a bite of nothing but cayenne! if using as a dressing, Thin out with milk a teaspoon at a time until desired consistency or leave as is and serve as a dip.
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