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Easy homemade Tortillas

A friend of mine brought over some homemade tortillas that she made for lunch one day.  My family absolutely loved them and asked for me to learn to make them. “No way”, was my response because I thought they would be to hard, time-consuming or wouldn’t turn out.  I also thought there was no way you could make them with out a tortilla press.  I am sure one would make it easier in the long run but this recipe is easy to do without any special equipment.

It took awhile before I actually sought out how to make them and I am so sorry that it took me so long. She told me they were easy but of course I thought she was just saying that.  I would love to share this easy recipe with you that will make you wonder why you hadn’t tried homemade before.

Materials you need

Materials you need

Homemade Tortilla Recipe

  • 4 cups Flour ( I used Spelt but you can use any flour or a combination of any)
  • 1 stick Butter (softened, NOT melted.  If you keep your butter in the freezer like I do you can easily thaw it in the microwave for just a couple of seconds. Not to long or you will have melted spots)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups Boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Rolling pin or hand roller.
  1. You combine the flour, softened butter and salt. You mix this together like you would a pie crust dough. I just use a fork and cut the butter into the flour and salt till it looks like course crumbs (see pictures).

    Before mixing the butter

    Before mixing the butterAfter Mixing in Softened ButterAfter Mixing in Softened Butter

  2. Boil your water. Once boiled remove from heat and you add the Baking soda to the water ( it kind of reacts like vinegar and baking soda, don’t be alarmed this is normal). Then pour the water in the flour and mix well until soft dough ball forms. Sprinkle with extra flour as needed to create a dough that is not sticky.

    Tortilla soft dough

    Tortilla soft dough

  3. Pinch from dough a ball about the size of a golf ball. Place on a floured surface.
    Small dough ball

    Small dough ball

    Flatten with rolling-pin into a circle (the double-sided pampered chef roller does wonders I hear, but I don’t have one so a regular roller is fine). Mine doesn’t come out perfectly circular but you can trace a plate with a knife to make it more even if you want to put the extra time in.  I just make mine close 🙂

    Rolled out Tortilla before cooking

    Rolled out Tortilla before cooking

  4. Brown until puffs on a Hot griddle or frying pan ( I use an Iron skillet and have never had to add grease).  Flip and brown a few more seconds. Each one literally take only a minute or two.
  5. Tortilla puffs up in spots when ready to flip

    Tortilla puffs up in spots when ready to flip

    Flipped side of Tortilla

    Flipped side of Tortilla

     

  6. ENJOY!  I have made these so many ways. They are great just plain. Or you can use them instead of bread for sandwiches, wraps or pretty much anything. I have fried these with cinnamon sugar for desserts or cooked them a little longer and made tortilla chips out of them. Making them like tortilla chips are my favorite. Tell me how you would eat them!?  Any questions, just leave a comment and I will get back to you.
    Homemade Tortillas

    Easy Homemade Tortillas

     

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Food fun

 

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Perfect Pork tenderloin

Perfect Pork Tenderloin

Perfect Pork Tenderloin

Being on-line has its perks.  Lately I received a free meal of Kroger store brand items for being a BuzzAgent. ( If you don’t know what BuzzAgent is click here.  Totally awesome site that you receive free items and give your feed back for. You also receive great coupons to pass out to others.)  Anyway, in this Buzz campaign for Kroger brand items I received a free Pork Loin (Kroger brand of course) and it was AWESOME.  I am not a pork person, mind you, Chicken is much more my meat of choice. Yet, this cut and recipe made it so quick, easy and delicious it made me want to go back and get more. So I thought I would share 🙂

Recipe for a Deliciously Perfect Pork Tenderloin

  • 1 Pork Tenderloin    (Ours was from Kroger and weighed 3#’s, that fed about 4 adults & 4 children adequately but not abundantly)
  • Kraft Fresh Take Cheese  ( we used Cheddar Bacon flavor ..yum)
  • Seasonings: Worcestershire sauce & Krazy salt
  • Oven baking bag

In the morning I cut open one end of the bag that the Tenderloin came in and poured the Worcestershire sauce in the bag.  I placed this in a 9×13 pan and put in the refrigerator all day. I occasionally rotated the meat to make sure the sauce marinated all sides.

When I was ready to start dinner (roughly 1 1/2 hours before eating time for this meat),  I placed my Oven Baking bag in a separate  9×13 pan on the counter ready for my meat.   Then I  opened the meat bag (still in the other 9×13 pan with Worcestershire in it) and just rubbed the Krazy salt on all sides, (We are parcel to Krazy salt but any seasoning  salt would do).  Then rubbed the Kraft Fresh take cheese all over it (if you haven’t heard of this it is basically just seasoning, crumbs and cheese in a bag. To learn more click here).

Once fully rubbed down with seasoning salt and Cheese I place the meat in the Oven Baking Bag and sealed with the oven proof tie that comes with it.  (Ours didn’t have any fat on it, but if yours does always place fat side up when cooking. )  Then placed in the oven.

Now the Oven was preheated to 500 degrees.  The method we used was to cook the meat for exactly 5 1/2 minutes per pound of meat and then turn the oven off WITHOUT OPENING IT!!!! You let the meat continue to cook for the next hour.  So for our 3# tenderloin I cooked it for 16.5 minutes and then turned off the oven (without opening it) and let it sit for another hour!

I was a little skeptical at first, especially with it being pork and having company coming over, I wanted to make sure that it was cooked thoroughly.   Pork needs to cook to 145 degrees internal temperature to be safe. So I stuck my oven thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and pulled the wire out the oven door so I didn’t have to open it (make sure your thermometer is made to do this 🙂   ) so that I could monitor the temperature.

By the time I turned off the oven the meat temperature wasn’t even to 100 degrees yet so I was a little worried but I let it sit with the oven off and didn’t open the door. When the hour was almost up the temp was over 180.  Now I am worried it might get a little to done and be tough. It wasn’t. We took it out, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then sliced it. It melted in your mouth. Literally, you didn’t even have to use a knife.

I served this with salad, Kroger Mashed Potatoes (also free from Buzz agent), green beans from our garden, Crescent rolls (also free) and Iced Peach tea.  Top it with Kroger Chocolate Cake (also free with Kroger buzz campaign) and Mint Ice Cream for desert.  Our guests said that “we made a home run” with this one and I am sure to make it again!  Prep time was literally minutes and so easy. Hope you enjoy!

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Food fun

 

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The Kit Kat Cake

Kit Kat Cake

Kit Kat Cake

Yumm… even the name makes my mouth water.  The awe-inspiring cake looks so decadent you almost don’t want to eat it, I said almost.  There are so many ways you can make this cake to suit your taste buds it is unbelievable.  It actually is very easy, it just takes a bit of ingredients to start with but once you have those, it is a piece of cake 🙂

My sister in law made the first one my family had seen for my twin boys birthday. Needless to say it has become a family favorite and everyone else who has shared a piece with us wants the recipe. So I thought that sharing it with you might be fun.  You can find a recipe from scratch that originally came from Recipe Girl, but it is quite easy to adapt to anything you like.

All you need is:

Box Cake mix (Chocolate is a favorite around here but actually any flavor will do)

Icing ( flavor and recipe of your choice but a can of dark chocolate is what we would use)

Decorations:

Three 4.5-ounce Giant Kit Kat Bars (you’ll need 36 Kit Kat sticks total)
One 12.6-ounce bag M&M’s (we used Mini but you could use any color to suite the occasion)
Ribbon

To begin:

Make cake according to package directions for two 9″ cake pans. You will want to make a few cupcakes on the side to snack on as well. This is not just to keep you from carving into the cake early but to keep the layers thinner so the Kit Kats can make a well to hold the M&M’s on the top of the cake.

Once cooled, Place the first layer on a serving tray (when you are done you will not want to pick the cake up to move it to a different plate so whatever you use make sure you can transport it). Ice the sides and top of first layer.  Then place the second layer of cake on top.  Ice the sides and top of that as well.

Here is where it gets fun. Unwrap and separate the Kit Kat bars.  I have seen where you can use either side of the Kit kat bar but we usually use the smooth side against the cake with the words on the outside.You will want to leave a very small space in between the bars (about 1/4″).   Place the bar side by side, like a fence, all the way around the cake. You might need to add a little frosting here and there to help them stick if it gets a little thin.

Then fill in the cake with your choice of M&M’s.   Wrap your favorite ribbon around the cake (to help secure the Kit Kat’s ) and tie a bow to complete it.   You might want to refrigerate the cake for a few hours to make it easier to cut and serve (& of course don’t forget to remove the ribbon before cutting).   😉

This one is a favorite in our house but I saw a fellow blogger post the top 10 Kit Kat cakes (check it out here) on his blog. There are so many things you can do with these, so be creative!   If you have made one, I would love to see a picture or hear how you created yours…. just leave a comment. Thanks!

Another variation my sister in law made around Easter for my daughter…

Easter Kit Kat cake

Kit Kat Cake

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Food fun

 

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DIY Sugar scrub

DIY Easy Sugar Scrub

DIY Sugar scrub

I love the feeling of the Satin hands set by Mary Kay. It always leaves your hands so satiny soft but tends to be on the expensive side. So my wonderful mother and my 3 girls set out on a mission and made me some wonderful homemade sugar scrub for my birthday that leaves my skin just as soft.

All you need is:

Empty jar of your choice (you can recycle old bottles or find new cute ones just about anywhere)

Sugar (my daughters used Regular white sugar but I have seen where you can use turbinado and make it more course looking or a ration of 2:1)

Oil  ( We used Olive oil because we love the feel and we had it on hand. I have also used Almond and Coconut oil but you have to be careful who you give it to that they don’t have nut allergies 😉

Scent (my girls used some essential oils in fragrances that I love, Sunflower and Rose!  You don’t have to sent your sugar at all, this just gives it a more personal touch. I have even seen where you could open a tea bag of herbs that smells really good and add it to make a more organic feel.  Peppermint could be good!

All you have to do is:

Fill jar a little more than 2/3  with desired sugar.

Drizzle oil over sugar and mix with a spoon.  You want it to be well absorbed but not floating. ( If you chose the coconut oil you will need to put it in a bowl and warm  the oil till consistency that can be mixed with the sugar then pour into container).

Then add your scent. Just a few drops of essential oil goes a long way, remember you can always add more but can’t take it away.  If you were going to add herbs or other smelly things now is the time to do that as well.

Make sure it is well mixed.  If you don’t use it right away you might want to give it a stir before the next use as well. Some of mine separated a little but nothing a good stir didn’t take care of.  This is so simple and can be changed to make it so personal. You can decorate the jar, add smells, herbs or anything that suites your liking. ..Be creative.  This is fun, easy and so inexpensive you might find yourself giving some to everyone on your gift list!

P.s. I love to use this on my feet and hands, especially after working outside.  It can be used to soften most any skin but I wouldn’t suggest using it on your face. Even though it is all natural some skin might be more sensitive and may agitate it.

Another blogger tried Soap instead of Oil. I might give this one a try too… check how she did it Here.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in DIY

 

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