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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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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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DIY Foaming soap

DIY Foaming Hand soap

DIY Foaming hand soap

I love the foaming soaps. It seems like they always come in cute containers and last so much longer then regular pump soap, but I never liked the price. After I did a few experiments I found out it is so easy to make your own and at a fraction of the price as well!

All you need is:

Liquid Hand soap (any variety you choose but the clear based ones seem to work best).

1 Empty Foaming Hand Soap Bottle (Bath & Body Works, Dial, etc. this way you can pick a color that matches your bathroom too 🙂

What You’ll Do:

  • Fill the Empty Foaming Soap Bottle with approx. 1 inch of your liquid hand soap
  • Slowly fill the rest of the bottle with tap water.
  • Put lid back on, and gently mix it by turning from side to side (don’t shake..it will make tons of suds

Can you believe it is that easy.  Try it, you’ll love it (and so will your budget)!

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in DIY

 

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Tinted lip balm

Check this Super easy recipe for Tinted lip balm that you make yourself with ingredients you actually have on hand (at least usually 🙂  ).  Click on the picture to read the tutorial that is full of easy instructions and beautiful photos.

Super easy lip balm

DIY tinted lip balm

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in DIY

 

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