Monday

7-Up Biscuits

Someone sent me this recipe for 7-Up Biscuits, probably one of my kids. They are always asking me to try a new recipe they have found on-line or from a magazine.

It's hard to believe that these biscuits only have 4 ingredients, especially after tasting them! They come out light and fluffy and mix up easily so are great if you're in a hurry or short on time.

We rarely have soda (or pop as we call it in most of Ohio), and try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup, which is what 99% of soda is made with. I did find a soda made with real sugar called Sierra Mist so I used that in the recipe instead of 7-Up and the biscuits still came out delicious.
Also I use real butter.  It's best not to eat all those fake foods with fake ingredients.  
(Yes, my daughter Alexis, I know now that margarine is really bad for me, I quit.  happy?)

Sierra Mist: soda made with sugar

I'm pretty sure these are fattening and definitely not a diet food, but they are a great “comfort food” when that's the only thing that will do.

Mix baking mix and sour cream
Tips and Suggestions:
  • This recipe can be doubled
  • You can substitute diet soda for regular
  • You can substitute fat-free sour cream or Greek yogurt for regular
  • You can substitute Jiffy Baking Mix
  • Self-rising flour does work instead of the baking mix with OK results
  • These are great served with Beef or Chicken Stew poured over them

7-Up Biscuits

Ingredients
2 cups Bisquick Baking Mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-Up soda
1/4 cup melted real butter


Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Mix the sour cream into your Bisquick mix.
You can use a fork, pastry cutter or your fingers.
You just want to make sure that the wet ingredient gets mix in well with the dry ingredients.


Melt butter in baking dish and then add cut biscuits


Stir in 1/2 cup 7 Up. The dough will be very soft, and that's OK.
Sprinkle a little Bisquick mix onto the counter.
Knead and fold dough until coated with the Bisquick mix. Do not use too much Bisquick or over knead.




Pat dough out with your fingers, don't use a rolling pin.
Cut biscuits using a round biscuit or cookie cutter.

Melt butter and pour into a 9-inch square pan.
Place the cut biscuits on top of melted butter in the pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until brown.





Canning season is nearly here and soon I'll be busy with tomatoes, green beans and corn from our garden.  It's been in or close to the 90's here so being indoors canning is not a bad thing this time of year.  

Elizabeth


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Tuesday

Easy Block Quilt with Sashing

I started making quilts for the first time in January 2016, and I love it! I have been sewing for years and years, but never attempted a quilt. (Baby quilts not included).  
My first full-size quilt was a Patchwork Quilt for a Camper Remodel I was working on.
And after making 5 or 6, my granddaughter Kelsey asked me to make a quilt for her as a high school graduation gift. She wanted purple and “hulk” green fabrics and NO floral prints. 
I used a lot of Batiks fabrics in her quilt, which is really trendy right now and black as the sashing to make the blocks stand out.

The pattern I decided to use to make the quilt is large blocks with sashing between each block.
I cut 8 ½ inch square blocks, 2 ½ x 8 1/2 inch sashing strips, and 2 ½ inch square intersection blocks.
This is a pretty easy quilt to make and you can make the blocks and sashing any size you want, bigger or smaller.

Monday

Retro Recipe: Chicken A La King

I love old kitchen utensils, vintage aprons and old recipes from family and friends. I fondly remember this dish from my young adult years but haven’t had it in ages.
I decided to track down a Chicken A La King recipe that would bring back the deliciousness of the dish and this one nailed it.

Many really good recipes have been ruined over the years by all sorts of shortcuts and substitutions and this dish is no exception.
Many recipes also fell out of favor because of trends, fad diets or just people more willing to buy convenient processed foods and not bothering to cook fresh.  
But many people are beginning to realize that a lot of the foods we were told were bad for us maybe are not so bad. And that all that convenient processed food comes with a price:  Americans are sicker than ever.
We try to eat a more natural diet, one which includes many vegetables (and meat) we grow ourselves,  home cooked meals with real ingredients and purchasing organic or foods with very few ingredients. 

Tuesday

Ohio Star Quilt Block


I am in the middle of making multiple quilts. 
I made my very first quilt, a Patchwork Quilt to go along with our Camper Remodel in January and have since been asked by most of the kids and grandkids to make them all quilts! 
In between all those quilts, I am trying to make one for myself from the Ohio Star quilt pattern. And I just love how they are turning out.


Let me state that I am not a beginner sewer, only a beginner quilt maker. I have sewn for years making numerous different items (Halloween Costumes are my fav) but I never attempted a quilt. I have regrets! Why didn't I try this before! Oh well.

Cherry Pie Filling

Growing up we had a large, really old cherry tree and every year my sisters and I would climb the tree to pick as many cherries as we could. We would rush the cherries into my mother who made the best Cherry Pie ever. My mother's pie crust was hands down my favorite and I have never been able to duplicate it nor have I tasted one as good.

That old cherry tree we had growing up finally split down the middle and died and that was a sad day indeed.
I now have my own cherry tree and it was beautiful this year in full bloom.  I'm hoping the crop is plentiful and I'm able to pick lots of fresh cherries! Cherries are usually ripe in June in my area of Ohio. 

Legend has it that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree when he was very young.  I tend to believe the story and that he was truthful about it.  I have a similar tale about an axe, my son, a group of young boy scouts and cutting trees they shouldn't have. My son was very truthful about what happened and who all wielded the ax, including himself, but that's a story for another day. 
Fresh cherries are always best, including home picked or from a farm market but store purchased cherries will work too (even frozen).

Monday

WWII Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

My daughter Alexis always wants a homemade chocolate cake for her birthday.  In the last couple years, she has bugged me to try a recipe she got from the mother of a past boyfriend.  Alexis lived in Kansas for a couple years with a young man she met in college. He was working at a dig site at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe, Ohio, where Alexis was working as an intern in her job field.
The relationship with that young archeologist didn't work out but she did walk away with a great recipe from his mom for this Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. 

The Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake became really popular during War World II when some food staples such as eggs and butter were in shortage and housewives had to make do with what they had on hand.  

This is a rich, slightly dense but wonderfully moist chocolaty chocolate cake.  The chocolate lovers in your family will rave about this cake and ask for it again and again!

Friday

Savory Meat Pie

I think I found this recipe in an old Food Network Magazine and it has gotten rave reviews from my family every time I make it. 
In fact, my husband asked me to never ever share this recipe. He doesn't know that thousands of people have already seen it in that magazine, haha. 
This is an absolutely delicious savory beef, veggie and cheddar cheese pie. I use store-bought puff pastry or pie crust but you can use your favorite pie crust recipe.

This pie is similar or along the same lines as an Irish Potato and Beef Pie, a Cottage Pie or Shepard's Pie or an English Beef Pie. All usually employ meat and potatoes of some sort. This was a popular staple dish in medieval times and was eventually called "pyes" or "pies". The origin of this name "pie" comes from the type of meat commonly used as filling. Beef, lamb, and duck were employed, but a majority of the time it was the magpie, a bird that was the main ingredient.

Monday

Making a Patchwork Quilt

I have been sewing for years, various crafts, curtains, pillows, kids clothes and Halloween Costumes. I have even made small baby quilts but never a full size quilt.

Recently I did a Camper Remodel and wanted to use the leftover fabrics from reupholstering the cushions and sewing new curtains in the camper to make a camper quilt.

One of the easiest quilts to make and one of my favorites is a patchwork style quilt.
Patchwork is simply sewing pieces of fabric together to form a pattern or blocks that when all together form a quilt top. When the quilt top is finished, it's then quilted, meaning the top, the batting and the back cover are sewn together.
When deciding on what pattern or style of quilt to make as my first, I took a look at my quilt collection. Of all the quilts I have, patchwork is my favorite it seems and the one I have the most of. I gravitate towards it every time I find quilts for sale. It's the style of quilt I am currently using as a blanket on my bed.

Saturday

Camper Remodel, Part 2

This is the second post on remodeling our little camper. The first post you can find here:
Camper Remodel, Part One.

We purchased our used little camper a couple years ago. We love to tent camp and will continue to do so but I always wanted a little camper. I am in love with small vintage campers and although our camper is not vintage it works great as our first. Our camper is 16 foot long but very cozy and just right for us and our three dachshunds.

As stated in my first camper remodel post the interior color scheme was light blues which is not my favorite interior color.

Friday

Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin

I asked for this wonderful recipe from our friends, David and Beth in 2010 after attending a dinner party they hosted. 
We just love this recipe! 
It's one of my favorites and a hit each time I serve it. 
This was the main course I served for our Women's Only Dinner Party and it's great for a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day or other occasions.
The recipe was created by Lori Welander and won the first place prize in McCormick 2002 Cook-Off Contest.
This is one of those great recipes that makes it appear as if you slaved in the kitchen, but it's really easy to put together. On the occasions I make this recipe, it makes me feel as if I am more than just an average cook......

A tenderloin is a lean, delicately flavored meat, is the most tender cut of pork and takes well to marinades.