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Raddish Kids Monthly Kit Review

There’s nothing I loved more than exploring the kitchen as a kid. I loved mixing different combinations of foods together making new recipes up along the way. I ended up becoming the cook in the house for my family growing up they loved all the different things I made up and it was great for my parents because they didn’t have to cook all the time. Now that I have my own kids I want them to have the ability to explore the kitchen the way that I did. I want them to have those life skills that they enjoy rather than feeling pressure to learn it at a later time in their lives. If they can learn it now as kids maybe they will learn to enjoy cooking and possibly find a passion for it.

I have been given a unique opportunity to do an review/unboxing for Raddish Kids. They send out monthly cooking boxes directed towards kids so that they can learn about cooking, food safety, & kitchen safety all in one box. These neat little kits can be done with a parent for younger children or some supervision for older ones who are already pretty comfortable in the kitchen. I love that such a box service like this one exists. As a woman who grew up in a time where these sorts of things didn’t exist I am thankful that they do now for my kids and for other kids & generations to come!

I want to refresh your memories about what or rather who Raddish Kids are and what they do as a company just a little bit better. I wrote up a post on the all about Raddish Kids Box a couple of weeks ago but I am sure like my self when I read something eventually I need a refresher on what I read eventually with time.

Who is Raddish Kids?

Raddish Kids is a monthly cooking club for kids ages 4-14+ that teaches about cooking food, food safety, & kitchen safety. It brings the education of learning about food and how to cook it as well as the fun of making new recipes home. When your kids learn with Raddish Kids they will develop new skills and make fun memories in the process.

How to get started?

Raddish Kids offer a 3 payment plans to help you pick the right one for your family. For a month to month plan prices start at $24 per box. Next there’s the 6 month plan where you pay for 6 months up front and the price per box for that plan is $22 saving you a bit of money compared to the month to month plan. Finally if you would rather pay yearly your price per box would be $20 per box per month up front for the year. On top of those great prices you are able to add up to 3 extras per sibling on to each plan. This is great for families with multiple kids so nobody feels left out! Lastly you can even ad in an apron to your first box for the special patch that is included in each monthly box. This is a great way to remember what your kids learned with each box in a fun way!

What is included in each box?

Inside each box/kit:

  • There are 3 recipe cards that happen to be laminated just in case things get messy. On top of that feature the recipe cards include fun skills to learn in the kitchen as well as the ingredients and the step by step instructions with pictures for the recipes being made.
  • A Kitchen Tool, every box includes its own unique kitchen tool that is necessary for making the recipes in that months box. Each kit helps build up your kitchen tools but at the same time teaches your kid(s) how to use them properly.
  • A Creative Kitchen Project, each kit includes a hands on craft, experiment, or food game for family fun!
  • Monthly Collectibles, that include conversation cards about food or kitchen talk and a fun apron patch to remember what you learned month to month.
  • Grocery Lists for all of the ingredients that will be needed to make all of these amazing recipes of course.

A Fun Bonus

On the Raddish Kids website each month there is a section called “BONUS BITES” which includes:

  • A Bonus Recipe for that months box.
  • A fun music playlist for the theme of that months box.
  • Dietary Modifications for the recipes for the month which includes recipe modifications for families with dietary restrictions.
  • A lesson plan for learning about the theme that each box is based on. It is a fun way to expand the learning part of each monthly box with extra bits of knowledge that they can learn about.
  • You can even try to guess the them of the next month and try to figure out what recipes will be included in it with some fun clues.

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Raddish Kids Review

I was given a box from Raddish Kids to give a review over there cooking kit. As with all of my reviews I give my honest opinions that are my own. I want to bring my readers great family products and anything that I give a recommendation for I want to make sure I would use them for my own family first rather than just saying hey go an try it out. Which brings me to this review; so let’s get started.

This box has a lot of different parts to it and I think that it makes it very unique. I will start by unboxing it and then going through each recipe inside. Finally I will show you the recipes in real life as I have made. In the the end I will give a full and honest opinion over this entire box and the recipes that were made. I will base my review on quite a few things including: the packaging, how the contents fit together, & how easy everything is to understand (recipes, games, & projects ect).

What’s Inside:

3 Recipe Cards

Kitchen Tool

Can you guess what tool this is?
(Continue Reading for Answer)

Creative Kitchen Project

Monthly Collectible

Spooky Kitchen Iron on Patch

Grocery Lists

Bonus Bite’s

  • Spooky Spaghetti
  • Strawberry Ghosts
  • Dietary Modifications
  • Lesson Plan for Spooky Kitchen
  • Spotify Playlist for Spooky Kitchen
  • Rad Family Dinners
  • Rad Family Dinners: October- Spooky Suppers

Recipe Time: Boo-nana Bread

Out of the three recipes in the box I let my son choose which one he wanted to do. He chose the Boo-nana Bread and so that is what we made below. I opted not to make all three for this unboxing because since this is a past box that can still be purchased I didn’t want to reveal too much. If you are curious about this recipe as well as the others and want to try this box out for yourselves it can be found HERE. Below is the ingredients we needed. Which were: Sugar, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Salt, Very Ripe Bananas (we had Ripe Enough Bananas), Flour, Butter, & Eggs. This recipe was one that used the special tool that came with this box, if you guess potato masher or masher you guessed correct. My middle son is the one who helped make this recipe he is four and even though he needed some reminders here and there due to him being four he could pretty easily follow the directions given. I think his favorite parts of making it was the mashing of the bananas & the mashing. Then the eating part was after it was made which is pretty much the best part over all! We were going to make muffins but ended up changing our minds because he wanted it as close to the picture as possible. (Note: I was the one who did the oven cooking parts; he knows that ovens are only for adults. He is 4 after all.)

On each card there are the ingredients and kitchen utensils/items needed for each recipe; the directions in picture form for making each recipe; and some fun tips/tricks in both reading comprehension & science about the kitchen or recipe card being used. Those were more for older kids and will be great for my 6 year old to learn about when he gets back from his weekend at the grandparents house!

One last picture I wanted to add in was our clean up time where he is cleaning the recipe card off with a Clorox wipe (he wore safety gloves); the cards are laminated and water proof which means when they get messy they can be easily cleaned up for future uses. Having younger kids usually means there are going to be messes especially in the kitchen!



What He thought:

“Nanna Bread”, “Made recipe with smasher, Yep. Now can have nanna bread?”

As quoted by a 4 year old.

What I Thought?

The first impression of this box upon opening it is that it is very well put together and that a lot of thought went into the box it’s self and all of the packaging as well. The packaging is a very nice quality and I love that they use a variety of colors to make the activities & recipes pop out rather than just using words.

Which brings me to the recipe cards; on each individual recipe card they have the ingredients all printed out on the card in picture form and the instructions are in picture form as well. On top of that all of the cards front, back, & everywhere in between is laminated, meaning that you can get banana bread batter on them for instance and they will wipe clean and they will be able to be reused no problem for future use!

There is just so much information packed into this little box kit not including the “Bonus Bites” section online where you can find a bunch of extra’s for the current and past monthly boxes. There are even dietary substitutions for each box.

I was curious if I could find the dietary substitutions for the Boo-nana Bread recipe so I went to their site Raddish Kids, then I found the Bonus Bites section at the top and clicked on it, next I found a search bar on the Bonus Bite’s page and typed in Boo-nana Bread as sure enough the Dietary Substitution/Restrictions popped up.

Even though we didn’t need to use the substitutions for this recipe the fact that we could if we needed to is great. I love that I can go back in the future and find the substitutions for it is great too because as a person who does have some allergies to certain foods I know that they can just pop up for really anyone or kids who are still growing.

Like I mentioned above I made this Boo-nana Bread Recipe with the help of a 4 year old; who still needed some reminders while making it but it was simple enough for him to be able to follow directions in making it. He naturally gets distracted so there’s that. I think that him being able to see the directions in the picture format was a huge helper for him. He cannot read yet so being able to see what the recipe needed and when the ingredient was supposed to go into the bowl was a very nice feature that I think a lot of recipes could use because it makes teaching kids to cook a lot easier this way. I thought that it was very cool of them to print it all in color as well so that kids like my 4 year old can tell what was needed by the color of the item in the picture not just what the picture looks like in general.

All in all I felt like everything was pretty easy to understand most of it was even easy for my 4 year old with help of course for him to grasp onto and understand especially with the help of the pictures included on the recipe cards. I feel that if he can understand by use of the pictures with some help that my older 6 almost 7 year old would be able to understand not only the recipe cards but the games that came with this box as well. However since he was not home for that part we skipped it for now but will do that part with him when he returns home from the grandparents house. The little game in this box was a word game where you create a little story using fun words that is inserted into the sentence as it is read. There was also a fun little crossword but that is something that kind of flies above both of my kids heads but could be something for an older kid or adult to do.

The box has a bunch of different fun recipes & fun exercises/things to learn. It has a lot of neat and fun things to do in general. I love that the box can be done with as much help or as little help that is needed depending on the age range of child/children working on the box. As well as fun things to do inside the box/kit I love that each month brings extras todo along side all of the other things. You simply go to the Raddish Kids website to their Bonus Bites page and look up what ever box you are on in the search bar. The bonus content for that box will pop up and then you have a whole other fun list of recipes, songs, & activities to do alongside or after you get through all of what was included inside the main box.

In my conclusion I honestly love this box and think that the price is spot on. When you break down all of what is included inside the actual box and then factor in what you get in extras this is well worth it. I will be back as a future customer for sure. I loved being able to do these fun recipes with my kiddos and would love to continue to make some fun recipes from this company with them again. Definitely excited to grow our recipe collection a bit more as well!


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Thanks for checking out my review over Raddish Kids, the box I reviewed was “Spooky Kitchen” if you wanted to get it for yourself. I have enjoyed working with this company and love the product that they offer. I am always on the lookout for fun family products for my family as well as products that I can share with you!

Quick Note:
Thought I would include this tid bit of information that I copied directly from their FAQ page. I know I have readers from other countries other than the USA so I wanted to make sure I included this information in this post. Just in case this speaks to you!

When do you ship? Do you ship internationally?

  • Your first kit will ship via USPS within 1-3 business days unless otherwise selected during checkout.
  • Orders placed by the 20th of the month will receive that month’s kit. Orders placed on the 21st and after will receive the next month’s kit. 
  • Subsequent kits will have an expected arrival date of between the 5th and 10th of each month.
  • Outside of the United States, International shipping is available for an additional $7 USD/month shipping fee. We ship to the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Please allow 3 to 5 business days after shipment for U.S. delivery and 14 business days for international shipping. International delays are possible due to customs. If you do not receive your kit within 3 weeks of receiving the tracking email, please contact our customer service team.


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Raddish Kids

Being home for most of this year has brought so many great companies & products into our families lives. I am always on the look out for new activities and teaching fun to do with my kids. I want all of my boys to be able to be independent and take care of themselves eventually with out help. One of my goals for this year is to teach them at least the older two how to cook and fix some of their own meals. I will of course cook most of their meals being their mom but I also want them to feel comfortable in the kitchen and comfortable making some of their own snacks or meals as well. I recently came across a pretty neat company that helps kids achieve just that independence.

Raddish Kids

Join Raddish Today. A cooking club for kids.Raddish is a cooking club for kids. The kitchen is the tastiest place to learn!

Raddish Kids is a monthly cooking club that teaches kids of all ages how to cook with confidence in the kitchen, either with help of an adult if they are not quite old enough or by themselves if they are ready to move to the next level in their journey in cooking. While keeping kids ages 4-14+ in mind Raddish creates and sends out monthly cooking kits that help learn all about the kitchen and the many different recipes that can be created.

How does it work?

Save $15 on a 6 month membership

  1. First things first you will need to “Join the Club” by choosing your monthly subscription rate. You can choose from three different options as far as billing is concerned: Monthly, 6 Months, and 12 months. Each with their own set of perks of course! The monthly priced kit is $24 and includes everything in the kit that would normally ship you can add an apron on for purchase but it is not included in this option they are $15 each with a max of 4.); however the 6 months option adds on a sweet perk with a free apron for the first box added into the mix (I will explain why this is so cool in a minute). The 6 month option is also quite neat because the price per box drops down to $22 (that is $132 paid up front; with a savings of $12). If you want to save $4 more per box and still get that free one time apron in the first box try paying for a while 12 months at a time as you will pay a cool $20 per box. (This option totals $240 up front which in the end saves you $48).
  2. Now you have got you kits all tidied up and they will be shipping out to you shortly what is it that you will be expecting? Every kit includes of course the monthly cooking kit, some digital recipes and activities, as well as a great online community through Raddish Kids many social media platforms and website! Each kit has its own theme for each month it is sent out; which means specialized recipes for each one of those boxes surrounding the theme. How cool is that? I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it with you, because why not!
  3. Remember those aprons I talked about earlier? Well here’s what is so cool about them. Your apron is a place to hold all sorts of memories as you create amazing recipes with your family through your journey in the kitchen but it also is a special badge holder of sorts. Each cooking kit sends a special badge (patch) that you can sew or attach to your apron as a keepsake. You get to have something that ties a bond of sorts to each apron kind of like a little trophy of what you have accomplished. Also included in every kit you will receive the neat badge, some recipe cards, new culinary skills, and a new kitchen tool to help you on your journey for the current recipe or any others you come across in the future. Your kit will always be different as kits never repeat so don’t worry about filling out your very own cookbook because your readers won’t get tired of creating those fun recipes you have collected for your book!

What are you waiting for?

Join the club. The Raddish monthly kits are great for family fun & learning. They will give you and your little ones a new connection with your kitchen so go check out Raddish Kids, your kitchen adventure awaits!


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Meal Time

Crockpot Curried Chicken

Sitting in the kitchen watching my grandma cook in the kitchen is probably one of the best memories I have of my grandma. I remember one family recipe in particular growing up. It isn’t a huge secret as it was more of an adopted recipe which my grandma learned the original recipe from one of her closest friends. She loved it so much it became a family tradition for our side of the family.
Curried chicken with onion, potatoes, carrots, & tomatoes served over a bed of delicious steamed rice. The flavors are delightful!Every time I think about this recipe I find myself going down memory lane; it is the best! No matter how much I love the original which uses bone in chicken with skin and instead of being cooked in a crock-pot it is cooked on the stove top all day long. As a mother of three I don’t have the time to stand at the stove all day long cooking to make sure it cooks right. In efforts to still carry on the tradition of this dish with my own little family I needed to figure out how to cook it a little easier but still in the same low and slow kind of way to get all of that flavor out. I needed to use the crock-pot!
I figured out how to make it work and produce that same flavor profile that I remember growing up and here’s exactly how I do it.


Ingredients:

6 Whole Carrots (washed/peeled)
1-14.5 oz Can Stewed Tomatoes
1-28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
1 Onion
5-6 Medium Sized Potatoes (washed)
2-3 Tbsp Curry Powder (or more if you love curry)
2 tsp Garlic Powder (Optional)
1 Cup Water
2-3 lbs Raw Chicken ( I used chicken tenders, however my grandma always used bone in and skin on chicken so any kind will work fine.)
Salt & Pepper to your taste
2 Cups of Rice (or desired amount)

Instructions:

  • Spray your crock-pot with cooking oil or simply grease with oil of choice.
  • Peel & cut your onion into quarters; peel & chop carrots; cut potatoes in small pieces then place all of them in bottom of crock-pot.
  • Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of curry powder over vegetables.
  • Pour in 1 can of tomatoes. (Doesn’t matter which can)
  • Add in chicken over top of vegetables.
  • Sprinkle with the rest of curry powder & add in garlic powder.
  • Pour in other can of tomatoes.
  • Then add in the cup of water.
  • Cover with lid.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours until chicken is cooked through & vegetables are tender.
  • Serve over rice cooked according to its own directions when ready to serve.
  • Add salt & pepper for taste.

Meal Time

Taco Rice

Easy peasy is the way to go most days for our family especially at meal time! If I can make a healthy meal that is quick and well liked by everyone including my kids I know that I have done the impossible! A couple weeks ago I first threw this recipe together and it was a hit so I made it again for supper just the other night.


Ingredients:

1 Can of Stewed Tomatoes (drained)
1 Can of Black Beans (drained & rinsed)
1 Can of Corn(drained) (or use fresh sweet corn)
2 Cups of Rice (I use white rice)
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning
Salt/Pepper to your taste
1 Cup Shredded Cheese (of your choice)
Add Meat if you want more flavor.

Instructions:

  • Cook rice according to directions.
  • After rice is done add it to a medium sized bowl.
  • Add in tomatoes, beans, & corn. Mix together.
  • Next add in the taco seasoning. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Then finally add in the cheese. The rice should still be warm and it will melt the cheese.
  • Enjoy!
  • For a fun twist put in a oven safe dish add some more cheese on top, then heat in 350 degree F oven until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve as is or add some fresh toppings on top (sour cream, fresh tomatoes, salsa, ect.) with some tortilla chips.

Meal Time

Breakfast Sausage Loaf

I am always mixing and matching in the kitchen throwing this and that together and creating some very out of the box meals. I am trying to go through my freezer meat because we will be adding a half a hog in our freezer in October. We have quite a bit of breakfast sausage in our freezer that I have been trying to think of new recipes to use them in; thus creating the Breakfast Sausage Loaf. It makes for a unique breakfast that has it all included in this package deal! You got meat for protein and of course added eggs to bind it all together which only adds to the protein. Then you have some sort of grain to add to the binding ingredient to make it loaf like I used some Ritz Crackers but you could use toast too! Then I added in some veggies in the mix. I originally made it up for a supper idea but ended up eating it for breakfast and it was quite good! My kids ate it up with me. We added some white gravy on top of ours with some toast to make a biscuits and gravy feel. I thought I would share this simple recipe with you maybe you would like to make it too!


Ingredients:

1-2 LBS Ground Sausage
1 Onion-Chopped
2-3 Sweet Peppers-Chopped (1 Bell Pepper)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Cracker or Bread Crumbs (add until you get a good binding)
Salt/Pepper
Cooking Spray (for spraying pan)

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Pre-spray a pan with oil (9 x 13 cake pan) (baking dish)
  • In a medium sized bowl mix together the sausage, chopped onion, chopped peppers, & Garlic powder. Mix well.
  • Next add in the eggs and start adding in the bread crumbs starting with 1/2 Cup. (if you need more add more).
  • Mix together with meat mixture until very well incorporated.
  • Next pour mixture into the baking dish and form into a loaf shape.
  • Place in oven at 375 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook for 30-40 Minutes; or until the internal temperature is 165 Degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer.
  • If you would like at this time pour peppered gravy over the top or serve it on the side with other breakfast sides. Enjoy!


Thanks for reading this recipe post I didn’t get a chance to take pictures as I made it however your just making a basic meatloaf but instead of ground beef or ground turkey you are using breakfast sausage instead. Also you will not add ketchup … unless that’s your thing! Here is the link to my Homemade Meatloaf Recipe if you need a picture reference that is similar, if you are unfamiliar with the meatloaf. Drop a like below and follow my blog! Also follow me on social media. Stay tuned in for new posts coming soon!

Meal Time

Made From Scratch Broth

Learning to become one with your kitchen is something that you will be thankful for even years from now. For me being able to explore & learn at a young age in our family kitchen helped me become the person I am today in my own kitchen. I essentially have become one with my kitchen. Everything has its own place & everything has a purpose. Over the years I have just learned how to cook lots of different things and some just came from inspiration & imagination. I can just see in my head what I wanted to cook/make and I did.

How to make made from scratch broth

The kind of broth will vary upon the type of ingredients that you have but the process is all the same. You will need a large stock pot to make a bunch of broth at once but you can use a smaller one as well. I make all kinds of broths and after they cool down I freeze them so I can use them in future recipes or to make flavor filled soups/stews.

Ingredients of Choice

Animal bones (chickens, cow, or pigs are what I use; but you could use deer, rabbit, turkey, or other game)
Vegetables or Vegetable Scraps
Water

As you see it doesn’t take much to make a broth, if you are making a meat based stock you can even add veggies to it or mix the flavors of other proteins together. It really comes down to what ingredients you have to work with. For me when I make a broth for my freezer or just to use right then and now I use what I have on hand. No need to go out and buy ingredients. When I am cooking & there is leftover bones or scrap vegetables I will put it all in a gallon sized bag or freezer safe container and just collect it in the freezer until I am ready to use it. The freezer keeps the ingredients from going bad until I can make a stock out them.

Directions

  1. Set your pot of choice on the counter.
  2. Add in the bones/vegetables your using.
  3. Then fill the pot up so that the ingredients are covered with water, I fill my stock pot up about 3/4’s the way full. (keep in mind as it cooks down some of the water will evaporate)
  4. Place pot on the stove top & set to medium low/medium heat. (you want it to boil on low so it doesn’t boil over)
  5. Cook everything down for at least 2 hours or longer.
  6. Once your satisfied that everything has gotten cooked long enough remove from heat and let it cool down so its not so hot to be able to drain it with out getting burned.
  7. Take a large mixing bowl & place it in your sink then place a large colander over top of the bowl. Pour the broth over the colander to separate the liquid from the solids.
  8. Empty the cooked vegetables/bones in near by trash bin or compost bin. The broth liquid is ready for use right away. If you want to freeze it instead it needs to cool down to room temperature.
  9. It needs to be cool enough to work with if you plan on freezing it. After it has cooled down you can either put it into freezer safe zip lock bags directly or put them in other containers to freeze that way. If you put it directly in bags you will then lay them out flat on a sheet pan that will fit in your freezer so they can freeze flat then you would take them off the sheet pan once frozen flat. I will freeze them this way sometimes but I have recently started freezing the broth in freezer safe containers first then putting them into my freezer safe zip lock bags afterwards. This helps when I want to remove it from the bag for use a lot easier. Some people will also use ice cube trays as a freezer safe container.

I apologize I did not get any pics of the process. The next time I do a broth which should be rather soon I will do an update post showing the steps in picture form as well as how I freeze the broth. Thanks for reading. Drop a like below.

Meal Time

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer

I have been really enjoying being able to cook & share recipes here with you guys; I try to mix it up a bit so its not always the same old meal time recipes. Here’s one that will help save some money as you may have these ingredients in your kitchen already. They just need to be put together to make something else! I have three boys two of them are always loud and the other will join them as he grows. Raising loud always on the move boys means I may not get the best sleep as there is always something then what little time I do get to myself has to be divided up or I will never get anything done, good bye nap & hello everything else that I need to do. One thing that I look forward to and that coincidentally helps with the lack of sleep is Coffee!
Some people can do straight black coffee nothing else I am not that person. I enjoy trying all kinds of different flavors of creamers. They are just so expensive and now with trying to just make it by with money being tight I have started looking at the ingredients in my kitchen a lot different than before. Throwing this & that together to make something else will save you money especially if you would have just bought it at the store knowing you have these simple ingredients on hand at your own home. You get the most out of ingredients that you have bought previously or on the cheap versus paying an extra fee for a store bought luxury item/items.
Recently I used up all of my coffee creamer that I have on hand; sure I can just have sugar as a sweetener. However I really like using coffee creamer because it really transforms my coffee into something luxurious. Don’t we all enjoy some sort of luxury at some point. Anyways I discovered a way to make my own Homemade Coffee Creamer. I chose to make vanilla as that is the kind of flavoring (extract) that I have on hand but you can make all sorts of flavors. You just need a few ingredients & a container to put it in.
(possibly a funnel for putting mixture into the container)


Ingredients

2 Cups Milk
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2-3 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

Add together all ingredients to a small medium sized bowl.

Whisk together until well incorporated.

Carefully pour mixture into container of choice to store it in, I am using a old coffee creamer container. I am also using a funnel to pour my mixture into the container.

Store in refrigerator for as long as the milk you used is good for.
I would recommend writing in marker on a piece of tape and sticking it on the container to remind you of the date of the milk depending on if you use up all the milk that you had.
(I am using milk that I thawed out from the freezer so the date doesn’t matter much for me. I will just taste it as I use it to make sure it hasn’t soured.)



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Meal Time

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Finding recipes that my boys will enjoy can be tough at times; my husband and I live by the whats for dinner is what you get rule. We as a family don’t like to waste food and I as there mom will make sure we get the most out of every ingredient/meal possible. I often take one meals left overs and re-purpose them to a whole new meal for the next time. I try to mix things up with a variety of meals that everyone will enjoy to make meal time easier but at the same time I try to mix in healthy sides into the meal. For tonight’s supper I am making mini corn dog muffins the recipe and step by step instructions are below!


Ingredients

1 Pkg Hot Dogs
2 Boxes Jiffy Corn Bread Mix (or a corn bread recipe of your choice)


Directions

Note: I used the two boxes of premixed Jiffy cornbread mix but you can use just an ordinary cornbread recipe of your choice. This is more of a throw together meal versus an actual recipe but it was still very good & my boys just got so excited, especially having muffins for supper. I will also note that I made 12 muffins worth of cornbread.

Preheat your oven to the temperature your cornbread recipe calls for. The Jiffy recipe is for 400 degrees F.
Grease a regular 12 count muffin tin, thoroughly then some more. (my attempt at this resulted in not using enough grease, see in pic at bottom)
Mix up cornbread according to directions.
Pour cornbread mixture into muffin tins filling up about 3/4 full in each.
Next take your package of hot dogs and slice them up to desired size. I gave ours a chop rather than a coin slice.
Place in oven for corn bread cook time plus maybe a little more, just to get it all cooked through.
Enjoy.

I served ours up with a traditional ketchup & mustard combo.
Everyone enjoyed this fun meal; it can be served with a side or two or just eat it as is!


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Meal Time

Homemade Crock-Pot Yogurt

There’s always something new to learn even when you think you are not capable of learning. Recently I have been challenging myself to learn new things; coincidentally you have a lot of time during a quarantine. One of those things, making homemade yogurt in the crockpot. I have been thinking about it for sometime reading through recipes trying to find well the courage to just go for it! I like many other people am afraid of failing; it’s silly but if I failed I would have wasted and I don’t like to waste things especially food.
I went ahead and made this recipe once already because I wanted to make sure I did it right! Seeing to how I am now sharing it with you guys must have turned out great! Now there are a variety of ways to make homemade yogurt with all sorts of fancy gadgets; the fanciest gadget I have for cooking in is a crockpot. I will start off by saying this is not my recipe; I found it on pinterest and will leave the link at end of this post to credit the owner of the recipe I used. I am sure that like me some of you are skeptical about making food at home that is just so easily bought at the store; that is why I felt like a post needed to be written. Someone needed to test it out, showing that its not that hard to do! And yes it is easier to buy yogurt from the store by the larger amounts but in the end this will save money & you can make it healthier because its tailored to you.
In order to start your own yogurt you will need 1/2 Cup of store bought yogurt with live cultures, but after that as long as you keep at least a 1/2 Cup of the yogurt that you make for a starter for the next batch after and so on you won’t have to buy it at the store. Imagine one less thing to have to purchase at the store. Sounds pretty great to me! Let’s get started.


What You Need

Crockpot (the recipe calls for a half gallon of milk)
Big Blanket/Comforter or Large Beach Towel
1/2 Gallon Milk (whole milk works best)
1/2 Cup Yogurt With Live Cultures (you can use plain or flavored)

Quick Notes

After doing quite a bit of research I found that this may be the easiest recipe out there; this makes a good yogurt but it is a bit thinner than other recipes out there that require a few more steps. I found that this is an enjoyable recipe since I don’t like really thick yogurt anyways.
Something else to note is that if you use a flavored yogurt starter there may be an after taste to it. I used a container of the Cherry Starburst yogurt with live cultures for my first batch and have not noticed an after taste; I also added strawberries to it and a little sugar to sweeten it. If you want a plain yogurt I would use plain yogurt; it is up to you. (Note: I made this second batch of yogurt using a starter from my first batch where I used a yogurt that had a color to it because it was cherry so that is why my yogurt is pink in color; I did notice that the second time round the color has become less noticeable in the final product.)

Making Crockpot Yogurt

1) Add the 1/2 gallon of Milk to your crock pot; I put a crock pot liner in before hand just a preference of mine when using my crock pot.

2) Put the crock pot on low & cook the milk for 2 hours 45 minutes

3) When the time is up, turn off the crock pot and unplug it. Keep it covered with the lid.

4) Let it cool down for 3 hours Just leave it on the counter in the crock pot with the lid on it.

5) When the 3 hours are up take a small bowl and add the 1/2 cup yogurt starter & a few spoonfuls of the heated milk to it; stir together until well incorporated. (just a small amount of milk)

6) Next add the mixture back into the crock pot and mix it into the rest of the milk. Mix well. Put lid back on.

7) Now wrap the crock pot up with the blanket/comforter or large beach towel, making sure it is unplugged and the lid is on it. I set mine on the kitchen table. (make sure it won’t get knocked over or messed with) It will need to stay wrapped up for 8-12 hours, from the time you wrapped it up. (overnight works best)

8) After it has set for 8-12 hours it should be thickened. At this step you can strain out the liquid which is the whey or leave it in its your choice. I left it because I don’t have any cheese cloth to strain it through. Cheese cloth is what you would generally use for that step. If you google alternatives for cheese cloth you may find something that will work. (Here’s an updated Cheese Cloth Hack)

9) Put it into what ever airtight container you will be using.

10) Let the yogurt cool in the refrigerator for a few hours before eating.

It will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
Be sure to save 1/2 cup of this yogurt for the next batch.
After it has cooled you can enjoy it as is or add fruit & something to sweeten up a bit like honey or maple syrup. You can even freeze it for a summer treat. I am hoping to write a post about making homemade frozen yogurt so stay tuned in.

I hope you enjoyed this step by step recipe by Crystal Paine. Make it, Share it, Enjoy it!
Thanks for reading. I hope I can encourage you to try new things and share them with others. There is nothing like learning something new!

Original Recipe HERE.


I am also linking video to Jamerrill Stewarts Video on how to do this in both crock-pot or instapot. Then I am linking another video from Our Tribe of Many doing their homemade yogurt. These are just to show you some extra steps and I love watching these ladies cook they really know their stuff!

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Meal Time

Chocolaty Chocolate Milk Muffins

Upon looking in my fridge I discovered about a 1/4 of a gallon of chocolate milk about to expire tomorrow according to its date. By the smell of it I would say that is pretty spot on! What to do with it, was my impending question. I will bake it into something of course.

Did you know that you can use milk that is past its date or that has spoiled to cook with? The trick is to use it before it gets chunky!

After some thought I settled on Chocolate Muffins but with a twist because I would be using chocolate milk instead of regular milk and I ended up adding some other ingredients in to make it just chocolaty enough without over sugaring them. In our house we try to use everything up the best we can so this was right down our ally.


Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chocolate Chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 2/3 Cups Chocolate Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit
Grease a 12 count muffin tin with oil.
Muffin baking cups are optional. (grease those if your using them)

  1. Combine all dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, except chocolate chips.

2. Then add in the vanilla & egg.
3. In a separate bowl mix the melted butter in with the chocolate milk to temper them before adding to the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
4. Lastly add in the chocolate chips. Stir until incorporated. (Mixture should not be too thick or too loose somewhere in between.)

5. Fill the muffin tins up about 3/4 full each with mixture. (if you have extra just fill them up to top, be careful to not overfill though)

6. Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes (when you poke a tooth pick in it should come out clean with no batter on it)

7. Enjoy


This recipe allows for the chocolate chips to give it a little extra sweetness through out the muffin. As a mom I don’t want breakfast to be filled with too much sugar so if you like sweet muffins (or really cupcakes…) feel free to up your sugar content a bit more before baking! They are sweet through out with out being overly sweet. My kids enjoyed them! They are the perfect breakfast or quick go to snack that won’t send you into sugar coma.