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How to make butterIt’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid as a youth activity. It was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily home made butter!

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!
DIY Make your own Cheese

 

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Tangy Grape Icing Recipe, Quick and Easy #Frosting, #FruitDip, #Icing

Tangy Grape Icing Recipe:
I have been known to really mix things up in the kitchen. My family knows I love to experiment, and for the most part they are usually happy to do some taste testing. Sometimes my creations are a total flop, and sometimes I hit the taste-bud jackpot. This is one of my children’s favorite icing recipes, and it is oh, so easy to create at home (and while you’re at it, before adding the grape flavor, set aside some icing and try to come up with your own creation).

Here’s what you need:
3 cups 10x powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
1 Tablespoon of Grape Flavored Tang or Kool-Aid with the sugar already added.
1/8 teaspoon of salt
How you make it:
1. In a mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer until creamy.
2. Add vanilla to your creamed butter.
3. Slowly add powdered sugar and salt and mix until you have a nice fluffy frosting.
4. Add Grape flavored Tang (or any flavor for that matter) and continue mixing until all of the Tang has been evenly mixed in the frosting.

Tangy Grape Icing is perfect for peanut butter cupcakes, sugar cookies, and fresh fruit!

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Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe

natural mosquito spray

Summer is here and we all love to be outside. But if you are like me, I hate being “bugged” by Mosquitoes and other flying bugs like Gnats. We all worry about what we are spraying all over our bodies and more importantly, what we are spraying on our children. Never worry about harsh chemicals when you can do the same work with natural essential oils. So be safe this summer and use safe and natural essential oil Mosquito repellent spray with this recipe.

Mix Ingredients:

Mix these oils with the water in a spray bottle and shake well. The pressurized bottle seems to work best to help keep the mixture spraying evenly. Use the mixture in a small area to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction like redness to the oils. I figure an allergy is much better than the harsh chemicals in the other bug sprays.

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  • Packaged in dark amber glass bottle with euro style dropper cap.
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Combine your Mosquito mixture and add it to any of these spray bottles:

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zucchini and tomatoes over riceThanks to Tina Baily for today’s recipe

Italian Zucchini and Tomato over rice

We like to get our fruits and veggies from Bountiful Baskets and that has caused the need for me to be creative in the usage of the veggies so they don’t spoil on us before we can eat them. I came up with this tasty vegetarian dish that goes very well with rice or on pasta. I even make up a small pan full for my lunch sometimes, it’s that good. 1T olive oil 1 yellow squash or zucchini, sliced 1 tomato, chopped 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced or sliced (both ways are good) 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning salt and pepper to taste parmesan cheese (optional) Heat olive oil with garlic in frying pan over medium heat. That allows more of the garlic flavor to come out. When garlic is sizzling, add squash and tomatoes, and stir frequently until cooked to desired texture. (I prefer my squash and zucchini to have a little bit of firmness to them.) Serve and garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired. The above recipe serves 1 as a main dish, or 2 as a side dish.

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Pineapple Buttercream Frosting Recipe, quick and easy #Frosting, #FruitDip, #EasyRecipe, #ButterCreamPineapple Buttercream Frosting Recipe:
Wish you could get away to a tropical paradise this summer? Well this Pineapple Buttercream Frosting recipe will take you there. I love pineapples. No really, I just can’t get enough. My favorite cakes are made with pineapples, and when I make white or yellow cake guess what I top it with… That’s right, Pineapple Buttercream Frosting. Sometimes I get really fancy and add some flake coconut and top it off with a cherry! So what are you waiting for? Grab the mixer, and let’s get this tropical party started!

Here’s what you need:
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
4-5 fresh pineapple chunks (chopped)
1/8 teaspoon of salt
How you make it:
5. In a mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer until creamy.
6. Add vanilla to your creamed butter.
7. Slowly add powdered sugar and salt and mix until you have a nice fluffy frosting.
8. Add pineapple and mix until it is evenly disbursed throughout the frosting. Now, I will caution you here. You have to be careful because this frosting can turn into a mess rather quickly if it gets warm. Make sure you store your frosting or frosted cake in the fridge until time to serve.

Pineapple Buttercream is perfect for pound cake, coconut cake, and dipping fresh fruit, especially strawberries!

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Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe:
Summer is the time for strawberries. We like strawberries on everything, and that includes our cupcakes and honey biscuits. To be honest, I have even been known to mix a small dollop of this strawberry frosting into my vanilla bean ice cream. Gone are the days of using store bought strawberry icing. Once you taste this strawberry frosting recipe, you will be hooked!
Here’s what you need:
3 cups 10x powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
3-4 strawberries (use a food chopper or puree them)
1/8 teaspoon of salt

How you make it:
1. In a mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer until creamy.
2. Add vanilla to your creamed butter.
3. Slowly add powdered sugar and salt and mix until you have a nice fluffy frosting.
4. Add your chopped strawberries (or puree) and continue mixing until the entire mixture is a pretty light pink.

This frosting is perfect for cupcakes, honey biscuits, sugar cookies, and fresh fruit!

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