Homemade Noodles

R loves his Aunt Janice’s homemade noodles so when I came across a recipe on Facebook I shared it thinking I would give making them a whirl.  Now, I tried following the original recipe I came across and I have no idea what I did wrong but wow.  What I ended up with was a tough ball of dough that still hadn’t had all of the ingredients kneaded in.  I wish I would have thought to take a picture because I could barely make an indention in it with my finger LOL.  Deemed a disaster I 86’d it (threw it away) and started over.  For the most part I followed the ingredients of the original recipe (I used milk instead of ice water), adjusted the amounts a little to work better for me and mixed them together in a slightly different way.

Ingredients:

3 Eggs

(3)  1/2 eggs shells of Milk  (measure this using 1/2 of one of the egg shells you just cracked)

1/4 tsp. Salt

3 c. Flour

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In a bowl, measure out your flour.  Make a well in the middle of your flour and add in the eggs, milk and salt.  Using your fingers whip the wet ingredients while pulling the flour into the mixture.  Once it is mixed  knead the dough until you have a nice noodle ball 🙂

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Flour a flat surface and roll out your dough until it is thin.  The original recipe said roll it until it was an 1/8 of an inch thick but I rolled it out until it felt thin enough to me.  I also cut my dough in half and rolled it out in two batches as my counter space is very limited.  Once you have your dough rolled out use a pizza cutter (or knife) to cut it into thin strips.  You can keep them long but I cut mine into shorter strips .  Lightly toss your noodles with the flour that remains on your surface and spread your noodles out on a covered surface to dry out a little bit.  I put sheets of wax paper on top of my stove to accomplish this.

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The original recipe says you can store your noodles in the fridge 2-3 days or in the freezer 1-2 months.  I will be using all of these but have plans to make more soon that I can freeze for later use. When I do this I am going to slide the wax paper onto a baking sheet, cover it and sit it in the freezer for a while so the noodles can freeze up a little bit before I put them into a gallon zip lock bag.  This will keep the noodles from freezing in chunks.

 

For the noodles I am going to cook I will be adding them into the following….

 

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2 Chicken breast boiled and shredded

1/2 onion, diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

1 carrot, diced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

2 cartons Chicken broth

Water you boiled the chicken in (add 2-3 chicken bouillon cubes if you like a strong chicken broth flavor)

In the pan of left over water add 3 bouillon cubes (optional), the broth, carrots, celery and onion.  Cook on medium heat until carrots are cooked through.  Add in the chicken and mushrooms.  Stir and let cook for another 5 minutes.  At this point  turn up the heat to medium high until the broth is lightly boiling and add in the noodles.  Cook noodles for 7 minutes.  Season to taste.

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Final thoughts and future adjustments:

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  • The adjustments I made to the original recipe made for a nice dough.  Not to loose yet not tough.  I will definitely be making more of these noodles up and freezing them.  They will be a nice freezer staple.
  • I liked the flavor of the noodles but I will be looking in to how to make them more fluffy.  They have a very dense texture but I would like to see if I can get them between a dense noodle and a fluffy dumpling 🙂
  • I think playing around with adding spices to these noodles could be fun! Or even adding in veggies somehow.
  • I put all of the noodles I made into my soup. As much as I liked it there was just to many.  Next time I will only add half so the noodles do not overpower the other ingredients.

 

I had a lot of fun making these and didn’t make nearly the mess that I thought I would!

Cooking is love made visible.

-quotegram

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Chicken and Rice Casserole

We are always looking for easy delicious meals to make in our house and the other day while doing a simple chicken casserole search I came across this >> link << recipe on http://www.allrecipes.com.

Listening through the recipe as well as comments I made some very simple/easy changes to it to suit our tastes better. The follow are changes made, pictures as well as our final thoughts 🙂

  • I can never just use unseasoned meat so I peppered the chicken. There is a quite a bit of sodium in canned cream soup so I did not salt it.
  • Also, the chicken we get from Kroger in the family packs is always very thick so I basically butterfly it but instead of leaving it butterflied I cut it all the way through. So this is actually 3 pieces of chicken cut to make 6 pieces.

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  • We buy our cream soup in family sized cans so we had a few more ounces than the recipes 21.5 ounces.
  • We prefer fresh mushrooms so I substituted 2 cups of sliced fresh mushrooms in place of the 1 (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
  • Because this casserole was prepared the day before and reheated for the next nights dinner I added an additional 1 cup of liquid. Which in this case was chicken broth. (This decision was made after the picture on the right was taken so the rice mixture will be a little looser if you add the additional cup of liquid)
  • After listening to several reviews I noticed people commenting that next time they made it that they would cut back to only using 1/2 of the packet of Onion Soup mix as the flavor was strong to them.  Now I used a generic brand (the recipe calls for Lipton) and since I did that I did use the whole packet but if this concerns you then I would suggest only using 1/2 the packet the first time you make it.

 

Unbaked Casserole

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Baked Casserole. You will not get a “browned look” with this particular recipe.

  • I stirred the rice mixture up after uncovering the casserole then put it back in the oven for the additional 15 minutes.

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I served the casserole with Roasted Asparagus. I think almost any veggie would go nicely with this or even a small side salad.

Final thoughts….

  • Crispy onions would be a fabulous topper for this to give you a crunch factor or even a bread crumb/parmesan cheese mixture would be delicious.
  • I am glad I peppered the chicken and chose not to salt it.  Browning it ahead of time might not be a bad idea either.  It would give the chicken more texture and that browned flavor.
  • Adding the additional liquid I feel was a good call.  It enabled the casserole to still have a creamy texture even though it was reheated.
  • Using the full packet of the soup mix worked for us.  Like previously stated, if you are nervous the flavor will be to strong try adding half of the packet and then if you find that you would like the flavor stronger then the next time you make it add the whole packet.
  • The texture of the fresh mushrooms was a good compliment to the other ingredients.  If all you have or you just like them better I think canned mushrooms will work just fine also 🙂
  • Ideas/Changes to take the casserole in a different direction:
    • dice the chicken, season and brown it
    • prepare the rice mixture per recipe but add in a cup (or more) of peas and carrots as well as stir the diced chicken in at this point, spread in baking dish
    • top with stuffing and finish preparing per recipe
  • If you like to meal prep/make freezer meals I think this would freeze and bake up nicely.  This is something I will for sure be trying in the future.

 

All in all we liked this recipe.  It will for sure go in the repeat category!

*Did you tweak the recipe in any way when you made it? Was there something you would change next time? Add or take away from the recipe? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!*

Link to original posted recipe click >> HERE

 

Also, if there is a something you are wanting to try but are nervous about testing out a new recipe let me know and it might be one that we try and then feature here on my blog 🙂

 

Cooking is love made visible ❤

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“Swirly Whirly” Cupcake Pillow

 

I came across a pattern one day to make a donut pillow.  Yes, you read that right.  Donut Pillow!  How neat and different!  I saved the pattern (pattern available here) and kind of forgot about it.  If you are a crafter you know how that is.  So many patterns so little time lol.  Well a month or so later I came across that pattern again and thought I would give it a whirl.

After sharing the donut pillow picture on Facebook I was asked if I could make a cupcake pillow.  I thought ok, I think I could do that and started scouring the web for a pattern.  After a few days of off and on searching I was finding mostly small appliques, amigurumi’s and hat patterns.  It was becoming clear that I was not going to find what I was looking for/wanting so I became determined to make up my own pattern.  *This pattern actually came to be months before my “Hold My Towel” Holders (my pattern found here).*
I started with the “cake” part of the cupcake and rather quickly figured out a stitch combination that gave me that texture/look that I was wanting.  I knew like cupcake liners I wanted it to have ridges.  From there I decided that the cake and icing where going to be two separate pieces and in the end would be sewn together.  Feeling pretty confident and proud of myself I thought the icing would be smooth sailing. HAHAHAHAHAHA oh was I ever wrong.  I wanted the icing to have the swirl look to it and nothing I tried seemed to give me that desired effect.  I went back to the web and went through crochet stitches listening through descriptions of ones I already knew and ones I didn’t.  It was while I was doing this that I was reminded of HDC (half double crochet) and the third loop on a HDC.  Eureka!!!  I was going to alternate rows of regular HDC and HDC’s in the third loop of the previous rows HDC.  Stitches decided I sat down and started testing if this would work and wouldn’t you know it….it did!  I had a couple flub ups.  Losing track of what kind of row I needed to be doing, making the increased area to large etc.  Determined to make it work I would sigh and frog the work that was wrong and start over.  With many deep breaths and pep talks I give you ‘Swirly Whirly” Cupcake Pillow!  I hope it gives you just as many smiles as it gives me 🙂

Cupcake Pillow

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn: 1 color for “cake” part, 1 color for the “icing”, a small amount of red for the cherry, and small amounts of rainbow color (or) brown for sprinkles
H 5.0 mm hook
Polyfil
yarn needle
scissors
Foam (optional) Cut into a cylinder (6.25″ x 4″) to fit inside your “cake”

Stitches:
MC – magic circle
ch- chain
st(s)- stitch(es)
rd – round
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
fphdc – front post half double crochet
bphdc – back post half double crochet
blo – back loop only
dbl – double crochet
tl- third loop
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

Special Stitches:
Shell Stitch (ShSt) – 4 dbl in the same stitch
TL of a hdc: Video to show you how to locate this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2nyqJZBfvA
sc2tog: Video to show you how to do this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAQWZMZJXnE

Special Instructions:
Ch. 1 does not count as a stich unless otherwise noted in the pattern

Cake:
Rd 1: MC, ch 1, 12 hdc into mc, sl st into first hdc, ch 1 (12 sts)
Rd 2: 2 hdc in same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in each remaining sts of the round, slst into beginning hdc, ch 1 (24 sts)
Rd 3: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next sts*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (36 sts)
Rd 4: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (48 sts)
Rd 5: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (60 sts)
Rd 6: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to* until you reach the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (72 sts)
Rd 7: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1 , 1 hdc in 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into the back loop beginning hdc (84 sts)
Rd 8: this round will be done in blo. 1 hdc in blo of same stitch as ch1, 1 hdc blo of each st around, sl st into (BOTH loops) beginning hdc, ch1. (84 sts)
Rd 9: fphdc around same st as ch 1, bphdc around next st, *fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (84 sts)
Rd 10-21: Repeat Rd 9
Rd 22: hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in each stitch around, sl st into beginning hdc, tie off
Weave in ends

Icing:
Rd 1: MC, ch 1 12 hdc into mc, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1
Rd 2: 2 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in tl of each remaining sts of the round, slst into beginning hdc, ch 1 (24 sts)
Rd 3: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next sts*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (36 sts)
Rd 4: 1 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in tl of next st, 2 hdc in tl of next st, *1 hdc in tl of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in tl of next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (48 sts)
Rd 5: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (60 sts)
Rd 6: 1 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in tl of next 3 sts, 2 hdc in tl of next st, *1 hdc in tl of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in tl of next st*, repeat * to* until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (72 sts)
Rd 7: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1 , 1 hdc in 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc (84 sts)
Rd 8: 1 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in tl of each st of the remaining sts around, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (84sts)
Rd 9: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in each of the remaining sts around, st st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (84 sts)
Rd 10-17: Repeat Rds 8 & 9
Rd 18: 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 ShSt in next st, *1 sc in next st, 1 ShSt in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st in beginning sc, tie off leaving long tail (You will be using this to sew your Icing to your Cake)

Sprinkles:
Make as many or as few as you want. *I made 24+
Chain 4, tie off

Cherry:
Rd1: MC, ch1, sc 4, sl st into beginning sc, ch 1 (4 sts)
Rd 2: 2 sc in same st as ch 1, 2 sc in remaining sts, sl st into beginning sc, ch 1 (8 sts)
Rd 3 & 4: sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, sl st into beginning sc, ch 1 (8 sts each Rd)
Rd 5: sc2tog the st of the ch 1 and the next st, *1 sc in next st, sc2tog*, repeat * to * 1 times, sl st into beginning sc2tog (4 sts)
tie off making sure to leave enough of a tail to sew up the small hole and attach your cherry to the icing
Attach cherry to icing

Attaching Sprinkles:
Thread each of the sprinkles through your icing. I threaded one end through the icing and then extended the sprinkle 2 rows (this is roughly the width from one “ridge” to the next) and threaded the other end through. Tie a knot with your tails making sure not to pull to tightly on the knots first loops as this will pull the sts of the icing and cause gaps. Snip ends.

Attaching Icing to Cake:
*if you have opted to use foam to fill your “cake” portion insert it now*
Using the Whip Stitch: attach Rd 18 of your icing to Rd 22 of your cake. Once you are 1/2 way done start stuffing your cupcake making sure to add more stuffing as you go. Be mindful of how much you stuff the “cake” part as the sides will start to bulge. Tie off and weave in ends.

TADA! You now have the most sugar free, carb free cupcake ever!

If you come across any errors or have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me!

 

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
-Ben Okri

 

**PLEASE DO NOT COPY, ALTER OR TRY TO PASS THIS PATTERN OFF AS YOUR OWN. IF YOU CHOOSE TO SELL ITEMS COMPLETED FROM THIS PATTERN PROVIDING A LINK BACK TO MY BLOG IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED BUT NOT REQUIRED**