Just a few recipes, a few food related a few NON ~ food related.
First…. the ones we can eat.
I saw this recipe on Cooking Up a Sale a little while ago. It looked real good, real easy. Well, it is, we enjoyed it! I hope you will too! To read Lisa’s tips, go here….. you will find the recipe here.
My family’s favorite casserole has a good amount of Velveeta cheese in it. I really haven’t cheese in a long time. BUT it is nice to serve their favorite dish, right?!?!? So I wanted to have the “right” cheese for it. I had seen homemade Velveeta recipes before, but was nervous to try. Not sure why, it seemed simple enough. A friend of mine DID try it and her family enjoyed. That gave me the courage to give it a go as well. Happy I did, it worked out GREAT for the casserole as well as in scrambled eggs and grilled cheese! A keeper for sure!!!!! Does this seem interesting to you??? Will you give it a try?!?!? PLEASE let me know what you think!!!! (I do SO enjoy hearing from you 😉 !!!!
My notes for this recipe are ~
*Use less salt (maybe 1/2 tsp. – 3/4 tsp. only).
*ALSO, I used a Pizza Blend cheese ~ while it was good, next time I will use either Colby, as it calls for, OR a Sharp Cheddar.
* Oh, ALSO, you know those rectangular food storage containers from Rubbermaid??? They hold about 20 oz. or 2 1/2 c-ish??? Anyways, I lined one of those with plastic wrap and chilled the cheese in it overnight. Worked well.
* One more thing. I had to mix mine in my food processor a bit longer then 1 minute. You are just looking for a nice smooth cheese.
Oh, yes, here is the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Feed. My adapted version is below, Enjoy!!
Homemade “Velveeta” Cheese
1 TB. water
1 1/2 tsp. powdered gelatin
12 oz. Colby cheese, shredded (3 c. about)
1 TB. dry milk powder
1/2 – 3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 c. plus 2 TB. skim milk
Line a rectangular plastic container with plastic wrap.
Put water in small bowl, add gelatin, stir, let set 5 minutes. Pulse cheese, milk powder, salt, and cream of tartar in food processor until combined, just a few pulses.
Meanwhile, bring milk to boil in small pan. Take off heat, add softened gelatin and stir til dissolved. With processor running, slowly add hot milk mixture to cheese mixture until smooth, about 1 – 2 minutes. Taste, add more salt if needed.
Pour cheese mixture to prepared container, smooth the top nicely. Wrap tightly and chill at least 3 hours, or overnight.
On to the recipe you CANNOT eat…….
So. We have ants. Do you??!?! Those little buggers just appear as the weather warms. We needed to get rid of them BEFORE they got rid of us……… I ran out of the ant gel we usually use. So, lickity split, a friend told me to check out Pinterest for an ant killer “recipe”. Found it here. Made it. Watched the ants drink and get all drunk and stuff and then, BOOM!!!! They were gone. Now, some of their friends (who apparently did not get the memo about the honey concoction that kills) came a-calling a day or so later. But, they are gone now too. Sorry guys. You don’t belong in my house.
Try out this homemade version (IF you have ants and let me know what you think!!) I used honey as the sweetener.
Stains!!!! DO you have stains!?!?!? Do your kids or loved ones have stains?!?!?!? Silly question, right?!?!?!
Here is my favorite stain remover. Now, it makes more than you need for 1 stain, but wait a day or two…….your pile of stained clothes will use the whole batch RIGHT up!!!!!
Here is the recipe.
Here is the “proof” it works. (You know those strange “grease like” stains that. just. appear?? Well, it got rid of that! It also does really well with the white long sleeve shirts that have dirty cuffs…..) Please don’t scrutinize the picture too much, it looks like part of the stain is still there……I must have missed a spot, in real life, the stain DID come out…….
Put the leftover in a bottle, at YOUR OWN RISK ~ as this will happen.
I still keep the leftovers, overflowing bottle and all. I just keep the leftovers in my utility sink (to contain any overflow…..cause there WILL BE overflow……), shake it up when I need it. Good to go.
I would enjoy knowing if ANY of this caught YOUR attention, as it did mine!! Thanks as always for reading!!!!