Little Bit of This…..Little Bit of That……

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Just a few recipes,  a few food related a few NON ~ food related.

First…. the ones we can eat.

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Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini 

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.

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Homemade “Velveeta” Cheese

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…….

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Homemade Ant Trap

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.

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Homemade Stain Remover

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…….

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Put the leftover in a bottle, at YOUR OWN RISK ~ as this will happen.

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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!!!!

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8 responses »

  1. Well Bobbi, I remember getting to have some of the crock pot tortellini leftover and it was delicious so i hope to try this one soon.The homemade velvetta ranks right up there with homemade butterfingers..tho i have to tasted it it looks just like the real thing. I was not able to see the recipe tho as i am not on facebook so you will have to just give it to me. It’s probably better for you right?;) The homemade ant trap made me laugh , i’m sorry you have ants but it seems to be doing the trick and I will be for sure making the stain remover even tho I have no more young children to do laundry for we STILL manage to get stains on our clothes. THANKS!

    • Hi! Thanks for making me aware about the recipe not showing up. I fixed it! You will need to go to my blog to read it, it will NOT be on the e-mail updates. Sorry. Yes, it is probably a bit better for you then regular store bought Velveeta. 🙂 I do so enjoy making things from “scratch” so that is just another reason why I enjoyed making it! Let me know if you enjoy the stain remover!!! Wonder if you needed it on your shirt from today ;). You are welcome and THANKS for you ever enjoyable comments.

  2. I am curious about this velveeta recipe.. but It won’t let me sign up. Any way to post the actual recipe on your blog? 🙂

  3. Thanks for your recipes today, Bobbi. 🙂 I also like the “non food” recipes you put on. I may have to put them to use. THANKS!

  4. I am so glad to see recipes that are push me out of my normal way of thinking. I always want to make homemade concoctions for household items, but am scared to commit the time to make them before knowing how good they work. Thanks for putting these out there! And I’m going to share the velveeta recipe with my sis who can’t get the real stuff in central america!

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