As some items continue to be in short supply, both in stores and online, i’ve found myself enjoying the relatively easy challenge of replacing some of our favorites with home made, and therefore, healthier substitutes.
My husband is a huge fan of Wish Bone Western Dressing. Apparently, a lot of people are. Incredibly, a quick google and i found the perfect recipe for us in the very first go! Never a reason to purchase the commercial product again.
Here’s my slightly modified recipe:
Homemade Western Dressing
1/3 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup organic olive oil, extra virgin
2/3 cup organic ketchup
1 tbsp honey
½ tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp salt
Whisk together all ingredients until smooth.
Makes 12 ounces
I mix in a 2 cup glass measuring container. Gives me plenty of room to whisk, then I’m ready to pour it into a narrow necked dressing bottle.
Below is the published recipe. I made one change and that was to use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of Worstershire Sauce. I may try to reduce the sugar, but may not – Allen thought it was perfect – i thought it a bit too sweet.
And whatever you may ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (Eph 5:20) If you love Me, keep My commandments, And I will petition the Father, and He will give you another one which will end the curse, that He may remain with you forever, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see it nor know it. But you know it, for it dwells with you and shall be in you.
Neglectfully, i sat my home made cookbook on my kitchen bench whilst cooking. Apparently, it was quite wet and the pages soaked up a bunch of water, then i slapped it shut and took to the basement shelves until i needed it next. The result was this horrible mess. The mold is so bad, that i have to have the windows open just to read my recipes!
Today, i’m starting to run off new copies of each treasured recipe. One of these days, i may do up a professionally looking family cookbook.
As i get older, i’m more aware of how much time and hard work a piece of property can be. Many years ago, my grandpa gave me a 160 acre piece of his land and i now realize that he was about my age now when he gave it. I was much younger and was thrilled, but now i can see that he was probably tired of managing and fixing all its problems. In fact, it is only about the east 80 acres of the farm i now have that incurs 80% of the work i do on the 520 acres i now own/manage. (it is a sad reflection of our time that in north Missouri that is no where near enough property to make a living on). At the same time, it’s the corner of that piece that is the best for working and loading out livestock. (interestingly, my daughter, at about age 11 made the comment, ‘i don’t like this farm, it is too much work!”)
Truth be told, if it was possible for me to control the land to the north of me and to the south, i could all but eliminate the massive erosion and washing problems which cause my little piece to be so much work. But i don’t, so difficult repairs are recurring. Controlling the ‘heads’ of the water by building ponds or dams would practically stop all but the worst rain events which cause such destruction. The biggest help would be to seed down the hills that are being farmed every year. There are no roots to hold any soil in place and increase water infiltration on acres and acres of slope.
So, a point i’m trying to make is – look to your future self when purchasing a property – is this property you are considering fixable? or will it be constant work? We actually looked at a property last year that was adjoining and for sale, but with all it’s deep ditches and no control of the head, it would be more work than what we wanted to take on now at retirement age. It is FAR too much asking price anyway. (It’s still for sale)
My fences are completely dead now with the lack of a tiny fuse. These photos are from the last time it needed changing. I’m going to ask the fellow who installed this if we can turn that panel upside down so that the fuse box is lower to the ground. This is just ridiculous how much work it is and equipment needed to change a fuse!
I always used to insist that there’s no reason to make your own challah in Israel when there are so many delicious challahs available to buy. My mind was quickly changed when a good friend who I had invited to Shabbat dinner, delivered two fresh out of the oven challahs to my house one Friday afternoon. They were melt in the mouth, sweet, soft and everything you’d want out of a home-baked challah. She happily gave me the recipe and every since I make them as often as I can. There’s is no bought substitute anywhere. I get dirty looks from my family when Shabbat dinner comes around and I haven’t baked them.
What I love about this recipe is that the proofing is very forgiving – I have left the dough to rise for an hour or so longer than the recipe requires, and all was well with the…