Masa Harina Cornbread

masa cornbreadFor the longest time, I used and depended on one recipe for cornbread and one recipe only. What can I say? I was in love. But its been a long time since cornbread had made its appearance in my house. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Either I didn’t have the time or I didn’t want to make it. Besides, my family has been trying to reduce the amount of bread that we eat. Two solid months with no cornbread; I about went mad.

When I did want to make cornbread the other night, I was fresh out of cornmeal. Plus it was six-thirty and everyone was getting cranky because supper wasn’t on the table yet. I was not just about to run down to the store and spend money. That’s a big no-no. Because if you don’t have the ingredients, you just don’t make it. Well, I had every ingredient but one. But I did have masa harina. I bought it a while back and never really used it for anything. For those of you that aren’t familiar with masa, its basically just corn flour but in literal flour form. But if you want to know more about masa, click here. It’s typically used to make corn tortillas, but I was determined to make cornbread out of it. While searching for the recipe, I also found a new blog to love. It’s called Whole LifeStyle Nutrition and I absolutely love love love it!

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Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup

broccoli cheese soup

I love not having to stand around a hot stove for an hour to make a delicious and nutritious soup. If you’ve never invested in a slow cooker, I strongly recommend it. It only takes 5 minutes to put everything in it, and it cooks all day long, resulting in a perfect soup. One of my favorite soups to cook in the slow cooker is Broccoli and Cheese Soup.

It will definitely please anyone. Even the kids who think broccoli is the devil like this soup. I like to use broccoli from my garden to make it, so it cuts the cost of making the soup a bunch.

The cheese is the tricky part. Cheese costs so much these days, and the only way to get it for cheap is to own your own cow and make your own cheese. Where I’m from, I can’t exactly have a cow in my backyard, so it’s really helpful to grow my own broccoli or find some organic broccoli on sale at some place like Kroger. [Read more…]

Blueberry Muffins

blueberryThis simple and basic muffin recipe can be used to make different muffins by substituting blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, chocolate chips, peaches, or pecans for the blueberries. Add orange zest to the cranberry, lemon zest to the blueberry, or chopped hazelnuts to the chocolate chips for more variety.

Whenever I make any kind of muffin, I use these silicone baking cups. They are nonstick, reusable, and easy to clean, which is always a plus. I love not having to spray or flour muffin tins and then attempt to wash them later.

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Whole Wheat Pie Crust

pie crust wwSeeing the pie crust in the grocery store makes me want to gag. It looks really fake, gross, and I would never let anyone I know attempt to stomach it. It’s just that bad. Oh my gosh, the graham cracker crust gives me so many chills on my arm just thinking about it. Thinking about even eating is just repulsive. But I’ll tell you that this is the pie crust for you. It’s also the best recipe for whole wheat pie crust that I have found and tried. I can guarantee you’ll love it. I’ve probably used this recipe about 15 times in the past year for an assortment of things from shortcut pop-tarts to delicious lemon meringue pies. [Read more…]

Easy Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

yogurt1I am the kind of girl that goes through a quart of yogurt a day. Serving me and my seven siblings something as healthy as yogurt everyday gets a little costly. There had to be a solution. So there I was pacing in the kitchen, “How are you going to solve this predicament, Margaret? Huh?”. And it hit me. Why can’t I just make my OWN yogurt. It can’t be that hard. All I gotta do is cook up some milk and sugar, let it ferment, and Voila!, yogurt. Well, my friends, it’s not quite that easy. But it is something that anyone can do. It is not complicated at all and you find yourself saving loads of money in no time! [Read more…]