*Please note the subscribers master index has been updated to date. You can locate the 8 page PDF at the entry of the 2003 collection.
When it comes to food our biggest request is for recipes to make high quality meals in minutes. Many working mothers would like to be able to open a few cans of food, mix and crank in the oven still keeping nutrition in mind. The Mabel Company is working hard on "Home Made Meals in Minutes." Until that is announced this fall, here are a few tips we now employ:
The first place we tend to "cheat" is with ready made dough. We find it is cheaper to buy 3 one pound loaves of frozen dough (in the freezer section,) than it is to make them from scratch. While white dough is not high in fiber or any other important value, we can adjust that by the ingredients we add. We buy Bridgford dough and we find it great for anyone who likes the flavor, aroma, and wholesomeness of home-made bread but would just as soon skip the hassle of obtaining and mixing ingredients. Bridgford sells a white, as well as a harder to find honey wheat. Their honey wheat is out of this world.
If we desire to make bread or other dough related items, we take the dough out of the freezer in the morning, no later than 10:00 AM, and we place the dough in a glass loaf baking dish that has been sprayed with PAM. We place the glass loaf dish on top of the stove and cover with a pretty dish towel. By 4:00 PM you have some serious dough that has risen! What you can do with the dough when it is ready is truly remarkable.
With Bradford dough you can make fantastic cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, braided bread, calzone, cheesy bread, charcoal grill bread, stromboli, pizza, tomato, olive and rosemary focaccia, fondue bead, garlic twists, herbed bread, coffee cake, gourmet pretzels, and our personal favorite, broccoli and cheese bread. Subscribers will find an eBook with over 120 ready made dough recipes in the 2003 forum.
I know, how virtually mean to discuss dieting just after a long dissertation on gooey cinnamon roles. Nevertheless, this message was brought to you by 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet. Now that I love making yogurt so much, I searched the net over and found 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet. Don't go there if you hate being barraged with pop ups that you have "won" something." At age forte' everything is going south and our bodies are less forgiving. So, if I want to get 40 more quality years in, I had better find time to walk and find time to sweat a little, as well as drink lots of water. Since nothing happens without motivation, (for me anyway) I pretend there is a prize at the end of my long walk--or post it note J'Lo's body to my glasses and get out that door! Or just boogie to your favorite music when no one is home, of coarse, and make sure you sweat a little. Do these things BEFORE you partake of a meal and you will be less hungry. You will also naturally desire water when you are done. It is true that the more active you are, the less you have to diet at all.
If you need the photo, OKAY, here it is, the unauthorized version of J'Lo. Well, never mind. If you want the recipes for the One Fat Heifer Diet, also known as the "Forte' Diet" (pronounced "For Tay") I created for myself, it is in the subscribers section of 2003. I have to loose about thirty pounds, so this may take me a good 60 days to do. I also set my calendar to remind me of the commitment, since I make appointments for everything I do. This appointment is with myself, and it incorporates boogie, shower and eat--an hour long process. I can reasonably fit that in two to three time a day--around breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just do not let anyone catch you trying to follow the Tai Bow tape, the laughter could be brutal.
You can create long lasting floral fireworks on a slim budget with red carnations, white poms, and blue statice. You can even buy all white carnations and use a floral color spray to create the colors you are after. To get more blue you can use a navy colored satin ribbon, to get more white, baby's breath. Other props could include a red, blue or white taper candle, a flag, and/or a clear hurricane glass to be centered in your design. As long as you know how to soak floral foam before using, it is hard not to come up with an outstanding arrangement! What I have in mind is a nice centerpiece of red and white roses that are just starting to open, with a navy satin ribbon. Since I like guests to leave with a gift, I would set some flowers individually in small vases so they can be taken home with the guest.
Ice bowls are very easy to make and very beautiful. The thicker the bowl the longer it will last when serving. To make ice bowls simply pick a large plastic bowl and a medium sized bowl to freeze the water in between the two and use a bamboo stick to place your petals or herbs right where you want them when the bowl is half frozen. We used dill on ours and pansies in the smaller bowl.
Recommended reads for the 4th of July fare: Subscribers can print Potato Salad Recipes, BBQ Sauce Recipes and
4th of July Blue Prints by Mabel
First of all you may want to make popsicles for the kids using lemonade and red, and blue food coloring. If the kids like yogurt, then make them red and blue yogurt pops. We highly recommend the pretty Kerr mason jars to use as glasses and pour old fashioned lemonade with real cut up lemons in them. The Kerr decorative jar can be bought at Wal-Marts. Subscribers will want to go to BBQ recipes (Year 2001,) the new Redi-Dough Recipes (Year 2003,) our great Casseroles in minutes recipes (Year 2000,) Coca Cola Recipes (Year 2001,) and most certainly Potato Salad Recipes (Year 2001.) You may also want to look at Dry Meat Rubs (Year 2003,) and Spice Mixes (Year 2002.)
For desert you may want to give away Kailua Brownies baked in mason jars (Year 2002,) and bottles of your own home made BBQ sauce for guests to take home! (We used old IBC Cola and Root Beer bottles to pour the sauce in and then corked it while it was still hot.) The Kids may like to create a red, white and blue piñata, Popcorn (Year 2000,) and you may want to be sure you have Citronella Soy candles outside to keep pests away (in the archives.)
Gourmet flavored vinegars and oils can cost a small fortune, but you might be surprised at how easy and economical it is to make your own. With a few fresh herbs and/or vegetables and a little imagination, you can create a signature vinegar to splash on foods as a flavor garnish or to use in salad dressings, sauces and marinades. Captured in decorative bottles, home-made vinegars are also special gifts. We like to dip the top of our finished product in paraffin and then use a natural raffia bow around the neck of the bottle. Flavored oils can be made the same way we describe below. These concepts can also be used for decorative bath oils.
Select and prepare
containers first. Use only glass jars or bottles that are free of cracks or nicks and
can be sealed with a screw-band lid, cap or cork. Wash containers thoroughly, then
sterilize them in the dishwasher or by immersing the jars in a pan of hot water and
simmering for 10 minutes. Once the jars are sterilized remove from the simmering water
and invert on a paper towel to dry. Fill while the jars are still warm.
Mabel has many bee keepers in her following, and she stays forever intrigued with the life of a beekeeper and the by products of bees. Uses for bee products are varied as well as endless. Burt's Bees really gave the entire bee industry much more recognition than it ever had before and sort of "branded" it. If you ask Burt how he got started, as with any great idea, it was all by mistake. One day, he found a swarm of homeless bees and learned how to take care of them and harvest bee products. Bees or no bees, someone was a marketing genius in the world of Burt.
So, let us look at the uses for honey. It is a well known ingredient in good BBQ sauce and it tastes GREAT in ice cream. In fact Hagen Das used to offer a "honey" ice cream, but for some reason they no longer carry it in their line. Honey also taste great over coconut ice cream or just drizzled over croissants. Honey is also used in soap making as a humectant, and in lip balm as a sweetener. People use honey to sweeten their tea as well as chai. Whipped honey butter is great to accompany dark breads. Honey can be like a fine wine having different geographics:
Is purported to posses amazing health enhancing powers and is known to be the "perfect food." Bee Pollen has a high amount of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and nutrients. It has earned the title of “the most complete food every discovered by man” because it single handedly contains the 22 essential elements needed by the human body. The nutrients in bee pollen include 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, a full span of vitamins and numerous enzymes, which support good digestion and overall good health.
We think that is great and we put bee pollen in our smoothies for energy. In fact we advise not to eat bee pollen after 3:00 PM unless you intend to stay up all night!
We love honey so much we even make slogans out of it! "It is none of your beeswax," or is it? We love to make lip balm, cosmetics, lotions, crèmes, and even candles with our bees wax. "What's the matter Buckwheat, you don't like cosmetics?" We also love to put just a little melted bees wax in with our soy candles to make it more opaque. Bee people make beeswax white by adding little hydrogen peroxide to the yellow wax. Honey, I am home!
Patriotic Soaps and Candles
Free Idea's to Create Your OWN Sparks!
If you enjoy sitting around a bon fire and use GREAT CARE you can throw in these salts and watch colorful flames dance, you'll be happy to know you can color your own flames quite cheaply. The various chemicals or salts required for certain colors of flames are as follows:
potassium soleplate ( 3 parts) and potassium nitrate (1 part) for violet flames
strontium chloride for red flames
calcium chloride for blue flames
magnesium soleplate (Epson Salts) for white flames
baron salts (borax) for yellowish-green flames
copper sulphate (blue vitrol) for green flames
sodium chloride (table salt) for yellow flames