Sweet and Sour Chicken over Rice

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Description: Breaded fried chicken strips seasoned with ginger, garlic, and onion, in a reddish sweet and sour sauce served over rice

Yield: 4 servings Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced into bite-sized pieces

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons garlic salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 cup oil

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

3/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch

2 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar

1 cup water

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

3 Tablespoons ketchup


Instructions: 1. In a medium-sized container with a tight-fitting lid, mix flour, ginger, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, and seasoned salt. Add chicken pieces, put lid on, and shake to coat.

2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Drop in floured chicken, and fry until chicken in browned and fully cooked. Drain on paper towels.

3. In large saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, water, soy sauce, and ketchup. Heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. When mixture is thickened, add chicken pieces and toss to coat.

4. Serve chicken and sauce over hot rice.


Sausage for Sausage Roll

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3 lb hamburger

2 eggs

3/4 tsp. garlic

2 tsp. onion powder

4 tsp. celery salt

1/2 TBSP. Worcestershire sauce

4 c. bread crumbs, blended in the blender

1/2 tsp. black pepper

4 c. water

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

2 tsp. salt



Uncle Carl’s Fudge Bars

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2 1/2 c. flour

2 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

1 c. butter

3 c. oats

1 bag chocolate chips

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 TBSP butter


Soften butter. Mix flour, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, and 1 c. butter together. Add oats. Combine.

Melt chocolate chips and 1 TBSP butter. Add sweetened condensed milk. Stir well.

Grease pan. Press half of the oat mixture into pan. Spread chocolate mixture on top. Hamburger patty style, put the rest of the oat mixture on top. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


Best Caramels

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2 C. Sugar

1 C. Packed brown sugar

1 C. Corn syrup

1 C. Evaporated milk

1 pint Heavy whipping cream

1 C. Butter

1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Grease a 12 x 15 ” pan. In a medium-sized pot, combine sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, whipping cream and butter. Monitor the heat of mixture with a candy thermometer while stirring on medium heat. When the thermometer reaches 250 degrees Fahrenheit remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and nuts if you want. Transfer mixture quickly to greased pan and let cool completely. Cut and wrap in wax paper.

Notes: Make thicker caramels by using a smaller pan. Consequently it will take longer to cool, though. It takes quite a while to get to 250, so about when your arm gets tired from stirring, turn the heat up to medium-high. What this does is gets it to the desired temperature quicker AND when the caramels are dry it adds a special effect on the way they turn out. It’s hard to describe!


Beth’s Rolls

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These are my tweaked version of the Golden Corral Copycat Rolls (which still aren’t as good as real Golden Corral’s).

You can use a kitchen aid mixer, as I have done many times in the past, but the best results are with hand made, because then you can really feel your dough and see if it really needs that extra 1/2 cup flour.

Also, you can use water instead of milk, or even fake milk, and margarine instead of butter, but it does not taste the same!

Beth’s Rolls

1 TBSP yeast
1/4 cup very warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot milk
1 egg
4 – 4 1/2 cups sifted flour

In a large bowl, stir the yeast into the very warm water. Take your 1/3 c. sugar and spill some in with your yeast, about a TBSP. Stir yeast mixture. Set aside.

Take your hot milk and put it in a medium bowl.  (I use the 8 c. measuring cup for a doubled recipe, or the 4 c. measuring cup for a single batch, and it leaves plenty of room.) Stir in the rest of your sugar, and your salt, and butter. Stir until butter melts. If your milk isn’t hot enough, scoop the butter out and melt it in the microwave. Cool the milk mixture to where you can stick your finger in for awhile and not have it uncomfortably warm. In a small bowl, beat your egg. Add it to the milk mixture. (If the milk mixture isn’t quite cool enough, the egg will cool it down enough so it won’t kill your yeast.)

Add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture and stir. Beat 3 cups of sifted flour in, one cup at a time. Add another cup and start kneading in your bowl. You may or may not need the last 1/2 c. flour. After kneading the dough until soft, not sticky, put into a large, greased bowl. Turn over once to get both sides greased. Cover and set to rise until double, about 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours. (Be sure to not let them over rise, unless you have punched them first! I once ‘ruined’ a batch this way.. leaving them for a few hours. They just weren’t as light and fluffy as they should have been. )

Punch dough and knead a few times till all smooth again. Divide dough in half. Take each half and cut them in half. Take the quarters and cut each of them into three pieces. Now if you did this correctly, you should have twelve chunks of dough, roughly all the same size. Shape these into rolls and place in a greased 9×13″ pan. (I use 10-11×14-15″ pan. If I am doubling, sometimes I just use a jelly roll pan). Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-40 minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes. If you want, butter the tops. (I wouldn’t recommend buttering it before cooking, because you might squash them.) Enjoy!

Add extra sugar for doughnut dough. Cut into circles with the middles cut out, or whatever shape you want them in. Let rise 30-40 minutes, then gently slip into hot oil, and deep fry until both sides are golden.


Carrot Cake

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This is Mom’s favorite recipe for carrot cake.

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

2 t. baking soda

2 t. cinnamon

1 t. salt

Mix in:

3 cups grated carrots

4 eggs

Beat then slowly add:

1 1/2 cups oil

Pour into greased pan. Bake at 325º for 35-45 minutes or until center is done. Let cool

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese

1 stick of butter softened

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese and butter until creamy. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar.



Suppose I said, “There’s a great-looking girl down the street. Let’s go look through her window and watch her undress, then pose for us naked, from the waist up. Then this girl and her boyfriend will get in a car and have sex–let’s listen and watch the windows steam up!”

You’d be shocked. You’d think, What a pervert!

But suppose instead I said, “Hey, come on over. Let’s watch Titanic.”

Christians recommend this movie, church youth groups view it together, and many have shown it in their homes. yet the movie contains precisely the scenes I described.

So, as our young men lust after the girl on the screen, our young women are trained in how to get a man’s attention.

How does something shocking and shameful somehow become acceptable because we watch it through a television instead of a window?

In terms of the lasting effects on our minds and morals, what’s the difference?

Yet many think, Titanic? Wonderful! It wasn’t even rated R!

Every day Christians across the country, including many church leaders, watch people undress through the window of television. We peek on people committing fornication and adultery, which our God calls an abomination.

We’ve become voyeurs, Peeping Toms, entertained by sin.


This is an excerpt from Randy Alcorn’s little book, The Purity Principle. I highly recommend it for husbands, wives, sons and daughters. I would suggest reading it before passing it onto your teenagers.


Pi Day!

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Ah, Pi Day! If you are a homeschooler, or just a brainiac, you will have a special appreciation for this day. For those of you, who really don’t care to even know what Pi Day is, listen up! Even you might have an interest after reading this!

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535. In other words, simply, it is the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter.

Visual of Pi


Another visual of Pi

I hope these visuals will give you a better idea of Pi.

You are probably asking yourself, “what does this have to do with me? I am done with school, my brain is full, and I really don’t care.” Well, this is where it gets really good: Enthusiasts all over the world have adopted Pi Day to be March 14th (3.14) the day to enjoy…. you guessed it… Pie!

There are many dinner type pies you could try: pot pie, pizza pie, impossible pie are a few ideas. For dessert, indulge yourself in math and enjoy apple, berry, chocolate, pumpkin, coconut, or any hundreds of pies you could bake up, or purchase. (Surely there must be something about calories not counting when you are doing something in the name of education, right?)

See how this works? Mom teaches the kids, the kids and mom get some math and home economics in (baking) and dad and the whole family gets to enjoy the fruits of their education together!

You might also enjoy reading, Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure) for further fun and education.

For further online reading:




Vaccine Video…. And Much More

Some time ago, I shared a video on my blog by Mary Toco called, “Are Vaccines Safe?” Since that time, the video has become unavailable for viewing, but I’ve discovered it can be purchased through Mary’s website. It is worth every cent for a parent to be informed about vaccinations.

Recently, several people approach me about the video seminar. I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so I did some looking around and wanted to share a little of what I found with you.

The unavailable video, I shared previously, was extremely informative and factual. I cannot tell you how informative it truly is.

After a search, I did find part one of the video, of which you may view here. It is part one and includes, what appears to be, Russian subtitles.

Also, I am including another brief video clip of Mary Tocco, because I thought it was interesting, as well. Enjoy!

Another informative watchdog for immunizations is the National Vaccine Information Center. Their mission statement sums up what their purpose is, quite well. “The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic in medicine.” They also have a Youtube channel.

As I consulted my bookshelf, I came across a book that was one of several sources, which helped my husband and I in making our decision regarding immunizations. It’s called, What About Immunizations? Exposing the Vaccine Philosophy by Cynthia Cournoyer. Full of statistics and references to support her facts, this book is very easy to read and a great reference tool.

When I flipped through her book, I was also reminded of another super resource, which is a must-have for a parent is How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor Dr. Mendelsohn, Pediatrician, advises parents on vaccinations, as well as how to treat childhood illnesses, and what to expect from your child’s development throughout their growing years. It, too, is a great reference, instead of running to the doctors for everything. This book will save you a lot of time and money by avoiding doctor visits.

I hope these tidbits of information might help you in some way to, or at least encourage you to consider vaccinations and the health of your precious children. Please do not assume anyone, except yourself, has your own children’s best interest in mind. Seriously, your children are entrusted to you. They are your responsibility. Please make yourself informed, no matter what your decision is in this area.

ADDENDUM: Since I published this, I remembered that I wanted to add a couple links to the Center For Disease Control, specifically the ingredients for immunizations.


Raising Maidens of Virtue…. Updated!

From the beginning of Raising Maidens of Virtue, Stacy McDonald sets the tone; the anticipation level rises in expectation to be encouraged for women both young and old in raising the bar in godliness and purity. I always enjoy reading Stacy McDonald’s material and Raising Maidens of Virtue met my expectations. I expected a lot and I got it!

What I appreciate about Stacy the most is that she is a straight shooter with a clear message of grace and truth. She has an eloquent and articulate voice for women seeking godliness, while tactfully, and lovingly, causing each of us to examine ourselves in such areas as selfishness, root sin issues, and more.

Stacy respectfully recognizes the structure of authority and begins teaching and exhorting each of us far beyond the “appearance of godliness.” She causes the reader to reach deeper to the foundation, reminding us that, “A woman with an unchaste heart will remain an unchaste woman regardless of what she wears until God convicts her of her sin, she repents, and the transforming work of Jesus creates in her a clean heart.”

This study, Raising Maidens of Virtue, gives a beautiful example of a balanced view of modesty and chastity, which is a refreshing, and yet, world-shattering message that, in itself, could revolutionize our homes and our local fellowships from the inside out. A mother could go through this study with her daughter today, and the message would be just as pertinent and timely in the future when the same woman goes through the study with her daughters-in-laws and granddaughters.

With gracefulness, older women are given the groundwork, the blueprints, to teach younger women. In fact, I would recommend any woman, whether single, widowed, with young daughters, or older daughters to read this study so that they may be equipped, as with a tool, along with their Bibles, to teach and encourage younger women, and disciple maidens of virtue, rather than waiting until problems arise and then trying to head off wrong worldly thinking when it is almost too late.

Stacy McDonald’s Raising Maidens Virtue contains foundational concepts. The earlier you can inculcate these truths into your daughters, the better.

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