Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I love biscuits. But sometimes I just can't get awake enough in the morning to make them properly. So~I started looking around for a good homemade biscuit mix. I finally settled on the one below. It has a great flavor and makes biscuit making a snap in the mornings! You can substitute shortening for the butter, if you like. If you use butter, keep the mix in your refrigerator for up to four months. If you use shortening, store in tightly closed container on your counter top or in your pantry for 4-6 months.

Homemade Bisquick

6 C all-purpose flour, sifted

3 Tablespoons of baking powder

1 Tablespoon of salt

1/2 cup cold butter

Measure the sifted flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend thoroughly.
Cut in cold butter using a pastry cutter until thoroughly incorporated.
Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 months.

To make biscuits, mix 2 1/4 cups of homemade mix with 2/3 cup of milk. Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut out biscuits (approximately 12-14 depending on size). Bake at 425 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

This mix makes great sausage balls, too:)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hello From the Cabin

I should really say 'hello from Animal Cabin'! One cat has had an upper respiratory infection and been to the vet. We've had to give him medicine all week and wipe his nose contantly.

I took Bella, the German shepherd/Aussi puppy to have her spade and she has been inside howling since Thursday (she wants to go out and play with the others). Hopefully, by Wednesday she can spend some time outside as long as I keep her seperate from the other pups.

Meanwhile, someone dumped a cat on our road, so of course, she is here. We kept her isolated for a few days to make sure she wasn't sick, but I think she's mostly just starved. What is wrong with people?

Big waves to everyone~I'll be around to visit all of you SOON!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Homemade Christmas

Are many of you doing a lot of homemade gifts this year? I injured my thumbs and fingers a few years ago, so a lot of hand sewing crafts are out for me. I'm thinking of doing mostly food gifts.

I've done Cookies in a Jar before, but just the other day I found this jar recipe for Rosemary Focaccia Mix. It looks very nice and would be great with homemade dry soup mixes. It also got me thinking about other Bread in a Jar baskets I could do. I'm thinking about doing pizza crust mixes. All they would have to add is warm water and a few tablespoons of oil. I'm wondering if some people wouldn't also appreciate larger jars/containers of homemade Bisquick.

I'm also considering dry homemade mixes, like onion soup mix, or ranch dressing mix.

But, Thanksgiving first! Tomorrow, I hope to get my rolls baked for Thanksgiving, get my sausage/celery/onion mix for dressing frozen, and also get my pie crusts made. I imagine some of you are way, way ahead of me! I do have my potatoes frozen and the ingredients for most things ready.

Have a great day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall Musings

Good morning! Hope all of you have had a good week. We've been doing our fall cleaning around here and so far, my back is surviving, LOL! We sure manage to generate a lot of dust around here, and now (we live on a dirt road), with the wood stove going most days, the dust is increasing.

A few days ago, hubby and I took to the back roads to look at the fall colors. The nice thing about the mountain roads is that there is no traffic and you can stop, get out and snap a few pictures without danger of being run over.

We mostly had the road to ourselves, though there were a few spectators curious about what we were doing walking on the road.

Have a great weekend!