Posts from the ‘Recipes’ Category


Anyone ever heard of GOOT?

I found the recipe yesterday and made a batch. I have used it before and know that it works. You can find a thread of discussion about it on the Well Tell Me forum. There you will read of other people’s experience and what worked for them and different ways of making it.

I just used what I had, which was regular(not extra virgin) olive oil, regular(not extra virgin) coconut oil, and organic garlic cloves. I used about 1/4 cup of each of the oils and one whole bulb of garlic. I have a mini food processor so I put everything together in there and blended it up. Then I stained it in my mesh stainer (I happened to be making tomato sauce at the time so I put the garlic in there after staining to get the best use of it), put it in a jar and labeled it.

After baths last night I rubbed it on all the little feet. I am hoping to prevent flu bugs this year, as much as I can, anyway!

Disclaimer: My whole house smells like garlic this morning! 🙂

Here is a detailed link on Dance and Be Glad, complete with pictures.

Another variation, and she renamed it GOCO.

To your health… and healing…


A hot soup for a chilly evening…

Our summer has been hot!

Very HOT!!

We saw more days over 100 degrees than we cared to, with heat indexes exceeding 110.

BUT… fall appears to be here now and we are enjoying it!

Soup is coming back into my mind as I think of menus now.

So I thought I would ask for some of your favorite soup recipes.

Here is one that I found on Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures that I would like to try sometime.

For tonight it is going to be my favorite Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

2 TBSP chopped onion

2 TBSP melted butter

3 TBSP flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 cups milk

1 cup grated cheese (I use cheddar)

Cook onion and butter until onion is soft. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add milk and heat to boiling. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Add cheese and stir until melted.

In another pan add 2 chicken bouillon cubes to 2 cups of boiling water. Add 10 oz. fresh or frozen broccoli. Cook until tender. Add cheese sauce and serve with crackers.

Broccoli can be processed in blender before adding cheese sauce, or with a stick blender if you have one.

If you would share a recipe that you have enjoyed, I would be thrilled to try some new ones.

Pumpkin recipes…

We were blessed with a bountiful harvest of pumpkins this year and I am cooking them off a few at a time. I use some and freeze some for later use in pumpkin pies and other desserts.

Here are some of the recipes that I have made so far.

This Pumpkin Dinner Roll recipe is from Gina at Home Joys and it is delicious. They are so soft and light. I think they would also make great cinnamon rolls also. I’ll probably try that one of these days.

Pumpkin Bread

2 cups pumpkin

4 eggs

1 cup oil

1/3 cup water

3 1/2 cups flour

3 cups sugar

1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

Combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, and water, mix well.

Sift together dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture, mixing well.

Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 by 5 loaf pans.

Bake at 350* for one hour and 10 min. or until done.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

2 packed cups brown sugar

1 cup shortening(I use 1/2 butter & 1/2 coconut oil)

2 cups pumpkin

2 eggs

3 1/2 cups flour

1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Cream brown sugar, shortening, and eggs. Add pumpkin.

Mix dry ingredients together and add to pumpkin mixture.

Mix well.

Drop on cookie sheet with a spoon and bake for 10 min. at 400*.

Cool completely.

Put the cream cheese filling between 2 cookies.

Wrap individually and freeze.

Cream Cheese Filling

2-8oz pkg cream cheese

8 TBSP butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Mix together well.

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? I would love to try some new ones…

Crispy Lime Pickles

My cucumbers are yielding well this year and I have been making pickles. Most people really dislike soggy pickles as I do. These are my favorite, maybe because my mom made these alot, but also, they stay crispy.  The extra work is worth the crispy outcome. Although I don’t think they are alot of extra work.

Lime Pickles

8 pound cucumbers (washed and cut into 1/4 inch rings)

2 gallons of water

2 cups lime

Put cucumbers in a large, clean pail or pot. (not aluminum)

Mix the lime and water. Pour over cucumbers.

Lay a glass plate on the top of the liquid to hold the cucumbers down in the water.

Soak for 24 hours.

Rinse 3 times in cold water. It is important to get all of the lime out.

1 1/2 quart vinegar (I use white)

4 1/2 pounds of sugar

1 Tbsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Pickling spice

Mix together well, and pour over washed cucumbers.

Soak for 24 hours with the plate on top of the cucumber as before.

Then boil, cucumbers and brine together, for 30 min or until cucumbers turn translucent.

Put into hot jars and hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Potato Recipe…

Having an abundance of potatoes has given me the privilege of trying new recipes. Here is one that I found on Home Joys. It was delicious! Definitely going in my collection of favorites.

Baked Potato Casserole

5 pounds potatoes, cooked and cubed

1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup (8 oz) sour cream (I use my homemade yogurt.)

1 T minced chives

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Combine potatoes and bacon.

In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.

Add to potato mixture and toss gently.

Bake in greased dish, uncovered, at 325 for 1 hour or until bubbly and light brown.

This also works well for the crockpot. Put it on low for 2-3 hours.

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