Easy Homemade Chili

Easy Homemade Chili

Easy Homemade Chili

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 pkg Buena Vida Chili Powder

1 pinch red pepper flakes

1 can spicy chili beans

                                  1 can tomato juice

   Brown the ground beef in a large pot.  Add chopped onion and cook until onion is transparent.  Add chili powder and pinch of red pepper flakes.  Stir well.  Add the can of chili beans with liquid and stir again.  Pour in the tomato juice and stir to combine.  Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

 

   Serve in a bowl with saltine crackers or over spaghetti and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

 

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  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot. Add chopped onion and cook until onion is transparent. Add chili powder and pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir well. Add the can of chili beans with liquid and stir again. Pour in the tomato juice and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Serve in a bowl with saltine crackers or over spaghetti and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
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Beef and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce Stir-Fry

Beef and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce Stir-Fry

Beef and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce Stir-Fry

1 lb. beef steak, partially frozen

2 Tblsp. soy sauce

2 Tblsp.  dry white wine

2 Tblsp. cornstarch

2 garlic cloves minced

oil for stir-frying

2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli

a hand full of thin strips of carrot

1/2 cup oyster sauce

1/4 cup water

   Slice the beef thinly across the grain.  Combine the soy sauce, wine, cornstarch, and minced garlic.  Marinate the beef at room temperature in the soy sauce mixture.

    Heat enough oil in a large wok or frying pan and stir-fry the beef over high heat for a couple of minutes.  Add broccoli and julienned carrots and cook for about 30 – 45 seconds.  

    Add oyster sauce and water.  Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to blend flavors.

    Serve over white rice and garnish with green onions pieces or chives.

    Serves 4.

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
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  1. Slice the beef thinly across the grain. Combine the soy sauce, wine, cornstarch, and minced garlic. Marinate the beef at room temperature in the soy sauce mixture.
  2. Heat enough oil in a large wok or frying pan and stir-fry the beef over high heat for a couple of minutes. Add broccoli and julienned carrots and cook for about 30 - 45 seconds.
  3. Add oyster sauce and water. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to blend flavors.
  4. Serve over white rice and garnish with green onions pieces or chives. Serves 4.
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Best Burger Ever!

Best Burger Ever!

Best Burger Ever

1 pound hamburger meat

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 medium onion

1 egg

Buns or Bread

Butter for toasting buns or bread

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  The hamburger meat is key to the best burger.  We buy ours at Sam’s. When we first bought the hamburger there, I couldn’t believe there could be such a huge difference in flavor, but there is. Buy the best you can.

 

   First, take a pound of hamburger meat and sprinkle with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of pepper, and one-quarter teaspoon of garlic powder.  Add one small egg or just the yolk of a large egg.   Then grate a third to half of a medium sized onion and add to the meat and seasoning.  (Cut the rest of the onion into slices and set aside.)  Mix together gently.  Shape your patties.

 

   Preheat your skillet or grill.  My skillet is stainless steel, so I use Pam Olive Oil spray to coat the bottom before heating it.   When your skillet or grill is hot and ready, place the patties on it and cook to desired doneness.  When the patties are done on one side, I put the onions around the outside of the pan to cook.  You can use a separate skillet to cook them or wait until the burgers are done and use the same skillet.  When Dave grills the burgers, I usually cook the onions in a skillet on the stove.

 

  While the burgers are cooking, spread softened butter on your hamburger buns or on both sides of pieces of bread and toast in a skillet. You don’t have to do this, but it makes the sandwich so much better! 

 

   I shaped those first patties into squares to match the bread pieces.  When they were done, I placed a piece of buttery toasted bread on two plates, added a cooked patty to each, (The meat we get from Sam’s usually has very little grease and  there is no need to drain after cooking.) piled on cooked onions, and topped with another piece of bread.

   

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  1. The hamburger meat is key to the best burger. We buy ours at Sam's. When we first bought the hamburger there, I couldn't believe there could be such a huge difference in flavor, but there is. Buy the best you can.
  2. First, take a pound of hamburger meat and sprinkle with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of pepper, and one-quarter teaspoon of garlic powder. Add one small egg or just the yolk of a large egg. Then grate a third to half of a medium sized onion and add to the meat and seasoning. (Cut the rest of the onion into slices and set aside.) Mix together gently. Shape your patties.
  3. Preheat your skillet or grill. My skillet is stainless steel, so I use Pam Olive Oil spray to coat the bottom before heating it. When your skillet or grill is hot and ready, place the patties on it and cook to desired doneness. When the patties are done on one side, I put the onions around the outside of the pan to cook. You can use a separate skillet to cook them or wait until the burgers are done and use the same skillet. When Dave grills the burgers, I usually cook the onions in a skillet on the stove.
  4. While the burgers are cooking, spread softened butter on your hamburger buns or on both sides of pieces of bread and toast in a skillet. You don't have to do this, but it makes the sandwich so much better!
  5. I shaped those first patties into squares to match the bread pieces. When they were done, I placed a piece of buttery toasted bread on two plates, added a cooked patty to each, (The meat we get from Sam's usually has very little grease and there is no need to drain after cooking.) piled on cooked onions, and topped with another piece of bread.
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Best Pumpkin Cheesecake

Best Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

Best Pumpkin Cheesecake

                                                        Crust:                                                              

   Preheat oven to 325°
2 cups Gingersnap Cookie crumbs (about 8-ounces)
1/2 cup finely chopped Pecans
4 Tblsp. melted unsalted Butter
2 Tblsp. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. ground Cinnamon

 Filling:

3 Tblsp. all-purpose Flour
1-1/2 tsp. ground Ginger
1 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. grated Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Salt
4 (8-ounce) pkg. Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1-1/2 cups Sugar
1 (15-ounce) can Pumpkin Puree
3 Tblsp. Bourbon
2 Tblsp. Vanilla Extract
4 large Eggs (room temperature)

 

**For Serving, You’ll Also Want:

   Whipped Cream


   Caramel Sauce (I made Ree Drummond’s Caramel Sauce.  It takes about 10 minutes to make this sauce.  Quick, easy, and the BEST Tasting Caramel Sauce I have ever had!)  

           You’ll need brown sugar, half-and-half, butter, salt, and vanilla extract.

               

  Crust –

 Process gingersnaps in the bowl of food processor until finely ground.  Add the pecans, the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. 

Process until combined and the mixture holds together.

Transfer mixture to a 10″ springform pan. *With a heavy-bottomed glass, press mixture onto the bottom and about 1″ up the sides of the 10″ springform pan.

*You don’t have to, but I use parchment paper on the bottom so there is no possibility of the crust sticking to the pan.  After the cheesecake has been baked and cooled, slide the cheesecake off of the removable bottom onto your palm, peel off the parchment and set on serving plate.

 

   Bake the crust until lightly set, about 10 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Filling –

    Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, and sugar in the bowl for a couple of minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.

 

   Add pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, and the flour mixture to the batter and mix well.

 

   Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

 

   Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan, set in a bain-marie, or hot water bath, and bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

   Prop the oven door open slightly and allow to cool for an hour.  Remove from the oven and the hot water bath, cover and refrigerate overnight.Best Pumpkin Cheesecake Ever! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

    Remove from the refrigerator and transfer to a serving plate.  Serve with caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.  Yum!

 

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Love pumpkin pie? This pumpkin cheesecake will blow your mind!
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes
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  1. Crust - Process gingersnaps in the bowl of food processor until finely ground. Add the pecans, the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Process until combined and the mixture holds together. Transfer mixture to a 10" springform pan. *With a heavy-bottomed glass, press mixture onto the bottom and about 1" up the sides of the 10" springform pan. Bake the crust until lightly set, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Filling - Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, and sugar in the bowl for a couple of minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, and the flour mixture to the batter and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan, set in a bain-marie, or hot water bath, and bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Prop the oven door open slightly and allow to cool for an hour. Remove from the oven and the hot water bath, cover and refrigerate overnight.
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‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? – Part 2

‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? – Part 2

April 28,2017

  ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY?  Yes, this is backstage at the Aveda Catwalk for Water Cincinnati event.  Ashley looked stunning in her umbrella skirt.  To her right are Sydney and my daughter, Tiffany, who both put this entire costume together, (with a little help from yours truly.)  Emily, my son’s fiance, won the “best makeup” award along with her partner David from the salon, also.  There’s a lot of creative talent at Mi Salon Spa.  The photo above was shot by Idajean Moore.  She and her husband Mike are co-owners of Mi Salon Spa.

Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt – Not Your Ordinary Challenge

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    The first step is removing the stretchers and the handle.  Yes, take a perfectly good umbrella and cut the handle out of it!  Open the umbrella completely and place upside down on your work surface.
   Using wire cutters, cut the stretchers, (the metal parts that stretch the umbrella open), close to the runner, (the part you push up the tube to open the umbrella), which will release the tension.  The umbrella will begin to collapse at this point.
 
   Cut the other end of the stretchers where they attach to the ribs.  By doing this, you should be removing each of the stretchers.   To release those, the first cut was close to the ribs.  Then, a second cut was made as close as possible to the part holding the stretcher on the rib.
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   With the wire cutters, cut the ribs close to the tube at the top.    Cutting close to the tube, try to cut a uniform circle around the canopy at the top of the umbrella, which will release the tube and handle. You should end up with a collapsed umbrella that looks like the picture below.  I wasn’t sure how much of the ribs I needed to use, so I left them long at first.
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   Pull the canopy up taut along each metal rib and secure with needle and thread just above where the stretcher was cut.  (This helps hold the lower part of the umbrella open.)
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    After all the ribs have been stitched to the canopy, set the umbrella aside and begin the waistband.
 
   I had a scrap of black satin left over from another sewing project and that is what I chose to use for this waistband.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Wanting the waistband to be two inches wide, I added 5/8″ at the top and 5/8″ at the bottom for seam allowance.  The piece of fabric was laid out and cut straight along the bottom cleaning up the edge.  Then,  with chalk, a 5 – 1/2″  line was marked along the folded fabric and then following the line cut with scissors.
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   Using the waist measurement I had taken earlier, 32 – 1/4″, I added 2-1/2″ to create a tab in the back, and 5/8″ seam allowance for each end of the waistband.   The resulting 5 – 1/2″ wide piece of fabric was cut to a 36″ length.
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Mark the middle front on the Pellon interfacing.  Remember to deduct the 2″ tab.  Just fold the entire length in half minus the tab measure.  You will need this when you pin to the umbrella.
 
Fold the waistband in half lengthwise.  Mark one end for a tab, which will lap under in the back.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Trim the interfacing along the tab edges to decrease bulk and get a sharper edge when turned right side out.
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    Turn right sides out and iron the waistband flat.  Take care to turn out the corners neatly.  Turn under one long edge 5/8″ and press with an iron.  
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     Open up one seam at the top of the umbrella canopy, by removing the stitches down to the top of one of the metal ribs where it was stitched to the canopy.   (I opened up the seam right above the velcro tab that holds the umbrella tight when not in use.  Then, it would be in the back, too.)  That seam will be in the back.  I didn’t add a zipper.  The back was covered by the black trash bag train.
 
 
    At this point, I just guessed about where the waistband would fit, chose an arbitrary measurement, and marked the top of the umbrella with straight pins all the way around.  Right sides together, the ends were pinned lining up to the openings and the center, which was marked earlier and that marking was centered on the middle rib.  Then, the waistband was pinned to the umbrella, right sides together.  
 
   The waistband was a little too long.  I moved the pins down another inch.  Perfect.  This time, more pins were used and every seam was opened up down to the top edge of the waistband.
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   Measure from where the umbrella was cut at the top, making sure the line is pretty straight and equidistant from the top.  Line up the ends of the waistband, leaving the tab extending from one edge of the back.  (I made this one left over right.)   Line up the mark for the middle front and position it at the rib opposite the one lined up for the back opening.
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   As you can see in the picture above, the seams were opened a little at the top to allow the waistband to be pinned and lay flat.  Leaving the top intact made it easier to be sure it was being pinned uniformly.  (As you can tell, I was cautious not to cut something off before I knew it was not needed!)
 
 
    First, baste the waistband onto the umbrella, making any adjustments if necessary.  Then, stitch the seam.  
 
   At this point, I decided to cut the ribs to fit right up against the bottom edge of the waistband.  Stretch one of the ribs out straight and up to the bottom edge of the waistband, cut the rib off.  Measure the length of that rib.  Then, measuring the same length from the bottom end of the rib, cut all of the ribs the same length.  (Be sure to measure from the bottom!  When the ribs were cut detaching the canopy from the tube of the umbrella, they were probably not all the same length!)
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   Wrap the ends of the ribs with black electrical tape.  After I cut the ribs, I noticed there were little metal shavings that were irritating my fingertips.  Not wanting Ashley to experience this annoyance as she was putting the skirt on, and, or wearing it, I put the black electrical tape to good use. 
Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   After cutting the ribs and taping them, the folded edge of the waistband was pinned in place and hand sewn.  Then, the ends of the ribs were tacked securely to the canopy seam at the top of the skirt.   Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Two pieces of Velcro hook and loop were cut slightly smaller than the 2″ width of the waistband.  The hook sides were sewn to the end of the tab, which would be facing away from the wearer and the loop side was sewn onto the end of the waistband, which would be facing toward the person wearing it.
 
   The rib on the back seam was wrapped with the pressed edge of that seam and overhand stitched to the canopy fabric, securing the rib.
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   At this point, the umbrella skirt should look like this!  Note that the Velcro loop is on the back side of the skirt.
 
   Now, to create the look of an opened umbrella, we need that 20″ hula hoop purchased from The Dollar Tree that was painted black in “Looking for a ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? part- 1!
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   With needle and thread, attach the hula hoop to each of the ribs on the skirt where it will best open and stretch the ‘umbrella’ out to appear ‘open’.
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   Tiffany and Sydney made this train for the costume from trash bags!  Don’t the trash bag roses look neat?  They used a variety of black bags in different shades of black.  In the end, it was bustled at the top and attached to the waistband of the umbrella skirt in the back.
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   Thanks to Idajean for sharing her photos!  This picture shows off the ‘Pow’, which Tiffany made from felt and attached to the other umbrella she ordered from Amazon.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
      As you may be able to tell, I was flying by the seat of my pants on this one, but in addition to all the extra work done by the girls, it turned out beautiful, don’t you think?  Hope this inspires you, too!
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