Mass Potato Washing

13Make the process a little aster by washing them in the dishwasher! Then boil them or back them just long enough until the skins slide right off. Make mashed potatoes or use as needed.

Woven Bacon Makes The Perfect BLT

54579b27-7e6a-4f0c-a1c2-62e5640dc95b.jpeg;base64Here is a great tip I am going to use from now on. I tried this once and it really made the perfect BLT. For one, every bite had the perfect two layered bacon flavor that is perfect for a BLT. The second benefit was that the bacon didn’t slide around on the sandwich which always seems to happen to me. Simply cut bacon strips in half and weave them together as seen in the first picture. Place on aluminum foil (for easy cleanup) on any baking dish and cook at 350 degrees until the desired crispness of the bacon is desired for you. This works on turkey bacon as well as regular. This would also make the perfect topping for a juicy burger I would think as well.

Ever Wondered Just How Old Or Fresh Your Eggs Are?

51d89e23-ce33-406d-a796-c34fc1d3beaa.jpeg;base64Very interesting chart to show you just how fresh your eggs are. A lot of people don’t care other then to know if the egg should still be used because of age. Did you know that there is a change in how the egg tastes and cooks depending on how fresh it is? For some bakers only the freshest of eggs will work because they swear that the freshest of eggs makes cakes more airy and are more consistent when baking goodies like cookies and other treats. Depending on how you like your eggs fried you may want freshest (fluffy) or older (for a denser consistency). However, you should always toss eggs that float because they are considered bad and may be unhealthy to eat. Print this out and keep it in your recipe book or tape it on the inside of a cabinet in your kitchen for reference.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Candle Holder / Floral Arrangment Centerpiece

1452559_727376160625808_984816409_nI have always enjoyed decorating for the holidays and Thanksgiving just does not have many options available in the means of store bought decorations to choose from. So I am always so very happy to find cheap and really cool ideas to decorate with – and ones that do not take a lot of time.

This decoration uses small small pumpkins just big enough to put a clean soup can in and dried or fresh flowers and/or a pillar candle. Place the can on the top of the pumpkin and trace around the can to make a guide for cutting. You will want this to be tight so cut just within the line. Cut the pumpkin and remove the guts and seeds (don’t throw those seeds out – see how to prepare them as a delicious snack below) so the pumpkin will last longer. You will also want to scrap the insides of the pumpkin to not leave any wetness that prompts rotting.

Now gently push the cleaned can down into your hole you cut. You want it snug so that the can will not push through into the pumpkin. It will defeat your end design of the arrangement.

FLORAL: If using fresh put clean water in and place your fresh flowers in. Place a wide bow around them at base next to pumpkin to finish off the look. Is using dry do the same without water.

CANDLE: Place the candle within the can and place flowers and filler around base. To keep the candle from going to far into the base wad up aluminum foil to fill in to make the height of the candle where you desire it.

SEEDS: Rinse in a strainer and remove any slippery substance and also the strings or guts of the pumpkin. I actually soak them for a few hours in water I have brought to a boil and added salt to so they absorb the solution to make a nice salty seed. You do not have to if you don’t want to. Bake them spread on a cookie sheet at 350 and turn every couple minutes until you smell that nutty smell and see teh edges of the seeds turning brown. Turn oven off and let them cool with the oven. When cool bag and eat as a delicious healthy snack.

Onion Ring Egg Fry

egg fry frying onion ring eggs try new way methodThis works really well -Slice a large onion in 1/2 inch wedges. Pick the largest outer rings of the onion and set aside the rest of the onion in a zip-lock bag to use for a later time. Put spray/oil/butter in pan and melt. Place the onion ring down in pan so that the widest part is facing up. Crack and drop egg into ring. Let cook until ready to flip (if that is your desired way to have your egg and then flip. If you want no runny egg once flipped poke the egg yolk and let cook and then flip again and cook to get desired egg type. You can also oil a baking pan –  place onion slices down into pan and crack open eggs and place withing onion edges. Bake 350 for five to 8 minutes until desired egg type is achieved.