Tasty Tuesday -Scratch Cooking with Stephanie

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Good Morning sisters!

Do I have a treat for you today! As you know Tuesday are Tasty Tuesday with Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen.  

Please take a moment to welcome Stephanie from Homemakers and Homesteaders to our Tasty Tuesday line up.


Stephanie will be sharing with us how to cook from scratch and the benefits of it twice a month. I personally have always wanted to learn how to cook from scratch so when I found Stephanie I was SO excited. Not only are her recipes easy and quick too, they are HEALTHY!


So lets get started with WHY we cook from scratch with Stephanie:

It seems a lot more people have chosen to cook/bake from scratch. It wasn’t a thing that had to be chosen way back when. It was a natural thing as there were no convenience food choices. Now that we have the choice, there begs the question WHY do we choose to now?

I choose to cook/bake from scratch for many reasons. I started looking at what I was putting in my body back in 1998 when I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (an incurable neuromuscular disease). I was being put on some medicine that isn’t so nice to my body and I wanted to give my body a fighting chance with being as healthy as I could with food. Once I started really looking at what I was eating from the store, I was appalled. I was actually upset with myself for not knowing what I was really eating.
I started researching what I was finding on labels…I found preservatives, MSG, dyes, fillers, wood, corn syrup, additives, aspartame, pesticides, etc. I KNEW I didn’t want that in my already sick body…
So I started researching and the first thing I researched with aspartame. It can cause symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. MSG is a neurotoxin, dyes can cause excitability in children, and so on.
The final straw for going completely to cooking/baking from scratch and eating all natural was when my son’s grandma would take him to McDonald’s for a treat and EVERY time he would have a bloody nose at 2am after he had eaten it. No more McDonald’s and no more bloody nose!
So how do you start? 

I looked at what I had in the house and then found a way to make it myself. No more Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, I make it from scratch. No more Quaker Instant Oatmeal, I make it from scratch. No more jarred gravy, I make it from scratch…Whatever it was, I found a way to make it from scratch. I will be sharing recipes with you that are all natural and made from scratch. You can do this! It is healthier and leaves you fulfilled knowing you are providing great meals/groceries for your family that YOU made yourself!! 

On too our FIRST made from scratch recipe:

 
These come from Tasty Kitchen. I am hoping to make these this weekend! Yum! Of course, mine will be gluten free. 🙂
One of my new favorite pumpkin recipes, just in time for fall!

Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 16 whole Original Oreo Cookies (mine are gluten free)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¾ cups Plain Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • FOR THE CREAM:
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • Chopped And Toasted Walnuts, For Garnish (optional)
Preparation Instructions

For the crust, in a food processor, grind Oreo cookies. Pour in melted butter and pulse to mix. Spoon mixture into 4 individual tart pans (mine were 4 inches x 1/2 inch) and press mixture down and up the sides of the pans.
Place into the refrigerator.
 
For the filling, in a large bowl, whip cream cheese until smooth. Stir in pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla and spices. Whip 1 minute on high. Scrape sides and mix again another 15 seconds or so until smooth. Divide mixture evenly between tarts and smooth the tops. Return to the refrigerator.
 
For the cream, whip cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Divide evenly between the four tarts and spread over top. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Meet Stephanie. I have been a helpmeet to my high school sweetheart for the last almost 15 yrs, a SAHM to a wonderful 14 yr old son, and I am kinda old fashioned. I homeschool our son. I like the outdoors, gardening, canning, baking, camping, hunting, making soap and herbal remedies, and hanging out with my son. I love the Lord. He is my Rock and my Salvation. I have a passion for missions. I like to live simple, growing our own food, using the least amount of electricity that we can, putting food up after harvest, etc. I love to take walks on sunkissed mornings with a warm breeze on my face. I love to laugh. I want to see Montana someday. I love moose. They are such awesome creatures. I love the smell of oak burning in the woodstove. I love the sound of frogs when I go to bed at night. I also have a neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis, to which there is no cure. It is often very difficult to do things most people take for granted…swallowing, breathing, showering, walking, etc. BUT, God gives me the strength for each day and I manage to do as He has called me. Life is good.
Check out Stephanie’s Facebook page Homemakers and Homesteaders for great information on made-from-scratch recipes, homemaking tips, and homesteading fun.

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