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Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe With Parmesan

How to make an easy homemade Italian dressing recipe with Parmesan cheese.  This dressing is delicious on salads, in pasta salads, and as a dip for sandwiches. I'm trying to avoid preservatives and artificial food dyes and certain other ingredients, so I make a lot of my foods from scratch.  I've been making my own salad dressings for over 10 years.  Over the years, I've tried several different recipes.  I tweaked recipes, added ingredients, and adjusted the amounts until I found a recipe that I loved. This homemade Italian dressing recipe with Parmesan took some tweaking, but I managed to make it and easy recipe with simple ingredients.   It's slightly sweet, a little tart, and packed with flavor.  It's perfect for a salad topped with steak or chicken. Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe With Parmesan I use Italian dressing for a lot of different recipes and not just for salads.  I have a homemade zesty Italian dressing mix recipe that I really like for a quic

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob Recipe

Learn how to make delicious air fryer corn on the cob.  This is a quick and simple way to make corn that's completely hands off and cooks beautifully. In the summer, we eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables from our garden and orchard.  What we don't grow, we buy from local farmers. I live in farm country.  Our small farm is surrounded by corn or soy fields on three sides with the road on the fourth side.   Dairy cows, corn, and soy support most of members of this county. There is no shortage of fresh sweet corn.  The farmers pick it and place it in huge bins in their yards.  You pull up, grab some, and place the money in the tin.   I get a great deal on fresh picked sweet corn, and the farmer can get a higher price than selling it at auction.  It's a win for everyone. We have sweet corn several times a week in the summer.  It's a quick and easy side dish, and two of my three kids will eat it.

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

How to make a homemade zesty Italian dressing mis recipe.  Use as a salad dressing, marinade, or in your favorite recipes. During the summer, I go through a lot of Italian dressing.  We use it on salads, in marinates, and for other summer recipes.   Even buying the packets and making my own was getting expensive.  I do buy generic, but there's just something about a good Italian dressing that most generic brands don't have.

Easy DIY Felt Storage Basket

How to make a cute DIY felt storage basket.  These are easy to make, and you can use them to organize items on your desk or on a shelf.  Make them bigger to use in a closet or for larger items.   I think I like making and buying organizational supplies more than I like using them.  I needed a few smaller bins and couldn't find what I needed in the stores, so my daughter and I made these easy DIY felt storage baskets.   We made a few for her sewing supplies, and I wanted to use them for decorations too.  I put flowers in one, and I think it works perfect as a simple container for flowers. Since they are felt, you can paint the front to label them so you know what's in them.  Or paint a cute design on the front and just use them as a decoration.

How to Remove Odors From Furniture Naturally + Fabric and Linen Spray Recipe

Learn how to remove odors from furniture naturally plus get a fabric and linen spray recipe.  These natural cleaning tips will help you keep your fabric, including furniture, smelling great. I'm going to start my yearly clean and purge soon.  I usually take a few weeks and work on it slowly but steadily.  By the time I'm done, each surface will be clean and several bags of donation items will be gone. Three years ago, we finally splurged and got a new couch and recliners for the living room.  In almost 20 years of marriage, we had always had used or hand me down furniture.    Our kids were hard on furniture.  I can't tell you how many couches we lost because the boys would rock on them or stand next to them and rock.  (It's an autism thing.) The kids were older, so we finally felt comfortable buying new.  After shopping for furniture, we decided that furniture shopping was not something we enjoyed doing.  We ended up with a custom built sectional couch and two overstu

Canned Biscuit Donuts + Glaze Recipe

Learn how to make quick and easy canned biscuit donuts.  These delicious doughnuts are ready in no time since you start with canned biscuits to make both donuts and donut holes.  You can enjoy them plain, glazed, iced, or dusted with sugar.   I heard about making donuts from canned biscuits a few years ago, but it was one of those things that we never got around to.  Since we are stuck at home right now, I thought it was time to cross that off of my bucket list. I picked up two cans of biscuits on my weekly shopping trip and then didn't have time to make them.  Typical, right? The kids knew what they were for and kept asking for them.  I was busy writing at my makeshift desk in the dining room.  My daughter asked me if she could make them.  So I grabbed my camera and we finally got to experience canned biscuit donuts.   I'd heard that these were good, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I bit into one.  For as quick, easy, and inexpensive as they are, I didn't expect

How to Make a Mini Greenhouse To Start Seeds Indoors + Tips

Learn how to make a mini greenhouse with upcycled materials to start seeds indoors.  This is an excellent activity for kids or adults, and it's perfect for the frugal gardener.  Plus get tips to help your seeds thrive, even if you've never planted seeds before. We plant a large garden each year.  Our four garden plots are bigger than our entire lot at our old house!   If we plant all four plots, it can cost several hundred dollars in plants and seeds.  We save money by planting directly from seeds in the garden and starting seeds indoors.  We've had good luck planting corn, radishes, green beans, and green onions seeds directly in the garden.  We get a great harvest each year with this method. For other plants, however, we have the best success starting seeds indoors and then moving them to the garden.  We start our green peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes inside in a mini greenhouse. We used to just plant the seeds, but we've had better succe

How to Make Onion Soup Mix Recipe

This easy onion soup mix recipe is made without bouillon.  It has turmeric in it for its health benefits.  It's also sugar free and can be made without extra salt. It's freezing here, so we're eating heartier meals.  In the winter, I go through a lot of onion soup mix.  I use it for several recipes, so I use at least one packet a week.  To save money and so I know exactly what's in my food, I started making my own onion soup mix recipe without bouillon.   I don't use bouillon in my onion soup mix because I usually use this homemade mix along with my brown gravy mix recipe , which already had beef bouillon in it.  This dry mix recipe is so easy to make.  I almost always have the ingredients in my pantry, so I can make it any time I need it.  I usually double it so I end up with 2 cups of dry mix or about 8 servings.   How to Make Onion Soup Mix Recipe I live in Amish country, so there are Amish bulk food stores all over.  They have the best sp

Whipped Coffee With Chocolate Instead of Coffee

How to make whipped coffee with chocolate instead of coffee.  This makes a delicious treat for kids or for when you want a fun drink without the extra caffeine.  This is a new twist on the classic Dalgona coffee and made with chocolate in place of the instant coffee.  My daughter and I share many things, but my love for coffee is not one of them.  She really likes the idea of a Dalgona coffee, but she couldn't past the taste of the actual coffee. She loves cooking and baking, so we did some experimenting in the kitchen.  It turns out that making whipped coffee with chocolate is just like making it with coffee.  It's a quick and easy to make, and it's so delicious. I make these whipped coffee with chocolate instead of coffee for the kids, but I've been known to have a few sips because they are so good.

Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

How to make a light and refreshing watermelon smoothie recipe.  This is a delicious drink, and your kids will never know that it's healthy for them!  It's sugar free and sweetened with either honey or maple sugar.  It has Greek yogurt for extra protein. My kids love watermelon.  A few years ago, they went on a hunt for watermelon juice.  I mean if watermelon is basically flavored water, why isn't there a juice?  We finally found one, and it was good.  We used it to make smoothies and frozen pops. When we make smoothies, they get watered down when we add ice cubes.  I figured watermelon would freeze well since it's mostly water, and I was right.  Since this watermelon smoothie recipe starts with frozen fruit, it has a stronger flavor.   This has a light and refreshing taste.  My kids love it, and it's quick to make.  

How to Clean With Vinegar

How to clean with vinegar.  This natural cleaner is inexpensive and easy to find in most grocery stores, and it can clean almost anything in your home.  Learn how to use vinegar to clean your home naturally. While often overlooked, vinegar can be a phenomenal way to help clean your house. Vinegar is an incredibly useful and versatile substance, and can help you out exponentially. Additionally, vinegar is relatively cheap and easy to get a hold of, making it a great resource for cheap and easy cleaning solutions. I've been using vinegar to clean my home for over 15 years.  I'm so thankful I do use natural cleaning products because of an experience I had when my oldest was little. He was about two-years-old when I was cleaning the bathroom.  I had my bottle of diluted vinegar sitting on the counter while I was cleaning the tub.  He came in, picked it up, and tried to spray it so he could be like mom.   But he didn't know how to work the spray bottle and

Small Batch Peach Jam Recipe With Whiskey or Bourbon

How to make small batch peach jam recipe with bourbon or whiskey.  The whiskey is optional, but it brings out the flavors.  Use on toast, ice cream, or to make desserts. When we moved to the farm almost six years ago, we were thrilled that it was established with an orchard and several different type of edible plants and trees.  In addition to the 200 fruit trees, we have rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, and nut trees growing on the farm.   At the front of the property, there is a large orchard with peach, apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees.  The trees were planted with canning in baking in mind because there are different kinds of each tree, each selected for a different reason. Want applesauce?  We have apples for that.  Apple pies?  Yep, that too. There's one white peach tree here, and it gives us delicious fruits.  I have no idea what the rest of the peach trees are, but I do know that they are yummy. We don't get peaches every year.  In Ohio,

Bailey's Alcoholic Dalgona Coffee Drink Recipe

The trendy coffee drink from TikTok gets a grown up makeover with Bailey's to make an alcoholic Dalgona whipped coffee drink recipe.  This is an easy recipe that can be made in about 15 minutes.  Use your favorite  The first time I tried a Dalgona whipped coffee recipe, I thought it would be good with Bailey's in it.  Using Bailey's would be a quick and easy way to take this coffee drink to the next level. I had some almond Bailey's, so I gave it a try.  It's delicious!  It's a great drink for the evening, although you may want to use a decaf coffee in the evening. If you don't drink or want to make this without alcohol, I'll give you some alternatives for a non alcoholic drink.

Sheet Pan Asparagus Recipe With Garlic and Cheese

This sheet pan asparagus makes a quick and delicious side dish.  It's covered in garlic and cheese for simple but delicious vegetable dish. When my husband and I were newlyweds, he requested asparagus as a side dish for dinner.  I bought a can, cooked it to his specifications, and never tried it. The smell was enough to turn me off of this vegetable for good.  For the next 15 years, he happily ate his canned asparagus while I made my own side dish. Then we moved to the farm and found a patch of asparagus growing.  He pulled out a stalk, took a bite, and offered it to me.  After a little coaxing, I tried it. I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted like raw peas.  It did not have the strong odor and taste that canned asparagus is known for. After that, I decided to try different ways to cook asparagus.  First, I steamed it.  It still had a strong flavor.  Then I tried this sheet pan asparagus recipe with garlic and cheese. Success!  My picking eating self loved it!

Instant Pot Applesauce With Honey

This honey and cinnamon applesauce is easy to make in the Instant Pot.  It's sugar free, and I promise that you won't even miss the sugar! When we came to the farm the first time, we were thrilled when we drove past a mature orchard.  The previous owners loved to cook and canned foods, so they planted an orchard. They planted several types of apples, peaches, plums, and pears in the orchard.  Since she loved to cook, they planted several varieties so that they could make applesauce, pies, and have apples that were perfect for eating plain. They didn't believe in using any chemicals, so the 200 tree orchard is all natural and organic.  I've had a lot of fun using the fruit to try new recipes in the last six years since we moved here. I got an Instant Pot almost two years ago, and it's been invaluable in the kitchen.  I thought it was going to be just another appliance that took up space in my already too small kitchen, but I was wrong. I use it at lea