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Homemade Pop Tarts

7 Feb


These ended up being a total success. My kids loved them and they looked great. Best part……. It was super easy.

I used my mom’s pie crust recipe and my favorite jam, Blackberry with the seeds.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces)
5 tablespoons ice water

Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir briefly until the mixture is aerated. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it’s in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Drizzle in 4 tablespoons of the ice water and mix just until the dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but don’t overwork the dough or it’ll become tough.)
Shape the dough into a flat disk, cover it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Take out of the refrigerator and roll thin. Cut out with a shaped cookie cutter or you could use a pizza cutter and make the traditional rectangle.
Fill half with about a tablespoon of jam, (depending on the shape you’ve chosen, you might need more)
Place the cut dough without the jam on top of the jam filled dough and press together with a fork to seal.
Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Let cool completely then top with your favorite icing.


How To Remove A Tick

15 May


Well it’s that time a year again when you and your family are out and about more. And in my family that means rolling around in the dirt and grass…lol.Please keep yourself, family and animals safe by continuously checking for ticks. Be safe and have FUN this summer.

How To Remove a Tick:

Do a thorough body check for ticks after being outdoors

To remove a tick:
Using tweezers, grasp tick near the mouth parts, as close to skin as possible.
Pull tick in a steady, upward motion away from skin.
DO NOT use kerosene, matches, or petroleum jelly to remove tick.
Disinfect site with soap and water, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Record date and location of tick bite. If rash or flu-like symptoms appear contact your health care provider immediately.

Remove ticks as soon as possible to reduce your risk of getting infected with Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses.

Questions? Call TCHD at 607-274-6604

Source: NYSDOH

Take precautions to help avoid ticks
Certain species of ticks — most notably the deer tick — carry Lyme Disease. The best precaution one can take against getting Lyme Disease is to limit exposure to ticks. Follow these steps when hiking or working in areas where ticks are most commonly found, such as woods and high grass:

Wear light colored clothing to spot ticks easier and brush off.
Tuck pants into socks and wear long sleeved tucked in shirts to prevent ticks from reaching the skin. Wear closed toed shoes.
Consider using insect repellent. Apply according to directions and use only the amount necessary. Keep out of reach of children and do not allow children to apply repellents.
Carefully check for ticks at the end of a day of outdoor activity. Also check children and pets and remove ticks promptly.
Stay on cleared, well traveled trails.
Keep lawns mowed and hedges trimmed. Clear brush and tall grass around the house. Clear leaf litter and the remains of perennials out of the garden in the fall.
Keep the ground under bird feeders clean so as not to attract small animals.
Locate the children’s swing sets and other play equipment in sunny, dry areas away from woods.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible if symptoms of Lyme Disease occur.



Dehydrating Habaneros And Other Awesome Peppers

7 May


First things first…go get gloves. Ive done this so many times trust me, don’t forget to wear your gloves and Still wash hand and keep away from small children. Habaneros and other hot peppers can seriously burn your skin.

The method i use for drying habanero peppers is to use a dehydrator. A dehydrator encloses the habanero peppers and dries them anywhere from 9-12 hours in low, soft heat. You can find dehydrators in stores or online ranging from $30 – 3,000.

The heat level of chile peppers is measured by a system developed by William Scoville in the early 1900s, and the Habanero tops the scale. Habanero peppers are among the hottest members of the chilli pepper family, typically clocking between 100,000 and 350,000 Scoville units, a widely recognized measure of chilli heat. By comparison, original recipe Tabasco sauce has between 7,000 and 8,000 Scoville units.


There’s some alternatives you can use if you don’t have a dehydrator on hand. You can put them in an oven on low heat 190-200 degrees for about 12 hours give or take.

You could also String them together and hang outside in the sun or a sunny window to dry for a couple days.


For all peppers and dehydrating processes make sure to always clean your peppers.

DEHYDRATING in a Deyhydrator.

1 – Wash the peppers under cold running water, gently brushing away any dirt. Dab the peppers dry with a clean kitchen cloth.

2 – Arrange the peppers on a wire rack so there is space between the fruit for air to circulate. Wait till fully dry from cleaning.

3 – place them on your Dehydrator trays single layers and almost touching. Stack the trays and dehydrate rotating the trays every few hours.

RONATA TIP: Always use your Deyhydrator outdoors when doing hot peppers, it will fill your entire house with what i like to call ” painful eye watering gas”. Holly Molly I won’t make that mistake again.

4 – After the peppers are dry store them in an air tight container. But don’t forget to wear gloves even when doing this step.


FUN FACT: Another use for chile peppers, the experts say, is to detoxify raw oysters. Catsup doesn’t do anything, lemon and horseradish sauce work moderately well, but straight hot sauce from the bottle will kill the bacteria in one minute flat. So if you use mine…your in the clear. If you decide to take a chance on raw oysters, using hot sauce can’t hurt and will probably help.
Habanero madness for resource on scoville units.

Canning The Best Salsa EVER

2 May

304505_10150321901533407_1960965_n original Recipe from http://www.freshpreserving.com/home.aspx
All pictures taken by Ronata Stapel

Makes about 6 (16oz) pints or 12 (8oz) half pints
Traditional salsa with a kick! Use whatever type of chili peppers your family prefers.

                    You will need:

10 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes (about 25 medium)
5 cups chopped seeded green bell peppers (about 4 large)
5 cups chopped onions (about 6 to 8 medium)
2-1/2 cups chopped seeded chili peppers, such as hot banana, Hungarian wax, Serrano or jalapeño (about 13 medium)
 1-1/4 cups cider vinegar
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp hot pepper sauce, optional
6 (16oz) pint or 12 (8oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
Canner or large pot with rack and lid


1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until read
y for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE tomatoes, green peppers, onions, chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, cilantro, salt and hot pepper sauce, if using, in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
3.) LADLE hot salsa into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot salsa. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
4.) PROCESS both pint and half pint jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed
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Avocado Chicken Salad

28 Apr


Here’s the recipe I found on Pinterest and it lead me to a site called Key Ingredient.


1 Pkg. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 or 3)
1 avocado
¼ of an onion, chopped
juice of ½ a lime
2 Tbsp cilantro (or sub basil if you prefer)
some salt and pepper, to taste

Cook chicken breast until done, let cool, and then shred. Add all of the other ingredients and mix.


How on earth can you go wrong with Avacado. Genius. For the cilantro I had to use dried so I used 2 teaspoons instead of Tablespoons.
The recipe is great and way healthier then all that mayo for a normal chicken salad.


Pinterest Tested

28 Apr

By now I’m sure most of you have heard of Pinterest. I am currently a very addictive member. I have tons of boards from food fun to gardening, helpful hints and cool gadgets.
But who knows if that recipe you just pinned is actually a tasty one or even one worth wasting all your time on. What about that DIY ant trap or spider away spray…..does it really work?
That’s why I’m creating this catorgory called PINTEREST TESTED. When i try a new recipe or project at home from Pinterest I’ll take pictures and let you know my results. Wish me luck!

DIY Monster Birthday Party Invitations

27 Apr


First collect all Materials.

1. Construction Paper

2. Scissor

3. Glue

4. Wiggly Eyes

5. Party Invite printed on photo paper and resized.




Start off  by cutting a sheet of paper about 10″  long and 5-6″ in width. or to match any size picture you ended up printing. Fold down to touch ends and make a card shaped paper.

Trim your photo  invitation  if necessary, then glue to the inside bottom of the paper.

Cut some fun teeth shapes out of more paper. I chose white only but you could always mix it up and give them all different  colors to add a POP. Glue the teeth to the underneath of the top part of the invite.

Take a Wiggly eye ball and glue it to the front of the invitations.  Their  you have it your very own monster invites






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