20 Minute Double Chocolate Muffins

I have been craving muffins lately. I am getting married in 76 days so I have been avoiding sugar but I just couldn’t resist making these! They are so simple and bake quickly! I also purchased an old Hoosier cabinet and just had to take some pictures!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup oil

1 egg (beaten)

1 cup semi sweet morsels

 

 

 

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients and set aside

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Mix all wet ingredients in  large bowl and mix in dry ingredients.

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Mix well

Grease a 12 muffin tin or use cupcake liners

Fill each about 3/4 full

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Bake for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean

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Easy Apple Pie with 4-Ingredient Pie Crust

I don’t always make homemade pie crust, but when I do it’s for apple pie. Just kidding, I do always make homemade pie crust because I have the SIMPLEST recipe EVER! I love good food, but love good food that is made as simply as possible even more!

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With the harvest season quickly leaving, I realized two things; 1. I am not ready for Thanksgiving at all. And 2, I hadn’t made a single apple dessert. So here she is! I had some extra motivation when I visited a very good friend and left with a bag of apples that she so graciously gave me! She is a wonderful photographer and before I left her home I had posed for what turned out to be my favorite picture of myself ever. Bask in its beauty above.

I will get straight to the good stuff and hand over the super simple and delicious recipes!

4 Ingredient Pie Crust

1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cold water

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Directions:

  1. Mix flour and salt, add water evenly to mixture and combine well.

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2. Add oil and continue mixing by hand.

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3. Split into 2 equal parts. Roll one evenly and place in pie pan.

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4. Set the other half of the crust to the side to be used as the top crust after filling is made.

Easy Apple Pie Filling:

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter

4 to 5 apples; pared, cored, and sliced

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Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Add apple slices to the cinnamon sugar and toss.

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3. Put apple mixture in prepared pie crust and top with butter throughout. Put second half of pie crust on top. Pinch edges and ventilate.

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4. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

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5. Enjoy!

I find that this pie freezes well and can be saved for holidays! Want a guaranteed Thanksgiving day hit? Look no further!

CHEAP & EASY Laundry Detergent!

This morning I woke up to a dirty house. I’ve had a cold that WILL not go away, and it shows. Laundry, dishes, dusting, vacuuming, pretty much everything imaginable needs to be done. I was feeling considerably better today so I thought I would dive into the jungle and CLEAN! Then I had another thought; “Self,” I said to myself “let’s make the mess a little bit bigger before we clean!”

What a wonderful idea! So I decided to make my ever so messy (but so easy to make) laundry detergent. I usually make about 4-5 quarts at a time and it lasts FOREVER!

I started making my own laundry soap because my dad had noticed that using even the FREE AND CLEAR store-bought laundry detergent, that it was making him itch! Not good! This recipe is hypo-allergenic, can be used in HIGH EFFICIENCY washers, and can be tweaked (if you’re as into making things your own as I am).***

Did I mention it is SO simple. You need three ingredients and some kitchen stuff you already have!

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What you need:

1 bar of Fels Naptha

1 cup Super Washing Soda

1 cup Borax

Directions:

First, grate the bar of Fels Naptha (my absolute least favorite part of the whole task)

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Next, go ahead and blend the grated bar in a blender to get it as powdered as possible.

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In a bowl, pour out the powdered bar of soap. Add 1 cup Borax and 1 cup Super Washing Soda. Mix with your hands to get it all incorporated.

Add the mixture into the blender a little at a time just to make sure that it is all blended well. Also make sure that the pieces of Fels Naptha are tiny enough that they will dissolve in the washing machine. Nothing is worse that left over crumbles if soap in your clean clothes.

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Once you feel that it is all blended well, pour detergent into a quart jar. This usually makes about a quart per turn.

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Now for the clean up… of the WHOLE HOUSE including this little mess I just made!

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Use 1 tablespoon per load of regular laundry

Use 2 tablespoons if the laundry is heavily soiled

I have found that this detergent works wonders on a mechanics work clothes. Oil stains, grease, and grime are no match!

INGREDIENTS:

1 bar Fels Naptha soap

1 cup Super Washing Soda

1 cup Borax

DIRECTIONS:

Grate bar of Fels Naptha

Blend bar of Fels Naptha

In a bowl mix Fels Naptha, Super Washing Soda and Borax

Blend in small batches

Pour in quart jar

1 tablespoon for lightly soiled laundry

2 tablespoons for heavily soiled laundry

*** You can add laundry scent boosters to the mixture to make the laundry detergent scented!***

Easiest Cake Ever?

I had been commissioned the task of baking a homemade cake for a church function, so I went to one of the simplest cakes I know. I love taking food and being able to just bring an empty plate home, this is one of those things.

#1 thing to know about me: I despise “box” cakes, or mixes. I just hate them. There are so many possibilities when you make something from scratch. Plus you don’t get all the chemicals and  artificial junk in there if you don’t want it.

This is a very basic and “go to” cake recipe. I LOVE IT. You can do so many things with it!

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It’s so easy it HURTS!

1 cup sugar

1 stick butter or margarine

2 room temperature eggs (farm fresh if you’re lucky!)

3/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla (you can substitute pumpkin spice emulsion during the fall, or peppermint for MINTer!)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Vanilla Icing

2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon FRESH lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (again with the substitutions!)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour a bunt pan.

Beat sugar, butter and eggs in stand mixer, add milk and vanilla. Mix well.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt; beat for about 1 minute until it’s smooth.

Pour into pan, bake 30 minutes.

When done, flip upside down on a wire rack.

For Icing

Mix sugar, lemon juice, milk, and vanilla.

If it’s not thin enough add milk.

First blog post

Hi folks!

My name is Megan and I love old sh!t. I grew up (and still live) on about 150 acres of family owned land in the great state of North Carolina. I have a passion for doing things the way my great grandmother did, and I pine for days that I have never actually seen. I love baking, beekeeping, soap making, home-making, sewing, hunting, fishing, farming, camping… I could go on but I won’t.

I have the fondest memories of my childhood that I cling to more than a drunk clings to a bottle. I love my family and our farm so very much! I can honestly say that I have been blessed beyond measure, and I have nobody to thank but Jesus himself. He guides my tiny ship, and though I may hit a few rocks, I never sink. I don’t care what anyone says, there is beauty in the struggle.

I recently dropped out of college to pursue my dream of selling soap, honey, and antiques full time (not to mention a part time job to support my hobbies until they support me). I believe that education is a great thing, but I also believe it is NOT for everyone. It takes a very special mind to sit though classes, quizzes, and tests and that is just not who I am. I get fidgety and antsy. I admire all those who complete college, but I also question their sanity.

I spend most of my time cleaning (much to my dismay), baking, working on the farm, and messing with my ever patient bees. I love those bees. Ever since I can remember I have loved horses, but since last year they have taken a backseat to those buzzing, lively, busy bees. I know I said I love them but I LOVE them. I don’t just love the bees, I love anything to do with bees. My pintrest is filled with pictures of bee shower curtains, bee canisters, bee silverware, SO MUCH BEE STUFF. I love them.

Another side of me is the love for nutrition and fitness. I am a firm believer in that our food is our medicine. Sickness, cancer, heart disease and many more ailments have all been proven to be linked to DIET. We ain’t eatin’ right folks. On our farm, we raise, harvest and process our own meats. No hormones, no antibiotics, no witchcraft. Just GRASS. On top of that I recently saw a documentary that suggested that even without all of the added harmful chemicals, that meat itself turns on cancer in the body. The documentary claimed that eating an all plant-based diet is the holy grail of life and everyone should question how they eat. That being said, I have thought about going vegan (with the exception of honey, I think most of the vegan community is confused and think that honey extraction is harmful to the bees) but more on that later!

I am an avid sportsman. Deer season (rifle) is approaching quickly. Opening morning you won’t find me making breakfast or doing womanly things, you will find me in the woods (hopefully with dinner in my cross-hairs). If hunting offends anyone I would apologize but it’s simply who I am; however, last summer I raised a fawn, so I’m not entirely an evil killing machine.

I think that’s about it for today. Well right now anyways, I plan to make a couple posts today!

Have a wonderfall day!

Megan