<![CDATA[Homemade Wonders - Blog]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:58:29 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Grandma's Green Beans]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:12:04 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/grandmas-green-beans
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For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you know that my garden has been less than stellar all season. In fact it wasn't until last week that we finally got our first produce! Our entire summer has been nothing but 65-70 degrees and so much rain!! We've had so much rain that I am beginning to feel like a sponge that needs to be wrung out.

Last week I was able to pick our very first green beans of the season (Yes, I know it's almost September) and they probably tasted even more delicious than normal simply because we waited an eternity to be able to eat them. The first beans went into a lovely side dish of Garlic and Thyme Green Beans served alongside this Asian BBQ Pork Tenderloin, but the second batch I picked made this dish which is all comfort food, bacon, and nostalgia.

These are the beans I ate growing up. Every single summer when the beans began to ripen, this is what we had for dinner. Of course as a child you never appreciate anything that is grown in the garden and served with love and hard work. You just want pizza. But as an adult I remember those summer meals fondly and am now trying my hardest to give my kids the same experience. Thankfully I've got some good veggie eaters and these beans are always met with fights over who gets to have the last bean.
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Grandma's Green Beans

4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, diced
2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed and snapped in half
2 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse beans in a colander, then pat dry.

Cook the bacon pieces in a large saucepan until just crisp.  Do not drain.

Add the onion to the pan. Saute 3-4 minutes or until onion starts to soften.

Add the green beans to the pan and continue to cook on medium heat, tossing beans well to coat in bacon drippings, until beans turn bright green about 3 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

Simmer on low, covered with the lid cracked just a bit, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 1 hour.

Drain if desired (I don't. I serve them with a splash of the cooking liquid on the top).

Salt and pepper if desired. (I find that most of the time it's not necessary so taste first before serving)

Note: Use fresh green beans, please!  This recipe will not work the same with frozen or canned beans. You will thank me later.
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<![CDATA[Deodorizing Carpet Powder]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:28:20 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/deodorizing-carpet-powder
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Anyone that has pets knows that although we love them, let’s face it…they can stink! I have lived in fear that our home smells like animals for years, and am constantly doing whatever I can to keep that from being true. This deodorizing carpet powder sprinkle with just 2 ingredients helps make sure my house doesn't smell like stinky dog when company comes. It will have your carpet and rugs smelling fresh in no time!
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Deodorizing Carpet Powder
1 cup
baking soda

10 drops essential oils (I used Purification, but Thieves, Citrus Fresh, and Lavender are all great choices too)
Mason jar or sprinkle jar ( I used an old Parmesan cheese-like container)


Add your baking soda to a bowl.
Next drop in your essential oils.
Mix well with a whisk or spoon, making sure to get all lumps mixed in. Pour the mixture into your shaker jar.

To Use:
Sprinkle your carpet and wait for 20 – 30 minutes. Vacuum and enjoy the smell of clean!

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<![CDATA[Freezer Meatballs]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/freezer-meatballs
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I love feeding people, but sometimes it's not always easy if it's a last minute thing. That's why I always have a bunch of already made stuff in the freezer so I can grab and go at a moments notice.
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These meatballs are my most favorite thing to keep in the freezer. They are perfect for dropping into spaghetti sauce, throwing in the crockpot with some BBQ for an appetizer, or even serving over rice for a quick dinner.

I will normally buy 5-10 pounds of ground beef at a time (I always watch for sales or mark downs when I do this). This makes a LOT of meatballs, but we go through them almost as fast as I can make them. It only takes a little time to mix these all together and bake them.

Sometimes if I have too many I will bake them in shifts. Always put the meatballs not going into the oven into the fridge until it's their turn. Remember to be safe with your food!
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Freezer Meatballs
2 pounds ground beef (you can also use half ground beef/half ground pork)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic salt

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.

In large bowl, combine all ingredients.

Form mixture into 1-inch balls and place onto cookie sheets or casserole dishes. Or you can use a meatball scoop. I love mine and use it all the time! You can find the scoop I use here.

Bake meatballs in pre-heated oven 20 minutes, flipping about half-way through. (I also flip oven racks at that time.)

To Freeze: Cool to room temperature and freeze in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag.  When ready to use, thaw in refrigerator overnight and use in your favorite recipes.

Here's a great tip....when freezing lots of small items that will go together in one bag, you can use a cookie sheet covered in wax paper, spread the items you are freezing out and place the sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, remove them from the cookie sheet and place in bags. Now you have individually frozen items instead of one big lump!

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<![CDATA[Family Favorite Burger Sauce]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:01:01 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/family-favorite-burger-sauce
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My family loves condiments...like ALL the condiments. There are days were I think we are having something for dinner just to have the condiments that go with it. It's really kind of sad when you think about it.

Like the other day, I'm all "let's have burgers on the grill tonight" and everyone else is immediately imagining what they will have on top of it. I hear shouts of bacon!, cheese!, mayo!, ketchup!, don't forget the BBQ sauce! (this from the middle child who only ever eats BBQ and puts it on everything). No one seems to be imagining how good the burger is going to be. BTW, it was delicious.

In an effort to stream line the burger toppings, we created this kind of all-in-one sauce to go on top of our burgers. It's got the ketchup, the mayo and even some pickles. Yum! It's especially good over some melty cheese with a couple slices of applewood smoked bacon. Everyone is happy, except BBQ girl, and there are less other condiments stretching across the table and taking up space.
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Family Favorite Burger Sauce
serves 5

1/4 cup mayo
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried minced onion

In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well blended. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.
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<![CDATA[Bourbon Chicken]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:34:51 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/bourbon-chicken
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No bourbon was actually used in the making of this chicken so this is super kid-friendly!

I've heard it rumored that bourbon chicken wasn't actually called that because it used bourbon but more because it came about on Bourbon St in New Orleans. Anyone know for sure? No matter how it got it's name, Bourbon chicken seems synonymous with American mall food and secret indulgences.

Many years and a couple of children ago, I spent a winter working in the mall. When working in the mall, they can make it difficult to bring in your own lunch and you never get enough time to leave the mall for lunch so you are stuck eating whatever the food court has to offer. Usually it's overpriced and over processed, but secretly very tasty at times. Bourbon chicken was my guilty mall food pleasure.

It's been so long that I can barely remember what that mall bourbon chicken actually tasted like so I'm not sure how close this really is. It satisfies the memory I have of that mall food though and I'm sure it has to be way better for me. Bonus....the kids love it to!
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Bourbon Chicken
1/2 cup
cold water

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon sriracha (depending on how spicy you want it)
1/4 cup apple juice or pineapple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 pound
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs or a mixture of both; cut into bite-size pieces
Cooked rice

In a small bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch. Add the remaining ingredients except chicken and rice. Mix well.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.

Add sauce mixture and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes uncovered or until sauce is thickened and coats te back of a spoon.

Serve over hot rice.

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<![CDATA[Korean Beef Bowl]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:35:36 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/korean-beef-bowl
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My sister recently posted a version of this recipe on Facebook with the caption "Dinner was a hit! 300,00 thumbs up!"

This intrigued me of course and I had to see what she was raving about. Thankfully my sister and I have similar tastes so I knew whatever was going on it had to be pretty tasty to get her family excited like that.

I had some ground beef already hanging out in my fridge so I tried her version the next night. It was good, but, no offense to my sis, I knew it could be better. I swapped a couple ingredients and changed the way the recipe was prepared. When I made it again my family finally gave it the 300,00 thumbs up my sister had promised.

It is so easy and amazingly quick on a night when everyone is screaming they are hungry. If you have leftover rice from another meal, you can have this done in under 15 minutes. Otherwise you will need only as long as your rice takes to cook.

We love to serve it with a green vegetable....peas, snow peas, brussel sprouts, green beans, etc. but you could serve it up with whatever veg your family has in the fridge that needs to be used up.
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Korean Beef Bowl

1 pound ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
3 green onions, sliced (separate the white and green parts)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 to 1 tsp. sriracha (depending on how spicy you want it)
Cooked Rice

In a medium skillet, brown the ground beef until just a little pink remains, drain the ground beef and return skillet to heat.

Add the garlic, ginger, white parts of the green onions and sesame oil. Continue cooking until no pink remains in beef, about 2-3 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, soy sauce and sriracha. Add to cooked beef mixture. Cook over medium heat 3-5 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly and coats beef.

Serve over cooked rice. Top with remaining green onions.



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<![CDATA[Bacon Ranch Coleslaw]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:50:22 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/bacon-ranch-coleslaw
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Picnic season is finally here!
There is something so special about family gatherings, buckets of fried chicken, and tables of salads ready to feed a crowd. I love summer food!
Prepping for summer meals is so easy too! Most dishes can be made ahead of time so you have a lot more time to spend socializing instead of hiding in the kitchen while everyone else has the fun. This coleslaw is one of those super easy make ahead side dishes. Everyone I know loves it and it only takes a few minutes to make.
My kids love this as is, but they will also pile it on top of BBQ pork, burgers, and I've even seen one of them top some baked beans with it before. Can't say I understood that one completely, but hey, they ate it!
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Bacon Ranch Coleslaw
1 bag (10 oz.) angel hair coleslaw
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 ranch dressing (use your favorite!)

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo and ranch dressing. Add in coleslaw mix, carrots, and bacon. Fold over with spatula until completely coated. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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<![CDATA[Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 17:59:17 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/slow-cooker-hawaiian-sticky-chicken
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Ever since I received some homemade pineapple jam from a friend last year, I've become obsessed with finding ways to include pineapple in my life. I think sometimes I should live in Hawaii instead of the frozen midwest with as much pineapple and coconut I consume. I don't think we'll be moving any time soon though.
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I love everything about pineapple. It has this sweet yet tart thing going on that pairs so well with chicken, pork, shrimp and practically everything else in my kitchen.

And the kids like it.

Seriously. That's like hitting getting the gold star in mommy-hood when both the parents and the kids can agree on what's for dinner. If it has pineapple we are golden.

Even better than the pineapple is the fact that this dish uses the slow cooker. I love my slow cooker! I use it almost exclusively during the hot summer months instead of heating up the kitchen with the stove and oven. Plus it frees up time to play outdoors since we only have summer for like 3 days.

If you don't have an awesome friend to make you pineapple jam and you can't find it in the store you can always substitute apricot, mango, orange, or anything else that has that sweet-tart thing happening.
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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups chicken broth
1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits including juice in can
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pineapple jam
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin
1-2 teaspoons sriracha (depending on how much spice you want)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
hot cooked rice
4 chopped scallions for garnish
black sesame seeds for garnish

Place the chicken breasts, chicken broth, pineapple and it's juice, garlic cloves and salt in your slow cooker (I used a 6qt slow cooker) and set on high.

Cook for 3-4 hours (or until chicken is cooked through) then remove the chicken to a cutting board.

Drain the broth from the slow cooker into a large measuring cup or bowl. Measure out 2 cups of the broth and put it back into the slow cooker. Scoop out as much of the pineapple as you would like and return it to the slow cooker as well.

Add the pineapple jam, soy sauce, hoisin, sriracha, and cornstarch to the broth and whisk to combine.

Shred the chicken with two forks and return to the slow cooker with the sauce. Stir to combine the chicken with the sauce, cover and cook on high for 1 more hour.

Serve over hot, cooked rice, and garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.
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<![CDATA[Bacon Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 17:47:41 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/bacon-chicken-ranch-mac-cheese
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Bacon.
It had me at bacon.

I seriously can't even begin to tell you how ridiculously addicting this mac & cheese is. After trying this you will never go back to that boxed stuff again.

We love this for lunch and we adore it for dinner. Honestly my family would eat this all the time if I let them. I don't though so when we do have it, it's an amazingly gooey, cheesy, bacon-y treat.
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What is more classic than the flavor of chicken, bacon, and ranch? You will find it wraps, sandwiches, potatoes and even pizza! Who doesn't love it? When I first made this I had hope that those classic flavors would carry through the dish, but I never expected how well everything would work together! It was a delicious surprise when we first dug in.

We've found this works really well served with a green salad or other green vegetables. Maybe it's that pop of color on the plate the enhances the meal?
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Bacon Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese

16 ounces uncooked medium shell pasta
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
A dash of black pepper
1  1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or a cheddar mix (8 ounces)
1/3 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1  1/2 cups diced leftover cooked chicken (I love rotisserie chicken for this!)


Cook shells according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Slowly add the milk and ranch dressing; cook while stirring until the mixture becomes somewhat thick. Stir in the cheese until melted. Remove from heat.

Drain shells and add them to the cheese sauce. Add the bacon and chicken. Stir to coat.

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<![CDATA[Caramel Corn Crunch]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:45:33 GMThttp://homemadewonders.com/blog/caramel-corn-crunchI love giving homemade gifts at Christmas time! Something homemade really tells a story about how you took the time out of your own life to think of someone else. That you cared enough to spend your time making something the other person would enjoy.
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This caramel corn crunch makes a great gift during the holidays. It's sweet and crunchy, plus it just looks so darn pretty! It doesn't take much time and is perfect for that needed last minute gift.

I made a few batches of this for our church Christmas party this week. We were having a white-elephant gift exchange and I decided this year I was going to give a gift that someone would actually enjoy receiving. Who wouldn't love a big 'ol bag of caramel corn?? A few frosted sugar cookies to go along side it and I had a gift I was proud to take to the exchange.

I even had enough leftover to snack on when I was done. Yum!
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Caramel Corn Crunch
9 cups popped popcorn
9 cups rice Chex cereal
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

In a very large heat-proof bowl, (you want the largest one you own, seriously!) combine the popcorn, cereal and almonds; set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter; stir in the corn syrup and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.


Remove from the heat. Stir in baking soda. (Mixture will foam up and get lighter in color.) Carefully pour over popcorn mixture; stir to coat evenly. I like to pour a little, stir, pour a little more, stir, etc.

Transfer to two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight containers.

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