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Steel Cut Oats July 15, 2011

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 9:50 am

Steel Cut Oats Recipe (Dedicated to Jolie)

2 cups Steel cut oats

8 cups of water (I use 7 cups, because I like to add milk later when it’s all cooked)

The rest is optional: cinnamon, flax seed, wheat germ, wheat bran, oat bran


Grease a slow cooker.  Put 2 cups of steel cut oats with the water overnight on warm.  I tried to cook on “low” for a many months, and the oats stick to the slow cooker more if it’s on “low”.   “Warm” cooks the oats, I was shocked when the oats were actually cooked and had minimal sticking.


We add almonds, walnuts, cranberries, blueberries, bananas, honey, brown sugar, agave syrup in any combination.


So basic recipe is 1 part oats, 4 parts water.


We may resurrect the blog soon, BTW.  We’ll have a new URL that I’ll link.


Granola Bar Recipe June 28, 2010

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 3:16 pm

For you, Bekah and others:

This is probably my FAVORITE recipe in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.  I try to keep them on hand, and I usually make 2 batches, so we have them around.  Once I had these, it has been hard to bite into a Quaker Chewy Granola Bar, which is my former favorite.

I will toss in some ground flax, wheat germ, walnuts, and some times peanut butter chips.


Crouton Recipe June 4, 2010

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 11:50 am

The last 6 weeks or so, I’ve been skimming through “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”- it’s over 900 pages, 3 books in 1.  Wow!  They have some really penny-pinching ideas that make me think I am not much of a tightwad.  Some ideas most of us wouldn’t do, but some were really great.  I got a few good recipes from it.  I still want to try to make my own “cream of Chicken/mushroom soup”, and haven’t done that.  I did make my own crackers for the first time with the “tightwad” recipe.  They were fairly good.  Would I make them again?  Yes, but not weekly.  It’s a bit of work.  They had a crouton recipe which my family REALLY loved.  What a great way to use old bread.

I’ve been wondering why I have less time this year (especially to blog and weed).  I am teaching less piano, but I added another child and I’ve been in the kitchen more.

In the last 2 weeks (not necessarily out of the “Tightwad” book and not necessarily for the first time), we have made from scratch:


shortcake for strawberries




peanut sauce

Oatmeal pecan cookies (inspired by Anne B)

Sweet and Sour Sauce w/meatballs

And more…


4 slices of bread-cubed to the crouton size you desire

1/3 cup of olive oil

2 tbs Parmesan Cheese

2 tbs powdered garlic

1 tsp celery salt

Mix all together in a bowl and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 4 minutes, stir them around and bake another 4-6 minutes, checking so they don’t over-darken.  They are really easy to make and way cheaper and better.  Store in an airtight container or reuse the plastic bread bag from which the bread came if you really want to be a tightwad:)

Hope you enjoy, Hyd.


Applesauce Recipe

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 6:29 am

This is the new thing I started doing to make Joshua some baby food.  We all love it.  It’s so easy.  I love recipes that I can fix and forget instead of hovering over them for a long time.


Peeled, cut, apple slices (however many apples you have)-I have done this with 2 apples and 20 apples

2 Tablespoons water

Optional dash of cinnamon (or more if you like)

Put the ingredients in a slow cooker on low for 3 hours or so.  You don’t need to mash them, because the apples will soften.  Just stir every 30 mins. or so.  If the apples aren’t turning into sauce while you are stirring, leave them in for another 30 mins., and check. You can make your sauce as chunky or as smooth as you like.  Leave it in for longer to smooth it.  You can use a  potato masher to expedite the process.

If you leave it in for 5 hours or so, the apples may brown more.  I don’t like the darker brown applesauce, so I try to take it out before it gets too dark.  Hope you enjoy, Hyd.


Raising Kids March 19, 2010

Filed under: Raising Kids — swingingsarr @ 11:20 pm

I just added a new category, “Raising Kids”- part of the “Mom” portion of my blog.

The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about this one thing about raising a boy when I use disposable diapers (the $-saving part of me usually does cloth).  They are inefficient diaper-fillers.  They max out the front of the diaper, and the back looks like it’s brand new.  I throw away these half used dipes.   If you let them keep wearing it, they’ll soak their clothes because they keep filling up the front of their diapers.  My girls were much more diligent to use the whole diaper.  I wish boys were more efficient!


Tortilla Soup Recipe/Crock Pot Turkey November 30, 2009

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 8:31 am

Adapted from a Trader José (Joe’s) Recipe

Super Quick Tortilla Soup:

1 can of black beans

1 can of chicken broth 32 oz

1 can of corn

1 can of diced tomatoes 28 oz.

12 oz. salsa

1 cup of shredded chicken/turkey

Tortilla chips

Heat broth to a low boil. Add everything else except chips on medium heat for 10 minutes. Add a handful of tortilla chips, broken. Serve hot. Add grated cheese for variation.

So call me crazy, I actually crock-potted a turkey before Thanksgiving to test it out. Jsarr said it was one of the best turkeys he’s ever had, I just need to add more spices. It was VERY tender and WAY easier to get all the meat out. JSarr said “it was 1 million and 1/2 times easier to get the meat”. So if you ever get a small enough turkey, you might want to try it. It seems so easy!


Mashed Potatoes Recipe October 6, 2009

Filed under: Recipe — swingingsarr @ 12:09 pm

Slow-Cooked Garlic Smashed Potatoes (Crowd Size)

Slow-Cooked Garlic Smashed Potatoes (Crowd Size)

No peeling, no boiling! Just add potatoes to the slow cooker with the other ingredients, and mash them a few hours later!

Prep Time:
15 Min
Total Time:
4 Hr 45 Min
14 servings (1/2 cup each)

3 lb small red potatoes (2 to 3 inches)
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chives-and-onion cream cheese (from 8 oz container)
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk

1. Halve or quarter potatoes as necessary to make similar-sized pieces. Place in 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add garlic, oil, salt and water; mix well to coat all potato pieces.
2. Cover; cook on High setting 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours or until potatoes are tender.
3. With fork or potato masher, mash potatoes and garlic. Stir in cream cheese until well blended. Stir in enough milk for soft serving consistency. Serve immediately, or cover and hold in slow cooker on Low setting up to 2 hours.