Oh Deer! Steak

Hi!  Long time no see!  I am interrupting my customary blogging silence with a yummy dear steak recipe ūüôā

My mighty hunter son shot a deer with a muzzle loader rifle from 131 yards away!  I’m very proud, and I’m loving the meat too!  In this recipe, we are cooking deer steak.

First, I melt butter in my pan.

Then I sear both sides of the steaks.

Next, I rub the steak in my homemade rub.

The rubbed steaks

Butter is added to the top of the steaks before roasting at 425¬į for 15 minutes

We ate the steak with some fresh fruit.  Side note:  We are studying the states in home school, so we eat on a state map covered in plastic. It’s just fun!

The finished product!  Everyone in the family loves it.  We originally coated the steaks in cracked pepper, but the kids thought it was a bit too spicy.  I appreciate being able to feed my family healthy game meat.

Oh Deer! Steak

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients


‚Äď 2-3 pounds of deer steaks
‚Äď 7-8 Tablespoons of butter (divided)
‚Äď 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
– 1 bay leaf crumbled
– 3/4 teaspoon thyme
– 1/2 teaspoon sage
– 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
– 1 1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
– 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Directions


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Melt about 1 Tablespoon of butter in a pan
3. Sear the outside of the deer steaks in the pan.
4.  Move the seared steaks into a 9×13 glass casserole dish
5.  Mix together salt, pepper, ginger, bay leaf, thyme, sage, marjoram, soy
sauce, and olive oil.  Rub the mixture on all sides the seared steaks
6. Place the remaining butter in slices on top of the seared and seasoned steaks
7. Roast the steaks in the oven for 15 minutes

Soaked Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

This is very similar to my soaked homemade granola recipe, but I’m trying to cut back on pasteurized dairy.¬† I knew that many of my friends were cutting out pasteurized dairy, but I guess I had to see it with my own eyes before I started making the step.

We do homeschooling, and as part of our curriculum, my son had to do an experiment with milk.¬† He had to put a small jar of milk in the fridge and one on the counter.¬† He had to hypothesize about which one would turn bad first.¬† So, he got our Organic milk from the fridge and proceeded with the project.¬† Lo and behold after over a week, the milk on the counter still had not turned bad!¬† That just ain’t right!

I will note that we were using ultra pasteurized organic milk.¬†¬† That does make a large difference.¬† You will notice the presence of kefir, whey, buttermilk and yoghurt in the recipe.¬† I’d recommend the raw variety or just the lemon juice ūüôā

As the result of our little experiment, I came up with a modification that doesn’t require milk over it.¬† ūüôā

Note:  You can easily make this gluten free with gluten free oats and dairy free by using the lemon juice.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • water
  • 8 T whey, kefir, buttermilk, yoghurt, or lemon juice
  • 1 smashed banana
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup flax-seed meal
  • 1 T ginger
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup walnuts or other nuts (I used slivered almonds)
  • 2 T cocao nibs

The night before, place 4 cups of oats in a pot along with 4 cups of water and 8 T of either whey, kefir, buttermilk, yoghurt, or lemon juice.  Cover the pot and let the oats soak.

Soaked oatsThe next day, cook the oats for about 5 minutes or to your desired consistency.  I like to make it fairly thick without too much watery consistency.

Put your cooked oatmeal into a big bowl.

In a small pot on the stove, add the honey and coconut oil.  Cook until a liquid.

Oil and honeyAdd the resulting liquid to the cooked oatmeal.

Freshly ground flaxseedAdd all the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, except raisins, walnuts, and cocao.¬† I always add the eggs last, in hopes they don’t cook because of the hot oatmeal.¬† ūüôā

Mix in the raisins, nuts, and cocao.

adding chunksLine a cookie sheet or two with parchment paper.

Plop the oatmeal mixture onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheets.¬† In my house this recipe normally fills about 5 cookie sheets ūüôā¬† You might have to make a few batches.

UncookedCook the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.

cooked dscf7014The result should be a crispy outside with yummy tasting mushy oatmeal in the inside.¬† I made the recipe big so that I can have a week’s worth of breakfasts for my family of 6.¬† I store the leftover cookies in the fridge and heat what we want in the toaster oven each morning.¬† We’ve decided that they taste the best warm.

Enjoy!

Soaked Homemade Granola Recipe

Happy Independence Day!¬† It’s great to live in a free country and for my soul to be free in Jesus!

First off, I want to explain why I soak my grains.  I believe that soaking the grains cuts down on phytic acid and makes the vitamins and minerals more absorb-able.  Another blogger has explained in a little more detail, and I encourage you to look into it.  Let me know your thoughts.

Another blogger that I follow fairly closely, The Healthy Home Economist, does not endorse even soaked granola, but she does admit in the comments that “If it‚Äôs nice and soft, then it should digest fine.”¬† I’m happy to say that my granola is pretty soft ūüôā

Okay, now for the recipe ūüôā¬† I normally triple the recipe, but I’ll give you the normal proportions.¬† Also, you should know that you can make this recipe gluten-free by making it with gluten-free oats.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups oats
  • about a cup of raw soaked almonds (Really, any nut would do.¬† Pecans are super yummy)
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 T. lemon juice.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 T organic raw cocao
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)

Soak the oats and nuts in water and lemon juice overnight.  The next day, bake the oat mixture at 325 F for about 40 minutes or longer.  The goal is to have the oats still wet but not too soggy.

Then mix the oat concoction with the coconut, cocao, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

Melt 1/3 cup raw honey and 2 T. coconut oil.¬† Mix this warm sauce into the other ingredients.¬† Be careful!¬† Don’t burn yourself.¬† I do most of the mixing with my hands, so I have burnt myself.

Put the new mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake at 300 for 40 minutes, mixing the granola at 20 minutes.

Let the granola cool and add the dried fruit.

Voila!¬† You have yummy granola.¬† I store my granola in the fridge, because it will mold.¬† That’s how you can tell it’s healthier for you though ūüėȬ† Normally, a long shelf life means that the food doesn’t have much nutritional value.

The story of one javelina

Once upon a time during a warm February in Arizona, a javelina found herself face to face with a seasoned hunter. The javelina lost her life that day to feed a family of 5 (almost 6).

The javelina carcass was field dressed then hung in a tree while it waited to be brought to the growing family.  It would soon be skinned.
The carcass arrived to the family on a Sunday afternoon, and the head of the household, a strapping lad, spent 2 hours cutting the meat off the bone so that sausage could be made.

The growing family, although very partial to not eating factory meats, had not yet butchered any of their own food as of yet. The mother, a homely yet well-meaning woman, did not want to touch the carcass with its hairy legs and cloven feet.

After the meat was cut into small pieces, it was placed into the fridge.  The next day (Monday), a grocery trip needed to be made to procure the supplies needed to finish the sausage project.

Much to the rambling mother’s chagrin, the family learned that game meat is often too lean to use for sausage.¬† So, they had to go buy some “factory” meat to add fat to the sausage.¬† The homely mother would have gladly run somewhere to get some homegrown fat, but that somewhere was not available.

So, Monday evening was spent grinding javelina and “factory” pork at about a 50/50 ratio.¬† The growing family ended up with 10 pounds of breakfast sausage and 20 pounds of Italian sausage.¬† Even the young discerning mouths of children think it tastes pretty good. ūüôā¬† The rambling mother thinks that the breakfast sausage recipe needs some tweaking, but things turned out pretty well.

The javelina = lots of yummy meals!

Zucchini Noodle Lasagna

I made this lasagna at least four times.  Each time it was yummy but too watery.  I finally was able to keep the water away.  This recipe is the result of my trial and error.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchini (or one huge one)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 recipe of homemade Italian sausage
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jar tomato paste
  • a few shakes dried basil
  • a few shakes dried oregano
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large container ricotta cheese (I think it is 27 oz. but I couldn’t verify)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Slice zucchini lengthwise into very thin slices.  I used a mandolin.  Sprinkle slices lightly with salt; set aside to drain in a colander.
  3. To prepare the meat sauce, cook the sausage and stir in the green pepper and onion, or cook the green pepper and onion and stir in already cooked sausage. Stir in tomato paste, and oregano.¬† This doesn’t really look like sauce, but this helps cut down on a watery lasagna.

    My sausage was already cooked, so I just cooked the green peppers and onion. I shook the spices on too ūüôā

  4. Take your zucchini slices and lay them out on cookie sheets.  Bake in the oven at 300 for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, stir eggs, ricotta, and parsley together in a bowl until well combined.
  6. Turn the oven up to 325.  To assemble lasagna, spread 1/2 of the meat sauce into a 10 x 13 casserole dish.  Then layer 1/2 the zucchini slices.  
  7. Layer 1/2 the ricotta mixture.
  8. Layer all of the spinach.
  9. Then layer all of the mushrooms.
  10. Then 1/2 the mozzarella cheese.
  11. Repeat by layering the remaining meat sauce, zucchini slices, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella.  Cover with foil.
  12. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake an additional 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Some little side notes:

  • It would be easier to just pour a jar of spaghetti sauce in this recipe, but it will turn out too watery.
  • I used a jar of Organic tomato paste for this recipe.¬† You may not be aware that most canned products (especially tomato products because of the acidity) contain BPA¬†(Bisphenol A), even Organic canned products.¬† Follow the link and look up BPA; it’s not fun stuff.¬† This is why I choose to buy tomato products in jars.

“His Finances”, Proverbs 31:12, toothpaste, and tacos

I’m so glad you are here!¬† Since this week was about finances, grab the cheapest drink around, a glass of water!¬†¬† If you are one of those crazy people who doesn’t like the taste of water, add some lemon juice or a lemon slice.¬† Strawberry water, cucumber water, orange water, and the like are yummy too.

This week I’m going to present you with a challenge!¬† In this chapter’s prayer, it says, “Show me how I can increase our finances and not decrease them.”¬† Your challenge is to find some way to save your household money (whether a small or large amount).¬† I, of course, am going to take my own challenge.

My first money-saving¬†attempt was to make my own toothpaste.¬† We normally buy the more expensive fluoride free toothpaste.¬† I’ll save the “why” for another time.

Here is the toothpaste recipe:

Coconut oil toothpaste recipe

(I got the recipe from friend who has a large family.  They love it!  I changed the recipe though.)

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 small packet of stevia powder
  • 6-7 drops of Shine + Essential Oil by Be Young (The original recipe called for 20-25 drops of peppermint oil)

1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl   I mixed mine in a small Mason jar.

I wasn’t super happy with the results, but I’m sure I can perfect the recipe over time?¬† Anyone have any suggestions?¬† I don’t like the way the coconut oil melts in my mouth, and I think I would like the¬†peppermint flavor better.

I also learned how to make my own Taco Seasoning!  I learned this from Hallee the Homemaker.  I changed the recipe to make it my own by removing the sugar and adding a tad more salt.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp salt

Okay, enough with the challenge already!¬† Back to our chapter!¬† With this horrid economy, I know that more than a few of you struggle with this “finance” issue.¬† Again, what a better time than now to pray about it?

Things that touched me:

  1. “Only when we recognize that all we have comes from God and seek to make Him Lord over it can we avoid the pitfalls that money, or the lack of it, brings”¬† If you are like me or my family, it’s the lack of money that is bringing us trouble, but Stormie brings up an excellent point.¬† We need to focus on Christ and what he wants for our lives and not on the temporary struggles.
  2. “It may not be possible to avoid every financial problem because God sometimes uses finances to get our attention and teach us things.”¬† I know that almost all of you are struggling in this area.¬† What can you and I learn?

Normally, I would say “Things I respectfully disagree with”.¬† This is more like things I struggle to understand:

  1. I really struggled with the section where Stormie¬†says, “So many money problems can be solved by putting all finances under God’s covering and doing what He says to do with them.¬† That means giving when He says to give.¬† When you do, God promises to deliver you, protect you, bless you, heal you, and keep you alive.”¬† First, I thought, “That’s not in the Bible.”¬† Then, I looked!¬† I found Psalm 41, and it said very similar things to what Stormie¬†is saying.¬† I see that the scripture says that “he that considereth¬†the poor” will have all the things Stormie brings out.¬† In my mind, giving and considering the poor don’t necessarily equate.¬† What do you think?¬† Here is Psalm 41

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.  By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
(Psalms 41:1-13)

Second, I thought does this apply to me.  Am I really promised health and life?  I mean, look at the life of Paul.  He knew how to be hungry and suffer need (Philippians 4:12).  He, of course, had an abundance of spiritual blessings.

God doesn’t owe me anything, but he blesses me anyway.¬† Our motive for doing the right things and giving to others or considering others should be in simple thankfulness and obedience and not for the reward.

Of course, I believe the Scriptures, and they do say all that Stormie said.¬† Am I the only one who doesn’t quite grasp this?

Proverbs 31:12 “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

When I first look at this verse, I think, “I’m not evil to my husband.”¬† I mean, I don’t trip him when he walks in the door.¬† I’ve never tried to poison him.¬† Okay, occasionally I give him the cold shoulder or a dirty look, but it’s completely justified. (Yes, this me talking to myself)

Well, wait¬† a second, the verse doesn’t say, “She will do him good and not evil on most of the days of her life except when it is justified to give him what he deserves.”¬† Right?

You mean that I have to be nice even when he doesn’t deserve it?

Yes, that is exactly what the verse is saying.

Okay, I’ll try not to be evil!¬† I’m remember that he’s not my enemy.

There’s more to it than that?¬† I have to be “good” to him?

I looked up synonyms for good on dictionary.com.  Here is what I found:

‚ÄĒSynonyms
1.  pure, moral, conscientious, meritorious, worthy, exemplary, upright. 2.  commendable, admirable. 5.  obedient, heedful. 6.  kindly, benevolent, humane, gracious, obliging. 23.  full, adequate. 24.  profitable, useful, serviceable, beneficial. 25.  efficient, proficient, capable, able, ready, suited, suitable, dexterous, expert, adroit, apt.

Wow!¬† I’ve got a lot of work to do.¬† Better get busy!¬† Catch you later!

Your assignment for week 4:¬† Read Chapter 4 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Sexuality”.¬† What touched you?¬† Any disagreements?¬† Pray that your husband finds enjoyment and satisfaction in your sexual relationship¬† Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:13.

Homemade Italian Sausage and Why

  • 2¬†pounds of ground beef (or you could try other meats, as well)
  • 2¬†garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 1¬†tablespoon of salt¬†
  • 1/2 tablespoon of black pepper¬†
  • 1¬†tablespoon ground fennel seeds¬†(I ground it in¬†the¬†coffee grinder)¬†

    It gave off a lovely black licorice smell.

  • 1/2 cup grated romano cheese¬†
  • 1/4 cup¬†chopped parsley¬†
  • 1 1/2¬†teaspoons hot red pepper flakes (you can adjust to how hot you would like it: this is on the warmer side)¬†¬†
  1. Mix all in a bowl. 
  2. I let it sit overnight to let the flavors merry before I cook the next day. 

I titled this post “Homemade Italian Sausage and Why”.¬† Well, let me clue you in on the why.¬† Cured meats from the store contain nitrates and nitrites.¬† These cured meats include sausage, bacon, ham, and lunch meats.¬† Nitrates and nitrites are known to form carcinogens, or cancer causing agents.¬† We can avoid these by buying “nitrate and nitrite free” meats, but I don’t really trust these.¬† They say they are “nitrate and nitrite free” but yet have a little note that will say something like “except for what naturally occurs in….”¬† So, the¬†best way to avoid the¬†nitrates and nitrites is just to make your own.¬† My family loves¬†Italian sausage, and they have been very happy with this recipe.