Archive | March 2012

Homemade Stir-Fry Sauce

stir fry

stir fry (Photo credit: ereneta)

I love to make stir-fry for a quick hearty meal.  Today I tried a recipe for homemade stir-fry sauce.  It was good & the kids loved it.  Definitely a keeper for our family.  I bought some frozen stir-fry veggies, added some chicken, and made some rice to serve it over.  What a nice meal.


Quick and Easy Homemade Stir-fry sauce


  • 10 oz chicken broth
  • 3 Tbl corn starch
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 3 Tbl sugar
  • 3 Tbl soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

This recipe came from  It is a great basic recipe and can be changed according to your tastes and what you have in the cupboard.  You could use beef or shrimp or leave out the meat completely.  You could use Worcestershire sauce.  You could substitute the chicken broth for tomato sauce or veggie broth.  There are many possibilities.  Enjoy and have fun experimenting!






5 Things I don’t buy anymore





  1. Buttermilk – once you know how easy it is you’ll probably want to make it every time.  Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup.  Then, add milk until the amount reaches one cup.  Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.  It should look curdled.  Stir and you have buttermilk.
  2. Laundry Soap – I have written about this in an earlier blog.
  3. Hand cream – I have written about this previously, also.
  4. Brown Sugar – I will post on this in the future.
  5. Fabric softener/ dryer sheets – I use 1/2 cup white vinegar in every load I wash.  I have been doing this since the girls were cloth diapers.  Sometimes we have a bit of static, but no one seems to mind.


Laundry Soap Making


I thought it would be fun  to share my list with you.  This is what works for me, but may  not work for you.   I am sure there are somethings that you do not buy that we do.  Maybe you could share your ideas here.


Luke 6: 27-28 &; 32-33

Luke 6:27-&28, 32-33

“But I tell you who hear me:  Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ do that.”

Jesus hits the nail right on the head, doesn’t he?  How easy it is to love those that we like; people who love us.  How much harder to love those who are mean to us, who talk behind our backs, who seem to have it out for us.


Help me to love all your children, especially those that are hard for me to love.  Help me to be an example for my children, and to learn from them how to love others.  Help me not to judge others and to give as you have given to me.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Lead me, Lord

Lord, as you led Moses and the Israelites for some 40 years in the desert, lead me in the path you would have me go.  Help me be a light for you in this dark world.  Help me to love others as you love me.

In Jesus name I pray,


Proverbs 13:3

Proverbs 13:3  He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly comes to ruin.

Heavenly Father,

Help me to guard my lips from speaking harshly to my children.  May I show them the same loving and forgiving spirit that you show to me.  Amen.

Magic Milk Shakes

Today I wanted to make a treat for the kids.  It is unseasonably warm out and everyone came home with no homework.  I don’t have any ice cream in the house right now and that is why I love this recipe. It makes milkshakes without any ice cream.  And all the ingredients are right in the pantry.


  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups ice water
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 1 1/2 trays ice cubes – whatever you can spare
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil + a 5 second squirt non-stick spray for emulsification purposes


  • Place all the ingredients in the blender, including oil and non-stick spray
  • Use less water for thicker milkshakes and more water for shakes that are easier on your blender motor.  The blender should be about 3/4 full.
  • Place the lid on and process for a full 2 minutes.
  • Pour into cups and serve

Makes 4 – 12 oz. servings.  See below for some preparation tips

This is a great recipe for us because we do not always have ice cream in the house.  With this recipe we can make delicious shakes for a fraction of the cost of those using ice cream.  And, again, all the ingredients are already in the house.


  • Use Splenda instead of sugar to make them sugar-free & reduce calories
  • Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee  for a mocha shake
  • Add 1 very ripe banana for a  chocolate banana shake
  • Add a big spoonful of peanut butter  for a decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter  Shake.
  • Add a few broken red and white candy  mints for a refreshing Chocolate Mint  shake.
  • To make Vanilla Milk Shakes, omit  the cocoa powder, reduce the sugar to  1/2-cup and add 1 tablespoon (yes a full  tablespoon) of vanilla flavoring.

Thanks for the recipe!

Mock Chop Suey










My mom made this for us when I was growing up.  It was a family favorite then and has become a family favorite again with my family

Mock Chop suey


  • 1 pound ground beef (I use 1 1/2), cooked & drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup instant rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2-4 Tablespoons worcheshire sauce
  • french fried onions (optional)


  • Mix above ingredients (except fried onions) in a casserole dish
  • Bake ate 350 for 1 hour – or about 15 minutes in the microwave stirring every 5 minutes
  • Add french fried onions for last 10 minutes of baking

I often add a can of mushrooms, some onion powder (my kids don’t like onion pieces in things), and a little extra rice & water since I use extra meat.

This recipe freezes & reheats well.