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Homemade Chicken Amish Noodle Soup in the Instant-Pot

I know it’s summer and soups are mainly for eating in the fall and winter, but….

We were so busy the other night and I didn’t have time to think about dinner. I guess my poor family doesn’t need to eat LOL.

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Make Your Own Hamburger Buns

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There’s nothing like a big juicy burger, right?  I like mine with bacon, provolone cheese, avocado slices, lettuce, tomato and some mkm (aka mustard, ketchup, mayo)……oh, and of course a bun.  But I couldn’t have the bun for about three years due to my gluten intolerance.  I used to get this “chicken skin” on my elbows every time I would eat store bought or restaurant bread.  I started doing some research on where flour came from and found out that the problem is not with the gluten, but with the way the millers were removing all the vital ingredients (and adding bad stuff) from our flour just so it would stay fresh.

I was bound and determined to eat bread.  Like, who doesn’t love bread?  I can let go of the pasta and the refined sugar for sure.  But, I can’t live without bread.

I found this Co-Op and ordered some grains.  I didn’t even have a grain mill but I was going to grind my own flout and provide a delicious loaf of bread for my family.

I ended up going to my friends house to grind my first batch.  I came home and made the bread.  It was the most delicious bread I’d ever had.  Seriously, it was.

I started eating bread more often and my “chicken skin” started to go away.  Uhhm, maybe I’m on to something here.  I honestly feel better when I eat the bread.  No bloat, no itchiness like with the other kind of bread either. Read

HERE for more on grinding your own flour.

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After making loaf bread, I thought to myself, ” I wonder what else I can make?”  I had become used to eating pretty much anything without bread or a bun.  Man, I really missed having a bun on a burger or a sloppy joe.

So, I did some research ( can you tell I like to research things?) and found this cool pan to make hamburger buns.  I only bought one so a cookie sheet will suffice for now. Yeah, baby!

They aren’t perfect in shape like you would buy store bought, factory made with a perfect machine buns, but they got the seal of approval from my family and that’s what is important to me.  Besides, knowing that they are healthy for us is what really matters. I’m feeding my family good nutrition.

Here’s my recipe.  I’d love to see how yours turn out.  I like using Hard White wheat but you can easily use Hard Red for a nuttier flavor.

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a basic dough recipe.  You can use it to make sandwich/loaf bread, rolls & hamburger/hot dog buns.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of hot water                                                2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt

1/3 cup of olive or coconut oil                                   2 tbsp. Flaxseed Meal           

1/3 cup of raw local honey                                         1 tbsp. instant yeast

4-4 ½ cups of freshly milled Hard White flour

 

Directions:

Combine water, oil, honey, salt and flax-seed meal. Add half the flour and mix thoroughly. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5-6 minutes).  Cover with plastic and let rise until double. Now, shape into 12 balls on greased cookie sheets, cover and let rise again. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

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I love to share and see what others are doing in our efforts to have healthy families.  Enjoy your buns LOL and have a wonderful day!

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How to Dry Your Own Herbs

We all have good intentions when we plant herbs in the garden.  But what happens when the basil takes over or the dill weed is out of control.  Before it gets to that point, you can harvest it and dry it for use later.

I know I have wasted good herbs in the garden because I didn’t know what to do with it all.

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It’s super simple and easy to do. Kinda like one of those “set it and forget it” moments, but don’t forget to check on them things LOL.

STEP 1. Grow your herbs

OK, this step is pretty simple but hey, if you don’t want to grow your own, you can easily go buy herb plants that are already grown and start from there.

STEP 2. Pull a bunch off and get a piece of twine and tie the bottom ends together (the cut pieces)

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STEP 3. Set it and forget it LOL, well, make sure you check on them from time to time but they will take roughly 2-3 weeks to dry.  Hang them on a rack or from a piece of twine out of the way so the kids don’t pull them down or the dogs don’t think it’s a snack!  The laundry room is a good place.  No one ever goes in there, right?

STEP 4. Once they are all dry, remove the twine, grab a cutting board and a knife.  If you have a coffee grinder, you can use that too.  Just make sure it’s clean from all the coffee grinds ha ha! Take the knife and just start rough chopping the herbs to your liking and fill them into a jar.

STEP 5. Enjoy your fresh dried herbs in your soups, stews or whatever you are cooking. This is great for flowers as well.  Stay tuned as I will be posting about drying flowers for herbal remedies later this spring.

I hope you have a great weekend and share this with your friends and family.  Tag me on Instagram with your herb pictures – @lhsimpleliving

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My Summer|Honoring My Dad

Wow!  I can’t believe summer is drawing to an end.  I’ve had a whirl wind of one.  How have you been spending yours?

My summer kicked off by heading to Washington, DC to honor my dad at the Vietnam Veterans In Memory Program.  He passed away back in January of this year and his one wish was to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  Well, you have to be pretty important or die in a war, so this was the next best thing.  Dad would have loved this!

My sister and I were able to speak about dad in front of thousands and were given a plaque, which will be kept in a vault to be displayed in a future museum.  We were also part of their annual Rose Ceremony where we honored all veterans who have passed away.  This was truly an amazing program to honor Vietnam Veterans and I’m so glad we were able to be a part of it.

If you have a loved one that has passed away as a result of an illness related to Vietnam, I encourage you to apply for this program and go honor your loved one too!  They have all the details right HERE.

My next trip this summer was going to West Virginia to a surprise birthday party for my 75 year old Aunt.  It was so awesome seeing the expression on her face when she pulled up to my cousin’s house.  Priceless!  We had a luau and her birthday present from her daughters was a trip to Hawaii!  I am so excited for all of them!  Well, my sister and I decided to give her something equally exciting but not as extravagant LOL.  We gave her a trip to the Amish Country in Ohio.  We paid for her half of the room, Sunday dinner, a horse and buggy ride and dinner on that Monday in an Amish home.  We were only able to stay one night, but man, did I absorb and learn so much in such a little time.

 

 

This trip to the Amish community was also my birthday present.  My husband and kids gave me some nice cash so I could enjoy myself and buy a few things.  My only items I really wanted were a homemade Amish quilt and a basket. Well……

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You can read all about the rest of my trip to Amish Country in my next post!  Don’t be mad, I promise it will be worth the wait!

I’ve also been busy this summer pickin’ primitives and antiques around the state and both Ohio and North Carolina.  I moved into a larger booth space at Trader Mae’s which will allow me to sell some of my new found goodies.

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Fall is just around the corner and it’s my favorite time of the year!  I’ve got lots of new signs coming out as well!  Be sure and follow me on my Facebook Page here to stay up to date on what all I have going on.  You can also sign up for my newsletter HERE.  I’ve got some painting workshops I am scheduling once the weather gets cooler.

Stay tuned; enjoy the rest of your summer and blessings!

P.S. All photos are © Wendy Walker Photography unless otherwise noted.  You are welcome to pin my photos, share them or use them in your own blogs, but please do not claim the photos as your own. Thank you!

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