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Acrossed?

Here’s another 5 Minute Grammar Lesson. 🙂

A Grammer Lesson on the workd Acrossed ??

When we moved to Iowa 5 years ago, I started saying “Acrossed,” as in “I went acrossed town yesterday.” It’s something a LOT of people say in these here parts 🙂 and I picked it up without realizing it. I was talking to my sister one day on the phone and said something with “acrossed” in it. She started laughing and had me repeat it. Once I repeated it, I was horrified! How could I, an English teacher of all things, say “acrossed?” Needless to say, that day was the last day I uttered that terrible word.

Since then, I hear it everywhere! My hubby, bless his heart, my father in law, friends…it’s rampant in Iowa. Thankfully, my husband quit using it very soon after I pointed it out…

Anyhow, ACROSS is a preposition (He went across the street.) and sometimes an adverb (She ran across to say hello.) It it never used (correctly) in the past tense.

CROSS is the verb that can be used correctly in the past tense: “He crossed the street.”

And there’s your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson. Do you hear “acrossed” where you live?

5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Everyday or Every Day?

Here’s another 5 Minute Grammar Lesson!

5 minutes grammar lesson - Everyday or Every Day

I see mistakes with every and day almost Every Day! 😉 When should they be combined as one word and when should the be separated into two words?

Everyday means ordinary, normal, commonplace. It’s an adjective that modifies a noun: His everyday coat is dirty.

Every day means “each day.” “Every” is an adjective that modifies the noun “day:” I have to eat chocolate and drink wine every day or I will go nuts.

I am continually surprised by how many, many places mistake the two usages. Have you seen them used incorrectly? 🙂

Master Bread Recipe

This is the recipe I use to make 5 loaves of bread (start to finish) in a little over an hour. When I posted this on Facebook, a lot of you asked questions which I answered here.

Master Bread Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.

Place in Bosch mixer:
5 cups warm water
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup honey
1 heaping Tbsp. salt
1 heaping Tbsp. Dough Enhancer.
10 cups ground wheat flour
3 Tbsp. Saf Instant yeast
A couple cups additional flour

Mix dough on low speed. Quickly add as much additional flour as needed for the dough to pull away from the side of the bowl so that the sides of the bowl come clean. Mix it for 5 minutes. Oil hands and counter well, divide dough into 5 loaves and let rise in loaf pans, sprayed with non-stick spray. Let rise for approx. 30 minutes until they have doubled in size. Turn oven down to 350 degrees.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Rotisserie Chicken Rub Spice Mix

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own rotisserie chicken, this spice mix for a great rub really helps give your chicken that store bought flavor!

If you've ever wanted to make your own rotisserie chicken, this spice mix for a great rub really helps give your chicken that store bought flavor!

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My parents gifted me with a counter top chicken rotisserie machine (like this one) many years ago and this homemade spice mix is the missing ticket to deliciously homemade rotisserie chicken. If you don’t have a rotisserie machine, you can also make rotisserie chicken in a slow cooker (this Hamilton Beach is the one I have!)! And, I love to use this versatile spice mix in chicken noodle soup too. Here’s my recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

Update: I have started making a delicious rotisserie chicken in my Instant Pot! If you’d like the recipe, head over here: it’s pretty easy and very, very delicious.

Rotisserie Chicken Rub Spice Mix- If you've ever wanted to make your own rotisserie chicken, this spice mix for a great rub really helps give your chicken that store bought flavor!

Here is a very easy spice combination to make any rotisserie chicken divine:

If you've ever wanted to make your own rotisserie chicken, this spice mix for a great rub really helps give your chicken that store bought flavor!

Rotisserie Chicken Rub Spice Mix

Garlic powder
Onion powder
Thyme
Salt
Paprika
Chili powder
Black pepper
That’s all! I prefer to add 2-3 TBS of each spice and make a large batch when I make this recipe.
Rotisserie Chicken Rub

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix equal parts of all spices and place in an airtight container.
  2. Shake well.
  3. When you're ready to rotisserie a chicken, use enough of the spice mix to coat the entire chicken!
  4. Enjoy.
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Put them in an empty spice jar and shake it over your whole chicken. Make a lot so you don’t have to mix it the next time you make a chicken! Don’t forget to label your jar so you know what’s in it… 🙂 By the way, if you like to make your own spice mixes, I highly recommend these Ball Canning Jar Spice Lids! I got some a couple years ago and love them.

Apple & Pear Scones made with Whole Grains

1.      apple & pear scones

Nutrition

Calories

322 cal

Fat

2 g

Carbs

69 g

Protein

12 g
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 1/2 cup diced pear
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients and cut in butter until the mix resembles small peas.
  3. Add the diced fruit and then add milk.
  4. Stir until combined.
  5. Turn dough out onto a cooking stone.
  6. Form a 9" circle.
  7. Top with extra sugar if desired.
  8. Cut circle into 8 pie shaped pieces.
  9. Separate the pieces so they don't touch.
  10. Bake for 22-28 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!
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Apple & Pear Scones made with Whole Grains

 
Simplify breakfast time by making scone packets for your freezer. I get out 5 different bowls, mix all of the dry ingredients together (one recipe per bowl), and then dump each bowl into a freezer bag. Then next time I want scones, instead of having to get all of the dry ingredients out again, I just pull a bag out of the freezer! I got this idea from Jessica over at Life As Mom and it works great for me.

Have you ever tried whole grain baking, like apple & pear scones?

Homemade Easy Bake Oven Mixes Make Great Gifts!

Homemade easy bake oven mixes make great gifts! Not only is it easy to make your own, but it’s also a great learning opportunity for kids. Involve your kids in the gift giving production this year. Here’s how to make your own fabulous Easy Bake Oven Mixes!
homemade easy bake oven mixes

Homemade Easy Bake Oven Mixes

My daughter received an Easy Bake Oven last year from Grandma for Christmas. She LOVES it! And she makes some fun things.However, once the mixes that she got for Christmas were gone, we realized the downside to Easy Bake Ovens! The mixes are outrageously expensive. Not only are they expensive, they are also full of ingredients I’d rather my kiddos not eat.

My six-year-old daughter is a thinker, though. Since I have not bought her new mixes,  and she is out of the ones she got last year, she asked me one day if we could look for Easy Bake Oven recipes on line. I thought that would be a great homeschool activity, so we did. And we found all kinds of recipes! She picked out a few she liked and we decided that we would make a cookbook (I’m always thinking of ways to trick her to write), and homemade mixes for her cousin for Christmas.

We found lots of fun recipes at these websites:

http://www.budget101.com/frugal/easy-bake-oven-mixes-187/
http://www.eborecipes.com/
http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net/recipe081.html

anna's easy bake recipe

Turn it into a learning opportunity!

It took some work to get a legible cookbook. Initially, I had her copy the recipes on blank, lined paper I printed from Donna Young’s Homeschooling Resources. However she is still perfecting her handwriting, and I quickly realized that we needed a different solution. So, I downloaded a dashed font here, typed the recipes out myself, and then had her trace them. That worked a lot better. After all the pages were complete, we had it laminated. Then we used a three hole punch to punch holes. She picked out a pretty ribbon and we “bound” the book.

anna and homemade easy bake oven mixes cookbook

Once the book was complete, we made the mixes. First, we mixed all the dry ingredients together and made baggies of mixes. We tried the baggies with pretty ribbon and I wrote out what wet ingredients to add to the dry ingredients to complete the recipes. Now, we have a fun, frugal, and educational gift to give to her cousin! If it is only half as much fun for her cousin to make the goodies as it was for us to assemble the book and the packets, we will have a very successful Christmas present on our hands.

If you like this post on homemade easy bake oven recipes, you might like these ideas too!

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5 Minute Succulent Planter

Homemade Gourmet Vinegar

I’m always on the search for homemade gift ideas, especially for boys, as it seems easier to find ideas for girls. Do you have any ideas for homemade Christmas presents? I’d love to hear what they are!