Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Free Recipie: Chicken Legs, Wings and nuggets

Your wondering what is so special about chicken wings? Willow's wings and nuggets are always a hit at there parties or at the evening table. The secret is in the eggs! No seriously its whats in the eggs!

Items needed:
  • 2 medium sized bowls
  • whisk
  • food processor or potato masher
The Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs for gluten free use 1/2 cup soy flower and 1/2 cup rice flower
  • 1/4 cup flask seed meal
  • Chicken: Breast washed dried and cut into bite sized chunks or you can use wings, thighs, drumsticks.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Steam and mash up the sweet potato and measure out 1/4 cup. One medium sized sweet potato should be plenty. Place it in one of the bowls. Add the 2 large eggs and whisk. This will be the egg batter you will dunk your chicken into.
  2. In another bowl add your dry ingredients.
  3. Spray a skillet with non stick spray and heat over med high. Once hot add in 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  4. Coat the chicken in the egg bath then into the bread crumb place onto hot skillet. Cook nuggets about 5-7 minuets on each side until no longer pink.
  5. If using legs, wings, thighs or quarters heat the oven to 350 use a shallow pan spray with non stick spray and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan about 2-4 tablespoons. Coat chicken place in pre heated oven and cook about 30-40 minuets about half way turn chicken. Cook until no longer pink and clear juice flows from the chicken.

This is a great way to trick your kids to eat healthy as well as yourself. The sweet potato sweetens the chicken just right. One could add just a tad of salt to the chicken before placing into the eggs. Willow doesn't and they seam to go quickly. You can make the chicken nuggets a week before the party just let cool down and then freeze. Simply place onto cookie sheet and slide into a preheated oven of 400 for about 10 minuets.
Dipping sauces Willow just places Ketchup, Bar-b-Que, Honey Muster, Muster, Wasabie, and other sauces out. Simple, Light and very satisfying. Don't take her words for it simply try it yourself!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Free Recipe: Double Chacolate Carmel Apples

Is there anyone that didn't love candy and caramel apples as a kid? They were at every party and some people would give them out for the trick-or-treaters. Willow dosen't wast time with those store bout kits (They are okay but not her liking), but to truly honor the ancestors and her guests she serves these gourmet apples at her Samain feast. Everyone seams to love them so there might be some sanity to her apple dipping!

Prep time 25 minutes for the seasoned apple dunker for a first timer it may take longer which is perfectly fine. Remember don't stress over it.
Chill time 1 hour 45 minutes (may leave in longer if you so wish it.
Serves 4, Willow scaled this recipe down for the recipe guidelines. Her batches are far more then this and she uses bigger equipment to make all of hers.
She makes these morning of the party (she gets up mighty early!)

Equipment needed for this project:
  • nonstick spray or wax paper
  • Medium size bowl that can fit in a microwave (if making more then this recipe follow the stove top directions on the caramels)
  • Backing cookie sheet small (is making bigger batch use the sizes that will fit in the fridge)
  • Mixing spoons
  • 4 apples
  • 4 Popsicle sticks
  • 16 ounces of caramel candies
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 10 ounces of dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces white chocolate
Remove the stems of the apples, wash and dry, then insert the sticks into the stem ends. Cover a backing cookie sheet with nonstick spray and/or waxed paper. Willow puts wax paper in her cookie sheets then spray with the nonstick spray, she doesn't want to take any chances! In a medium bowl, microwave the caramels and water for about 2 minutes, stirring at every 1 minutes, until the caramels are completely melted. Dip the apples in the caramel and twirl or spoon the top until coated. Refrigerate on backing sheet for about 30 minutes (a little longer wont hurt them!).

In a medium bowl (even the same bowl after you wash the leftover caramel out or do what willow does and ask dear hubby to scrap as much as possible before washing it) microwave the dark chocolate and butter for about 2 minutes, stirring at every 40 seconds until chocolate is completely melted. Dip the apples in the chocolate and twirl or spoon over the tops until coated. Refrigerate on cookie sheet while malting the white chocolate. In medium bowl microwave the white chocolate for about 2 minutes, stirring every 40 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Drizzle over top of apples and refrigerate for at least an hour.

****Update Picture added on October 23, 2009****

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Contest: Name The Species

The last few weeks we noticed strange furry balls scattering by. We have been trying to catch one to find out what it is. Today we were shocked to find not just one but a whole group! These creatures are very skittish, and have an appetite to match! We need your help in naming these beings!

Each Creature Comes with its own adoption certificate. These creatures are not suitable to give to small children or people who put things into there mouths.

Your Mission is to help us name this new species. Should you accept this replay to this post.
Rules of Contest:
1 post a day may have a list of species names (no more then 10 names in a post). May Post Daily! May invite friends to enter (Strongly suggest to get your friends in on this!). This is open for 1 month!
After 1 month we will randomly chose 5-7 species names and host a poll for 2 weeks.
The winner will receive a creature of there own.

Now go name these things before they devour my Home!

*Creatures are hand knitted, have elastic bands for mouths, have goggle eyes that are glued on.
Caring for the Creatures: Wash in cold water on gentle cycle. Air dry or very low heat.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free Recipe: All Hallows Eve Cider

This is one of our favorite ciders for any time, although its in popular demand at our gatherings we have to make huge batches at a time. The fallowing recipe is scaled down for 12 1 cup servings. We always like more in our cups ;)

What you will need Is a crock pot (Slow Cooker)that can hold 4-5 quarts. We use the biggest one we can find.
Tea ball or coffee filter that you can place lose spices into then tie up.

12 whole cloves
1/2 gallon of apple cider
2/3 cup red hot candies
1/4 cup dry orange drink mix (Tang works great!)
1 qt. water

1) place cloves in the tea bag
2) combine everything into the crock pot (slow cooker)
3) cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours
4) serve hot

** We like to add Orange slices, Lemon Slices (with the peels on wash before cutting and putting into the brew! To garnish we place cinnamon sticks in the cups.
We like to make this the week before the party and let it cool off to room temp. With a funnel we gently pour it into gallon jugs. or you can do pitchers. To warm up we simply pour into our huge pot (like for canning or pasta making or those seafood steaming parties, yep the biggest pot) and turn on med low. we start the heating process 2 hours before the party.
Please keep in mind our recipe is multiplied by 4.
This is also great on those chilly camping trips simply make before pour into a sealable jug and heat up at night.
Please note camp fires will heat it up quickly and will become very hot!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Free Recipe: Vampire Blood Shake

To keep those blood suckers at bay Willow doesn't use Garlic she uses Blood Shakes!

Willow triples this recipes for her parties due to the amount of spooks that like to boogie. This is great all year round as well.

2 cups Plain Yogurt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 package frozen strawberries or raspberries, thawed
Ice cubes
1 pint strawberry ice cream

1. mix yogurt, vanilla, and berries in the blender.
2. pour into tall glasses over ice cubes or chill.
3 top with a big spoonful of strawberry ice cream

Monday, September 21, 2009

Free Recipie: Kitty Litter Cake

As Willow sets out the party food last year one of the guests about fainted when they saw what she was serving up. This was a omg that's nasty faint not omg that's scary faint. Every year Willow makes her famous Kitty Litter Cake. Although she doesn't serve it up in the kitty box anymore (just hasn't replaced it yet) she uses her casserole dish fits in the fridge much better then the litter box.
The fallowing pics are from Last Years anniversary Party.
So now your wondering whats so different about her recipe compared to the others? Well its in the cake! No seriously Willow tried many different combination to get that yummy but realistic look to hers. Her cake has much more disgusting surprised in it then one would thought.
Okay time to get to the supplies list:
2 Cake pans or one big cake pan
Cooling Rack
Blender or food processor (stick blender will work too as well as a hand mixer)
2 Bowls (as big as you can get I use my Big Chip bowls)
Mixing spoons and Rubber spatulas
And the normal Measuring cups and spoons for your cake mixes.

*Normally Willow would make the cakes from scratch but this recipe gives the Boxes version to help cut time down, She suggests to make the cake the day before the party! It will keep in the fridge.

1 Package Spice Cake Mix
1 Package White Cake Mix
1 package white sandwich cookies
Green good Coloring
Tootsie Rolls (small bag should be plenty)
* Hersey Kisses
1 pakge of vanilla Pudding (*Big family size box!)
1 New Kitty Litter Box
1 New Kitty Litter Pooper Scooper
(If your like willows fridge deep glass pan will work)

Prepare the cake mixes and back according to directions. Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in the blender. They tend to stick, scrape often. Set aside 1/4 cup of crumbs add a few drops of green food coloring and mix with a fork.

When cakes are cooled to room temp, crumble into a Large bowl. Toss with half of the reaming cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Gently combine. Line new, clean kitty litter box (*Willow uses freezer paper and tape this helps with easy clean up. Trim paper where needed) Put Mixture into box.

Put 3 unwrapped tootsie rolls on a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape the tootsie rolls into realistic "Business". Repeat as many times as you like. *Willow places a Hersey kiss on a plate then add 3 tootsie rolls on top heat for a few seconds. She discovered this gives the look that a certain cat had "Problem or ate something bad for its tummy" Play and have fun making the nasty poop! Don't forget to bury a few surprises inside the cake we want this to be realistic! We also roll the tootsie rolls between our fingers to make that long realistic bunching.

Scatter the Green cookie crumbs lightly on top. Some areas should have more concentrated Green. This will look like the chlorophyll in the kittly box.

Serve with the pooper scouper.
Serves 24

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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Friday, September 4, 2009

New Items and Freedom Hill Trade Day

I know its been a while since we updated our blog. We have been very busy!
We are still transferring inventory to our New shopping system on our website. We have also created new items that are being added as well.
New soaps:
Sage, Sandlewood, Samhain, All Hallows Eve
These are made by Cold process which is made with Lye.

Knitted Hats:
we have one that is ready for a home, many more will be up as soon as we finish them!

We will be at Freedom Hill Trade Day on Saturday the 5th. We will be there rain or shine. If you happend to be in the area stop by! Its located on hwy 59 just outside of Lufkin Texas.

Feel Free to make requests and custom Listings. If you are wanting more then one bar of soap please just ask we will Gladely Make the listing!