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Cooking Without Photos Week 2 – Wagon Trail Beans

Cooking Without Photos Week 2

“Creative Cooking: Cookin’ Is A Lotta Fun” by The Outhouse Cooking Team

Don’t let the name of this cookbook fool you…they don’t actually cook in an outhouse…or maybe they did. I can’t actually find any info on the group other than the short paragraph in the front of the book.

Originating in 1988, The Outhouse Cooking Team started out cooking catfish. They then expanded and started doing fundraisers for fire houses, churches and other community events. I can only assume they’ve disbanded. I’m kinda sad about this news.

Just the county over, Dardanelle once was the heart of Arkansas River traffic between Fort Smith and Little Rock. Dardanelle is also home to Dardanelle Rock, an overlook used by Native Americans and Confederate soldiers.

Today, folks can visit Mt. Nebo State park, home of the switchbacks. I wouldn’t suggest making that drive on a full stomach🤢. And how could we look over the fact that Dardanelle is home of the Free State Of Yell Fest. They even have a YELLING contest!!! I feel like I know some folks that could win that competition🤔. Charles Portis even based his book, “True Grit” off of the Dardanelle area and it was later made into a movie.

This week I made Wagon Trail Beans. The only thing I’d add is to drain the northern and red beans. Seemed like it had too much liquid. Other than that, they were superb!! These were cooking in a crockpot, but I bet you could easily cook them campground style over an open fire. Yaaassssss!! Enjoy❤️❤️❤️

Cooking Without Photos Week 1 – McDonald Biscuits

Wahoo! We made it to 2023!!!

This year I decided to take my community cookbooks and put them to work. I love picking up community/church cookbooks from all over. We’ll go on vacation and I’m gathering spiral bound pieces of history. Fundraisers come around and I’ve gotta have some local flavor. There are so many recipes in these books that have been forgotten over the years.

So my goal for the year is to cook one recipe per week from a different community cookbook, share the recipe with you and take a photo of what it’s supposed to look like. I’ll also share the cookbook I took it from and a little about the community that put the cookbook together. Voila! Cooking Without Photos has been born! Here it goes!

Cooking Without Photos Week 1
I’m starting 2023 off with my home of Harmony, AR. These days Harmony is a sleepy community on Hwy 10 with not even one store (although Williams Junction should be opening back up this year).

At one time, Harmony had its own grist mill, saw mill, a cotton gin, school and post office. Several of the founding families are still keeping the community alive today. My family has been in the area for several generations, but some have lived there from the very beginning.

One of the first structures built in the area was a church. Harmony Baptist Church started out as a log cabin in 1872 and then rebuilt into the brick building that stands there today.

This week my recipe comes from, “Feeding The Flock: Harmony Baptist Church and Friends”.
I’d never heard of “McDonald” biscuits before. Three ingredients and that’s it🤷🏻‍♀️ When I read the recipe, all I could think of was, this must be one of those recipes you make when you just don’t have a lot of anything. I gave ‘er a whirl.

Y’all, these are the fluffiest biscuits I’ve ever tasted! Not a biscuit you could easily put a piece of sausage on, because they are just puffs of cotton! For sure a biscuit you could pinch up for gravy.

Suggestion: I made them twice trying to make them better. Make sure you mix the sour cream and bisquick together before adding in the sprite. You’ll need less than 1/4 cup. Like literally a splash and you should be able to cut the biscuits out. I put too much both times so I spooned them out. 😆 practice! I’ll for sure make them again and I don’t even like bisquick.

Too much Sprite.


The recipe doesn’t say anything about spraying the pan. I tested one spot not sprayed and they stuck like crazy. Spray dat pan! Also not listed, they need to cook about 12-15 minutes.

Still too much Sprite, but we’re getting there!
Whew! Much better and this was with about 3 tablespoons of Sprite.

Hope you like them as much as we did❤️❤️❤️

Cowboy Cookies

This recipe totally takes me back to my high school days. The lunch ladies made these and I never knew the name of them until after I graduated. I just called them “peanut butter things”. They probably thought I was crazy, but gave me one anyway. Enjoy!

Cowboy Cookies

1 cup sugar

1 cup lite syrup

1 cup smooth peanut butter

4 cups cornflakes

Wax paper

1. Combine sugar and syrup

2. Bring to a boil

3. Remove from heat

4. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth

5. Add cornflakes and coat in mixture

6. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper

7. Cool 20-25 minutes.

Macaroni And Cheese Vegetable

When I was growing up, there were 5 of us kids running around eating everything in sight. I know now that my mom did everything in her power to have a balanced yet quick and easy meal or snack.

This recipe combines snack and vegetables. Perfect!!


Ingredients

1 box Kraft Cheese and Macaroni- make according to package

1 can Veg-All

After making Mac and cheese, stir in veg-all. Add salt and pepper. Voila!

We loved it, my kids love it and you will too:)

Much love,

That Book Mama

DIY Kitchenware Wind Chime

Who hasn’t seen a wind chime made from “junk”?  You can make a wind chime out of anything under the sun.  If it makes noise when banged against something else, string that sucker up!

It didn’t take me long to gather things for this project.  Any of the following list can be purchased at a local thrift store, flea market or a good ole fashioned yard sale.  Here’s what I used:

  • Strainer type thing (I think the one I used is actually part of a pot.)
  • Eating utensils

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Here’s what you need to purchase or borrow, if you don’t already have it at home:

  • Fishing Line
  • Twine
  • 2 wire hangers
  • Beads (I took apart an old necklace.)
  • Knife or sharp scissors
  • Drill with 1/8 drill bit
  • Table Vise
  • Wire cutters

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Once you’ve gathered all of your items, start by drilling all of the holes you’ll need.  I chose to hang my strainer thing so I could put a plant in it.  You can hang it however you’d like.  You may not need the extra holes drilled if you choose to hang it by the handle.  There is no way that two will be just alike.  You just do what you like…pretty much like most crafting:)

1.   Using a hand drill or drill press, drill extra holes in strainer thing in order to attach wire hangers.

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2.  Drill 1/8″ holes in all utensils.

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3.  Here’s the part where you can decide to do it the way I did it or your own way.  I think twine is ADORABLE!!  That being said, twine will also rot if left outside over a length of time AND beads are super hard to put through it.  Here’s what I did:

  • Cut even amounts of fishing line and twine.
  • Starting on the bottom of the strainer, put the twine and fishing line up one hole and back down a different hole.
  • Cut twine and line
  • You now can attach two utensils

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  • Feed beads onto fishing line
  • Feed twine through 1/8″ hole
  • Feet fishing line through 1/8″ hole
  • Tie in several knots until secure

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  • I attached my utensils in a “roller coaster” fashion, using shorter and shorter lengths of twine/fishing line.  You can attach yours however you’d like.
  • Repeat process until desired amount of clanger/tinklers are attached
  • Cut hangers and attach them to the strainer for hanging

Finish up by adding a favorite plant to the top or nothing at all.  I used my Grandma’s Mammie Moss…also called Gold Sedum.  This project takes only take a couple of hours to complete.  It’s so cute!!

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TADA!!! *Twirls and Throws Glitter*

Get on out there and gather up some junk for your new treasure!

-That Book Mama-