First, we make sponge cake.
This is how I make like to make it . It is another great way to use my favorite kitchen tool, my handy immersion blender with my whip attachment for this fluffy sweet treat.
1.5 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup butter (lightly salted)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3. Add sugar to the yolks and beat until pale and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir on low until just combined.
4. In a third bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to egg yolk mixture until just combined. (I use the whisk with no power for this one)
5. Add milk and softened butter, beat just until combined.
6. Fold in whites, small batches at a time until fully incorporated. (I use the whisk with no power for this one)
7. Pour into two greased and floured 8″ round cake pans or one large bunt cake mold.
8. Bake at 325 until the middle springs back when touched, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand in pans for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto wire cooling racks and cool completely.
Hint: Cakes are close to being done when you start to smell them.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Add 1 teaspoon orange/lemon juice. Fold in the whipped cream.
After you ice your light and airy Sponge-o-riffic Cake-o-rama! Top it with mixed berries of your liking. I had these frozen strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry melody garnished with a sprig of mint from our garden! ENJOY.
There is no good reason to stick to tomatoes alone when making homemade spaghetti sauce. In fact, the more the better, IMHO. Make a large batch and save some for later. This recipe will cover three pounds of pasta or about three jars worth or three meals in my house.
You need to grab hold of my very favorite kitchen tool for this one, an immersion blender.
Grab your goods:
Combine all the ingredients (except the meat) in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for an hour. Whip out that immersion blender and blend until smooth. Add the meat and cook for another hour or so. Taste the sauce! If it tastes a little bitter, add a bit more sugar. Salt and Pepper to taste. and serve over cooked pasta, use on top of your pizza or in any dish that calls for tomato sauce.
I pour out two jars full and put them in the fridge or freezer and use the remaining for the meal of the day!
This is a great way to eat your veggies, plus it makes your house smell awesome.
Quick kitchen hacker tip for you.
Keep the vegetable trimmings like ( onion tops and bottoms, tops and stems in a bag in the freezer with chicken bones. Once the bag is full, fill a pot with water and pour in your veggies! No waste here!
Have an old smart phone lying around? Why not turn it into a free voip house phone? I only have experience using this with an android phone (with no cell service attached). Thanks to google voice and pbxes.com you can easily make 100% free phone calls over your wifi. You are already paying for wifi at home, why not use it to make free calls? Of course this technology is not as reliable as your regular cell phone service, or as convenient in some cases since you can only use your phone wherever wifi is available (good thing starbucks is everywhere!). And I have had some trouble using it to authenticate a craigslist account so there might be other instances where this option might not work for you.
Bundled with google voice is the ability to send and receive sms messages right to your inbox or to your android.
Setting up your phone is easy to do:
Sipdroid will register automatically register an account for you at pbxes.com and configure your google voice account also. While you’re in settings you might want to check the Call Options (I and Wireless Options (Here, I check the options Select Wi-Fi Ap & Screen on) to make sure your settings are all in order.
Once you have a little green light, you’re ready to make calls. IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you register with pbxes.com through the application, you should log into your account at Pbxes.com and update your information, othewise they might delete your account and you have to register a new one.
Text messaging works a little different, to use that download the google voice application or just send from your gmail inbox!
NOTE: Sometimes Pbxes stops working for no real reason, but it is easy to resolve. Simply log into your pbxes.com account. Click Personal Data then change your time zone and save changes. Then change it back to the correct one. Actually any change to your settings seems to refresh something and gets your voip working again.
by me, homesteadhacker!