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Handy guide of emergency substitutions and equivalents

Ingredient                       Amount                    Substitution

Baking powder                  1 tsp                     1/4 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Buttermilk                        1 cup                     1 cup plain yogurt, or 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice and milk to equal 1 cup

Cake Flour                       1 cup                      1 cup minus 2 tbsp sifted all purpose flour

Chocolate, unsweetened    1 oz                       3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa + 1 tbsp butter or margarine

Cornstarch                       1 tbsp                    2 tbsp flour

corn syrup                       2 cups                    1 cup granulated sugar

Cream, heavy or whipping   1 cup                     1/3 cup butter + whole milk to equal 1 cup

Egg yolk                           2 yolks                    1 whole egg, can be used for baking, not for piecrust or sauce

Egg, whole                      1 egg                        2 egg yolks (for baking,…

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Weights and Measures

Just a short list of helpful measurements and conversions. It’s a handy reference!

1 Tblsp = 3 tesp

1 tesp = 1/3 tblsp

2 tblsp = 1/8 cup = 1 oz

4 tblsp = 1/4 cup

5 1/3 tblsp = 1/3 cup

8 tblsp = 1/2 cup

16 tblsp = 1 cup

3/8 cup = 6 tblsp

5/8 cup = 10 tblsp

1 cup = 1/2 pint

2 cups = 1 pint

2 pints = 1 quart

4 quarts = 1 gallon

8 quarts = 1 peck

4 pecks = 1 bushel

1 pound = 16 oz

1 fluid oz = 2 tblsp

16 fluid oz = 1 pint


can size                            weight                   contents

6oz                                  6 oz                      3/4…

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Comfort and Joy

Comfort and joy come in many different forms…and those forms change from day to day for each person. Currently, my comfort comes in the form of leftover cornbread smothered in honey and soaked in warm milk. Cringe if you will, but it’s been a staple meal since I made the cornbread to go with the chili earlier this week, and each time I eat it, I feel better on the inside--not like the “my hunger is being satiated” feel good, but rather the “life is good and everything will be okay” feel good. Everyone needs to feel that once in a while…hopefully at least once a day.…

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Learning to cook, Part 1

I've decided it's time to be a grown-up.  Part of being a grown-up is learning to cook.  I am a horrible cook.  It seems that no matter how many times I double and triple check my self I always do something wrong.  but in my house we have the "P" word.  Practice.  Nothing in life comes easy but with practice they can be made better. So I will be documenting my experiences with cooking.  My trials, my mess-ups, my discoveries, and hopefully my successes. 

Part 1

My first attempt was a recipie I got from my sister-in-law.  It's one of my favorites.  Yummy Crock-pot Chicken.  It can be found in the recipie…

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Easy home made bread, with a secret ingredient

For many years in an effort to stay at home with my kids I baked bread and sold it from my home. Friends and neighbors were very kind in helping to spread the word and it helped bring in enough extra income that I didn't have to leave the home for a part time job.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of hard work and I was juggling 5 young kids and a bed-ridden mother, but staying at home with them was my goal, so I made it work. I had 1 oven but getting up at 4 and working till sometimes 10pm I could churn out a whole lot of baked goods. My all time high number was 92 loaves of bread that was exhausting! I also baked cookies and cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls. Thanksgiving and Christmas the orders came pouring in and the late hours added up, but still worth it to me!…

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