The Saltwater Happy Lifestyle
This homemade chicken ball with marinara sauce served on top of spaghetti can be one of those 20 minute meals you desperately need on a busy evening. I actually have a ball making party in my kitchen numerous times per month. I’ll purchase ground chicken, ground pork or hamburger meat and start making balls. I can easily freeze them and then use them for a quick meal when there isn’t much time and I need my families bellies full and happy. They really inspire the Hygge lifestyle by providing a delicious homemade meal and a happy hungry family to eat it all. What are your favorite Hygge inspired meals to share with your family?
4 cups of ground chicken
½ cup of breadcrumbs
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 spoonful of minced garlic
½ cup finely diced onion
1 teaspoon onion powder
Mix all the ingredients together for the chicken balls.
Form into balls by rolling it between your palms.
Bake in the oven at 330 degrees for 40 minutes turning over at the 20-minute mark.
Put the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste into a blender and pulse until it is blended well.
Add the remaining ingredients into the blender and mix together.
Boil your spaghetti.
Simmer your chicken balls in the marinara sauce in a skillet for a few minutes to heat.
Serve to a hungry family.
This is my Dad’s recipe for Brown Sugar + Molasses Beans. I took these photographs a while ago when Dad and I made the beans and crescent rolls. They taste so delicious and I hope the next time I make them I can recreate them. Thankfully, I wrote down the recipe when Dad was baking them. Enjoy.
1 bag of beans
+ 3 more cups of water
1 cup of molasses
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
5 tablespoons yellow mustard
2-3 sprinkles each of salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder
4-5 pieces of bacon
piece of pork
Soak your beans overnight in cold water.
Use the water you soaked your beans in for the mixture just remove the beans.
Mix together all your ingredients, place your beans back in and fold together.
Bake on low maybe 250 degrees for 3-4 hours.
Ingredients for Crescent Rolls
1 tablespoon yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup room temperature milk
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
Mix the yeast with ¼ cup of warm water.
Add ½ teaspoon of sugar.
Let stand for 3-5 minutes.
Mix 1 cup of warm milk with ½ cup oil.
Add ½ cup sugar.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
Add 1 cup of flour to the mixture.
Add 2 eggs and mix together.
Add 3 cups to the yeast mixture.
Mix everything in a large bowl.
Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm area.
When dough has doubled in size, knead it and divide into 4 balls.
Roll a ball of dough into a circle and cut into 6 triangles.
Roll into desired shape.
Cover with tea towel again and allow to rise for 1-2 hours.
Bake at 345 until lightly brown.
Brush with melted butter when done.
Yes, we love balls in this house. These are chicken balls and they happen to be stuffed with pineapple. When you bite into them you get that sweet tasting pineapple and it is such a happy surprise. I make these chicken balls ahead of time and freeze. All I need to do is pop them in my simmering sweet and sour sauce and they heat up nicely while the wonderfully sweet and sour sauce thickens around the ball. Delish…
4 cups of ground chicken
1½ cups of breadcrumbs
juice from the can of pineapple chunks
pinch of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
¾ cup of ketchup
½ cup of vinegar
1½ cups of water
½ cup of brown sugar
2 spoonfuls of cornstarch
Mix all the ingredients together to make the chicken balls.
Drain your pineapple chunks and poke 2 or 3 chunks into each ball.
Bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes at 330 degrees turning to brown the other side.
Whisk it together in your frying pan.
Leave it on 1 and pop in your chicken balls.
Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes or so.
Stir it in and allow the chicken balls to simmer for another 20-30 minutes or so.
It is that easy and they taste so darn good it should be illegal and probably is in some countries but I can’t go there because I need these chicken balls in my life. haha
Serve with rice, fries and Enjoy
Hi folks! I’m back with another tutorial to make my handmade soybean candles. I call these the Dessert Candle Cups because they look like dessert don’t you think? I love them. If you have any questions don’t forget you can tweet with me at any time with questions.
Let’s Go Candle Makers
Fill your dipper with about 3-4 cups of soybean wax.
Turn the burner on low (between 2-4)Don’t overheat your wax or burn it.
Prepare your containers in your work area. I make sure all my glass cups are lined up and ready to go.
I get my extra bowls and stir sticks ready once the wax has melted I pour out the wax into one of my pouring bowls.
I add color and fragrance and pour that into my candle cups ½ way up. Previous to the pour if you want to stick your wicks in with glue dots you can.
I like to wait and pop my wicks in about 10 minutes after I pour.
Allow your wax to firm.
I mix up about ½ cup of soybean wax with a red Lab color.
I add a squirt of fragrance oil.
I pour it into my strawberry molds.
Allow this to firm up and harden before removing.
During the time you are waiting for your strawberries to harden, you can make your crumbs.
I take another ½ cup of soybean wax and melt it.
Once it melts I add a squirt of fragrance.
I also add about 5 spoonfuls of sugar to the mixture and pour it into a flat mold like a baking pan.
When that hardens I crumble it into tiny crumbs. I sprinkle another bit of sugar over it.
Using a heat gun I melt the top of candle cups.
I sprinkle the crumbs and push in the strawberries.
It will adhere to each other.
Trim your wick if it is too long.
Light your candle and enjoy
The dead sea salt pumpkin spice soap was very popular on Etsy when I had it in stock. It smelled amazing and I think the photograph really sold it. I brought it to the craft fairs as well and I swear people walking past my table would stop to take a look at it.
You’ll need a 2-pound clear soap base for this soap. You will need one ounce of shea butter and one ounce of sweet almond oil. You will also need rubbing alcohol and dead sea salt. I buy all my ingredients at New Directions. I also bought the orange Lab color. You can also pick up the Pumpkin Spice fragrance oil.
1. Melt the clear soap base in a double boiler. Don’t boil it. Just melt it. There is a difference. Once it has melted you can add your extra ingredients and mix it well.
2. Add 2 squirts of the orange Lab color. Add 3 squirts of the fragrance oil. Pour it into your mold and set your timer. You will need to wait around 15 minutes.
3. Squirt the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol. Sprinkle hard the dead sea salt on top. You want the dead sea salt to sink and not just coat the top. For a two-pound soap base you will need around 4 tablespoons of the dead sea salt.
One thing to keep in mind is that the top of the soap will take a few days to dry once it is has been released from the mold and cut to your desired size. I lay it on wax paper and allow the top to air dry for 48 hours. Once the top dries you can wrap it any way you want and sell, sell, sell!!!
One of my most popular soaps is the Glacier soap. I absolutely love icebergs and tried to create an iceberg looking soap that could be usable and beneficial to the skin.
You’ll need a melt and pour glycerin soap base. You can order it anywhere. I always purchased mine from New Directions. I highly recommend this company. Great prices, fast service.You’ll also need Shea Butter, Coconut Butter and Sweet Almond Oil.I used a fresh scent for my soap but you can choose whatever you want.I also picked up a blue and an aqua Lab color.You will also need a bottle of Iceberg Vodka.You will need two pounds white soap base and two pounds clear soap base.You will also need a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol.You will need to use a double boiler and have 2 pots handy. I had a special pot for my soap that was actually the inside of a deep fryer. It worked perfect and allowed me to melt a lot of soap at a time. The double boiler will be perfect though and will do for now.Boil the water on the stove and cut your soap into chunks. Some melt and pour soap bases come in big junks while some you can buy in 2 pound lots. You will need to work really fast with this soap.Melt the clear first. Do not boil, just melt. Stir.Remove from the heat and start melting your white soap.While the white is melting, you need to start mixing up the clear.I use 1 ounce of shea butter.Just scoop it out and put it into the clear soap and mix away.Next add half an ounce of the coconut butter. Mix well.Add 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and 3 teaspoons of Iceberg vodka.Mix and mix and mix some more. Add your scent and color. I use 3 squirts of scent and 1 squirt each of the blue and the aqua coloring.
1. Take a look at the white soap melting in your pot. Give it a stir. Measure out the same amount of ingredients once again and have it put aside. Pour the clear soap which should now be a pretty sea blue color into a plastic or silicone container. You can buy your own molds. I like to use silicone bakeware.
2. As soon as you pour the clear soap, go get your pot of white and move quickly. Put all the ingredients in and mix away. Squirt the clear soap with rubbing alcohol. This will help the white soap to adhere. The clear soap should still be a liquid but a little firm. You will need to be careful not to scald yourself because this part often gets a little messy.
3. You need to pour the white soap into the blue. This will create the effect you see in the photo but you will need to pour it down hard. I normally pour the white soap into recycled glasses I can wash later to work with a small bit at the one time.
(I have weak wrists after a childhood accident when I fell off the wharf but not into the water. I hung on for over an hour with my wrists bent back. It was not fun… I couldn’t swim and would have drowned if I hadn’t propelled myself in some gymnastic feat I would have won an Olympic medal for. I’m not sure how I accomplished the flip because I fell backward but ended up with my back against the wharf and my hands turned the other way. For the life of me I can’t even flip over my head..) Okay, back to soap.. See how carried away I get with telling stories? My Dad and I are alick alike.
4. Pour the soap as if you are at Hogwarts and you need to swish and flick. Pour another cup full of the white and do it again. I usually do four cups and aim for the corners. You will never have the same cake of soap looking alike but neither is an Iceberg the same from every direction.
5. Give the soap a few more squirts of the rubbing alcohol and allow it to firm up. Once it firms you can remove it from the molds and cut to your desired size.
Yes, you can make the melt and pour soap without all the extra ingredients. I add the extra because of all the wonderful benefits of shea butter, coconut butter and sweet almond oil have on your skin. I use the Iceberg Vodka as an astringent and it works well. Both women and men love the soap which was surprising to me because I had intentionally made it as a men’s soap.
The third most popular soap I ever made was the Seashore soap. I think it looks breathtaking. Can a soap be breathtaking? I think so.
This soap reminds me of sitting on the wharf with my feet dangling into the water. I would watch the waves crash in around the shore. The seafoam clung to the rocks while I scanned the area for broken shells and hoped for a dolphin to swim into the harbour. It was a magic time back then. I wanted to recreate that memory and came up with the idea for Seashore soap.
You will need one pound of white soap base. You will need 2 pounds of clear soap base. You will need rubbing alcohol, poppy seeds, aqua and blue Lab colors and you will also need a fresh scented fragrance oil. You need shea butter and coconut butter. I buy my products from New Directions.
1. This soap needs to be made quickly as well. Your white soap needs to be melted first. Use a double boiler and melt the soap. Do not boil it. Once the soap has melted I use 1 tablespoon full of coconut butter and 2 tablespoons of shea butter. You will need one drop of blue Lab color and 2 drops of the aqua Lab color. You will need 1 squirt of your fragrance oil. Mix and pour into mold.
2. During this time you should be melting your clear soap base. Cut it into small cubes. It will melt much faster. Time is of the essence with this soap. Have your extra ingredients ready to go and be mixed in with your clear soap. As soon as the white base with the coloring and fragrance has been poured into the mold, take your clear base off the stove and mix in your ingredients.
3. For the clear soap base, you will need the one ounce of shea butter and 3 tablespoons of coconut butter. Mix well. Add 1 drop of the blue Lab color and 3 squirts of your fragrance of choice. Pour the base into a cup. Squirt the first soap base with rubbing alcohol. This will help the soap to adhere together. You’ll need to do a hard pour. Don’t be gentle. Add 1 squirt of the aqua Lab color to the remainder of the soap. Stir.
4. Spray the soap in the mold with rubbing alcohol again and pour the remainder of the clear soap that you had squirted the extra color into. Sprinkle poppy seeds over the top of the soap. Allow it to firm and slice. Viola! You have my Seashore soap.
My dad and I loved to bake together. Making tea buns was a usual weekly occurrence in our home. Instead of raisins, Dad and I would change up the recipe and add berries, chocolate chips, cherries or cranberries. Raisins, of course, were always our favorite. As soon as a batch would come out of the oven, Dad and I would sit to the table with our cups of tea and have a warm raisin tea bun with a little dab of butter. These are the happy memories I will always cherish.
3 cups flour
¾ cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup raisins
1 cup milk
Mix all the ingredients together up to the raisins on the list. Only mix for about 30 seconds.
Add your raisins. Mix for 10 seconds.
Add your cup of milk last. Mix for 10 seconds.
When it is all mixed together you can lay it out on your table. Knead it all into a ball.
Separate it into 4 sections and roll out each piece.
Use a glass or a cookie cutter to cut out discs.
Lay them on an un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake for about 12 minutes at 325.
Serve with tea. Dip. Sing along.
A cup of tea and a raisin tea bun, yes, my life is complete. I dip them. I’ll admit it. We all dip. Singing,
“I put my hand up on your hip
when i dip you dip we dip
you put your hand up on my hip
when you dip i dip we dip
I put my hand up on your hip
when i dip you dip we dip.”
Toutons are a traditional Newfoundland treat consisting of leftover dough that has been fried and covered in Molasses. I loved Toutons growing up but my Grandmother served me mine with applesauce. I was never a lover of molasses but she could convince me to eat different foods if there was applesauce. I still love applesauce and it reminds me of her whenever I dip something. We also put applesauce in our turkey dressing as well.
Take a loaf of your leftover bread dough and cut it into bite-size pieces
Allow it to rise on a warm stove.
When the toutons are of the desired size you are ready to go.
Heat up about ½ cup of oil in a skillet.
Add the toutons one by one.
I can usually get about 6-8 toutons in my skillet at a time.
As they brown, turn them over and remove them from the oil after both sides have browned.
I let them drain and cool before I dip them in chocolate.
The chocolate is easy to melt.
Just grab a cup full of chocolate chips and put them into a glass measuring cup to melt in the microwave or drop them into a dipper and heat on 4-5 while stirring until the chocolate chips begin to melt.
Remove from heat and keep stirring.
Dip the toutons into the chocolate and allow to harden.
Have mercy. These little babies are a real treat and they are so fun to make. Give them a go and let me know what you think.