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Cook One Pork Roast and Make 5 Meals

How to Cook one pork roast and make 5 meals with leftovers

I cannot believe how amazingly versatile, inexpensive, and wham pow tasty pork roast is! You can cook one roast, and make a ton of meals from it. The price of the roast depends on where you live, but it’s one of the most economical meats you can get. I got this 6-pound roast for about $11 here in Oklahoma. I buy pork shoulder, butt roast, or picnic roast. Whichever kind is on sale, and they all turn out great.

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Pumpkin Cookies with Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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I love working with pumpkins with my kids and decorating with them, but I HATE wasting food. I don’t like buying them and not using them. We roast our pumpkins and make our own homemade puree. Then I freeze it in the freezer in 2 cup portions so it’s ready for recipes. We can use it to add nutrients and fiber to our food all year. It’s a great idea! This time we made yummy pumpkin cookies with our puree. 

First step to make pumpkin puree, cut the pumpkin in half.

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Second step, scoop out all the seeds and junk in the middle.

You can wash the seeds and soak them in brine and cook them. They are delicious. You can compost the stringy goop in the center too. Click here to see how to make your own yummy pumpkin seeds.


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Third step, bake the pumpkin cookies.

Set your oven to 350-400 degrees and lay the pumpkin halves on a cookie sheet cut side down. Bake them until fork tender. The time will depend on the size of the pumpkins. You can use pie pumpkins or even big jack o lantern pumpkins, but pie pumpkins have a more concentrated flavor and smoother texture. We use both. Like I said, I hate waste.

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If I have a pumpkin that goes past its prime before it’s time to cook them up, I will set it out around the outside of the garden fence and let it decompose there. Sometimes animals will come and eat them. In the spring, some pumpkin plants will come up on their own. I love the idea of plants planting themselves naturally.

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Fourth step, skin and process.

The skins will slide right off the pumpkin halves when they have cooled. Then throw the chunks in your blender or food processor and process until smooth. You can add a tablespoon of water if you need to loosen it up a little.



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This year, when we baked our first pumpkin, we made some yummy pumpkin cookies. The kids loved them. I don’t use any cinnamon because I’m seriously allergic to it, even the smell. I personally think pumpkin flavor is good all on its own, but I’ve been allergic to cinnamon my whole life so I haven’t spent much time eating it.

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Take your puree and measure out two cups and store them in a ziplock back or mason jar with plenty of headspace. Then your puree is at the ready for your recipes. Another great idea is to freeze it in ice cube trays. Once it’s frozen, pop them out and store them in an airtight container. Then you can use a cube or two or three as a hidden ingredient in many things. Soups, stews, and casseroles are a great place to boost nutrients with 3 or 4 cubes of pumpkin but will never be detected by picky eaters. Trust me, I’m a professional.

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Here’s our recipe for pumpkin cookies.

They are soft and fat and super yummy. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Cookies with Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Soft, tasty, cake like pumpkin cookies with a light glaze.
Author: Christina Kamp
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 C . flour
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 1 tsp . baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp . sea salt
  • 1/2 C . soft butter
  • 1 1/2 C . raw sugar
  • 1 C . homemade pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp . vanilla
  • 2 C . powdered sugar
  • 4 T . milk
  • 1 T . melted butter
  • 1 tsp . vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and raw sugar.
  3. Add pumpkin, egg, and 2 teaspoons vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. If you want to use Gina's spices, you could add them now, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
  5. Mix into wet ingredients.
  6. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  8. Cool cookies.
  9. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  10. Drizzle over cooled cookies with a fork.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Gina on AllRecipes.com

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Making kid food from real food ingredients gives them the most health and nutrition possible. I’ve been working on a new menu for the kids this fall, and these meatballs are a new item we are going to put on it. We made a tester version of them and the kids LOVED them! If you want to see how to simplify menu planning, click here

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How to Save Time and Money Making Slow Cooker Meals

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Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets

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Do you know how many chemicals are in hot pockets? You’d be amazed at how unhealthy they are. They are convenient and can be delicious, especially if you make them yourself. Using pizza crust to make them is tender and flavorful. I use the pioneer woman’s pizza crust recipe because it’s perfect every time. She’s knows what’s up! Click here for the dough recipe. 

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World Famous Green Bean Recipe

World Famous Green Bean Recipe

My daycare kids LOVE my world famous green beans.

A few years ago, when I had some older boys enrolled in care, they would ask me to cook this green bean recipe all the time. I would make them as soon as we could get enough green beans from the garden. They dubbed them world famous and who am I to argue with that. Pre-teen boys know where it’s at! It’s comfort food. 

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How to Make Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

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Making homemade mozzarella cheese is not as hard as it may sound. Mozzarella is by far the easiest cheese I have made. It also takes the least amount of special equipment. All you need is milk, citric acid, liquid rennet, and cheese salt. You will also need a big heavy stock pot to cook it in and a heat proof bowl to continue to heat it in as you knead it.

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How to Make Your Own Healing Salve and Sore Away Pain Relieving Cream

Healing salve is great for healing up chapped lips, dry skin, cuts, scrapes, bruises or just about anything else you can think of. It helps heal bites, burns and other skin irritations as well. I don’t know what I would do without my little tin of salve. It does a great job at helping me heal up all of my mishaps and garden accidents.

Making my own Sore Away Topical Pain Relieving Cream is amazing. All you have to do is rub it on and in a few minutes, your sore muscles or aching back feels so much better. Once you try this Sore Away, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

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Do Terra essential oils are pure and cut way down on my allergy troubles that can occur with essential oils. Information shared on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and has not been evaluated by the FDA. These are simply recipes that I use.

Using natural ingredients on my body makes me feel great.

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Natural Healing Salve
Salve for aiding in the healing of scrapes, cuts, burns, or other skin irritations.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C. Coconut Oil
  2. ½ C. Olive Oil
  3. ¼ C. Beeswax
  4. 2 Tablespoons Lanolin
  5. 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Place beeswax and oils in a mason jar in a pan of water.
  2. Heat over low heat, stirring until all beeswax is dissolved.
  3. Add lanolin and stir over heat until melted.
  4. Remove from heat and add Lavender Essential Oil
  5. Pour into containers to cool. I use empty Altoids tins.
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Natural Sore Away Pain Relieving Cream
Cream for relieving deep muscle aches and body pains.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C. Coconut Oil
  2. 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  3. 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  4. 10 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  5. 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  6. 5 Drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Place coconut oil in a mason jar in a pan of water
  2. Heat on low heat until coconut oil melts.
  3. Remove from heat and add essential oils.
  4. Pour into containers and let come to room temperature and harden.
  5. This cream will melt when temperatures are above 74 or so degrees, so make sure you keep it in a sealed container if it won’t be just sitting on a counter.
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