May 15, 2014

Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash - The Senseless Houswife
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Hungarian Goulash
Canning - Pressure Canning
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 7 pints

6 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups white onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 seeded, chopped green bell pepper
6 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
6 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
4 Tbsp tomato paste
2 cup beef broth
1 cup red wine

* Sterilize pint canning jars and keep warm until ready to fill, preheat your pressure canner.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic and bell pepper in oil for about 2 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine paprika, salt and pepper. Coat beef cubes in spice mixture,and add to skillet. Cook until brown on all sides. Ladle meat and veggies evenly between the jars.

Combine tomato paste, broth and wine in a saucepan. Heat through and pour evenly over meat in jars. Use additional boiling beef broth or water if needed to fill jars to 1 inch headspace.

Remove air bubbles, adjust headspace if needed, wipe jar rims, place hot lids and rings to each jar. Place jars on the rack in the preheated pressure canner. 

Process at 10 lbs of pressure (11 lbs for dial gauge canner. Adjust pressure for your altitude) 
75 min for pints
90 min for quarts

How to use a Pressure Canner

Random Quote: A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. - Lou Holtz

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Apr 25, 2014

Rebounding and LE

Rebounding and LE - The Senseless Housewife
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Rebounding (mini-trampoline) causes core muscles and large muscle groups to contract, resulting in the rhythmic compression of the veins and arteries, which more effectively moves fluids, both blood and lymphatic, through the body and back to the heart, lowering peripheral blood pressure and lightening the heart's load

Rebounding benefits lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system

The up and down motion effectively opens and closes the millions of one-way valves found within our Lymphatic Systems. Yes, other exercise forms of exercise result in lymph circulation, but because of rebounding's vertical motion, it seems to do this particularly well. Most of our valves are positioned vertically, hence vertical motion is favorable simply due to our anatomy. For example, interstitial fluid from the lower extremity is moved upward where it is filtered and finally drained back into the blood in a particular location, up at the clavicle level. ("Thoracic Duct" of the Lymphatic System, our internal vacuum cleaner.)

Random Quote: Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. - Rumi

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Jan 25, 2014

Spaghetti and Tomatoes

Spaghetti and Tomatoes - The Senseless Housewife

Spaghetti and Tomatoes
by The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 8 servings

2 lbs browned ground beef
1 box spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
2 quart jars diced tomatoes
1 can black olives, sliced
1 jar sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
1 green or red pepper, diced
2 tbsp minced garlic
olive oil

garlic powder
italian seasonings
sea salt
red pepper flakes (just a pinch)

Cook and drain spaghetti noodles, add back to pot.

Put 3 tbsp olive oil in skillet, saute onion, peppers, mushrooms and minced garlic about 5 minutes.Add ground beef and brown. Drain and add to the pot with noodles.

Add tomatoes with their juice, olives and season to taste with spices. Heat through.

Random Verse: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. - Proverbs 15:1

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Spoon Batter Bread

Spoon Batter Bread

Spoon Batter Bread
By Hillbilly Housewife

This is a very old recipe. It has been around for at least a hundred years, probably longer.

1-1/2 cups tap water
3 tablespoons margarine
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/3 cups milk
2 medium eggs

Bring the tap water and margarine to a boil on the stove, or in the microwave. While it is heating, combine the cornmeal, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

Pour the boiling water into the cornmeal mixture. Stir it up quickly with a whisk to prevent lumps. The cornmeal will swell up and absorb the water.

Slowly add the milk to the hot cornmeal. If you add it too fast it will wind up lumpy,. So slowly stir in the milk, a little at a time. When all the milk is added, break the eggs into the bowl and beat up the batter until the eggs are well incorporated. Then turn the batter into a well oiled 2-quart casserole.

Bake the bread at 375° for about 40 minutes. The top will be nicely browned and the mixture will jiggle a little bit when you shake the pan.

Variation:  Add in 1 cup of frozen corn.

Random Quote: Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man. - Vladimir Nabokov

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Jan 19, 2014

The Cow Pillow Foot Dance

The Cow Pillow Foot Dance - The Senseless Housewife
My dancing partner

The Cow Pillow Foot Dance

1. Grab your partner - mine is a fluffy, furry throw pillow with a cow print, hence the name of the dance (: You could use a regular pillow though

2. Sit in your chair, get nice n comfy. Throw your partner down on the ground at your feet and place feet flat on him.

3. Turn on some toe tapping music. I like to listen to cotton-eyed joe, (my partner loves that song haha)

4. Start tapping your toes to the music. Tap the toes by lifting the toes up off the pillow (keep your heels and balls of feet down) and dropping the toes back down. Repeat 8 times for each foot.

5. Curl the toes and grab the furry fabric (or pillowcase if your partner isnt furry) Kinda like trying to lift the pillow, then release. Repeat 8 times for each foot.

6. Extend your left leg and raise left foot off the pillow. Circle the ankle by drawing an imaginary circle with the toes, 4 times to the right, then 4 times to the left. Now flex the ankle, straighten knee and point the toes toward the knee. You should feel the calf muscle stretching. Release and repeat 4 times as well. Repeat with other leg.

7. Now that were all warmed up its Dancing time! With feet pressed lightly into the pillow lift your heel and roll to the ball of your foot, then roll back to heel. I alternate rolling one foot then the other, but you could do it in unison too, whatever feels good to you. When you really start getting into it try adding in toe tapping or curling while doing the foot dance. Do this for a good minute or two. 

YEEHAW!! That was fun wasn't it, now pick up your partner, dust him off, fluff him back up so he's ready for next time and go drink some water. I try and do this dance every few hours if I am sitting for long periods.

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