Blood Stains ~ Out Darn Spot!

Getting rid of blood stains has always stumped me.  

They’d almost come out, but there would always be that rusty spot staring at me.  

 It looks like there’s a good solution that actually works!

Photo - NHF Get out Blood Stains - “Crime Scenario” with blood by Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net

Photo: “Crime Scenario” Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net

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Stef’s Chili Powder Blend

Photo - Homemade Chili Powder - NHFIf you’ve read any of my recipes, you know I like to control what goes into our food. Spice mixes are high up on my list of Make-It-Yourself’s

Years (decades) ago, it occurred to me that I’d doctored store-bought chili powder so many times, I finally started mixing it from scratch.

Give it a try.  There’s nothing to it. And, you’ll always have your favorite flavor mix right in the cupboard!  Obviously, you might want to make your own adjustments 🙂

That’s okay!  That’s the point!
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Foods We’re Eating These Days (and not)

Mr. Nest and I have become increasingly aware of what we’re eating these days.  We’ve learned first hand how the foods we eat hold power over the quality of our daily lives and health.

It’s been a gradual transition, and sometimes it has taken a bit of ingenuity.  Happily, every good choice has become another piece in the puzzle of a healthier, better, perhaps longer life.  And we’re loving the new decisions we’re making!

We  now live with less aches and pains, no bloat or fuzzy-headedness.  We’re more comfortable, slimmer and sharper.

“GLUTEN-FREE” FIRST SHOWED UP ON OUR RADAR a few Photo - Wheat - Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net
years ago, but we were hesitant to try something so drastic. After all, who wants to sacrifice any of life’s great pleasures – like french toast, fried oysters (the breading) and the rare, deliriously enjoyed, apple cinnamon doughnut?

But, it wasn’t easy to stay away from the idea. Articles and recipes were popping up everywhere!  Information and questions percolated in the back of my mind.

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Stef’s Homemade Chili Sauce

Photo - Homemade Chili by Nest Half FullI recently got bored with our regular chicken rotation and cold weather.  Which started me  thinking of warm climes.  Right in the middle of giving Southwestern Roast Chicken a try, I wanted to see what would happen if the bird were smeared with a little chili sauce.  The snag?  I’ve never ever had chili sauce in the house.

No worries!  After all, how hard can it be to make it myself?  Turns out, making a great chili sauce is not hard at all!

Some quick research.  A bit of tweaking. Time to give it a final taste test.

Wow! This is Some Good Stuff! 

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Homemade Sausage – As Easy as Meatloaf!

This post is brought to you thanks to Monsieur Nest.

The other day, I commented in passing to my husband  “Making sausage without casings is so ridiculously easy, I don’t know why more people don’t just make it themselves.  It’s as easy as creating a good meatloaf!”  This wasn’t the non sequitur it seems.  I was cooking at the time, making Sausage, Peppers and Onion (homemade sausage!).

His reply, “So, you’re going to write about it, right?”

Uuuuuhh. Okaaay.

PHoto - Homemade Sausage by Nest Half Full
Homemade Sausage in action – Homemade Sausage – As Easy as Meatloaf! by NestHalfFull.com

As I  worked in the kitchen earlier in the day, I wasn’t thinking about taking pictures or writing anything up. I was just lovin’ making my own sausage.  Partly because it’s such a nifty thing to do.  Partly because I love experimenting with flavor palettes.  But mostly because it is impossible to know everything that’s been churned into most ready-made sausages. As delicious as they are, many (most?) of the things on the label (not to mention the details they leave off!) are not all that great for you.

Here’s the quick and easy on how to make your own sausage.  No grinder.  No casings. It really is as easy as EASIER than throwing together a good meatloaf!
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