Lazy Budget Chef: December 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How to Make Homemade Baking Powder

I wanted to make cornbread and found out mid recipe that I didn’t have baking powder.

Naturally I was baking after a late dinner and most of the stores were closed.

What to do? What to do?

Learn how to make baking powder from pantry ingredients of course!

Here’s how.

Homemade Baking Powder Recipe

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To make one teaspoon of baking powder you will need: 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

15 Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Foodies and Cooks

I like helping Santa fill our Christmas stockings with unusual, fun, and somewhat useful stocking stuffers. I’m stepping up my gift giving game this year.I hope if I do a good enough job at helping Santa fill our stockings the Big Guy will reward me with an Instant Pot like this one under our Christmas tree. (Disclosure I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience)

If you are in the same boat or are running out of gift ideas for your favorite baker or cook (or person who could use some help in the cooking department) I put together the perfect stocking stuffer  gift guide for you!
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20 Essential Cooking Techniques – Learn 20 accessible techniques that make cooking faster, easier and more delicious in this on line video class. It includes 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access, class materials - including recipes, and the ability to email the instructor with questions you may have about the lessons in the course.

Star Wars R2 D2 Kitchen Timer – Keep dinner from burning with everyone’s favorite mech driod  as he counts down up to 60 minutes with his rotating head.

Friday, December 2, 2016

How to Make Dried Butternut Squash Dog Treats

Most days, Lacey has her anxiety and behavioral issues in check thanks in no small part to the work our fantastic dog behaviorist helping Husband and I help Lacey with her issues.

But, my friends there still are things that throw Lacey is a blind panic tizzy. The best way to snap her out of it is with a positive distraction like her Buster Cube.  If you aren’t familiar with it, a Buster Cube is nothing short of a miracle because it the treat dispensing puzzle changes every time the dog plays with it and holds her attention longer than the toys Lacey has already figured out.

What can I say? Lacy is a genius.

Who needs a bunch of healthy low calorie dog treats for her Buster Cube to cope with the holiday madness.

Butternut Dog Treat Recipe

After a quick check with Lacey’s veterinarian they confirmed butternut squash is safe for dogs to eat. Lacey later confirmed that dogs like to butternut squash. It’s a win - win!
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If you don't have a dehydrator (Husband bought me a Nesco Dehydrator and I love it! IMHO it is much better than the Excalibur) you can make my butternut squash dog chews in the oven although they may be a little less dry as the dehydrator method. I would store them in the refrigerator or freezer just in case.