How to make Homemade Funnel Cakes 

There are certain things that I associate with summer, that have just become a right of passage during these short 3 months. Swimming, watching Dirty Dancing, camping, making S’mores and funnel cakes! 
When the Bearded Man and I were dating, we used to split funnel cakes at the Fair. Back then, I was still putting on airs, and acting like I couldn’t eat half a pizza at once. So yea, we’d split food, and I’d act all full, and then go home and raid the fridge. Now that he’s stuck with me for life, I’m not sharing my funnel cake with anybody. 

Since we have a large-ish family now, I’d have a conniption if we had to pay 5 dollars a pop for funnel cakes. It’s just not happening. Thankfully they are very fast and easy to make at home! This was the perfect end to a fun weekend! 

Homemade Funnel Cakes 

-2 eggs

-1 1/2 cups milk

-3 Tablespoons sugar 

-2 cups all-purpose flour 

-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

Vegetable oil

Powdered sugar 

Strawberries 

Fill a large round frying pan with vegetable oil, making the oil about 2 inches deep. Turn heat to medium, and allow oil to heat to 360 degrees. 

Whisk eggs, milk and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk until combined. 

Measure 1/2 cup of batter into a funnel, covering the hole of the funnel with your finger. 

Place your funnel over the hot oil and remove your finger. As batter runs into the oil, make a circle with designs in the middle, connecting everything together. I had fun with this part!

Fry about 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, carefully flip and fry for 1 more minute. 

Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and continue with the rest of the batter. 

Sprinkle powdered sugar and strawberries over the funnel cakes. 


Serve! 

This was one happy little redhead! 


Due to the messiness of the sugar, I don’t recommend eating these while wearing a black sundress. Not that I would know or have experience in that area….

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Recipe credit: http://www.handletheheat.com/homemade-funnel-cakes/

Photos and wording my own. 

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The Family Rule that Ticks People Off

The Bearded Man and I have a rule in our home that ticks a lot of people off. You know what? I don’t care. In light of my newsfeed being filled with a sickening news story of a woman being raped, and the joke of a sentence the man received-I realize more than ever that we’re right to implement this rule. 

What’s the rule? 

Our kids don’t have to give hugs. 


No matter how much a well meaning friend or family member begs. 

They don’t have to put up with tickling and unwanted touch- even if playful. 

You wouldn’t believe the looks and snide comments I’ve received because I won’t make my child give a grown up, “One little hug.” Mainly because their pride and sense of entitlement gets hurt. 

What does this have to do with a rape case?

I’m teaching my kids that, “No means NO!” 

It goes both ways, for both genders. 

Nobody “earns” their right to touch another human being without their consent. 

Nobody owes another person a hug, a kiss, a tickle. 

Never.

Can I ask you a favor before you go begging my child (or any other) for a hug? 

Let them hug you first. My kids aren’t denied affection. They aren’t weird. When they’re in the right frame of mind, and comfortable with you; they’ll come running up and put their pudgy little arms around you. You won’t have to beg or bribe. 


When my daughter is on a date(you know, when she’s 30), I don’t want her to feel as if she “owes” her date physical affection because he bought her flowers. 

I would never want my sons to believe they have the right to force a horrific act on a woman because she was wearing a short skirt, or because they have never grasped “no” and that none of us are entitled to anything. 

Maybe you think I’m being dramatic. I don’t care. This stuff is serious business, and it starts when they’re young. 


My son is going through a “big boy” stage where he doesn’t want Mommy to kiss him goodnight. 

Does it make me sad? 

Yes. 

Am I going to force him to allow me a kiss goodnight just because I’m his Mom? 

No. 

I don’t care that he’s only 3. I don’t care that I’m his Mother. It’s his body. Besides…I would never want to force physical touch on someone that didn’t want it. The thought of that just makes my skin crawl. What makes other adults think it’s ok to force hugs and kisses on a child that clearly doesn’t feel comfortable? 

Entitlement. 

Do me a favor. 

Before you buy my child a toy, an ice cream cone, or anything kid related, and do it with the intent of receiving a hug or kiss…put the stupid toy back. I’ve taught my children to say “thank you” and write a note, or make a card. But that’s it. They don’t “owe” you physical affection.

If you start in on our kids, begging for hugs, or giving unwanted tickles, we will kindly remind you of our family rules. If you continue after they decline, we tend to get a little hot headed .

It’s my job to protect my children, not to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 


No means no. 

Maybe the other person isn’t vocally saying “no” out of fear, intoxication, mental challenge, or simply being 2 years old and unable to speak. But their body language certainly isn’t saying “yes.” That still means no. 

How sad that we live in a world where the lines of things that should be so obvious are constantly being blurred. Where “no means yes” and where even Christians justify wrong so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings. 

To end my rant, in case I didn’t say it enough…

Whether you’re 3 or 23. 

No means no. 

Whether someone says it with their voice, their face, or their parents are about to slap you six different ways to Sunday. 

No means no. 

Slow Cooker Spicy Ranch Tacos

Slow Cooker Spicy Ranch Tacos

My family loves Tacos! Tacos in the Slow Cooker are even better! Especially during the summer months when we all want to avoid heating the kitchen. This is one of my absolute favorite “go to” meals. I usually always have everything I need for it on hand. It’s cheap and filling, and better yet, delicious! 


Slow Cooker Spicy Ranch Tacos 

-1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts 

-packet ranch seasoning mix 

-packet taco seasoning mix 

-1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 

-1 can corn, drained 

-1 can Rotel, undrained**

-8 ounce block cream cheese. 

Place the chicken at the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle ranch and taco seasonings on the chicken. Pour beans, corn and Rotel on top. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.*

1-2 hours before cook time is finished, place block of cream cheese in the slow cooker with the chicken mixture. 

When ready to serve, shred chicken, and stir mixture to make sure cream cheese is smooth and incorporated. 

Serve on tortilla shells with rice, cheese, and sour cream…or my in case, Taco Bell sauce. I loooove that stuff! 

I always overstuff my tacos 😱

Leftovers make great quesadillas! 

*I’ve made this many times as a freezer meal. Just place the chicken, beans, corn, Rotel, and seasonings in a gallon bag and freeze. You can thaw in the fridge overnight or place in the slow cooker, frozen. If cooking from frozen, add a couple of hours to the cook time. 

**You can also sub salsa for the Rotel. 

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One Pot Cheesy Ham and Pasta

One Pot Cheesy Ham and Pasta

Summer is officially in full swing here in the Sours’ household. We’ve been spending every possible moment outside, which means I am not wanting to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes! Today was a busy and fun day. We had Homeschool group and were able to celebrate a sweet friend’s Birthday. We ate pizza and delicious cupcakes from Colombian House of Goodies and the kids went back and forth from the pool to the bouncy house. We came home happy, but worn out. You know what I’ve noticed though?! Regardless of how tired I am, the family still needs to eat. One Pot Meals save my tail a lot. 

I saw a recipe on Pinterest last week that sounded delicious, and changed it up to suit our tastes. It only took me 20 minutes from start to finish! One pot means minimal dishes. That left time for more important things, like making chocolate covered strawberries for dessert!! 


One Pot Cheesy Ham and Pasta 

-2 tablespoons butter 

-1 medium onion, diced 

-2 cups chicken broth

-1 cup half and half 

-4 cups uncooked egg noodles 

-2 cups cooked diced ham 

-1 cup frozen peas 

-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

-1/4 teaspoon pepper 

In a large pot or Dutch Oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onions and brown for 5 minutes. 

Add chicken broth, half and half, and egg noodles and bring to a boil. 

Once mixture starts boiling, stir in diced ham, cover, and simmer on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. 

After egg noodles are tender, add frozen peas, shredded cheddar, and salt and pepper. Cook and continue stirring for 2 more minutes.

Enjoy! 


We enjoyed ours on the front deck. It always makes me happy when the kids clean their plates! 


Elijah was up to his usual shenanigans of stealing food. 


Recipe adapted from: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/peas-ham-and-creamy-noodles/

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I’m a bad blogger, so here’s some randomness. 

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. All I can say is, my kids have needed me. For the past week and half, I’ve had at least 1 sick kid in the house. We’ve dealt with fevers and puke buckets, and rainy day after rainy day. We somehow trudged though. 

Finally

The sun finally came out too. Hallelujah. I try not to whine about the weather too much, because the weather isn’t up to me, it’s up to God. I’m glad that rain spurt seems to be over though. That’s not whiny, is it? 

My kids did manage to be well enough to be in Mom’s wedding last week. Once she has seen all her pics, I want to do a whole post with tons of pictures about the wedding. It was absolutely beautiful! Here are a few pics of my family from the big day.

My little family!
Beautiful Babies!
My sister(Sara),Keira, and me!
It wasnt’t our wedding,but we sneaked in a few kisses!

We finished school for the year! Keira is a second grader! We will be doing some light review and fun reading this summer, but other than that, our mornings will be laid back and fun. Keira needs a break. Mama really needs a break. 

I was able to enjoy coffee on the porch this morning with my kiddos, without stressing about starting school. The kids watched our neighbors bale hay. It was my kind of morning. I stepped inside to grab something, and turned around to this;


Keira has a copy of “Pride and Prejudice” she’s been carrying around and “reading” for a couple days. She’s been trying to put together sentences and finding Mr. Darcy’s name. Funny, I always look for him in the movie. ❤️


Speaking of movies…to pass the time while Keira was sick, we watched the Anne of Green Gables movies. She has been listening to the audio books, and was tickled to see what the characters are supposed to look like. I’m going to get really corny, but there is so much wisdom in those movies. I seriously might do a blog post on all the awesome lessons I overlooked from Anne Shirley in the past. 

Elijah has decided he hates his crib, and the floor is the place to be. I stuck a clean, unused wash tub in the living room, and he loves it! It keeps him off the floor, and reduces the risk of getting trampled. When he gets sleepy, he climbs on up in there and falls asleep. He’s a quirky little fella!


Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend! I’m working on a list of recipes I want to post next week! I’m hoping for a productive weekend and healthy children! 

This year, like every year, we talked big about how we hate Air Conditioning, and we weren’t going to put it in this year. It only took a couple days of it hitting 86 degrees in the house to change our tunes. We always crack by Memorial Day. It’s like a Sours Memorial Day tradition now. Looks like tomorrow we’ll be dragging AC units out of the building. We know how to party. 

Sorry for the randomness! If you know me, you’re used to it. If you don’t know me, get used to it! 

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Easy Breakfast Gravy 

Easy Breakfast Gravy 

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting many recipes the past couple weeks. Is it because I took a vacation from cooking? Ha! Nope. I challenged myself to eat out of the pantry and freezer for awhile. We’ve been having more “concoctions” than actual recipes 😉 Last night I got a pack of bacon out of the freezer. I can frequently get the irregular sliced bacon on sale for 2 dollars a pound. We have a 2 dollar a pound limit on meat to help stretch our food budget, so seeing bacon on sale just makes my day! 

I put a batch of bacon in the oven, baked some homemade freezer biscuits that Matthew helped with earlier in the day, and made some of this awesome gravy. 

When we first got married, and up until a year ago, I bought packets of breakfast gravy mix. We thought it was good, and I was afraid I’d mess up homemade gravy. When it comes to “eyeballing” ingredients, I’m fine with salads and mashed potatoes(except for the time I accidentally used sugar instead of salt), but I’m no good at winging it with gravy. I came across this recipe on Pinterest last summer. It is so good! You will seriously never want to buy a packet of gravy mix again! 


Easy Breakfast Gravy

-1/4 cup bacon grease 

-1/3 cup flour 

-1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

-1 1/2 cups water 

-1 1/2 cups milk 

Heat bacon grease in a large skillet. I use cast iron, because everything seems to taste better out of a cast iron skillet. 

Add the flour and whisk until slightly browned and bubbly. 


Add the salt and black pepper and continue to whisk. 

Measure out milk and water together in a large measuring cup. Slowly pour into the flour mixture and continue whisking to avoid clumps. 


Allow mixture to come to a boil, and boil on medium heat for 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Gravy will thicken. 

Taste and adjust seasonings. If you allow the gravy to cool for a few minutes, it will thicken even more. For biscuits, I prefer to be able to pour it. 


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Recipe from:http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2008/06/biscuits-homemade-bacon-gravy.html?m=1

DIY Microwave Popcorn

We have a local discount grocery store that sells all types of popcorn kernels. When I first started buying popcorn this way, I tried making it on the stove. Um, I’m not sure what I was doing wrong, but popcorn would end up everywhere! I knew there had to be an easier way to skip the bagged microwave popcorn. After some trial and error, this is our favorite way to make popcorn!

You will need:

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

2 tablespoon coconut oil 

Large glass bowl 

Microwave cover 

Add the popcorn kernels and coconut oil to your glass bowl. Place microwave cover in top of the bowl. 


Microwave for about 6-7 minutes, or until you only hear popping every few seconds. 

Carefully remove(bowl will be very hot!) and use desired toppings. We use popcorn salt and sometimes a little bit of melted butter! 


A bag of popcorn kernels lasts a long time, making this a very frugal snack! 

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