Grown-Up Home Ec | What is Leavening?

What is leavening? You’ve heard the term but what is it? In this post, I will briefly explain what leavening is and how it works in your recipes.

How to Chop an Onion

Cooking 101: How to Chop an Onion

There are lots of methods out there for chopping up onions. I think this is the easiest way. What you need: Onion, Cutting Board, Knife. First, cut both ends off your onion. Set your onion on end, and cut it in half. Peel off the outer layer, removing the skin. Here’s the great thing about…

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Homemade Tortillas from The Foodie Army Wife.com

Homemade Tortillas

Homemade tortillas are not only simple to make, they are ridiculously delicious. Every time I make these, I have to ban the family from the kitchen because a plain tortilla will grow legs and leap into someone’s mouth…repeatedly…leaving none for the meal I am making!


Homemade Instant Oatmeal

There is little more comforting than a bowl of warm, oatmeal on a winter morning. Instant oatmeal is very convenient, but I am one of those “make it yourself” people and don’t like to buy pre-made mixes. Thankfully making your own instant oatmeal mix is super easy to do!

Homemade Guacamole from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade Guacamole

Oh boy, oh boy! When I mentioned that the next state I was going to do was California, almost every comment I received with suggestions, included two things: Wine and Avocados. So in light of that, I thought I would share this delicious homemade guacamole recipe with you!  


Kitchen Tip: “Pan Ease”

Here is a quick kitchen tip for you. When I bake, I normally coat all my pans with this. It is a mixture I call “Pan-Ease” – because it makes things easy to get out of the pan!


Sausage Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy is a favorite dish around here – and made more often for “Breakfast for Dinner” than for actual breakfast! Here is how to make this simple partner for your biscuits.


Vanilla Sugar | Cooking 101

Vanilla Sugar is as simple as it sounds. Sugar infused with the aroma and flavor of vanilla. You can use it in your coffee, to had a hint of vanilla flavor, or even in place of regular sugar when pressing sugar cookies… Any place you might like the subtle taste of vanilla.


Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting

I love making frostings that contain Mascarpone cheese. This frosting is light, and fluffy, and creamy, but not ridiculously sweet.


Kitchen Tip: How to Cut Up a Bell Pepper

Here’s a quick and easy way to cut up your bell peppers. You notice when you stand it on end, and look down at it, your pepper has 3 or 4 distinctive sides.


Pantry Organization

I absolutely love using mason jars for storage in my pantry and cabinets. I use my label maker to make labels for the jars, unless their contents are clearly identifiable…like chocolate chips.

All Purpose Seasoning Mix from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

All Purpose Seasoning Mix

This is an “All-Purpose” seasoning, sort of like a seasoning salt…but less salt and more flavor.

Vanilla Syrup

Homemade Vanilla Syrup for your Coffee

Another basic thing that you can easily make at home, is Vanilla Syrup for your coffee…or your ice cream or whatever you would like to flavor. Look how beautiful this looks!