Hope Phillips / UglyYummies
Cooking with our minds, our hands, and our hearts to nourish bodies and souls.
I call her Midge, but you don't have to. You can choose what to name your sourdough starter, but names are a must. An unnamed starter is doomed to fail! Just kidding, but it's a lot more fun to care for Phoebe, Carter the Starter, or DoughBoy than a nameless jar of sludge. Got a name in mind? Then let's get started!
Coconut Water Lemonade Gummies
If your kids are anything like mine, they want gummies all day every day. But many store-bought gummy snacks have dyes, additives, and "natural" flavoring. Thankfully, they love homemade gummies made with fruit juice! You can use any kind of juice or liquid to make gummies, and you'll find different recipes quite easily, but these lemonade gummies have been a hit with even my pickiest guests. You just need 4 ingredients.
Apple Crumble Granola
A crumb cake and rolled oats walk into a bar..... Just kidding; this granola is so good that I don't want to sit here and think of an ending to that joke. I want to dive right in! Every time I pour milk over a bowl of these crisp clumps of brown sugar, butter, apple, oats, and cinnamon, my day is instantly better. Here's how you can enjoy it right from your own kitchen!
UglyYummies Top 5 Uses for a Whole Chicken
Roasting a whole chicken seems like a lost art these days. A lot of people will use all of the parts of a chicken separately but are afraid of the whole bird. I think that is partially due to feeling wasteful because they don't know how to get the most out of it. But whole chickens are a great way to get higher quality chicken on your table for a good price. Now, pasture-raised chickens are probably the highest quality you can find, but they average around $16 to $20 each, from what I've seen. The next best would be free-range/organic and that will easily cut your costs.
UglyYummies Top 5 Dinners for Beginners
If you're a tired home cook, this one goes out to you. I'm a mom of two (though one is still in the oven) in the throes of pregnancy fatigue, struggling to feed my small family a fresh meal at the end of every day. While the small details of my situation don't apply to everyone, I know many of you are in the same boat of finding it difficult to put another hot meal on the table that isn't Hamburger Helper or Digiorno pizza. Hopefully, this list can help you get a head start on changing that, even just a little.
I wrote this post on a personal blog on December 23, 2015. I was a junior in college, studying English and Religious Studies at Texas State University. Since its original publication, I graduated from TXST with Highest Honors, in the top 5 percent of my class—not too bad for a dumb liberal arts student! I married an electrical engineer, who, even though most people find him far more intelligent and impressive than me, values my brain and talents more than almost anyone else does. Today, I'm a professional content writer, a teacher, and a soon to be homeschool curriculum writer. If you have supported me through my educational journey and pursuit of writing, even just by reading my infrequent Vocal posts, I sincerely thank you.
'The Girl from Blind River'
Summary: The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey is a crime thriller and somewhat a coming-of-age story. The protagonist, Jamie Elders, comes from a family of con artists and though she wants to escape the cycle, participating in the "family trade" seems like her best chance at getting what she needs. Because her mother has spent a significant portion of her life in prison, Jamie and her younger brother Toby live with their uncle Loyal. Loyal is an abusive man who runs a secret gambling operation, which is rigged in favor of himself and the local judge. This partnership leads to the main event, which doesn't initially involve Jamie, but she is pulled in and made an accomplice. When it gets down to the wire, going to prison or walking away depends on one of her greatest talents: poker.