Category Archives: Learning to Cook


CupcakesWe made cupcakes the other day.  I wanted to make a special treat for Mommy camp.  I thought they were like muffins but more sugar.  I learned that they are a CAKE put into a cup! It was a good joke on me! So I learned how to make a cake and cupcakes.  Then I learned how to make a frosting.  They were yummy.

We saved a few for the big kids when they come home on Saturday. We shared with Grandma and Grandpa. And then we ate the rest 🙂

Maple Syrup

We boiled sap all last weekend. We finally finished up the syrup and we have 12.5 pints of syrup! You need about 40 gallons of sap, to make one gallon of syrup.

Momma said to be very careful by the fire.  This year I got to help light it and I got to put wood in it for the first time.  I also got to skim the sap.

We probably won’t get anymore sap because it is best to do when the nights are freezing and the days are over freezing. It is too warm for it.

I am happy with how much syrup we got, but I would have liked more. Maybe next year.

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Learning to Make Dumplings

Dumpling doughI made dumplings for dinner. This recipe is passed down from my Great Grandma Bea. She taught Grandma and Momma learned it from her.  I learned it from Momma. Here is the recipe

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 eggs

Mix together and the dough will be gooey.  You can add more water or flour if you need to.  Mine was a little gooey, but was still good.Dumplings

Get a spoon and get about 1/4 a spoonful of dumpling stuff in it.  Drop the dough into boiling water. Wait till it goes to the top, and put in a container.  Stir occasionally.  Momma said it is okay to make a bunch of dumplings before taking them out if you want.  If you don’t cook them long enough, they will be very very gooey and gross!

Dumpling watchMomma said the BEST way to eat them is with butter, onions and garlic powder and a little salt.  We had them in tomato soup, but having them in home made chicken egg drop soup is much better!

Bird Cookies

I made some treats for the birds yesterday. I learned how to make them at Bonneyville. It was fun to make them.  The birds like cookies. When I hung the first ones up, the birds did not come for a month or so. Then the birds started to devouring it.  They ate it all in three mornings!

Now that they know the cookies are here, they are coming already. We saw three birds enjoying them this afternoon.

Bird’s Oatmeal treats

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lard or bacon grease
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup wild birdseed
  • 2 eggs, including shells
  • 2 Tbl milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats

bird CookieBeat together lard and sugar; add eggs (without shells) and milk and beat well.  Add flour and baking powder, beating until well blended.  Crush egg shells into small pieces and stir in along with 3/4 cup birdseed and oats.  Form into inch balls and roll in extra birdseed.  Attach large paper clip as a hanger if desired. Bake on cookie sheet at 375 for 10-12 minutes.  Cool before hanging for birds.

Please let me know if you make the cookies too!

Frying Eggs

I asked Momma one day how to make fried eggs. She said I could make them for breakfast! Here is how to make them!

Frying egg

Crack an egg into a hot frying pan with butter or coconut oil. I like the one with butter better.

Frying enough

I made five eggs. It is hard to crack an egg and put it into a frying pan without egg shells.

Frying cover

Momma said there was two ways to fry an egg. The easier way is put on a lid with some water on it. The harder one, you flip the egg. I did the easier way.

Frying plate

Put the cooked egg on a plate. You have to put it carefully on or else it will break. Put on pepper and Daddy likes curry powder.

Frying eat

Make it look pretty. Take it to the table. Eat and enjoy while hot!

Cowboy Cookies Supreme

CookiesI asked Mom if I could make cookies. She said I could put any kind of chocolate chips in it.

So I made our favorite cowboy cookies even better!

2/3 Cups sugar
3/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 Cup softened butter
1 Cup soft white wheat flour
1 Cup almond flour
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Cups oatmeal
1 Cup unsweetened coconut
1 Cup raisins
1/4 cup each mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips

Cream together sugars and butter, add eggs.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well. It will be thick!
Roll into balls, roll in vanilla sugar and place on cookie sheet. Flatten with glass.
Bake 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Remove to cooling rack to cool.

EatEat and Enjoy 🙂


Maple Sugar Update

Maple-SugarWe just finished up another batch of sugar.  I ground into small, small, small, small pieces. We got 2.6 pounds this time! We are doing one more batch, and then we are done!

We learned something new about making sugar. If we stir it after the syrup stage, the sugar isn’t so good. So, DON”T stir!

I would have liked more sugar, but we have enough (maybe).

Making Maple Sugar

We made maple sugar yesterday. It is very good. First you boil maple sap to syrup. Then you strain it to get the sugar sand out. Then you boil it some more. You take the scum off as you boil it. You boil it for a long long time, till it gets to almost 300 degrees!

Then Daddy stirred it with a heavy spoon. Be careful, you might get burnt! It starts crystallizing and you get more and more maple sugar. Keep stirring until it lightens up and looks like sugar 🙂

Pour the sugar through a strainer. Keep the big pieces for candy or grind them up in a blender. Use the smaller pieces for tea or cookies!

Here are the pictures so you can see how it looks as it changes.

Maple Syrup Update

Maple syrup

We finished another batch of Maple Syrup!  We have over a gallon of fresh syrup canned.

The sap has been going very slowly the last few days. The weather is too cold for the sap to run.  We are hoping for a lot more sap because we want to make the next batch into lots of sugar because it tastes great!