Homestyle Amish Pancakes

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

homemade-amish-pancakesHomestyle Amish Pancake Recipes

Enjoy these old-fashioned pancakes for your next Sunday brunch, your family will love these light, fluffy and delicious made-from-scratch Amish pancakes!



2 c. cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. shortening, melted

Instructions: Measure sifted flour into sifter, add baking powder, salt and sugar. Beat eggs in bowl. Add milk and blend.

Sift dry ingredients into mixture gradually. Add melted shortening. Beat with mixer. Bake on hot griddle. Serve with your favorite syrup.

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Helpful Household Hints

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

fireplace-logs-homemadeHousehold Hints and Tips for Home Repairs and more…

Make Your Own Fireplace Logs.

Roll newspapers up tightly in shape of log. Papers are a wood-based product.

Remove Broken Key From Lock.

Put some super glue on broken off part, insert and hold a few seconds, this will pull out rest of key.

Good Glass Door Safety Tip.

Put a BIG decal or window cling on those glass and patio doors.

Repair Small Holes In Screen.

Plug holes with clear nail polish, let dry, repeat until filled.

Keep Fish Hooks From Rusting.

Stick them in a cork and submerge in some baking soda.

How To Remove Oil From Driveway.

Cover with sand, let stand a few days, then sweep off.

Remove Labels From Bottles & Jars.

Fill with hot water and then submerge in hot water, will just fall off.

dog-cat-repellentGood Dog & Cat Repellent.

Place moth balls in areas where you are bothered by animal odors or to keep pets away. They will avoid it. Animals hate mothball odors.

Easy To Rid Pets Of Fleas.

Put a foam rubber pad in the pet’s bed (or insert into a slipcover) – fleas hate it.

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Homemade Bread Making Tips

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

homemade-bread-making-tipsHomemade Bread Making

If you want to bake homemade bread successfully, you have to understand a few basic tips and about the different types of bread. You need to know how each is made and follow recipes that will lead to the best quality, flavor and texture. Homemade breads have been baked by families for hundreds of years and are easier to make than you think.

About Store Bought Bread

The difference between homemade bread recipes with commercial ones is that commercialized bread is made to have uniform substance and texture, to be produced on a massive scale and to have just enough shelf-life for you to keep returning to the grocery. Excessive amounts of yeast help produce a lot of bubbles inside the bread, which leads to the light texture of the bread. Lower quality grains are also used and can lack the essential nutrients. The main goal of commercialized bread is to be produced as cheaply as possible to earn the highest profit.

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How to Use a Pizza Peel or Paddle

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

pizza-making-tipsA few tips on using your wood pizza peel or paddle…

Make your pizza directly on the peel. This will make life, and your pizza baking, a lot easier.

Pizza making on a wood peel is best and our tips are meant for cooking with a wooden paddle.

But first, Dust your peel very generously with cornmeal or flour before placing your dough on it to prevent sticking.

If you have it, semolina flour is even better. (Used for making pasta, it is less coarse than cornmeal but more granular than all-purpose flour)

Tip: Prepare your topping ingredients before you place your pizza dough on the wood peel or paddle. It’s best to assemble your pizza just before you bake it so the dough doesn’t sit too long and end up sticking to the peel.

Our family likes to make several pizzas so we prep a large variety of toppings into plastic storage containers (in case we don’t use it all) and everyone can choose what they like on their portion of the pizza.

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Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

pizza-recipes-imageOur Favorite Whole Wheat Pizza Crust:

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/2 cup warm water (110°F/45°C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt & 1/4 cup corn meal
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Directions for Pizza Crust:

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes.

Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Continue Reading »

Wood Pizza Peel & Paddle Board Review

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Pizza Peel Review of Happy Home Basics Wood Pizza Paddle Cutting and Serving Board with Bonus Pizza Recipes.

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Pizza Peels make a great gift for the pizza lover in your life…

Home Pizza Makers Can Now Bake Authentic Pizzeria Style Pizzas by Utilizing the New Pizza Paddle Board by Happy Home Basics

A pizza peel or pizza paddle as it’s sometimes referred to, is an authentic Italian tool that professional pizza makers use to slide the prepared pizza crust into a hot oven or onto an oven stone for baking.

This popular baker’s tool is also used for removing pizzas and flat breads from a hot oven safely and helps keep the crust with all it’s toppings intact. The long handle keeps hands away from the extreme heat and allows the baker to place the food further back in the oven than what could normally be reached.

Professional pizza maker’s often use the paddle’s surface to prep their crust with favorite toppings before sliding onto the oven stone or a BBQ grill. Quality pizza peels have a beveled edge so they can smoothly scoop up the pizza to remove from the oven when it’s finished baking. Continue Reading »

A Pizza Peel Makes Grilling Pizzas Easy

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

grilled-pizza-peelMaking Pizza on Your BBQ Grill is Easy with a Wood Pizza Peel

Have you ever tried grilling a pizza on your backyard BBQ only to get singed by a hot grate?

Sliding your prepared pizza onto a hot grill with a pizza peel eliminates this problem.

What is a Pizza Peel?

What is a pizza peel, you might ask? Generally, pizza peels are made of wood in the shape of a large paddle with a long handle. The handle is long enough to allow you to slide your pizza in and out of a hot oven while keeping your hands away from any hot surfaces.

A commercial pizzeria may use a longer handled pizza paddle or peel which allows the baker to reach farther back into the larger restaurant oven. For home use the longer handles are not practical and make storage of the peel difficult. The weight of the longer handled, larger peels are also more challenging to lift and maneuver.

Wood Pizza peels designed for home use can also double as a cutting board after the pizza is finished baking and removed from the oven.

Most baker’s that make homemade pizza dough from scratch also prepare the crust with sauce, cheese and toppings right on the peel before sliding it into the hot oven.

Note: To keep the dough from sticking the peel is usually coated with cornmeal first. Sometimes semolina, a course pasta flour, is used instead.

For more information about the use of a traditional pizza peel for your homemade pizza and bread recipes visit today!

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Pizza Paddle Customer Video Review

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

A Customer sent us the link to a YouTube Video that he and his wife made when they first started making pizzas with their new Happy Home Basics Pizza Paddle.

Thank-you Nate and Sarah for your video and review, happy to see you having fun and enjoying your Happy Home Basics Pizza Peel!