Homemade Ketchup Recipe

August 12, 2013 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Recipes, Working At Home

I’m getting more and more into making “everyday” items at home.  There are no chemicals in it when you make it at home, it’s less expensive,  tastes so much better, and honestly I think it’s fun to make everyday items at home, I love the science of it, and it’s a great way to teach your kids science too.

I made a double recipe of the ketchup and it cost me about $1.50.


6 oz can tomato paste
1/4 cup honey (or agave)
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder


Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat; whisk until smooth.

When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Remove from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store refrigerated in a covered container.


Managing This Race Called Life

In the busy society we live in, most of us are running around like chickens with our heads cut off  trying to stay one step ahead of the game.

I’ve been there.  Raising an infant/toddler, working 40+ hours a week, teaching piano lessons, eBaying, and coordinating the special music at our church…….trying to keep my sanity.

One day it hit me, I need to simplify things.  What could I cut from my schedule?

Well the most obvious thing I wanted to cut that took up the majority of my time was my full time job, and I started working toward that.  Within a year of the realization that I needed to simplify, I  quit my job and became self- employed.

One of the best parts about being self-employed is setting your own schedule, and not having to ask for vacation time :)

Simplifying for me means being efficient, working smarter, not harder so I can enjoy my family and enjoy what I do for a living.

One thing that I like to do to help simplify things is to have homemade snacks, breakfast items, etc ready to go for the week so that we can grab something quick and not fill up on junk.

Here’s a great after school snack that is gluten free too!  We don’t have gluten allergies in our house, but I figure why make cookies with gluten in them if you don’t need to?

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

What you’ll need:  1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

12-15 unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses

Mix the peanut butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla together until it’s mixed well, spoon small spoonfuls of the mixture onto your ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes on 350* F

Pull them out of the oven and put an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss in the middle of each cookie.  Let them sit until cool or place on wire cooling racks to cool.



Cream Of (Fill In The Blank) Soup

April 25, 2013 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Recipes

Several years ago, I found a recipe for homemade cream soup. This isn’t exactly a time saver, but it’s a health saver and a money saver!

You can make homemade cream of celery, chicken, or mushroom soup quickly and easily. To save time, I do make a big batch and freeze in small portions. This recipe doubles or triples easily. It also  thaws easily and works just the same in your recipes.

When I use this in a casserole or recipe, my husband and son both rave. I feel thankful that I can feed them food they enjoy without the nasty additives in canned soup!

Cream Of Anything Soup

1 1/2 c. chicken broth

1/2 tsp poultry seasoning

1/4 tsp. onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

fresh garlic to taste

1 1/2 c. milk

3/4 c. flour

In a saucepan (size depends on how much you’re making…) boil chicken broth, 1/2 c. milk  and seasonings for a couple minutes.

Stir together remaining milk and flour. Add to boiling broth and stir til it thickens.

**Approximately 1 1/2 cups equals a small can of cream of condensed soup–I usually freeze it in  this size so I can just pull one out and make the recipe.

**You can use any broth or any seasonings according to what you have on hand or your taste preferences.

**Cream of Celery~I just do the same thing but finely dice several stalks of celery –2-3 for this recipe, more if I’m doubling or tripling. (FINELY DICE!) Cook the celery with the broth til it softens slightly. I use even the ends and leaves if I’m putting them in this soup.

**Mushroom~Maybe you’re on your own :) I don’t “do” mushroom. I think just dice fresh mushrooms and add to the broth to cook before you assemble the rest of the recipe.


I Love Multi-Tasking

April 2, 2013 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Recipes, Working At Home

One of the things that I love most about working from home (besides the flexibility) is the ability to multi-task.
I’m able to work on business things while washing the laundry, doing dishes and baking.  I feel like I thrive on multi-tasking and saving time on things.
Here’s a fabulous way to save time, make some delicious bread that your family will LOVE, and be able to still get some work done at the same time.
A friend of mine introduced me to making homemade Artisan bread.  It’s soooooooooooooo easy, and I love that there’s no kneading involved :)
There are four ingredients and you mix them in a big bowl that has a lid:

3 C Hot tap water
1  T salt
1 1/2 T yeast
6 1/2 c flour

Mix and leave in bowl with the lid loosely on for 2 hours on counter. Then refrigerate for one hour or until ready to use. Pull off grapefruit size portion and let rest on (flour, wheat flour, or cornmeal) dusted cutting board for 40 minutes. You can shape it in an oval or oblong, it is very sticky and does not have to look perfect Preheat oven to 450 and preheat baking stone in oven for 20 min. Place 2 loaves on stone and cut slits in the top. Add a broiler tray underneath stone with 1cup of warm water in it that will steam the bread. Bake for 30 minutes. Recipe makes 4 loaves. It has an awesome crust and is delicious!

I’ve also made this with 1/2 white flour and 1/2 wheat flour and it was just as tasty.

My Mornings

March 14, 2013 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Recipes, Working At Home

If you’ve been reading The Selling Sisters for a while, you probably already know that I like to be organized, efficient and ahead of the game when it comes to time management, increasing profits and making life smoother in general.

Right now, this is what my mornings look like:

6:05 AM Alarm goes off, I get up and get my little one ready for school.

6:30 AM While she’s brushing her teeth, I set my bin of packages out for the mail carrier (sometimes, they come in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon, but I like to have it out there and ready first thing in the morning.)

6:45 AM  Help her get all her Winter gear on and see her out the door.  (She carpools to school with her Aunt and Uncle.)

7:00 AM Do a small task that will get my day off to a good start (This can be anything like starting a load of laundry, folding or putting away laundry, washing dishes, taking a shower, anything that’s quick and easy.)

7:15 AM Head back to bed for a little nap before I get up and get the day going.  (I’m a night owl and usually stay up working until about 1 AM, so this helps me charge up my batteries and have energy to go that long.)

9:00 AM Up and at ‘em.  I check my selling accounts, email and FB, start some coffee if I’m in the mood, grab a banana or a breakfast food that I’ve  prepared earlier in the week (a muffin, breakfast cookie, etc.)

Depending on the day of the week, I might do some marketing for the items that are already listed, put items on sale or auction, revise items, list items, blog, or go shopping for inventory.

Here’s the recipe for the Breakfast Cookies I like to make.  I don’t eat them every day, but they give me a boost of energy in the morning and are yummy!

Breakfast Cookies

2 whole Ripe Bananas, Mashed Until Creamy
⅓ cups Peanut Butter, Creamy Or Chunky
⅔ cups Unsweetened Applesauce
¼ cups Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (optional)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Butter Extract, Optional (I just use 1 tsp of butter)
1-½ cup Quick Oatmeal, Uncooked
¼ cups Chopped Peanuts
¼ cups Carob Chips Or Chocolate Chips, (optional)
1/2 of a bag of coconut flakes (optional)

You can also add raisins, crasins, white chocolate chips, etc depending on what you like.

Preheat heat oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, mix mashed banana and peanut butter until completely
combined. Then add in the applesauce, vanilla protein powder and vanilla and butter extracts. Mix again until completely combined.

Add in the oatmeal and nuts to the banana mixture and combine. (Add the optional carob/chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, etc at this time if you want them mixed throughout.)

Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flatten cookies into circles, about a 1/3″ thick. (If you want the optional carob/chocolate chips on the top of the cookies, push them into the cookies now.)

Bake cookies approximately 30 minutes, or until golden brown and done. Remove from oven and let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack. (If you want the traditional fork tine marks on the cookies, use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to score the tops of the cookies while they’re still warm.)
When cookies are completely cool, store in a covered container.
These are also a great snack to take on a hike or bike ride.



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