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Beef Brisket –

Well I am back and not with a cookie recipe like I thought. You see I have a friend who purchased a side of beef and with that came a brisket. If you are from Texas I am sure you know how to cook it up right but here in Ohio I find it is not something most people cook or eat. Unless it is St Patrick’s Day and they are having corned beef brisket (totally different taste).

So today I am going to share a recipe that I have for making a beef brisket. I am sure there are several ways to do this and maybe even better tastier way – although whenever I make this there are no leftovers, heck I am lucky to get any. Several times I have made this for events or company only to be left with a tiny morsel of a taste. I’ll take that as a compliment 😉

This recipe is from my days of working as a nanny. Not sure where it came from as it was one of those in your head, know it by heart type recipes. One day when the mother was jetting off to work she had to hurry and write out the recipe for me so I could assemble this masterpiece for the company they were having later. I still have that handwritten recipe in my recipe folder and have used it many times over the years. I hope you like it too!

Beef Brisket



  • Brisket
  • Garlic powder
  • Season salt
  • Onion powder
  • Catsup
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Brown sugar
  • Head of garlic


  1. Place the meat in a roaster pan.
  2. Fill the pan with about a ¼ inch of water.
  3. Season the meat with garlic powder, onion powder, and season salt, then cover the meat with catsup.
  4. Place peeled and chopped potatoes and carrots all around the meat.
  5. On top of the meat and catsup add a layer of thinly sliced and quartered onion.
  6. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the meat and potatoes.
  7. Take 6-7 cloves of garlic and place around the meat. (I sometimes make a slit in the meat and tuck a clove or two in the meat, at the beginning)
  8. Cover the meat with foil and cook for 4-5 hours @ 350.

*Note – Sorry there are no real measurements for this one. Trust your judgment and just eye it – you will know when it looks right

Here in Ohio we are having lots of rain today. Perfect for some comfort food. Hopefully we will get to making some cookies this afternoon and I will be back to share some pictures with you.


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Long Overdue Post

dec - 12

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Poor neglected blog

So far it is off to a slow start. Not for a lack of ideas but at the end of the day I choose to spend time with my hubby or prepare for the day ahead. Honestly sometimes I just choose to crash. Which I have needed a lot lately. This has been a whirl wind of a year and it is only April.

Time for my little confession. Today was the last day of our home school group and I was so excited to be done for the year! Now please do not get me wrong – I love the program, and I enjoy the wonderful families that we have met. We will even happily return in the fall but right now I am burnt out. And not just with school. Is it that we are over doing it? We are used to having somewhat of a busy schedule and we love to be on the go. I could blame it on spring fever. After all we have had some really nice warm days already this year. However I really feel like right now the Lord wants us at home. There are some things that I feel pressing on my heart and I am ready to focus on them. The Lord has been ready to help me through all this but he has been patiently waiting for me. I need to slow down and walk at His pace for I know he does not want me to feel burdened or burnt out.

So as I take this time to be refreshed in all that the Lord has for me I am hopeful that I will be able to write and share it with you also.

I had a friend recently share that she was feeling overwhelmed and posted the following verse…

“Be gracious to me O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Ps.86:3-5

I love the abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. How comforting is that?

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Chocolate Walnut Muffins/Cupcakes

What is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake anyway? I would say that a muffin might be a little denser that the cupcake but in the world of gluten free nothing is as light and fluffy as the original. So you can call this a muffin or you can add some frosting and call it a cupcake. I will eat it either way 🙂

Lately I have really been craving something sweet but when I eat sweets I do not like the way I feel. I wanted something made from real food. Something that tasted good but with out all the sugar (from what ever source..maple syrup, honey, etc). I was thinking of making an almond cookie recipe that I made at Christmas time but man they were a lot of work. So I started searching for recipes that fit into the low sugar real food category and found a keeper. Nuts for protein and chocolate for my sanity.

Chocolate Walnut Muffins/Cupcake (gluten-free and low-sugar)

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 8 oz of dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 egg whites

For the glaze:

  • 8 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp butter

Pre-heat oven to 350 F degrees.

Grease a muffin tin or use liners. You can also use a cake or pie pan.

Chop the walnuts in the food processor until crumbled and remove to another bowl. Chop the chocolate in the food processor and add to the bowl with the walnuts.

Whisk the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks to the mixture, beating after each addition (I do this in the food processor). Add this mixture to the nuts/chocolate mix and stir. Add in the vanilla extract and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks. Gently fold approximately 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter, adding the rest of it after that.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake (15 minutes for the cupcakes and about 35 minutes for the cake). Let it cool to room temperature. After it cools, prepare the chocolate glaze. Put the chocolate and butter in a pan and gently melt, stirring well until smooth. Pour over the top of the cake.

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The first time I made this I did not get the chocolate chopped enough and it sank to the bottom but still very tasty. The second time I made them I did not chop the nuts enough and it did change the texture a bit. I guess you will have to work with it and find what is best for your taste. I like the nuts chopped/ground up more.

I took the second batch to a mom’s night gathering and the next morning the first thing the boys asked “Is there any muffins left for us”. If they call it a muffin we can eat it for breakfast right?? Good thing I did not have time to frost them before I left last night 🙂

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And so it begins…

It has been one month to the day that my hubby decided to create Live…Love…Farm as a gift for me.

We had tossed the idea around before but never really got around to doing anything about it. Anyone out there with kids understands the “things you would like to do” list vs. “the reality of life that fits in to a 24 hour day” list. I have found that I have lots of ideas in my mind but getting them out and on this blog prove to be another story. I told hubby tonight that I need an auto save with an option to print installed into my brain!

So let’s get started…

Hi! My name is Lisa and I am a mom to 2 special need kids. They are wonderful and challenging all in the same breath. I never want them to use their disabilities as an excuse, but want their lives to be a testimony to God. They are overcomers and not survivors in this world. It does seem many times that we are under a watchful eye – as Christians, as Homeschoolers, and as a family with unique challenges. For this I think that we need to set the bar high, striving for the best and always willing to do the hard thing. The balance of that equation is to always be real and show others that our strength only comes from the grace of God. I will share my life with you – it is an open book. I have made many, many mistakes and am thankful that God uses it all for His good. I hope to learn from others as much as they learn from me. I believe that sometimes it is easier to see things in others than it is in our own life, so I am thankful for those true friends that are not scared to be real with me. Who will speak the things I need to hear with truth and love. As scared as I am of change I know that it is essential to life. I dream of a country life which everyone I know thinks is crazy. I love a good sports movie, and cooking is a great stress relief for me.

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