Saturday, October 21, 2017

Venison Stew

Around Beaty's Creek there are deer a plenty. Ransome is quite the deer hunter and he is very successful each year when he hunts. I grew up on venison and look forward to each year's bounty. This recipe is really good and is an easy recipe to fix in your crock pot or on top of the stove. I made this stew on the stove top because I was going to be home all day and could watch over it. You know me, definitely a soup watcher and stirrer. I like this with crusty cornbread but it would be equally good with some homemade biscuits. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.


3 pounds venison cut into small cubes-(soaked in salt water overnight, if needed)
3 cups flour
4 T garlic powder
4 T black pepper
4 T salt
1 T onion powder
Enough oil to coat bottom of stock pot
Enough water to cover venison
6 potatoes-peeled and cubed
5 carrots-peeled and sliced
1/2 bag frozen green peas

Mix flour, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and onion powder. Now add in cubed venison and coat evenly. Heat oil in stock pot over medium heat and add venison a little at a time. You want to brown all sides of the venison and not over crowd it in the pan, at least a couple of batches worth. Once all is browned, add all of the venison back to your pot and cover with water. Cook over medium heat on the stove top or on high in a crock pot. I cooked mine for 5-6 hours on top of the stove and would cook it the same amount of time in a crock pot. Add in all your veggies the last hour for stove top cooking and the last 3 hours in a crock pot.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


What the heck is Wishi you may ask... Hen of the Woods or Maitake are other names for this delicious wild mushroom. Wishi is the Cherokee name for it and I love it! To me this mushroom tastes like meat, no kidding. The old timers would cook their wishi in different types of grease and then the Wishi would taste like whatever grease they had used. Lard would give a pork taste, fat that fish was cooked in a fish taste, I think you know what I mean. We like ours cooked in a little canola oil with salt and lots of coarsely ground black pepper. Where do we get our Wishi?... Well if I told you that I would have to kill you. Around these parts you NEVER give the location of your mushroom patch. I did not take any pictures of the Wishi before it was cooked, that will have to wait for this Fall's crop. They usually are found in October here on Beaty's Creek. Here are a couple of ways to cook this versatile mushroom.

When you gather the Wishi you will take it home and clean it very well. I do this under running water. You will strip the Wishi into 1/2 strips or 3/4 inch strips if you want to deep fry it. Once all of the wishi is stripped you will place it into a large pot,( I use a large dutch oven.) and cover the Wishi with water. Boil for about 15-20 minutes. Your water will have a dark color to it when you pour the water off. Drain Wishi very well, now is the time to either freeze your Wishi or cook it! I do both so we can enjoy the Wishi all through the year.

Fried Wishi:

Coat a heavy bottomed skillet with about a 1/4 inch of canola oil or any oil you choose. Heat oil over medium heat and add Wishi. Salt and pepper to taste. We cook it until it slightly browns on one side and then we turn it and brown the other side. We like ours a little crispy. Now is the time to eat that delicious mushroom!

Deep Fried Wishi:

All-purpose flour
Salt and Pepper to taste

Make sure your Wishi is dried from boiling it. Place about 5 cups of flour in a brown paper bag add salt and pepper to taste and place Wishi in bag. Coat as you would chicken to fry. Really shake off extra flour. Helps keep your oil clean. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a deep pan or deep fryer. Place Wishi in a little at a time. Don't crowd Wishi or it will stick together. Fry until golden brown. Serve right away!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

When Fall weather starts to cool things off here on the creek, it's time for a pumpkin cake. A nice big pot of hot tea also, can't forget that one. I just love the way this cake smells while baking in the oven... It makes the whole house smell of Fall. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek.


4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups oil
2 cups all purpose flour
3 t cinnamon
1 t salt
2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t baking powder
2 cups canned pumpkin
2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese at room temperature
4 cups powder sugar
1/4 milk

Cream together eggs, sugar, add oil. Once creamed add in pumpkin. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Now add flour a cup at a time to mixture. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 350' for 55 minutes or until it tests done with a cake tester. Cool completely before removing from pan.


Beat cream cheese until fluffy and add the powdered sugar a cup at a time alternating with the milk. Mix until creamy. Spread on icing and enjoy!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crawdad or Crayfish, that is the question

Whether you call these babies crawdads or crayfish they are good! On Beaty's Creek we have our choice of big or small and blue or red varieties. The kiddos and my MIL are masters at catching them. I can catch them too but only if they "catch" me first, if you know what I mean.... We have been eating crawdads out of Beaty's Creek since Sean and I were little ones so our kids have little choice but to continue the tradition. Beaty's Creek is a beautiful little spring fed creek that is clear with a rock bottom so the crayfish are always so clean and pretty. I love living here for the natural beauty and the natural "food" that abounds. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.


5 pounds crawdads- *see note below* cleaned
Big Pot

To clean your freshly caught crawdads you remove the the 3rd tail piece and pull. This is deveining the crawdad and much easier than shrimp. Now bring your water to a boil with 1 cup oil and 1 cup salt. I taste my water to see if it tastes good, make sense?? Like you do for pasta. When water is boiling, drop crawdads in and boil for 3 minutes then drain and enjoy!! Add Old Bay if you want a spicy version.

*This is how we clean our crawdads after we have cleaned our crawdads. Hee hee. Bring water to almost a boil in your tea kettle. Now pour hot water over your cleaned crawdads, and mix them around in the water. Pour water off and cook crawdads, as you like.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Broccoli Slaw with a Twist

I ate a slaw somewhat similar to this while growing up. I've actually never made this type of slaw for myself so I mixed this one up in head, scary I know. This particular recipe is great with any grilled meat. My husband who is not a big vinegar fan enjoyed this side dish too. Give this a try the next time you want a cool salad to go with your grilled dinner. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

2 packages Ramen Noodles of your choice-crunched up
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
Or use 1 cup of Paul Newman's Balsamic Vinaigrette instead of the oil and vinegar
1 cup salted sunflower seeds
1 package broccoli slaw
1/4 cup white sugar
2 T soy sauce
2 T butter

Melt butter into a medium sauce pan. When melted, add in the crunched up noodles and toast in pan until slightly golden. Let noodles cool completely. Now mix together the balsamic vinegar, canola oil, sugar, Ramen noodle seasoning pack, and soy sauce. Place broccoli slaw in a bowl with a tight fitting lid and pour over dressing. Cover and place in fridge for at least 2 hours. Right before serving, add the sun flower seeds and noodles. The noodles are very crunchy and taste so good in this salad. A weird combo but a good one!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 27th in Oklahoma

Hello Fall we would like to meet you here in Oklahoma.  Today it is 85' on Beaty's Creek.  YUCKO!!!  I don't want to bake, I want to grill!!

I did make cinnamon rolls the other day and have dough in the fridge for when it cools down...Maybe I should rethink that before I have sour dough in the fridge.

Ransome has been in the woods hunting but heck the deer know it is too hot to hunt!

Wishi have been pretty good thus far.  I have frozen several bags and eaten my fair share.

I really hope it cools off before Sunday because we are having a family hotdog roast and dear G-d who wants a big ole bonfire in the heat???

Well that is What's Cookin on Beaty's this week.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Where does the time go????

If I could only answer that question I would be good to go.

Raven is waiting for her  home to be finished before she moves into it so she is back home for a bit and we are loving it!  Ransome is busy with his CAP duties and Raine is a cheerleader this year.....Does that make me a CHEER MOM????  I love the kiddos but let me tell you there are some really loud adults in the world.

I have been cooking up a storm so hopefully I get some posts up.  I have a really good chili recipe just perfect for this time of year that I need to post soon!

I do promise I will be more active on here.  Til then that's What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mr. Bucky

You know you can only warn a guy so many times.  This buck has been "visiting" my garden all summer long.  I warned him time and time again that I had his number.  Well the day before Thanksgiving I was making my dressing and had to go out to dump my veggie remains into the compost and who was roaming my garden spot?  Yep, Mr. Bucky was there.  I told him he better scat and he just looked at me in my pink apron, "as if." Well, "I as if'd him alright."  Well looks like some yummy tenderloin in our future!

 Note: To all future smarty pants bucks this is a warning!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Copy Cat McDonald's Oatmeal Cookies

My hubby is addicted to the McDonald's oatmeal cookies.  Well I hate the place, but I secretly do go there and get McRib's, hangs head in shame, and wanted to come up with a healthier, if that is even possible, recipe.  Here is my attempt and Sean says they are just like the other one's.

1 cup butter-room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla 
1 1/2 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1 t  cinnamon
1 t salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins-plumped
1 cup toffee bits

1 cup of coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon (and salt); stir into the creamed mixture. Blend in the oatmeal and toffee bits. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

OMG!!! It has been a long time!!!!

I know it has been a while since I posted new recipes.  I have a ton waiting on being posted so be ready.  So many changes have happened in our lives.  First off Raven is now 21, Ransome is 14, and Raine is 8.  Where does the time go?  Sean and I are still going strong and will be married 24 years in February! We are still living our dream on Beaty's Creek.

Raven now has her own home very near and is quite happy with a very nice man.  He fits in our unique family really well.  I am sure we will scare him a bit as the holidays grow near. heehee

Ransome is very busy with the Civil Air Patrol and hunting.  He is our outdoors man.

Raine is busy with acting.  She is involved with our local theater group, and recently  filmed a movie.  She is a our pet whisperer for sure.  She has not met an animal she cannot soothe or mother.

We lost my father in in 2013 and that was an adjustment for all of us.  My mother has moved closer also.  Between her and Raven both moving we have been very busy.

As the Holidays grow near I promise I will post recipes and little updates on our family.  Thank-you for being such a great group and believing in my little ole blog on Beaty's Creek.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Banana Bread

This is Grandma Minnie's recipe that I changed a little here and there. My children really like this bread, I made it into small muffins this time. Here is the recipe, give it a try!

3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup oil
2 eggs-beaten
2 cups ripe bananas-mashed
1 1/2 t vanilla
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3/4 buttermilk
1 cup pecans-chopped (optional)

Mix both sugars, eggs, oil, bananas, vanilla, and buttermilk very well. Sift flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together. Add this mixture a cup at a time until all is added. Stir gently just until mixed. At this time add nuts if you wish. Pour into a well greased pan of your choice. Bake at 350' until a toothpick comes out clean. In loaf pans this will be 30-45 minutes. It just depends on what you are making. When I made the small muffins last night they cooked in 13 minutes.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Minestrone Soup

It's getting cool again on Beaty's Creek and I want me some soup. Nothing is better than a pot of soup on a cold day. Bake some bread and you are good to go. I am making a hard crusty bread to dip in olive oil tonight.

1 pound Italian sausage-cut into chunks
1 large purple onion-chopped
4 large carrots-peeled and chopped
4 celery stalks-stripped and chopped
5 garlic cloves-minced
2 zucchini-sliced into 1/2 inch slices and then quartered
1/2 pound green beans-these can be fresh or frozen(I could not find fresh so I used frozen.)
3 quarts beef or chicken broth(Add this as you go, we like it soupy, so we add more.)
1 quart whole tomatoes-smashed(I used home canned)
3 T Italian seasoning(I use fresh in the summer but this time of year I use dry.)
1 T pepper
salt to taste
3 cups cabbage-shredded into 1/2 inch shreds
1 can cannelloni beans-drained
1 can garbanzo beans-drained
1 cup small shaped pasta(I always use different shapes to jazz it up.)
Fresh Parmesan cheese- shredded finely

Brown sausage with onions and garlic until the sausage is no longer pink. This is the time to add your broth, so you can get all the goodies off the bottom of your soup pot, now add the green beans, zucchini, carrots, celery, and both beans. Simmer for 20 minutes and add cabbage, tomatoes, pasta, and all of your seasoning. Cook for 30 minutes, you may need to add a little water if soup gets too thick after adding your pasta. We grate Parmesan cheese over soup in each bowl. This makes a lot of soup but it reheats very well. In fact I usually freeze some for lunch. Give it a try, I know you will like it! Well that is "what's cookin" tonight.