Tricks to Making Homemade Corn TortillasĀ 

Ok, so let me start off here by saying store bought corn tortillas are gross! They might even be cardboard marketed as food to people who don’t eat flour! I cannot image anyone from Mexico buying them. Nope, people from Mexico know how to MAKE a good corn tortilla and believe me, they don’t taste like cardboard in Mexico! 

So, channelling my inner Mexican, I set out to make my own fresh corn tortillas at home! I love wraps and have missed them since going gluten free! There are so many options, you can throw just about anything in tortilla and call it a meal! 

I learned a lot making these! They are easy to make, but there are some  tricks that make the recipe even easier! The ingredients are super simple! Corn masa flour and water! The recipe is actually right on the back of the bag! 




  • 2 cups corn masa flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Using the recipe on the back, we made 16 small tortillas. In the future, I will cut the recipe in half as left over corn tortillas the next day are…..well gross like cardboard, LOL!

Tricks I have learned that they don’t tell you on the bag:

  • You will usually always need more flour than it calls for! Maybe it’s the humidity in the air around here, but every time I make these, I need to add more than the recipe calls for.
  • Add salt and other spices to compliment whatever you are using the tortillas for. I like to use cumin, chili powder and maybe even throw in some parmesean cheese! It really adds to the tortillas! 
  • Mix the dough so it cuts like a soft cheese. To make 16 tortillas, I made one big ball, then cut it in half, the cut those pieces in half and so on and so on until I had 16 small balls. When you cut the dough, it should have a cheese consistency and stay intact. Too mushy and it will stick, to dry and it will fall apart.
  • Use parchment paper under and over the dough balls when rolling them out. I don’t have a tortilla press (and can’t see me buying one when I have a really nice marble rolling pin!) so it takes a little experience to get the dough nice and circle! Putting the dough between parchment means no sticking and it is easy to roll out really thin and still get it off the paper and into the pan. 
  • Roll them out and get them right into the pan to fry them. They dry out pretty quick, resulting in them cracking and falling apart. I roll and fry at the same time! 
  • Eat them all that day! Hot and steaming is best! Like I mentioned, next day tortillas are like store bought ones…. cardboard!


Hope this helps you make delicious homemade tortillas to use in your recipes! 

Bon appetite!!

 

Homemade Plant Fertilizer


I love watching my plants thrive after getting a good dose of fertilizer! They pop right up, turn greener and you can almost watch them get bigger!

Commercial fertilizers are not a great option for me for several reasons! They are full of chemicals (that leach right into your fruits and vegetables) and are just not nice for the environment. I would also rather use food waste that I otherwise would throw out and put it to good use! 

Homemade Plant Fertilizer 

  • Used coffee grinds
  • Egg shells


Ok, so it isn’t rocket science! I don’t even use measurements. I just keep all of my used grinds and shells in a big ziplock bag in the freezer and when the bag is full, I blend them together in the food processor and viola! Homemade plant fertilizer! 



1 tablespoon per plant per month or so and I cannot believe the difference! I use it on house plants, hanging plants, my roses and in the veggie garden! Full, big healthy plants from things I would have thrown away!! 


We Are Growing a Pineapple!

I have seen this posted on Facebook and Pinterest, but never really thought much about it until we decided to try and create a self sustainable lifestyle!  Now the thought of growing our own exotic fruits seems very intriguing! 



So after we made our Chicken and Pineapple BBQ Skewers the other night, we lopped off the top of the pineapple and watched some tutorials to see how to do it. Here are the things I learned that may help you get started: 

  • Pick the pineapple by the best top (we didn’t, but we didn’t know we were going to try and grow the damn thing!)
  • Twist off the top of the pineapple, don’t cut it off
  • Most tutorials say rip off an inch of the leaves, but it is best to take it up until you only have a couple big leaves left
  • Stick it in water until it starts rooting. You will see roots start to establish after 3-5 days
  • Once it has a good root base, stick it on a pot with dirt
  • It can take 1-3 years to grow your first pineapple
  • Who cares how long it takes, they are very pretty House plant in the meantime! 



I will post an update in a week or so and let you know how it’s going! 

Does anyone have any advice? I would love to hear some success stories!