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cast iron vs stainless steel dutch oven
Dutch overs are a tool I think everyone should have in their kitchen. First of all, you can cook great big stews for those long winters and either serve them up for a few days, or freeze them for those days you don't have time to cook. I do this all the time. However, because dutch ovens are also big, deep...
Create food in your kitchen, even in the middle of winter, by learning how to grow your own sprouts! Why Growing Sprouts Makes Sense Sprouting is a low-cost, healthy habit that can add homegrown greens to your meals with just a small time commitment every day. It's almost idiot-proof in its simplicity, and the materials you need can be picked up...
I love Rhubarb. I love that it is like a sour patch kid if you eat it right off the stem and I love that it is ready to harvest so early in the growing season. I also LOVE rhubarb sauce (and muffins) Grandma Inez had made all while I was growing up. I have a very big family...
Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
I am always on the search for new recipes, and recipes that I can share. My friend Michelle has been nice enough to lend me this great Spaghetti Sauce recipe. I am really excited about this recipe because you do not need your canner (except to measure) and there are no real processing stages. So- for those of you...
Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Pumpkin ice cream rules! Homemade pumpkin cheesecake ice cream is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. If you love pumpkin everything and you are waiting for the pumpkin spice coffee to rock your world this fall, trust me, this will tide you over. Homemade pumpkin cheesecake ice cream is a recipe you can make year around but it’s especially a great recipe for the late...
Canning and Freezing Potatoes
Canning season is here.. For me it isn’t just gardening- if I find good produce on a good deal (with or without the help of coupons) I buy it and freeze, dehydrate or can it! Carrots, Potatoes, Apples, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries are just to name a few of the things I keep my eye out for. I happen...
Canning Dilly Beans -How To and Recipe
I’m sure you can imagine that this time of the year becomes very busy for me. I am always planning, gathering, processing, and reorganizing (notice weeding didn’t make the list) all in an effort to have as many canned and frozen items for winter as we need… maybe a few cans too many. My latest and greatest task was...
How to Can and Make Your Own Salsa Recipe
Making your own salsa from fresh homegrown vegetables or farmers market ingredients, isn't as hard as you might think. You can make yourself one small batch for some avocado tacos or several batches and can them for months of tasty goodness. I'm more of one jar at a time kinda girl but my friend Lindsey has a huge garden...
No Bake Cookies with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a staple in our home. We use it for making homemade scrubs, for hair masks, to remove makeup and for making no bake cookies. Yes, for making no bake cookies. Coconut oil great to use for baking and cooking because of it’s nutritional benefits. Coconut Oil’s Nutritional Benefits Rich source of lauric acid Good source of healthy fats ...
Slow Cooker Recipes Sweet and Sour Chicken
My slow cooker is my saving grace during a busy work week. I use it on a regular basis throughout the year. From soups to stews, I’m always coming up with new recipes and ways to have dinner ready when I get home. Otherwise, it’s too easy to order take-out or just call dinner a bowl of cereal. To...
Healthy Avocado Veggie Dip Recipe
It seems like I do a lot of entertaining in the summer. This means I’m always grilling, cooking or baking something to serve – which isn’t ideal for the waist, if you know what I mean. I do try to make healthy salads and dips to offset the chips, burgers and treats that seem to come with the company....
Avo-Taco Recipe
Taco Tuesday is my friend. First, because I love me some tacos. Second, it is an easy dinner. I always have the staples for Taco Tuesday on hand. I buy organic ground beef in bulk, cook it and store it. It’s as easy and thawing some meat, adding some spices and making sure my hubby stops for some fresh...
How to Make a Homemade Walnut Cake Recipe
There is something about cake and a hot cup of coffee. My grandmother used to have a cookie or cake in the evening with black coffee. Black coffee that had sat in her Bunn coffee pot all day and had the consistency of tar. She would warm it up in the microwave and enjoy her nightly snack. I lived with...
Easy to Make Smoothie Bowls
One of my favorite things to make the kiddos and myself for breakfast is a smoothie. Lately I have been into making smoothie bowls. They are easy to make, taste great and their prettier. Smoothie bowls take a little more time but on the weekend, it is a special treat. Here is one of my favorite combos. Enjoy! (Printable...
Recipe for Dark Choc. Coconut Balls
Making dozens of different holiday cookies and decorating them is something I have great memories of as a child. Licking the spatula, being full of flour, giggling, licking my fingers when I was told not to (come on you have to take a lick) and all of us trying to outdo the other in the decorating department. All of...
Easy Rich and Creamy Brussel Sprouts Casserole Recipe
I love to cook for my family and have everyone over to drink, eat and be merry. A cliché’ I know but I love it. If you are planning a holiday meal or dinner party and you love Brussel sprouts, you have to try this recipe. My one sister mostly eats the vegetable dishes I make, which is why I...
Healthy Crockpot Dinners
Weeknight dinners can be hectic. My husband is coming home from work, I’m finishing up emails, the kids are getting home from school and we’re heading off to our nightly activities of gymnastics, skiing, scouting and who knows what else. It’s busy. Most parents can probably relate to this. I've written about how to simplify the weeknight dinner chaos...
Homemade Easy Applesauce Recipe
Apple season means bushels of apples! Unless you store your apples properly, they will go bad. For us, bad apples end up as deer bait for hunting season. Otherwise, it is apple pie, apple crisp and of course, applesauce and apple butter. What I like about applesauce and apple butter is how easy they are to make and to CAN…if...
Common Varieties of Apples for Eating, Baking and More
When you head to your local apple orchard, or even a well-stocked grocery store, you’ll find all sorts of different and interesting apple varieties. Some are perfect for eating as is, while others lend themselves to baking, cooking with, making applesauce and the likes. Of course, some varieties store better than others do. Here is a quick overview of...
Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal Recipe
I’m not a morning person. Which means back to school can be brutal for me. This is why I try to do as much beforehand as possible. One thing that I do regularly is make steel-cut oatmeal in my slow cooker. I make several on-the-go cups in advance; place them in the fridge with coconut and granola toppings. My...