Easy Bread and Butter Pickles [For Canning]

Easy Bread and Butter Pickles [For Canning]

Bread and butter pickles are a great, easy, beginning canner’s recipe. It’s not as labor-intensive as most recipes, doesn’t require a ton of processing time, and it honestly hard to screw up! Bread and Butter Pickles reportedly got their name because they would be served on bread and butter sandwiches. The first written account of the phrase “bread and butter pickles” happened in the 1930’s when a pair in Illinois was selling them as sandwich pickles. However cucumber sandwiches were a popular English cuisine long before then. For the BEST, fool-proof white sandwich bread recipe, check out my The BEST […]

9 Easy Ways to Use Lavender On the Homestead

9 Easy Ways to Use Lavender On the Homestead

Lavender is one of the budding herbalists’ best friends. Whether you’re just learning about herbalism, or are looking for a way to get more use out of these easy-to-grow herb, I’ve come up with a list of 9 ways to use lavender around the homestead. If you’re not familiar with using lavender in the medicinal sense, I highly recommend checking out the post I made: Medicinal Plant Profile: Lavender. One of the best short-courses from Herbal Academy is their Materia Medica course. They walk you through how to create intense monographs on individual plants to help you self-study herbs and […]

How To Make A Ginger Bug [For Naturally Fermented Soda]

How To Make A Ginger Bug [For Naturally Fermented Soda]

What is a Ginger Bug? A ginger bug is a naturally fermented soda starter made from ginger, sugar and water. That’s it! This simple, easy recipe will walk you through making a natural carbonated drink full of probiotic-y goodness! In like 5 minutes! When you make your ginger bug, you’re using ginger and sugar to capture the natural yeast in the air around you and begin the process of fermentation. Fermentation was the original way of preserving foods before electricity or canning. Health Benefits of a Ginger Bug If you haven’t jumped on the fermented foods bandwagon yet, you should! […]

Green Tomato Marmalade Recipe – Plus BONUS Green Tomato Recipe Roundup

Green Tomato Marmalade Recipe – Plus BONUS Green Tomato Recipe Roundup

As the end of the vegetable gardening season comes to a close, we battle against the elements to protect and lengthen our growing season. But what do we do with all of those green tomatoes left over when the frost finally sets in? Cook with them of course! That’s why I’ve put together a green tomato recipe roundup! Green tomatoes are not to be confused with tomatillos (which are actually called tomatos verdes – or green tomato – in Spanish). Tomatillos look like small green tomatoes covered in a papery husk. Just this past weekend I noticed that my tomato […]

Make Your Own Instant Hot Chocolate

Make Your Own Instant Hot Chocolate

  Guys! Guys! Guys! I have to tell you about this recipe I just found! It’s amazing. It’s a recipe for instant homemade hot chocolate mix that’s WAY better than store-bought! Hot Chocolate. The sound of it invokes images of cold, blustery snow days, intimate Winter nights in front of the fire and just down right coziness. When my step-daughter visits during the summer, I pour myself a cup of coffee, pour her a cup of hot chocolate and we start the day out on the front porch together. I treasure our early morning conversations together over our cups of “coffee”. […]

Start Now – Plant an Extra Row

Start Now – Plant an Extra Row

While we’re putting our gardens to bed this Fall, and Spring-dreaming surrounded by snow, we can start to plan for a better future. Currently, in the US 6.5 million children live in food-insecure homes, where they were unsure where their next meal was coming from. (Source: USDA) On the other hand, 42 million households are growing vegetable gardens. (Source: Garden.org) If only a fraction of the households in the US planted an extra row of vegetables, or donated their excess produce, we could solve the problem of food insecurity in the US. As many of you know, when I first […]

An Egg a Day: How Many Eggs Will A Hen Lay?

An Egg a Day: How Many Eggs Will A Hen Lay?

As backyard chickens become more and more popular, a question I hear a lot is “how many eggs do you get?” or “how many eggs will my backyard chicken lay?” The answer is: “it depends.” I know, I know, not very exciting. Most people greet this answer with an annoyed sigh. So let me elaborate. How Many Eggs Will My Backyard Chicken Lay? The short answer is = on average, each chicken will lay between 150 and 250 per year. The long answer is = it takes the average chicken 16 hours of sunlight for a single egg to be […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Parsnip

30 Second Guide to Growing Parsnip

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Parnsips should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

Easy Crockpot Applesauce Recipe [With Canning Instructions]

Easy Crockpot Applesauce Recipe [With Canning Instructions]

This easy, two-part recipe for applesauce is one of my favorites for Fall. Apples are incredibly abundant in the Fall and can be collected at a Pick-Your-Own, a local farmer’s market, or, if you’re lucky, your own backyard tree. Our orchard is still coming along, so this year we had to get our apples from a local Farmer’s Market. I love this recipe because it’s easy, healthy, tasty, and makes for a quick dessert that tastes naughty for you, but really isn’t! Apples are high in fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. They are high in natural sugars, but the fiber in […]

Canning Time Guides – Free Printables

Canning Time Guides – Free Printables

In a lot of the canning recipes I’ve found over the years, they’re designed for making pints or quarts. However, for some of them I’ve found myself wanting to double the recipe and can quarts, or halve the recipe and only can a few pints. I can do the math to change the recipe, but always got caught up on the processing times. In my post on Everything You Need to Know For Home Canning Safety, I explain why knowing the processing times for what you’re canning is so important. In my research, I can across a handy guide to […]