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 […]

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

  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 […]

How Many Eggs Will My Backyard Chickens Lay?

How Many Eggs Will My Backyard Chickens 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 […]

Herbal Remedy for Cradle Cap

Herbal Remedy for Cradle Cap

Cradle cap (or infantile seborrheic dermatisis) is the scaly or crusty patches of skin on your child’s scalp. While it’s completely harmless and not painful, it is unsightly. Baby Jack has had it nearly his entire life, and finely I found an herbal treatment for it. If you’re new to creating your own herbal remedies, check out Herbal Academy’s new herbal starter kit: it’s got the herbs and step-by-step recipes to get your started making your own teas, tinctures and medicinal oils, like this one! Cradle cap is caused by the skin producing excess oil on the scalp, which creates […]

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

Winter is coming. No really. Luckily, unlike in Game of Thrones, Winter only comes once a year. Whether you have electric heat, oil, or use wood to keep warm over the Winter. There are easy things you can do to stay warm, without using all of your resources. 1. Program Your Thermostat If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of it! Play around with the temperatures that feel right to your family. In my household, we keep it around 65 during the day, and let it drop to 60 at night. If we plan to be away for the […]

Everything You Need to Know About Home Canning Safety

Everything You Need to Know About Home Canning Safety

Home canning is an economical way to preserve your harvest for years to come. If you’re growing a home garden, or can go to local farmers/farmers’ markets and purchase in bulk, canning foods can save your half the cost of buying from the store. All vegetables begin losing some of their nutritional constituents the moment they are picked. The amounts of vitamins A and C, thiamin and riboflavin decrease within a matter of days. Even home canning will destroy some of the vegetable’s nutrition, however, if they are canned soon after harvesting, they can be more nutritious than the fresh […]