Category: Recipes

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 […]

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”. […]

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 […]

How to Make Butter At Home

How to Make Butter At Home

Over the weekend the Mr and I ran out of butter. Since I’ve been on this green/organic/homemade kick I decided I would make my own instead of buying from the store! According to Bon Appetit it may be a waste of time, but I wanted to be able to call it my own. I love the idea of making butter! You put one ingredient in and get two ingredients out! Making homemade butter couldn’t be more simple! Ingredients heavy whipping cream that’s it! No, really! Have fun with it and try adding the following: cinnamon and sugar chopped fresh herbs garlic […]

Easy Crockpot Applesauce For Canning

Easy Crockpot Applesauce For Canning

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. In fact, I used this recipe, minus the sugar and cinnamon, to make a large batch of applesauce/homemade baby food for the little one and froze it into ice cubes. You can make your applesauce following the same recipe in a saucepan on the stove if you’re short on time. However using the crockpot is much easier and you don’t have to […]

Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

The internet is full of recipes for homemade BBQ sauce. If you do a google search for homemade BBQ sauce, you get 2,280,000 results. Over 2 million! (HINT: most of them combine ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and call it done!) Taking three store-bought, pre-made condiments and mixing them together and calling them BBQ sauce, doesn’t quite do it for me. Another motivation for me to start making BBQ sauce at home is the wee little one. I pour my favorite BBQ sauce on everything – meat, fries, mac n cheese. Everything. Little one has figured out if mama likes it, […]

Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Herbal Academy. I’m enough of a fan, I’ve signed up for their affiliate program. Their classes are intense, full of in-depth knowledge, their videos feel like you are hanging out with good friends, and their printed material is beautiful. The first class I took with Herbal Academy was their Herbal Fermentation course. I had brewed beer, wine and whiskey at home before, but never knew beer could be brewed without hops or grains, but with herbs instead. The videos in class, and the […]

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

I had been wanting to try this recipe for awhile. Fall is heading our way, French 0nion soup is an absolute favorite of mine, and the hubby likes to buy canned soups to take to work. I hate how much sodium and other random crap they have in them. Last time I tried to eat canned soup (the brand will remain unnamed) I got an instant migraine! Now what is in a can of soup that is so nasty my brain decided to riot?! Sign up for our newsletter