Category: Recipes

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Here in Virginia, the Spring has been very generous with us. A few weeks of rain, and very mild temperatures. I absolutely love growing Kale, and grow it from seed every year. It is very easy to grow, and hardy and can withstand freezes and heat. This fantastic weather has ensured my Kale crop has exploded. We’ve been eating it daily and giving it away in bag-fulls. And I’m still drowning in it! Sign up for our newsletter

Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies

Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies

For some reason, in the cold and dreary Winter, I start craving calorie-laden not-so-good-for-you food. I like to blame it on my ancestors needing to pack on the pounds to hibernate through the Winter, but let’s be real. I’m bored and baking is a warm distraction that has brownies at the end of it! Sign up for our newsletter

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Homesteading is often about making or creating what you could otherwise buy in a store. Why do we put in this extra effort when it would be much simpler to drive to the store and pick up a bottle? Because there’s a pride in accomplishment, because we can control exactly what goes into our food, because by making it ourselves, we’re proclaiming to the world, I CAN! Sign up for our newsletter

Make Dandelion Wine at Home

Make Dandelion Wine at Home

While it might be fall, the dandelion wine I made in the spring is now mature enough to drink. It’s a tradition in my family, as the first frost is creeping in, and the leaves are falling, and we’re bracing ourselves for a long, cold winter, to break out our dandelion wine and enjoy a glass in front of the fire. It’s a lovely way to remind us of the hot, humid summer days, and to officially close the summer season. I love this wine. I love that it’s homemade, it’s painfully simple, and doesn’t require a lot of wine-making […]

How to Prepare Tomatoes for Canning

How to Prepare Tomatoes for Canning

Tomatoes are a homesteader’s boon. They’re a relatively easy crop to grow, one plant can produce many pounds of fruit and tomatoes can be used in countless delicious recipes. The only down-side to tomatoes is that they all tend to ripen at the same time and you’ve got to figure out what to do with your bounty! Sign up for our newsletter

Homemade Dry Italian Seasoning

Homemade Dry Italian Seasoning

  My goal in my family is to replace one pre-packaged, processed thing at a time. While some things seem beyond my reach (ie. a delicious every day bread loaf), some things are beyond easy to replace. Those packages of Italian Seasoning are convenient, and easy, and cheap, but can be made within minutes at home. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

The number one rule for Homesteading is: “Make Do or Do Without.” Last week found me in another situation of running out of something, and looking up how to make it myself. Vanilla Extract is a staple in my household. I jumped at the opportunity to make my own instead of running to the store to spend money on something artificial. Sign up for our newsletter

Make Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs out of Stale Bread

Make Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs out of Stale Bread

  I don’t believe in throwing anything away if I can avoid it. I’m sure most homesteaders (or anyone who has ever had to watch their pennies) would agree. My favorite saying around the house is “waste not – want not.” There’s another use for just about every kitchen scrap, and I love putting them all to good use! Sign up for our newsletter

Chicken Broth Recipe for Canning

Chicken Broth Recipe for Canning

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s incredibly healthy, easy to make, frugal and full of home-grown goodness! What could be better?! I keep a large ziploc bag in my freezer whose sole purpose is to house cooking throw-aways for use in my broth recipe. All of the chicken bones, end bits of carrots, celery, onions, un-used garlic cloves, mushroom tips, just about everything. Once this bag gets big enough, I simply throw it in a crockpot, fill to the brim with water, and let simmer on low for 24 hours. This pulls all the nutrients and goodies out from the […]

Wild Edible: Japanese Knotweed

Wild Edible: Japanese Knotweed

An invasive species to the US, Japanese Knotweed is native to Japan, China and Korea. It was brought to Europe and the US as a decorative landscaping element. Sign up for our newsletter