Category: Recipes

Top 10 Favorite Freezer-Friendly CrockPot Meals

Top 10 Favorite Freezer-Friendly CrockPot Meals

Several good girlfriends of mine have recently under-gone major life changes. One’s husband just lost his job and is having difficulties finding employment. Another quit her full time job to homestead and raise their daughter. They both recently asked for my list of freezer-friendly crockpot recipes. No matter what your personal situation, there will always be days when you don’t have the time or energy to cook dinner. Instead of ordering out, these freezer-friendly meals are a cheap, healthy, homemade and are here to save the day! Sign up for our newsletter

Homemade Pasta Sauce for Canning

Homemade Pasta Sauce for Canning

Another one to add to my list of things you should stop buying and start making, ever since I learned how to make my own pasta sauce, I’ve never had to buy another jar! The hubby is a HUGE fan of spaghetti. Like…he wants his last meal on Earth to be spaghetti and meatballs. I love a man who’s easy to please! While he grew up on canned Prego, he now prefers my version better! And it’s easily canned to use all winter long! Sign up for our newsletter

Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings My first stumbling venture into permaculture, the idea of creating a sustainable, never-ending supply of resources, was in propagating basil cuttings. I love harvesting seeds or propagating new plants from existing ones. You have an endless supply of free plants at your finger tips with just a bit of knowledge. Sign up for our newsletter

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

Best Homemade Bread Recipe

It’s time for a homesteader’s confession. Homemade bread is hard to make! I’ve attempted to make it a dozen times, only to have it come out hard as a brick. Literally, one batch I tried to make in a bread machine (foolproof, right??) was so hard and dense, the dog had a hard time breaking into it. Sign up for our newsletter

Easy Crockpot Ketchup

Easy Crockpot Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup is one of those rare recipes that actually tastes better when made at home! Ketchup is a weakness of mine, especially, that I find myself craving at odd times. I’m convinced my body is craving the licopene that is found in high concentrates in ketchup…or at least that’s what I tell myself. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Use Up All That Pumpkin! Recipes and Preservation Techniques

How to Use Up All That Pumpkin! Recipes and Preservation Techniques

Whether you’ve grown a crop of pumpkins this year, or simply bought some for decoration (like me!) there are tons of great ways to get a second, or even third life out of those pumpkins. You may be sick of pumpkin-spiced coffee creamer – I mean, I can never get enough – but Fall is all about embracing the seasonal squashes, colors and flavors that usher in the cold weather and hoodies. Sign up for our newsletter

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough

All of us are busy. These days it seems we all are busier than ever, but accomplish less. I find myself coming home after a long day of work, fighting with the commute, not having planned dinner at all. To avoid the last minute phone call to Papa John’s, I keep a deep freezer full of homemade, pre-made meals. My favorite being the freezer-friendly pizza dough I found on Money Saving Mom. Sign up for our newsletter

Homemade Pizza Sauce For Canning

Homemade Pizza Sauce For Canning

Last year the Mr. and I were snowed in, in a late winter snow storm. While we were deciding what to have for lunch, we noticed we had one pizza crust left, a little bit of mozzarella, a little bit of cheddar and some pepperonis. Almost everything for a pizza EXCEPT the sauce! The Mr. challenged me to make pizza sauce from scratch — something I had never tried before! I jumped at the challenge and was AMAZED at the results. I found this recipe at Cook Like Your Grandmother and I’m absolutely hooked on this adorable, home-cookin’, down-to-earth food blog. Sign up for our newsletter

Homemade Freezer Biscuits

Homemade Freezer Biscuits

A couple times a month I’ll pre-make a bunch of food for freezing for days when I simply don’t have the time or inspiration to create something great from scratch. I always have these handy. Pull them out when you get home from work, or a little before dinner, so they thaw before cooking. Sign up for our newsletter

Wild Edibles: Coral Mushrooms

Wild Edibles: Coral Mushrooms

Identification  One of the most beautiful and easily-recognizable mushrooms that are just starting to appear in the woods nearby are Coral Mushrooms. Aptly named, coral mushrooms resemble common corals you would see off the coast. It is characterized by it’s soft tan pr white color, crown-like tips, and the many, thin, branches, bunched together, between two and five inches high. The tips of each branch will be topped with a small crown. Sign up for our newsletter