How to Make Elderberry Syrup at Home

elderberry syrup, bottle, elderberries, flowers

Elderberry is a dark purple-colored berry from the European elder tree used to formulate medicine and shouldn’t be confused with the Elderflower, Dwarf Elder, or American Elder. Some people take the berry by mouth for the flu (influenza), common cold, and many other ailments, though there’s not enough scientific evidence to support … Read more

Baking Essentials for Sourdough Pancakes

A Sourdough Brad

Sourdough pancakes have risen recently in popularity. It is one of the favorite loaves of bread. People find it tastier and healthier than conventional bread. Sourdough is easier to digest and less likely to spur your blood sugar. Today, the baking of sourdough bread is popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries, … Read more

Healthier, Homemade Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows

Healthier Homemade Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows

Many people love hot chocolate. Some have been known to spend a pretty penny on a Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate come Christmas time.  However, you can make it at home. The other day my husband brought home a box full of those packets of hot chocolate from the grocery store.  He wanted … Read more

Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes

This week’s Thanksgiving with a Twist post takes on the traditional mashed potato in favor of its distant cousin, the smashed potato.  This may be the new favorite in my house.  Check it out. Ingredients Red Skin Potatoes Olive Oil Salt Toppings (butter and sour cream are more traditional for Thanksgiving, but broccoli and … Read more

Spiral Sweet Potatoes with Almonds and Sage

Spiral Sweet Potatoes with Almonds and Sage

Today’s post is the second in a short series that I’m calling “Thanksgiving with a Twist.”  (You can check out the first post in this series here.) Today’s post utilizes a handy-dandy little tool called the spiral slicer.  It is an ingenious tool that can turn almost any vegetable into noodle-like strands.  … Read more

Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

Today starts off a short series of posts that I’m doing this month on traditional Thanksgiving recipes that have a little “twist” to them. I’m hosting the family Thanksgiving festivities this year at my house.  That’s a big deal!  I thought that this series would allow me to do three things: Practice … Read more

Homemade Fun-Size Candy Bars

Homemade Fun Size Candy Bars

Are you guys ready for this? I didn’t know if I was when I started but yeah…I’m glad I went through with it. I did a post on homemade candy corns a couple of weeks back and it was a pretty big success (both on the internet and with my family).  So, … Read more

Simple, Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter-Sage Sauce

Simple, Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter Sage Sauce

I love ravioli. In fact, I love most Italian food but I think ravioli might be one of my favorites.  But making pasta at home?  Not so much.  I mean, I’m sure I could do it and I probably will someday.  But right now in my life?  I don’t think my life right now … Read more

Homemade Candy Corns with *Less* of the Junk

Homemade Candy Corns with Less of the Junk

I’m not one of those moms who forbids candy at Halloween. We go trick or treating (last year was our first year, actually).  We get candy, we eat it (in moderation) and we enjoy it.  But I’m never THRILLED by all the sugar and junk that I’m filling my kids’ belly with … Read more

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 3 Different Ways

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 3 Different Ways

Every year, after we’ve carved our pumpkins, I always say I’m going to save the seeds and roast them.  And every year, a bucket of pumpkin “guts” sits on my counter for 5 days or more before it is sent to the compost. But I declared that this year was going to … Read more