Preserving Basil 101: Tips, Tricks and The Basics

Freshware Silicone Mold, Chocolate Mold, Candy Mold, Ice Mold, Soap Mold for Chocolate, Candy and Gummy, Peanut Butter Cup, 30 Cavity

Fall is beginning to set in and cooler weather can be felt in most of the country.  We’re even below 100 degrees this week!  Finally!  Some relief! For those of us who garden, this immediately turns our minds to our gardens and what the change of weather means for our plants.  One … Read more

Buttermilk Basics: Culturing Your Own

Buttermilk Basics Culturing Your Own

Buttermilk.  Delicious and Irreplaceable. I used to substitute regular milk for it in recipes until I realized that the tanginess of buttermilk does, truly, add another dimension to the finished product.  It is easy to buy at the store but also fairly simple to culture on your own at home.  The benefit … Read more

Small-Batch, Homemade Applesauce

Small Batch, Homemade Applesauce

We had an amazing Labor Day weekend.  One of the best weekends in recent memory. We headed three hours south to the little town and did some serious apple picking. It was so much fun and only a *tiny* bit hot and humid.  (Ok…. maybe it was a lot bit hot and … Read more

Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Have I mentioned that I froze a bunch of tomatoes last spring? Yeah, I know, I’ve mentioned it only a million times.  Well, you should know, they’re gone now.  I’ve used them all!  My freezer has never felt so empty! Originally I made pasta sauce, then I made pizza sauce and now … Read more

Homemade Sourdough Pancakes

Homemade Sourdough Pancakes

I’m always looking for new ways to use my sourdough starter.  So far, the homemade English muffins have been my favorite way to use it but these sourdough pancakes may be a close second. Check out the recipe below and let me know if you give them a try. Ingredients For the … Read more

Sourdough Pretzel Recipe – Homemade & Healthy

Sourdough Pretzel Recipe Homemade & Healthy

If you’ve ever made authentic sourdough products at home, you know that eventually taking care of your starter becomes a job in and of itself and that you are constantly looking for new ways to use it. I refuse to simply “discard” any starter and am determined to make something with it … Read more

Buttercup Squash Soup

Buttercup Squash Soup

This was my first year growing buttercup squash and it did wonderfully.  We were able to harvest about 20 squash from just two plants.  I would call that pretty prolific! Buttercup squash is a winter squash weighing between 3-5 lbs.  It has a hard, green skin and tender, orange flesh.  Since it … Read more

Homemade Pasta Sauce – Homegrown

Homemade Pasta Sauce – Homegrown

If you’ve been following along here for any length of time, you know we had a bumper crop of tomatoes this year (and I’m hoping for the same this fall). When we couldn’t keep up with the tomatoes that we were growing, I started freezing them in gallon size bags.  The plan … Read more

Pantry Revamp: Sourdough Bread

Pantry Revamp: Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread is a fermented food.  I’m just beginning to learn about fermented foods and their health benefits.  From everything I’ve read, I can only improve my health by adding more of them to my diet. I am no scientist, but this what I’ve gathered so far. Sourdough bread lasts longer than … Read more