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

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

Coconut-Lavender Relaxation Salve

coconut lavender relaxation salve

Relaxation. Does that word even exist anymore? Like many people these days, I seem to fall into bed each night without much regard for “relaxing,” per-say, which is one reason I came up with this nifty little salve. You see, I’m a routine person.  I set up a routine and I generally … Read more

Cooking with Dried Beans: Why and How

Cooking with Dried Beans: Why and How

I used to cook exclusively with dried beans.  Then I got lazy and went back to canned.  Now I’m trying to get “un-lazy” and go back to dried.  I’ve learned a little more this time around so I’m hoping that this approach will stick. In this post, I’ll give you the why … Read more

Natural Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

Natural Homemaking Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

Are you familiar with those little dishwasher tablets that are sold in all the stores?  (Here’s one example Cascade ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent and here’s another Finish Powerball Tablets.)  They seem awfully handy and I’ve often wanted to buy them.  However, they also are really expensive and just squirting or shaking a little … 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

Natural Homemaking – Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner

Method All Purpose Cleaner, Pink Grapefruit, 28 Fl Oz

Today I am starting a short series on natural homemaking. Our garden is still in hibernation (though I did plant corn this past weekend) and I usually try to post something garden-related on Thursdays.  So, for the next month, while the garden is inactive, I’m going to post something about how to … Read more

Making Sense of Alternative Sweeteners

Making Sense of Alternative Sweeteners

Confession:  Sometimes trying to eat healthily overwhelms me. There are so many choices out there.  You can go to a health food store but that doesn’t reduce the number of choices.  You can spend zillions of dollars at said health food store on “organic” and “natural” products only to come home and … Read more