Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is such a necessary staple in every kitchen. If it's not...it should be! There's nothing more versatile to use across the board than this extract. Buying the pure extract, especially in large quantities, can break the bank! There is a cheaper option, but fake fillers, colors, flavors, etc that go into the imitation... Continue Reading →

Old-Fashioned, Simple Pot Roast

One of the easiest dinners to make is a simple pot roast! Every Sunday my mother would put a roast in the slow cooker, early in the morning, and get it to cooking. We would wake up to the comforting aroma, get ready for church, go to church, come home and...dig in. We couldn't wait!... Continue Reading →

Old-Fashioned Orange Marmalade

Marmalade is a very ancient method of preserving fruits and can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, who passed it on to the Romans, who traded and taught other cultures the art of preserving fruit, mostly using honey as the sweetener rather than the modern sugar. One thing I love about marmalade, is that... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes: my mother's favorite go-to recipe for get-togethers. Whenever she was involved in a ladies' gathering or church functions, many asked for these cupcakes. For years, she refused to share the recipe with anyone. They were "her special secret." My beautiful mother passed away a couple months ago after a short battle... Continue Reading →

Mom’s Homemade Banana Bread

The holiday season is a busy time for most kitchens and ours is no exception! I remember as a young girl, my mother started weeks before Christmas making lemon bars, peanut butter balls, blonde brownies, chocolate and peanut butter fudges, cookies, pies, etc in preparation for an annual open house she would hold every December... Continue Reading →

To Trust..or Not?

The trust issue: I've been wrestling with it lately. Maybe I've always been subconsciously struggling with it, but circumstances in recent times have perhaps brought the issue to the forefront and forced me to deal with it. In years past, we've trusted con men/women and have been burned, but brushed it off as a "lesson... Continue Reading →

Fall Mushroom Find!

To view the how-to video, click here to go to my channel! https://rumble.com/vb9q59-foraging-and-processing-wild-honey-mushrooms.html?mref=6lled&mc=29ypj Subscribe to get access Read more of this content when you subscribe today. Log in Exploring along our creek bed the other day, I came upon this beautiful cluster of "honey" mushrooms (armillaria sp.) and harvested a full 5-gal bucket of them!... Continue Reading →

Journey to Going Green – Part 3 (Conclusion)

Recent experience has us second guessing this whole solar thing. Granted, turning off all the lights whenever leaving a room, not letting the water run when brushing your teeth or doing dishes, buying manual kitchen gadgets instead of electric ones, etc. is part of lowering one's footprint and helps toward living green... but when it... Continue Reading →

One Humble Chicken

One single humble chicken can go a long way! Here’s how we used up a chicken:Seasoned and oven-roasted for a delicious dinner. With the leftovers, we did the following:1. Picked the good meat off of the bones and put in 1 Qt container to enjoy later. 2. Covered the remaining carcass with water and slow-boiled... Continue Reading →

Moving: It’s a Beast! (but not a burden…)

We have moved many, many times in our 30 years of marriage. We've made several international moves, cross-country moves, across-town moves, you name it. There's something exciting about getting a fresh start...and something daunting in the process. Well, we're at it again! In every place we've moved, we've had new experiences and learned from each... Continue Reading →

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