Homemade Mint Extract

Homemade Mint Extract

I always feel a little extra trashy when I drag a big old bottle of the world’s cheapest vodka up to the register at the liquor store. There’s this urge to explain myself. “It’s not what you think! I’m not trash, I promise! It’s for extracts. Yes, extracts. No, I don’t actually drink this stuff…honest.” […]

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Are you ever amazed to find yourself in the exact same spot you were a year ago, mind blown by how quickly you got from then to now? As we get older, I think we are all more aware of this. In between, time can seem to crawl. We drudge on through the harsh winter […]

Rose Petal & Rhubarb Syrup

Rose Petal & Rhubarb Syrup

Eating fresh foods in tune with the seasons has made me so very appreciative of bonafide, true blue freshness. Foods are no longer selected and consumed based upon what’s on sale in the grocery store. Rather, they are purchased only when they are really, truly in season. And not in season in some distant state. […]

Easy Homemade Granola

Easy Homemade Granola

Raise your hand if you will pretty much die if you don’t eat breakfast in the morning. That would be me. Some of my most difficult moments are in the morning before I’ve eaten, and the kids are bugging me for breakfast. It’s pretty much understood that mom needs some fuel in the tank before […]

All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

The perfect pie needs a perfect crust. One that is both beautiful and delicious in all of its flaky glory. Yes, flaky. If you are a person, flaky is not good. But if you are a pie crust, you are exactly who you should be. And all other pie crusts will envy you. Now, making […]

Home Canned Beef Stew

Home Canned Beef Stew

There’s a wintry mix covering our little homestead, the kids have the first snowman of the year standing in the yard, and I have warm homemade beef stew settling in jars on the counter top. But around here, “beef” comes in many forms…most often by way of deer or bear. So technically I have “venison/bear […]

Hearty Homestead Breakfast Casserole

Hearty Homestead Breakfast Casserole

I’m a casserole-type of gal. What can I say? I’m from Minnesota. We love our casseroles…probably because we spend 9 months out of the year trying to stay warm and what better way to warm up than a nice, hot, deep dish casserole? And we like them not only for supper, but breakfast and lunch […]

Perfect Roast Turkey

Perfect Roast Turkey

There are few animals over whose skin I will fight for at a meal. Turkey is one of them. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the only one. Crispy, heavenly, basted to perfection. Are you nodding your head right now? You know what I’m talking about. If not, you haven’t had a good turkey. One […]

How to Make & Freeze Homemade Hash Browns

How to Make & Freeze Homemade Hash Browns

You say po-tay-to…I say po-tah-to… {Wait, does anyone actually say po-tah-to?} What I actually say is: potatoes are awesome. I’ve probably mentioned it more than once, but in my garden, there are two vital crops that play a prominent role in feeding my family year-round: tomatoes and potatoes. Hundreds of pounds of each are harvested […]

Homemade Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup

It’s no wonder tomatoes are the most popular thing (I say thing because it PAINS me to call it a fruit rather than a vegetable and yet I hate to be incorrect at the same time) to grow among gardeners. You can make SO so so many things with them. SO. MANY. THINGS. Its versatility […]