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.” […]

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. […]

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 […]

Favorite Blueberry Crisp

Favorite Blueberry Crisp

There are many seasons that I look forward to…gardening season, canning season, hunting season…and of course, berry season. Wild blueberries are abundant in my corner of the world, especially in areas where forest fires have occurred. And every year, I get all-out anxious about the prospect of filling up gallon after gallon of this delicious […]

How to Add Bone Broth to Your Diet

How to Add Bone Broth to Your Diet

Good morning and welcome to a new How-To Monday! Today we’re going to be discussing bone broth and how to get it into your diet. Bone broth has been used for centuries, long before its effectiveness was even understood. Who hasn’t heard the suggestion that we should eat a bowl of chicken soup when we […]

Traditional Homestead Quick Tip: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Traditional Homestead Quick Tip: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Welcome to this week’s Traditional Homestead Quick Tip! Today we’re going to talk about how simple it is to make from scratch one of your baking staples: vanilla extract. Pure vanilla extract from the store can be pretty spendy. And don’t even get me started on the artificial stuff…just say no. To make your own, […]

Perfect Cream of Chicken Soup

Perfect Cream of Chicken Soup

Once upon a time, there lived a girl who thought that cream soups were bought from the store. And even though it made her gag just a little as she scraped the remaining snot-like remnants of oddly-yellow-colored contents from the inside of a can, these said cream soups were, after all, edible. Right? Ugh. There’s […]