Ground Cherry Jam Recipe

Last week I shared with you that we had an abundance of ground cherries. For those of you who missed that post, ground cherries are related to tomatoes and look a lot like tomatillos. They are very sweet and come in several different shades and flavors. This is the first year I’ve planted them and I opted to grow the variety called Aunt Molly’s. They are bright yellow in color and my nieces say that they smell and taste like […]

Yummy Ground Cherry Salsa

Each year I like to try my hand at growing something new. This year the list of new things included ground cherries. Ground cherries are related to tomatoes and look a lot like tomatillos. They are very sweet and come in several different shades and flavors. My nieces say that my ground cherries (Aunt Molly’s variety) smell and taste like starbursts. The sweet, fragrant smell is pleasing but I have to admit the texture is a little strange to me. […]

6 Ways to Cook Garlic Scapes

What Are Garlic Scapes Garlic scapes are the stalks and flower buds of hardneck garlic plants. In early summer, gardeners remove the scape so that the plants can focus energy on producing a larger bulb rather than creating a flower. To harvest, use a sharp knife to cut the stalk where it emerges from the base of the plant. How to Store Garlic Scapes You can refrigerate your scapes (in a paper bag) for up to a month. You can […]

Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup

Yesterday was amazingly sunny and warm. Today is rainy  and warm, but I’m not complaining, because these are great conditions for my spring garden! As I traipse back and forth from the house to the garden I’ve noticed that the violet blossoms are basically gone for the season. Meanwhile, I keep reminding myself that I need to make time to harvest more of the leaves before my ‘real’ garden kicks into full gear. I plan to dehydrate about 4 cups […]

Dye-Free Sprinkles from Sweet Violets

Last spring I debuted my first foraging post when I shared about the violet velly (jelly) I made from sweet violets growing ‘wild’ on our property. Once I discovered that violets are edible (and beneficial for health!) I knew these early spring beauties would give me plenty of opportunity to try out new recipes. I’ll share more about their health benefits later this week. (If you can’t wait that long, click here for a re-fresh.) Though there are plenty of […]

How to Make Homemade Butter

When we first learned about the benefits of raw milk (and the harm of pasteurized milk from non-A2 cows) we decided it was worth switching to healthier dairy products. Buying a herd share was a no-brainer first step. Our herd share enables us to obtain raw milk from the cow we lease and yogurt and cheese made from her milk. We’re not big milk drinkers so keeping our consumption (both for straight drinking and baking) to 1 gallon a week […]

Green Eggs & Ham Popovers Recipe

Follow my blog with Bloglovin St. Patrick’s Day is one week away. And earlier this month some of us celebrated the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. To celebrate both I’ve created a green eggs and ham pop-over recipe that’s family friendly and dye-free. Our kids loved them! Consider adding these tasty green egg pastries to a St. Paddy’s day brunch or even dinner. You could eat them here… or there… or anywhere! Scroll down for the recipe. click here […]

Carrot Butter Recipe

Earlier this winter I made crock-pot apple butter. We’ve used it on toast and to sweeten our plain yogurt. Our foster-daughter seems to especially like it this way (in yogurt). Since she’s a bit of a picky eater when it comes to vegetables, I’ve had to find some creative ways to sneak them into her food. One day while slipping some pureed carrots into her bowl of apple-butter-and-yogurt I had an epiphany moment: What if I made vegetable butter? I […]

Winter Sprout Slaw Recipe

Winter is not usually a favored time of year for those of us who fancy eating fresh food from a home garden. Some of us manage to grow a few things indoors while others make it through the winter on garden goodies stored up from fall harvests. Veggies like hard squashes, carrots, onions and potatoes store well enough to make the long trek from September harvests to February meals. Maybe this doesn’t bother you, but I really dislike buying veggies […]

Love Potion #10 Tea

Ok. Not really. It’s not a potion. No magic here. Just a yummy cup of tea that happens to be full of herbs known for their aphrodisiac qualities. It’s a sweet and simple handmade gift your tea lover will love on Valentine’s Day. If you’re an herb connoisseur you probably have everything you need on hand already. Otherwise, a quick run to the health food or grocery store will provide what you need, including: Round Coffee Filters Bakers Twine Stapler […]