The Best Kept Kitchen Secret–Ever.

Shhhhh….. Don’t tell!!!!  Close the curtains and lock the door!  You are about to hear the best kept kitchen secret—-EVER!!!!!  This is the most guarded professional chef kitchen secret in the world…..Well maybe not quite, but it is really a breakthrough for this homestead kitchen! The Perfect HardBoiled Egg!!!! Which is really not boiled at…

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Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Sounds a bit like an anomaly.  But seriously, why didn’t I think of that.  It is kind of a no-brainer, but we don’t do instant oatmeal all that often, minus the rare camping treat.  We usually do steel-cut oats in the crock pot, or homemade granola with cream. That said the boys relish their rare occasions…

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Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

Rich cream with hints of almond, chocolate, and vanilla steeped in smooth irish whiskey evokes a feeling of sweet comfort.  Long, cold winter evenings call for a soothing way to unwind.  So make a pot of strong freshly ground coffee, whip up some homemade Bailey’s, throw another log on the fire, put on your long johns and…

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Simple Goodness: Strawberry Jam

Oh the sweet taste of summer! Strawberry, in all its glorious goodness, sweet and tangy, surreal in January.  We enjoyed an afternoon of jam making waaayy back in July, and looking back at the pics I thought perhaps, I would share the simple recipe I enjoy using.  I make mostly freezer jam on our homestead.  It preserves the wholesome…

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Early Morning Blessings & Heart-Full Chocolate Chip Scones

Why is it that some mornings one wakes with a sense of blessedness, heart full and eyes open, and other mornings lids are leaden with a heart to match?  Is it the simple fact that the sun is shining?  Or is it more likely that your heart is open, and you are shining? Wake up…

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Zesty Tomato Bread

ok, so I know that this recipe isn’t exactly seasonal, but the tomatoes were on sale @ the store last week, and I couldn’t resist.  Today we prepare for another winter storm advisory, and I need a little sunshine.  A little taste of summer.  That’s all I’m asking.  So, instead of sitting in the corner and crying,…

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The Homemade Homestead Apothecary

The time is upon us to take back our health and wellbeing. The call is out there, I hear it on the wind and in my heart to share what I have learned, and continue to learn about caring for and healing our bodies, our hearts, and those of our families. The Homemade Homestead Apothecary is a…

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Kale Chips

Kale in last summer’s homestead garden Happy Spring! My body is just a hollerin’ for some springtime food.  The sun is shining, days are longer, and I NEED veggies!!!  The big bag of kale has been calling my name at our local grocery store, so I went in to get one and they were all out!  Just…

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Homemade Homestead Hand Soap

I have been looking for an economical solution to hand soap on the homestead.  With spring on its way……?  Ok, so it is supposed to be on its way, but way up north here, it’s still very wintry.  I guess we’ll all chin-up and try to embrace the winter wonderland’s extended season, but spring will soon be breaking…

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Homemade Baking Powder

Let’s face it.  Sometimes the homestead kitchen runs out of the basics.  What to do then?  When you have cornbread nearly mixed, and you just have the baking powder left to add….and low and behold, there is one teaspoon of baking powder left in the container when your really need four.  Well, a mama could just…

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