Category Archives: Cooking

When I Can’t Garden, I Cook

Dreary days in the winter don’t work for me.  I can tolerate the cold if the sun is shining, but when it’s not, it can be so depressing.  Usually when this happens, I head to the kitchen and cook.  It’s still … Continue reading

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Crunchy, Pumpkin-y Goodness

I’ve been on a granola kick lately. I love the crunchy texture in my yogurt and oatmeal (which I eat almost every day), so I go through a lot of granola. It all started when I bought a bag at the Amish store … Continue reading

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I wanted to compile a list of things (or gadgets or do-dads) that have made my life a little easier over the years and maybe give you some ideas for last-minute shopping.  One would think, since I garden so much, that … Continue reading

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Vanilla Extract Update and Hot Chocolate Mix

An update on the vanilla extract project.  Last month, I added 20 vanilla beans to a 750 ml bottle of plain vodka. After doing the math, and adding more people to the gift giving list,  I went back to the liquor store to buy … Continue reading

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Bread in a Jar

Let’s face it.  As much as I love cooking and eating around the holidays, it can become mighty overwhelming when there is food everywhere you look.  What if there were a way to make treats you could eat up to a year … Continue reading

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Getting a Jump Start on Christmas Gifts

Normally, I am a wait ’til the last minute shopper for Christmas gifts but for some reason I thought about this. Last year, I saw something about making your own vanilla extract.  My local Natural Food Store carries bulk vanilla … Continue reading

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From Wild Plums to Jelly

This is the first year my dad was able beat the deer and birds to his wild plums and what a treat they were!    After eating my fill, I decided that some wild plum jelly would be a good way to use … Continue reading

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