• food,  try it tuesday

    How to make spreadable butter

    with quality ingredients The invention of spreadable butter improved the lives of bread-and-butter lovers everywhere. Sadly, the taste is bland since most manufacturers use a run-of-the-mill butter and canola oil. Guess what? You can easily make your own spreadable butter using your favorite quality butter and oil. This is not a way to save money on spreadable butter. This is a way to improve the taste of spreadable butter. Try It Tuesday Ingredients: 8 ounces of room temperature butter 1/2 cup vegetable oil of your choice Let’s talk about oils. Any vegetable oil will work. However, oils with a light taste work best so that the flavor of your delicious…

  • food,  food preservation,  recipes,  simple living

    Vodka Garlic

    Because you can never have too much garlic I recently harvested the garlic I planted last fall. With fresh garlic on hand, I  sorted through last season’s garlic and picked bulbs to use for my 2017 crop and bulbs to salvage for eating. I hang fresh garlic to dry, and it keeps well for about 8 or 9 months. However, sometimes you want to keep garlic even longer. In those cases, you can store garlic by freezing or pickling, but this is my favorite method to preserve garlic for easy use. Simply mince the garlic you want to save and place it in a glass jar, add a few sprigs…

  • food,  recipes,  simple living

    Easy cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting

    I love my sweets. Yes I do. And I especially love quick and easy sweets. These cupcakes are just the thing to whip up when your sweet tooth is calling. Cupcake ingredients: 2 1/2 cups Baking Mix (Bisquick, Jiffy, Pioneer, or whatever your local grocer carries) 1 cup Sugar 1 cup Milk 2 Eggs 2 Tbsp Apple Sauce 1 Tsp Vanilla Cupcake directions: Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. You can mix by hand or with a mixer. Let the batter rest while you prepare the cupcake tin. Line 12 cups with cupcake liners. Pour the batter evenly into each cup. Bake at 400…

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  • food,  health,  recipes,  simple living

    Easy Fruit Salad

    I love fruit but am terrible about eating it if it requires me to peel, cut, or in any way prep it before eating. I get around this personality flaw by making fruit salad. Yes, I still have to prep it, but I do it all at once, put it in a bowl, and then eat at my leisure the rest of the week. You can use a variety of fruits in this salad. My rule is pick two fresh and two dried and go to town. If you use grapes, cut them in half. If you use oranges or some other citrus, cut into bite-size pieces and let them…

  • food,  recipes,  simple living

    Simple Red Sauce

    For some reason, when I’m not feeling well, I crave tomato sauce. Maybe I need the vitamin C. Today my allergies are raging and dragging down my brain and my body.  So, I made this simple red sauce and ate it over a plate of fettuccine. It’s so simple, you may never buy canned or bottled spaghetti sauce again. I made enough for about three servings , but this recipe is scalable to suit the amount of sauce you need. You will need: 1 15-oz. can of crushed tomatoes 1 Tbsp of olive oil 1 clove garlic – minced 1 Tbsp of sugar Salt & Pepper Herbs to suit your…

  • comforts of home,  food,  food preservation,  recipes

    Blueberry Orange Marmalade

    I pulled a jar of my blueberry orange marmalade out of the freezer and realized I had never posted this simple and delicious recipe. Make it when blueberries are in season and freeze it for a nice reminder of warm summer days in the middle of winter. Ingredients 2 medium navel oranges 3/4 to 1 cup blueberries 1 cup sugar 3 T of orange juice 2 fresh lemon balm leaves (optional) Instructions Wash the fresh ingredients. Cut off the stem and blossom ends of the oranges. Cut oranges into slices and then cut the slices in half. Yes, you leave the peel on! Place orange slices, OJ, and lemon balm…

  • baking,  blondies,  comforts of home,  food,  recipes

    Easy, Gooey Cranberry Blondies Recipe

    Like the super fudge  brownie recipe I posted last week,  these blondies can be stirred up in a single pot and then spread into the pan. No need to dirty up a bunch of bowls. You can make the blondies with just some chocolate chips (or try butterscotch chips, yum!) or add some bit of fruit or chopped nuts. Small fruits like fresh blueberries or cranberries can be added whole. Larger fresh fruits should be cut into small pieces. You can also add dried fruits cut into pieces. Ingredients: 1 stick butter 1/2 C sugar 1/2  C brown sugar (packed down) 1 egg 1 tsp Vanilla 1/4 tsp Almond extract…

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  • baking,  brownies,  comforts of home,  food

    Super Fudge Brownie Recipe

    These brownies are incredibly easy to make. Try them once, and you won’t ever buy a box mix again. Ingredients: 1 stick butter 6 TBS cocoa powder 1 C sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp Vanilla 3/4 C flour 1/2 C chocolate chips (try other flavors to suit your sweet tooth) 1/2 C marshmallows cut into pieces Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat Stir in cocoa powder until fully incorporated Remove from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla Add eggs and stir just until well-combined Mix in flour by hand Gently fold in chocolate chips and marshmallows Spread brownie mix into greased 8×8 pan Bake at 350 degrees…

  • bohemian,  business,  essential oils,  food,  herbs

    Mountain Rose Herbs & Essential Oils

    You will notice a banner at the top of most pages and in the sidebar advertising Mountain Rose Herbs. Yes, I am an affiliate for this top quality supplier of dried herbs, essential oils, teas, and spices. They have been in business since 1987 and adhere to sustainable and organic practices; I recommend reading their Guiding Principles. Not many companies are as uncompromising in their practices. I recommend their products not because I am an affiliate, but because I am a customer and know the quality of both the products and the customer service. I know many of my friends purchase essential oils and other botanicals from a variety of…

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  • food,  simple living,  sustainable living

    Got apples?

    Make apple butter. It’s not hard, but it does take 3 to 4 hours. I made a batch yesterday with the following recipe that I’ve perfected over the years. This works for apple butter and also for apple-pear butter. I’ve never tried it with just pears, but I think it would still work. Here’s what you need: A large heavy pot that holds at least 5 quarts (enamel coated cast iron is preferred–I use my 5.5 quart Le Creuset round dutch oven) A metal sieve, the larger the better (you can also use a chinois sieve or a foodmill if you want to get fancy) A large bowl A wooden…