I have a rather embarrassing story about Brussels sprouts... I had never grown them before, so I decided to give them a try last year. I usually have decent luck with cabbage, and considering Brussels sprouts are in the same family, I figured I had a good shot. I started the seedlings in my basement, and they grew beautifully. Once I transplanted them into the garden, they took right off and the plants were gorgeous and healthy. I patted … [Read more...] about Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Flaky pie crusts. Creamy homemade cheese. Juicy grassfed meats. Fresh homegrown veggies bursting with flavor. Is it any wonder food is one of my favorite parts of homesteading?
It's extremely hard... To convince me to leave my cozy little house on winter evenings. Between the flickering fire, the Christmas tree lights, and my favorite Douglas Fir essential oil wafting from the diffuser, I'm pretty content to be a winter-time hermit. And when you add in a mug of homemade hot chocolate? Forget about it. You'd be hard-pressed to get me to venture out even if Joel Salatin himself was visiting our town (Okay, so I *might* … [Read more...] about Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe
"What is that?!" I answered the question no less than 15 times while I had my brightly colored jars of kimchi sitting on the counter fermenting. My answer ("It's spicy Korean sauerkraut...") didn't exactly erase the quizzical look from the faces of the question-askers, but considering most of them are well-acquainted with my weirdness, I doubt anyone lost sleep over it. ;) I'm generally not willing to be very exotic when it comes to … [Read more...] about How to Make Kimchi
This is a post I've REALLY wanted to write for a while, but I've been too afraid... Not because cooking with oils is scary, or even complicated, but rather because I know this can be controversial, and I didn't feel like dealing with haters in the comments section. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it, but that's the truth. But I've decided to write this post anyway. Why? Because cooking with essential oils is something I really, truly do-- … [Read more...] about Cooking with Essential Oils