Cinnamon rolls, gingerbread cookies, pumpkin pies, and spiced tea. As soon as I feel that hint of autumn crispness in the air, I shove the cinnamon and nutmeg to the front of my spice drawer and prepare myself for a season of warm, spicy treats. I especially adore cinnamon since it's a great way to add an extra touch of sweetness to a recipe without having to add any additional sugar. The Prairie Kids love it on their homemade applesauce, and … [Read more...] about Will the REAL Cinnamon Please Stand Up?
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There are two things I don't like about canning. #1- I don't like how hot it makes my kitchen. But since building a summer kitchen isn't on our current to-do list, I can't do too much about that problem for the time being. #2- Many canning recipes call for boatloads of sugar... For some recipes, like my honey-sweetened Chokecherry Jelly or my Strawberry Freezer Jam, I've learned how to use alternate sweetener or special pectin to avoid cups … [Read more...] about Canning Peaches with Honey and Cinnamon
Have I ever told you how horrible of a cook I used to be? It was bad, you guys. Really bad. So bad that when Christian and I got married, my speciality was broiled spam sandwiches. (For realz.) So bad that it was years before I fed my family pork chops that weren't reminiscent of corrugated cardboard. So bad that once I cooked a store-bought corned beef for only a few hours (without added seasonings) and then proceeded to shred it … [Read more...] about Homemade Corned Beef Recipe (without nitrates)
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