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
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?
"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
I felt slightly like a squash-hoarder yesterday... Growing my own squash wasn't in the cards for me this year, but that doesn't mean we're skipping the squash altogether... No way. So I paid a visit to our local farm store yesterday and loaded up on butternut, spaghetti squash, and beautiful pie pumpkins. My cart was full as I pushed it to the check-out, and you can bet I'll be going back for more. Does anyone else get slightly giddy when … [Read more...] about Butternut Alfredo Sauce Recipe