Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

    These cookies are a breeze to make, you can mix them all in one bowl, the hardest thing about making them is unwrapping the Hershey's kisses! I like to make these every year at Christmas and they are one of the first things to go. This year I am going to make sure there are plenty by making two full double batches. (There are six of us in this house so they will go fast). These are easiest if you have a stand mixer, if you don't then you can still make them but you ... [ Read More ]

Three Fun Ways for Kids to Play with Their Food

Photo courtesy of Fun Kid Pajamas

    Today's post is a guest post, courtesy of   Usually we tell our kids not to play with their food, but occasionally there are exceptions. Here are three of them. From caterpillars made of fruit, to reindeer breakfasts, with these fun and edible dishes, your kids can have a great time cooking, playing, and eating. 1. Reindeer Breakfasts With this dish, your children can kick off their day with some delicious food and play before even ... [ Read More ]

Must Have Artisan Bagel Recipes

Sweet Almond Cherry Bagels

    One big gripe I have had for a long time is the exorbitant price of some baked goods. Bagels for instance can cost between $3 and $6 for six good quality bagels. That is too much, considering how easy bagels are to make and how affordable the ingredients are. Bagels do take a couple of extra steps and a bit of practice, but I taught my future daughter in law who has no prior baking experience how to make them in one session. She went on to make her own bagels right after ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup

Homemade Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup

    I went looking for a creamy soup recipe and had a hard time finding what I wanted. When I finally did find the type of soup I was looking for it was made with a large amount of expensive and processed foods. I used the recipe as a very loose guide and made my own recipe. I decided share it here, because it turned out great and there are those times when you want a heartier comfort soup and this is it. I used a chicken carcass to make this, as it is my way of getting ... [ Read More ]

7 Amazing Ways to Use up All of those Garden Fresh Tomatoes

7 Amazing Ways to Use up All of those Garden Fresh Tomatoes

  I may not have a garden this year, but I remember all too well the abundance of tomatoes and the yearly scramble to decide what to do with them all. It seemed some years like I would never get through the endless pile of tomatoes that littered my table, the counters, and every other available surface. In truth it is not the abundance of tomatoes that is so much the problem, I knew how to can them all into a variety of tasty tomato goodness that would last us through the winter. The ... [ Read More ]

The Ultimate Don’t Waste Your Thanksgiving Turkey Guide


      We grew our own turkeys this year, and the one thing you really can’t do when you grow your own, is pick your own size of Thanksgiving Turkey. You can choose between Monstrous and not so monstrous but in the end you are likely going to end up with more turkey than you anticipated. This has been our dilemma this year. We only have 3 of us in our family so we can only eat so much turkey in the few days after the holiday. Not one to let things go to waste, it is ... [ Read More ]

Easy Sun Dried Tomatoes

Easy Sun Dried Tomatoes

    Last time I went to the store for sun dried Tomatoes the cheapest I could find them for was $5 for a tiny little package. Since I needed two packages for what I was making, I decided to pass them up and not make what I originally had planned on. $10 for a single ingredient just seemed like way too much money just to add them to a meal. While I am sure I could have found them for less if I shopped around, we do not have a lot of grocery stores in our area and by the time I ... [ Read More ]

Save Money On Greens This Winter By Dehydrating Garden Greens Now

Dehydrating Greens for Use in Soups, Smoothies and More

  My focus this year has been on trying to minimize winter food bills as much as possible. Winter time greens can be expensive in the markets, especially if you prefer to buy organic for your family. Part of my strategy to minimize the amount of money spent on expensive greens is to dehydrate garden greens while they are plentiful now. Not only does dehydrating allow them to retain most of their nutrients it makes them super easy to use in a variety of dishes. While I plan to grow ... [ Read More ]

Step By Step Making Tomato Sauce The Easy Way

Step By Step Makin Tomato Sauce

    When I first started making tomato sauce I wondered frequently if it was really worth all of that hard work. A can of tomato sauce back then anyway was 50 cents and it seemed like a lot of effort to go to just to make a can of sauce I could buy for so little. I have learned a lot since then, not only about the benefits of making my own food but also that making tomato sauce does not have to be so hard. Back then I would quarter my tomatoes, cook them down a bit and run ... [ Read More ]