How to Make Black Elderberry Lemon Syrup

How to Make Black Elderberry Lemon Syrup

Elderberry has become one of my very favorite plants on the planet. It’s not particularly pretty or anything, but the health benefits we’ve gotten from it are enormous! What is elderberry? Also known as Sambucus Nigra and Sambucus Canadensis, it’s a bushy plant that produces large clusters of white flowers in the early summer which…

Pumpkin Pie Oat Bars with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Pie Oat Bars with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

You know you have a slight addiction to these bars when you make them 3 times in one week. Yes, 3 times. And we’re not talking a small batch, either. I’m talking 3 11 x 15 pans of them. To be fair, I certainly didn’t eat them all. I took one batch to church, one…

The Best Dang Biscuits Ever

The Best Dang Biscuits Ever

We’re suckers for good old-fashioned biscuits around here. You know, the buttery, flaky kind that practically melt in your mouth and are simply heavenly with a bit of butter and jam or honey drizzled over the top? Yeah, that kind. The kind that is the perfect gravy companion, goes great with fried chicken, and is…

Autumn Oat Cookies

Autumn Oat Cookies

In celebration of the fact that FALL starts tomorrow I thought I’d share one of our favorite cookie recipes with you! These are like traditional oatmeal cookies, chewy in the center, cripsy on the edges, but they are loaded with autumn goodies like cranberries, walnuts, golden raisins, sweet cinnamon spice, and dark chocolate chips. They’re…

Farmer’s Cheese: How to Make This Simple, Traditional Cheese at Home

Farmer’s Cheese: How to Make This Simple, Traditional Cheese at Home

We’ve been enjoying raw milk from a local farmer for a couple of years now. It’s so fun to get milk that is only a few hours old! Plus, we get the cream on top that we can skim off and use for butter and desserts. It’s been one of the best changes we’ve made…

Spicy African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup

Spicy African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup

Sunday nights are when we meet with our church group. We’re part of a home church that meets in various houses around the city. It’s been such a beautiful part of our lives as we’ve been able to experience fellowship and shepherding in a first-century-type setting. It’s a lot like the first church would most…

Tips, Tricks, and Safety Guidelines for using Essential Oils in the Kitchen

Tips, Tricks, and Safety Guidelines for using Essential Oils in the Kitchen

I have a cabinet right next to my kitchen filled full of essential oils, supplements and herbal remedies. It’s my go-to place time and time again for all the little bumps, bruises and scrapes of life. It’s what I pull from when someone is sick or has a headache or other pain. It’s where I…

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, & Sugar-Free Brownie Bars

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, & Sugar-Free Brownie Bars

I’m mostly grain-free and sugar-free these days. I’ve had IBS for years and grains and sugar both seem to be triggers for inflammation in my body. I’ve done elimination diets several times to try to figure out what triggered things, and most grains are always something I struggle with. It is what it is. I’ve…

Garden Tomato Salsa with Cilantro, Lime & Garlic

Garden Tomato Salsa with Cilantro, Lime & Garlic

We’ve had tomatoes coming out our ears here lately. So many. And, I mean, they’re delicious, but it’s impossible to eat them all fresh! They just keep coming. I’m an avid salad-lover, but even I can have too much of a good thing.¬†Which is why food preservation is such a wonderful blessing to the homestead!…

Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

We’ve always loved Molasses cookies. They’re a bit of a heritage recipe, really. Josh’s grandma was particularly skilled at making them, and her recipe was passed down to his mom, who passed it down to me, and I plan to pass it on to my girls. What a joy it is to keep on making…

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