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Carrot Cake Waffle Recipe

I had a cup of pineapple leftover in the fridge that had to be used up this weekend. When I saw a recipe that called for crushed pineapple in the local paper I knew I had to try it. They came out great. I hope you can whip up a batch to share with your family this Easter.Carrot Cake Waffles1 ...

Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

With all the baking I do and being a bit Irish (can you guess by my name?), you would think that I’d have made Irish Soda Bread before, but no. Last Saturday was my first attempt. I would have searched through my grandmother’s cookbook to find her recipe but it is already packed deep in a ...

Four Years as a One-Car Family

Four years ago I lost nearly 2,000 pounds. That is to say, I sold my car. It’s been so long it finally feels “normal” just to have one car.In August 2010, the university where I work started providing free access on local bus routes to all employees. I wasn’t very familiar with the bus ...

Bake Cookies With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

I poked around in our “junk drawer” last week to discover a bag of Kit Kat candy bars left over from Halloween stuffed in the back. Uh oh! Jim and I don’t usually eat candy, so I had to think about what to do with it. I decided to use it in a cookie recipe, because we DO eat ...

Easy Homemade Crackers

Over the weekend I went to put together a platter of cheese and crackers and realized we had run out of crackers. I’ve never made my own crackers before, but I thought, why not? I love to bake, especially trying a new recipe.I ended up making two kinds of crackers, a white cracker and a ...

Dump Your Tissue Box for Handkerchiefs

I have a habit I know many people think is gross, but I’m hooked. I admit it: I use hankies. I haven’t used Kleenex in more than 20 years. I am a little self-conscious about it. Sometimes I wonder what people think when I whip a handkerchief out of my pocket, unfold it and blow away, then ...

Where the Coffee is Always On

Jim and I had the offer we made on a house accepted this week. It’s an exciting time for us, as I’m sure you can imagine. We’ve been renting for nearly seven years and look forward to owning our own home.The kitchen and the neighborhood are what sold us on the house. The kitchen is big, ...

Mexican Tomatillo Casserole

We canned a whole lot of tomatillo salsa last fall. Although we only had two plants, they were very prolific. Beyond making salsa, I don’t really know what to do with tomatillos, so I’ve been trying to figure out ways to use up some of the salsa. This recipe is a great way!This recipe is ...

Making Unpaper Towels

I try not to use paper towels for environmental reasons and also because I don’t like paying for them. I know they are inexpensive, but we try to be frugal as much as possible. Sometimes you do need something to wipe up with in the kitchen, so when I came across the idea of making un-paper ...

Fix Your Broken Lawn Chairs

Our webbed chairs we use up at the lake finally gave up the ghost at the end of last summer. They didn’t completely give way, but close enough. Like my grandparents, I hate to throw things out, so rewebbing them made a good winter project. I ordered webbing from Amazon.com. As it turns out, ...

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious and good for you. They are high in Magnesium, Iron and protein. For years we discarded ours as we processed pumpkins from the garden. This fall we realized that we have been throwing away usable (and yummy!) food all this time, so no more!Here’s an easy ...

Our January Vacation

Our garden is covered in snow and the thermometer reads minus 10 F today. Winter has certainly arrived at our homestead. I know most of you gardeners want January to pass as quickly as possible so you can get your hands back in the dirt and start growing food. And we look forward to that as ...

The Memory Jar

Scottish novelist James M. Barrie wrote, “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” And as the temperature plummets and snow blankets the ground, how often do you find yourself closing your eyes and thinking of a warm August afternoon? If you are like me, you call to ...

How to Make Rhubarb Blueberry Wine

My grandmother’s recipe box has several wine recipes, including dandelion, rhubarb, gooseberry and grape. As soon as I laid eyes on the rhubarb wine recipe I knew we had to try it as well. Our backyard rhubarb patch supplies us with more than what we need for pies and jam. No better way to ...

The Early Winter Garden

There’s something special about eating fresh food from the garden even as winter has crept into our area. We had our first real snow almost a month ago now, but some of our hardier crops have only just recently given up the ghost. I picked fresh kale last Sunday – December 7! Although it ...

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