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TAG : Spring 2019

Yeast-Free Sourdough Starter Recipe

Photo by Getty Images/CalypsoArt.Yields 1 portion.Ingredients:2 cups flour2 cups water2 teaspoons sugarDirections:In a large bowl, mix together flour, water, and sugar. Transfer to a crock. Cover with a towel, and store in a warm place. Stir starter once a day. It will begin bubbling and ...

Upcycled Garden Tool Fan Trellis

A vegetable garden doesn’t have to be purely functional — it can be beautiful, too! Vertical gardening is all the rage right now, and it’s one of the best ways to add unique character and charm to your vegetable garden.Upcycled Garden Tool Fan TrellisA fan trellis is a timeless and ...

Sourdough Silver Dollar Hotcakes Recipe

Sourdough Silver Dollar Hotcakes. Photo by Getty Images/LauriPatterson.Yields 16 (5-inch-diameter) hotcakes.Ingredients:2 cups sourdough starter3 tablespoons oil 2 tablespoons sugar1 egg1/2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking soda1 tablespoon warm waterDirections:In a large bowl, combine sourdough ...

Using Yarn from Recycled Sweaters

Thrifted or ill-fitting sweaters can be salvaged for the yarn used to make them.Many a knitter and crocheter has bemoaned the cost of yarn, especially for a large project. Even the less-expensive options tend to run around $5 per skein, and if you need several colors — or a mile of yarn — ...

Wood Pallet Storage Chest

Wood pallets are easily accessible items that can be found almost anywhere. Businesses, such as grocery stores, hardware stores, and lumberyards, often have them lying around and are happy to give them away for free. I’ve also found them through construction companies and businesses that have ...

Sourdough Rye Bread Recipe

Sourdough Rye Bread. Photo by Getty Images/vanillla.Yields 1 large loaf.Ingredients:3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 F)2 teaspoons sugar1 package (.25 ounce) active dry yeast2-1/2 to 3 cups rye flour, divided3/4 cup whole-wheat flour2 teaspoons salt1 cup sourdough starterDirections:In a glass ...

Sew a Simple Foraging Apron

When I’m harvesting wild plants, I usually carry a couple of baskets with me. But sometimes it’s a lot easier with a big ol’ pouch to put things in, especially if I have to, say, climb a tree to get what I need. This is where the foraging apron comes in. It also has pockets for keeping ...

Sourdough Applesauce Cake Recipe

Sourdough Applesauce Cake. Photo by Getty Images/shininghope.Yields 10 to 12 servings.Ingredients:1/2 cup shortening2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided2 large eggs1-1/2 cups sourdough starter1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce1/2 teaspoon ground cloves1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ...

Sourdough Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Sourdough Blueberry Muffins. Photo by Getty Images/jatrax. Yields 12 muffins.Ingredients: 1 cup sourdough starter1/2 cup oil3/4 cup water1 egg1/2 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon grated lemon zest2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon1-1/2 cups ...

Sharing Perennials

Purple irises growing in a garden. Photo by Getty Images/Viorika.About 15 years ago, I came home from work to discover that my father-in-law had transplanted some beautiful purple iris plants along the side of our home. He and I shared a love for gardening, and when he saw his irises needed ...

Sourdough Recipes

Sourdough starter makes delicious loaves of bread and other baked goods. Photo by Getty Images/Sedaeva.More and more people are baking their own breads these days, for a few simple reasons — it’s less expensive, it’s healthier and better-tasting, it makes the house smell amazing, and ...

Sourdough Biscuits Recipe

Sourdough Biscuits. Photo by Getty Images/jatrax.Yields 3 dozen.Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour2 cups sourdough starter1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon honey2 teaspoons baking powder2 tablespoons lard or butter, cold, cut into small pieces2 tablespoons butter, meltedDirections: Preheat ...

No-Knead Sourdough Bread Recipe

No-knead sourdough bread. Photo by Getty Images/vanillla.Yields 1 loaf.Ingredients:3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast1-3/4 teaspoons salt2/3 cup sourdough starter1-1/2 cups waterBread flour, for dustingCoarse cornmeal, for dustingDirections: In a large bowl, whisk ...

Quick Sourdough Starter Recipe

Photo by Getty Images/Sohadiszno.Yields 1 portion.Ingredients:1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 F)1/2 teaspoon sugar1 package (.25 ounce) active dry yeast1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup whole-wheat flour3/4 cup waterDirections:In a glass measuring cup, combine water and sugar. Stir in yeast, and ...

Rhubarb, Strawberry, and Rose Jam Recipe

Rhubarb, Strawberry, and Rose Jam. Photo by Ed Anderson.This is a crowd-pleaser. You can make this with plain sugar, but the rose sugar adds a subtle perfume to the jam. It’s hard to resist a classic pairing, but as a change of pace after you’ve made this a few times, try using ...

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