Gluten Free Blackberry Crumble

Gluten Free Blackberry Crumble
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Blackberries are getting ripe again. Woohoo! I’m so excited! Picking wild blackerries is one of the big highlights of summer for me. Yes, I know they’re prickly, and that I’ll probably get chiggers, but the rewards are worth it! 

As much as I love blackberries, you would think the berries we picked and froze last year would be long gone, but we still have one quart left. Time to remedy that and make room for this year’s produce!

One of my favorite indulgent desserts through the years has been fruit crumble. I remember having it when I was… Read More »

Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

Homemade Dog Treats Recipe
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When Gabriel told me he’d gotten a new dog, I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic. Maybe I should rephrase that. When Gabriel told me he’d gotten a new dog, I was really annoyed. 

In my opinion, the last thing we needed was yet another animal on this farm. (My opinion may have been affected by the fact that at that point, Gabriel had been out of town working for about two weeks, and the farm chores were starting to wear on me.)

Thor won me over eventually though, as sweet natured dogs tend to do. I even forgave him (mostly) for chewing up my car.… Read More »

Herbal Tea Recipe

Herbal Tea Recipe
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Do you take advantage of all the nutrition that herbal teas have to offer? Our modern diets are so sadly nutrient deficient, that we need to do our best to pack as much nutrient dense food into ourselves as we can. 

Herbal teas are an excellent way to do just that.

Even though I’m sort of known for drinking water, and only water, I’ve been trying to mend my ways and drink more tea. 

Tea is a great fit for the frugal lifestyle. How so? Many… Read More »

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
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If you’re like me, you have no interest whatsoever in wearing commercial, chemical sunscreen. It’s just not worth the risk of possible hormone disruption, allergies, or cancer. 

But sunburn is no fun either. Last summer on a hot day, I decided to go out blackberry picking wearing a tank top to keep cool. It was really thoughtless. Me, Whiter than sour cream, going out into the sun with bare shoulders. I came in looking like a lobster, and now I make sure to wear sleeves and a hat when I go picking.

That works for me, but my kids are just as white as I am, and… Read More »

Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Gluten Free Muffins Recipe
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As homemakers, we have a lot of jobs to do. Clean, wash laundry, take care of kids, feed everybody. In the “feed everybody” category, I’ve found it really useful to have a few basic recipes on hand, or even memorized that I can pull out and make alterations to in various situations. It saves a lot of time and stress in deciding what to make.

This gluten free muffin recipe is one of those. It’s very basic, which makes it really easy to alter just by adding fruit or chocolate chips - this morning, we used blackberries. Or maybe some… Read More »

How To Use A pressure Canner

How To Use A pressure Canner
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If you want to learn to can your own food, but have never used a pressure canner, have no fear! 

Pressure canners are actually quite simple and, contrary to what you may have heard, safe. 

A few weeks ago, in the article canning 101, I gave a list of things you might need to get started canning, and a Read More »

Gluten Free Ravioli Recipe

Gluten Free Ravioli Recipe
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When we were newlyweds, Gabriel and I went out to a small Italian restaurant one evening, where I ordered the most amazing tortellini I had ever eaten. 

Truth be told, it was probably the white wine sauce it was served in that made it so delicious as much as anything, but nevertheless, I was determined to replicate the dish in a gluten free version so that Gabriel could enjoy it too. 

Making gluten free pasta dough is… Read More »

Baby Food Recipes

Baby Food Recipes
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I admit to having been one of those people who kind of turns up their nose to baby food. I mean, why would you buy baby food rather than just feed baby what you’re eating? Mashed with a fork where appropriate of course.

But I’m having to change my way of thinking a little bit. Our church family has a weekly potluck dinner every Sunday after the church service, and too often, whatever I feed her there bothers Hadassah’s tummy a lot. I haven’t figured out for sure what it is yet, but until she’s old enough for healthy Read More »

Slow Cooker Beef Heart Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef Heart Recipe
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I love using inexpensive cuts of beef. One of the best ways to keep the meat bill down is to use cheap, less popular cuts and organ meats. Like heart.

We don’t actually sell our beef hearts, because heart is Gabriel’s favorite part. He sells the choice steaks and eats the heart. Is that backward, or what? But really, heart is a muscle, just like other meat, it’s not funny tasting like liver, so it’s not a big leap from using beef roast, to beef heart in recipes.

Having kept the hearts from several cows last year, I was able to do some experimenting and… Read More »