Blackberry-Apple Jelly

This adventure started out as trying to make my own liquid pectin from (sour) apples for making jelly. I attempted the recipe found here, but I did not have cheese cloth for the staining. Instead I used my ancient berry/tomato de-seeder strainer and ended up with applesauce that had a high level of pectin (I hoped). … Continue reading Blackberry-Apple Jelly


Crustless Quiche

It wasn't until I was in my teens that I was introduced to quiche. I always thought it sounded so fancy. Quiche. But you know what it is? A giant egg pie. But it's so good. In our house, quiche is eaten for any meal. It's perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is a basic … Continue reading Crustless Quiche

Sourdough Pizza Crust

Oh I was so excited to be done with buying dry active yeast. I had my precious sourdough. But then it hit me. How am I going to make pizza? I had only ever found recipes for dry active yeast, but there must be one out there! The first pizza was not made with dry active yeast.

Cream of Whatever Soup

More than once I have started a recipe that called for cream of [whatever] soup and gone to the cabinet only to find that I have none. Zip. Zilch. So, halfway through a recipe. The oven is already pre-heating. Three monsters are running/crawling around like wild animals. I am rarely run-to-town ready (unless it's a planned trip). What do I do?!

Pumpkin-Oat Muffins

I love fall. The leaves change colors. The nights (and days) get cooler. It's sweatshirt season. And of course, pumpkin flavored everything! Yes. I am one of those nuts. I love pumpkin.

HOT Sauce

The first time I made hot sauce, I was so excited. I am not a glutton for punishment (unlike my husband) when it comes to hot stuff, but I do enjoy a little hot sauce on occasion. So when I found a recipe, I had to try it.

Whole ‘Latte’ To Do

This morning was one of those mornings it felt like I had a million and three things to do. It felt like I had so many things to do that I just didn't want to do any of them. Instead, I gave myself something to savor and get myself going: a latte.

Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

For the first year, our pumpkins went crazy. In the previous years, we were lucky to get one or two. However, from three mounds we grew TEN pumpkins this year. That is a whole lot of pumpkin. Which brought me to the question of "What am I going to do with all of these pumpkins?!"

Dehydrating Squash and Zucchini

There isn't much that is more satisfying than making and canning your own pickles/tomato sauce/salsa/jelly etc. However, unless you have a (*non-electric) pressure cooker, there are a lot of things you can't safely can without pickling. And in my opinion, there are some things that just shouldn't be pickled.