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Lavender Vanilla Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Culinary lavender adds a unique, slightly floral taste to dishes.  It’s a taste I’ve enjoyed in lavender ice cream. Val of Home Made Modern decided to mix lavender and vanilla in this shortbread cookie recipe.  I thought that was a wonderful blend of flavors!  She describes the taste as delicate and sweet.  Sounds like the […]

How to Make an Immune Boosting Chai Tea Recipe

Masala chai is a drink from India that combines spice-infused black tea with milk and sweetener. It’s a wonderful, warming, spicy drink. Annie of the Herbal Academy of New England shares her recipe for homemade chai. She uses black tea, milk, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and other ingredients. She also discusses an immune-boosting herb she decided […]

Summer Garden Recipes for Tomatoes and Zucchini

A lot of gardeners have a surplus of tomatoes and zucchini this summer.  This post by Bonnie, the Pin Junkie, shares 10 different recipes that use tomatoes and zucchini.  The recipes include main dishes, side dishes and desserts.  They look really yummy! As she says: “If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, chances are […]

An Old-Fashioned Recipe for Root Beer

Original old-fashioned root beer was made with roots, berries, flowers, bark, leaves and spices. This recipe by Jenny includes traditional ingredients like sassafras root bark, sarsaparilla root, licorice root, ginger root, juniper berries and more. She shares a site where she buys most of the ingredients. Jenny explains how to simmer the ingredients, create a […]

DIY Making Your Own Spice Mixtures

This post is a spice mix gold mine!  Staci of Cobble Hill Farm makes her own spice mixes.  Great example of DIY in the kitchen. When you make your own spice blends you can control the amount of individual spices you use.  You can also make a smaller batch if that’s what you need.  Great […]

How to Make Currant Jelly with No Added Pectin

Laurie shares her recipe for Currant Jelly with a surprising, natural ingredient that replaces pectin. This recipe will make 10 jars of currant jelly. There’a also the option to add some almond extract and make currant almond jelly. It’s a traditional canning recipe that calls for a water bath canner. The recipe produces 10 jars of […]

8 Delicious Homemade Country Wine Recipes

If you’d like to experiment with making homemade wine, this article has some neat recipes. If you see a wine that sounds interesting, just click on the link to see a tutorial.You’ll find recipes for: Rose Petal & Strawberry Wine Apple Wine Citrus – Kumquat Wine Raspberry Wine Homemade Dandelion Wine Homemade Rhubarb Wine Elderberry […]

Homemade Hedgerow Jelly Recipe

Tanya of Lovely Greens likes to go foraging for berries in the Autumn.  Blackberries, elderberries, damsons, crab apples.  They’re all out there ripe and ready for the picking. Hedgerow Jelly is a mixture of apples and two or three different berries.  Tanya shares her recipe which uses cooking apples, the berries of your choice, and […]

How to Make Healthy Flavor-Infused Water

I could really relate to this article by Colleen of the Five Little Homesteaders site.  I also try to eat and drink in a healthy way.  But while Colleen still loves Coco-Cola Classic, I love Sprite Zero.  I drink less than I used to because I try to drink more water these days.  Colleen’s article […]

How to Make Agua de Pepino (Cucumber Cooler with Lime)

  Mexico and Central America have a variety of Aguas Frescas which are refreshing drinks made with fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers and other healthy ingredients. This is a recipe by Andrea of Greenbacks Gal for Agua de Pepino.  It’s a summer thirst quencher made with cucumber, lime juice and other ingredients.  It’s both refreshing and […]