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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 […]

10 Ways to Preserve Summer Fruits & Vegetables Without Canning

Many people are intimidated by canning, and are afraid if they do it wrong they’ll end up with unhealthy preserves. As a result of this fear,  it’s likely that a lot of garden fruits and veggies likely go to waste each year.  Emma of theKitchn comes to the rescue with 10 different ways to preserve […]

10 Easy Jams & Pickles for Beginners (Recipes)

In this article,  Faith shares 10 different canning/preserves recipes.  There is something here for everyone. Refrigerator jams really are an easy and excellent way to start preserving the fruit from your garden. Faith then recommends trying pickled radishes or a small batch of dill pickles. All of the recipes are very clear and easy to follow.  […]

How to Make Homemade Italian Cream Sodas

This is a recipe for Italian Cream Soda by Jessica of the Butter With a Side of Bread site.  When I was little there was an actual ice cream shop in our neighborhood that served old-fashioned Italian Cream Sodas.  I had my first one when my folks took me there to celebrate my “graduation” from […]

How to Make Apple Mint Extract

This is a recipe and tutorial  for making apple mint extract that I found at the Horrific Knits site. It uses rum for a particular reason explained in the article.  You can certainly use the more traditional vodka. The directions are simple.  After you mix the apple mint with the rum, just cap it and […]

Homemade Crock Pot Cranberry Butter Recipe

  The View from Great Island is one of my favorite food sites. The recipes are always fresh and creative. This is a recipe for Crock Pot Cranberry Butter which would be great for any holiday. It’s a beautiful crimson color and is described as “zingy” and silky. What I like about this recipe is […]

How to Make Homemade Violet Soda

I just had to share this recipe because it’s somewhat unique.  There are a variety of Lavender Syrup recipes out there but this is a recipe for Homemade Violet Syrup and Soda.  Violets contain vitamin C and have a variety of health benefits:  restful sleep, cure headaches and stop coughs. Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily […]

How to Make a Homemade Electrolyte Drink (Sports Drink Replacement)

Electrolyte drinks help to rehydrate our bodies.  They are useful after working out or when we are ill. This is a recipe I found for a natural, healthy electrolyte drink. It doesn’t contain artificial colors or sweeteners like commercial drinks.This particular recipe was created by Kate of Modern Alternative Mama. It uses a base of […]

How to Make Hot Pepper Relish

I found this great recipe for hot pepper relish on the Homesteading Quest site. and had to share it.  Everyone in my home likes hot and spicy relish.  But you can make this same recipe with sweet peppers if you like a sweeter relish. Please take note of the comment in the article about the […]

How to Make a Watermelon and Cucumber Cooler (Alcoholic)

This is a recipe for a sweet and tart watermelon and cucumber cooler from WikiHow.Com.  There are some interesting additional ingredients.  Because of the high water content in both watermelon and cucumbers, this drink is very refreshing.  They also provide some healthy antioxidants. This cooler is also delicious without the alcohol. There is a very […]