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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]