My stove gets a workout. Between cooking from scratch and canning and preserving, there are plenty of spills, drips and stains. I wipe up the main surfaces daily, often multiple times per day, but the drip pans and the grates over the burners are usually too hot to clean until later – when I'm on to another task. In the over, things do run over occasionally, so that must be dealt with as well. When I went searching for “natural stove cleaners” and “natural stove top cleaners”, I came up with images of stoves with just minor baked on smudges and smears. I figured I can't be the only one out there with a really grimy stove looking for a non-toxic option, so I decided to share what works for me. [Read more…]
Starting seeds indoors is a must for northern gardeners who want to grow warm weather crops like tomatoes, but it can be a boon to any garden. Many plants do better when placed in the garden as transplants. See “When Should I Start Seeds? Printable Seed Starting Calendar” for a list of which plants to start inside and which to direct seed in the garden.
Sure, you can pick up transplants at your local garden center or big box parking lot, but starting seeds at home gives you access to many more varieties. It’s also fun! More on why I start seeds later in the post, but first, let’s get planting! [Read more…]
I was looking for something a little different to do with the rhubarb bounty this year when I came across a fruited pudding cake recipe in the Favorite Recipes of America – Desserts cookbook from 1968. The original recipe calls for “any fruit, fresh or canned”, so I figured “Why not rhubarb?” Thus, rhubarb pudding cake was born. The recipe is quite sweet, even with the tartness of rhubarb. You could cut back a little on the sugar in the sugar/cornstarch mix if you like. [Read more…]
These Cranberry-Walnut Powerballs remind me of a no-bake cookie recipe that used to be popular when I was a kid, but are even better. I still remember going to see The Jungle Book with my best friend, Emma, and her mom, smuggling in no bake cookies in our coat pockets. We liked to live on the wild side. 😉 [Read more…]
Want to learn how to start a garden, but not sure where to begin? In this post I’ll cover the basic steps of gardening, and provide links to more detailed information so you can garden with confidence and have fun doing it. Get ready to enjoy some of the best tasting fruits, vegetables and herbs you've even eaten.