5 Uses for Honey Everyone Should Know

5 Uses for Honey Everyone Should Know - Find out why honey is a "must have" in your pantry and medicine cabinet.

I’m lucky enough to be able to purchase raw honey in bulk from a local apiary, so we always have it stocked.  The many uses of honey make it one of my first “go to” home remedies, and a delicious addition to many recipes.  Below I list some of the favorite ways our family uses honey, and we also have a great giveaway featuring 15 lbs of liquid honey and 15 lbs of creamed honey from Cox Honey.  One of our readers is going to have a wonderful fall surprise! [Read more...]

9 Tips Everyone Should Know for Keeping Your House Cool

9 Tips Everyone Should Know About Keeping Your House Cool - Use these affordable options to reduce your cooling bills and stay comfortable in summer heat.

This is a guest post by Amber Bradshaw of The Coastal Homestead.

Remember way back when last winter you were praying for warm weather and promised you would never complain about the heat again? Yeah, me neither.

Are you considering taking out a second mortgage just to pay your electric bill? Ditto.

Are you staying inside because it’s too hot to go out? Right there with ya.

Summertime may bring many wonderful things but the extreme heat is not one of them. For many using air conditioning is not affordable nor available. Here are some tips to keep your house cool in summer heat that we have used to combat our ever increasing electric bill. [Read more...]

Getting Started With Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking - Cook anywhere and anyplace. Indoors, outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven. #castiron #castironcooking

If you can cook in a dutch oven you can cook anywhere and anyplace–literally and figuratively.  Yes, you can cook indoors and outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven, which is all pretty amazing. But there is something about that knowledge that spills into other parts of your culinary life.  Maybe, it’s the nostalgic images of our ancestors cooking over an open flame in a dutch oven that gives you confidence that the way has been paved, perhaps it’s simply the knowledge that if you can’t get it to work the way you want with one method you can find another, or maybe it’s just the attitude of if they’re hungry they’ll eat it as people have done for centuries because what is cooking in the dutch oven is what’s for dinner.

Getting Started with Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch ovens can be made of ceramic, clay, or cast iron. I will be focusing on cast iron dutch ovens in this post as they are the most common and most versatile dutch ovens. [Read more...]

The Easiest Way to Get Worms Out of Broccoli

The Easiest Way to Get Worms Out of Broccoli - use this simple kitchen trick to get rid of unwelcome green beasties in your produce.

Many years ago, when I had my first broccoli harvest from my very own garden, I was talking to my mom about the pesky green cabbage worms hiding in the nooks and crannies.  She told me about the simple kitchen trick that she used that might just be the easiest way to get worms out of broccoli.  Of course, you can eat the worms.  My sister ate one last year on cooked broccoli and said it tasted like broccoli.  :-)  I’m just not that hungry. [Read more...]

The World’s Cheapest Cherry Pitter

The World's Cheapest Cherry Pitter - a simple and amazingly easy way to pit cherries, shown to us by a Door County cherry grower many years ago.

We live in northeast Wisconsin, just minutes away from the Door County peninsula, where you’ll find one of the biggest tart cherry producing areas in the U. S. We usually go picking and fill the freezer every two years. Our favorite cherry picking spot – Cherry Lane Orchard – has a deal where you get the seventh bucket free if you pick six, which is a LOT of cherries. We stocked up last year, but we had family visiting this year who wanted to go picking, so we headed up yesterday. I was talking to my niece about how to pit the cherries, and she had never heard of the method we use. This was passed down to us with much ceremony the first year we went cherry picking, back in the 1990’s. We had my mom and nephew with us, and had picked a whole mess of cherries – two five gallon buckets of them. As we were paying the bill, the orchard owner asked how we were going to pit them. Never having picked before, we had no idea. (Worry about it later, right?) She leaned in close, and told us she would share the secret of the world’s cheapest cherry pitter. [Read more...]