No More Cold Feet in Bed – My Favorite Winter Foot Warmers

No More Cold Feet in Bed - 6 Ways to Keep Your Feet Warm in Winter

When the thermometer drops into the single digits and we keep the house temps on the chilly side to help save energy, I’m sometimes stuck with cold feet in bed. I don’t know about you, but if my feet are cold, I have an awfully hard time falling asleep.  If my husband comes to bed after I do, I can’t always cheat and warm my feet up on him.  :-)  Since I figured others might be in the same boat, I made up this list of winter foot warming ideas to help you keep your feet toasty, too. [Read more…]

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…]