Grandma Catherine’s carrot cake recipe has been enjoyed by our family for decades. I spent many wonderful hours with grandma while mom was busy on the farm, and will always remember her kind eyes and loving heart. This carrot cake recipe is nice and moist, never dry. The original frosting is on the sweet side for our tastes now, so I’m including a version with less sugar. [Read more…]Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission to support the site at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
I first saw striped jelly in a Facebook group and thought that it looked absolutely beautiful. There was only a photo, no instructions. The person who shared the photo said that her daughter had made some up for a local farm market. The daughter had planned to price it the same as the other jams, but the mom convinced her to charge extra because of the labor involved. Mom was right again, as the striped jelly sold out almost immediately, even at a much higher price.
I was inspired to give striped jelly a try, so during the season, I saved and froze different types of fruit juice and puree. When my sister came to visit last weekend, she asked if I had any extra jams or jelly that her granddaughter could use for a school fundraiser. Since trying new ideas is always more fun when you have a “partner in crime”, I dug out my fruit stash and my sis and I made up 15 jars of beautiful fruit striped yumminess. Here’s how we did it.
By the way – if you don’t have a stash of fruit puree, remember that you can always use fruit juices or frozen fruit for jellies and jams.Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission to support the site at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
Apple scrap vinegar is a quick and easy way to turn apple scraps into apple cider vinegar (ACV). Apple cider vinegar can be used as a home remedy for everything from warts to acid reflux, and makes a tasty salad dressing. Homemade apple cider vinegar is not recommended for canning, because the pH will vary from batch to batch. If you wanted to create a homemade vinegar that was safe for canning, you’d need a pH of 2.4. (pH can be tested with a digital pH tester.)
In the backyard or barnyard, it can be added to drinking water to improve flock and stock health. It also helps prevent scum buildup inside the waterers. Add one tablespoon of vinegar per gallon of water. Just make sure to use plastic or glass waterers, as the acidity of the vinegar will corrode metal. [Read more…]Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission to support the site at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
This easy apple crisp recipe is a “no-fuss” alternative to apple pie. I prefer to use a firm, tart apple, like Granny Smith, or in our case, the mystery apples from the wild apple tree growing on the fence line. Any apple will do – the filling will just get softer with a softer apple. During apple season, this is one of our “go to” desserts. It’s simple enough that the boys can make it themselves. (They still haven’t completely mastered rolling out pie crust neatly.) [Read more…]Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission to support the site at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
One of my favorite things about fall is apple harvest – and apple dip! The thing is, last year I grabbed a container of caramel dip at the orchard without looking at the ingredients. When we got home, popped the dip container open and tasted it, I knew I had made a big mistake. It tasted like chemical preservatives and the texture was awful. The ingredient list took up one side of the container, and most of it was things that were hard to pronounce. We ended up tossing it.
This year I’m prepared! I raided my old recipe books and did some experimenting in the kitchen, and have put together five great apple dip recipes to share with you. We have Classic Caramel Apple Dip, Chocolate Almond, Maple Bacon, Walnut Ricotta Cream, and Pistachio and Blue Cheese. These are great for snacking or entertaining – heck, you could even add a few more dippers and make a full meal out of dips. Since everything can be prepped ahead, this would be a great option for holiday entertaining. [Read more…]Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission to support the site at no extra cost to you. Thank you!