Honey-Cinnamon Apricot Jam

Honey-Cinnamon Apricot Jam - Low on sugar, big on flavor

We had our first harvest of apricots from our very own trees this year (the blossoms often get hit by late frost).  Since we had more of these little gems than we could eat fresh, I decided to whip up some apricot jam. I sweetened it with local honey that I buy in bulk, but you could also use granulated cane sugar.*  I used Pomona’s Pectin as a gelling agent, but you could substitute another low sugar pectin and adjust the recipe accordingly.  I wasn’t sure about the flavors when the jam was cooking on the stove (I thought I added too much cinnamon), but the next day it was amazing!  I could eat it by the spoonful straight out of the jar. [Read more...]

Honey-Sweetened Lemonade with Honey-Lemon Ice Cubes

Honey-Sweetened Lemonade with Honey-Lemon Ice Cubes

My friend, Julie, was visiting this past weekend and brought some gigantic lemons with her, so we decided to experiment with some lemon recipes, including honey-sweetened lemonade, and some honey-lemon ice cubes that are great for iced tea or lemonade.  (It’s a funny thing.  Julie likes to watch cooking shows, but she only does more “experimental” cooking when she visits me.  Maybe it’s because I have teenage boys to help eat the results in case it doesn’t go well?) [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles @ Common Sense Homesteading

These chocolate chip cookie dough truffles are made with almonds, coconut oil, honey, chocolate chips, vanilla and a dash of salt, and can be coated with chocolate or served plain.  (The first batch disappeared before I got a chance to dip them.) Once you try these tasty little cookie bites, you’ll be hooked.  Even my somewhat finicky husband loves them.  They’re a great way to get more coconut oil into your diet.  (The Tropical Traditions website has a great recipe page with dozens of recipes using coconut products.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles [Read more...]

7 Home Remedies for Upset Stomach

7 Home Remedies for Upset Stomach, plus recommendations on how to avoid it in the first place. @ Common Sense Homesteading  #homeremedies #upsetstomach

The holiday season seems to leave many of us with upset stomach, indigestion, heart burn, diarrhea and other tummy troubles.  If you’re coping with stomach flu symptoms, you should take a look at this post to find out why the BRAT diet is probably not your best option.  For extra protection against food-borne illness, check out “Protect Yourself from Salmonella and E Coli Naturally“.  For general indigestion, I’ve compiled this home remedies for upset stomach that may help sooth your aching belly, plus recommendations on how to avoid it in the first place. [Read more...]