Vanilla Extract

My grandmother lived in southern Texas when I was younger. Whenever she travelled back to Northern Michigan to visit she often brought fresh produce like key limes and avocados. She also brought back vanilla extract. I didn’t fully understand why my mom appreciated the gesture until I was well into college. Have you ever lookedContinue reading “Vanilla Extract”

Elderberry Gummies

Cold and flu season has struck out household with an unwavering vengeance this year. I pride myself on the fact that we are normally extremely healthy; however, that is not the case lately. It seems like just when we get over one illness another roots itself in our bodies. Both of my daughters have gottenContinue reading “Elderberry Gummies”

Top 10 of 2021: A Year in Review

What a year this has been. So many opportunities, life changes and adventures have crossed our path. I will be forever grateful for our loved ones and memories this year brought us. As I sit here sipping mocktails with my daughters I can’t help but thank you for your support. Without you I would haveContinue reading “Top 10 of 2021: A Year in Review”

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

As gardening season starts winding down, what I consider to be soup season is just starting to pick up in Northern Michigan. It might still be occasionally warm late in the day; however, the evenings and nights become chilly quickly. A bowl of warm soup with crusty bread always makes me feel happy at theContinue reading “Roasted Red Pepper Soup”

Freezer Stored Kale

I love being able to enjoy produce fresh from the garden. In winter time we don’t get to enjoy very much fresh grown vegetables – which is why I preserve much of my harvest. I love storing my fresh kale in the freezer because it’s incredibly easy to throw into soups and stir fry dishes.Continue reading “Freezer Stored Kale”

Crock Pot Root Beer Moonshine

My husband works hard to keep our family provided for and our house running. He rarely asks for anything- and when he does I make it happen. So, when he asked me to make some root beer moonshine I was more than happy to oblige. Essentially what you’re doing with the crock pot is makingContinue reading “Crock Pot Root Beer Moonshine”

Dehydrated Zucchini Chips

Zucchini is one of those vegetables I can get my entire family to eat. It’s so easy to grow and is very prolific so we love finding new ways to enjoy it. All of us enjoy these zucchini chips and they are actually very easy to dehydrate. Beware – one batch isn’t going to beContinue reading “Dehydrated Zucchini Chips”

Elderberry Syrup

My family stays relatively healthy. Much of that has to do with our diet and lifestyle choices, but I contribute much of it to working hard building up our immune systems. Elderberry syrup is full of immune system boosting properties and is quick and easy to make. Elderberries are a little wonder fruit. They areContinue reading “Elderberry Syrup”

Lavender Infused Sugar

I absolutely love finding new ways to dress up my favorite recipes. Sometimes changing one spice or herb can make a huge difference. I’ve been experimenting with vanilla beans lately, but I’ve been dreaming of hot July weather and summer flavors so this lavender infused sugar was a must do. Lavender infused sugar is fairlyContinue reading “Lavender Infused Sugar”

Fire Cider Health Tonic

Fermenting, infusions and extracts have become a recent hobby of mine. My husband laughs whenever he finds one of my new “science experiments” in our pantry. He’s a great sport about all of it though. Thankfully he wasn’t around when I initially put this fire cider together; he’s not the biggest fan of horseradish. IContinue reading “Fire Cider Health Tonic”