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Baked Pears with Cinnamon and Honey (no sugar)

August 26, 2015 – 2:02 pm
Baked Cinnamon and Honey Pears

A quick, healthy, and super easy way to turn fresh pears into a delicious baked treat!

I Found A Wild Pawpaw Tree!

July 26, 2015 – 6:28 pm
pawpaws 2015

People say pawpaws taste like a mix between banana custard and mangoes. I can’t wait to try them!

How To Can Tomato Sauce, {Plus} Tomato Powder From Scraps

July 5, 2015 – 5:26 am
How To Can Tomato Sauce PLUS Tomato Powder

Learn how to make a delicious, healthy tomato sauce, and can it for years ahead. Plus, make tomato powder with the leftover scraps!

Sautéed Squash and Onions

July 5, 2015 – 2:26 am
squash and onions

A quick, easy, and delicious way to eat squash fresh from the garden. Even for squash-haters like me.

Cabbage and Noodles. A Delicious and Cheap Meal.

June 6, 2015 – 7:31 pm
cabbage and noodles recipe

This simple and delicious recipe feeds my family of six for less than $3!

How To Freeze Strawberries

May 15, 2015 – 12:23 pm
How To Freeze Strawberries

Freezing strawberries is a great way to quickly preserve an abundant harvest to enjoy for months ahead!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

May 14, 2015 – 10:53 am
Eating Seasonally: Strawberry Spinach Salad

Here’s a delicious seasonal salad we enjoy when spinach and strawberries are both ready to harvest in the garden.

16 Delicious Flower Jelly Recipes

April 22, 2015 – 7:28 am
16 Delicious Flower Jelly Recipes

You won’t believe how many edible flowers can be made into a delicious flower jelly. You just might have some of these growing in your yard right now!

Dandelion Greens Salad

April 21, 2015 – 8:54 am
Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe

Did you know there’s food right under your feet? You’ll never go hungry when you know how to find it! Dandelions are an easy wild food for beginner foragers. Here’s a yummy recipe to get you started with wild edibles.

13 Condiments You Can Make From Scratch

March 29, 2015 – 7:53 am
Barbecue Sauce

Here’s a list of the most popular condiments you can make from scratch, with simple recipes using ingredients you can grow and harvest yourself!

How To Can Chicken On The Bone: Hot Pack and Raw Pack Methods

March 27, 2015 – 2:42 pm
two ways to can chicken legs

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on TWO ways to can chicken on the bone: hot pack and raw pack methods.

How To Can Ground Beef In A Pressure Canner

March 18, 2015 – 5:08 pm
How To Can Ground Beef

Learn how to can ground beef for longer storage than a freezer, and quick meal prep!

Old Fashioned Lemon Chess Pie

February 25, 2015 – 5:17 pm
Old Fashioned Lemon Chess Pie

From-scratch lemon chess pie uses simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. An old fashioned favorite you’re sure to love!

23 Things You Must Know To Can Meat Safely

February 25, 2015 – 10:49 am
23 Things You Must Know To Can Meat Safely

A detailed list of everything you need to know to can meat safely. Many of these precautions are never mentioned in canning recipes. Get familiar with them before beginning to can.

Homegrown Popcorn

February 19, 2015 – 11:05 am
Homegrown Popcorn- tips and experiences! via

Homegrown popcorn is an excellent snack food you can grow yourself!

Herb Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

January 22, 2015 – 8:08 pm
jerusalem artichokes

A delicious recipe for roasted Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) and parsnips or carrots, tossed with fresh rosemary.