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egg recipes for backyard chickens

Delicious Egg Recipes to Use Surplus Eggs from Your Backyard Chickens

If you have been following my blog much, you probably know we have chickens in our backyard.  They are fun to watch and keep us stocked with eggs.  Sometimes when you have chickens, you have so many eggs in the refrigerator that you can’t figure out what to do with them.  Sometimes I give them to neighbors.  Other times I go in search of egg recipes that will help me use them.  I know some of you have backyard chickens, too, so I thought maybe some of you run into that problem.  I went through my archives and picked some...

cooking from the garden

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Hey, peeps! How’s it going? Things here are good. Our son’s wedding is coming up this Saturday, so it has been a little crazy around here getting everything planned!  Along with the busy pace that goes with planning a wedding, fall harvest is in full swing here, too!  ‘Tis the season for garden cooking!  That means I have been canning salsa and that our table is covered with squash and pumpkins. We have LOTS. I made some pumpkin puree with some of them recently and I used some of it to mix up a batch of these delicious pumpkin spice...

hot water bath canning

How to Hot Water Bath Can Produce to Build Your Food Storage

Have you ever looked at the beautiful jars of canned fruit in someone else’s food storage and wished you had mason jars full of garden produce in your own food storage?  I always did, but until a few years ago, I had never tried water bath canning.  It just looked like too much work, right?  Well, don’t let that stop you or you will be missing out on some amazing things for your food storage!  The whole canning thing is definitely a little bit of work, but it is so worth it when it is over!  Seeing all of the...

fall comfort food

How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Soup

Hi, guys!  I am excited because we have gotten seven or eight nice baking-size pumpkins from our garden so far.  Time to do some garden cooking!  I baked them, pureed them,  and used some of that puree to make a little experiment that turned out wonderfully.  Pumpkin Pecan Soup!  It was such a lovely, easy dinner this evening!  Warm, with a smooth texture, with yummy pecans added.  It would have been great with some crusty bread…but I wasn’t that ambitious 😉   As I said, to make this yummy soup, I used some of the cute l’il pumpkins out of...

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Why Is Keeping Weight Off So Hard?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInmyLife #Before #CollectiveBias     Hi, guys!  Welcome back!  How are things with you?  Harvest season is approaching here in Utah and we are starting to get a few tomatoes and some zucchini.  Fresh garden produce makes me want to break into a song about my favorite things like Maria!  It won’t be long now and I will be able to start canning homemade salsa!  YUM!  You know,  I love sharing gardening and self-reliance tips, recipes, and that kind of stuff...

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Our August 2016 Starbucks Gift Card Winner!

Is it me or is it insanity that it is the end of August already?  I feel like this summer just flew by.  I didn’t get nearly as many things accomplished as I had planned.   I had intended to paint interior doors this summer.  Didn’t happen.  I had intended to get the railing in our interior stairwell replaced.  Didn’t happen.  There has been so much going on around here.  We got another kiddo off to college last week (*sniff* *sniff*).   Then there is a wedding that’s happening next month (our oldest son) and my goodness…I didn’t not realize...

harvest japanese basil

How to Harvest Red Shiso (Japanese Basil) From Your Garden

Hey, my friends!  How is harvest season going?  We are excited about harvesting one of the more recent additions to our garden – red shiso (also known as Japenese Basil).  I love red shiso because it adds color to the garden, as you can see in the picture below. One of the other nice things about red shiso is that it can be a perennial plant, depending on your climate.  That means you plant it once and don’t have to plant it again.  It comes back the next year, all by itself!  No work from you!  And it multiplies!  ...

Garden Tomato Recipes

Easy Garden Tomato Recipes

Hello, my friends!  I’ve been wondering…how is your garden doing?  Ours is going so crazy!  Since it is fall and garden produce abounds, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favorite garden tomato recipes with you.  (Don’t you just love garden cooking?  I do!)  Our tomatoes are just starting to ripen and we are excited to get going on our canning!  We always plan the garden in such a way that we will have loads of tomatoes because we love having them on our food storage shelves.  Surely some of you do, too.  Deciding what...