Easy Date Nut Bread

One of the things I buy in bulk is dates.  I love them.  And they are terribly expensive in the little packs at my grocery store, but when I buy dates in bulk on line , the price per pound is much less than the tiny pack in the store.  They keep well in the [...]

Old Fashioned Rhubarb makes great Rhubarb Roll Ups

Rhubarb is one of those "old time" vegetables.  My family ALWAYS had rhubarb growing, and I took some roots from the farm when I left, and still have it growing in my garden today.  Many people, though, have never eaten the tart plant. It is probably best known in pies and crumbles, although it can [...]

Homemade Oatmeal Applesauce bread that’s good for you

I'm sharing another of my beloved bread recipes today.  This can actually be considered good for you, with healthy ingredients like old fashioned oats, and (homemade) applesauce, and cinnamon; all of which have health benefits. It keeps well for a few days when wrapped up well, if the loaf lasts that long. It's a bit [...]

Make your own Fruit Nut Bread

I love bread.  Quick bread, that comes together in an hour or less, and yeast bread that can take hours to let rise and develop.  My family always had bread with meals, but usually the white stuff from the store.  I try to make healthier versions, so I don't feel like I am eating junk.  [...]

My Favorite Cast Iron Magazine

If you have followed along for a while, you know I love my cast iron skillets and bake ware.  My grandmother's and mother's skillets are prized possessions.  In fact, you could say I am rather passionate about using cast iron. I also have a penchant for buying magazines and books about cooking in general, but [...]

Mom’s Fruit Crisp

For whatever reason, I am in a rather nostalgic mood today. I feel like I need some of Mom's wisdom today, and therefore making something she always made for us on the farm just feels right. And it's Saturday, when I usually spend in the morning in the kitchen cleaning and cooking anyway.  We always [...]

Shop at Home in The Pantry Store

Every so often I realized I have quite a bit of food stocked up in my pantry, meaning my pantry cabinet, my freezer, cold storage and whatever I might have growing in the window in winter.  There is really no reason to go to a store and buy anything. My sister and I call this [...]

My All Time Favorite Cookbooks

Since I love to cook, I have quite a few cookbooks. Maybe more than "a few". My family knows this, as I frequently receive them as gifts.  My sisters will pass on to me those they no longer want. I love to page through a cookbook to see what I might like.  It's even better [...]

Ice Cream Toppings worth the splurge

I always like an evening snack.   I blame my parents.  On the farm we had supper at 5 pm sharp, then back to the barn for the evening milking, feeding the calves, and putting everyone to bed. By 8.30-9 pm we were all hungry again.  It's a very hard habit to break, even all these [...]

3 Key Reasons to Cook at Home

I guess I am just a traditional farm girl.  Dinner was when everyone gathered around the table to eat together.  Always. Every night. I really never considered any other option.  The idea of people eating all different times and having different food is a totally foreign concept to me. So here are the 3 Key [...]