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.  [...]

Huge flavor in a little tube

I have a secret weapon I use for flavor - anchovy paste !  Now before you say you hate anchovies, I will tell you nothing tastes fishy, and you won't even know it's in there.  You'll only know the food tastes good.  I often buy it by the dozen just to get the best price [...]

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 [...]

Beef and Barley Soup from the Homestead

I make a lot of soup.  it's nourishing, easy to make, and often uses up left over ingredients in the fridge or pantry. This particular week I didn't have any left over beef, so I bought the cheapest beef things I could find at the marker, which turned out to be a piece of beef [...]

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 [...]

Hamburger Soup

Soup is one of our favorite foods.  It is filling, usually inexpensive to make, and nice and warm on a cold day. It doesn't take any special skills or a lot of time. Hamburger soup started as a recipe I saw years ago someplace, but I have modified and created my own version of course. [...]

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 [...]

Americans Waste Too Much Food

I read a disturbing fact recently  about wasted food - almost 40 percent of the food produced in the USA is wasted between the time is is grown and harvested  and then spoils or goes uneaten. Homesteaders and farmers are close to the land. We grow a lot of what we eat.  And precious money [...]