How To Make Vanilla Sugar

how to make vanilla sugar

Baking treats, muffins, and breads just got taken a notch higher! I found out how to make vanilla sugar! Here’s all you need: 1 vanilla bean for every cup sugar 1 cup sugar for every vanilla bean jar with tight lid Just slice the vanilla bean down the center, all the way. Gently run the… [read more]

Sausage and Fennel Casserole


I wasn’t so sure about fennel.  I had never tried it before, and wasn’t sure I would like it.  But, I was inspired by a recipe from the internet, and thought, “why not”? Here is my take on the original recipe: Sausage and Fennel Casserole 3 fennel bulbs 3cups milk, divided 1 tsp salt 1… [read more]

How to Wax Cheese

waxing cheese

It’s not hard to learn how to wax cheese…I’ll show you First, you start with a hunk… and a horn of cheese.  It is usually cheaper in my area to buy it the full sized, 10-15lb. horns as they run about $1.79 a pound this way. Then, you get your hunk to slice the cheese… [read more]

Homemade Raw Milk Ice Cream


Even in winter, my family can consume ice cream by the gallon.  The store bought ice cream has really cool reusable buckets, but the ingredients in there are not what I want to feed them, especially on a regular basis.  My wonderful hubby helped me solve the problem, and we went ahead and purchased the… [read more]

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil-review and GIVEAWAY

I love coconut oil. I would use it on anything, in everything, for everything. From homemade toothpaste and deodorant to cooking, baking, frying, and smoothies. I love the versatility of this traditional oil! It’s light flavor makes it a winner in my house. My favorite place to find high quality coconut oil is Tropical Traditions.… [read more]

What a week!!


Well, chalk another busy week up for our “farm”! We got a lot accomplished around here, and I have the sore muscles to prove it! Here’s some highlights: After our washing machine quit on us, we were very blessed to be given this washing machine: it has so many buttons, gadgets, and cycles that I… [read more]



I was able to grab some eggplant at the farmer’s market the other day, and found this awesome mousakka recipe to try!  I had never had it before, and I figured why not? And, the recipe looks very time consuming, but I tell you, it was easy to make. Mousakka Recipe Author: The Homesteading Hippy Recipe… [read more]

How I save on Maple Syrup


REAL maple syrup isn’t cheap. To the tune of $41 a gallon not cheap. But, I would rather spend a bit more money on the real stuff, and then ration it out than to spend $3 on a bottle of high-fructose corn syrup with some odd additives to put on pancakes. Here’s a couple of… [read more]

Our dog food

I had researched this topic some time ago, and I let it rest for some time. Now, with the price of dog food skyrocketing in my area, and the questionable ingredients of what is in there, I picked it back up. Like the homemade chicken food, feeding our doggy a raw food diet isn’t that… [read more]

Winter and spring projects

I’ve been thinking about my spring projects a lot lately. I usually make an enormous list that is humanly impossible for even master craftsman to complete, but expect myself and my hubby to be able to. My first project is to fence in the yard. We currently do NOT have fencing, and that will make… [read more]