Irish Hot Chocolate

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Welcome to March… when we can all start thinking about things that are green and Irish-ish. Okay, this isn’t green. But it is a delightful, creamy hot chocolate, full of good milk, cream, raw cacao powder… and, of course whiskey! So I’d say we’re good to go. Delicious! Irish Hot … Continue reading

Mushroom and Wild Rice Stew with Swiss Chard

Mushroom Wild Rice Stew |Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

My dinner on Tuesday was inspired by this Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup by My Sister’s Pantry. I found it, it looked delicious. I was going to make it. It was going to be easy. It was going to be simple. I was going to follow the directions, and use … Continue reading

Spiced Wine for Imbolc

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Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the season for dreaming about spring is upon us. While the weather is still cold, and the wind bitter, the days are noticeably longer and the first stirrings of spring whisper through air and tickle the earth: The buds which will blossom beautifully come springtime … Continue reading

How to dry your own MINT and make TEA

How to dry your own Mint and make Tea | Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Only grow mint in pots, they told me. It will take over your yard, they told me. Good! I thought. I could use something that is largely indestructible in my gardens. Plus the bees like it. So… This summer the mint might, or might not, have taken over the back … Continue reading

Apple Prune Preserves

Apple Prune Preserves | Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

    Like most of my really brilliant ideas, the recipe for my Apple Prune Preserves was the product of necessity. Er… stubbornness. Plus an accident. It came into my life a couple of years ago when I decided that pears would make a nice addition to plain old prune … Continue reading

Real Food Mexican Wedding Cakes

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Mexican Wedding Cakes have always been my husband’s favorite Christmas cookie. In fact, I remember my mother-in-law telling me, as she wrote out her recipe for me, that he always said it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. As we have moved away from being a sugar-filled household, we learned that … Continue reading

Irish Eggnog for Christmas

Irish Eggnog |Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

I like rum. Who doesn’t like rum? But I like whiskey better. And this eggnog recipe is sweet, nourishing, and full of Irish Whiskey goodness! Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. When you begin your shopping through an affiliate link, the price stays the same for you, but … Continue reading

Sweet & Savory Sweet Potato Stew

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Not too sweet, not too spicy, and full of late-fall vegetables, apples, and dried fruit… this stew is a favorite dish for when the days darken and Yule approaches. It fills the house with the inviting smells of frying onions, browning meat, and nutmeg. It begs to be eaten in … Continue reading

7 Gift Ideas for the Real Food Person in Your Life

7 Gift Ideas for the Real Food Person in your Life

What exactly is Real Food? Doesn’t everyone eat real food? When someone says they eat Real Food, they are talking about a way of selecting and preparing food that is quite different from the Standard American Diet. Most food in America is processed somehow–it comes in a can or package … Continue reading

Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a delicious one-dish meal full of vegetables and a roast chicken besides? Try this Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts! It's stuffed with potatoes, too, so it's gluten-free! Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

A Roast Chicken is the perfect dish to warm up a cold November day. It will chase the chill out of the kitchen with a warm oven, and chase the chill out of the house with the smell of roasting chicken mingling with garlic and onions, and the knowledge that a complete … Continue reading