Don’t Waste the Pits: How to Make Cherry Pit Syrup plus Five Ways to Preserve Cherries

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I hate waste. And, let’s be honest, whenever you take fresh produce and prepare it in some way, there is waste. The peels. The tops  The pits of cherries–well hang on a sec, I’m getting to it! Sure, you can always toss that stuff in your compost pile. (Learn more about … Continue reading

Sourdough: A Guide to Everything you Need to Know

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Since I first started learning about health and nutrition, one of the first things I wanted to make was sourdough bread. I thought, if I only had my very own sourdough starter, I could make wholesome bread (and other things!) for my family. But I was hesitant. To be honest, I … Continue reading

Cheese Recipes and Other Made from Milk Recipes

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My Facebook Followers will know that on Monday I got an impromptu cheese-making lesson when I stopped in to visit a friend and found her a few minutes into making 30 Minute Mozzarella. In less than a half-hour we were eating seriously delicious, fresh, homemade mozzarella cheese. Now, I have … Continue reading

Easy Homemade Granola

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Cold cereal is probably one of the worst foods you can eat. No matter what is says on the label, it is not real food; it is a food-like product. And I’m not just talking about Lucky Charms and those “sugar cereals” as my mom used to call them. Even … Continue reading

My Week on Wednesday and Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

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Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! Last week my husband and I were sick. In fact, last week’s My Week on Wednesday almost didn’t happen; we just sort of sat around feeling miserable taking turns taking care of the kids — who, happily, were untouched by whatever-it-was. … Continue reading

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers -- just in time for pumpkin spice everything!

  ‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice everything! So we’re going to do a little series here with a couple of delicious warming pumpkin spice drinks. But before you can make a pumpkin spice drink, you need to whip yourself up some pumpkin spice. This is easy-peasy, trust me. It’s … Continue reading

How to Freeze Peppers

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  Peppers are just about the easiest thing in the world to freeze… all you really need to do is cut them up, raw, and stick them in the freezer. However, when I’m using fresh peppers in a dish I like to cook them a little in a hot, dry … Continue reading

Real Ice Cream

Real Ice Cream without any added flavor. Delicious! via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

  *** Note this post is also part of Real Food Birthday Party (plus Ice Cream Recipe). It has been slightly updated, and given a page of its own for simplicity’s sake.*** When my husband and I were in Scotland, we discovered something wonderful: ice cream. Plain and simple ice … Continue reading

Are Ball Canning Lids BPA Free?

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You’ve read it… Ball canning lids have BPA in them. You’ve heard that you have to use Such-and-Such canning lid because they are BPA free. And you’ve seen the bright yellow ribbon across the cheery green boxes of Ball canning jars proudly proclaiming that they are: The brand you trust … Continue reading