Pumpkin Spice Mocha

This will wake you up in the morning! Pumpkin Spice Mocha! A chocolate coffee treat just right for frosty fall mornings! || Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

With the cold weather approaching, and longer nights, brisk days, and Halloween looming near, I am pretty sure you cannot have too many warming drink recipes up your sleeve. And what makes a better warming drink than Pumpkin Spice… something? Last week I made up some Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix, … Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Cider (with Whiskey)

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So what do real food, urban homesteader bloggers (who walk to pick their kids up from school) do in the afternoon? They try to find ways to legitimately inject a bit of alcohol into their days. Not every day. But sometimes. You know what I mean… how many of those … Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

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  And Pumpkin Spice week continues over here at Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers! If you haven’t already seen my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix, be sure to check it out… because you’re going to need to make some (don’t worry, it takes about two seconds) for … Continue reading

Start Your Day Off Right Pumpkin Spice Latte

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  ‘Tis the season of woolly sweaters, apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything. So I’m doing a little series of some of my favorite pumpkin spice recipes… done Real Food style, of course. 😉 Because I love a warm, spicy mug of coffee on a brisk morning as much as the … 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

Spicy Blueberry Jam

Spicy Blueberry Jam via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

  Blueberries are a delicious, healthful part of summer, and something we preserve in vast quantities by drying or freezing. But you just can’t bring home a basket of blueberries without turning some of those delicious berries into jam! (Honest. You can’t.)   This Spicy Blueberry Jam recipe uses Pomona’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

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

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