How to Make Crabapple Jelly

Crabapple jelly is one of the easiest to make; no pectin is required because the crabapples themselves have plenty of their own!

Do you remember when, in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, Farmer Boy, Almanzo’s parents went away for a week and left the children at home to look after the farm? Mother kept a barrel of store-bought sugar in the pantry which was to last the year. One of her instructions to them while she was away? Don’t eat all the sugar!Continue Reading

Supercharge Your Elderberry Syrup

Supercharge Your Elderberry Syrup with foraged plants to boost immune building properties.

You know I’m a big fan of elderberries. We’ve talked about them in the past. And they grow wild here in NEPA, so that’s a huge plus. But, even if they don’t grow in your area, you can purchase them dried pretty reasonably right here.

Elderberry Syrup is well known for it’s ability to boost the immune system and to fight coughs, colds, and flu. I make it regularly and Mike and I take a tablespoon (or so) of it most every day. Many recipes simmer the berries with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and ginger to add additional cold-fighting properties and make it taste even more yummy. These are fantastic and I always add them as well.

Supercharge Your Elderberry Syrup

I love to forage and I’ve begun to wonder what other wild-foraged treasures could be added to my elderberry syrup to make it even more powerful – to supercharge it so to speak! While most of my additions may be foraged, they can also be purchased dried if they are not available in your area.Continue Reading

How to Spatchcock Chicken

Learn not only how to spatchcock chicken, but what the heck spatchcock is. Simply, it means to butterfly.

As a blogger, people often ask me what blogs I follow. There are tons of great blogs that I know and love, but one of the first I always mention is And Here We Are. It’s written by Ariana Mullins. She and her family are Americans living in England (soon to be moving to Spain).

I love reading about Ariana’s lifestyle because she is in love with real food. To get free-range eggs, she grabs her egg cartons and takes a walk – the eggs are left outside a lovely home and she just puts her money in the mail slot. She frequents farmer’s markets and butcher shops. Ariana has a backyard garden, and she is an avid forager. I’ve learned so much from her!

Ariana is the one that taught me to spatchcock chicken! Not only how to spatchcock, but what the heck spatchcock is. I had no idea. Simply, it means to butterfly.Continue Reading

A Real Food Thanksgiving

Great recipes for a real food Thanksgiving!!!

What a great holiday; a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” as proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln. And I have so much for which I am thankful. Peace with God. A loving family. Provisions galore. So we’ll celebrate.Continue Reading