Maple Orange Sherry Wine Mustard

Maple Orange Sherry Mustard is delicious! It also makes a wonderful gift for a friend. Maple Orange Sherry Mustard is gourmet in flavor, yet easy on the cook and the pocketbook! 

Homemade mustard is such a creative process. All it takes is a few mustard seeds, a bit of flavor, a small amount of wait time and you get fancy gourmet mustard. The tasty mustard is worthy of gifting to friends. This is a mustard you can be proud of. 

This recipe for Maple Orange Sherry Mustard is mildly sweet from the maple syrup and sherry wine, with a bright note of citrus from the orange. It goes well on any meat sandwich, especially turkey and ham. Also very versatile, it is perfect to add to the pan after sauteing meat for a simple deglazed pan sauce or it can be used in any recipe calling for a spoonful of mustard. 

Break out of your mustard habit, there is more to enjoying mustard than ballpark style... 

Like most prepared mustard, Maple Orange Sherry Mustard will need a resting time for the harsh bite o…

Something for the Kitchen!

Honey Almond Granola

Honey Almond Granola, no refined sugar and only 30 minutes in the oven! Why buy granola at the market when it is this quick and easy to make?

We are big Granola fans in this house, well OK, me more than my husband. But I can say that with oats being so versatile there is absolutely no reason not to eat them regularly. I always have a couple of flavors of Granola ready and waiting. You can put just about anything in a batch of Granola, and while I want it to taste good, I usually choose ingredients for their nutritional value. 

You will find that this tasty batch of Granola includes almonds and pumpkin seeds. Both are good sources of Magnesium which we all need in our food sources for good health. You might notice that I did not add dried fruit to this granola recipe.But truthfully, I never do!Often it becomes hard in thebaking process. Also, I figure each person can choose their own fruit from the pantry, each morning... 

Granola is a great recipe to use coconut oil, providing another ty…

How to make Dandelion Salve

Homemade Dandelion Salve is one of the easiest personal care products to make! Plus it can be a family project, but save some of the flowers for the bees! 

In our quest to remain self-sufficient we try to learn something new regularly.  And now that Spring has arrived, one thing we will all see more of is Dandelions! Which means now is the time to think about making your own homemade Dandelion Salve

Fortunately, there will be Dandelions all around us. Think of Dandelions as the crop you do not have to plant. The bees rely heavily upon this first flower of Spring, for their food. Therefore the best practice is to take no more than 20% of the flowers. But not to worry, there will be plenty of flowers for salve, and for the bees!
First, you will need to gather the flowers. After picking, snap off all of the stems, you only want the flower top. From there a quick wash in cool water. It is quite easy, fill a sink, drop in the flowers, and swish, swish, swish. 

Scoop the flower tops from the …

British style Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking

British style Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking will have you baking up delicious "bakes" just like they do in the countryside of Britain... 

Here recently I have taken quite a shine to British food. Especially Welsh Tea Cake, known as Bara Brith. It is easy to make, and quite delicious. I have come to enjoy my afternoon cup of tea, sweetened with a bit of honey and lightened up with a splash of cream. And for those days that lunch is but just a memory, a slice of cake spread with a bit of butter is perfect to enjoy along with my cuppa.

The first time I made Welsh Tea Cake I used equal portions of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for the traditional Mixed Spice used in the U.K. That first Welsh Tea Cake was delicious, even with my Americanized substitution. Fortunately, I found a recipe for traditional MixedSpice and planned to stir a batch together for the next loaf. 

But there was a problem, I could not locate my spice grinder to turn my Coriander seeds into ground Coriander, on…

Whole Wheat Puffy Cheese Noodles

If you are looking for a homemade noodle recipe, look no further than right here! Whole Wheat PuffyCheese Noodles are fun to make, a great project to make with your little ones, and you get dinner!

I have been making these noodles for a few decades now! Whole Wheat Puffy Cheese Noodles have been made with help from our own little people running around. They have been made and allowed to dry completely and given as part of a gift basket. They are often made up to be part of a casserole for that night's dinner. 

I do understand that some folks do not care for the texture and/or flavor of whole-grain pasta, and that is perfectly acceptable. For anyone visiting here today that is of that opinion, here is the only change required, simply reduce the flour to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and carry on! 

Ingredients for this recipe:
whole wheat floureggmilksaltParmesan Cheesebaking powderYou will also need: 2 bowls, 1 small & 1 mediummeasuring cupmeasuring spoonsrolling pintowelingNow we are r…

How to make Ready to use Minced Garlic

Easy to make Ready to use Minced Garlic, with no preservatives or additives!

You will enjoy having this little jar of Ready to Use Minced Garlic in your kitchen. I love love, love the flavor but hate the clingy, sticky, papery skin. If you feel the same way, this jar of kitchen convenience is for you! 

You can buy ready to use minced garlic in the grocery stores, but personally, I don't want the preservatives associated with that product. But I still wanted convenience...and it hit me one driving home from work. Vodka was the answer!

Vodka is used for many different things, and for good reason. It does not have a distinct flavor, it is germ-free and best of all, it does not freeze. And so the thought crossed my mind, that I should combine vodka and garlic for a homemade version of the grocr=ery store product. But without the preservatives. 

You can make as much or as little as you want and keep it in the freezer, right there handy as can be, so that when you are cooking you can measur…

Super Simple "Easy Clean" Spray Cleaner

Keep a bottle of this super simple "Easy Clean" Spray Cleaner handy, and quick as can be, you can have a clean and ready work surface, once again!

So tell me, have you ever had one of those days, where you walk into the kitchen to start a meal and all the counters are covered with the remains of the day?Super Simple "Easy Clean" Spray Cleaner is just what you need, because, what you will find on the kitchen counter is..

Crumbs from getting out a few crackers. Or a bit of sugar spilled from sweetening a cup of coffee or tea. And of course, that smear left behind from a knife, telling of peanut butter and jelly sandwichs...but now dinner is waiting to be made so...get out your bottle of this easy to make cleaner!

Ingredients for this recipe:
watervinegardish soapYou will also need: spray bottleNow we are ready to begin!

Super Simple "Easy Clean" Spray Cleaner
adapted from:  various cleaners tried!

1 16 oz empty spray bottle
2 T white vinegar
3 drops of liquid di…