How to make your own “cream of _____ soup”

April 21, 2011

Have you ever taken the time to read the ingredients on the back of your “cream of whatever soups”?  The last time I did, I walked out of the grocery store without “soup” crossed off my list.  Unfortunately, avoiding some unhealthy food choices doesn’t offer a very good option unless you are able to discover a better alternative.  Thankfully Kendra from The Queen of Brussel Sprouts blog was willing to share her homemade alternative that allows you to create your own “cream of _____ soups”.  Here is how you can make it at home:

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Homemade Slippery Elm Bark Lozenges

March 16, 2011

Okay my fellow #1 and #2 mamas, ready for another herbal homemade recipe?  This one can be used to comfort digestive complaints (such as indigestion, diarrhea, colitis or ulcers) as well as to soothe sore throats or oral wounds (such as biting your tongue or lip).  I found that these were really easy to make [...]

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

March 09, 2011

If you are like me, you have had to cancel or reschedule your fair share of meetings, play dates and activities this winter due to colds.  In fact our family has been hit hard this week as my husband currently has pneumonia, our daughter has an ear infection, feaver and cough, our youngest has a [...]

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How to: make your own cultured buttermilk

February 17, 2011

At the beginning of the year, I stumbled upon a blog post about making cultured buttermilk.  (Side note: isn’t it fabulous how many fun and inspiring things we can learn from other blogs?)  Having only previously purchased buttermilk from the store or discovered the “old fashioned buttermilk” that is produced when I make butter, I was [...]

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

February 09, 2011

I knew that taco seasoning had to be something we could make at home.  I have grown tired of looking for Taco Seasoning at the supermarket that doesn’t contain MSG.  It couldn’t be that tricky to mix up, right?  Turns out it is very easy: -1 T minced dried onions -2 t chili powder -1 [...]

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A “love”ly breakfast: egg in the heart

February 08, 2011

Breakfast has not traditionally been a meal that I paid much attention to.  Cereal and I got along just fine and I saw no reason to change the relationship.  However, just lately I have been having fun trying some new things in the early morning. Below was one that Hunter requested and I thought I [...]

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How to make Hummus (easy peasy and yummy)

February 07, 2011

Get ready, this stuff is uber good! 1 cup dried chickpeas 3 cloves raw garlic 1/3 cup sesame tahini Juice from 1 large lemon (about 3 Tablespoons) 1 tsp cumin 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 3/4 tsp black pepper 1 bulb roasted garlic (optional but oh so good).  Simply cut of the very [...]

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Slow Cooker Refried Beans

January 27, 2011

A friend split a huge order with me for dried beans from Azure Standard last year (if you remember, eating more beans was one of my resolutions last year).  One of the kind of beans we bought was pinto beans.  Since I had never used pinto beans for anything before, she shared this recipe for [...]

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How to: make homemade yogurt

January 24, 2011

This week I dusted off the yogurt maker that I asked for for Christmas 2 years ago.  Since we started drinking raw milk (a few months after I got my yogurt maker) I haven’t had as much “left over milk” and as such had neglected making yogurt at home.  Instead I had been buying the [...]

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Victory is sweet! (and so are my graham crackers)

January 12, 2011

I know you have likely been losing sleep over my recent graham cracker failure.  You can stop worrying.  I faced the beast once again today and was victorious!  My secret to “getting it right” this time was: -Not rolling them out as thin. -Putting them in one pan at a time. -Watching them like a [...]

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Ashlyn’s Castle Birthday Cake

January 04, 2011

Those are Ashlyn’s three birthday cakes cooling outside on top of our grill.  It looks pretty innocent right? But after our dog came over and was giving it some looks I realized quickly that I better move it to a safer location.  I moved it to the garage and double checked that the door was [...]

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Kitchen drama: from graham crackers to blueberry boy bait

January 03, 2011

As part of my 2011 New Year’s goals, I have decided to embark on a few new kitchen adventures–some recipes that I haven’t yet made but have been wanting to.  First on my list was homemade whole wheat graham crackers. Deciding to forgo the opportunity for a Sunday nap while Quinten slept, I instead went [...]

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Gyro success & Pita bread woes

December 16, 2010

Last week I had a craving for gyros.  I decided to make some.  The only thing I really knew was that I needed lamb meat which is a good start but not much of one.  I have never bought lamb meat before.  So I did a little research (I asked my facebook friends) to find [...]

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Pumpkin lasagna

November 01, 2010

You have been so patient with all my pumpkin recipes, below is my last one.  Are you ready for something a little more unique?  This was the most “controversial” dish I made.  Only 2 out of 3 adults liked it (the 2 who liked it were female if that doesn’t surprise you) and out of [...]

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Impossible pumpkin pie

November 01, 2010

I love traditional pumpkin pie but I was excited to try this new recipe that looked very similar, only easier.  How?  Instead of making a crust, simply mix in some Bisquick and enjoy the custard textured pumpkin pie! Click here to get the recipe for Impossible Pumpkin Pie. Please note that I found the cooking [...]

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Pumpkin cookies

October 28, 2010

As promised, today I want to share my second pumpkin recipe: healthy pumpkin cookies, aptly named “wildly wholesome pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.” While they are not Pumpkin Scones, my taste testers (which included 3 adults and 5 kids aged 14 months – 7 years old) all asked for seconds so don’t be too quick to [...]

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Pumpkin scones

October 27, 2010

Yesterday I shared how to make your own pumpkin puree.  Today I double dog dare you not to drool on your keyboard when you see the first pumpkin recipe I want to share! Trust me, this one is a keeper.  All 7 of my testers (4 adults and 3 kids) gave them two thumbs up [...]

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How to make pumpkin puree

October 26, 2010

This summer I learned that canned pumpkin is considered a seasonal food when I was unable to purchase any in my local supermarket.  There was something really strange about not being able to buy a recipe ingredient and it made me reflect not only on how much I take our endless food supply for granted, [...]

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Making Dried Pumpkin Seeds

October 12, 2010

For the past few years I have enjoyed making my own pumpkin puree for all the wonderful fall pumpkin recipes.  Because my husband happens to love roasted pumpkin seeds we now get two fantastic treats when it is time to cut open the big orange veggies.  Aside from being really yummy, did you know that [...]

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Sun Dried Tomatoes and MacBooks

October 11, 2010

The sun around here in North Idaho has been pretty absent as of late.  So my efforts to make sun dried tomatoes for the first time were of the more conventional kind (using my food dehydrator).   I started by doing a google search and used this online tutorial to guide me.  Then I decided [...]

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Almost Apple Pie (shhhhhh it uses zucchini instead)!

September 28, 2010

We had a garden this year.  It was kind of our first.  I say kind-of because my husband has been faithfully trying to grow tomatoes since we got married (or so it seems).  Each year something seems to go wrong (they are planted too late, the spring is too cold, the first frost comes too [...]

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Black Bean Brownies

September 27, 2010

Just in case someone else enjoys chocolate and on the off chance that brownies are on the list of foods you like. . . Try this new version on for size. Looking to cut the fat in your brownies? I tried this tip from the Consumer Reports Shopsmart magazine: “Use beans instead.  Honest, we tried [...]

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You “can” do it: how to can peaches

September 08, 2010

This year I started with 6 boxes of peaches (20 pounds each).  I used many of them for eating, drying and peach cobbler.  When I was done with those projects, I canned the rest.  I canned about 140 peaches which translated into about 37 canned quart jars.  Below is my process: I use a Back [...]

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Peach Cobbler: make it now, enjoy it this winter!

September 01, 2010

I am going to give you a fair warning.  If you don’t like fresh peaches, peach cobbler, drying peaches or canning peaches you are NOT going to like this post or the next few I have planned.  Just click away and come back this fall when I am talking about something else–like making applesauce. Last [...]

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