Time to do the spice and herb sniff test again!


With the holidays upon us, nothing is worse than getting a container of dried herbs or spices out of the pantry ready to add to your recipe, but when you open it, no aroma wafts out. Uh oh…… Open container and sniff. Does it smell like the spice/herb it’s supposed to be? If not, toss …

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Pepita Snack Mix for Halloween= WHOOPIE!!!!

Pumpkin carving is at its height right now, and it’s “in” not to waste the seeds. I save some for next year’s crop and also use some to make roasted pumpkin seeds. My newest fave is this sweet and spicy one. But another way to use pumpkins, as in puree, is in this recipe for …

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How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting

Granddaughters El and Em harvesting pumpkins

How to Keep Pumpkins Fresh Starts with Picking the Right One     1: Pick a Healthy Pumpkin First, make sure that you start with a fresh and healthy pumpkin. Choose a firm pumpkin with no soft spots and its stem in tact. Starting off with a firm pumpkin means that your carved pumpkin has …

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Proud Mama


A few days ago I was presenting before a group of folks and the topic was “Eating from the Garden of Eden” – you know, the type of food and herbs that are healthy to eat and easy to fix. Anyway, we got on the subject of seafood and I was telling them how, with our …

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Stuffed Mushrooms Monterrey – Do Ahead Appetizer for Halloween

Whoda’ thought mushrooms were an ancient Biblical food eaten mainly by Royals and soldiers going to war? Today I chatted with Annie  Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about mushrooms. Did you know how nutritious mushrooms are? And did you know you can make one of my most popular catering appetizers with them? …

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What’s that buzzing sound? A Hornet? Find Out Here

European Hornets Cause Concern When friend and colleague, Joe Boggs, of OSU Extension Agency, talks about hornets, especially this time of year, I listen. So should you. Take a look: Bug Bytes Authors Joe Boggs Published on October 4, 2017 At some point each season, I have come to expect receiving at least one phone …

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Halloween Party Foods: Carnitas!

  Carnitas have become a cult favorite in our family.  It originated with daughter-in-law, Courtney, who found the recipe on Pinterest and the Damn Delicious site. Courtney shared it with my other daughter-in-law, Jessie. Then the recipe was shared with Jessie’s sister, Lottie. I finally got the recipe today. Another slow cooker gem.  With Halloween …

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Simple Country Pleasures

I stopped at Farmer Kluba’s to pick up some canner tomatoes. Donna was getting ready to go to market and Ed, her husband, was coming in from the field. What hard workers these folks are, and we are the recipients of their efforts. Here’s what country farming looks like today out here in our little …

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Time to Make Applesauce, Apple Butter


  I love Winesap apples. I guess because they were one of my Mom’s favorites. When our kids were little, we put in an orchard of about 60 trees and we sold apples and made cider.  Jonathan and Yellow Delicious are my favorites, too.   What about apples for baking?   There are lots of varieties …

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Happy Weekend

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No recipes, just a thought for each of you to have a wonderful weekend. Here on my little patch of heaven the air is crisp, cool and autumn-like. So  I’ll be working in the herb garden, getting it ready for winter.

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