Monthly Archive: October 2016

Make Harvest Pumpkin Jellyroll now for Thanksgiving

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    I can’t tell you how many hundreds of these my friend Bert and I made through the years for our Church bazaar and catering. Next to pumpkin pie, this is my favorite Thanksgiving dessert.   Harvest pumpkin roll Cake 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin …

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How to Make Gluten Free Witch Hat Cookies for Halloween

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  Witches Hats Gluten Free Trick or Treat!  Here’s some fun facts about Halloween and a really yummy gluten free peanut butter cookie shaped like a witch hat. Let the kids help –  it’s that easy! How did trick or treating come about? It began in the Middle-Ages, children and sometimes poor adults would dress …

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Butter a Slice of Warm Oatmeal Bread

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I can tell autumn is here. The days are cooler and certainly shorter. We’re cutting corn stalks and harvesting pumpkins and gourds.  They’ll go with the fall display we make with straw bales on the north side of the outhouse facing the garden. When there’s a nip in the air, it’s bread making time in …

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3 Delicious ways to Embellish Crispy Baked Potato Skins: an OMG moment

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OK so my best friend, Carol Spry Vanover (I just blogged about her and her apron) sent me these from the P&G site. Oh my gosh, do these ever look good!  Thanks, Ms Carol!!!   Potato Skin Option A: Bacon. Shredded cheddar. Sour cream. Some chives if you’re feeling especially fancy. Nothing wrong with Option …

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How to Make Kombucha at Home

  An Easy Kombucha Recipe You Can Make in Minutes Erin Phillips • October 21, 2016   My neighbor, Erin, wrote this article for countryside magazine. It’s funny, because after she started making kombucha, she inspired me to try. So far, my scoby is happy in a quart jar but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. …

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Grandma’s Apron: A Poem

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Best friend Carol Spry Vanover in favorite apron When I cook, I put on my oldest apron, the one that is well worn and dotted with stains. Aprons are not just a piece of clothing, but a piece of history. The stains that don’t come are remembrances of time spent in the kitchen with loved …

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Fall Garden Tips – a Must Read from Garden Guru Ron Wilson

FALL GARDEN TIPS We received several question about what you should be doing in the garden and here are some gardening answers: How to fight weeds in the lawn? Weed killers work the best in the fall!  Mid October is a great time to apply them, especially if you’re going after some of the hard …

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Start Limoncello Now for Holidays

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Limoncello LEMONS: ANCIENT FRUIT WITH TIES TO BIBLE DAYS Lemons were known to the Jerusalem Jews. Josephus, a historian in ancient Jerusalem, supposedly pelted an errant high priest with lemons during a festival . But scholars think that this was done with citrons not lemons. Citrons are a citrus fruit, but it’s the pith  – …

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Fox 19 Anchors sure loved the 20 Minute Vegetable Soup!

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You know the recipe I shared the other day for my 20 minute vegetable soup (OK, it may take about 30 minutes from start to finish depending upon your stove, etc.) Well I made it on Sunday morning with Jessica Brown and Catherine Bodak and they loved it!  I used Mama Marie’s pasta sauce for …

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Secret ingredient crockpot apple butter

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What I love about this apple butter is its purity, just apples, juice, sugar if you like, and warming spices. But there is a secret ingredient… Crockpot apple butter Wow, this recipe has been making the rounds lately. My oldest & best friend, Carol Spry Vanover (you probably feel like you know her, I’ve mentioned …

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