Monthly Archive: December 2016

Happy New Year

Just a quick note to say, again, that I hope you have the best year ever in 2017.  Thanks you for logging on to my site and sharing your tips, thoughts and recipes. I appreciate you! Blessings, Rita  

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DIY Bone Broth, Step by Step

Yesterday I walked across the field to check on my elderly neighbor, John and saw lots of grass-like blades poking through the soil. Farmer Bruner sowed rye right after he harvested pumpkins from the same field and that’s what was popping up. Husband Frank told me it’s called “winter rye” since it can germinate through …

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Growing Herbs Indoors from Seeds

Even in winter we can still grow fresh herbs.  In most regions the herb garden is now dormant, but with a little planning you can grow many culinary herbs and greens indoors this winter.   I like starting herbs for indoor use from seeds. That way, they can grow with stocky, healthy stems “from the …

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah!

I wanted to tell each of you personally who log onto my site, I sincerely hope you have the best  holiday ever, whether you celebrate it on Christmas or with a Hanukkah celebration like my friend and webmaster, John. I hope you are surrounded by family, friends and good food!  And remember, it’s not just …

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Secret Ingredient Latkes for Hanukkah

Latkes/Potato Pancakes EASY POTATO LATKES FOR HANUKKAH Oil plays a significant role in the  story of Hanukkah — the small jug of oil that miraculously provided fuel for the Temple Menorah for eight days. It is a Jewish tradition to eat foods that reflect the significance of a holiday – such as matzoh on Passover, …

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Merry Christmas! 12 Days of Christmas Legend

The Legend of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song The twelve days of Christmas are the twelve days between Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, the birth of Jesus, and the Epiphany, Jan. 6th, the day Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi (Wise Men) and the revelation of Christ as the light of the world. The …

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Most popular appetizer: Baked Swiss and Apricot Cranberry Dip

  My most requested dip this time of year is sweet and savory with cream cheese, apricot preserves, Swiss cheese and raisins.   You can make this ahead of time and simply bake it a bit longer. If the top browns too quickly before the dip is hot, just tent w/foil.  Thanks to daughter-in-law Jessie, for …

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry

Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry For Becky, who lost this recipe after she moved from Ohio Sanford, MI. She told me: “Somehow in the process I’ve misplaced my recipe for Chicken stir fry that you published in the community press several years ago. I remember some of the ingredients are soy sauce, …

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Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils: What’s the difference?

Here’s some timely information from Livestrong.com about essential and fragrance oils and the difference in the two. I use mainly essential oils in my herbal practice.   Differences Between Essential Oils & Fragrance Oils by SHARON FALSETTO  Last Updated: Oct 30, 2015 Many people confuse the terms “essential oil” and “fragrance oil” because of the frequent …

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A Delicious Cooked, Nonalcoholic Eggnog Recipe

Make Amazing Homemade Eggnog All Year long For Linda E., who loved our local Trauth Dairy Eggnog (Trauth closed it’s doors in 2011. Reiter foods makes Trauth dairy products, but, as Linda said “just not the same – can you help?”.  Well, I do know that Trauth used “all natural ingredients”: cream, milk, nutmeg, etc., …

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