Cleaning out my freezer is always an adventure. I find items completely forgotten about because they somehow landed in the wrong place. Like a 2 pound bag of small, sweet strawberries picked last June. That was tucked behind containers of farro and freekeh. Hidden between jars of bone broth was a quart jar almost full of grape juice. That had to be from making grape … Continue reading Strawberry Jam and Grape Jelly from Frozen Fruits & Juice!
This week Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, talked about the 3 wise men who are depicted in our manger scenes bringing gifts to Baby Jesus. Here’s some “legends” about them: They are often depicted as representing 3 races, 3 ages of adult men and 3 different areas. There are lots of different accounts as to who’s who. The first was called … Continue reading Homemade Peppermint Bark Famous Clone and Gingerbread Playdough
Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about holiday spices of the Christmas season that have Biblical roots. Like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and coriander. I thought it would be fun to share my chai tea recipes using these spices. One is a classic recipe and the other a fun, more trendy one. So I hope you make one of these to share, and … Continue reading Gift Givers Chai Tea
Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods. Today we talked about St. Nicholas – his feast day is December 5. Check out the poem about “Blessed Christmas” and the foods that are significant with the poem. It’s at the end of this message. The poem is in bold; the ingredients are not. Some history … Continue reading Christmas Blessing Mix to Make
Guess what I woke up wanting to make today? Orange marmalade! All because of the windfall of thin-skinned, super juicy oranges friends Bob and Bert brought me.If you’ve never made orange marmalade, I hope this recipe makes you want to try. I’ve actually got 2 recipes for you: one a classic stove top recipe and another cooked in the crockpot. Here’s the deal: check out … Continue reading Orange Marmalade – 2 Ways to Cook
Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about the legend of Victorian manger herbs and I also shared some of my family’s favorite recipes for the holidays. On the starry night when Christ was born, according to the legends, Joseph gathered herbs and grasses t cradle his newborn son. Among them were bedstraw and … Continue reading Victorian Manger Herbs, And Fun Foods for the Holidays
I had an executive culinary decision to make today. Requests for my clone of Wms. Sonoma peppermint bark are flowing in again. I honestly thought this cult favorite had made the rounds of our kitchens. I’m assuming there’s some newbies on board who want to make it. Then again, some requests are from readers who’ve been with me a while. So be patient — the … Continue reading DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka: Oh Yes! And Doggie Biscuits
Ann Shipman of kidsgardening.org, shared her knowledge with Ron Wilson on his radio show this morning. So fun! Here’s a recipe for “Plant People” sort of like the chia pets. Grass seed, potting soil and fun craft supplies, plus glue are all you need! Overview: Homemade “Chia” pets are the perfect activity for a cold or rainy afternoon. Materials: Pair of pantyhose Potting soil Grass seed … Continue reading Kids Gardening Fun Even in Winter: Homemade “Chia” Pets: Give as Gifts!
This morning Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted, as we do every Thursday, about Bible foods and herbs. Today it was about the shepherds and magi who came to honor Baby Jesus. This passage is in Luke: There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And look, an angel of … Continue reading Story of Shepherds and Magi and Fun Edibles for Holidays
Homemade herbal vinegars Today on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Annie Mitchell about vinegar – yes, vinegar has ancient Biblical roots. Jesus was given “sour wine”/wine which had turned to vinegar, when he was suffering on the cross. (John 19). The range of vinegars we have today is unparalleled – from cider to clear to wine to balsamic to herbal and more. When … Continue reading Pucker Up with Vinegar