Make dry Soup Stock from Juicing pulps

After Making several batches of V-8 juice this past month I was having a hard time throwing out all that yummy smelling vegetable pulp. My mom always taught me not to waste stuff so when it came time to throw all the pulp away from canning bushels of produce into V-8 juice I was having…

Crafted Vegetable Juice-Better than V-8

How to home can all Natural Vegetable Juice in 4 steps With all the studies about toxic BPA still lurking in store bought canned foods I decided to double down on crafting my own organic natural vegetable juice for my family. So if you are committed to making good healthy food for your family you may want to consider…

Simple Refrigerator Sweet pickles in 5 easy steps

  As cucumber season is coming to an end here in Michigan getting in one last taste of yumminess from my vines is a pleasing prospect. Here is a recipe that needs only a few cucumbers to make and is really easy. No canning is required and it will last for months in the refrigerator. Deep into…

Preserving Garden Fresh Basil

Planting a row of basil in my kitchen garden gave me plenty of fresh leaves during the summer months for immediate use. It is so delightful to pick my own organic vegetables and herbs straight from the garden to the kitchen. The flavors cannot be any better. Trying to save these garden fresh herb flavors for…

Reduced Salt Half-Sour Fermented Deli Pickles

Laboring in my garden and harvesting my own food is rewarding. What is not rewarding is when I open a jar of my own fermented pickles and spit them out in disgust. That is what happened to me when I tried various pickling recipes found on the internet. For me they are way to salty, inedible for my palette….

Calendula infused Oil

What is Calendula? Calendula (calendula officinalis) is a plant originating from the Mediterranean region and is sometimes called pot marigold. However it is different from the marigolds found at plant nurseries in the USA. Calendula has been prized for centuries for it’s healing capabilities. Calendula, is a genus of about 15–20 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants…

Homemade Dumplings

When I decided to make dumplings this week I had to ask myself what a dumpling was. So in this generation of accessible knowledge, I asked google. “dump·ling ˈdəmpliNG a small savory ball of dough that may be boiled, fried, or baked in a casserole. a pudding consisting of apples or other fruit enclosed in…

Fit for a King

It was a few weeks ago when I decided to start eating eggs again, since then this is a recipe I have now added to our life. It’s fast, easy, and low maintenance. I only like eggs when they are made a certain way and for some reason I just craved to eat an egg…

Going Green

My husband grew up drinking lots of green drinks, I did not. It wasn’t because my mom never made them, I just refused to try them. However I did try other things, including stinging nettle in a number of different dishes. When I started dating Josh I also started drinking more of these types of…

Making Traditions

Every Tuesday night in our house is pizza night! Josh is an expert at making pizza dough, and I am pretty good at cutting up our toppings 🙂 We always make either two pizzas or two calzones, one vegan, and one loaded with meat and cheese. This is a wonderful way to spend time with…

Food Styling and Photography

Over the past week my friend and I were trying out some new vegan recipes.  She wants to start a new food blog, so we decided to try our hand at food styling and photography.  Photos are a really important aspect of blogs, and we found a quick and easy way for anyone with Photoshop…

The Riches of Chia

One of my joys in life is finding a deliciously chocolate dessert for myself that I can indulge in guilt free because it is vegan! It feels like I’m cheating on my lifestyle when I take that first bite, but then I remember that it is totally safe 🙂 Let’s talk chia. To me, chia…

Vegan or Not: Cooking both ways

To be vegan, or not to be vegan, that is the question! I am a vegan but my husband is not. Most people would find this a difficult place to be in, but if you can learn to make REALLY good vegan food no one will even taste the difference! You can still simply cook…

Roasted Maple Delight

There is something very delightful about Michigan maple syrup, something that makes my heart smile. Some ingredients have so much potential for a creative mind, and maple syrup is one of those things. From desserts, to granola, to adding a hint of healthy sweetness to any dish, maple syrup is indeed a cooking artists dream!…

Vegan for a Day

To stay healthy I like to have vegan or vegetarian days or meals.  In America most people have meat or an animal product in every meal.  I wanted to share with you what I made yesterday that I thought was really tasty! I love eating vegan or vegetarian throughout the week because it helps cut my…