• Summer

    Sun Pickles

    These are very dilly, crunchy and flavorful. Even the onions are yummy and are good on sandwiches and burgers. So instead of Sun Tea this summer try making some Sun Pickles!     Wash pickles and Rinse dill                       Slice pickles and onions                 Layer sliced pickles and onions into clean jars           To each jar add: 3 dill heads and few dill leaves (which are feathery looking part) 2 cloves garlic – cut up or sliced 2 teaspoons dried dill weed Brine: 6 cups White Vinegar 6 1/2 cups…

  • Summer

    Tropical Summer Smoothie

    Try my Tropical Summer smoothie recipe, it’s as yellow as a vase of Sunflowers! This smoothie is wonderful for a summer evening dessert or even great for breakfast.  Its good for you, simple and is as yellow as sunflowers.  I use my Vitamix to make this. The Vitamix is fast, very easy to wash and has incredible power to puree anything! I love my Vitamix!  Checkout the Vitamix  HERE  and you’ll also get free shipping by using this link! You can get very creative with this recipe, you can easily omit what you don’t have on hand or add something else you do and its wonderful every time! Recipe: In your Vitamix…

  • Summer

    Handy Pineapple TIPS

    Keep some pineapple in the freezer so its frozen and ready to drop into smoothies. Smoothies are thicker and sweeter if you use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes. I buy a fresh pineapple, let it ripen up well, on my counter (upside down–a trick I learned from my sister),  then in a couple days when its nice and ripe, just cut it up into small chunks and freeze it in a gallon ziplock baggie.  Its handy and super easy.  (see photo below) Now there’s a ton of info written on pineapples, some true some not.  Matter a fact if you want to see How to grow pineapples at Home…

  • Summer

    Elephant Ears

    It’s Time for the County Fair! We Love to go to our County Fair!   We enter our canned goods we been puttin’ up all summer and bouquets of flowers from the garden,  Hand-work and things we’ve been sewing through out the past months. There’s frog races for the kids,  a barn of beautiful quilts people have made, all the animals and…. of course our  favorite        ELephanT  EaRS!!! No, they aren’t healthy and they are ridiculously priced especially when you have a family of eight so…………. we make them at home for added fun during the week of Fair – they are soooo easy! Here’s how I do it: In…

  • Summer

    Photography

    Do you have a child interested in Photography? Here are some fun photos my kids and I took…..and a really fun and educational unit on Photography they can do. The Photography Unit we used was by Amanda Bennet. She has some great Units, they are well prepared and very teacher friendly.  The lessons are written out for each day so there’s no guess work, and she has many different topics. Click Here to check out her Unit on Photography. It’s so nice with digital cameras today because your kids can practice taking photo after photo after photo with out costing money, those wonderful cameras all have a delete button on…

  • Summer

    Zucchini Bread

    This is our favorite Zucchini Bread.  The zucchini makes it extra moist, plus it’s a good way to use up your abundant crop.  It’s great for breakfast in the summer, and its a bread the whole family will enjoy!  Also it freezes really well for later. Recipe: 3 eggs 1/4 cup coconut oil or olive oil 3/4 cup butter 1 1/3 cup sucanat, rapadura, or brown sugar 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini 1/2 cup shredded carrot 1/4 cup shredded apple with the skin 3 cups flour (we usually use part oat flour) 1 tsp. soda 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tablespoon vanilla extract   Instructions:  In a mixing bowl beat together:…

  • Summer

    Red, White, and Blue… 4th of July Cupcakes just for you.

      Sooooooooo very easy your kids will surely want to help with the fun. Using a WHITE cake mix (we used a homemade white cake recipe we love from an old cookbook but a box mix works just fine also and makes it really easy). Mix up your cake mix according to directions on the box or any  white cake recipe your using. Divide the creamy cake  batter into three bowls. Dye one red, one blue, and leave one white. Now line your cupcake pans with festive cupcake papers -we used red & white striped papers of course. Now using  a small spoon …..plop in red batter first, then a plop…