Raspberry Maple Butter Sauce… for Pancakes, Waffles, and Ice cream!

(paleo-friendly, vegetarian, grain-free, gluten-free) Maple butter sauce is pretty much what it sounds like… maple syrup and butter married together to form something greater than themselves. Smooth, sweet, buttery warm maple syrup. And adding a touch of raspberry makes it near impossible to not eat by the spoonful! We make our own maple syrup every year, by the way. It’s a lot of work, but …

Dehydrated Vanilla Bean Pear Slices

One thing at the top of our homestead to-do list was to plant fruit trees, especially pears. They grow well in our hardiness zone, they have amazing flavor, are quite versatile, and with the right variety they even store well. My favorite way to preserve pears is to dehydrate them. In mass quantity I slice them into wedges for dehydrating, but sometimes I like to class …

A Chicken Story: Transitioning from House to Coop

I posted last month, my confession that we had two chickens living in our house. I really enjoyed having them around, but with fall approaching (which means winter is soon to follow) I knew they had to transition to sleeping outside with the rest of the flock. They slept in a sturdy, but slowly deteriorating cardboard box in our foyer. During the daytime they would …

End of Summer Tomato & Herb Pot-Roast

The fall harvest season is my favorite time of the year. I love that every surface in the kitchen and dining room is covered in fresh garden produce, the dehydrator is always running, and canning jars are all. over. the. place. Open windows allow a light breeze to travel through the house, and I am wearing sweaters and putting a pinch of cinnamon in my morning coffee. …

The Complete Guide to Preserving and Using Preserved Zucchini

You’ve made all your favorite zucchini recipes three times over. The kids, and even the chickens don’t want to look at another zucchini. And jokes about leaving bags of zucchini in unlocked cars at the local grocery store are no longer funny. Wondering what to do with all that zucchini? Do you want to know the best ways to preserve zucchini- and better yet… What …

Honey & Vanilla Bean Roasted Melon Seeds

Yup, melon seeds. The gloppy, stringy mess that you scoop out with a spoon and throw away. We’re gunna eat it! Part of our journey into homesteading has been to increase our respect for where our food comes from. To utilize every part of the plant or animal and practice a no-waste lifestyle. Well, as little waste as possible anyways… This recipe is a prime …

Grain-Free Zucchini Bread Granola

Do you have at least six mondo-zucchini sitting on your counter at all times during the summer? I love to take all the extras and shred and dehydrate them. I add the dehydrated zucchini to various things all winter long- like soups, sprinkled on salads…and now, this granola. If you are looking for ways to preserve and use preserved zucchini, you’ll want to check out my …

Homestead Confession: We Have Two Chickens Living In Our House

If you’ve followed my chicken journal you know that this past spring we got 20 Red Rangers to raise as meat birds. A handful of them developed leg problems when they were younger, and right about when we moved them from the house brooder into their outside coop, two of them developed a substantial limp. They could barely walk. Being hurt, they were low on the totem pole …

Napa Cabbage & Radish Salad with Butter Toasted Nuts

(gluten free, paleo, vegetarian, grain-free, easy side dish) There is an “original” version of this recipe. You’ve probably had it at a potluck, birthday party, or family reunion. You’ve probably wolfed down four servings and then demanded the recipe. My recipe has all the same flavors, but uses only whole foods and garden fresh produce. No refined sugar, no rancid oils, and no Ramen noodles fried …

Char-Grilled Zucchini with Basil and Gouda

(gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, easy side-dish) And char-grilled it is. Or rather, maybe just charred. Karl and I like our food grilled hard! If you like your food with less flavor black marks, by all means grill it less. You could even bake or sauté the zucchini… In summer, our grill is indispensable. We use it more days than not. It heats up quickly and doesn’t heat …