Dill & Sour Cream Potato Salad Recipe

Favorite summer side dish ever– Dill and Sour Cream Potato Salad with tender creamy red potatoes! If you like fresh dill, you’ll love this one! I’ve been making this potato salad for many years, and it has definitely become a summer staple on our homestead. There are only 5 ingredients, so make sure they’re good quality (and definitely use fresh dill… dried just won’t do). …

How to Freeze Dry: Butternut Squash Soup, Hash Browns, and Strawberry Bananas

Since getting my freeze dryer a few months ago, I’ve been able to freeze dry all sorts of things. While I enjoy doing “fun foods” like cheesecake bites and ice cream, the reason I got my freeze dryer was for the practical purposes of preserving food and creating healthy convenience and emergency foods. Disclaimer: I am an affiliate with Harvest Right. If you find this …

How to Make Beef Heart Jerky

One of my favorite things about being a modern-day homesteader is practicing old-fashioned, long-forgotten skills. Making beef heart jerky falls under two categories here:1. The practice of preserving meat through drying it.2. Eating the whole, entire animal and wasting nothing. By the way, this jerky recipe works well with lamb or pork heart too! If you’re new to cooking with or eating organ meat, go …

Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

I can’t think of a better way to showcase homemade jam than baked into a buttery shortbread-esque gluten-free thumbprint cookie. Even better if you’re making them to give to friends and family! These are everything I hoped for from a gluten-free thumbprint cookie… just like the ones I used to eat at Christmas time years ago when life was simpler and I could eat all …

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe (with Pasture-Raised Organic A2/A2 Milk Powder)

Living in the cold North means we’re no strangers to a steaming cup of hot cocoa! Shoveling snow, tending the animals in frigid weather, chipping ice off the sidewalks… all deserves hot chocolate! What do you call it– hot chocolate or hot cocoa? There’s probably a technical difference, but I use the terms interchangeably! I love hot cocoa, but I don’t like most packaged mixes …

Strawberry “SUN” Jam – The BEST Jam Ever! No Pectin, No Canning, Lower Sugar

I don’t want to sound too dramatic when I say this, but Strawberry Sun Jam is life-changing jam! Once you try this, you will never want to have any other jam again. Strawberry Sun Jam is going to ruin all other jams for you! If you’re okay with that, than feel free to read on… And not only is it the best jam ever, Strawberry …

Cranberry Raspberry Baked Apples (Sweetened with Maple Syrup!)

This may seem like a simple dish to make, and don’t get me wrong it is… but I’ve actually been perfecting these fruity baked apples for OVER TWO YEARS! I’ve finally nailed it, which is why I’m finally sharing it! Sorry for the wait, and for teasing you all these years over on Instagram saying I was going to share the recipe soon! :) This …

Fluffernutter Chocolate Peanut Clusters with Homemade Maple Marshmallows

Imagine salty peanuts and bouncy homemade vanilla-maple marshmallows tossed with just enough chocolate to hold them together! These chocolate peanut clusters are hands down my favorite holiday treat. Karl’s too! “Fluffernutter” chocolate peanut clusters are named after the childhood favorite peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich. I’ve actually never had one of those, but I do love the name! And peanuts and marshmallows make a …

Homemade Bone Broth & Stock Hybrid Recipe

Nothing compares to homemade bone broth! And I feel like I’ve unlocked the secret to making the BEST chicken bone broth of my life. I’ve been using this particular method for a couple years now, and I won’t go back to using any other because it so good! So if you find that your homemade bone broth is lacking in flavor, or if your bone …

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread Recipe: Double Chocolate and Lemon Poppyseed!

When I made these loaves of gluten-free zucchini bread, (actually one is zucchini bread and one is yellow squash bread!) I didn’t intend to post the recipes here… but they were just too phenomenal not to share! I planted seven summer squash plants in the garden this year, and there are only two of us… plus one of us “hates squash.” I won’t say who. …