I remember growing up at home mom would, at times, surprise us with a warm peach cobbler for dessert. I must say I wasn’t much help to her when she was cooking because I always preferred to be outside with my dad, down at the barn or possibly in the hayfield, depending on the time of year.
It was always such a joy though when you walk into the front door and smell the fresh peach cobbler in the oven.
Yum, really good memories. I should tell you that my mom is a real southern cook. Read more
The new name is: Triple Chocolate Oreo Crumble, thanks to Emily F. in Athens, TN.
It’s my favorite – Chocolate! Yes, I love it and most everyone that I know loves it too. Anytime I am offered chocolate, it’s hard for me to say no. I mean come on, who doesn’t love to have a little bit of chocolate once in a while. I agree, we don’t need it a lot, but…every now and again – it’s ok.
We’ve been planning a bonfire here on the homestead for several weeks now and I knew that we would have our normal Smore’s available with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate and a cake too, but I wanted to try something new and a little different than our normal dessert. Read more
We eat a lot of chicken around her at our house and I am always looking for ways to cook it just to change things up a bit. I’ve been looking at Pinterest and online recipe blogs, trying several different pot pie recipes. The boys are my friendly critics in whether it is good or not. I’ve “concocted” this one from 3-4 different ones I’ve tried. They wipe it out when I cook it, so I can assume that it is good.
When I shared a few days ago, I had told you that I would share my recipes I have for canning and preserving vegetables from the garden, since I have had so many asking. Now that it is slowed down quite a bit, I feel like I am taking back control of the schedule and can begin to share again.
As written in an earlier blog Is Your Kitchen Busy These Days, the garden at that time was in full swing and total chaos was taking place. I have just gotten my last run of tomatoes and they are on the stove now making pizza sauce. The peppers and cucumbers are done but the okra and all the herbs are still in full swing. Please know that I am just trying to give you an honest picture of gardening and preserving foods for your family. I have said it many times, and I will say it again, it is many long hours and a lot of work, but so very much worth it!
Anyway, today I thought I would share my Sweet Relish Recipe. Read more
It’s the middle of July here in the Tennessee Valley and the garden is in full swing. The 3 grandsons are here as well for the summer with school out and there is a whole lot going on at the homestead. The kitchen is very busy with everything from canning green beans, tomatoes, and beets to making Bread and Butter Pickles, Dill Pickle Spears, Sweet Relish, Pizza Sauce, Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce and even herbs drying in the dehydrator. I like to describe this time of year as controlled chaos in a good way.
I had to giggle yesterday when I stood back and really took a look at the counter tops, what an organized mess and no more room on them that’s for sure. During this realization, from the other room, the two smaller boys 8 & 11 break out into an argument and I have to go in the room be the referee and stop the chaos in there as well. Controlled chaos, it’s what summer time is all about I suppose. It’s rarely dull, that’s for certain. Read more
Our basil is growing and doing great. Harvesting seems to have started early this year, maybe because I purchased a new species, a simple name “Sweet Basil”. I did purchase plants instead of planting seeds this year as well. Anyway, on Friday as I was out walking through and enjoying the garden and I noticed that my basil had some really large leaves, several stems had more than 6-8 leaves on each. When a stem gets 6-8 leaves on it, prune above the second set to encourage additional growth. With great excitement, I ran back into the house and grabbed a basket to start harvesting. Read more