Slow Cooker Italian Potatoes

I don’t mean to bombard this blog with recipes, but during the winter I cook.  A lot. And since I can’t spend much time preparing a meal, my slow cooker is frequently  involved.   I love the fact I can throw food into a cooker, go about my business and have a nice meal or … Read more

Crunchy, Pumpkin-y Goodness

Pumpkin Spice Granola https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/11/01/crunchy-pumpkin-y-goodness/

I’ve been on a granola kick lately. I love the crunchy texture in my yogurt and oatmeal (which I eat almost every day), so I go through a lot of granola. It all started when I bought a bag at the Amish store in town.  It was  flavorful and fresh,  but also pricey, so I knew I needed to … Read more

Vanilla Extract Update and Hot Chocolate Mix

An update on the vanilla extract project.  Last month, I added 20 vanilla beans to a 750 ml bottle of plain vodka. After doing the math, and adding more people to the gift giving list,  I went back to the liquor store to buy more vodka and discovered vanilla vodka!  So, to this bottle, I added 10 vanilla beans, … Read more

Bread in a Jar

Let’s face it.  As much as I love cooking and eating around the holidays, it can become mighty overwhelming when there is food everywhere you look.  What if there were a way to make treats you could eat up to a year later? There is!  Bread in a jar is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite … Read more

Getting a Jump Start on Christmas Gifts

Normally, I am a wait ’til the last minute shopper for Christmas gifts but for some reason I thought about this. Last year, I saw something about making your own vanilla extract.  My local Natural Food Store carries bulk vanilla beans, so I picked some up and decided to give this a try. The original … Read more

From Wild Plums to Jelly

This is the first year my dad was able beat the deer and birds to his wild plums and what a treat they were!    After eating my fill, I decided that some wild plum jelly would be a good way to use up the rest of the fruit. My grandmother taught me how to make jelly when … Read more

Sunday Snow Day

It’s one of those days where I’m pretty sure I won’t be changing out of my pajamas. The birds are the star of the show today. Lots of activity at the feeders Suet is always a favorite The heated birdbath is always popular I’m sure these goldfinches are wishing for spring like me I would like to … Read more

Santa Baby

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. Or the movie Frozen. After 8 days of this mess, my driveway still looks like this. The chickens are not sure what to think about all this white stuff. This is their first major snow and they are not about to come out of that coop.  … Read more

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We celebrated with 3 different gatherings, 3 big meals, over a 3 day period.  Lots of cooking, lots of visiting and lots of leftovers. Our first Thanksgiving was held at my youngest son’s new house 2 hours away.  They had just moved 5 days earlier and I told … Read more