Kudzu Jelly

Kudzu Flower Jelly

This is one of those regional recipes – if you live in the south-eastern USA, you know exactly what kudzu is. If you don’t…. well, it’s this big invasive green vine that grows everywhere down here! Where I’m at, in Virginia, the plant is just starting to flower and will do so until September. We are ‘blessed’ with a large amount of kudzu on parts of the trail going down to our creek. When the … Continue reading

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Sauce

This is pretty much the easiest tomato sauce you’ll ever make! The original recipe came from Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet by Jodi Bager & Jenny Lass. Those ladies put out some amazing recipes – all grain free, honey-sweetened and SCD friendly. You can size this recipe any way you like – it all depends on how many tomatoes you have on hand. All you’ll need to make Roasted Tomato & Garlic Sauce is: Fresh Tomatoes Fresh … Continue reading

Dream Cookies

When I first found out my son had to go gluten-free and had a pile of food sensitivies to boot, a friend-of-a-friend who had been down that road before, loaned me a great allergy cookbook that focused on using a rotation diet to keep from developing further food allergies. The name of both book and author completely escape me now, much to my regret, because I’d love to revisit its pages. These cookies drew me … Continue reading

Blackberry Vinegar & 3 Recipes to Use It In

Blackberry Vinegar Recipes

I’ve been on a vinegar making roll lately! I’ve made other stuff too, which I’m sure to post about, but the vinegars turn out so pretty I can’t help but want to share them! All of the recipes in this post were adapted from a wonderful library book, Herbal Treasures by Phyllis V. Shaudys. It’s an older book, but full of so many great herbal ideas; I consider it one of those timeless resources and … Continue reading

Sunflower Jelly

Sunflower Jelly

I first got the idea for making sunflower jelly whilst I was pondering the happy row of flowers in my garden and wondering what other uses I could extract from them besides the seed. I remembered reading that the petals were edible and could be sprinkled in salads. During further research, I read that Native Americans used a decoction from the head for respiratory ailments. Whether this is completely true or not, I have no … Continue reading

Canning Water for Emergency Preparedness

canning water for emergency preparedness

We are in the midst of a power outage, here in Virginia; and it will likely be a week before electricity is restored. (Update: we were without power for 11 days!) For us, no power means no water. Couple that with 100 degree weather and you can see where that could quickly become a problem for those who are unprepared. In these types of emergency situation times, people tend to feel a bit panicky and … Continue reading

Five Uses for Lavender Vinegar

Lavender Infused Vinegar & 5 Ways to Use It

For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with lavender vinegar and must say, I love it as much as rose petal vinegar!   Directions to Make Gather lavender, rub the buds off into a jar, then cover with vinegar. Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few weeks, shaking periodically. If you don’t have fresh lavender, just can buy dried from Mountain Rose Herbs. (<- affiliate link) … Continue reading