Cuban Bread Recipe

Whip up this delicious no-knead Cuban bread and have it on the table in just over an hour!

[Full disclosure: links to products in this post are my referral posts.] Back when I was tutoring a Western Civilization class, I came across this random tidbit that about made my head spin. Especially with the whole gluten-free diets that have swept the country. The daily ration for monks in Carolingian society was 3.7 pounds […]

Hootenanny Recipe

Simple, delicious, and healthy, hootenanny is a Sunday morning breakfast tradition.

Hootenanny. It’s got to be one of the funniest-named breakfasts ever. And it sure looks funny as it rises and topples in the oven. But hootenanny is delicious, delightfully simple, and (with a light dusting of powdered sugar) a fancy way to serve eggs. Joshua grew up eating it and now we’re all fans. Because it’s […]

Favorite Fruit Popsicles

Fruit juice popsicles

The first real waves of summer heat are upon us and it’s popsicle season again (not that my kids would object to popsicles in the dead of winter.) I have been doing my best to keep the freezer stocked with homemade, real food popsicles. The kids love helping make them, and I love knowing their favorite […]

Recipe: Homemade Lime Soda

Delicious homemade lime soda

When I was morning sick with Edmund, a friend recommended club soda to calm the nausea. It helped. For weeks, club soda was a regular staple at the dinner table. Even though it didn’t take the nausea away, it really helped take the edge off. Then when three weeks of the stomach flu hit our home, we […]

Garden Musings


Despite visits from aphids, stink bugs, leaf hoppers, earwigs, slugs, cucumber beetles, and squash vine borers, last year we had our very first “successful” garden since getting married. (Not moving, living out of state and/or having serious medical issues all summer definitely helped!) The snow has melted (at least the latest round), leaving the bare […]

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is delicious and delightfully easy to make! It only has two ingredients, but makes a lovely addition to any recipe (and amazing DIY gift!)

Of all the DIY projects to try, homemade vanilla extract is among the easiest. It just takes two simple ingredients, but makes a rich, fragrant extract to use in your kitchen or give as a lovely gift. Plus, your kitchen will smell simply delightful for hours and hours after you make it. Vanilla beans and […]

Pain Free: Works for Me

Pain Free

A few months ago my neck was so stiff I could scarcely move it. I tried not to wince when one of the kids gave me a hug. Holding baby Edmund hurt. Moving hurt, but so did laying down. I woke up in the night in pain and tossed and turned for ages trying to […]

Good Gargle for a Bad Throat


Some sore throats aren’t that big a deal. But then there’s the kind that leaves you wincing every time you have to swallow or talk or breathe. It was that kind of sore throat that made me gather up the courage to try Rosemary Gladstar’s “Good Gargle for a Bad Throat” from her excellent book […]

How to Make Kefir Water


Lime flavored kefir water, garnished with fresh mint.  When a dear friend offered me a glass of homemade kefir water, all sorts of alarms sounded in my mind. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting. It sure wasn’t a drink that tasted like an amazing sparkling limeade. What exactly is kefir water? It’s a […]

Why & How to Soak Almonds (& Other Nuts)

Baking soaked almonds

Don’t you just love it when you can very simply make a food healthier and tastier at the same time? I love raw almonds, pecans, and walnuts so my friend Kathryn told me she’d been making the “crispy nuts” from Nourishing Traditions, I was a bit skeptical. Why on earth should you soak almonds or walnuts when […]