Healthy Homemade Refried beans

I have a confession- I LOVE refried beans. I probably have eaten my weight in them. Which is why I have about 4 lbs of dry beans stashed in my pantry. Until I had kids I could buy a single can of old El Paso – chalk full of salt and preservatives and eat them…

Stand your ground – Homemade yogurt

I love yogurt. I especially love that my kids love yogurt. When my kids were young they loved the fruit bottom kind. Until I realized it had 27g of sugar on average per pkg. That is 6.5 teaspoons just in yogurt. Which is already your child’s ENTIRE days worth of sugar. No wonder my toddlers…

Dressing? stuffing?….Cornbread stuffing.

Whatever side of the pond your on the side dish of bread cubes roasted in turkey juices is quintessential part of Christmas and thanksgiving dinners alike. Round here, we make our own bread to use for stuffing the week before the event. I usually use Challah at my house it has a nice texture with…

DIY baking mixes …..Instant Falafel mix

When it comes to instant mixes falafel might not be the first one you think about. Without a doubt is sure makes life easier if your a falafel fan! We went on a falafel kick early spring- Inspired by a vegetarian style fast- with a store bought instant mix from a bulk store. They were…

Favourite things…. Roasted red pepper Tomato soup

The first heavy frost advisory rang out from my iPad today. It meant I had to get the last of my tomatoes off the vines or risk losing them to frost. I had at least 14 cups of Roma tomotoes I popped into a roaster to cook up and freeze for later. Roasting & freezing…

DIY Baking mixes …

Instant mixes are easy to grab and save time but at a cost. They tend to be over priced. I had long since stopped buying them, because of additives, preservatives and colourings. When I dedicated myself to creating a pantry for bit more self sufficiency, I wanted to replace all those mixes you see in…

Urban Gardening & Bruschetta in a jar

I am trying to become more self sufficient. Although I will never be fully independent like any homestead – livestock bylaws prevent chickens or goats (not that my husband would allow a goat – he would freak)- and our downtown backyard size, active boys and a dog it limits our options – so gardens it…

Unsolicited advice, power of prayer and Sour Dills

Un.Sol.ics.ited : Uninvited, not asked for, or done voluntarily. We have all had our share of unsolicited advice. I recently got some at the beach. I have a 4 mos old puppy. He is not a covid dog, impulse buy or time passer. He was bred for and will be a therapy dog – correction……

Too much of a good thing – Small batch Peach BBQ sauce

Have you ever overdone it on a good thing? For my sister it was cotton candy ice cream. My mother it was dish-wear. For a friend it was wall paper… it looked good in the store. BBQ sauce and I have an assorted past. One summer I got it in my head I was going…

Gardeners Bounty- Raspberry Vinegar

I have been wanting to make raspberry vinegar for a few years now. With our first real crop of raspberries just coming in – I am excited I can finally tackle the project. To be honest I cannot believe it took me this long. It is super easy. It is a recipe I learned back…