Homemade Vanilla

Homemade Vanilla

  Before I go any further, you really need to know that the initial expense of this is high, depending on the amount you want to make and the quality of the finished product. I use a lot of vanilla extract, and I know a…

Amy’s Cookies

Amy’s Cookies

    When I want something sweet and tasty, I mix up a batch of Amy’s Cookies.  I don’t know who Amy is, or who to give credit for the recipe, but I do know they are delicious! The main ingredient is a bit different,…

Country White Bread

Country White Bread

One of the best parts of living a Simple Life is the smell of bread baking.  It soothes the soul and brings a smile to your face every time. Baking bread goes hand-in-hand with winter evenings and soup on the stove.  But, it is delicious…

Peanut Rolls

Peanut Rolls

Peanut Rolls take time to make.  First you bake a sponge cake, and then you have to go through the steps of icing them and rolling them in ground up peanuts.  I will tell you this, though – they are well worth the effort.  Dot…

Aunt Dot’s Hot Rolls

Aunt Dot’s Hot Rolls

  If ever there was a hard and fast tradition in a family, ours would be Aunt Dot’s Hot Rolls. They are also known as ‘Batter Rolls’, but whatever they are called, they are delicious. She began the tradition early in her baking life, and…

Lemon Scones

Lemon Scones

Scones are often associated with British tea, and thought to be nothing more than a biscuit. They are similar. You use butter instead of shortening. They are lighter and fluffier. Add herbs for a savory scone, or fruit zest for a sweet flavor. For a…

Apple Pie with Cheese Crust

Apple Pie with Cheese Crust

Apple Pie is wonderful in so many ways. Not only is it a basic American comfort food, but the aroma of one baking will make you weak in the knees. A slice still warm from the oven is enough to sooth stress, and it is…

How to be the Favorite – Part 2

How to be the Favorite – Part 2

  If you are a grandparent, more than likely you have found yourself secretly hoping that you will be considered ‘the favorite’.  Usually, there is no malicious intent behind that desire, and there is no way you would ever admit to it.  But deep down,…

How to be the Favorite – Part 1

How to be the Favorite – Part 1

From time to time, we get tired of being the forgotten child.  We spend so much time doing for others, that we wonder if we are being taken advantage of.  Just once, we would really like to be the ‘favorite’!  Well, getting to that status…

Does Canning Really Save You Money?

Does Canning Really Save You Money?

  Does canning really save you money? People often ask me if living on a farm and learning to be as self-reliant as possible is more expensive than an ‘ordinary’ lifestyle. I admit some aspects can be, especially if you have equipment that needs repair…

First You Make a Roux…

First You Make a Roux…

  Talk to 10 Cajuns, and you are going to get 12 different recipes for Gumbo. “Back in Maman’s day…” “Why you adding file, Cher?” “Ah, now you talkin’. Go ahead. Add some squirrel to dat pot.” But most agree you start with some type…

Flour

Flour

    Are you in the kitchen baking? Is this the weekend you spend making bread from scratch, or baking a birthday cake? What is one of the first ingredients you grab from your pantry? Flour. That’s right. Now, let me guess – you have…