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Food

Why We Homestead

Why We Homestead

This began as a quick Instagram post for Boots and Hooves Homestead’s #augusthomesteading challenge. But as I entered in my THIRD paragraph, I thought it might work better as a blog post. Watch out, I’m ’bout to get all wordy and melodramatic on you guys… […]

Our Vision

Our Vision

This began as a quick Instagram post for Boots and Hooves Homestead’s #augusthomesteading challenge. But as I entered in my THIRD paragraph, I thought it might work better as a blog post. Watch out, I’m ’bout to get all wordy and melodramatic on you guys… […]

Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat Pancakes

If you are still here and don’t follow my Facebook page, then you may have been wondering where I’ve been for the past few months.    My husband and I are, of course, over the moon!! I am currently 17 weeks, nearly halfway there already! […]

New Year Goals, and Oatmeal

New Year Goals, and Oatmeal

Hey y’all! (Oh, I wish I were Southern and could get away with saying that…) Well, it’s almost 2014, can you believe it? No one can, though it happens every year. It’s all “how quickly time flies” and “where did the year go?” Reminds me […]

A simple, frugal bone broth

A simple, frugal bone broth

There are a million different ‘recipes’ out there for making chicken stock, but they are pretty unnecessary. Once you know the (very) basic method, it’s fairly foolproof: Take bones (with meat or not, roasted or not, chicken, duck, whatever), put in large pot with assorted […]

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  There’s nothing more satisfying than opening a well-stocked spice cabinet and inhaling its complex aroma. I love the smell, the adorable arrangement of tiny glass jars, the vibrant hues. (And yes, the OCD in me also loves the impeccable organization.) When I first began […]

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

If I could eat only one kind of cookie for the rest of my life, this would be it. These cookies have no pretense, and they are not shy. First and foremost, it’s about the peanut butter. Not in a subtle, ‘hmm, what is that?” […]

Custard-filled Cornbread

Custard-filled Cornbread

My cooking style has really evolved over the years. Early on in our marriage, our dinners consisted mostly of boneless, skinless chicken breasts served with canned green beans and ::gasp:: Rice-a-Roni. Rubbery, soggy, and ::shiver::, respectively. This excerpt from an earlier post says it all:  […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

One of the main tenets of a whole foods diet is to prepare and consume foods in their most basic form. For example, quick-cooking oats are better than the instant oatmeal packets, rolled oats are better than quick-cooking oats, and steel-cut oats are better than […]

Bacon Fried Rice

Bacon Fried Rice

     I always seem to leave myself in the lurch when it comes to lunch. As it’s just two of us (eating solid food, that is), there are always leftovers lurking somewhere in the fridge, so that’s what we usually do. Except when there’s […]