Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix

When I shared my Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos recipe two weeks ago, I suggested using homemade dry ranch dressing mix in the seasoning. I then received several kind but confused emails from readers asking just where on  FWF they could find this recipe. Um, oops? I hadn’t published it yet. Today, I make it right [Read On]

Heath Bar Crunch Chex Mix {Sweet & Salty}

Chex mix is something I only allow myself to make between the day after Thanksgiving and the end of January. I can’t handle myself around it and eat myself to the point where I feel like a turtle stuck on its back. A happy turtle, but a little less capable of moving under my own [Read On]

Sugar Body Scrubs

As the mom of five boys I claim my absolute right to indulge in girly spa treatments whenever I’d like. As a woman who lives in the dead center of the middle of nowhere, I have to get a little creative about that. It usually involves pulling a nice deep bathtub of hot water and [Read On]

Roasted Red Pepper Spread | Gardener’s Delight Eggs

And POOF! Just like that, summer was gone. I am fully aware that it is still technically summer but the tell tale signs are all around us: breath is foggy in the morning, cozy socks are back at the front of the sock drawer, scarves and jackets are shaken out of storage, and the produce [Read On]

Smoky Roasted Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa

  Are you ready for some salsa? It’s a salsa time of year, after all. Now is the time for all good tomatoes to come to the aid of the salsa. Salsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsa! Clapclap. Clap. Clap. Clap. Clapclap. Clap. Clap. Clap* *Ahem. That’s a salsa beat. Trust me. It’s not that I get carried away over [Read On]

Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries and Boozy Cherry Molasses

Cherry season usually gets away from me.  It seems like I find out cherries are on about twelve hours before the end of the (what feels like a twenty four hour) season.  I usually manage to get one or two glorious pounds.  We dispatch of those quickly with a manic eating and pit spitting binge [Read On]

Homemade Essential Oil Air Fresheners

Have you ever noticed that males of all species have a tendency to (How can I put this delicately?) be malodorous? I’m talking from a position of knowledge and experience here; I have a husband, five sons, and two male dogs.  We also have chickens and a cat. My boys tromp all over the yard [Read On]

Bacon and Horseradish Dip

From as far back as I can remember, Christmas Eve was all about snacking–we would have a table loaded down with various cold meats and cheeses, special dark and light rye and pumpernickel breads, my mother’s Christmas punch, lots of chips and crackers with accompanying dips and spreads, and of course, platters of cookies. While [Read On]