Homemade Cultured Buttermilk

I use a lot of buttermilk.  And by ‘a lot’ I mean a ton.  Many of my baked goods contain buttermilk.  Much of my salad dressing uses buttermilk.  And The Evil Genius?  He drinks buttermilk. *  We go through a lot of the stuff.  And I may have mentioned that I live in the middle [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]

Homemade Laundry Soap

Laundry has never been my friend. I need to make this perfectly clear.  I’ve never liked it; emptying pockets, washing clothes, drying clothes, folding and sorting clothes and putting them away.  Ugh.  I am not naturally inclined toward good housekeeping.  I’d much rather sit down with a cup of tea and a good book or [Read On]

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Can we talk for a second?  I feel the need to tell you something. I love you.  Really, I do.  Let this soup stand as proof.  Because, baby, it is cold outside and this soup is going to warm you from your inside out.  From your toes on up to your nose.  If I could [Read On]

I feel the need to explain myself.

Today’s post is Part II of the ‘Saving Money in the Kitchen’ series which started yesterday. When I sat down to write about saving money in the kitchen I expected to knock out a quick post with a few hints.  As I carried on I realized quickly that I had too much material to cram [Read On]

Better Than Yesterday Pizza

I want to give you all a gift.  It’s that time of year, after all.  Taste, beauty, aroma, thrift; this gift has it all.  As a big thank you to keeping me company on the big old internet for this past year I want to give you all the gift of… Leftover pizza. It’s more [Read On]

Yuletide Spiced Brandy Liqueur

It’s time to get cozy. ~~  ~~ The air has progressed past crisp to chilly and will soon be downright cold. The leaves have finally given up their tenuous grasp on the trees and -with one final gust of nearly winter wind- fallen to insulate the grass and ground against the coming snow. ~~  ~~ [Read On]

Roasted Crispy Cheese Potatoes

  Just look at the potatoes in that picture.  Those spuds are the embodiment of everything a potato should be; mahogany and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, blanketed with nutty brown butter and crusted with toasted cheese.  Those potatoes are good enough that they would’ve made Dr. Atkins repent of his low-carb [Read On]