How to Make Homemade Extracts for Baking

Learn how to make homemade extracts and you will be able to add an amazing amount of flavor into your kitchen creations! Making your own extracts is easy to do, although you will have to be patient.  Vanilla extract, mint extract, or citrus extracts are a great way to add natural flavorings to your homemade baked goods.  How are extracts made? So, what is an extract exactly?  As opposed to a flavoring?  Homemade extracts use a solvent (the liquid itself) to 'extract' the flavor from something else (your flavoring … [Read more...]

How to Roast Fresh Beets for Maximum Flavor

Roasted beets are a year-round staple in my house. They are fantastic right out of the foil or used for tossing into salads or made into beet smoothies.  Learn how to roast fresh beets and your family will stop turning up their nose at them! Roasted whole beets are a great way to use up fresh herbs!   How do you serve beets?    When I was growing up, my mom loved to serve us beets.  Only, she didn't serve us FRESH beets...oh, no.  Our beets came in a can, sliced up and rather unappealing to the teenage … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Baking Mix Recipe for Pancakes and Biscuits

This easy homemade baking mix recipe takes only minutes to make and will save you money!  With one kid in college and another heading there soon, I am looking to save money at the grocery store.  How many times have you put something in the cart that you could make at home for less?  From precut fruit to premade biscuit mix, you pay for the convenience of many foods.  Making your own baking mix is easy and you can use it in any recipe that calls for a boxed baking mix. Making Your Own Baking Mix Is Easy There are many … [Read more...]

Sweet Pickled Red Onion Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic

This sweet pickled red onion recipe takes only 5 minutes to make.  Sweet pickled onions are a delicious salad topping or an easy addition to sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, or tacos. Spring and summer are fast approaching and that means changes to our weekly menu.  Warm weather foods in my house include lots of salads, sandwiches, and burgers on the grill.  I love red onions on my salads and came across a delicious kale salad recipe that called for picked red onions. Pickling red onions is so incredibly easy so I thought I … [Read more...]

Easiest Way To Peel Peaches and 5 Delicious Peach Recipes

Many, many years ago, my mom taught me the easiest way to peel peaches and I have been using it ever since. Knowing how to peel peaches comes in handy when one lives in the peach state!  Here in Georgia, I have an abundant selection of fresh peaches every summer and I like to stock up when they are cheap.  Of course, peaches go bad very quickly. When you get them, freeze them back for use in your favorite peach recipes during the fall and winter months. I am going to share my peach peeling method with you, as well as a few easy peach recipes … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Over the last few weeks, I have been dehydrating a ton of fresh herbs from my backyard garden. Growing fresh herbs is fairly easy but they don't last long once you pick them.  That means I spend a lot of time drying them during the summer.  I decided to make homemade Italian seasoning this week with a few of the fresh herbs that I have grown.  I have so much oregano, basil, and rosemary that I don't know what I am going to do with it all.  Many classic Italian recipes often call for 'Italian Seasoning Blend'.  Which, of course, I would then … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fondue Recipe and Tutorial for Dessert Lovers!

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I find myself craving all things chocolate! This Chocolate Fondue recipe seems like such an elegant dessert but it is incredibly simple to make.  Depending on the type of supplies and kitchen equipment you have at home you can make this chocolate fondue over the stove or directly in a fondue pot.  Regardless of how you make it, the key to really good chocolate fondue is high quality ingredients.  Good chocolate fondue needs heavy cream and high quality chocolate.  Everything else is pretty flexible!  If … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Caramel

If you learn how to make homemade caramel, you will never again wonder what to give people as a gift.  Homemade caramel is incredibly easy to make and takes only 4 ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store.  You will be amazed at how awesome your homemade caramel tastes compared to the 'blech' flavor of the stuff you buy at the grocery store.  Once you get a taste of this sweet, chewy and buttery goodness you will never again buy it in the candy aisle! Making homemade caramel is not hard.  However, … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Breadcrumbs

I use breadcrumbs in a lot of recipes. They are great for coating chicken breast before baking, topping a homemade macaroni and cheese or adding a bit of bulk to homemade meatballs.  I admit, I have been known to buy the good old store bought breadcrumbs in the paper canister when I am in a hurry.  Homemade breadcrumbs are really easy to make and I am trying to save all those bits and pieces of leftover bread in the freezer so I can make them more often.  When you are making homemade breadcrumbs, you can control the ingredients.  You get to … [Read more...]

How to Make All Natural and Easy Flavored Oatmeal

I love oatmeal but rarely do I eat it plain.  Usually I throw in raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar but that gets a little old after a while.  I go to the grocery store and I see tons of boxes of flavored oatmeal with questionable ingredients.  Peaches and Cream flavored oatmeal probably has no actual peaches and some sort of weird dehydrated cream in it.  So NOT what I am looking for in a healthy breakfast!  So, I decided to get creative and see if I could find a way to make flavored oatmeal without all the artificial stuff you find in the … [Read more...]