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Spice Up Your Winter Windowsill with Herbs

Though most herbs prefer to bask in the summer sun, many will grow well on a windowsill in the winter, too. But choose your indoor herbs wisely, some will perform better than others, and don’t want to waste time and money on herbs that won’t produce. They may grow taller than outdoor plants and may not be as full and bushy, but you can still collect enough herbs to get you through. It’s best to start with established plants, rather than trying to grow from seed. You can also dig up herbs in the garden before winter hits, pot them and let them overwinter inside. Here’s a few more quick tips to start your indoor herb garden. Read more

chicken bone broth soup

Upgrade Your Broth

Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm shares with us how to make delicious, nutritious bone broth. 

Until a few years ago, I had never made homemade bone broth. I had created my own stock and quick broth with good success, but I didn’t realize that I could make something with more flavor and nutrition without creating any extra work for myself in the kitchen.

Since then, I find myself unable to pass up the opportunity to turn the leftovers from a roast chicken into a batch of bone broth.   I love transforming something that used to be discarded into a bone broth full of healthy calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, collagen, and a host of other nutritious minerals. Read more

orange oil

Well, Orange You Sweet

Some of the more common plants in our lives can also be the most potent when turned into an essential oil. Lavender, rosemary and peppermint immediately come to mind, but one of the most overlooked, in my opinion, might be the lowly orange. Yes, you may turn to this fruit when you need a natural dose of vitamin C, but the essential oil – derived from the peel – has many useful benefits around the home. Read more

vanilla sugar

Homemade Vanilla Extract & Sugar

Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm shares with us her homemade vanilla extract and sugar recipes.

Making your own vanilla extract puts you in complete control of the final product. You can choose the quality of the ingredients and determine the strength of your homemade extract. Making your own extract can also be a real money saver. For the price of a small bottle of premium extract from the store, you can create a steady supply of your own extract to use in your family’s favorite recipes. Read more

strawberry fruit roll-ups

Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

Aren’t fruit roll-ups such a fun snack? I hate that the store-bought variety often contains more processed ingredients and preservatives than actual fruit. I’m going to show you how you can make your own, though, for a family-friendly treat that’s all-natural.

For this recipe, I used strawberries and raspberries, but you can play around with any fruit combination you’d like.

Fruit Roll-ups Ingredients:

  • 8 oz strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons stevia
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • Fresh juice of half a lime

To Make the Fruit Roll-ups:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275˚ Fahrenheit.

2. Trim the stems off the strawberries and chop the mint.

3. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

4. Add the puree to a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until thick and jammy.

5. Spread onto a parchment-lined backing sheet.

6. Place in the oven and dehydrate for 3-4 hours.

7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

8. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into strips using a pizza cutter.

9. Roll them up and enjoy.

You can watch the recipe in action here.

laundry herb sachets

Herb-Scented Sachets

Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh laundry right out of the dryer? There’s a way to have it without using commercial dryer sheets that are chock full of harmful chemicals. I’m going to show you a natural alternative using herbs. These sachets are not only easy to make but also cost-effective. Read more