Succulents have been a favorite of mine for many years, and I’m delighted to watch them become more popular each year. Though these carefree plants make wonderful gifts for friends, instead of prepping and planting alone, why not gather your favorite people together for a succulent party? Read more
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
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:
- 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.
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
When planning your garden layout, don’t forget about getting around. An easy way to make a path is by reusing pallet wood. Let me show you how. Read more
They say “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” I have to agree that food does make the heart grow fonder, especially when shared with the ones you love. Here are five of my favorite desserts to make for that special someone in your life.
Who doesn’t love to receive flowers for special occasions? Before you run out to buy a big bouquet, try making one yourself. Our friend and flower expert J Schwanke shows us how to create a stunning hand-tied bouquet. As a bonus, it can double as a centerpiece!
Make a statement at your next party with flowers and not just in the center of the table. If you’re looking for a clever, inexpensive favor for your guests, try these edible flower lollipops that will have everyone talking. Try this recipe from author, chef, and modern-day pioneer Georgia Pellegrini.