Five Homegrown Pet Toys

Dog-toys

Dogs and cats are a lot like children. Buy them a new toy, and they’d rather play with the box. Keeping that in mind, there are some easy options in your home for entertaining your pet without spending a fortune… or anything at all, in some cases. The first is tug toys. Most dogs like… [Continue Reading]

Some Different Ideas for DIY Christmas GIfts

DIY-Xmas-Gifts

Homemade gifts are not just the less expensive option for ‘trying times’. Speaking for myself, I truly appreciate a handmade gift. It doesn’t matter if it’s edible, wearable, or displayable. I appreciate the thought and effort that goes into a homemade gift.  The converse is also true. I’d rather make gifts than scour the malls… [Continue Reading]

Crispy Dill Pickles

Dill Pickle

Dill pickles rock. Well, pickles rock. I have a small garden, and the bounty varies. When I get enough cucumbers to make a batch of pickles, and my tastebuds say ‘dill pickles’, this is the recipe I use.  I’ve tried several that offer up good flavor, but this one gives nice, crispy pickles and good… [Continue Reading]

Red Corn Relish

Red-Corn-Relish

I discovered this recipe one year when I received a windfall of both corn and tomatoes and wanted a way to use both.  It’s a lovely relish, an abundant recipe, and a very tasty condiment. A pint of red corn relish is a big hit as a hostess gift, and is great for Christmas giving… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Rose Hips

Rose-hips

As often happens with me, I stumbled onto rose hips as food quite by accident.  While walking on a beach in Maine, I found a remarkable patch of Sea Spray roses that had progressed to the rose hip stage. The hips were huge and looked like crabapples.

Honey/Peanut Rolls

Honey-peanut-rolls

My mother made this for us when we were kids.  Can’t go wrong with peanut butter and honey, in my humble opinion.  This treat just brings that home.  Few ingredients, cost effective, pretty healthy and yummy, too.  And it keeps well.  It’s a great holiday cookie; hostess gift; or just a nice sweet to have on… [Continue Reading]