Tag: recipe

growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce

You know Mother Nature, she is bountiful one season then rests the next.  Last year, we had not a one apple on any of the trees on our family property.  This year, however, we were able to gather three cloth grocery bags full in… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce”

recipe: growing grace farm’s banana chocolate chip pancakes (paleo, gluten free, dairy free)

One of my favorite routines is to cook breakfast for my daughter on the weekends.  You may have already see the post about her favorite crepes that I’ve been making since she was 2.  This morning, however, she asked for an old standby–banana chocolate… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farm’s banana chocolate chip pancakes (paleo, gluten free, dairy free)”

recipe: growing grace farm’s kale chips

I love to hear my child exclaim “Yay!” when I announce I am making kale chips.  As thin and crispy as regular chips, we love to make these in the summer time.  Different kale will offer you different texture–needless to say, the thinner the… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farm’s kale chips”

growing grace farm’s creamy chicken and wild rice soup (gluten free)

My daughter is not a fan of soup much anymore.  I attribute that to her fourth grade year when I believe she took soup to school every day. There is now only one soup that she’ll request, a creamy chicken and wild rice soup… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s creamy chicken and wild rice soup (gluten free)”

recipes: winter weather, summer salad

My daughter’s school chorus sold citrus to raise money this season.  We recently received our order and are overflowing in tangelos, oranges, and red grapefruit.  I’m looking forward to making this salad as a light and cleansing option after all the holiday treats.  Enjoy!… Continue Reading “recipes: winter weather, summer salad”

my new favorite: growing grace farm’s tribute to Chocolat

So, there are very few treats I can delight in during the holiday season since I am basically grain and nut free.  Tonight, I had a craving for something a little sweet and just happened to have the fixins for this delight in our… Continue Reading “my new favorite: growing grace farm’s tribute to Chocolat”

recipe: growing grace farm’s soup stock

Thought I would repost this one given the delightful autumn weather we are having this week.  Looking forward to putting away some checking stock for upcoming cooler days and even chillier nights! Today, we are having our first snow of the winter–hard to believe… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farm’s soup stock”

my new favorite–gluten/grain free almond and blueberry cookies

Once I gave up wheat, I discovered that rice and other grains also gave me problems, and so I have essentially eliminated all of them from my diet (although I can enjoy a great non-GMO tortilla chip now and again!).  Sadly, it has made… Continue Reading “my new favorite–gluten/grain free almond and blueberry cookies”

a southerner’s tale of her ginger peach jam

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~Alice Walker Once upon a time there was a little girl who, every summer, was surrounded by peaches.  That was a delight… Continue Reading “a southerner’s tale of her ginger peach jam”

a little bit of summer–tex mex turkey burgers and fruit salsa

Even as a committed locavore, I do get a hankerin’ for summer tropical fruits now and again.  A Spring Break trip to DC also introduced me to a new turkey burger recipe so dinner tonight took all those favorite things and voila–a delicious dinner… Continue Reading “a little bit of summer–tex mex turkey burgers and fruit salsa”

recipes: winter weather, summer salad

While I love winter, I am completely over cold rainy weather.  If this is going to be another winter without snow, then so be it.  Bring on Spring and fill my kitchen with Summer! After a long week (and it was only Wednesday), I… Continue Reading “recipes: winter weather, summer salad”

my new favorite: growing grace farm’s tribute to Chocolat

One of my favorite films is Chocolat.  If you have not seen it, you must do so right away.  It is a delightful movie about a mysterious woman, Vianne,  (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter arriving in a small French town and opening a chocolate… Continue Reading “my new favorite: growing grace farm’s tribute to Chocolat”

homesteading: growing grace farm’s candied ginger

Recently, I came home with a bag of dark chocolate covered coconut chews from the local healthy grocery store.  When I took my first bite, my tongue was hit with a zing of ginger.  Somehow, pieces of chocolate covered ginger had been mixed in… Continue Reading “homesteading: growing grace farm’s candied ginger”

for the birds: growing grace farm’s homemade suet

One of my favorite activities is to put a bunch of seed and suet out for the birds, make a big cup of green tea, then sit on my little red stool by the back door and watch the morning feeding time.  It’s amazing… Continue Reading “for the birds: growing grace farm’s homemade suet”

recipes: growing grace farm’s best. fudge. evah.

So my daughter who does not like sweets decided that she wanted to make fudge this holiday season.  The extent of fudge making I’ve ever done is a quick recipe a teacher assistant shared with me that only required 3 ingredients and a microwave. … Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s best. fudge. evah.”

recipes: pepper poppers

Well, I will be the first to admit it.  I fell for the large bag of small red, yellow, and orange sweet peppers.  No, they’re not organic, and they’re not local (but they were only shipped from 3 states away), but boy, I couldn’t… Continue Reading “recipes: pepper poppers”

recipes: homemade dog treats

Ok, so we have a new pet on the farm.  Yep, we are now fostering a dog.  My daughter has missed having a canine friend so after much discussion and a couple moments of weakness, I agreed.  Our goal is to adopt her after… Continue Reading “recipes: homemade dog treats”

recipe: gluten free sweet potatoes and topping

Yumm!  I just made this one up in the kitchen and couldn’t wait to share.  This recipe made a 9×13 pan full.  BTW–gluten free doesn’t always mean “healthy,” but it’s nice to indulge once in awhile! Growing Grace Farm’s Gluten Free Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes… Continue Reading “recipe: gluten free sweet potatoes and topping”

recipes: cooking with cranberries

Last May, I happened to travel on some blue highways through Wisconsin.  There, I discovered a cranberry farm out in the middle of nowhere.  I’m thinking it was probably a mass production facility in disguise, but a girl can dream. Well, it got me… Continue Reading “recipes: cooking with cranberries”

growing grace farm’s salted maple roasted root veggies

Oh, yeah!  What a great feeling to come home to a basket full of local root veggies waiting to be roasted on a cool autumn night.  Forget the old stand by drizzle of olive oil and Italian herbs.  It’s time to open up the… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s salted maple roasted root veggies”

recipe: easy gluten-free vegetarian chili

Since I’m gluten-free and don’t drink much milk, no milk-and-bread runs here before any potential snow storms.  My staples include homemade chili and/or soups, tea, and a warm blanket.  I doubt that Asheville will see much of an accumulation this go round, but there’s… Continue Reading “recipe: easy gluten-free vegetarian chili”

recipe: soup stock

Thought I would repost this one with the potential for early snow and cold weather in the South.  Can never have enough too much soup stock on hand for autumn and winter months! Today, we are having our first snow of the winter–hard to… Continue Reading “recipe: soup stock”

enjoying autumn greens

In autumn, the sun sinks just low enough in the sky that she hides behind our trees most of the day.  The farm sadly surrenders to shade which means that fall veggies for us are limited primarily to greens.  No matter.  We love chard,… Continue Reading “enjoying autumn greens”

first soup of the season: growing grace farm’s southwestern chicken and white bean soup

This weekend, the first of the chilly autumn weather headed southward and graced us with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and to celebrate, I decided to make soup in the slow cooker for dinner tonight.  After perusing several recipes for white chili, I… Continue Reading “first soup of the season: growing grace farm’s southwestern chicken and white bean soup”

end-of-summer rainbow salad

As luck would have it, my folks invited me to a party at their house to celebrate the end of summer with all of their nearest and dearest friends from Sugar Hollow.  I was looking forward to the event and had planned to take… Continue Reading “end-of-summer rainbow salad”

freezing herbs–a taste of summer all year long

My sweet mom bought me 4 plants of Thai basil back in May, and they have gone wild!  Along with my regular sweet basil, I have used it in a multitude of recipes but also want to savor it this winter in some Thai… Continue Reading “freezing herbs–a taste of summer all year long”

kale chips

I love to hear my child exclaim “Yay!” when I announce I am making kale chips.  As thin and crispy as regular chips, we love to make these in the summer time.  Different kale will offer you different texture–needless to say, the thinner the… Continue Reading “kale chips”

beans and greens: recipes from the garden

So in spite of the bugs, rabbits, and mold spores, our greens and beans have fared well this year.  Suddenly, we are filling our refrigerator and our plates with ample  helpings of each.  Here are a few ways we like to eat beans and… Continue Reading “beans and greens: recipes from the garden”

recipes: Caprese salad

If the farmers’ market was any indication yesterday, we are in the height of tomato season.  Cherokee Purple, BlackBrandywine, Green Zebra, and Lemon Boy graced the tables in a flourish of color.  I ended up with some Yellow Mortgage Lifter and Black Brandywine then… Continue Reading “recipes: Caprese salad”

farmers’ markets: Mr. Arrowood’s okra and beans

Well, today was a magnificent day. I rarely choose such a word and flaunt it, but it truly was so. In the course of finding 2 hours of alone time, I wasted them not and headed to the farmers’ market–the big one, the one… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: Mr. Arrowood’s okra and beans”

farmers’ markets: from farm to table–it’s what’s for dinner

This past weekend, I had the opportunity for a girls’ night out with a dear friend.  We picked a restaurant that we knew would be quiet  and relaxed but not necessarily lauded for its food.  We were delightfully surprised when the waitress laid down… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: from farm to table–it’s what’s for dinner”

my newest discovery–chive flowers

Thanks to a busy schedule the last couple of weeks, I had left my chives to fend  for themselves.  Thankfully, their height kept them from being choked out by runaway mint!  Before I knew it, the chives were starting to create bulbous pods on… Continue Reading “my newest discovery–chive flowers”

rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy March day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies… Continue Reading “rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

sugar snap peas: Spring’s candy

Last year, I started a batch of sugar snap peas on our deck and in front on the triangular trellis.  By late May, we had fat sugar snaps dangling from the vine.  I was so excited that I came running in and made my… Continue Reading “sugar snap peas: Spring’s candy”

gettin’ ready for the garlic: tips and tricks for growing, harvesting and cooking

Monday evening, I got to spend some time out in the gardens at lunch.  I planted some potato slips and yellow sweet onion bulbs but got most excited about the garlic.  Last harvest year on a whim, I took a handful of garlic cloves,… Continue Reading “gettin’ ready for the garlic: tips and tricks for growing, harvesting and cooking”

from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading

So, exciting day!  Two years cancer free, and I took my sister’s Christmas gift, a certificate to my most favorite local kitchen emporium (http://sites.google.com/site/commonhousefly/home) and bought a whole bunch of guilty pleasures that are as functional as they are fun.  In walking through the… Continue Reading “from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading”

pickling

When I was a little girl, my mom would pickle cucumbers in the summer time.  She was so concerned that my sister and I would get burned that she made us sit at the round oak table away from the hot water bath.  She’d… Continue Reading “pickling”

we’re jammin’–tips and tricks for making delicious jam

Initially, I taught myself to can for two reasons–homemade pickles and homemade jam.  Over the last 3 summers, I have learned a bit about making jam and thought I’d share a few tips and tricks here. If you like thicker jam, soak your fruit… Continue Reading “we’re jammin’–tips and tricks for making delicious jam”

homemade suet for the birds

One of my favorite activities is to put a bunch of seed and suet out for the birds, make a big cup of green tea, then sit on my little red stool by the back door and watch the morning feeding time.  It’s amazing… Continue Reading “homemade suet for the birds”

recipe and tips for a good marinara sauce

I know it’s not summer and tomatoes are still small seeds waiting to sprout, but after a comment came in about how to can tomatoes today, I had to get down a jar of homemade marinara and eat  few spoonfuls.  There is nothing like… Continue Reading “recipe and tips for a good marinara sauce”