A few of our recent posts….

Mom’s Brownies

We’re all in quarantine-baking mode out our way. My niece made some AMAZING cupcakes (she really should be a pro […]

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The Sourdough Journey – The Saga Continues

(Part 2) Some of you jumped on the bread-wagon with me about a week or so ago when my friend Robin (hi, Robin!) and I began our sourdough starters, guided by Heather at  The Kneady Homesteader. (Quick re-cap: We hadn’t gotten to the bake-bread-with-it stage yet, but we had a […]

Homeschooling the Young Learner

Do you sometimes second-guess your “credentials” to educate your child at home? Parents, you come into homeschooling with the greatest qualifications: a deep love for your child and a vested interest in his success! You can homeschool! You’ve already been homeschooling your young child—you’ve taught him to talk and you’ve […]

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The Sourdough Experiment – Week One

(Part 1) Many years ago (thirty, but who’s counting?), my neighbor on Fort Lee gave me some of her mother-in-law’s sourdough starter. This was a new experience for me–I had baked bread for years, but sourdough was a novelty to me. Oh my goodness, that starter and her recipe for Soft […]

Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Veggies

Schnitzel and mashed potatoes. Comfort food. It may not be the make-ahead meal or the fastest to clean up, but it’s the most-requested dish for family gatherings and birthday dinners (okay, maybe it’s rivaled by Sophia’s requests for our 60-Minute Dinner Rolls). Ever since my German friend Birgit taught me […]

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup with Homemade Gnocchi

After having chicken and gnocchi soup at our local Olive Garden, I though I’d give it a try at home, but I didn’t have gnocchi on hand. Since my mom grew up around the corner from DeLallo’s in Jeannette, Pennsylvania (you HAVE to go there at least once in your […]

Turkey Pot Pie — Use Up Those Leftovers!

Some of our turkey leftovers were just begging to be blanketed in a flaky, warm crust! I know pie dough can be intimidating, so here’s a step-by-step for a by-hand falky crust. (I have a “food processor” pie crust recipe in Everyday Homemaking, so here’s a more rustic version — […]

Turkey cheese and meat platter

Thanksgiving Planning (Build it Backwards)

The step-by-step to-do list and shopping listThanksgiving is just around the corner.  We usually have anywhere from 30-40ish here — this year will be on the smaller side, at 30, including a good number of littles (I rely on Norwex to clean up before/after so I don’t have to stress […]

Creating Your Own Opportunities

We lived out in the country during our homeschooling years, so I understand how difficult arranging home education activities can be, especially if you don’t have a family large enough for built-in sports teams or your own Bible quiz league! When we bring our kids home, we need to provide […]

Everyday Cooking Photo Gallery

Photos of recipes from Everyday Cooking. We are slowly adding photos to the Everyday Cooking gallery. Since the cookbook is in black and white (and would be cost-prohibitive in color), the next best thing is to add some online photos for you! There are a lot of photos, so thanks […]

Whole Grains 101

When I was introduced to the concept of whole foods cooking, the first, most life-impacting change I made was to eliminate white flour from our diets. It’s not just conservative moms who are touting the health benefits of whole grains; an online search for the nutritional benefits of whole grains […]