Pickling Naturally : Beet Kraut

Pickling Naturally : Beet Kraut

We grew some humongous cabbages this year.  Approximately 50 pounds in all, about 10 - 12 inches in diameter. Traditional sauerkraut, 13 quarts to be exact, was brewed in a big crock. We still  have cabbages sitting in cold storage waiting their turn to be transformed into something healthy and delicious.  This recipe for Pickling Naturally : Beet Kraut puts ... Read More
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It's a 30 year tradition

It’s A 30 Year Tradition

In the middle of a productive gardening season, we slipped away for a little vacation.  Yay!  For the past week our family has disconnected from our daily routines to reconnect with each other at our very favorite place on earth. In 1984 at the recommendation of a friend, we started a tradition of attending Cannon Beach Conference Center to enjoy their ... Read More
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Cucumber Dill Pickles

Pickling Naturally : Cucumber Dill Pickles

After taking a minor detour to Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, we are back on track with preserving the summer's harvest.  That was quite a treat and I must say that I'm glad that pie can sit in the freezer, out of sight, until company comes so we can share it! Are your cucumbers coming on fast and in multiples?  Do ... Read More
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Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Let me interrupt this preserving and gardening season with a delicious dessert recipe, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie : gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar-free. I know it's hard to believe, but you can make an outragous Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie without dairy whipped cream, cool whip, cream cheese and Oreos.   When daughter #3 told me she made a "conventional" ... Read More
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Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread

We are picking zucchini and summer squash EVERYDAY and and have much to share.  It would be a shame if I didn't put some of it up into moist and sweet zucchini bread to enjoy now and later.  It's perfect to have ready for drop in family and friends, for those grands who walk in the door asking for a ... Read More
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The Best No Cook Peanut Sauce

The Best No-Cook Peanut Sauce

Having a garden means staying close to home for much of the summer, but we've been taking a few excursions here and there.  A couple of weekends ago we paid a visit to the nearby quaint towns of Winthrop and Twisp.  The Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop was our destination where we lounged in its upscale rustic setting, drank in ... Read More
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Kohlrabi Kraut

Pickling Naturally : Kohlrabi Kraut

Our garden is in high achiever mode.  I'm trying to keep up with it without letting it crash my summer.  After inviting family and friends to come pick and putting up food for winter, the question remains...what to do with these kohlrabi? A generous supply of these Kohlrabi Pickles are already brewed and refrigerated for eating.  The green beans also ... Read More
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Second Wind Smoothie

Second Wind Smoothie

You can make a Second Wind Smoothie in less time than it takes to make a piece of toast and butter it.  And it's gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free, getting it's sweetness from frozen bananas and dates.  Topping the smoothies off with cacao nibs adds crunch and flavor.   My favorite time of day is when the sun is just ... Read More
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Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

This creamy Maple Mustard Vinaigrette takes literally 5 minutes to make.  It's a delicious all-purpose salad dressing, but we especially love it over greens with sliced Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets, goat cheese and roasted walnuts.  If you don't have pickled beets, try these Maple Roasted Beets over greens instead.  Sometimes I throw in sliced red onions too. Why didn't I start making ... Read More
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Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets

Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets

The weekend of the 4th was a productive one for us.  We chose to hang around home to catch up on things.  The hubs repainted the Adirondack furniture he built a few years back.  They were transformed from a natural stain to a flat black to match the trim on our house. Beets, kohlrabi and kale were ready to pick ... Read More
AmySweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets