Category: It’s Time to Cook

Strawberry Blueberry Pie from my Farmhouse Kitchen

Homemade Strawberry Blueberry Pie In the south it’s strawberry time. Strawberry jam, strawberry shortcake and my favorite strawberry blueberry pie! Nothing says spring on the farm more than the sweet smell of strawberries simmering on the stove. The smell takes me back to my mother’s kitchen.  I can still see her standing at the stove stirring jam after she’d sent us girls to the neighboring strawberry farm to pick berries.  She didn’t like picking berries much, but we knew if we picked them, she’d make jam and our favorite strawberry shortcake for dessert. Things haven’t changed much in 40 years, my...

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5 Tips for Perfect Blueberry Muffins

I am a lover of blueberry muffins!  I die for those puffy bakery style muffins that have great texture and are piled high with a crumb topping. Yum!  Before I share my favorite blueberry muffin recipe, let me give you 5 Tips for Perfect Blueberry Muffins: Let all wet ingredients come to room temperature before mixing. The batter should not be stirred more that 15-20 times. Dust frozen blueberry with flour before adding to batter. Bake muffins at 425 degrees for the first 5 minutes, then turn oven down to 350 for remaining bake time. Let muffins cool in...

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How to make and freeze beef bone broth

hen life makes a complete circle here on the farm …it’s time to make beef bone broth. Our freezer is once again full of grass-fed beef and with it always comes plenty of beef bones for beef broth.  It’s one of the many staples I always like to have on hand. It’s easy to make I don’t mind at all spending a few hours preparing it for a great tasting homemade beef bone broth. Simple step-by-step instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil. In a single layer place soup bones on a...

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Homestyle 16 Bean and Ham Soup

On a chilly winter day there is nothing as comforting as a simmering pot of ham and bean soup on the stove.  A ham hock, dried beans, chopped vegetables, and a few seasonings make this homestyle comfort food one of my families favorites. As I visited our local Wingard’s Produce Market yesterday, I was drawn to a bag of 16 bean mix.  The smell of my Mom’s famous ham and bean soup came to mind and I knew I had to take those beans home. As luck would have it, the market had a nice ham hock in the...

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Homemade Chocolate Roll

I stepped out of my baking comfort zone! I tend to get in a rut when it comes to baking.  I have tried and true recipes that my family loves and rarely venture too far from them.  This week I decided I was going to try something new.  I pulled out my new favorite Mennonite Community Cookbook and blindly opened the book to the baking section.  I told myself that no matter what was on the page I was going to try that recipe. Lucky for my chocolate-loving hubby I opened it to the following Chocolate Roll recipe.  After...

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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