Tart Cherry Pie Jam
Dairy Free / Desserts / Egg free / For the Holidays! / Fresh Produce / Fruit / Gluten Free / Goodness on the Side! / Homemade Gifts! / Preserving / Sweet Treats! / Using Coconut Oil

Tart Cherry Pie Jam

I am not sure why I was amazed to see two of my children come inside from the backyard the other day with a bowl full of ripe cherries. I know there are cherry trees back there, and I realize that it is summer…the two kind of go hand-in-hand! I guess in my head, it … Continue reading

Blackberry Orange Jam {seedless}
Dairy Free / Dressings & Marinades / Egg free / Fresh Produce / Fruit / Gluten Free / Goodness on the Side! / Homemade Gifts! / Preserving / Sweet Treats!

Blackberry Orange Jam {seedless}

Last summer we were fortunate enough to acquire some beautifully plump and ripe blackberries from an aunt that has amazing blackberry bushes. I had very good intentions at the time of taking them home and making a lovely jam right away. Unfortunately life, and other gardening and canning duties, took priority over the blackberries. They … Continue reading

Blanching and Freezing Fresh Asaparagus
Fresh Produce / Goodness on the Side! / Preserving / Vegetables

Blanching and Freezing Fresh Asaparagus

Asparagus is a wonderful vegetable. Unfortunately in some places it isn’t one of the veggies that you can find readily accessible year-round. Where we live in Kansas, we start looking for the shoots to spring up around Easter time, and pretty much check every day after that until they pop through the soil. The thing … Continue reading

Sweet Jalapeño Cheese Ball
Appetizers / Egg free / For the Holidays! / Gluten Free / Goodness on the Side! / Savory and Splendid! / Snacks

Sweet Jalapeño Cheese Ball

I made some jalapeño jelly this summer with the bounty of jalepenos that our garden produced. One way that my family enjoys using up this sweet and spicy condiment is by mixing some jelly with cream cheese and eating it with crackers or tortilla chips. It tastes really great, but I have to say that … Continue reading

Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
Baking Goodness! / For the Holidays! / Fresh Produce / Goodness on the Side! / Vegetables

Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe for a Candied Sweet Potato Casserole has become a regular side dish at dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas in our family. I wasn’t sure whether to call it “Sweet Potato Bake,” “Candied Sweet Potatoes,” or “Sweet Potato Casserole.” Because I couldn’t decide between the three, combining the names seemed logical to me…and so … Continue reading