Cherry Cherry

Asparagus harvesting is over (we got 20 pounds from our little patch!) and now it’s on to one of my favorites –  cherries. Much to our surprise, when we moved in that our property had a cherry tree. We added three more, one of which has since died.  This year is the first year that…

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Blackberry Fruit Leather

Last year I tried my best to use up our blackberries. We froze a lot of them and put them in smoothies. I also made jello, syrup (which I’ve already made two batches this spring from last year’s harvest), popsicles, and cobbler. But leather – no. I made apple leather – do that every year…

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Attempting Scones

For you who have been reading my blog, you know I make biscotti. But a lot of people don’t like biscotti or the type I make – the less Americanized version or the Italian cantuccini. I’d love to make cantuccini for the garden club meeting next month (It’s my time to bring snacks.) but I…

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Cherry Syrup and Soda

Last summer I made a batch of Blackberry syrup. My recipe is HERE. Hubby really loves it so I decided this year I’d make it earlier so he could enjoy it before summer even begins. So when I made it three weeks ago, I also made some cherry syrup from the 2006 cherries in the…

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Cherry Almond Scones

I love scones. They aren’t something I eat very often, but I’ve been really wanting to make some for a long time. I figured that they can’t be too difficult. If I can make biscotti, surely I can make scones. So last week I opened up this book again and made Cherry Almond scones, adapted…

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Reviewing Our 2010 Soaps

This year Dave and I decided to bake all of our bread this year. I started with the HB in Five group attempting to bake through the book. Dave made a variety of wonderful breads from other resources. It was fun and healthy and we’ll do it again in 2011. If you’d like to read…

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Three More Soaps

We made three more soaps over a month ago. I’ve been wanting to post about them, but just haven’t had the time. The first is Lily of the Valley Olive Oil Soap. This recipe is the same of the Calendula Olive Oil soap except I left out the calendula and added lily of the valley…

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Shea Mango Body Whip

I’m still looking for that perfect body whip and I think I found it! The Mango Body Butter I made several weeks ago is great, but it’s really a butter. It whips up nice, but doesn’t stay soft. I still like it, but I want something that stays soft. I had made one for my…

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

It’s time to start baking biscotti and what better day than yesterday when it was cold and snowy. So I got a couple new ingredients together for this batch. Please refer to my basic recipe. We bought some King Arthur Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa so I just had to try it. Then I came across these…

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