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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Triple Cinnamon Pecan (Cookie) Biscotti

Hubby recently bought a couple of new books.  I grabbed this one to see if it had any fun recipes I could try for Christmas. Here is this biscotti recipe by a different name on the web. The book explained that this was not the biscotti I like to make ( cantuccini), which is a…

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Old Tyme Vanilla Soap

Well, Dave and I are at it again! We made two soaps yesterday. This first one is made from lard. We wanted to try lard since that’s what soap used to be made with. We used lard from the store and it was S-T-I-N-K-Y! But today with the vanilla creme fragrance oil, we can only…

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Making Fruit Leather

While we were over at Reid’s Orchard picking up some peaches, we also picked up some early apples. We usually wait for the main harvest to come in, but thought we’d like to see what these tasted like. They weren’t real good for eating – a bit too mealy for us – but they make…

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Cool Blackberry Pops

It sure has been hot here! I remember as a kid, we just loved to hear that guy peddling the bicycle with a refrigerated case on the front yelling, “Popsicle Man.” I’d run inside and ask mom for a few cents for my favorite treat. By the time I got back to the street, the…

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Putting Up Our Harvest

I’ve been busy drying tomatoes and putting up our blackberries and blueberries. Before I write more about that, Kristina had asked what the tomatoes look like when they are dried. I’ve never looked at them side by side, and thought it would be neat to see how they compare. Here is our favorite to dry…

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It’s cherry pickin’ time

Yes, we have cherries! Yeah! I get so excited about these tart cherries. They’re pretty and so yummy! So now that we have these cherries, what do we do? Make a cobbler, of course. I use the same recipe for the cherries as I do with my blackberries except I add a little vanilla. This…

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Dreamsicle Face Lotion

When I was a kid, I just loved Dreamsicles. Well, I still do. We have a local ice cream shop here – a small neighborhood stand with just outdoor seating and a limited menu.  If you are looking for a variety of flavors with fancy smancy toppings, this is not your place. In addition to…

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Cherries and Chocolate!

[donotprint] Two of favorite things are cherries and chocolate. I love cherry anything including cherry jello. And I can eat about anything covered in chocolate except bugs! Last year our cherry trees didn’t produce at all. This year it looks like we will have enough for several cobblers and to add some 2-cup bags to…

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