Grape Jelly

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Grape Jelly

How to Make Crab Apple Butter

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Crab Apple Butter

Homemade Blueberry Jam

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Blueberry Jam

How to Prune Raspberries

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Prune Raspberries

Gardening with Kids

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Homestead Cooking with Carol Giveaway

Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals will help you stretch your budget while making foodie-quality meals for your family.

How to Make Dandelion Tea from Leaves and Flowers

I have had these bitter leaves and flowers in salads and other recipes, but I am all about learning new ways to preserve foods. I tried the dandelion tea using fresh dandelion leaves and decided to try dehydrating dandelion leaves to make tea. It is delicious and perfect for storing long term.

How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee

I wasn’t so sure I would like Dandelion Root Coffee, but I thought I would give it a try. Not bad. It has a nutty aroma and flavor.

Learn About Dandelions

Some see dandelions as despised weeds, wanting to annihilate them from their yards and flower beds. At my house, we welcome them. We allow them to grow in our yard and keep them around for many reasons.

How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can

Growing potatoes in a trash can or barrel allows you to produce a lot of food in a very small location. My kids loved getting involved. It’s a fun way to learn about potatoes and discuss why this method works.

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Keeping Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook

It is a hard task, I know. My kitchen is the most used room in the house and it’s the hardest to keep clean. Keeping your kitchen clean while you cook doesn’t have to be difficult.

Creating Kitchen Workstations

So many things go on in the kitchen at the same time, it can get confusing. Creating kitchen workstations can keep it from being chaotic and feeling crowded. These are the workstations I use in my Kitchen

Storing Canning Jars, Lids, and Rings

Here are some tips I have used for storing canning jars, lids, and rings when you are not using them and keeping them safe and free of dust, debris, and even critters.

How to Write a Recipe

How to Write a Recipe-When you write a recipe, keep in mind you might not be the only person using the recipe in the future.

How to Put Together a Recipe Binder

A recipe binder is a perfect place to gather tried and true recipes in one place. This should be your most used “cookbook” on your bookshelf.

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Nature Pigment Fabric Prints

We made Nature Pigment Fabric Prints during our study of flower pigments and chlorophyll, but I think it is a fun project for anytime. My kids enjoyed watching the different colors appear as they pounded the flowers and leaves.

Nature Bracelets

Making Duct Tape Nature Bracelets can be a fun activity for nearly any age child. We have done this with preschoolers through teens. It’s fun to see all the different combinations and patterns of nature items the kids come up with.

Clothespin Tag-3 Ways to Play

Clothespin Tag:
This is a fun game for all ages and it’s perfect for a hot summer day after you get your clothes off the line. It can be played three ways.

How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can

Growing potatoes in a trash can or barrel allows you to produce a lot of food in a very small location. My kids loved getting involved. It’s a fun way to learn about potatoes and discuss why this method works.

Vermicomposting (Worm Composting) Basics

Want a fun project for your kids? Try worm composting! Vermicomposting is my favorite method of composting, because it is fun for my kids to do. It’s a great way for kids to see worms and microorganisms at work, breaking down organic matter into soil. Here is a fun book about this called Worms Eat My […]

Capturing Nature-Nature Photography Class

Bring your digital camera, tablet, Smartphone, Ipod, or whatever you have to take pictures with.

In this class, we will learn about the world around us as we Capture Nature .

We will start our time with a short lesson on capturing nature in photography. We will go over techniques that can be used to get best shots in the outdoors.

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Mango Fruit Leather

Mango fruit leather has turned out to be one of my kids’ favorites. The sugar is totally optional, but it makes it much sweeter and cuts the tartness.

Lemon Lime Soda Jelly

This Lemon Lime Soda Jelly is delicious. I added a fresh lemon and a fresh l fresh lime to the mix to give it a rich, tangy flavor. It will make you pucker, a little.

Cream Soda Jelly

Cream soda…do you like yours red or amber colored? I chose the amber colored version for my cream soda jelly. I like the flavor better. Plus, I added a teaspoon of vanilla, just for added vanilla goodness.

Homestead Beef Jerky

This beef jerky recipe has been used in our family for many years. I love the flavor. It tastes like it was dried over a wood fire. We have also used this recipe for venison.

Grape Soda Jelly

Up next, Grape Soda Jelly. I think this would probably be my sister’s favorite soda. She loves all things purple. This soda jelly, surprisingly tastes a lot like regular grape jelly you would buy at the grocery store.

Orange Soda Jelly

I remember growing up, this was one of my favorite flavors of soda, plus orange was my favorite color. I added orange juice to my orange soda jelly recipe to give it a tiny bit of healthfulness and add to the orange flavor.

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