Processing LOTS of Cherries

Over two days I was GIVEN 62 lbs of cherries. 50 lbs were seconds and were small Tartarian cherries and the second batch was 12 lbs of large champagne cherries. Both tasted fantastic and were a huge treat! But to process all of these! There were certainly some late nights involved. But Brian stayed up with me and helped and it was almost like a date night! Working and chatting together… most of the time with a beer in hand! Continue reading “Processing LOTS of Cherries”

Turkey Day Food

I couldn’t post this on Thursday or before since I hadn’t made it and didn’t know exactly what I was going to make too far in advance! However… The food was delicious even though I was only responsible for 3 different sides! Thanksgiving foods tend to be traditional in that families have their tried and true…. but these recipes are still great foods for any day of the week or for Christmas which will be here before we know it! Continue reading “Turkey Day Food”

Apple Date Dip

Eggplant and zucchini season have about passed, and we are also coming to the end of the apple season… however, I still have a bushel of apples sitting on my counter! I’ve already made some apple butter (I’ll post about that soon) and a little bit of applesauce and now I’m working on dried apples. Continue reading “Apple Date Dip”

Rosemary Cod with Plum-Tomato Sauce


Now that little baby Xanthie has been here for a few weeks and our meals from our church family and friends have come to an end it’s time for me to start getting back into our family routine! Also we are planning on starting homeschool in two weeks and we need to find our new norm and establish our new routine. Continue reading “Rosemary Cod with Plum-Tomato Sauce”

Canning Strawberry Jam


As many of you know we live in a small town home (1000 sq ft/2 bedrooms for a family of 6) with minimal storage. Consequently I store most of my home canned goods in my mother-in-law’s basement which is only about 20 minutes away. We are often there to visit and I just pick up what I need when we visit. Continue reading “Canning Strawberry Jam”

Apple Crisp

Apple crisp has always been one of my favorite desserts.  I’ve been wanting to paleoize it, but just haven’t gotten around to it.  This version still isn’t paleo, but it’s getting closer!  I didn’t have a lot of time to ‘fix’ this recipe this week, but knew I could easily change it enough that it fits our diets.

I remember when I was a kid, my grandmother would serve this as a side for dinner!  And since it was for dinner we could have seconds!  My Mom NEVER did that!  It was always a dessert in our home!  And it’s still a dessert here! Mimmy still serves it as a side for dinner and I still have seconds when she does that!  Yes, still a kid at heart… or addicted to sweets, but I prefer the first option!

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Apple Crisp
1-3lb bag of apples
1.5 cups of gluten free rolled oats
¼- ⅓ cup of melted coconut oil (or oil of choice)
⅓ cup [amazon_link id=”B001E5DZIO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]sucanat [/amazon_link](although honey or maple syrup would probably be a fine substitute)

Core and chop the apples.  The smaller the apples are the quicker they will cook.  I usually use my [amazon_link id=”B001DLTD1C” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]apple pealer, corer, slicer contraption[/amazon_link], but this time the apples were so small that I would have lost half of it.  I didn’t even peal them this time and it turned out fine.  No one complained about it!

Mix the last three ingredients together and sprinkle over the top.

Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350 or until apples are tender

Eat and enjoy!

This still makes my mouth water, just to think about how yummy this is!  Sometimes my grandmother adds cranberries to it which is good, but she uses A LOT more sugar than I do, so mine would be a bit tart…  I’ve also added strawberries or rhubarb, blueberries or any other berry for that matter!  The options are endless!

I hope you enjoy!



Apple Pie

Who doesn’t like apple pie?  And this is the perfect season!  Apples are in season, bountiful and selling for great prices!  And with cooler weather it’s so nice to turn on the oven and have cinnamon, nutmeg and baked apple smells wafting through the house! Smells of fall!   Continue reading “Apple Pie”

Peach Apple Dessert

On a whim I just threw a few things together and it turned out as a real treat! Continue reading “Peach Apple Dessert”

Banana Pancakes

I know last week I posted a recipes for my new best friend; AKA chocolate pudding.  This is another new best friend!  Both of these best friends are simple and well loved by the family which is always important!   Continue reading “Banana Pancakes”

Green Smoothies

For the longest time I thought I didn’t really like smoothies… but I actually think it was just that I didn’t like it first thing in the morning!  I REALLY like them, I’ve found out, for a mid morning snack or afternoon snack.  Especially as the days are getting warmer it’s a great afternoon refresher and snack.   Continue reading “Green Smoothies”