All American Apple Pie – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#18)

Fall is in the air and that mean apples! Today our featured post is all about good ol’ American Apple Pie! Fall = Apple Season Be sure to check out my post on Tips on How to Prune Your Apple Trees, it includes a handy dandy video! Apples are just coming into season, and if you grow them on your homestead, you need lots of different ways to preserve them! A few great ways to preserve those apples are by making cider, juice, apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie filling, dehydrated apples. Apple Preservation Last week our featured posts also included fall flavored treats, and I shared two of my favorite tools for preserving apples. I will share them again here in case you missed it. If you grow apple trees and have a ton of apples to harvest, you really must have both of these items on your homestead. One item is a steam juicer and the other is this smaller table top apple press. Both items are great for apples, but can also be used for grapes and berries as well! Our Featured Post this Week: All American Apple Pie Easy All-American Apple Pie by Kristie at Love My Little Cottage   Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation. Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! There is a link down below for you to click on to share your posts! To…

Fall Flavored Cupcakes and Muffins – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#17)

Welcome to September and pumpkin spice season! This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts feature fall flavored cupcakes and muffins! Fall = Pumpkin Spice Season Either you love it or you hate it! September hits, and all things pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple hit the shelves! I personally love it, as those are 3 of my most favorite flavors. So this week, I am featuring a couple of posts that share recipes for cupcakes or muffins that feature these fall flavors. Be sure to check out my post on 7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins! Preserve Your Own Pumpkins for Using in Recipes Please check out my article on How to Preserve Your Pumpkins and Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing. I use these packets of frozen pumpkin and squash puree in place of canned store bought product, for all of my pumpkin dessert recipes, including pie, muffins, quick breads, cookies and more! I also use them in curries, smoothies, soups and my favorite Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats Recipe. Fall is also Apple Season If apples are more your thing over pumpkins, I wanted to share two of my favorite tools for preserving apples. First, I love this steam juicer. Slice your apples in half, throw them in the top part of this 3 part contraption. The bottom part boils water and steams the fruit, the middle section collects the juice. When all is said and done, you have applesauce in the top section and juice in the middle section, so you can preserve the apples two ways in one go! Then use the apple sauce to make wonderful fall flavored desserts such as muffins, quick breads, cookies and more! The steam juicer also works great for grapes, berries and cranberries! I…

How to Make Your Own Ginger Ale – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#16)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post will teach you how to make your own ginger ale! Health Benefits of Ginger Ginger is an amazing herb that offers lots of health benefits, so why not learn how to make your own ginger ale with it? It is probably best known for helping with stomach problems such as nausea, stomach upset and indigestion. Over the years, it has helped calm the stomach of many pregnant women dealing with morning sickness or those who suffer from motion sickness. It has also been used to calm muscle pain, menstrual pain and help with inflammation, such as one experiences with osteoarthritis. The active ingredient in ginger, gingerol, also helps fight bacteria, which aids in helping to heal infections. Ginger may also lower blood sugars, help to lower cholesterol and help improve heart disease risk factors. It can also help prevent cancer as well as improve brain health, thereby helping prevent Alzheimers. With all of these health benefits, I think it is important to get more ginger into your diet! Why not replace that store bought soda which has absolutely NO health benefits, with a healthy home made soda such as Ginger Ale! Our Featured Post this Week: How to Make Naturally Carbonated Ginger Ale How to Make Naturally Carbonated Ginger Ale by Nancy at Oak Hill Homestead Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation. Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share…

Yummy On The Go Breakfast Ideas For Kids – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#14)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will share quick easy yummy on the go breakfast ideas for kids, that they will be sure to eat! Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings Summer is almost over, and school is coming, if it hasn’t started already in your neck of the woods! That means busy mornings, trying to get the kids out the door, and having them eat a healthy breakfast too. Today we will share some quick healthy recipes to make those mornings easier! Simple breakfast ideas, that you can prepare ahead of time are key! But also having something fun, delicious AND healthy are a bonus! Even picky kids will like these ideas. A Pumpkin Spice Warm Fall Breakfast – Yummy! Before I move on to my featured posts, I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite fall breakfasts, Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. This may not be as on the go, or as easy to prepare ahead of time, but try it on those slower days, or on the weekend, and you won’t be disappointed!   Our Featured Posts this Week are: Muffins for Breakfast – Easy On the Go! Your kids will be sure to gobble these up, Cinnamon Roll Muffins from Shannon at Of the Hearth! YUM! So many yummy muffin recipes out there! Use up all that zucchini you have hoards of now and make zucchini muffins, or pumpkin muffins or apple muffins! Muffins are always a treat in kids eyes and are an easy on the go breakfast option. Cinnamon Roll Muffins by Of the Hearth Yogurt Parfait Breakfast-Healthy and a Treat too! Your kids will think you have gone crazy, giving them dessert instead of breakfast! Check out this Yogurt…

How to Use Your Berry Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#11)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will give you some great ideas on how to use your berry harvest, and how to go berry picking with your kids! Scroll down to find out more! Tips on Growing Your Own Berries I grow a lot of berries on our homestead. So far, we are growing Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackerries, Honey Berries, and Currants.  So I thought I would share a couple of my own tips on growing berries here, before I share ideas from our featured posts on how to use your berry harvest! Mulching Your Berries   My first tip, is to MULCH! Mulching really really cuts down on weeding and watering! It basically makes your job growing berries, easier! And you will get a bigger berry harvest! Check out my article The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING with Mulch! Protect Your Berries from Birds and Deer My second tip, is to protect your most valued crop of berries from birds and deer. We finally had to do this for our blueberry bushes. You can do this by using a simple bird netting. However, when I used that cheap one, be forewarned, the birds can get caught up in it very easily and die. Especially if it is just draped over the pushes. It is best to build a framework over your berries, that supports the netting. This can be made quite simply with PVC or 2×4’s. But if you want to really protect the birds, consider using this Deluxe Bird Barricade Netting which is designed to prevent the birds from getting caught in the netting. Freezing Your Berry Harvest My third tip, is grow as many berries as you can, and FREEZE THEM! It is so easy to…

Planning Dinner from the Garden Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#9)

Do you need some ideas on what to make for dinner using fresh ingredients from the garden or from your CSA box? Than you are in the right place! Today I will be sharing several ideas to help you in planning dinner from the garden harvest! Meal Planning and Garden Harvest With our first real garden harvest picked just the other day, I was trying to figure out how to use it for dinner. As a result, I was inspired this week to share as my featured articles on today’s blog hop, other recipes shared in our Farm Fresh Tuesday’s blog hop that used farm fresh ingredients in a dinner recipe! Having some recipes using your fresh homegrown veggies in your repertoire, will make summer meal planning simple and easy! Hopefully, the following ideas might help with your meal planning this summer! Be sure to check out ALL the articles shared in our blog hop posts, to find more recipes shared throughout the summer using farm fresh produce. The best places to acquire in season veggies are from your own garden, a CSA box subscription or your local farmers market. Before we get to those featured articles this week, I will share my recipe from the other night using my first real garden harvest this year! Be sure to check out my article about how I track my Garden Harvest Tally each year! Using in Season Ingredients for Dinner Sunday I harvested what I would consider our first real harvest from the garden. This included kale, swiss chard, and our first cucumbers and bell peppers! I brought it all in the house washed it up and started planning dinner from the garden harvest. With all the greens I had, I figured a salad would be a…