What do you do with a bushel of fresh, juicy, peaches? Make peach cobbler of course!!! And you freeze, make peach ice cream, milkshakes, yogurt. . . . . But today is about the cobbler. My mom gave me her recipe when I was just starting my family; and, it has been a family staple ever since. If you are in the mood for an incredible peach treat, here is the recipe for you!
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This year my plum tree produced a bumper crop and I have been trying lots of new recipes as a result. Yesterday, I tried a plum pie recipe that was so well received that within 24 hours it was completely gone! I would say that is a vote of approval. The lemon zest in the crust really kicks things up a notch and turns this pie into something special. It will also fill your kitchen with the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg which is wonderful to wander into during the day. 🙂 So, if you would like a dessert that marries tart and sweet– this one may be for you!
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I love having tea in the conservatory first thing in the morning. Especially when the tea of the day is such a nutritional powerhouse to get me started on the right foot. Nettle tea, spruced up with some spearmint I couldn’t resist this morning, is an unsung hero of the herbal world. Care to learn more? Continue reading →
Recently I was thrilled to find my Japanese Plum tree had produced a bountiful harvest. There is nothing quite like harvesting good organic food that I know is going to taste wonderful, be at its prime in nutrients and flavor, have no pesticides or harmful chemicals, and that has come from a tree that my family and I have planted ourselves. Continue reading →
As winter descends we may find our homes invaded by uninvited guests. Peppermint essential oil is a powerful and safe ally in preventing or interrupting the onslaught. The scent that is so delicious to us sends them running for the hills! Simply soak (approximately 5 drops) a cotton ball with high quality peppermint oil (quality counts) and place in the right spot. What is the right spot? If your problem is mice it is best to act preventatively. The cotton balls are most effective when placed at possible points of entry or protectively around items you don’t want them getting into. As a preventative measure they significantly reduce chances of an infestation even starting. No stress, no poisons, no moments of “ick factor.” After the rascals are in your home its a bit more challenging. The peppermint soaked cotton balls are still powerful but they won’t make the mice leave the home. There are still many “non peppermint” places to hide. They can be used as a protective hedge around whatever you don’t want them accessing. Encroachment stopped! As for ants and cockroaches simply place the balls in any paths or where activity is noted and voila! They will retreat to sweeter smelling adventures. Here’s to safe and effective natural remedies!