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Gifting Recipes

Cherished recipes are often passed down from generation to generation. For the most part, these recipes are bound in a book or put on cards to be placed in a recipe box out of sight. Here are three ways to get those recipes out of their boxes and into the light to bring back memories, to be enjoyed and used and given as gifts.


1. Frames

Find some funky vintage frames to house treasured hand-written recipes or rough up a newly printed recipe to make it look well worn. Place them on a counter or hang them on a wall in the kitchen to double as decor and directions.  Choose a frame that compliments the receiver’s kitchen decor.


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Make Your Own Infused Oils


I love looking at all those big bottles of infused oils at specialty cooking stores. The ones with the red wax sealed tops and various flavorings inside. I used to buy them just to place on my counter as decor. They can get expensive. I’ve seen a bottle priced at over $100 at an upscale store. I want to give these as gifts, but that would definitely go over my budget.

Instead of buying them, I made them for a fraction of the price using herbs I grew in my own garden and a high quality, vetted/certified olive oil (like this one).

Start out by washing the herbs you want to use and drying them thoroughly Read More →

7 Fermented Foods You Probably Already Eat


You may have been hearing about all those ‘crazy’ fermented foods that can restore the beneficial bacteria in your system and heal leaky gut and IBS(like in this article).

Stuff like kefir and kombucha and ginger bugs.
If you’re not really into a traditional diet or way of eating, it may seem like fermented foods are a little ‘out there’. After all, one of the most popular books on the subjects has WILD in the title!  If you’re not quite into the wild side of real food yet, you may think it’s too far too fast to introduce fermented foods into your family’s diet. Read More →

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Casserole – Real Food Style

Even just reading the title of this post will send some
people running for the celery!

We’ve been told for decades that fat makes us fat and a lot of people still believe it. I am not a doctor, but I have come to realize that  FAT is not the enemy. FAT is healthy. FAT is critical to life. And…FAT is yummy!

HOW CAN YOU BUY INTO THAT?? you may ask. Read More →