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Canning Grapes and Mandarin Oranges

While cleaning the refrigerator out, I discovered some grapes and mandarin oranges. Since the kids are gone, I figured I had better do something with them. I remember seeing a lady who canned them in simple syrup, so I figured I would give it a shot. As y’all know- I don’t measure; I eyeball my […]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Canning|Comments Off on Canning Grapes and Mandarin Oranges

Whiskey Sour Jelly

I saw this recipe in a magazine and thought about you folks that like to make novelty jellies and jams. I am headed to the package store today… Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife.


3 Limes
2 Lemons
4 ¼ c Sugar
1 ½ c water
¼ cup whiskey
½ 6 ounce pkg of liquid pectin
5 Maraschino Cherries
5 Orange slices


How ya do it:

Sterilize […]

By |June 10th, 2015|Jams And Jellies|Comments Off on Whiskey Sour Jelly

Farm House Breakfast Sausage

We have been playing with sausage recipes here at the farm. Now y’all have another one to add to your collection! Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife.

1 pound of ground pork (COLD)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp rubbed sage (or more)
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper (fresh)
1/4 tsp dried thyme (or more)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Butchering, Recipes|Comments Off on Farm House Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage

What are you gonna do with all that ground pork? Well, today I am making homemade pizza! I love experimenting with different flavors and styles of sausage, and since we are having pizza tonight, I figured this would be a good day to tell y’all how I make my Italian sausage. This recipe is for […]

By |April 27th, 2015|Butchering, Homesteading, Recipes|Comments Off on Homemade Italian Sausage

Bacon Green Bean Bundles

These are so easy, and an expected side dish on my family’s dinner table once green bean season begins. Sweet, salty, bacony vegetable goodness. -Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife


8 thick bacon slices
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 tsp. roasted garlic powder
1 1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and blanched
1/4 cup firmly packed […]

By |April 26th, 2015|Sides|Comments Off on Bacon Green Bean Bundles

Havarti Cheese Tutorial

My kids love cheese, and they wanted to try some herb-ed cheese, so we added dried dill to this batch. You can add your favorite herb or caraway seeds. Enjoy – The Homesteader’s Wife


2 gallons whole cow milk
1 package of direct set Mesophilic Starter Culture
½ teaspoon liquid rennet diluted in ¼ cup cool water
Kosher Salt


In […]

By |March 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Havarti Cheese Tutorial

Curing Bacon

Bacon!!!! Bacon, bacon, bacon, and more bacon. Here is the first of your homemade and cured bacon recipes. Once you experience REAL bacon- Oscar Meyer will never satisfy the itch. Slice it thick and bake it in a cast iron skillet at 350 degrees F for easy splatter free crispiness.


20 to 25 pound batch with […]

By |March 16th, 2015|Butchering, Recipes|Comments Off on Curing Bacon

Chocolate Tennessee Honey Pecan Pie

In honor of PI Day, I am making this! It’s a twist on pecan pie; add chocolate chips and whiskey! (Seriously, how could you go wrong with either chocolate or Bourbon?) I used Tennessee Honey because that’s what I had on hand. -Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife

 1 deep dish pie crust ( unbaked)
1 cup white sugar
 1 […]

By |March 14th, 2015|Baking, Desserts, Recipes|Comments Off on Chocolate Tennessee Honey Pecan Pie

The Perfect Pie Crust

It’s PI Day!!! I am a geek/nerd at heart, so I especially love to bake on Pi Day! Here is a perfect crust! Get in the kitchen and bake something!! -Enjoy – The Homesteader’s Wife



1-1/2 cup Crisco or Lard
3 cups All-purpose Flour
1 whole Egg
5 Tablespoons Cold Water
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt

In a large bowl, […]

By |March 14th, 2015|Baking, Desserts, Recipes|Comments Off on The Perfect Pie Crust

Fideo (Fee-day-oh)

Every recipe has a story; this recipe is how I survived college on the cheap. The first time I attended college (yes- I have been there done that more than once), I was in Southern California. A friend introduced me to fideo and I basically lived on it for years. Mainly because it was SUPER […]

By |March 11th, 2015|Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian|Comments Off on Fideo (Fee-day-oh)