Showing posts from October, 2019

Farmhouse Kitchen Towels Free SVG Files

Six free SVG files for kitchen towels.  These are perfect for making towels or signs.  Use these with SCAL or other die cutting software that supports an SVG file. I love having a die cutter and heat press because I can make custom shirts, pillows, and so much more.  Have you seen the cute customized tea towels?  I think that having one hang on the stove helps make the kitchen look cozier. Since I live in a farm house, of course I'm embracing the farmhouse theme.  I hope it never ends because, well, I'm stuck with a farm house forever now! My old farm house has some quirks, but at least it has character. These farmhouse free SVG files for kitchen towels make great gifts, too.  I go through a lot of tea towels with five people in the family.  These can be used as a decoration and as a towel, so it's a functional gift that's also pretty.

How to Make Vanilla Extract From Vanilla Beans

Save money by learning how to make vanilla extract from vanilla beans.  Homemade vanilla extract tastes better and is easy to make. Once upon a time, before Pinterest was a twinkle in the founder's eye, I saw online that you could learn how to make vanilla extract from vanilla beans.  I bake a lot, so I was definitely intrigued. Real vanilla is a bit of an investment, and so is making a vanilla extract recipe at home.  But the taste is so worth it! The first time I made vanilla extract, I didn't know what to expect.  I figured that it would taste better, but I was shocked at how much better it really was. The first thing I made was a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  It had around a teaspoon of vanilla extract in it, so surely we wouldn't notice a difference, right? Wrong.  Using a real vanilla extract versus an imitation vanilla is a total game changer.  You can taste the difference with just a teaspoon per batch. Making vanilla extract is very easy, too. 

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts With Cinnamon Sugar

These baked pumpkin doughnuts are delicious and easy to make.  Dip them in cinnamon sugar for an extra special treat. It's finally fall here in Ohio, but I've been celebrating pumpkin spice season for a few weeks.  I may have started using pumpkin spice coffee creamer around mid August. My kids love pumpkin, especially Caleb.  Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and now pumpkin doughnuts. Making doughnuts at home is kind of a messy and long process.  It takes so much oil to fry them, so I wanted to make them a little healthier and easier. These baked pumpkin doughnuts with cinnamon sugar area easy to make and since they are baked instead of fried, they have less fat. I also lightened up the sugar with some coconut sugar and used part whole wheat white flour, but that's optional. I'll give you options to lighten them up, but I won't judge if you make them with all of their white flour and sugary goodness.  It's nice to have a special treat

Homemade Grape Jelly From Grape Juice Recipe

How to make grape jelly from grape juice.  This recipe makes it easy to make homemade jelly.  You can can the jelly or freeze it. My kids are on a no high fructose corn syrup or food dye diet, so I have to make many of their favorite foods.  Homemade jelly sounds difficult, but it is very easy to make.  Promise. I made two batches tonight in under an hour including clean up.  I make my grape jelly with grape juice, so it takes even less time than making other jellies or jams. At our first house, we had a grape arbor and got grapes every other year.  When my oldest was little, I decided to harvest the grapes, make juice, and then make jelly. He was about two-years-old, so I let him play in the yard while I picked the grapes off of the stems.  And picked,  And picked,  And then picked some more. I felt like I picked grapes off of the stems all day long. Then I cooked them for hours and finally got some juice. I turned that juice into some very taste grape jelly. All i

Blueberry Mug Cake Recipe

This blueberry mug cake recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes for a delicious dessert for one person.  A microwave desserts recipe is the perfect snack for when you don't want a lot of leftovers. Is there anything better than a blueberry muffin fresh from the oven?  We love blueberry muffins, and Caleb especially loves them. Caleb is my math kid.  When he was a preschooler, I would teach him math by cooking.  We got to hang out together, he learned a life skill in cooking, he was learning science, and he learned about fractions and how to double whole numbers and fractions if we doubled a recipe.   And of course, we got a yummy treat at the end.  If there are blueberry muffins involved, who wouldn't want to learn math and science?   One summer, I gathered several blueberry muffin recipes and we made all of them and took careful notes to find the absolute best blueberry muffin recipe in existence.  It's been almost 10 years now, and we will use th