Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars Early summer, the magical time when strawberries and rhubarb are ready to be picked at the same time. It’s a short window here on the homestead. Rhubarb pops up as soon as the ground thaws but strawberries are much later in breaking dormancy. Rhubarb starts to go to seed when the strawberries are starting to show a faint blush of red. Garden tip: Cut the seed stem off to keep the rhubarb going a while longer….

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Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe This Ranch Dressing recipe is the other half of an episode of On The Fire. Rather than try to put two recipes with a long list of ingredients together on one entry I decided to separate them. Simple is good. Ranch dressing is great on salad and as a dip. I like a little on baked potatoes. Do you love a fresh tomato or cucumber sandwich? Try this dressing instead of mayo. You’re welcome. Really. It’s that…

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Italian Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Dressing Recipe Tis the season of salads! This is my standard Italian Dressing recipe. Of course it’s great for a veggie salad but I also use it in pasta salad and as a marinade for chicken. You can use this as soon as you’re done mixing it up or let it sit a while so the flavors from the dried herbs are at their best. This dressing stores well in a Mason jar in the fridge for about a…

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Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts

Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts

Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts I lost track of time this week and didn’t wrap up the Self Reliance Challenge. I was busy being self reliant, the number one reason I don’t write here more often these days. With so many projects going at once it’s hard to think through what I’ll write about, take pics and get them resized, and sit down to do the work. It’s a lot more fun being outside pulling rhubarb, creating recipes for On…

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Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms – On The Fire

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms – On The Fire

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms Have you ever grilled stuffed mushrooms? I used to always put them in the oven but since buying a grill that has a thermometer – in the grill they go. They get the little bit of smokey flavor from meat juices dripping on the heat, giving them a little extra oomph in flavor. While I do love mushrooms, this recipe uses button mushrooms because of their sturdy, empty caps, and I don’t think they have a lot…

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Seasoned Stuffed Cheeseburgers – On The Fire

Seasoned Stuffed Cheeseburgers – On The Fire

Seasoned Stuffed Cheeseburgers Well seasoned stuffed cheeseburgers are one of my favorite summer meals. I could live on cheeseburgers and pizza. Stuffing cheese in the burger and adding fresh tomato, lettuce and onion, maybe a pickle, and how about crispy bacon – perfection! Cheddar and Blue cheeses are my favorite. Choose whatever you like! You can add this seasoning to the meat before forming the burgers, or sprinkle it liberally on both sides. One batch of seasoning will season one…

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Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

It’s week three of the Self Reliance Challenge. I’m still working away on last week’s list. Perennial plants didn’t come so they haven’t been planted. We bought more plants over the weekend that need to be planted. Homesteading is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in homesteading. Since I’m still working on last week’s list I’ll make that number on on this week’s, and I’ll add to it: Start a ginger bug….

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Self Reliance Challenge Blogs

Self Reliance Challenge Blogs

Have you been reading the Self Reliance Challenge blogs?  In case you missed them – AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead Robin – A Life in the Wild Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm Ashley – Practical Self Reliance ShawnaLee – Homegrown Self Reliance Frank – My Green Terra Maria – Maria Zannini Lisa Lynn (that’s me!) – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Self Reliance Challenge – Another Update and List

Self Reliance Challenge – Another Update and List

Oh my goodness. My self reliance challenge list was very short and I still didn’t get it all done. I was busy busy ridiculously busy, but not enough of that work was on my list. I baked for 20 hours, spent most of one day at a poorly planned, pathetically attended, completely misrepresented market, and worked outside all of another day. Still didn’t get it done. I’ll get caught up. So, what I did do – planted the peppers and…

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Glitches – Things That Make My Hair Turn Gray-er

Glitches – Things That Make My Hair Turn Gray-er

ACK!  Glitches are making my gray hair grayer. Ingredients in the Sandwich Bread recipe aren’t working. An updated plugin took the entire website down yesterday. It’s a plugin I pay for so that pisses me off makes me angry. I’m baking up a storm today. As soon as I get out of work I’ll fix the recipe and see what else needs to be done. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Here’s a turtle. See? It could be worse….

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