We’ve enjoyed this tasty cobbler filled with low bush cranberries from the patch down the road, last years frozen rhubarb from the plants next to the driveway, frozen blackberries from the store for something a little different, frozen raspberries from last summer’s harvest, and blueberries off the mountains lovingly picked and frozen by my mountain-climbing husband. Delicious! [by Erin Vander Lugt]
Who has given up a favorite cereal for the sake of trying to live an unprocessed life? If you’ve ever been a Grape Nuts lover, this cereal is so spot-on, I will be surprised if it doesn’t bring you back. After my first bite, I went back in time to standing in my college dorm room finishing up a little breakfast before starting my day of classes. [by Erin Vander Lugt]
Wool blankets, cozy slippers, candles, and pumpkin all walk hand in hand when autumn rolls around up here in the north. Days might be labeled gray, cold, and miserable by some, but when you have a long winter season fast approaching, we think it’s best to take a cue from the leaves and keep our speech beautiful. A rainy and dreary day becomes a cozy candle kind of day perfect for warm drinks and pumpkin muffins. Isn’t so much of life colored by our perspective? Keep things cozy this fall and winter with creative colorful words and tasty nourishing pumpkins treats! [by Erin Vander Lugt]
Back in the day, my dad had a certain supper specialty he’d lovingly whip up for me, my sister, and my mom. Hot dogs wrapped in a certain store bought crescent dough. Is anyone else out there nodding their head, sharing a similar memory? Classic, right?! Well, this recipe is my nod to those sweet memories, as well as to the satisfying smiles that come from an even tastier and healthier sourdough version.
When I stumble upon something quick and simple and oh-so-now like these nut butter sourdough cookies? Bliss! In less than a half an hour I can have a tasty cookie available for all to enjoy. And since I tend to add as little sweetener to my sweets as possible (in fact, one variety uses no sugar at all!), I happily serve these up for quick breakfasts, snacks on the go, celebrations, before bed tummy fillers, and power foods on the trail.
There is always a reason to celebrate. I just have to believe. Always. Even amidst the hustle and bustle, the weariness and sighs, the tangled relationships and other life-living discomforts… When life feels so big, what a joy to know we are free to celebrate at anytime the littlest of things. Celebrations bring smiles, perspective, a lightness and often a refreshing momentary distraction. And what better way to celebrate than with a slice of homegrown homemade rhubarb pie! Mama says, “Pie for breakfast, everyone! Grab your forks. We are celebrating!”
It’s hard to believe three years have passed since teaching the Sourdough eCourse with my dear friend Wardee. More surprising still, we continue to receive delectable and nourishing offerings almost daily from the same trusty sourdough starter in exchange for a simple daily feeding or two. I look at most recipes through the lens of sourdough, always wondering if I can up the nutrition and digestibility by including our sour little friend. Today’s recipe is a tasty example of one of my favorite remakes.
Is it crazy for ketchup to bring me such a smile? Honestly! I didn’t know if I should name this delicacy “Oh My Lans Ketchup!”, “Mercy Sakes Ketchup!”, or “You Are Never Going to Believe It Ketchup!”. When I think about this delicious, simple, and nutritious condiment, I can only shake my head. Enjoy the taste and tang of summer year-round with this lacto-fermented treat! Your gut will thank you… as will each of your friends and family members! [by Erin VanderLugt]