{diy project} Mint Extract & Thin Mints

The first time I used fresh mint from the garden to make mint chocolate chip ice cream, it didn’t taste right. I was so used to store-bought peppermint ice cream that fresh mint tasted strange. However, over the past couple of years I’ve come to love that fresh mint taste. I’ve used mint from our…

{candy} Gimme a Break: Homemade Twix Bars

Chocolate. Caramel. Shortbread. Three of the loveliest words in the English language. And bringing them all together is America’s beloved Twix bar. As I was preparing for my annual homemade Christmas gift extravaganza, I stumbled across a recipe for homemade Twix bars, and they have proven themselves to be a fan favorite. They were such…

{how to} Dehydrator Swiss Chard Chips

My cold weather crops are currently in full swing and I have buckets and buckets of lettuce,  kale, swiss chard, rhubarb chard and rainbow chard. I needed something to do with all of the chard, other than freezing and plain dehydrating. Last year my kale chips were a big hit with the family so I…

{be mine} DIY Conversation Hearts

Valentine’s Day is a holiday of love, but also of CANDY! While you might immediately imagine a red, heart-shaped box of chocolates when thinking of Valentine’s Day, there is another candy that has also been capturing hearts. A favorite amongst school-aged children, the Conversation Heart has had a steady fan base over the years.  I…

{edible gift} Chocolate Dipped Candied Orange Peels

My sister-in-law is a new vegan. I had a moment of disquiet about this over Thanksgiving, saying to her, “But what are we going to do about mashed potatoes?” We sub-divided them, of course, which was perfectly sensible. But my next question was even more important: what about dessert?!?!?! Thanksgiving without pie? Really? She made…

{DIY Halloween Candy} Part 3: Chocolate-Coconut Mounds Bars

I hope you’ve loved my DIY Peanut Butter Cups & Lollipop posts because I am back with more candy making! I’m finishing up a 3-part serieson DIY Halloween Candy with Chocolate Covered “Mounds Bars”. One of the things I have loved about making my own candy is that I am able to customize the ingredients…

{DIY Halloween Candy} Part 2: Lollipops

Last week I showed you how easy it is to make your own Halloween Candy, starting a three part series with the old-school favorite: the peanut butter cup.  No longer are you stuck shopping the candy aisles.   Now you can have eat peanut butter cups even if you have food allergies, food restrictions, or even…

{DIY Halloween Candy} Part 1: Peanut Butter Cups

Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to say that “we” (Becky) are ON TOP of Halloween early this year. Last year Alexis, Amanda, Leslie, Sarah & I wrote on the theme “Indulgence” whether that be reflections or recipes. This year I’m happy to report that Becky has done ALL the work for the 11 of us. Starting…

{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

NEWS Biggest food policy story of the week: Grist reports (Tom Laskaway) that researchers from the University of Southern California decided to test actual brand-name sodas — including Coke, Pepsi, and Sprite — to confirm their exact sugar content and makeup. They found that the High Frutose Corn Syrup (HFCS)  in the vast majority contained…