Category Archives: gift ideas

Red Raspberries are Ready!

The berries are ready for picking! Red Raspberries are $5 a pound; a quart is about 1 and a third pounds.  We suggest you pick in the morning as the heat of the day is hard on you and the … Continue reading

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Wreath Idea for any season

I’ve always thought wreaths were a great door accessory and over the years I have made quite a few.  This wreath caught my eye because I love the combination of rosemary and olive leaves with bittersweet.  My Mom loved bittersweet … Continue reading

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Homemade Tomato Sauce is Easier than you Think!!

What can you do with these?  Roma tomatoes are great to eat fresh like apples, slice onto sandwiches, toss into salads, saute with garlic and olive oil and maybe a few other veggies, or prepare and preserve to use throughout … Continue reading

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Easy Sandwich Spread made fresh from the Garden

I have an abundance of onions, cucumbers and tomatoes in my garden now.  After searching for a way to use them, I found a great recipe for a sandwich spread in my copy of Amish Country Cookbook, Vol I . … Continue reading

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Fantastic Blueberry/Raspberry Jam Made Easy

Jam is easy to make, and oh so ever rewarding.  Jam has many uses  in the kitchen and brings culinary Shangrilah during winter months when produce is out of season.  I hear frequently from people they are afraid to try, … Continue reading

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Homemade Cheese Crackers; too good not to try!

              Too good to be true?; Not really!  Making these flaky and flavorful cheese crackers at home is quick, easy and a great activity to do with your children.  You only need 6 ingredients … Continue reading

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The Joys of Blackberry Jam

Quarter Amish is in the midst of blackberry season and the plants are being quite generous!  Customers share they enjoy the picking experience, but many don’t know quite what to do with the berries they just picked.  Berries are one … Continue reading

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DIY Conditioning Hair Rinse

I experimented making my own bath and beauty products as a teenager and never seemed to tired of it.  Recently  I started using cider vinegar as a hair rinse and love the simplicity.  It makes my hair soft, manageable and … Continue reading

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Artisan Bread Made Easy with No Kneading!

I love bread.  It’s  one food I’ll never forgo.  I love to make bread too.  It is therapeutic for me to mix and knead the dough and there is absolutely nothing like the smell of bread, baking in the oven, … Continue reading

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The Suds on Shampoo Bars

I have always purchased shampoo from the store.  I’ve tried shampoos made by a wide variety of companies over the years, with all kinds of attributes.  Some I bought repeatedly, others not so much.  Most liquid shampoos I’ve used require … Continue reading

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