Home Canned Beef

Home canned beef is such a great addition to anyone’s pantry. It can be used in casseroles, soups, stews, sandwiches, or just served as a main course in a meal. For years, I was able to get our Food Lion meat department to cut beef (or chicken) into chunks for me. I’d purchase twenty to forty pounds to can at a time.  With the changing of the packaging in our local store, I was unable … Read more

Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

  When I make this recipe, I am back in my mother’s kitchen on a winter evening.  I remember the day I wanted to learn how she made her scalloped potatoes.  There really wasn’t anything to it, she said.  All I needed, she assured me, was potatoes, milk, salt and pepper, and a few dabs of butter. Baking potatoes work best.  Wash the potatoes, then peel them.  Slice into thin slices and put them into … Read more

Homemade Rye Wheat Bread

This recipe produces a moist, rich bread.  In addition to rye, wheat and white flour, you will need eggs, instant potatoes, margarine (or butter), milk, salt, sugar and yeast. Don’t panic because of the ingredients.  It’s still an easy recipe. You’ll dissolve the yeast in warm water, then mix the dry ingredients together.  Add the melted margarine (or butter) and milk to the yeast mixture and all the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. For … Read more

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Granted, I think there’s nothing better than real hot chocolate made from scratch.  I’ll share a recipe for that later.  But if you’re low in milk or need an easy way to mix one cup at a time, here’s a tried-and-true recipe I’ve used for years.  You can decrease the sugar as much as you’d like, and you can buy low-sugar or no-sugar Nestles Quick if you’d rather.  Use what works best for you! This … Read more

Homemade Granola

    There are so many recipes for granola out there, and you can pretty much pick and choose what you want to put in yours.  Since I don’t care for coconut and I’d like to stay away from carbs like those in Rice Krispies, I came up with my own combination that works for me.  One of the benefits of granola is that it works as a cathartic.  So if you need help being … Read more