Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Several years go a good friend of mine gave me a special Mary Ann Cake Pan. These pans were first introduced in the United States in 1921. The pan is designed to bake light cake shells to hold everything from fresh fruit to rich custards. When the cake is baked it has an inverted well for spooning in lightly sweetened whipped cream or lemon curd and fresh fruit. I decided to make a delicious strawberry rhubarb shortcake. First I had to make the cake. Shortcake Ingredients 2 cups flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 sticks of butter, room temperature 1-1/2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup milk Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour your Mary Ann cake pan. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Reduce the speed and gradually add 1 ½ cups of sugar, beat until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture alternating with the milk. Blend until there are no lumps of flour left. Read More […]

canning jar solution

    Welcome to Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #53 Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sandra at Clearwater Farm Facebook Pinterest Instagram Google+ Nancy at On The Home Front Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram Google+ Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead Facebook Pinterest BlogLovin   LeeAnn & Alex at One Ash Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!) Most Clicked On Post From Last Week: Canning Jar Storage Solution My Favorite Post From Last Week: Finding Your Place As A Homesteader Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog! <div align=”center”><a href=”” title=”Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop”><img src=”” alt=”Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop” style=”border:none;” /></a></div> The rules are Read More […]

gardening, composting, prudent living

May is such a busy time of year. I am itching to get my hands in the vegetable garden yet our weather is still too unpredictable to do much planting. Instead it is time to get my raised beds ready for planting! I’m also working on getting all the flowers beds presentable just in case someone decides to come look at our house! In the fall, before we left for our cross-country trip, I planted a cover crop in the raised beds. Doing this accomplished two things, weeds were crowded out and not allowed to grow and the cover crop provided nutrients to the beds. Ideally I would have tilled the cover crop under but my raised beds are four feet by eight feet and too small for our large rototiller! Instead I am hand pulling the cover crop, shaking out all the dirt from the roots before placing in our compost pile. The beds usually settle somewhat over the growing season so before planting I will top the beds off with some of our beautiful compost! I love creating compost that in turn adds nutrients to our garden bed. Once the beds have been weeded and compost has been Read More […]

cleaners, all natural

I’m sure you know that there is no need to fill your cupboards with all sorts of commercial cleaners. With just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard you can make many all-purpose cleaners. When you compare the prices of cleaning products in the stores with the cost of making them at home you’d be surprised at how much you can really save! If you were to add up the toilet cleaner, kitchen cleaner, window cleaner etc. it seems the average clean household requires close to $150 worth of chemical supplies at all times. You can switch to the healthier alternatives sold in the stores but they are also expensive. The best choice for your budget and your health is to make them yourself. With just several basic products you probably already have in your home you can make a window cleaner that really does get your windows clean! In researching various homemade window cleaners I found there are two main recipes; one uses vinegar and the other ammonia. I’ve been using the one with ammonia, I’ll have to make both and compare! Window Cleaner #1: This can be made right in your spray bottle. Read More […]

Hospitality concept

Going to events can be a huge blast, as they present a wonderful opportunity to rally around a certain issue, or to network our skills and capabilities to people who might need them, or even to just have a darn good time. However, to put on a large-scale event can also be a tremendous amount of work, and it can be easy for the stress to push down on you until the joy of the entire endeavor has been squashed out by the pressures of actually bringing it into existence. It doesn’t need to be this way, though. Putting on events can be just as fun as attending them, if you are able to properly plan one out and stick to a rigid outline of what needs to be done, you’ll find that it was far easier than you initially imagined. To help you in this endeavor, here are some tips for hosting large-scale events… Define your objectives The first thing that needs to be done when planning a big event is to determine what you should actually be getting out of it. Finding the overall purpose of the event, and wrapping it into one succinct objective will make it Read More […]

Eggs Florentine

I’m always on the look out for ways to incorporate vegetables into our breakfast. This recipe uses frozen spinach, which helps it to come together quickly. Rather than serving the eggs on an English muffin they are baked in a ramekin and the orange sauce replaces the usual hollandaise sauce. Final result is delicious and has fewer calories! Eggs Florentine – the Quick and Easy Version 1 1/3 cup orange juice 1 Tbsp cornstarch ½ Tbsp butter 2 scallions, sliced 1 (10oz pkg) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 4 large eggs Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Whisk together the orange juice and cornstarch in a bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the scallions and cook until tender, then add the orange juice mixture and continue to cook until the sauce is thickened and clear, about 6-7 minutes. Reduce heat to low and keep warm. In a bowl combine the spinach, coriander, salt and pepper and ½ cup of the orange juice mixture. Mix well and then place 3 Tbsp of the mixture into each of four ramekins. Using a Read More […]

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