Peach Raspberry Crisp

As I mentioned yesterday it is peach season. I was lucky enough to have some peaches delivered to me from Bishop’s Orchards in Connecticut. They have the best peaches! I made a Peach Raspberry Crisp, which was delicious! Peach Raspberry Crisp 4 cups sliced, peaches (skin and pit removed) 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 2 Tbsp cherry cordial (op) ½ cup flour ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup butter ½ tsp cinnamon (op) Combine the peaches and raspberries with the cordial and place in a shallow baking dish. Combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon and work together until the mixture is crumbly. Spread over the peach raspberry mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes. Delicious served with a little vanilla ice cream! Now the first time I made this last week I cooked the peach raspberry crisp and we ate it all up before I remembered I never took any pictures! What’s a blogger to do? Why make another one! Which I did. It was equally delicious and perfect with a little vanilla ice cream! My husband was so happy!


    Welcome to Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #12! I can’t believe we’re at the end of August already! Where has the time gone! The best thing about August is that it is peach season! I was lucky enough to get some peaches from Connecticut, they are the best! Come back tomorrow when I share my recipe for Peach Raspberry Crisp! Be sure to enter my giveaway for the KettlePizza Deluxe Kit, you’ll be able to make pizza on your Weber grill! Click HERE to enter! I hope you 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! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email!  Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop Hosts are: Tracy @ Our Simple Life Sandra @ Clearwater Farm, Kathi @ Oak Hill Homestead, Amy & Kristi Home Read More […]

Freezing herbs in an ice cube tray.

Last week I talked about drying herbs. Another way to preserve herbs is to freeze them. Herbs that have been frozen actually taste fresher than dried herbs, but only for the first four months or so after freezing. After that the flavor declines rapidly. Freezing herbs should be done in addition to drying herbs not as a substitute for it. There are two methods of freezing herbs. For lemon verbena, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage or tarragon use whole leaves, discarding the stems. To freeze dill, fennel or thyme, use tender sprigs. Basil discolors when it is frozen; to keep it green, dip the branches in boiling water, just for a second or two. Then discard the stems and gently dry the leaves. Anything you’re freezing should be completely dry. Spread the herbs out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. As soon as the herbs are frozen pack them into heavy plastic freezer bags. Place the bags in freezer safe containers for storage in your freezer. For herbs that tend to fade rapidly when frozen, such as cilantro or chervil; combine 1 cup of chopped herbs with 1/3 to 1.2 cup water in a blender.  Freeze in ice cube Read More […]

A short term financial goal is one you hope to achieve in no more than a year or two. While each person’s needs and wants are different, a good list of short term goals might include one or two of the following items: Take a big trip Buy a new car (or make a down payment) Purchase a home (or save for a down payment) or upgrade to a bigger apartment Reduce credit card debt Replace large household furniture or appliances Pay off a large medical bill (new baby, surgery, unexpected illness) Pay off student loans Establish a reliable rainy-day fund These are all financial goals that you can work toward in a relatively shorter amount of time. The problem tends to lie in how to achieve these goals. First, you need to determine which specific goal you want to work toward, the amount you need to save, and the timeline in which you want to achieve it. Then you can implement some of the following strategies in order to work toward that goal in a timely manner: Create a Targeted Savings Account: One great way of setting aside money for a specific goal is to put in a specific Read More […]


We all have made a tuna casserole before but did you know there are plenty of delicious and fresh tasting dishes to be made with this thrifty standby. And canned tuna is a low-cost source of lean protein as well. Combine tuna with white beans, fresh herbs, onion, olive oil and lemon juice for a hearty salad. Layer with onion, sliced hardboiled egg, raw veggies, and olive oil and vinegar on fresh crusty bread for a plain pan-bagnat. Wrap tightly and allow flavors to meld before serving. Cooking Light has a wonderful detailed recipe here. Sauté with oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, capers or olives and fresh parsley for a quick pasta sauce. Found a great recipe on Martha Stewart here. Serve with radishes, olives, tomatoes, and boiled potatoes and green beans for a Nicosia Salad. Drizzle with a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil and Dijon mustard. found a detailed recipe from the kitchn here. Toss with pasta, cheddar and milk for a fortified mac ’n’ cheese! Hungry Girl has a tasty healthy recipe here. My favorite growing up with Creamed Tuna fish and Peas on toast. Make a simple white sauce; add 1 – 2 cans of tuna and Read More […]

Clam Pizza on the Grill

You may remember my recent post about cooking sausage and pepper pizza on the grill. I mentioned using the Kettle Pizza to cook our pizza. Well Lauri Bradshaw, General Manager at Kettle Pizza also noticed my post and contacted me. She noticed that we were using their older version of the Kettle Pizza and told me they’d like to send me their newer Pro Kit version. I couldn’t imagine how they would improve an already awesome product but I said sure! They also agreed to give one of my lucky readers their own Kettle Pizza Deluxe Kit. Enter at the bottom of this post! Very quickly a large package arrived containing their newer version. It’s incredible. We decided to re make our Bacon and Clam Pizza but this time cook it on the grill. In case you don’t remember here is the recipe we use. Clam and Bacon Pizza Prepare pizza dough. We use our regular pizza dough recipe. While the pizza dough is rising prepare the clam and bacon topping. Clam and Bacon Topping 4 oz sliced bacon, diced 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tsp oregano Pinch of dried red pepper flakes 1 ½ cups of minced Read More […]

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