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Homemade Vegetable Pizza

Now, I am not sure if I ever met, or ever will meet, someone who doesn’t like pizza. I think it must be one of those impossibilites of life. lol But there are pizzas out there that are just way better than others. Homemade for instance. Homemade can never be beat in my opinon. Simple homemade crust with just four ingredients, pizza sauce with just a few spices, and for the topping you don’t even need meat. All-veggie pizzas are amazing and chock-full with flavor, you just don’t miss the meat. Of course you can add meat . . . sausage, pepperoni, bacon bits, whatever you like, but family is always looking for meals for Meatless Fridays and meals that are easy on the budget. This vegetable pizza takes the cake pizza!

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Christmastime, what makes this time of year so darn nice?

The start of my Christmas week was blessed first with good weather and second with my sister Catherine coming home from college after long weeks of finals. We were able to get our biggest seed order taken care of (seven more orders to go!) and the farm stand closed up for the year. Then the howling wind came the night before Christmas Eve, storms blew in and out went our power. Yet, I still was thankful because that’s all that happened, we didn’t suffer any damage nor was the weather bitter cold. We got our big generator going and we were even able to make Christmas cookies, apple sauce, rolls, and winter squash soup! Pretty awesome if you ask me!

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Happy Birthday Ice Cream Cake

My sister Catherine’s birthday is the only birthday in my family that is in the middle of summer. So we often will pig out on ice cream on her b-day and this year is no exception except this time I made her ice cream cake with her favorite brand of ice cream. I’ll show you step by step on how I put it together including the super chocolatey fudgey wudgy layer of fudge. Mmmmm:) :)

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In Grandma Anna’s Bay: Jungle of Ostrich Ferns

On the homestead we have about 5 acres of woods and lake front property which includes a wooded bay that my great grandma Anna would often take a stroll through. Descending the hill in the summer it feels like you are entering a jungle of some kind with the hundreds of ferns, all different kinds, that cover the ground floor. It’s a rather spectacular sight but wouldn’t be nearly as spectacular without the ostrich fern. I remember as a kid how fun it was to wade through them since they were almost as tall as me at the time. They certainly have multiplied since then! It’s this time of year that they are just beginning to poke through the ground and the carpet of last year’s leaves, and soon they will start unfurling their fronds.

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30 Minutes to Rise and Shine… Cinnamon Bun style!

Having a craving for fresh, warm and gooey cinnamon buns? Of course you do; we all do I think! But when will we ever have time for that? Like never I thought, until I found and tried this super quick, super yummy recipe for 30 minute cinnamon buns! Having only antenna TV, PBS cooking shows are often on and this recipe was demonstrated as I was slowly eating my breakfast one morning. It looked so good, they were done so fast… I couldn’t ignore those buns! So that morning, right after breakfast, I had to throw together my own batch and I gotta tell ya, they were a huge hit with my family! Definitely going to make more soon!

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

A Christian tradition that has been adopted by many families is to have no meat on Fridays in honor of Christ’s passion and death on Good Friday. My family is among those who still practice this tradition; however, trying to come up with a meatless meal to feed a large family is not the easiest task! I guess why should it be if the whole point of the tradition is to make a sacrifice in honor of the Ultimate Sacrifice, right? So no complaining here…

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Blue fingers and cheese? Yep, Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake!

Blue fingers are a sign of blueberry picking season! And yea, you’re right, this isn’t blueberry picking season. So why in the world am I talking about picking blueberries?! Well, my family loves blueberries so, so, so much that we have to make sure we pick enough during the summer to have throughout the winter and spring; and that is usually at least 30 quarts. We have a little over a dozen high-bush blueberry bushes my dad planted when I was just a little girl. And every year, from July through August, they produce some of the best tasting blueberries! In order to enjoy them during the winter we simply freeze them. The same day we pick them we give them a good rinse, take off any stems and pour them into quart freezer containers or bags. We will just pull them out of the freezer whenever we fancy and today I fancied cheesecake. Oh yea, you read that right… cheesecake… with blueberries!!

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