Book Review by Susan Karsten ~ Everyday Confetti

YUM! From the enticing cover through every page of this low-stress, high interest book, you will be inspired, both to dazzle you family with love-motivated edibles, but to bless all those around you with your gift for making things special. So enjoyable to read that I put it on my nightstand to savor each night, […]

Book Review: Love’s Sweet Beginning, by Anne Shorey

A lovable main character/heroine named Cassie Haddon grabs you and won’t let go. She has to fall onto her own undeveloped resources to survive in a small town in the Old West. Her contretemps in the kitchen will have you smiling, and the pressures she is under will have you rooting for Cassie all the […]

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce ~ RECIPE

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce YIELD: about 3 cups (700 ml) dairy, egg, soy, oil and gluten free, vegan INGREDIENTS: 1 can (13.5 ounces, or 400 ml) full-fat coconut milk 1 cup (225 g) packed brown sugar 1 cup (245 g) pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice pinch […]

Chocolate Sauce for Ice Cream – Home Made Gift #4 in a series

Recipe: This was a recipe originally from a TV chef called “The Mystery Chef”, and it is soooo ggggoooooddd. Coffee-Hot Fudge Sauce 3/4 C mini semi-sweet choc. chips 1/4 C butter 2/3 C sugar 4 t instant coffee crystals 1 5-oz. can of evaporated milk Place chocolate and butter in small pan over low heat, […]

Cranberry Caramel Sauce – Perfect for Gifting #1 in a series

Melt 1.5 Cups sugar with a pinch of salt in a skillet over medium heat without stirring for 4 minutes, then swirl until dark amber, 4 more minutes. Add a 14 oz. can of jellied cranberry sauce and 1/2 Cup of water, whisk until syrupy, 4 minutes. Add 2 t vanilla extract and 4 T […]

Cold Turkey Magic with leftovers, by Susan Karsten

From the Nov. Taste of Home Magazine, a VERY SIMPLE recipe caught my eye.  I think you’ll like this recipe*. Crispy Mashed Potato, Turkey, & Stuffing Patties 2 eggs lightly beaten 2 T finely chopped onion 1/4 t pepper 2 C leftover mashed potatoes 2 C leftover chopped cooked turkey 2 C leftover stuffing 2 T […]

Non-fat Powdered Milk – a Pantry Godsend

Don’t you sometimes cringe when you are running out of milk and your recipe calls for 1.5 Cups, and you know that will mean no milk for breakfast? It’s so easy to keep powdered milk on hand for cooking use. I have lots of information in this post to help you know the proportions of […]

Thrifty tip for Chocolate Chips, by Susan Karsten

Who hasn’t had the experience of running out of chocolate chips? No matter how many packages/bags you seem to buy, they are gone in a flash. My tip is that you can use half as many chips in most recipes if you use mini-chips. Same product, just smaller, and they seem to go further – […]

Teaching Daughters to Like the Kitchen ~ A Surprising Tip

If you’ve read even lightly on the topic of teaching the home arts to our daughters, you have probably come across some “sage” advice that I am hereby refuting. The books sometimes say things like, “Require the child to also clean up the kitchen after baking.” I disagree. I believe that for most children, that […]