Honey Candy Plus Other Things From The Heart ♥

Honey Candy Plus Other Things From The Heart ♥


I love giving gifts to my loved ones, no matter what time of year it is. Most of the time, my gifts go straight to someone else’s belly. 😉 Because I desire to keep things as traditional and simple as possible, to me there is nothing better than receiving a handmade or handcrafted gift. Even handwritten cards are becoming a thing of the past, but I think it is important to keep these traditions alive.

It warms my heart to craft something unique and special for someone, whether it be knitted, carved, painted, penciled, or baked. Each gift is made with special thought, care, and love wrapped into it. Baking, which has become something of an art in our home, is a wonderful way to give cookies, breads, or candies to your friends or family. I also keep an eye out for little trinkets at local antique stores or thrift stores that remind me of special people in my life, so I can add them along with handmade gift tags, to my gifts.

My most recent idea for gifting is to turn old flour sacks into gift bags filled with scrumptious goodies. As you can imagine, they were well-received, and fun to make as well! Recently, at an antique store, I found many old, small flour sacks at an unbelievable price. I bought them, washed them, and learned how to embroider a simple wildflower pattern onto them, coordinating the color of the flowers with the recipients’ favorite colors. This gift has a piece of the past from a kitchen long ago, in addition to the tasty goodies inside. If only each bag could share the story of where it has already been.

My favorite foods to place inside the gift bags are maple roasted almonds, homemade apricot and cranberry granola, and our delicious hard honey candies.

So today, I’m sharing my honey candy recipe over at GNOWFGLINS. ♥


Gluten Free No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies


Well everyone – don’t those cookies look delish???

The Mountain Boy has been taking his hand in the kitchen this week.  We have been busy canning deer burger, carrots and pumpkin.  Stay tuned because I will be sharing my knowledge on the above with blog posts and videos!

I am very proud of Austin though,  he came to me asking if he could do some baking.  Those cookies he made from scratch by himself and tonight he made us dinner.

We had deer burgers, french fries and carrots!   Imagine that!! 🙂

The Mountain Boy has a weakness for anything starch and the biggest on his list is ANYTHING potato!

He enjoys helping me in the kitchen, but I am so proud of him to be eager to learn the skills of the kitchen.  In my book, there is nothing wrong with a man knowing his way around the kitchen and especially a young man who will be out on his own at some point in his life so knowing how to take care of himself in every arena is important!

The Mountain Man can muster up some incredible grub too!  Especially on an open fire!  Yummmy!!

Before I forget, I would like to invite you to my Cookie Round Up’s!

Please feel free to pop over to my other posts and either share one of your recipe posts OR your favorite recipe in the comments at the bottom of the page!

Gluten Free Cookie Round Up

(Not Gluten Free) Cookie Round Up

Also for more gluten free recipes like this one, be sure to surf my site as well as pick up The New Pioneer Magazine winter 2013 issue (should be hitting the shelves anytime now) which is featuring my article on the gluten free diet entitled “Goodbye Gluten”!

So without further ado, here is the recipe for the fine cookies our boy made this week.  We hope that you will enjoy them.

As always, thanks for joining me and God bless you and yours!

Tam (MWJ) ♥ <><

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Gluten Free No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
Author: Tammy Trayer ~ TrayerWilderness.com
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup raw organic sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Mix well and add egg and vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes

Cookie Recipe Round Up – Share Your Recipe Here

Mountain Woman Journals Cookie Recipe Round Up

With the holidays upon us and cookies on the mind, I thought I would do some cookie round ups!

Join me in sharing your favorite Cookie Recipes below!

If you have some Gluten Free Cookie Recipes that you would like to share, feel free to do so here:

NOTE:  If you do not have a blog or website, but you have a recipe you would like to share, PLEASE do so in the comments section down below!

God bless!

Tam (MWJ)  ♥ <><

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Gluten Free Cookie Recipe Round Up – Share Your Recipe Here

Mountain Woman Journals Gluten Free Cookie Round Up

With the holidays upon us and cookies on the mind, I thought I would do some cookie round ups!

Join me in sharing your favorite Gluten Free Cookie Recipes below!

NOTE:  If you do not have a blog or website, but you have a recipe you would like to share, PLEASE do so in the comments section down below!

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God bless!

Tam (MWJ)  ♥ <><

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Trayer Wilderness Grandma Robertson’s Spicy Pumpkin Pie

Trayer Wilderness Grandma Robertson’s Spicy Pumpkin Pie

Trayer Wilderness Grandma Robertson's Spicy Pumpkin PieI love how in life you are BLESSED with those special people that enter your life for a reason!  Melinda Roepke you are that special someone!!  The special someone who blessed our wilderness home with the BEST pumpkin pie EVER!

My entire family thanks you with all our hearts!  The Mountain Boy drools over anything pumpkin and maple syrup is a special treat.

Melinda you made our Thanksgiving very special this year along with Elana over at ElanasPantry.com with her Paleo Almond Flour Pie Crust.

For those of you that like a nice flaky pie crust, here are two other favorites for all our flaky pastry recipes. http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/pastry-crust-how-to-with-video/  &   http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/lighter-no-butter-pie-crust/

Also for all your gluten free flour needs be sure to check out Better Batter Gluten Free Flours.


Trayer Wilderness Grandma Robertson’s Spicy Pumpkin Pie

Recipe Type: Dessert, Pie
Author: Tammy Trayer ~ TrayerWilderness.com
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar or sucanat
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk (I used Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk in can)
  • 1/2 cup of small tapioca beads (optional – I used it to thicken the pie)
  1. Beat eggs, add brown sugar, salt and spices. Stir, blend and then add all other ingredients. Pour into a 9″ pie crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 40 – 50 minutes. I also cover the pie with aluminum foil to eliminate the crust getting over done.
You can find this recipe as well as the majority of the other recipes on this website in The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook ~ Homesteading The Traditional Way – Volume 1 as well as tips and tricks for gluten free and dairy free cooking and baking, using essential oil in the kitchen, cooking on your wood stove, using the sun to cook your food and SO much more…
The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook - Volume 1 - Final




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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins or Muffin Cake

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins or Muffin Cake

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins or Gluten Free Blueberry CakeI absolutely LOVE fresh fruits and vegetables.  I found an amazing deal on blueberries and I stocked up.   I have 4 – one gallon bags in the freezer for this winter, made a fruit salad and was heading in the direction of blueberry muffins and decided to convert the recipe to a muffin cake.

This time of year we are normally scrambling with the homesteading responsibilities, but this year I have many articles to write, food to put up, books I am working on and websites to design so I am cramming things into small windows of time to still be able to cook and bake everything from scratch.  So, being that muffins would have taken just a touch more time I decided on the muffin cake.  I think we do a pretty good job of creating our own vocabulary as well as our own concoctions here in the wilderness.  🙂

I have oh so many more recipes and things to share that we are working on back here.  I have water kefir going strong making probiotic homemade soda and I am experimenting once again using my water kefir to make milk kefir.  I have many cheese recipes as well as a homemade butter recipe all from the goats milk we were blessed with while we sat our friends 3  milk goats.  So stay tuned for SO much more from our wilderness adventures….

Here is a link to the original muffin recipe from my MOST favorite gluten free recipe site www.GlutenFreeOnAShoeString.com with Nicole Hunn with her Cranberry Blueberry Muffins.   I also feel you will enjoy her cookbooks which happen to be my favorite.

I altered Nicole’s recipe just a touch so that I could make my muffin cake.  I think you will greatly enjoy this tasty treat…

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins or Muffin Cake

Recipe Type: Muffins or Muffin Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
Author: Tammy Trayer ~ TrayerWilderness.com
Original recipe was from Nicole Hunn @ www.GlutenFreeOnAShoestring.com – be sure to check out all her cookbooks..
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line a standard 12-cup muffin tin, and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, place flour,baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar and whisk together and combine well. In a small bowl, place the blueberries and 1 tsp of the dry ingredients on top of the blueberries. Toss to coat and set the bowl aside.
  3. To the large bowl of dry ingredients, add the butter, egg, sour cream, vanilla and milk. Mix well. The batter will be a bit thicker. Add the blueberries and distribute evenly.
  4. Fill either muffin tins lined with papers or place in two 9″ round pans and using a spatula spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and then check with a knife or toothpick to see if done in the middle. If it is still wet set your timer for 5 minutes and check again. Repeat the process until the toothpick or knife comes out clean.

Thanks for following along on our adventures.  God bless you and yours!

What is your favorite thing to make with blueberries?