Solar Cooking 101

Can you really use the sun to cook your food?  Absolutely!! There are SO many incredible benefits to harnessing the sun to cook your food.  Being that our home is 100% solar powered, it only seemed fitting to utilize our free resource to do our cooking and baking as well.  Believe it or not, but you can cook and bake everything you can make in a conventional oven in your Sun Oven with the exception of fried foods. I spent a good portion of last year doing a solar cooking series here on our website and also on our […]

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

In our effort to make everything from scratch I have added a new raw ingredient to my list… Vanilla extract… Learning how to make your own homemade vanilla extract could not be more simple and easy. All you will need is the following: ♥ 3 vanilla beans ♥ 1 cup of vodka ♥ Glass jar with a tight […]

Mountain Woman Hot Pepper Mustard

I am so very blessed to have wonderful neighboring land owners.  When they pay us a visit they always bring us wonderful fresh produce from the U-Pick farms in Washington.   This weekend was filled with good company and a lot of kitchen time.  We made another batch of our Trayer Wilderness Homemade Chili Sauce […]

Trayer Wilderness Hot Pepper Jelly…. Not just jelly….

The canning and jarring season is upon us and we are jumping in with both feet.  I have not gotten to my Wilderness Pepper Jelly yet, but it is coming soon.  I felt this recipe is definitely worth sharing and I wish I had some pictures to tantalize your taste buds.  My husband wasn’t sure what to […]

Oh the benefits of Dandelion…

The common dandelion is looked upon by most as a weed and an annoyance, but dandelion should be looked upon as a garden green high in vitamins A, C, E and B complex, iron, calcium and potassium as well.  We enjoy dandelion salads, cooked greens and our most favorite is dandelion salad topped with hot bacon […]