Cherry Pie Filling

Homemade cherry pie filling. You control the amount of sugar!

Make your own cherry pie filling using fresh pie cherries or sweet cherries.

Last weekend we made a quick trip to the Washington coast to attend my nephew’s graduation! He is the oldest of all our nieces and nephews and the first to graduate. It was a great celebration. The only problem is we have 12 more nieces and nephews that will be graduating over the next several years. Okay, so that really isn’t a problem….It’s just a lot of graduations to attend and who knows where they will go to college. I hope we can attend them all!

Cherry pie filling. You control the amount of sugar!

On our trip we hit a roadside fruit stand and stopped to buy fresh cherries. We have cherry trees, but our cherries won’t be ready for another month. It was a treat to get some fresh picked cherries. I always tend to buy more than we can eat and ended up with a big bag after the trip. I decided to make cherry pie filling. Usually I use sour pie cherries, but thought I’d try these sweet cherries! They were delicious and added a different flavor to the crisp I used them in. (more…)

Basil Mayonnaise

Basil Mayonnaise is a perfect way to add extra flavor to any sandwich or wrap.

Add tons of flavor to any sandwich or wrap with this quick and easy Basil Mayonnaise ~

Basil is one of my favorite fresh herbs. I grow several plants in my garden every summer. I love adding fresh basil to pastas and salads. I also make a ton of pesto and when I still have an abundance I make this basil mayonnaise. It is quick and easy and adds a wonderful flavor to any sandwich, wrap or could even be used to make a salad dressing.  (more…)

Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumble Topping

Blueberry coffee cake with a pecan crumble topping - Beyond the Chicken Coop

Banana Coffee cake filled with blueberries and topped with pecans

Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumble Topping ~ Beyond the Chicken Coop

Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake with a Pecan Crumble Topping! I told my kids I was making a coffee cake. You should have seen their noses crinkle up in disgust!  “MOM!  Why do you have to put coffee in it?” How can my dear children not know what a coffee cake is? No, there’s no coffee in it! You eat it with your coffee!  (more…)

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