Elderberry Vodka

Elderberry Vodka. Vodka flavored with wild Elderberry.

Elderberry Infused Vodka

Elderberry Vodka

Elderberries grow wild here. They produce a cluster of small purplish fruit that ripen starting mid-August through the beginning of October. Two trees in the same location can ripen a good month apart. (more…)

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Pear Muffins

Pear Muffins made with fresh pears and a touch of cardamon.

Fresh Pear Muffins!

Pear muffins made with fresh pears.

I am still swimming in a sea of fresh pears! I am slowly working my way through them one-by-one making pear chips, canning pears and now making these pear muffins. (more…)

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Pear Chips...dehydrated pears make a perfect, healthy snack!

Fresh pears dehydrated into delicious pear chips!Pear Chips...Dehydrated pears make a perfect, healthy snack!

We have two pear trees and we get enough pears to eat from them. My neighbor has two pear trees as well. Her trees are beautiful mature trees that produce more pears than she knows what to do with. We have been invited to pick as many pears as we want. You wouldn’t believe how many pears I have sitting in my kitchen right now!  (more…)

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Concord Grapes used for making homemade grape juice.

My Grandfather’s childhood home is just down the hill from where I currently live. It’s a great old home with a huge barn, lots of pasture and an amazing garden. My Great Aunt and Uncle raised their family in the house and it is still in their family. It has always been a favorite place to visit (more…)

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Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Baked ham and cheese sandwiches are a family favorite from when I was a kid. We called them Ham on Bun.  I figured I’d give these a slightly more refined name to share with you; Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches! Whatever you call them, they are delicious.  I mean, what’s not to love? Hot slices of ham…..melted cheese….and a buttery sauce slathered onto a bun!

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