How to Make Vanilla Extract

how to make vanilla extract

Homemade vanilla extract is simple to make and much less expensive than store-bought vanilla (REAL vanilla extract, not imitation). To make vanilla extract, cut vanilla beans in half, lengthwise, stopping before you reach the top, so there is a small part left attached. Place beans in a large jar and fill with vodka. Close tightly with […]

Strawberry-Lime Gummies Recipe

homemade strawberry lime gummies

Homemade gummies are a delicious treat. They are easy to make and taste great. Plus, these particular gummies have the benefits of beef gelatin, which is gut healing and nourishing to the body in many ways (see more of the health benefits of gelatin here.) I know that gummies made with beef gelatin sounds pretty […]

Cinnamon Baked Apples

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Have you ever tried baked apples? They are quite tasty and are a nice way to get a sweet treat without a bunch of unhealthy ingredients. Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe for cinnamon baked apples at the Bulk Herb Store blog. It includes a little almond flour, which give the dessert a nice crunch. […]

Homemade Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

how to make raspberry frozen yogurt

Do you like frozen yogurt? I do! But I don’t like the odd ingredients found in many store-bought brands. I was thrilled to find that making frozen yogurt at home is relatively easy and doesn’t take much time at all. The best part? I know all of the ingredients! (Well that, and it tastes good.) […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

family favorite oatmeal cookies

I make these cookies so often it is laughable. The entire family enjoys them. Even my husband, who doesn’t really care for cookies. In fact, I think he asks for them more than anyone. These oatmeal cookies are not overly sweet and full of real food ingredients. The batter itself is pretty good, too. I […]

25 Grain Free Desserts (& Another Truffle Recipe!)

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Is it mean to post two truffle recipes within a week of each other? I hope not, because that’s exactly what I’m doing! It is the time of year to make them after all. I love chocolate truffles because they are fairly easy to make and also grain free. I’ve been eliminating grains over the […]

Herb Infused Mint Chocolate Truffles

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Decadent. Indulgent. Delicious. Chocolate truffles are a very special treat I make once a year or so. Did you know you can infuse chocolate truffles with herbs like peppermint? I didn’t! But thanks to the Herb Farm Cookbook, I am now aware of this delightful little piece of information. Before you click away thinking that […]

How to Roast Almonds {and a Spiced Almond Recipe}

how to roast almonds

I love roasted almonds. Do you? My family enjoys roasted almonds much more than raw ones. I’m thankful that it is so simple to roast them myself. It’s also not too hard to prepare some fancy spiced nuts that are suitable for gift giving. I’m sharing how to do both at Simple Homemade. Read the […]

Decadent Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce

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  Last night I asked on Facebook if I should post this hot fudge sauce recipe even if I missed taking step-by-step pictures, and it was a resounding yes. So, here you go! I feel kind of mean sharing this recipe now, since we are not eating dessert in the 42 Days to Fit challenge. […]

Culinary Uses for Lavender

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If you were intrigued by the idea of adding lavender to shortbread cookies, you might like to read my post at Frugal Granola today: Culinary Uses for Lavender. In this post I share a few ideas for incorporating lavender into some of the dishes many of us already prepare such as brownies, cookies, and lemonade. […]