Homemade Gifts for the Season? Now Is the Time to Start! Simple DIY Gifts

fb003e4b425e5071_photo-75.jpg.xxxlargeIt’s that time of the year when I start thinking about Christmas and other holidays gifts.  I always have to plan ahead, because while I do simple things, they always seem to need a lot of time to turn into what I am giving!

The first gifts I prepare are the ones that take the longest, so I thought I’d post several of my  favorites! Continue reading


The Miracle of Cayenne-Don’t Leave Home Without It!

I can still see my oldest daughter running into the kitchen with blood dripping down her arm.  Elbow to wri022st, and it was bad.  Six or seven deep lacerations from putting her arm right through the glass on the screen door.  She was 14 at the time, and never happy to let me “doctor” her.

The nearest Dr. at the time was nearly 50 minutes away, and there was no way she was going to willingly submit to stitches by me.

Luckily for her, the Cayenne Pepper, my tried and true frbldiend was once again called to the rescue. Continue reading

Jalapeno Powder, a Simple Tutorial for a Powerful Herb and Spice!

Growing up in Utah, my family being Dairy and Cattle Farmers, we ate a lot of steak!  Unbelievably, I used to pray we’d have something else for dinner…anything else…but like the rest of theUoG251394 country, you eat what’s local and what available. (Boy!  I’d like some of those wonderful steaks now!)

It wasn’t until my husband joined the military and we took off for parts unknown (that exotic land of Texas…:) that I got my first taste of Tex-Mex food.  My taste 87714824_XSbuds were pretty uneducated, and it took time, but I came to love that spicy food!

Now, every year, when the August/September harvest rolls around, and I can feel fall starting to creep into the nights, I know it’s time to begin serious work on my winter spices.  One of those is the lovely Jalapeno! Continue reading