Mount Sunapee Homestead

Recipes and Food

Straight from the Homestead kitchen! Our best fresh, healthy and home-cooked meals with some wicked good desserts thrown in there too!

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce *This blog may contain affiliate links.   My mom has made this cranberry sauce for every Thanksgiving meal I can remember.  This year, it was my turn.   I knew it was very tasty.  Perfectly tart and sweet. I didn’t know how very easy it was to make! The recipe was originally published in my all time favorite cookbook: Pantry Shelf Sampler Cookbook by Grace Additon.  I’d highly recommend the whole book! Ingredients: 4 cups cranberries (if frozen, don’t thaw) 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon soda Recipe: Rinse cranberries and remove any imperfect ones. Combine sugar, water, salt and soda in a large saucepan.  Bring it to a boil. Add cranberries.  Return to a gentle boil. Once boiling, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat after 15 minutes but DO NOT REMOVE COVER FOR 2 HOURS. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

Resolution-Friendly Recipes!

Resolution Friendly Recipes

Resolution-Friendly Recipes *This post may contain affiliate links.   Homemade is better! Looking for some healthy recipes that won’t break your New Year’s Resolution?  Here at the Homestead, although we have an occasional sweet treat, we do our best to live well and keep healthy.  Eating clean, fresh and homemade food is a huge part of that lifestyle!  So, yes!  We have some great healthy recipes, which we’ve compiled below for your cooking pleasure!       Healthy Recipes: Crockpot Yogurt – a great overnight treat without the 29+ grams of sugar found in store bought yogurt.  Did I mention cheap to make? Homemade Hummus – high in protein and makes a great, kid-friendly veggie dip! Overnight Apple Oatmeal – with lots of protein and staying power, this simple crockpot breakfast makes itself! Easy Chili – full of beans and meat (use chicken for lower cholesterol), this dish is hearty, filling and not too bad on the waist! Speckled Frog Smoothie – Don’t let the name fool you, this shake is packed with protein and leafy greens, but still tastes sweet and smooth! Roasted Maple Pecan Squash – simple and tasty, this recipe makes a great side dish!   Enjoy your resolution!…
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PB & J Celery Sticks

PB & J Celery Sticks

PB & J (peanut butter and jelly) Celery Sticks New Year’s Resolution Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?  Although my standard resolution reads: “Lose weight and exercise more”, this year’s resolution is a little different.  Considering I’ll be pregnant for many months to come, I’m going to enjoy my first year of not resolving to lose weight (well, at least not right now anyway).  Instead, I’ll focus on eating healthy and staying active.   Any one else make a similar resolution?  Well, if you’re in the eat healthy/lose weight/wellness resolution category (or already accomplished this – kudos if so), you may be looking for a way to keep that New Year’s Resolution. Here’s a great snack or lunch item to pack: A sweeter take on the healthy classic: Ants on a Log! Recipe As a hater of raisins myself, I’ve adapted the traditional Ants on a Log recipe to be, well – yummy!  As you can see below, it’s a simple formula that lends well to one customizing to his or her own taste.  For instance, substitute any other nut butter, jam or marmalade and the combinations are endless! 3 Celery Stalks ¼ cup Peanut Butter ¼ cup Raspberry…
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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce – Easy and Italian Style! Until the last few years, when I met my husband, I was perfectly content with purchasing my spaghetti sauce from the rows of little jars in the grocery aisle.  I have now seen the light. Homemade spaghetti sauce is tastier, cheaper and much easier to make than I could have imagined.  And, there is usually plenty extra to freeze for later use on pasta, as marinara on pizzas or in American Chop Suey. Yes, I am officially converted and haven’t bought “store sauce” in over 2 years.  It’s been a happy time that I want to share!  Please check out the basic recipe below, but remember you can add whatever type of meats, veggies and spices you want to make it all your own!  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped 1 Teaspoon Oregano Tomato Paste (the standard small can) 2 16 oz. Cans of Tomato Puree 1 16 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes 16 oz of Water 1 Tablespoon Oregano (again) 1 Tablespoon Sugar (or to desired taste) 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder Recipe: Place first three ingredients in large sauce pot and cook on medium to high heat…
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Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus This is a great all around recipe – tasty in a sandwich, but also wonderful as a dip for veggies and chips!  Toddler approved and high in protein!  It’s also a snap to whip up! Ingredients: 1 clove Garlic 1 large (16oz) can Chickpeas ¼ cup Olive Oil ¼ cup Tahini (usually found near the peanut butter) ½ Red Pepper (or subustiture dried tomatoes)  1 tablespoon Cumin Next: Place Garlic in food processor and chop until minced. Add remainder of ingredients and blend until smooth. 3. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed and continue to blend. 4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Homemade Chocolates – Peanut Butter Balls and Coconut Squares

Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates These chocolate peanut butter balls and coconut squares are a holiday tradition in our family. They’re so good, they’ve been made for 30 years straight!  Although I don’t know the origins of the chocolate peanut butter ball recipe, I do know that the coconut squares are referred to as “Needhams” and are mentioned in a great cookbook out of Maine circa 1970. While these are two separate recipes, I can’t seem to remember a time when I made them separately!  As such, I figured both recipes should go together:)  Both of these recipes can be made way ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.  We make ours the week before Thanksgiving, double the recipe and store them through Christmas!   Another note: these recipes call for use of a double boiler.  The purpose of this is to prevent the chocolates or filling from burning.  If you pay close attention to the mixtures, it can be done with a simple saucepan.  However, if you are distracted or unsure, go ahead and use the double boiler. Here you go! Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Peanut butter Ball Ingredients: ¾ cup butter 1 ½ cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky depending on…
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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars My daughter loves these tasty treats for snack or breakfast!  I feel good knowing they’re low in sugar but pack tons of energy.  Although they won’t melt (unless it’s a sunny summer day), they are much easier to eat when kept chilled! Recipe: 1 cup Peanut Butter ½ cup Honey ½ cup Coconut Oil ¼ cup Coconut 2 cups Oats ¼ cup Walnuts 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract ½ cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips   1.Melt Peanut Butter, Honey and Coconut Oil together in saucepan over low heat. 2.When liquid, remove from heat and add all remaining ingredients. 3.Stir until all oatmeal is moistened. 4.Spoon into an 8×8 pan, cover and refrigerate. 5.When chilled, the bars will be hardened to cut and serve.   Enjoy!