Or an oven, grill or rotisserie! Homestead roasters…mmmm!!!
Recipes and Food
Best Honey Oatmeal Bread Machine Recipe A hearty and easy way to enjoy fresh honey oatmeal bread – straight from your bread machine! Pair with some apple butter, maple butter or homemade plain butter! Ingredients: 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (not rapid rise) 1 1/2 cups quick oats 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1 1/2 cups water (really warm…almost too hot to touch!) Place ingredients into bread machine in the order by which they are listed (or according to your machine’s directions). We cook ours on light setting! Once you turn the machine on, take a peak inside to make sure a nice bread ball forms. If it looks too gooey and isn’t holding a ball shape, add a little more flour until it shapes. For a flaky looking dough that falls apart, add a little more water until you see the nice ball shape. Top with your favorite butter or jam and enjoy!
Homemade Maple Whipped Butter Want to jazz up your morning toast or impress some guests? It’s easy to whip up some homemade butter with a maple flair! It’s also very tasty. While you can certainly make maple whipped butter with store bought butter, we purchase milk at our local farm (Mary’s Farm). For those who don’t know, fresh milk separates into cream and milk naturally (see picture below). This is great for using in coffee, making butter or even whipped cream! Store bought milk doesn’t have this separation (as it has been homogonized). Since we often find ourselves with a surplus of cream, the frugal and fresh answer to our problem is DIY butter! I thought a maple flair might be fun and, oh it was! My first go at this was a success and loved by the family! Ingredients: 1 Pint of whipping cream (or about 2 sticks of soft butter) 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon olive oil Steps: Make butter (if you’re using store-bought butter, skip to step 2). Pour whipping cream into stand mixer bowl and turn mixer onto medium-high setting. I like to use the whisk attachment…
The Homestead’s first peach harvest just happened. Stay tuned for peach recipes… once we figure out what we’re going to do with them!
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 *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!…
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…