10 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

pumpkin dessert recipesThanksgiving arrives this week. Want to keep dessert in an autumn mood? Try these 10 pumpkin dessert recipes. Continue reading

Apple Chips Recipe

Apple Chips recipeWell, this being my first weekend since June without a farm market, I had a little more time than usual (not that there isn’t always something to do), so I decided to make some apple chips. I’d been dying to try them and they turned out being really easy, and REALLY tasty. Continue reading

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Thoroughly enjoying my time off from getting ready for craft shows and changing instead to holiday mode. And what’s the first thing we all think of when it comes time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday? Food of course!

I generally suck as a cook (really I do, ask anyone who’s ever eaten some of my mysterious culinary NON-delights), but once in a while I find that rare recipe that I’m actually good at (usually something in the area of baking that contains some sort of dough). So I recently stumbled upon a recipe for pumpkin-seed brittle. I must say, the stuff is delish! (and easy enough that even I can cook it). Continue reading

Slutty Brownies

Ok, I didn’t name this recipe. I know it sounds more like something out of a movie kids shouldn’t watch than a delicious dessert, but trust me, this is one of the richest, most decadent chocolate treats you’ll ever make. I found this recipe online and knew I had to try it. It’s pretty simple. Use your favorite recipe to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough (I find the good old Nestle Tollhouse recipe works pretty well) and fill a 9×13 pan about a 3rd of the way up. Next cover the cookie dough with a layer of Oreo cookies. And finally, stir up a batch of brownie batter (go ahead make it easy with a boxed mix). Cover the Oreo cookie layer with the brownie batter. Cook as you normally would a pan of brownies, testing with a toothpick when done. These are great any way you eat ’em, but when you get ’em still warm, it’s especially excellent. Enjoy!

Homemade, chemical-free shampoo

I decided to try a little a experiment this week after stumbling across an idea for homemade shampoo.

For the most part I use commercial shampoo that’s on the organic/natural end of the spectrum with as few of the nasty shampoo toxins as possible (no SLS!). Even so, basically every commerically bought shampoo has a few unwanted chemicals, if only to preserve shelf life. I used to use the Beauty Without Cruelty shampoo, but Wegman’s stopped carrying it for whatever reason, and there aren’t many brands I like as well as that one, so I decided to try the all natural route this week.

I’d heard before that hair could be washed with baking soda, followed by a vinegar rinse, so I decided to give it a go. To make the baking soda shampoo mix a few spoonfuls of baking soda with a cup of water (if your hair is short, you can lessen the recipie). Make sure it’s all stirred in well.

The hardest part to get used to is the fact that the mixture is so thin when you’re used to using thick shampoos. The second thing is that is feels like you’re washing your hair with sticky sand. That’s where the vinegar rinse comes in. Mix two spoonfuls of vinegar with a cup of water (again if your hair is short, you may need less).

Like the baking soda, the vinegar rinse is thinner than any shampoo, but once you get used to that, it does get rid of the stickiness left behind by the baking soda.

This homemade shampoo works fine, but it does have one odd characteristic. The hair is clean, the hair looks clean, but the hair doesn’t feel clean. It has a heavier weight due to the fact that the natural hair oils aren’t being stripped away as they are with commercial shampoo. That means even though it is clean, and looks clean, it doesn’t have that light, squeaky-clean feeling.

This may take some getting used to (or I may just decide to run back to my bottle of chemical shampoo.)