Old Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Old Fashioned Apple Cake with a twist

Ingredients: 2 1/3 cups All-Purpose Flour or whole wheat pastry flour (pack freshly milled flour) 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger and ground nutmeg 2 large eggs 1/2 cup unsalted […]

Colorado Chili Recipes

Ed Note: I can’t believe it has been nearly three years since I sent out a blog post. As we experience some frosty overnight temperatures, I am resending an update to these two prize-winning Colorado Chili Recipes. I have been a grandmother for 10 years now, and my life has changed from providing homemaking helps […]

Enstrom’s Style Toffee



This recipe was given to my daughter many years ago. Enstrom’s toffee is world renowned for being the best in the world. We are honored to have this recipe and share it with you! It will cost you about $7.50 for butter, sugar, chocolate and almonds to make this recipe. The finished […]

10 Fun and Frugal Things to Do Before Christmas

1. Read one Christmas, holiday, or winter-themed book each day for the week leading up to Christmas. You could wrap the books up, in tissue and have one child unwrap one book per day starting around December 17th. The same books can be re-wrapped from year to year. This tradition can be expanded by borrowing […]

Chocolate Pistachio Bars

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 2 hrs. 15 min. | Serves: 36 | Difficulty: Easy

I don’t normally publish unhealthy recipes using convenience/processed foods. But if you need some cookies for a party or Open House, here you go!



24 Oreo® cookies ¼ cup butter, melted

Filling and Topping:

⅓ […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

1/2 c. butter + 2 TB 2 c. chocolate crumbs (for crust) Two 8-oz packages cream cheese 1 large egg 1/4 c. canned pumpkin 3/4 c. granulated sugar 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp salt 1 c. chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350. Melt 1/2 c. butter and pour over chocolate […]

The Art of Fermenting in Crocks

With Fall around the corner, it is time to join the growing trend and start fermenting garden produce for the winter ahead. IF you are reluctant to try fermentation, just know there are no documented case of dangerous botulism ever occurring in fermented foods. Sally Fallon Morrel, author of Nourishing Traditions and founder of […]

Veggie Dill Crocks are Easy to Make

As the gardening season winds down, you might want to try fermenting some veggies instead of canning them. It is so much easier and less time consuming than all the steps required for traditional canning.

Basically a “dill crock” is a variation on fermented veggies. If you don’t have dill or a grape […]

No Grains? No Way! Part 4

Editor’s Note: This is part 4 of my new, ongoing series entitled Marilyn’s Journey to Really Master the Real Foods Diet and reverse the curse of Type 2 Diabetes. I have been working with a Certified Nutritionist for about six weeks and my challenge has been to eat grain free and balance each meal with […]

Overcoming Pre-Diabetes – Part 3

With the guidance of my nutritionist, my current goal is to create meals that contain a balance of 30% proteins, 40% low glycemic carbs, and 30% fats. Yes, each plate needs to have enough fats to sustain my energy. […]

Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of my new, ongoing series entitled Marilyn’s Journey to Really Master the Real Foods Diet and reverse the curse of Type 2 Diabetes. I have much more to say and will be posting my updates, insights, candid comments, challenges, progress reports, recipes, and more during the upcoming weeks as […]

Eat Wheat?

Intrigued by the book title, since I haven’t been eating bread for most of the last 20 years, I decided to read this new publication. The clincher for investing in the title is the subtitle, “A Scientifically and Clinically Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet.” […]

Let’s Make Dinnertime Easy

I just wanted to share with busy moms a menu planning system designed for families that are on a budget and who like to cook at home.

Menu Planning Central is having a 50% off sale, and I am very excited because their are many improvements to the menus making them […]

Fourth of July Pie

1 recipe Sour Cream Cookie Dough (see below) 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces 1 egg 1/2-1 cup sugar 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 lemon, juiced or to taste (less for raspberries, more for blueberries) 6 cups fresh berries

Sour Cream Cookie Dough

In a mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup butter, softened with mixer […]

Decision America Tour Mission

Franklin Graham speaks to a crowd at the Capital Steps in Denver March 15, 2016 at noon

“Because Jesus Christ is the only hope for America (1 Corinthians 3:11), we call our nation to God and pray for His forgiveness and blessing (2 Chronicles 7:14) and for the liberty and freedom to continue to […]