Smoked Mackerel

It’s time to smoke some Mackerel! If you have a smoker, this is an easy fish recipe that results in a fantastic treat for the winter months. (FULL POST)

How I Actually Fill The Pantry

Canning Tomatoes

Some people think that putting up food for the year means bushel baskets of produce all over the kitchen, and long hours of work each and every day for weeks on end. The reality is a little different. It’s more like small additions to the freezer and shelves that build up into a winter’s supply. Here is how I actually fill the pantry. (FULL POST)

Summer Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb crisp is a family favorite, and it’s so easy to have the ingredients on hand that I make it often. Because rhubarb freezes so well, it’s also a much-loved recipe during the winter months. I try to harvest mine every few days, pulling only the thickest stalks. (FULL POST)

Crockpot Sloppy Joe Dinner

Crockpot Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joes are a family favorite, and crockpot recipes are a mom favorite. This crockpot Sloppy Joes recipe is used often and tastes so good! I do add peppers to the mix when I have them, but it’s not essential to the recipe. We need to double the recipe (FULL POST)

How to Grow The Perfect Kitchen Garden

A kitchen garden is just a basic garden that includes some of your most-used cooking herbs and a few vegetables that seem to make it into many of your recipes.
If it’s your first time growing a kitchen garden, keep it simple. (FULL POST)

Homemade Velveeta

Homemade Mac and Cheese

If you are cooking from your pantry as much as you can, I have a recipe that will thrill the kids as well as the kid in you. Velveeta is a kid-friendly food that although we often eat less of as adults, we fondly remember for its tangy taste and creamy texture. Now, you can recreate that same thing at home with a few simple ingredients! (FULL POST)

Easy Breadmaker Cinnamon Rolls

A light and fluffy cinnamon roll, loaded with cinnamon and sugar swirl and topped with cream cheese frosting that is as airy as a cloud. This is the nicest cinnamon roll recipe I have ever used. Over the years, I have tweaked it to be just how my family likes it! (FULL POST)

Companion Planting With Herbs

Combine your love of herbs with your love of vegetable gardens and grow both of them even better! Herbs make fantastic additions to your vegetables, protecting them from insects and disease. Check out my list! (Full Post)

Make Your Own Stuffed Sandwiches

Stuffed sandwiches are the most loved snack in this house. I make them every week and the disappear like magic. If you buy Hot Pockets, or your kids love that style snack, this one is for you. (Full Post)

  • Smoked Mackerel
    The mackerel are running in Eastport, and the family brought home a cooler full! We have an old  recipe given to my husband from a family friend who brought it from Ireland. It is the perfect “holiday treat” during the long winter months. The fillets 
  • Hemp Burgers
    Make a juicy burger and kick up the protein with this one simple ingredient.

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Cheddar Bacon Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast is always the hardest meal to organize and keep on hand for me. The kids have to eat before school, and yet  nothing sounds good to them. I have been messing around with muffins, and came up with a really tasty one that tastes fantastic, is more filling than a regular sweet type muffin, and the family actually ASKS for them!

Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Muffins

Try these savory breakfast muffins for a change of pace. They are delicious warm or at room temperature.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • Muffin Tin-oiled lightly
  • Medium mixing bowl


  • 1 3/4 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Sharp Cheese Shredded
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Crispy Bacon` Chopped
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Stick Butter Melted


  • In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, cheese, and bacon.
  • Add butter and milk. Combine until a thick batter forms
  • Oil 12 muffin cups and divide batter evenly
  • Bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes
Keyword bacon, breakfast, cheese, muffins

Sprinkle the muffins with Parmesan cheese before baking, and whatever you do, do NOT use paper liners! I made a double batch, and used paper on 6 of them, foil liners on 6, and left the second dozen with no liners. The ONLY ones that stuck to the liners, were the paper ones.

These are deeelish!

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Hemp Burgers

Hemp Burgers

Make a juicy burger and kick up the protein with this one simple ingredient.

Summer Rhubarb Crisp

Summer Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb is one of the earliest treats to harvest from the garden. Make this yummy fruit crisp with a few simple pantry items.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Looking for a quick and easy dinner? Make this spaghetti squash casserole. It’s healthy as well as delicious.

Kid Friendly Salmon Cups

Kid Friendly Salmon Cups

Quick and easy, these salmon cups can be made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen and pantry. I was lucky enough to find cans of Wildcaught Alaskan salmon for a steal at the local grocery store, so stocked up. If I put 

Crockpot Summer Supper

Today’s crockpot summer supper, is a recipe that came about in a convoluted fashion, as so many scratch recipes do. My garlic cloves were overpowering the rest of the fridge contents, and it is so hot, that heating the oven just seemed wrong. I came