Sweet Stuff Recipes
Recipe Box: Spicy Cocoa Honey

Recipe Box: Spicy Cocoa Honey

Cocoa Honey (and Vanilla Beans!) Image by Modern Scribe Photography Infused honey is delicious. Some of you long-time readers know that I used to make and sell various herb-infused honeys both online and at local markets. I miss making huge batches of infused honey, some days.  But honestly, most of the time I ...

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Weeds and Wildflowers! What is a hedgerow? In the cultured, organized sense, it is meant to be a barrier of trees and shrubs planted to mark boundary lines or to keep grazing animals contained.  In the sloppier sense, it is the buffer of wild plants at the corners of a property.  It is that definition that inspired ...

Recipe Box: Strawberry Oatmeal Pancakes

Recipe Box: Strawberry Oatmeal Pancakes

On the continuing theme of using fresh strawberries, I am delighted to share my new version of my Big Fluffy Pancakes recipe with the addition of fresh fruit, oatmeal and a bit of complementary spice! Butter and maple syrup are of course wonderful on these strawberry oatmeal pancakes, but if you really want to wow ...

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Infusion first, syrup second! There are only a few dandelions in my yard this year, which is the opposite of a problem as far as most people are concerned! NOT ME. I want dandelions; root, leaf, and flower! There are so many wonderful ways to use this humble flower in applications both culinary and medicinal. ...

Recipe Box: Ginger Citrus Syrup

Recipe Box: Ginger Citrus Syrup

Sometimes, I get squirrely. It usually hits me on the third day straight home from work, and even sooner if I'm left home alone with no one to talk to but the cat. My particular brand of squirreliness means that I'll be in the middle of doing something and be seized with an immediate desire to put things in jars ...

Recipe Box: Spiced Cranberry Cordial

Recipe Box: Spiced Cranberry Cordial

Ok, frugal boozehounds, here's a tip from the Pixie...watch out for cranberries on sale at your grocery store between December and January: RIGHT NOW! This is the prime time - they hit the shelves around Thanksgiving, but after Christmas, the prices drop from $5 down to $2 per bag. I buy them up and freeze them - ...

Recipe Box: Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies with Maple Drizzle

Recipe Box: Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies with Maple Drizzle

Sometimes you just need a bit of warm, sweet comfort food. This happens to me when the wind outside is cold and howling and you just can't bring yourself to go outside.  Outside has no hot tea, nor cookies...and these oatmeal applesauce cookies are cakey and poofy, and they stay soft for days! When I first made ...

Recipe Box: Earl Grey Cordial

Recipe Box: Earl Grey Cordial

A bottle that I made and gifted to a friend! I love hot tea. When I was a child, my Nana would make herself a cup each day in her beautiful gilt-edged china cup with the matching saucer.  I would watch transfixed as she tipped a small spoonful of sugar into the dark liquid and stirred gently, the spoon tinkling ...

Recipe Box: Damiana Love Cordial

Recipe Box: Damiana Love Cordial

I love to make cordials, elixirs, and tinctures! I've made rambling videos about cordial making and written up a few different guides, as well. One of my most popular cordials is my Damiana Love Cordial. For many years now, I've brought bottles of delicious, heady Damiana booze to festivals and gatherings to share ...

What is an Electuary?

What is an Electuary?

I'm an old fashioned girl. I'm not talking candlelight and roses, although that's nice. I'm talking about food preservation, medicine making, cooking methods, and brewing. I like old, tried and true methods, and I'm a sucker for ye olde tyme vocabularie wordes, too. So, back when I was selling herb-infused ...

Mulled Wine is good medicine

Mulled Wine is good medicine

Grumble. Mumble.  I have a fever...a mild one, mind you, and I should be in bed.  But I promise I'll do that in a minute. First I have to tell you about what I am drinking right now. Cordials, elixirs and brews I am drinking some mulled wine. Mulled wine is not just meant to be delicious, hot alcohol for ...

Recipe Box: Peach Butter

Recipe Box: Peach Butter

Ah, an experiment that worked!  I love it when that happens.  My household accomplished a small kitchen project in just one afternoon. We had a few lovely peaches that were starting to get soft and we didn't want them to go to waste.  Having made apple butter and pumpkin butter the previous autumn, we decided to ...

Recipe Box: Queen Anne’s Lace Flower Jelly

Recipe Box: Queen Anne’s Lace Flower Jelly

As I've discussed before, sometimes I think my neighbors must hate me for harboring a yard of unwanted pests and dingy weeds.  We encourage our yard to be an eco-system, rife with native plants and insects...which in our neighbor's world means "unmowed and disgusting!" The truth is that we DO mow around the house ...

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