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Sourdough Banana Bread

Banana bread has to be one of my most favorite quick breads of all time! It's subtle sweetness and moist texture make it a perfect comfort food for any occasion. Unfortunately, just because it contains bananas doesn't necessarily make it the healthiest snack. I wanted a homemade banana bread recipe that contained zero conventional sugars... Continue Reading →

The Health Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron

Cast iron skillets are something you see hanging in old antique shops and steakhouses, but no one actually cooks with them anymore, right? Not so! Plenty of individuals still utilize (and prefer) cast iron in their kitchens. Here on the blog we've discussed Cast Iron Cooking Tips, The Dos & Don’ts of Cleaning Cast Iron,... Continue Reading →

How to Properly Watering the Garden

The line between under-watering, over-watering, and supplying just enough water to the garden is a very fine one. It can be difficult to know if you're doing it right before the effects become detrimental to your plants. Keeping a garden is one of my favorite summer pastimes, but it's more than just a hobby for... Continue Reading →

Inexpensive Drop Cloth Projects

Drop cloth is one of my favorite fabrics to work with for a few reasons...It is durable, very accessible, and best of all...it is so inexpensive! I get a 9'x12' canvas drop cloth for $13 at my local hardware store. I am a huge fan of sprucing up my home with handmade items, so I... Continue Reading →

No Bake Cookies | Naturally Sweetened

No-bake cookies have to be one of the simplest cookie recipes out there. They are especially ideal as a summer dessert when I don't want the oven heating up the whole house! Just one sauce pan for the whole mixture, so minimal dishes too! I've been on a journey of replacing white and brown sugars... Continue Reading →

Managing the Garden with a Schedule

During my first year of gardening, I found myself very overwhelmed by all the weeding that needed to be done. June and July came, the weeds grew faster than I could keep up with...oh, I was also pregnant and experiencing a lot of hip and back pain. I soon realized that I needed a better... Continue Reading →

My Herb Garden

Spring is in the air here on the Hilltop! I can feel it in my lungs. The sun shines more frequently, flowers emerge from their winter hiding places, calves fill the pastures, and a newness spreads all around us. Oh, how refreshing springtime is for the soul! One of my goals for this year is... Continue Reading →

10 Garden-Themed Bible Verses

Every year spring comes gently in on the breeze to warm both the winter-chilled earth and hearts. Mine included. With every spring my mind seems to take a sudden shift towards the garden. I image planting vegetable seeds, prepping beds for flowers, creating a new herb garden, and much more. This time of year fills... Continue Reading →

How to Plant Tomato Starts

Tomatoes are one of my favorite crops to grow in the summer garden. If cared for properly, one plant will supply you with an abundance of fruit! I so enjoy watching the first tiny fruits appear, grow green, and slowly transition to their ripe colors. I've written quite a bit of information about growing tomatoes.... Continue Reading →

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