Until recently, I had no idea there was such a raging debate about how cornbread should be made. If you’re from the South, there’s a good chance you have a recipe grandma used to make. But I’m a Northerner who didn’t grow up eating a traditional cornbread that was passed down through generations of home cooks.

My cornbread experience comes from restaurants and barbeque joints that served a sweet, buttery version of cornbread and from the boxed versions that were occasionally made for special events at home.

So, before we begin, I have to warn you that this recipe is…

Bowl filled with sweet potato soup
Bowl filled with sweet potato soup

Is there anything better than eating a hot bowl of soup on a cold day in the middle of winter or on one of those early spring days when it suddenly turns back into winter for the day? The only thing better, in my mind anyway, is eating it while you’re sitting by a nice fire and wearing your comfiest clothes.

Sweet potato soup is one of my favorite soups to make on wintery days because of its rich flavor that’s both savory and sweet.

So, let’s get right to it. This is how I make creamy sweet potato soup.

How to Make Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

Tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, blueberries, almonds, and thousands of other flowering plants rely on bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators to help them reproduce. This interaction between pollinators and plants is a crucial part of the system that gives us the fruits, vegetables, and nuts we would all have a hard time living without.

In fact, more than $200 billion of the global economy can be attributed to pollinators. That’s a huge impact for such tiny creatures that we often swat away like they’re nothing.

If you’re someone who pays attention to current events and news, then, on some level…

Whether you’ve decided to start a garden for the first time because you want to eat healthier, cleaner food or because you want to improve your family’s food security while lowering your grocery bills, there’s never been a better time to learn the valuable, life-enriching, and potentially life-saving skill of vegetable gardening.

That’s because there’s an abundance of information available to help you start growing whatever vegetable you desire.

Yet, this wealth of knowledge that’s at your fingertips with a quick online search can be overwhelming if you’ve never gardened before.

Skip the Overwhelm By Planting a Beginner Garden

While it is a good idea to start with…

Making mayo at home is one of those things that many people shy away from because they think it’s too difficult and it will separate or they think it isn’t safe to consume because it’s made with raw eggs. These are valid concerns. However, homemade mayonnaise can be easy and safe to make if you follow a few simple tips.

How to Safely Make Homemade Mayo

Let’s start with the food safety issue since it’s such an important topic. Because of the risk of Salmonella being present in raw eggs, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) recommends using pasteurized eggs when making homemade mayo, and…

Bin full of apples in front of ducks and cows on a homestead
Bin full of apples in front of ducks and cows on a homestead

Many people think that homesteading requires a lot of land, a rural lifestyle, or at the very least, a backyard big enough to have chickens and grow a garden. Many would argue that “living off the land” is the defining factor of homesteading. But, in many ways, modern homesteading is a mentality and lifestyle that can be practiced anywhere.

Even if the outcomes range on a spectrum from cooking all of your meals from scratch to living completely off-grid, the primary goals of homesteading are self-sufficiency and sustainability.

The amount of land you have and its location can play a…

Did you know that onions are one of the top-selling vegetables in the United States, coming in just after tomatoes and potatoes? If you’re like our family and you have meals made with onions 3 or 4 times a week, that’s probably not too shocking. If you do eat onions regularly, it can be well worth the time it takes to grow them in your own garden. Depending on the variety of onion, it can take between 3 and 5 months before they’re ready to eat or to be cured and stored. With onions, though, you have a few options…

If you’re looking for a homemade version of your favorite boxed macaroni and cheese, you will not find it here. Quite frankly, boxed mac and cheese that you buy at the store and traditional homemade mac and cheese are two entirely different culinary experiences. I personally love both, and each has a place in my heart, but this recipe is for the traditional style that uses real cheese instead of processed cheese product.

If you’re looking to recreate the flavor of boxed mac and cheese at home, you’ll likely need a recipe that uses Velveeta, like this one from Spend…

Getting together to can large batches of applesauce was a tradition in my family. For many years, my mom, dad, siblings, nieces, and nephews, would gather on an autumn morning and head out to a local apple orchard. We’d spend the morning picking apples, eating fritters, and drinking cider. Then, we’d pack up our many bags of apples, drive back to Mom & Dad’s house, and get to work peeling, coring, and cutting apples around the big kitchen table while one or two people started preparing for the canning process. And that’s where we would talk.

We’d talk about what’s…

Pancakes are almost as easy to make from scratch as they are from an expensive mix. The value of store-bought pancake mix is that it puts together your dry ingredients so you only have to measure out one dry ingredient instead of 3 or 4. Once you know how to make pancakes from scratch, though, the “time savings” of using a mix will feel a lot less valuable to you (at least it did to me). Here is a classic recipe, one my dad used to make, with a few notes on how you can modify it.


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Sheryl M. Davis

Homesteading and gardening blogger and chief homestead officer at Cedar Swamp Homestead | cedarswamphomestead.com

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