Make Your Own Maple Syrup (part 1)

Ever thought about trying to make your own maple syrup? This is the first in a multi-part series documenting my family’s failures (lots) and successes (a few) at our first attempt to do so. And I’ll fill you in on our results this year as well… it should be a SWEET series. Last winter, we longed […]

Whoopie Pies in a Cookie You Can Make Tonight

Warning: the history or whoopie pies and recipe and all the can’t-resist calories that accompany this knowledge follow below. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how you can support my efforts? I may receive monetary compensation for any link to any products or services from this […]

5 Simple Steps to Drying Herbs in a Paper Bag

As I jammed the plant stems into brown paper bags, I doubted my attempt at drying herbs in a paper bag would be fruitful. But when late-summer nights ushered in chilly thoughts and earlier evenings, I knew I had to do something with my daughters’ plethora of herbs before Frost made them worthless with her silver-coated, suffocating touch. DISCLOSURE: Do […]

Smore Cookies

Smore cookies are my new weakness. Read on to find out how to combine amore cookies with Toblerone, which is my deeply ingrained weakness. Well, who am I, thinking I can categorize my weaknesses? I have too many…

Homemade Italian Dressing and a 4:8 Attitude

Homemade Italian dressing is always–always–in my fridge. But it didn’t used to be. In fact, I never once contemplated homemade Italian dressing until the day a double disappointment lead to this new joyous staple in my fridge, my new wish-I-had-realized-that-sooner thing. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how […]

Lilac Syrup

Making syrup from trees in your own backyard is extremely rewarding–not to mention so sweetly delicious! But I’m not just talking about making maple syrup. While I do love DIY maple syrup, I’m actually writing about something that may surprise you today… Lilac Syrup. (Of course you can also read all about our backyard production […]

I’ll Confess, I Like Whipped Spinach

Yes, I will fess up. I whip my spinach. When I first heard of green smoothies, I thought it was a waste of perfectly good (often expensive) fruit. When I came across another friend talking about the ridiculous green shakes, I asked her–quoting a lovingly used phrase of my down-home, southern-boy father–why in tarnation wouldn’t she just […]

The beginning of my homestead journey

She’s a novice, but already quite knowledgable. As the frigid winter months trudged along, she taught me most of what I know about the topic of homesteading. And now that we are blessed with delicious fresh eggs daily, we love making homemade egg soufflé the way Great Grandmom used to make it. For that amazing recipe, read […]