Oatmeal-Raisin-Nut Cookies

A delicious, slightly chewy, slightly sweet, but oooh sooo yummy oatmeal cookie! The world NEEDS this cookie!

Dark Molasses-Oatmeal Bread

This yummy loaf is a little darker than regular oatmeal bread, due to the molasses, which also gives it some sweetness. Once again, I’m using home ground hard red wheat flour, which gives an indescribable flavor. No flour mill? No problem, just substitute regular whole wheat flour and all purpose white, respectively. The blend of whole wheat and white flour makes a lighter loaf than if made from 100% whole wheat.

A Cool-Sipping Summer Honey Cocktail

This cocktail makes use of honey simple syrup, and simple to make it is. It’s just a 50/50 concentration of honey and water, simmered together. (Regular simple syrup is just water and white sugar, same ratio. Try it for sweetening ice tea.) The recipe calls for Ungava gin, and if you can’t find it, use any high quality gin that’s readily available, although Ungava would be preferred for its unique flavor.

Buckwheat Corn Muffins with Blueberries

Milling your own flour is a delicious way to add nutrition and flavor to your recipes. Want maximum taste? Mill your own buckwheat for these Blueberry Corn Muffins.

Build a Mini Root Cellar that Actually Works

Got a basement “cold room” that doesn’t keep your fruits and veggies properly? You can make things better. A few simple modifications can turn that disappointing space into a reliable spot to store food without electricity and boost self reliance.

Solar Backyard Chicken-Coop Building Plans

A community of smaller portable chicken coops are better than one, big, stationary one. Download building plans for a solar heated design that’s also great in hot climates.

Running a Successful CSA

Cam describes how much he has learned after running a CSA for 5 years and offers a workshop for those interested in learning from his experience.

Pan Lebkuchen Recipe

Let’s go to Germany for great lebkuchen (aka, gingerbread)! Aside from great beer and sausages, you will find that this is one of the country's ancient but addicting Christmas treats.

The Chicken Cabana Room

At Sunflower Farm we strive to provide our chickens with the best accommodations!

Sane and Sustainable Homesteading, Part 1

Many people in the world long for a life in the country, lived on their own terms, close to nature, honest and hands-on. But too many of these people find that homesteading is harder, less fulfilling and more painful than they imagined. Learn how to thrive on the land without burnout, despair and failure.

Shortbread Hearts with Cranberries

If you love shortbread — and a lot of people do — this is the cookie to make. The colorful cranberries make them really pop at Christmas time. This delightful recipe comes from "Christmas Cookies: Dozens of Yuletide Treats for the Whole Family" by Monika Römer.

Harvest Vegetable Soup with Naughty Garlic Bread Recipes

The beauty of this soup is it makes use of what ever vegetables you have on hand, is completely vegetarian (unless you want to add chicken or beef), and cooks up pretty quickly. This is a crowd-sized recipe, and I have already cut the recipe in half for you. If you’re feeding two armies, by all means double it.

Healthy Chocolate Silk Pie with Gluten Free Macadamia Crust

This is a chocolate pie unlike any others I have made. It starts with a crumb crust consisting of granola and macadamia nuts ground together, and bound with melted butter, like an extravagant graham cracker crust, only better. The filling consists of silken or extra soft tofu with over half a pound of chocolate.

Cooking with a Big Green Egg

It could well be that you have never heard of the Big Green Egg, a lot of folks haven’t, so this is where this blog comes in. Big Green Eggs originated in Japan, a number of centuries ago, and at that time they were called Kamado cookers. Learn how to cook with a Big Green Egg for the ultimate outdoor cooking experience.

Institutional Food

Hospitals traditionally are famous for their terrible food. A recent experience shows it has not changed much.

Commercial Tortillas

What do you have when chemicals and preservatives are added to a simple tortilla?

Maya the Wise Chicken

Cam shares his thoughts about one of his elderly "ladies" who seems wise beyond her chicken years!

Artificial Sweeteners

What is the true nature of artificial sweeteners? Are they safe? Read on and find out the latest on these questionable products.

Why I Really Love My Rural Life

Almost 30 years ago I made one of the best decisions ever when I began my homesteading adventure. It's no "Little House on the Prarie" but you can see it from there.

Movie Review: The Seeds of Time

Modern, industrial agriculture as we know it today is running out of time, and it's much later than we think.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

This is the best comfort food recipe: sour cream coffee cake. Enjoy it with a great cup of tea or coffee.

The Chickens Have a Sleepover

Homesteader Cam Mather describes integrating new backyard chickens into his existing flock and the wonderful life his "ladies" lead.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

After trying this super simple recipe, you'll never open a can of Campbell's again.

A Sunroom for My Chickens

Our chickens aren't fond of the snow and the wind, but we found a way to let them enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of their coop!

Jan Hagel Cookies Recipe

These are buttery, not too sweet Dutch cookies with a yummy cinnamon sugar and walnut topping.

Time for Apple Strudel

Sue Van Slooten shares her easy recipe for apple strudel— a delicious pastry of phyllo dough, apples, spices, and of course, butter.

Empty Nest Day

A basic, but oh so good, soup recipe that anyone can make.

St. Patrick's Day Wholemeal Irish Bread

This bread hearkens back to a time when Irish soda bread was a more rustic, country affair — not all gussied up with mostly white flour. We're talking about a somewhat large, delicious, nutty tasting loaf made with wholemeal flour and yes, a little bit of white flour to lighten up the texture. Get your St. Patrick's Day celebration off to a great start with this authentic, Irish Wholemeal Bread.