Moms Pickled Beets Recipe

My Mom was an industrious homemaker, she grew a large organic garden every year and then lovingly preserved the fresh picked produce. Here’s Mom’s pickled beet recipe, I found it written on a tattered, yellowed scrap of paper, tucked away safely in my recipe box. I’ve expanded on the details as the recipe only had the pickling solution.

Red BeetsYou’ll need:
10 1bs beets, cooked
7 quart or 14 pint canning jars with lids and rings
Canner with rack, or large pressure canner
Pickling solution, recipe below.

First, cook and peel beets. If you don’t know how read: How to cook beets. While the beets are cooking, wash and sterilize your canning jars and lids. Fill jars up to one half inch from the top with prepared beets, small ones can be left whole, large beets should be sliced. Prepare pickling solution.  Continue reading Moms Pickled Beets Recipe

Easy and Quick Vegetable Stir-Fry

I love stir fry, hubby does not! So as you can probably guess, I don’t make them as often as I would like, especially since the girls left home. The girls love making and eating stir fry as much as I do so I had allies when they lived at home. I’m glad they enjoy healthy eating and miss working with them in the kitchen. Here’s how to make an easy and quick vegetable stir-fry. Feel free to switch up the vegetables with what ever you have on hand!

Bok Choi Thanks to Live♥Laugh♥Love, on Flickr for the photo, click the image to see more of Sabrina’s photos.

2 tbsp sesame oil
1 chili, finely chopped
1 lb oriental mushrooms (oyster, shitake etc)
3 1/2 oz pine nuts
1 onion, sliced
1 lb green vegetables (Pak Choi, Bok Choi, Spinach, Chinese cabbage etc)
1 11 oz can baby corn, halved lengthwise
2 red bell peppers, sliced
3-4 tablespoons soy sauce
Handful fresh cilantro, chopped Continue reading Easy and Quick Vegetable Stir-Fry

Banana Ginger Jumbles

These moist, drop cookies combine the flavor of banana and ginger and will sure to become one of your family’s favorites! What a great way to use up those over ripe bananas you have sitting on your counter.

Watkins Spice Rack
Watkins Spice Rack

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon Watkins ground ginger
2 eggs
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium)
1/4 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Watkins baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar, if desired Continue reading Banana Ginger Jumbles

Apple Cider Quick Bread

This moist delicious apple cider loaf is filled with healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, yogurt, grapeseed oil, apples and raisins. Like all quick bread recipes you can whip this up in no time to have a healthy treat for your family.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
2 tsp. Watkins Baking Powder
1 tsp. Watkins Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Watkins Nutmeg
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 egg white
1/2 cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup Watkins grapeseed oil, original unflavored
1 tsp. Watkins Vanilla Extract
1 cup shredded peeled tart apple
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 tsp. Watkins Grated Orange Peel Continue reading Apple Cider Quick Bread

How To Make Croutons

If you have been wondering how to make croutons, you’ll be delighted to know it’s really easy. Homemade croutons are economical to make, taste better than store bought and they can be healthier for you too. You’ll find several crouton recipes here which are a delicious addition to your soups and salads. Try the whole wheat garlic croutons or one of the herb variations. I prefer to use whole wheat but you can use any type of bread you like, from white, sour dough to rye! Continue reading How To Make Croutons