Browsing category: Cooking & Baking from Scratch

How To Make Banana Pudding Without a Mix

It’s easier than most people think to make pudding from scratch… not quite as easy as just beating milk with a commercial mix… but almost.


Breakfast Fruit Smoothie

In my family, we almost always start the day with a yogurt smoothie full of fruit, probiotics, fiber, vitamins, and other good stuff.


Best Ever Oatmeal Raisin Nut Cookies

My family’s hands-down all-time favorite cookies are these oatmeal raisin nut cookies. They start with a recipe for plain oatmeal cookies… I’m not sure, but I think the original oatmeal cookie recipe might have come from the back of a Quaker Oats box.


Quick And Easy Homemade Ice Cream

We didn’t eat ice cream for nearly two years… not out of choice, but because suddenly there were soy-derived additives in all the commercial ice creams. We don’t eat a lot of ice cream in our family, but this was a disappointing development.


Our Favorite Homemade Yogurt

My family eats a LOT of yogurt. We really like the taste of the Stonyfield Farm organic whole milk yogurt with six live active cultures… but the containers are small (only four cups) and expensive ($3.


All Natural Watermelon Popsicles

When the weather is hot, let your kids help you make a cool and healthy treat… watermelon popsicles! All you have to do is seed the watermelon, puree in a blender or food processor, and freeze for several hours.


Making Bread: Kneading The Dough

Proper kneading is one of the most important steps in making bread. Kneading develops the gluten, which gives the dough elasticity by trapping the bubbles of gas formed by the yeast. The result is a bread with an even texture that is not crumbly or dry…


Make Your Own Soy-Free Mayonnaise

I started making mayonnaise after the only soy-free brand I could find was taken off the market. I was surprised to find that my homemade mayonnaise had a much better flavor…


Making Your Own Cake Mix

The from scratch cake mix I like best of all is for an easy but delicious chocolate cake. I double the recipe and make up several bags of this mix at a time. It’s as simple as measuring the dry ingredients.


Mix In The Pan Applesauce Cake

This applesauce spice cake is another quick and easy mix in the pan cake, so there are no bowls or beaters to wash because all the ingredients are just measured into the baking pan and mixed. Easy to make and very, very good…