How To Cook The Perfect Egg… or, being thankful for the simple things in life

If you’ve ever tried peeling a “farm-fresh” hard-boiled egg you can probably relate to my frustration over what seems like an impossible task!  We have had chickens for 16 years, and until just a few weeks ago I struggled with removing the shell from a hard-boiled egg!  I’ve read, and been told many tips and […]

Homestyle Gluten-free Bread

If you’ve been looking for a dependable recipe for a gluten-free sandwich bread- look no further! Once you’ve compiled all the ingredients for this bread, the recipe comes together easily and quickly, with family-pleasing results! Or, see the Urban Homemaker’s Baking Supplies category for the Urban Homemaker’s NEW Gluten-free Bread Mix* – and make it […]

Brunch Egg Casserole

BRUNCH EGG CASSEROLE Serves 12 Here’s a hearty,” assemble the night before” dish which includes tasty, basic ingredients! 1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces 2 cups cooked ham, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 10 slices bread (a French loaf works great), cubed 1 cup cooked potatoes, cubed 1 cup cooked asparagus, cut into small […]

Quick Homemade Apple Fritters

  1 cup unbleached flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 egg 1/3 cup milk 1 1/2 cups chopped apples canola oil for frying Sugar/cinnamon to roll fritters in Heat an inch, or so, of canola oil, over medium heat, in a small skillet until approximately 400*.  Prepare […]

Making Playdough At Home – A Recipe For FUN!

  Although my own children have outgrown this activity, we still get to enjoy it now and then when entertaining other young ones!  It never fails to bring smiles, and is a safe, economical remedy for those “winter doldrums”! This recipe, which I’ve had for years, is easily made, with simple ingredients you have in […]

Soft and Simple Yeast Rolls

1 cup water 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup sugar or honey 3 eggs 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon SAF (instant) yeast 4 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour (or substitute part of this with freshly ground whole wheat flour) Today I used one cup of whole wheat flour – Excellent results! Heat water and butter […]

Healthy Blender Pancakes

  We were hungry for pancakes this morning, and I’ve been wanting to try Marilyn’s Blender Pancake recipe in her wonderful cookbook, Breakfasts for Busy Moms. We were not disappointed!  If you haven’t put your Bosch blender to the test yet, try it out with this recipe!  It’s AMAZING!  Put the ingredients into the blender […]

Whole Grain Crackers… Garlic too!

I had a bit of a personal challenge this morning.  I said to myself, “If I can make pretty darn tasty bread, then I should be able to make crackers!” So here is my morning journey… I started with this Wheat Cracker recipe from and made my changes: Plain Whole Grain Crackers: 1 3/4 […]

Flaking with “The Bosch”

I am a FLAKER! and proud of it… Yes, even the Urban Homemaker buys already flaked oats and 7/9-grains.. Until tonight, that is! One of my New Year’s goals was to “flake” or “roll” or to simply “flatten the heck out of a whole grain!”  So tonight, as I prepared a granola recipe out of […]

Brie Cheese Crowning Glory

We needed to celebrate! Not sure why, but the Brie Cheese Crowning Glory is reason enough…. and it is GOOOD! This little yummy is especially fun around a holiday. I serve it as an accompaniment to a brunch, later afternoon snack and of course, if there are any guests this is a delight to serve. […]