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 […]

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 […]

Make Your Own Whole Grain Pancake Mix

  The original recipe inspiration came from Make A Mix by Karine Eliason. This basic mix can stand alone or be varied in a number of ways. Make this mix and put it into a container to store in the freezer; this will help keep it fresh. You can half this recipe to go smaller; […]

An Urban Homemaker’s Breakfast: Part II

One of my homemaking goals is to use what I have and enjoy the process of finding the recipes which are now becoming traditions.  Breakfast is also a favorite mealtime and I have recipes that I am asked to share over and over again. These items may use a same basic ingredient at times, but when […]

An Urban Homemaker’s Breakfast

  May I be completely honest? I am burned out with the same old, same old breakfast items and due to the fact that I own a plethora of whole grains I might as well move beyond baked goods and stretch the proverbial wings.  So here is my creativity for 2 breakfast options for the […]

Top 10 Kitchen Herbs

Marilyn’s Top Kitchen Herbs: Every pantry should have these top ten basic culinary herbs either fresh or dried: Basil – for pesto, Italian sauces, soups and stews Dill – Not just for dill pickles, use in cottage cheese, cream cheese, goat cheese, omelets, seafood (especially salmon), potato salad and breads Chives – Great in everything […]

Busy Mom Bread Making Solution #2

It is 93 degrees in beautiful western Colorado and I have no bread to feed 3 hungry children. Did I say I was busy? Yes, adding work into my normally busy day has made me rethink a few things.  So, might I share a few solutions for such a time as this? Solution #1- buy […]

Solar Cooking Tips from a Pro

Written by Marilyn My friends Tara Miller and Sam Brown have compiled numerous practical tips including a Five-Day Kitchen Diary to make cooking in the Global Sun Oven successful and fun.  Sun Ovens are the perfect way to keep a kitchen cool while reducing energy consumption during the hottest days of summer. Ed Note: They […]

Going Solar: Cooking for FREE

When I tell people that I purchased a solar oven they look at me funny, like they don’t get it. It’s almost as if they wonder how you plug it in. Or how do you get the sun to come into your kitchen where the oven is? YEP- I was asked this and once I explained […]

Coconut Oil is Queen Among Saturated Fats

Since I have had several inquiries, recently, I wanted to explain how I use coconut oil, the benefits of using coconut oil in everyday cooking and baking, and a few reader testimonials. I first discovered that Coconut Oil is a healthy fat about five years ago when I read Eat Fat Lose Fat by Sally […]