Growing up my younger brother had a food allergy to preservatives, so we were eating clean and organic way before it was ever something most people never really thought about. Everything was made from scratch. We had an acre of garden and a small orchard, and what we didn’t grow ourselves we got from local farmers. We raised beef cattle, sheep and rabbits. The raw whole milk we got, my mom would skim the cream off the top and churn the butter in her KitchenAid. We made homemade bread, and canned all our fruits and vegetables.
I did not know it at the time, but this had a huge influence in my own homemade way’s.
For as long as I can remember my parents made wine, they always had a half dozen or so 5 gal carboys going of various varieties. when I was 12 my parents bought a couple hundred acres and built a house and we started a small farm. I’ll explain more about why they did that later… but for now you should know there was a second kitchen downstairs and a wine cellar. My parents are both in there early 80’s now and no longer make it but i’m enjoying learning from them.
Hi, my name is Hope, and I love all things home made, the good for you, creative outlet (and a bit mad scientist) , the satisfaction of doing it yourself, to stay healthy, true to who you are, and lets face it there is a coolness factor in sharing something amazing with your friends and family that you created yourself .
I hope you enjoy what I make, and it inspires you to create your own homemade goodness.
We can lose our way, lose our confidence, forget who we are and what’s real. Being creative reminds me.