Purely Homespun

Homemade from the heart

Vegetable Soup

7 cups vegetable stockvegetablesoup

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 pint grape tomatoes

2 sliced potatoes

1 can kidney beans

2 cups carrots

1 sliced onion

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp dried rosemary

salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to pot and bring to a boil.  Cook on low heat until carrots and potatoes are cooked.  Serve with warm bread.



L.M. Montgomery quotation

Bread Machine Rosemary Bread

1 1/4 cups concentrated vegetable stockrosemarybread

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes (removed from the oil)

3 tbsp dried rosemary

1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Measure ingredients in pan in order they are listed.  Bake on 1.5 lb setting on regular cycle.


Pumpkin Pie


5 cups flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening (cold)

1 egg

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

cold water to make a cup of liquid

Mix 5 ingredients.  In a cup add egg, vinegar, and water to combine.  Fold wet ingredients into shortening mixture.  Shape in disks and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Pumpkin mixture

1 cup pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

pinch of salt

Pour ingredients into a rolled out pie shell from the crust made above.  Bake in a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes.  Lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for an addition 35 minutes or until center of pie is firm.


Autumn in the park

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower

Albert Camus

Peach Lemonade

4 peaches peeled and sliced


1/2 cup stevia

1/2 cup lemon juice

pinch salt

4 cups fizzy water

Puree peach slices with stevia and lemon juice in blender.  Mix with ice and fizzy water.  Serve immediately.

For a sweeter drink add 1/4 cup more of stevia to puree.



Robert Louis Stevenson Quotation

Sundried Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Toast

Rye Bread slicesSundriedTomatoSalad

Olive Oil

Goat Cheese

Spread olive oil on rye bread and smear with goat cheese.  Heat under broiler just until cheese begins to melt.

Mixed Greens

Sundried Tomatoes (




Mushrooms (chopped)

Mix and top with dressing below.

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3/4 tsp chopped basil

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp garlic

salt and pepper

Mix and drizzle on salad.  Makes two small salads lightly dressed.  If you prefer lots of dressing double or triple the dressing recipe.


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