If you enjoy Southern Grace, Gardening, Preserving, Recipes, Handmade and Homemade, and Primitives then you are going to love this Blog. There will be many useful ideas and upcoming tips that I have learned on my journey that I will share on this site.

Family Recipes

Stuffed Summer Squash fresh from your garden is devoured in my house!  This was made with fresh Tomato Sauce and Squash from the garden. (If you would like to know how to can Tomatoes the tutorial is in my 'Preserving Foods' section)  My older kids love this dish , except for my 10 yr old son who hates Squash and that is why I make Squash Cupcakes for him. (I will post that recipe in the future for finicky eaters) You can also make this recipe with Zucchini!

6 Summer Squash
1 lb Ground meat of your choice
1/4 cup chopped Onion
1/2 cup chopped Green Pepper
1tbsp Basil
1 Egg
1/4 cup uncooked Brown Rice
1 Qt Tomato Sauce
Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Use whole Summer Squash cut the ends and scoop out the insides with a teaspoon (like you would a Pumpkin) leaving a hollow whole Squash ready to stuff.

Mix onion, green pepper basil egg and brown rice together in a bowl with the meat of your choice. If you are a vegetarian you can also use cooked Quinoa and  Brown Rice mixture to stuff the Squash.

Stuff the Squash with the meat mixture and place in a lightly greased baking dish. Pour Tomato sauce on top of the Squash.(I can my Tomatoes already pre seasoned so if you want to add spices to the sauce before pouring it on the Squash then do so)

Top it off with Grated Parmesan Cheese and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Test it with a fork for tenderness. When it is tender, it's done and it is delicious!!




Rose Water is used in cosmetics for its mild lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin.

You must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added. Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious.
Availability: Besides health food stores and herb stores, you can often find rose water in delicatessens; it is used as a flavoring in fancy Greek pastries, puddings, cakes and jellies.

I put my  my Rose water in a spray bottle and use it as a freshener my skin  and also for handmade Rose Goat Milk soap. ( I will post that in another post)

There are different ways to make Rose water but I make mine from dried Roses from my garden that I store in an airtight Mason jar.

Step 1.

Take about 1 cup of dried Roses (you can  use fresh petals as well )and pack it down in the measuring cup. Put the Rose petals in a heat resistant bowl with lid. Boil about 1 quart of water and pour over the Rose petals. Put the lid on the bowl and let it steep until it cools.

Step 2.

After the mix cools put the whole mixture of petals and water in a jar with sealed lid and place in the frig for 24 hours.

Step 3.

Strain the liquid into a bowl with a strainer or piece of cheesecloth. Bottle the liquid and keep in the frig for use. If you aren't going to use it right away I recommend that you freeze it until you are ready to use. 

Step 4.

You can also bottle it in a pretty bottle for gift giving!


Rose Tonic

I started growing Roses 25 years ago. My zero lot line back then had nothing but Roses everywhere. Today we have 5 acres and still have Roses but not quite as many with farm life and the gardening but I still enjoy them and even make Rose water and soaps out of the petals

A fragrant Rose from my yard yesterday...isn't she beautiful?

If you want to have healthy and beautiful  Roses here is a little tip for you and it is so easy to do. In fact I don't buy Rose food from the store this is what I feed my Roses every other month.

 Save all of your eggs shells, banana peels and coffee grounds and store in the freezer.

Blend in the blender with water.

Add to a bucket of water and stir while feeding to mix up the ground egg shells.

It looks disgusting but your Roses will love this and so will veggie plants!  It's loaded with Calcium, Sulfur, Magnesium and Phosphates that your Roses will love.  Also in May and June I give my Roses a sprinkle of Epsom Salts. It gives them a little boost to keep blooming.



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