All posts by Mary Ann

My Favorite Granola Recipe

I have been making this tasty and nutritious granola recipe for many years and wanted to share it with you. Here's what you will need: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup 1/2 cup almond  butter (any kind of nut butter works--peanut or hazelnut) 1/2 cup water 1 tsp. vanilla 1 to 2 tsps. cinnamon 8 cups regular oatmeal 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut 1 to 2 cups of chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts work well)   Preheat oven Continue reading >>

How to Make Soup Mmmm Good!

One of my favorite things to do when making some of my soups in the wintertime is to use homemade chicken broth. I have found that this gives my soups a good foundation for a rich full flavor. Once you taste soup that is made this way, you will never want to go back to using chicken bouillon or commercially canned chicken broth again. I have learned some simple techniques that I would like to share, especially with our daughter, who is newly married. Homemade Chicken Broth As you will see by the Continue reading >>

Did you know – your skin needs winterizing too?

Winter is upon us!  Everyone knows that you need to winterize your outdoor pipes, your landscaping, your boat, etc., but did you know, that you also need to winterize your skin?  However, unlike your boat or your pipes, you can't do this just once, but need to take special care of your skin all winter long.  If you don't, you may experience something similar to what happened to our son. Last night when he stopped by for a visit, he showed us his hands that were very red and dry, with cracked Continue reading >>

Welcome to My Blog!

Welcome to the inaugural post to my new blog: The Quart Jar Kitchen. All of the products I sell are handcrafted in my own kitchen.  And while it is certainly true that I am very much into wholesome and healthy skin care products, I also care very much about the food that I serve to my family. In this blog I will write about tips that I have discovered that have helped me to live a more healthy and sustainable life.  This includes how to prepare simple, healthy and tasty meals for less expense Continue reading >>