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Kombucha Tea or Tea Kvass

 Kombucha Tea has been around for over 2000 years in China. It is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a scoby a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (sounds cheerful, doesn't it?).  Extensive research was done in the early 20th century in Germany on this drink in hopes of help with finding a treatment for cancer. They were able to pinpoint what it was this tea held that helped to fight against cancer (glucaric acids).

This tea is consumed chilled and the resulting beverage is full of vitamin B, probiotics, and glucaric acids.

It is important to start this in a clean environment so I sterilize my jars and such to make sure that everything is clean. To do this I boil water and pour into my jars, on my spoons etc.

1 Gallon-sized Glass Jar
3 Quarts of Spring Water1 Cup of Organic Raw Sugar4 Bags of Organic Green Tea1 Bag of Organic Black Tea1 Cup of Starter (your kombucha tea saved from your last batch)SCOBY  (This is your culture)Clean White Flour Sack Cloth   Rubber Band or Twin…

Cottage Girls Blueberry Pancakes

What says "Good Morning" like some beautiful blueberry pancakes?  I'm not sure but I think not much.  These pancakes are very light and airy and taste wonderful.  We put a little of the blueberry syrup below in the mix, but just a touch.  They were eaten up with none to spare.

Pancakes 2 cups of organic flour 1 - 2 Tbsp raw sugar or raw honey 2 ½ tsp. Non aluminum baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp Celtic Sea Salt 4 pastured eggs 2 cups of sour cream 1 cup of milk 2 cups of blueberries honey Organic butter
In a bowl mix your sugar, flour, baking soda, powder and sea salt. In another bowl beat eggs, milk, and sour cream together. Add to flour mixture, until well mixed and the batter is smooth. Heat your pan and add butter or coconut oil to it. When hot, pour about a half of a cup in your pan and sprinkle with a few berries. Wait for bubbles to appear and flip. Cook on that side until it is golden, edges are lightly browned and middle is cooked through. Place …

Mulligatawny Soup ( the RoseVine Cottage Way)

We wanted to make a hearty soup for lunch and found a recipe but just used what we had and captured the essence of the soup but not exactly what was called for. This is a great way to make a meal when your fridge is getting bare at the end of the week or you have a lot of left overs and want to make a dish with them.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

The history of the dish is a British curried lentil dish.  It has it's history in India, when India was British occupied and was a watered down version of their dish to be able to serve the required soup course for the British stationed there.

We started with 2 quarts of bone broth we chose beef because that is what we had.  You often see it with chicken stock but can have vegetable, or even lamb.
To that, we added 1 quart of chopped tomatoes in their juices.
1/2 cup of chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped sweet peppers
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 - 1 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/4 - 1/2 tsp dash or two of …

Passover Seder

What you will need:
Matza Crackers Parsley RaisinsApple Walnuts (optional)Grape Juice or Wine Horseradish  Boiled EggSalt WaterCandles CupsDamp Washcloth Lamb Shank Bone
1 Cup Organic Apples
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
3 1/2 Teaspoon Honey
4 Tablespoon Grape Juice or Wine

Father: The Passover has begun.We pray for the light of the Spirit of God to bring the special meaning of Passover to each of us and to the Jewish people around the world that have not yet received Yeshua as their Messiah.
The Lighting of the Candles
Mother:Would all the mothers please stand with me and light the candles.As the light of each candle is lit by a woman, we remember that Jesus, the promised Light of the World came into the world through the obedience of a woman.May we as women obey the Word of God as an honor and privilege to bring forth the promises of God.
Father:As it is written “A virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son and call his name Immanuel, a light to the Gentiles and the Glory of your…


This was a great recipe, very flavorful and tasty.  We have tried to be creative about meals because we don't have an oven or stove top at this point so we are cooking using an electric roaster, gas and charcoal grill, smoker and a plugin cook top and, of course, a crock pot.  Our goal is to make incredible tasty foods that are pleasing to the eye and the tongue and not boring.  This chicken dish is colorful and flavorful and is anything but dull.  I hope you try it out.  Let us know if you do!

1 whole chicken or 10 chicken thighs (This is one of our own raised free range chickens.)1 Tbsp organic butter
RUB: ¼ cup paprika½ tbsp Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper1 Tbsp Celtic sea salt½ tsp cayenne (less for less spicy)1 ½ dry mustard1 ½ tsp garlic powder1 ½ tsp onion powder

Directions:Rinse the chicken and set aside.Mix rub ingredients WELL.Place on a plate for thighs.Rub 1 Tbsp organic butter on chicken put rub mix on chicken.Grill outside until juices run clear or at 350 degrees F. in the oven …

Bread Machine Pizza Dough

This is a more of a thin crust pizza.It does not get the same rise as our other recipe.
5/8 cup of spring water 1 tsp coconut oil 2 cups of organic flour 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt ½ tsp raw organic sugar or honey ½ tsp yeast
Related Post: Homemade Pizza

Pour coconut oil warmed if solid into a liquid and water in the pan of your bread maker.Next, add your organic flour on top of your wet ingredients. Add salt in one corner of your bread pan and sugar in another.In the center make a small well and place your yeast in this well.Set it in your bread machine and set for dough setting.When it is finished then place a small amount of flour on your counter top or cutting board.Push the dough down into the pan and place on floured surface.Pre-heat to 425 F (or 220 C )Roll out the dough into a 12” circle.In your pizza pan or on your pizza stone place a little organic cornmeal and garlic powder.Place your dough on the round.Top with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings.Cook for 15-20 min or until …

Mixed Berry Galette

 This was to be the crowning jewel of my planned dinner the day the stove blew.  Yep, fireworks under the glass top of the stove.  So, not to be stopped by a small (ok, not so small) problem, we pulled out the electric roaster and cooked it in that.  It came out quite well and tasted wonderful.  This is a really fresh and not too sweet dessert that just hit the spot after a busy day.  We all sat out and enjoyed a beautiful spring evening and ate dinner under the stars.  I really hope that you try this sometime.  It is not a dish that has to be perfect as it is supposed to be a rustic dish so you perfectionists, don't go crazy over this.  Enjoy!  Let us know if you try it.  We LOVE to hear from you!!!

We girls made this one evening and it came out so good.  The fact that it was at night for an outdoor meal means the photos of the finished product are not all that good.  This means we need to make it again to get good shots of it. Oh darn!

Mixed Berry Buckle
1 ½ cups of organic flo…

Smoked Roast Beef on Toasted Bread

Well, this beauty was a meal I had planned when my stove blew up.  I was cooking on the glass range top and what looked like fireworks went off under the glass with some pretty fearful popping.  So, this was cooked all outside on the grill with the exception of the bread that I cooked using our electric roasting pan and a canning jar of water (don't ask). It all came out so well I am not sure you could get this wrong.  Ha ha.  I really hope that you enjoy this.  Do let us know if you try it out and how you made the recipe your own.  Bread: 1 ½ pkg yeast  2 c lightly warmed spring water 1 tbsp raw sugar or honey  2 tsp Celtic sea salt 7 cups organic flour   Melted coconut oil or butter
Pour yeast into a cup that warm water has been poured in and add sugar or honey and let stand until it bubbles. Add flour and salt together and stir. Slowly add flour a cup at a time and stir until it is a smooth dough. Let set for about 5 minutes. Remove from your mixing bowl and place on a lightly …

When Blessings Turn Into Curses

 When Blessings Turn Into Curses
Numbers 21:4-5
Then they traveled from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people wanted to give up because of the long way. They spoke against God and Moses, saying, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? For there are no food and no water. And we hate this bad food.”

We have all been there. We have something –or do something- for so long it becomes a curse instead of a blessing that it was meant to be. And then we begin to grumble and complain about the very same thing we original considered a wonderful blessing.

Why it that once the wonder wears off it becomes a curse? Why can’t it continue to be a blessing? My guess would be that it’s because we are no longer thankful for it. We get used to it being there and then we look around and see what everyone else has and we begin to grumble about what we don’t have compared to what our neighbor down the street has.

Exodus 20:17 You shall not cov…

Organic Hot Cross Buns

e made a batch of Hot Cross Buns for our bible study tonight and they were a pretty big hit.  Have you ever had some? 

Hot Cross Buns have been a tradition since about the 12th century when it is said that an Anglican monk put the sign of the cross on a bun to honor and remember Christ.

These are traditionally made on Lent and on Good Friday when we hold dear the work of Christ on the cross  There is much folklore about them.  It is said  that the buns made on Good Friday will not spoil the entire year and sailors would travel with them to keep them safe on their voyages.  A bun shared is said to ensure lifelong friendship and one hanging in the kitchen would keep away evil. 

Well, we are not sure about the folklore but we are sure they are good.  You can slice them and eat them toasted with butter and will delight you while you read your bible and remember the one that overcame evil.  These are nice rolls, slightly sweet and really tasty.  We sure hope you like one.  They went ove…

Chicken Breast with Salsa

We have been talking about ways to add color and in doing so vitamins to your meals. Here is another way we like to add a little splash of color to our dinner. It is with a great fresh salsa that is so tasty. I think you will really like it.
¼ Cup Chopped Sweet Organic Onions
4 Cloves of Garlic Smashed and Copped
¼ Cup Chopped Black Olives
3 Tablespoons Refined Coconut Oil 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar 1 Tablespoon Chopped Capers 3 Chopped Organic Tomatoes 1 Teaspoon Tabasco Sauce or any other hot sauce ½ Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt Finely Ground 2 Teaspoons Fresh Thyme or 1 Teaspoon of Dried ¼ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Heat 2 tablespoons of the Coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat, add onion and garlic and cook stirring frequently until softened (until the onions are transparent and the garlic is a light golden). Then add the olives, vinegar, capers, tomatoes, tabasco sauce red pepper flakes, thyme, and salt to the mixture and cook for five minutes and then set aside.


Veggie Scrambled Eggs

A quick scramble of eggs is a great way to start your day, but taking a couple more minutes in the AM can really pack a one-two punch giving you energy and the nutrition you need to start your day out right.  Coconut oil is a great food for the brain and the mix of colorful vegetables will please your body and the eye.  Do yourself a favor and try these veggie scrambled eggs.

Veggie Scrambled Eggs
2 mushrooms (finely chopped) 3 ripe olives(finely chopped)
Broccoli (if desired)
Grated goat cheese          ¼ cup spinach (chopped) 2-3 eggs scrambled ¼ tomato (finely chopped)or salsa ½ avocado (chopped –as desired.) ¼ pinch ginger
Mrs Dash Lemon Pepper or Table blend
Pinch of dry mustard
Pinch of parsley
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
Grass fed organic butter or coconut oil

On a cutting board chop vegetables and set aside keeping the tomato and avocado separate from the others.Place butter or oil in your pan and melt.Add vegetables and season well, sauté until tender.When finished remove from …