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Family friendly recipes from The Birch Cottage

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe – aka Mexican Wedding Cookies

For the past few years, our daughter Morgan has made Russian Tea Cakes as Christmas gifts for family and friends. Her Russian Tea Cakes are amazing and full of rich buttery goodness. This Russian Tea Cakes recipe originally appeared on The Birch Cottage blog on April 7, 2016. It has been updated to make the …

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Learn How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Save money by learning how to make homemade vanilla extract. Homemade vanilla extract is so much better than imitation and makes for a much appreciated homemade gift! This recipe for Homemade Vanilla Extract originally appeared on The Birch Cottage blog on July 22, 2016. It has been updated with clearer instructions and new photos. I …

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Shrimp Stuffed Avocado Recipe – Health and Tasty!

Healthy and tasty Shrimp Stuffed Avocado recipe! Fresh avocado stuffed with shrimp, cilantro aioli and lime juice. Using fresh ingredients for the Shrimp Stuffed Avocado Recipe is key. This blog post originally appeared on The Birch Cottage blog on April 10,2015. It has been updated to include new photos. My husband and I first discovered …

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Strawberry Jam Recipe for Water Bath Canning

This homemade Strawberry Jam recipe for water bath canning is a true classic and makes about 8 half-pint jars of Strawberry Jam. Nothing quite says summertime like fresh fruit. And fresh fruit means it’s time to do some home canning so my family can enjoy the taste of fresh fruit all year long. I love …

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My Mom’s Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Recipe

One of my favorite childhood recipes is my mom’s cast iron skillet cornbread. This recipe uses box corn muffin mix. My mom was not the greatest or most elaborate cook. Partly because she grew up in a hospital and really had limited cooking experience and partly because my dad was such a picky eater. However, …

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Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Whether you use fresh or frozen blueberries, you’ll love these Blueberry Cupcakes. This recipe only makes 12 Blueberry Cupcakes. My husband loves blueberries. I am not the biggest fan, but anytime I can get him to eat more healthy fruits, I’m all for it! This Blueberry Cupcakes recipe is a real winner. The batter is …

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Vanilla Infused Honey – an Instant Pot® Recipe!

Make this aromatic and tasty vanilla infused honey in your Instant Pot® or electric pressure cooker in less than an hour! Make it for yourself or as a gift! I first made vanilla infused honey probably 30 years ago. My husband’s grandfather introduced me to the idea. But, he also liked jalapeño infused honey; which, …

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