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The Perfect Refined-Sugar Free Southern Cornbread Recipe

Homemade southern cornbread was a staple in my grandma’s Arkansas kitchen and we ate it all the time. If you’re looking for delicious and refined-sugar-free healthy cornbread, you’ll love this easy recipe!

The Perfect Refined-Sugar Free Southern Cornbread Recipe

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Refined Sugar Free Southern Cornbread Recipe

When I was young, I didn’t appreciate the bean soup my grandma served us, but I always enjoyed her cornbread. A homemade cornbread is a real treat, especially when you use an easy southern cornbread recipe, like I’m sharing today!

Now I know that the perfect cornbread recipe can be a hot topic. Should it be sweet or not? Crumbly or not? I guess it all boils down to personal preference, but this recipe more closely resembles how I’ve seen cornbread prepared in the south. I’ve had “cornbread” here in Iowa and I do not consider it true cornbread. They best way to describe it is moist and cakey. Ick!

refined sugar free cornbread

This cornbread is flavorful, yet crumbly. I do add a few tablespoons of honey to give it a slight hint of sweet, but it could not be described as cake-sweet. It’s a family favorite recipe and I hope you like it!

Ingredients for this healthy cornbread recipe

You’ll get a better result if you use better ingredients. I grind my own corn meal and flour in my Nutrimill grain mill. While I think there are a lot of benefits to grinding your own flours, you certainly don’t have to. I would recommend that you buy a high quality corn meal flour though – Bob’s Red Mill makes a nice medium ground cornmeal that I like. I also recommend using aluminum-free baking powder (Rumford is my preferred brand) and buttermilk as well. If you don’t have buttermilk, easily make your own by combining 1 TBS with enough milk to make a cup! Super easy.

the perfect southern cornbread recipe, refined sugar free

Overall, this recipe is really easy. Mix the dry ingredients, fold in wet ingredients, bake in a cast iron skillet in a hot oven. Using bacon grease to oil the skillet gives the cornbread a little bit of bacon flavor – highly recommend! By the way, here’s the super easy way I save bacon grease and a ton of uses for it!

Here’s the easy peasy recipe! Try it and I bet you’ll never go back to a pre-bought mix!

Easy Cornbread Recipe

Yields 8 servings

Refined Sugar Free Southern Cornbread

If you're looking for delicious and refined-sugar-free healthy cornbread, you'll love this easy recipe!

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour {I use freshly ground hard white wheat}
  • 1 cup cornmeal {I use freshly ground blue cornmeal}
  • 3 TBS raw honey
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS bacon grease
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 450F. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt 1 TBS bacon grease in a round cast iron skillet. If you don't want to use bacon grease, you can also use butter.
  3. In a small bowl, combine eggs, milk, and butter. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just mixed.
  4. Pour into the hot skillet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve with honey and or butter. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have buttermilk, make it quickly by putting one TBS vinegar in your one cup measuring cup. Then fill with milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and you have homemade buttermilk.

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So now the biggest question is – what’s the perfect topping for cornbread? Butter? Honey? Or, something else??

cast iron southern cornbread from scratch

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5 Must Know Tips for Transplanting Tomato Plants

Homegrown tomatoes are the best!! And it’s not that hard to grow them, but you can do a few things that make a big difference in growing successful tomatoes from the very beginning. To get your tomato seedlings off to the best possible start, you must know these five tips for transplanting tomatoes! It all starts with the transplanting.Must know tips for planting tomato seedlings

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Welcome back to Tuesdays in the Garden! Today, you’re in for a treat. Not only do we have lots of great gardening tips to help you get your spring planting right, but we also have a few homemade gifts you can quickly put together, just in time for Mother’s Day! Make sure to read to the end of the post and check out all the great ideas from my dear gardening friends.

5 Must Know Tips for Transplanting Tomato Plants

Have you planted your tomatoes yet? It’s generally safe to plant them around your frost free date.  Our official frost free date (May 15) is right around the corner, but I always check the long range weather forecast before deciding when to tansplant my tomato plants. Fro the last three years, we have had a killing frost after May 15, so quite often, transplanting tomato plants has to wait. If you’re looking forward to transplanting tomato plants, too, make sure you read these must know tips!

pinch off bottom leaves
1 .Dig a deep hole and pinch off the tomato plants’ lower leaves.

I like to plant my tomatoes deep for a couple reasons. First, it’s super windy out here in the Iowa Prairie and planting them deeply gives them better support from the wind. It  allows roots to develop all along the tomato stem which helps make the plant stronger. So, dig a hole deep enough that only the top leaves will be showing on the ground. Pinching off the lower leaves also encourages roots to develop too, so carefully pinch off the leaves before you put the seedling in the hole.

Make sure to support the stem as you cover it with dirt. Be careful when you’re covering the plant with dirt so you don’t accidentally harm the little seedling. I like to support the stem with one had and fill the hole with dirt with the other hand. You don’t want to break the stem as you cover it – I’ve done it and it makes me very sad. Make sure you cover the seedling up to the top leaves.

2. Wondering how far apart to plant tomatoes?

Make sure you give your tomatoes enough space to grow.

  1. Dwarf tomato varieties only need to be about 1′ apart, with 2′ – 3′ between rows.
  2. If you’re staking your tomato plants, they’ll need about 2′ of separation to grow, with 2′ – 3′ between rows.
  3. Using large cages? They’ll need to be about 3′ apart, and probably 4′-5′ between rows.
  4. Want to let your tomatoes grow without support? You’ll need a lot of room! About 3-4′ between plants, and 4′-5′ between rows.

water the tomatoes after planting

3. Water tomato plants generously after planting.

Newly planted seedlings need a nice drink of water immediately after planting so make sure you water right away. I like to make an indent in the dirt around the plant so the water stays near the seedling instead of running away. You’ll want to continue watering for a few days if you don’t get a rain pretty quickly after planting.

mulch tomatoes

4. Mulch right away.

Since you’ve gone through the effort of planting tomatoes, just go ahead and mulch them right away. I’m often tempting to skip this step and get to it later, but I’ve found later sometimes never comes. Mulching right away is a great way to keep down the weeds and it also helps keep them moist. I used old hay we got for free in this picture, but a better mulch is straw because it’s weed free. My hay is very, very old, so I hope nothing will sprout from it. I could be wrong though, and end up seriously regretting the use of this old hay. I’ll let you know if that’s the case!

support tomatoes with homemade tomato cages

5. Add a support trellis or basket immediately.

Another key to tomato success,  is to add support right away. Tomatoes like to be supported and I know from experience that if I don’t support them right after planting, I won’t ever get back to it. Pretty soon I end up with a huge tomato jungle – and while I don’t think that’s a terrible thing, it does make picking the beautiful fruits more difficult and a lot of them end of smashed by my big feet. In years past, I used these homemade tomato baskets last year. They are easy to make and easy to use, but they take up a lot of space so you need a large growing area if you want to use homemade tomato baskets.

tomato trellis from moss mountain farm

This year I am hoping to use these homemade support systems I saw a Moss Mountain Farms. I love that this tomato system takes up less room than my huge cages and I think it’s awfully pretty too! Also, it’s a way to grow more tomatoes in less space since you don’t have to set the tomatoes so far apart. Do you have a favorite tomato trellis you like to use?

And that’s the start to a successful tomato season! Have you planted your tomatoes yet? I’d love to hear your ideas for success too. 

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Tuesdays in the Garden

Want more garden tips from my friends from around the web. Make sure you click over to everyone’s posts and check out what’s going on in different parts of the country! We’ve got a couple homemade gift ideas that might be perfect for Mother’s Day this weekend, as well as growing tips too!

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Shelly from Frugal Family Home is sharing a mini green house idea for small spaces!

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Patti from Hearth and Vine is sharing a cute DIY Gazing Ball – what a great gift is this?

an oregon cottageJami at An Oregon Cottage is sharing her homemade Salad Dressing Gift Basket

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Diane from Homemade Food Junkie is sharing tips for growing strawberries in DIY towers

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Angie the Freckled Rose is sharing tips for adding visual interest in your garden!

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5 Useful Tips for Grooming Great Pyrenees Puppies

It doesn’t have to be hard to groom your dog, but it’s best to get off on the right foot. Here are the most useful tips I’ve found for grooming Great Pyrenees puppies so they’re more tolerant as adults!5 Useful Tips for Grooming Great Pyrenees Puppies #BayerExpertCare from SimplifyLiveLove.com

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One reason I love Great Pyrenees Puppies beyond the practical usefulness of this working breed, is that they are relatively easy to care for. Their beautiful fluffy white fur looks like it may take hours and hours of care each day, but it really doesn’t. Overall, Great Pyrenees Puppies are pretty easy to groom, but there are a few tips and tricks to taking the best care of these lovely dogs so keep reading for tips on taking care of ears, eyes, teeth, nails, and coat.

5 Useful Tips for Grooming Great Pyrenees Puppies

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Your Great Pyrenees puppy will be easier to groom if you start grooming her from a young age to condition her to love the attention. I have found Great Pyrenees puppies to be very easy going and accepting of grooming – much easier to care for than other breeds we have raised such as Labs & Goldens.

I recommend starting a Puppy Kindergarten of sorts when you first get your puppy. Take a few minutes each week to sit with your puppy and speak kindly to her while gently petting and touching her teeth, ears, and nails. Get her used to the grooming tools by touching her with them, and if she’s skittish at all, just touch her – don’t actually use them. If you start when your puppy is young, she will get used to the grooming you will need to do as she ages. We used to raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and Puppy Kindergarten was a weekly ritual that both handlers and puppies really looked forward to! It was a time to connect with the puppies and relax a bit. See if you can’t implement something like this into your dog training regimen – it’s a really helpful tip for easy grooming.

Clean Great Pyr’s Ears

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Great Pyrenees Puppies should have their ears washed once a month to help avoid problems. Using an ear solution like will help your dog avoid wax build up and maintain a pleasant odor. If you notice a strong or foul odor while cleaning her ears, your Great Pyr might have ear mites or an infection and might need to see the vet. To clean your Great Pyrenees Puppies’ ears – simply pour a small amount of Ear Rinse on a cotton ball and wipe around inside her ear being careful not to go too far into the ear canal.

Must-Know Grooming Tips for Great Pyrenees Dogs!

Take care of their eyes

Sometimes Great Pyrenees Puppies can get weepy eyes with a reddish discharge that can stain their coat. If this happens, simply clean your dog’s fur with dog tear remover. Keep cleaning until his fur is lovely white again.

Here’s how to brush pyrs’ teeth

I know you want to hear this, but you should brush your Great Pyrenees’ teeth. Like in humans, overall good dental care is indicative of health and well being, so once a month, get out the doggie toothbrush and the meat flavored toothpaste and give your dog’s teeth a good scrub. If you notice lots of yellow on the teeth or puffy gums, you might want to have him checked out by a vet.

That fur though!

Grooming a Great Pyrenees Dog

So many people ask me if my Great Pyrenees’ fur is hard to care for. And honestly, it’s not. Granted, Nora is a working, outdoor dog, but she blows her coat only once a year in late summer and that’s pretty much it. We do brush her once a month and remove any burrs or other offensive things we might find in her coat, but overall, she sheds so much less than other breeds we’ve had and we very rarely find our black clothes covered in offensive dog hair! We have a variety of brushes, but our favorite is the rake pictured above.


Great Pyrenees puppies actually require very little bathing as their coat is naturally resistant to dirt – but that doesn’t mean they don’t love the dirt!! We bathe Nora only rarely, when her coat naturally takes on a bit of yellow color or she comes in contact with something super smelly. It’s recommend that you bathe your Great Pyrenees only once a month or less, because more often bathing removes some of the natural oils that make their fur so wonderfully resistant to most yuck.

Make sure to clip your Great Pyrenees’ nails & claws

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Great Pyrenees Puppies are unique for a lot of reasons, but one big difference between them and other breeds is their double dew claw on back paws. Great Pyrenees were originally mountain dogs and this double dew claw  helped them climb. Since it rarely comes in contact with the ground, it needs a good clip at least every few months or it can grow backwards and get stuck in their paws. NO good! We like clippers like these because they have a guard to help you clip only a small amount. Make sure you do have styptic powder on hand to stop any bleeding you may accidentally cause. Bleeding dog nails are no fun.

Clipping a Great Pyrenees Double Dew Claw from SimplifyLiveLove.com

Your vet may try to get you to remove the dew claws, but every reputable Great Pyrenees owner I’ve ever talked to says DON’T DO IT!! Our dog still has her dew claws and they cause zero issues. If there ever is a problem with Nora’s dew claws, we will deal with it. For now, we just clip them every few months and all is well. I do recommend that you find a sturdy pair of nail clippers for dogs, and as I said previously, getting your Great Pyr puppy used to having his nails clipped early on will insure that he doesn’t fight you on this process.

While these tips are specifically written for Great Pyrenees Puppies and Dogs, they can be adapted to work with most any dog breed! The key here is to start your grooming your puppies when they’re young so they will be receptive to this important care as they age.

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These 5 Easy Tips will Help You Keep Fall Mums Alive All Season

Fall mums are an awesome addition to your fall decor! If you’d like to keep your mums alive and beautiful all season, you need to know how to care for mums in the fall. These five tips are all you need to know for beautiful, long lasting mums this fall.
fall mums and pumpkins

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I love decorating with fall mums – available in many colors and varieties, mums are a great addition to your outdoor fall decorating scheme. The have long lasting blooms and look great in pots and landscape as well! Check out all of these pretty ways to decorate with mums from Midwest Family Living! Like most things in life, a little effort will keep your mums looking their best all season long!

How to Care for Mums in the Fall

Re-pot fall mums after you get home

repot fall mums after buying if they are root bound in the pot

It’s important to give your mums room to grow.  Most mums you buy at the store are totally root-bound so make sure to check your mums and put them in a pot at least twice their current size if you want them to keep growing all season.

Place your fall mums in an good location

how to keep your fall mums alive

Mums need at least six hours of sunlight a day, so skip shady locations and make sure to place mums in spots that get plenty of sun! Remember that as the days become shorter the position of the sun changes. A spot that was sunny in the summer may no longer be sunny. Just be mindful of the changing sun position during the fall. If you get your fall mums early in the season, you may need to move them to a new location as fall progresses.

Make sure your fall mums get enough water

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It’s very important not to let your mums dry out or they might just die on you like the one above. Then again, it’s also important not to over water them either. How much water is enough but not too much? That’s the million dollar question. Just make sure the dirt stays moist, but not drenched. 😉

Don’t forget to deadhead to keep fall mums alive

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I know deadheading is no fun, but if you want your mum to re-flower – you have to get rid of the dead ones first. Grab a trusty pair of snips and cut away while listening to your favorite music or chatting with a dear friend. Or just use your fingers. Honestly, I think the easiest way to deahead mums is just to pinch off the dead flowers with my fingers. You have to be careful or you will kill the baby buds that might be lurking under the dead flowers, waiting for their chance to shine!

Cover or bring them inside if it’s going to freeze overnight.

Continued cold weather will kill your mums so watch the forecast. If a freak frost is in the forecast, either cover your mums or bring them inside over night. This practice doesn’t work long term, but it can help your mums last a few more weeks if you want to prolong their lives!

tips for keeping your fall mums beautiful


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Want to know how to keep fall mums alive all season long? These five easy tips will help you keep your lovely fall mums beautiful for as long as possible!