How to Roast Peppers in 5 Easy Steps


Roasted peppers elevate the flavor of any dish they are added to. They have a mild sweetness and a concentrated punch of flavors that are missing when you eat peppers raw. I love simple methods that bring the flavor out in foods to highlight their natural beauty and flavor.

Wether they are being added to salsa or a simple meal of sausage and peppers, roasted peppers take a leading role. I’m sure they would be delightful on top of a “Mexican” baked potato of a slice of whole-wheat soaked pizza as well. They are quite yummy on their own, sprinkled with a bit of real salt!

It is so easy to roast peppers! If you bought them in jars before you are never going to want to again! Follow these 5 easy steps and you will be wondering why you never roasted them before!

How to Roast Peppers in 5 Easy Steps

1. Wash the pepper and place them in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet. For easier clean up you can line the dish/sheet in foil if desired.

2. Roast the peppers in the oven at 500 F for 45 minutes, turning once while baking. Don’t be concerned if they are slightly chared, this is good.

3. Remove the peppers from the oven and place in a paper (or plastic) bag.

4. Fold the bag over and allow to sweat for 20 minutes. This will help the skin to loosen, making it easier to peel.

5. Remove the peppers from the bag. Pull of the top of the pepper, turn it upside down and squeeze to remove the seeds. Gently pull off the skin.

There you have it! It doesn’t get much easier than that. You now have peppers to add a bit of flair to your next meal! They can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.



What is your favorite way to use roasted peppers?

Marilla’s Raspberry Cordial


“…there’s a half full bottle of raspberry cordial that was left over from the church social the other night. It’s on the second shelf of the sitting-room closet and you and Diana can have it if you like, and cookie to eat with it along with it in the afternoon.”

“Diana poured herself out a tumblerful, looked at its bright-red hue admiringly, and then sipped it daintily. ‘That’s awfully nice raspberry cordial, Anne,’ she said ‘I didn’t know raspberry cordial was so nice.’ “

What girl who is a fan of Anne (with an “e”) hasn’t dreamed of raspberry cordial (and not current wine) at some point? Since I wasn’t a red-head I used to pretend that Anne was my big sister growing up! Come to think of it though I could have been her window friend, I am Katie after all. Sometimes I think my imagination was more active than her’s which is saying something! Yes, I did have a window friend.

Anne Shirley found a dear place in a corner of my heart years ago and I doubt she will ever leave. My mom read to us almost every night growing up, Anne was one of the series we enjoyed. I was a huge fan of the movies as well even if they didn’t follow the books very well. Just not the third one thankyouverymuch, sadly there are some things that just can’t be unseen… If we agree on this we might just be kindred spirits!

To say I have a bit of an obsession with all things Anne might be putting it mildly. Birthdays were filled with “Anne” gifts in the form of t-shirts, flower presses, handkerchiefs and even a Anne doll. For those of you wondering, no I don’t wear the Anne shirt anymore. My dream home is “Green Gables” (with plumbing added) with the orchard, garden and cattle to go with it. Someday I WILL go to P.E.I  (Prince Edward Island for those of you that don’t know). I even have the soundtrack for the movie, which *might* be playing as I write this.


Raspberry cordial has always been an alluring drink. That sparking red elixir that tragically happened to be currant wine… It really should have been included in my tea cookbook, somehow it evaded me though and it missed being added. Happy for you all though that I means I get to share it with you today!

As I scoured the internet comparing various recipes it occurred to me that the real raspberry cordial must have been lightly fermented when it was made years ago, otherwise a half full bottle couldn’t have stayed fresh on a shelf, even if it was in a dark and somewhat cool place. Sure enough some recipes I found were fermented. I thought of experimenting with it myself but instead I opted for a quick and simple cordial that can be ready the same day. At some point in the future I do hope to make a lacto-fermented raspberry cordial but until then I am quite happy with this sparkling gem.

This recipe for Marilla’s raspberry cordial is a concentrate. It can be mixed with 1 part cordial to 1 part water or for a fun twist mix it with mineral water for a bubbley twist!


Marilla's Raspberry Cordial
  • 2 pounds fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 5 cups water
  • ¼ cup white sugar (organic is prefered)
  1. Wash your berries, removing any steams or leaves. Place them in a 2-3 quart sauce pan.
  2. Add the water and sugar. Bring to a low simmer over medium/low heat. Cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour into a quart size glass jar. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
  4. To serve mix 1 part cordial with 1 part water or mineral water.





How to Make Herbal Ice Cubes

How to Make Herbal Ice Cubes | | Take your drinks one step further by adding healthy, delicious herbal ice cubes to the mix!

There is nothing like a glass of ice tea on a hot summer day. My family is originally from the mid-west so ice tea (not sweetened thankyouverymuch) was a staple at any gathering in the summer time. Nothing beat having a glass cold glass of tea after playing outside at Grandma’s house for hours on end, well except for catching lighting bugs because nothing tops that even as an adult. Any way….

My trick to not letting my tea get watery is to make herbal ice cubes! To learn more, join me at Bulk Herb Store where I teach you how to make your own and share recipes for some awesome teas!

Simple Meals Friday #91


Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker first thing in the morning or in a skillet as a last minute dinner. What are your favorite slow cooker, rice cooker, skillet meals and salads?
We want to know your easy to make meals. It’s great learn and be inspired by others. When you link up on any of our sites the links will show up on all the blogs.

Meet Your Hosts


  1. Katie Mae of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Katie of Simple Foody

Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals


1. Mediterranean Venison Stir Fry from The Locust Blossom

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Homemade Essential Oil Bug Repellent


BugRepellentGNOWSummer is in full swing now! Many hours are being spent outside playing, gardening, camping and barbecuing. Friends and families gather to enjoy the extra hours of sunlight, unfortunately some uninvited guest (aka bugs) like to come to the party. Those pesky things are hard to keep away!

When it comes to mosquitos and ticks, there are good reasons to want to repel them. Mosquitos can transmit West Nile Virus and ticks can carry Lyme disease, neither of which anyone wants to have. Growing up my mom always used bug repellent from the store. I hated the smell of it and how the chemicals would linger in your nose for a while but I used it anyway because, well, that’s what you did.

Join my at GNOWFGLINS to learn how to make your own Essential Oil Bug Repellent!