Easy Grape Soda


This soda is sooo easy you’ll kick yourself for not making it sooner – and it can have soooo many variations.

Easy Grape Soda

You will need:

1 bottle of sparkling mineral water

1 container of grape juice concentrate

(I love the welch’s because it has a lid that can be put back on, that way you can make more later)

All you do is take 1 cup of sparkling water and add 2 tablespoons of grape juice concentrate.  Mix them together and Voila – homemade soda.

It’s easier if you set the frozen concentrate in the fridge so it can liquefy.

It’s not near as sugary as grape soda you buy and I really liked that. Get creative and use frozen orange juice, apple juice or lemonade.  Or mix a couple of your favorite flavors for an interesting duo. The kids will have fun helping out with it too!





Simple Nanner Cake

My girls gobble up nanners and anything made with them for that matter.   This week I decided to try some banana cake and of course they loved it!

This is the kind of cake that is perfect washed down with a cup of coffee and enjoyed with a good friend. This is my good friend Tracie….we’ve enjoyed many a cup of coffee, laughs, and tears together.

And so on with cake……..

Simple Nanner Cake

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 large eggs

3 medium nanners mashed

1 tsp. vanilla (and I used 2 tsp….much better)

1/2 tsp. Watkins Caramel extract (this is ofcourse optional but I made it without and then once with and it was so yummy)

2 cups flour

1 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all together, pour into a greased 9 x 13 and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  As soon as you pull it out sprinkle generously with semi sweet chocolate chips and then sprinkle on some powdered sugar.

Macaroni & Tomatoes

It was one of those nights: I didn’t feel good, baby was fussy, everyone was hungry. So I made Macaroni & Tomatoes..super simple.

We ate this growing up a lot and while it’s nothing special it hits the spot when your hungry.

I really like it with stewed tomatoes (which you can cut up smaller if you don’t like the big chunks…I don’t like them big) but tonight I didn’t have any so I used what I had on hand a can of fire roasted diced and a can of diced ones with oregano, basil, and garlic added. If you had plain ones you could just add your own seasonings.

Macaroni & Tomatoes

1 box elbow macaroni

2 cans of stewed tomatoes or diced

2-3 Tablespoons of sugar

sprinkle in some sea salt

sprinkle in some pepper

Boil elbow macaroni until done. Drain. Add tomatoes and seasonings mix until heated through.

Amish Sugar Cookies


I am not generally much for a cake batter type cookie but I grew up on these and they are near and dear to me. So I’ll make an exception.

I use to make these at home growing up along with a cup of hot tea and dunk them in. OH yum, simple goodness.

So I had a hankerin’ for these yesterday and I whipped up a batch. They make a lot so be ready to share some with the neighborhood kids or have a tea party. I especially like these for little kids, I call them clean cookies because there is no chocolate so the kiddos don’t get as messy. Great snack for vehicle rides.

A little tip a good friend shared with me years ago is to always double the vanilla in a recipe. Consider this when making cookies or brownies and even muffins.

Amish Sugar Cookies

1-1/2 cup oil

1-1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs (farm fresh if possible) 🙂

4 cups flour

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar to your milk)

3/4 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. vanilla

Mix all together and bake at 350 for 8 minutes. No longer. Let cool a bit and then transfer to your cookie platter.


My favorite Amish Bread Recipe

My first blog was the Cottage Homestead and while I really have enjoyed that blog I realized I very rarely posted on homesteading. Most of my posts are about the newest creation I’ve been baking or making.

Today while I was mixing up some basic Amish sugar cookies (which I will share soon) I realized that should be my new blog: the basic baker.

I’m going to gradually move my recipes over here from the Cottage Homestead. There are some very good ‘old faithful’ recipes on that blog that I feel really need to be on this one.

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Amish Bread

2 cups warm water
2/3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups white flour (or 3 cups wheat, and 3 white)
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water, add yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam, about 10 minutes.
2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Work in 6 cups of flour. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in well oiled bowl, and turn once to coat the entire surface of the dough with oil. Cover with a clean damp cotton cloth. Allow dough to rise until double in size. (Mine took about an hour).
3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves and place into well oiled 9×5 loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
4. Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes. When you thump the top of the bread it should sound hollow.For a buttery crust, brush hot loaves with butter. Cool on a rack and enjoy!


Hi there!

My name is Phallin Marie and I am the basic baker.

This blog will be dedicated mostly to whatever I’m cooking in the kitchen, which occurs quite frequently with a family of six. I’ve been married for ten years and we live out in the country in our little farmhouse with our four little children. Just a country girl with down home baking skills. Nothing more. Nothing less. And on occasion some possibly interesting topics that have nothing to do with baking.

Hope you enjoy it and thanks for visiting the basic baker!