It is that time of year… CANNING TIME!! The joys and the struggles are very real for me at canning time. The buckets of fresh produce pile up and my evenings (after a full day at the day job) are spent washing, cutting, processing, sanitizing jars, finding lids, and everything else involved in canning. The… Continue reading Tomatoes: Water Bath Canning
I don’t know when he did this but I woke on Saturday morning to a not-so-lovely drawing on 2 walls. John has a heart of gold, however, he is 3 year’s old and leaving his mark on things is definitely a favorite pass time of his. Let me say, the initial panic I felt was… Continue reading Removing Pencil Marks from a Painted Wall
I found this sign at a little local store next to where I work. It said “Happiness is Homemade”. That phrase resonated with me. It said, ” Yep ! Happiness and Joy is in your hands! You and your family are in control of the amount of Joy you feel! ” It inspired me. We… Continue reading Happiness is Homemade.
Two years ago my New Year’s Resolution was to make the cleaning products in my home as natural as possible and homemade (Because I am ALL ABOUT SAVING MONEY). Laundry detergent is a MUST and I was paying ~ $12 each month for the 7th Generation brand. I am spending ~$4 now for a 5… Continue reading DIY: Liquid Laundry Detergent – That Works!!
We were given a couple of free passes for the local Tree Top Adventures zip line and obstacle course. We had been wanting to go for a while and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Loved it!! We started on the easiest course to get accustomed to using the clips. It is an awesome system… Continue reading Tree Top Adventures at Levi Jackson State Park
I went outside this morning as soon as I stumbled out of bed. I was drawn out by the need for comfrey (miracle cure for so many skin ailments, more on that later) to apply to a rope burn from the the Tree Top Adventures from yesterday. It was a beautiful, clear morning and I… Continue reading Good Morning!
For my Husband’s 35th birthday party I decided to try a few new appetizers and sides in place of the potato salad and macaroni salad. Caprese skewers consisting of tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil was one of my endeavors and a win in my books. Tasty, fresh, and light for a hot day, couple that… Continue reading Simply Elegant Caprese Skewers – Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil
I used to buy this glaze all of the time not realizing how easy it is to make it at home with 2 easy ingredients! I use this to drizzle over salads, caprese skewers, or an addition to sauces or marinades. Simple and tasty are the rules! Ingredients: 2 Cups Balsamic Vinegar 1/2 cup brown… Continue reading Balsamic Glaze Recipe
When the garden tomatoes are coming in full force I love this Recipe! Sweet and spicy, this tomato jam is great added to sauces, over cream cheese on crackers, I’ve even drizzled over the top of air fried chimichangas and it was Ahhhhmazing. I plan on including these in the Christmas gift bags for family… Continue reading Canning Recipe: Spicy Tomato Jam
This recipe is great because you can totally control how mild or spicy this pepper is based on the type of peppers used. Play with the recipe and adjust to your taste! I make candied jalapenos each year but this year I wanted to try something different and also create a recipe that would allow… Continue reading Canning Recipe: Pepper Jelly
Flagger’s tape ..at ~4 bucks for 300 feet I knew was great for marking new trees in a field so you don’t mow them… Or marking an electric fence for animals (and children.) Amber found another use, and possibly the best…Its a cheap way to tie tomatoes or beans to a support post. … Continue reading Flagger’s tape, Conspicuity tape, Engineering tape…more uses than you can count.