Rhubarb Jam

Ingredients: 15 cups of cubed fresh rhubarb 7 cups sugar Directions: Put sugar and rhubarb in a large stockpot. Mix, so sugar has coated all the rhubarb. Let it set on the counter for 2 hours, to give the sugar time to pull out much of the moisture from the rhubarb. When 2 hours have... Continue Reading →

How to ‘Dry Can’ Acidic Foods

Dry canning has been around for generations.  Our grandparents and great-grandparents would use this method in making jams, jellies, and tomato sauces. Dry canning is the method of sterilizing your mason jars in an oven, soaking the lids in hot boiling water while the jars are in the oven, and making the tomato sauce or... Continue Reading →

Apples: Waste Not, Want Not

Apples are awesome!  Especially organic ones.  My favorites are Honeycrisp, Gala, and Fuji (in that order).  When I buy apples, I put them in a fruit basket on the kitchen table and they get eaten...or not!  This is one of those "or not" seasons.  I had some Red Delicious in that basket (my least favorite),... Continue Reading →

Yesterday…I Cheated!

  Yesterday...I cheated.  A month ago my husband and I cleaned out our pantry of all junk and processed food, carbs, sugary sweets, etc.  I filled the back of my car and drove everything down to a food charity.  I was so thankful to get rid of it, they were more than happy to accept... Continue Reading →

From Fire to Charcoal

  I cleaned our fireplace today, and emptied the ash catchment underneath the fireplace and put it in a bucket.  (Pic top left: clean fireplace.)  One thing I believe in is not to waste anything!  We had some old window screens lying around, and so I took one of them, dumped the entire bucket onto... Continue Reading →

Prickly Pear

A few weeks ago I harvested prickly pear fruit from around our yard for the first time and made homemade jelly from it.  I posted a few pics on Facebook, and Marco Poloed some of my family members throughout the process.  I had so many questions and comments, I thought I would organize the process, pictures,... Continue Reading →

Energized and Postive!

This week has been a busy one, and will continue to be so the rest of the week.  I'm taking a trip out of state to visit my niece this next weekend and I'm really looking forward to it.  Lots to do before that. Yesterday in between work assignments, with all this energy I have,... Continue Reading →

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