Tag: canning

rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy  day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies growing… Continue Reading “rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

Lessons learned: canning and prayer

I wrote this one several summers ago, and with the onset of canning season, I have returned to it this week.  I find that each summer I can, this prayer practice becomes enhanced with various nuances. With the renovation of our kitchen this past… Continue Reading “Lessons learned: canning and prayer”

thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2

So, if you don’t already know it, I’m in love with Mason jars.  Well, Mason jars and pallets, but that’s another blog post.  I know we’ve already covered Mason jars once on Thrifty Thursday, (that blog post is here), but ol’ Mason and I… Continue Reading “thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2”

lessons learned: what canning has taught me about prayer

Prayer is not a product; it is a relationship.  ~ Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God:  The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices Spending time in the kitchen or in nature is one of my favorite forms of prayer.   In those places, God and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what canning has taught me about prayer”

a southerner’s tale of her ginger peach jam

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~Alice Walker Once upon a time there was a little girl who, every summer, was surrounded by peaches.  That was a delight… Continue Reading “a southerner’s tale of her ginger peach jam”

growing grace farm’s award winning zesty marinara recipe

Last year, I submitted blackberry and blueberry jams, my blue ribbon pickled okra, and spaghetti sauce in the NC Mountain State Fair.  Though I had spent time getting the recipes just right on the jams and okra (a girl’s gotta keep up her reputation),… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s award winning zesty marinara recipe”

blueberry lavender jam: a taste of summer

So, I’ve had some requests for the blueberry lavender jam recipe I mentioned in the “we’re jammin’” blog post.  Just a note for those who are new to the blog–I don’t really use measuring cups or spoons so I will estimate best as I… Continue Reading “blueberry lavender jam: a taste of summer”

canning: lost art or found treasure?

I recently had someone refer to canning as a “lost art.”  I snickered to myself that for us homesteaders, it is not an art, it is a tradition.  It has function and purpose.  Its history goes back generations to women who stood around boiling,… Continue Reading “canning: lost art or found treasure?”

thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2

So, if you don’t already know it, I’m in love with Mason jars.  Well, Mason jars and pallets, but that’s another blog post. (you can read it here).  I know we’ve already covered Mason jars once on Thrifty Thursday, (that blog post is here),… Continue Reading “thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2”

a homesteader’s kitchen table during the holidays

my name is Cameron, and I am a farm store addict

Oops, I did it again.  I got sucked into a Tractor Supply Store on my way to making a presentation in a small town nearby.  “Oh, I have an extra 15 to spare, and the girls really do need some mealworms and new pine… Continue Reading “my name is Cameron, and I am a farm store addict”

lessons learned: what canning has taught me about prayer

Prayer is not a product; it is a relationship.  ~ Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God:  The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices Spending time in the kitchen or in nature is one of my favorite forms of prayer.   In those places, God and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what canning has taught me about prayer”

my friend, Summer Saturday

While I am not one for the heat of summertime, I do love me a Summer Saturday.  She can be very welcoming, you know, with her visits to farmers’ market, weekend trips to the beach/mountains, and days out on the farm.  She beckons me… Continue Reading “my friend, Summer Saturday”

beans and greens: recipes from the garden

So in spite of the bugs, rabbits, and mold spores, our greens and beans have fared well this year.  Suddenly, we are filling our refrigerator and our plates with ample  helpings of each.  Here are a few ways we like to eat beans and… Continue Reading “beans and greens: recipes from the garden”

the story of ginger peach jam as told by a southerner

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~Alice Walker Once upon a time there was a little girl who, every summer, was surrounded by peaches.  That was a delight… Continue Reading “the story of ginger peach jam as told by a southerner”

oh honey, you’re a homesteader!

Carrie: Samantha?… Samantha tell me the truth. I know people don’t mean it when they say that but I do. Samantha: Oh, honey. You’re a model. Carrie: You’d tell me, right? Samantha: Absolutely, you’re a model. ~Sex in the City, Season 4, Episode 2… Continue Reading “oh honey, you’re a homesteader!”

thrifty thursday: clean out those Mason jars and put ’em to good use

My favorite!  Mason jars!  Yes, they are my guilty pleasure.  I will admit that the first thing I searched on Pinterest was “Mason jars.”  Ball, Mason, it makes no difference to me–these jars embody summers sitting at the kitchen table watching my mom pickle… Continue Reading “thrifty thursday: clean out those Mason jars and put ’em to good use”

gettin’ ready for the garlic: tips and tricks for growing, harvesting and cooking

Monday evening, I got to spend some time out in the gardens at lunch.  I planted some potato slips and yellow sweet onion bulbs but got most excited about the garlic.  Last harvest year on a whim, I took a handful of garlic cloves,… Continue Reading “gettin’ ready for the garlic: tips and tricks for growing, harvesting and cooking”

from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading

So, exciting day!  Two years cancer free, and I took my sister’s Christmas gift, a certificate to my most favorite local kitchen emporium (http://sites.google.com/site/commonhousefly/home) and bought a whole bunch of guilty pleasures that are as functional as they are fun.  In walking through the… Continue Reading “from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading”

pickling

When I was a little girl, my mom would pickle cucumbers in the summer time.  She was so concerned that my sister and I would get burned that she made us sit at the round oak table away from the hot water bath.  She’d… Continue Reading “pickling”

blueberry lavender jam recipe (that’s what I’m talkin’ about)

So, I’ve had some requests for the blueberry lavender jam recipe I mentioned in the “we’re jammin’” blog post.  Just a note for those who are new to the blog–I don’t really use measuring cups or spoons so I will estimate best as I… Continue Reading “blueberry lavender jam recipe (that’s what I’m talkin’ about)”

we’re jammin’–tips and tricks for making delicious jam

Initially, I taught myself to can for two reasons–homemade pickles and homemade jam.  Over the last 3 summers, I have learned a bit about making jam and thought I’d share a few tips and tricks here. If you like thicker jam, soak your fruit… Continue Reading “we’re jammin’–tips and tricks for making delicious jam”

recipe and tips for a good marinara sauce

I know it’s not summer and tomatoes are still small seeds waiting to sprout, but after a comment came in about how to can tomatoes today, I had to get down a jar of homemade marinara and eat  few spoonfuls.  There is nothing like… Continue Reading “recipe and tips for a good marinara sauce”

slow food

It would be simple to define “slow food” as “the opposite of fast food” or “food that is cooked slowly.”  I prefer, however, to think of slow food as food that has not only been prepared slowly but also cultivated slowly–food that has taken… Continue Reading “slow food”

canning

I recently had someone refer to canning as a “lost art.”  I snickered to myself that for us homesteaders, it is not an art, it is a tradition.  It has function and purpose.  Its history goes back generations to women who stood around boiling,… Continue Reading “canning”