Author Archives: Deborah Lee

Store Bought Tomato Sauce: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for May






The project this month is cold pack preservation. This is when you put the food into the jars without cooking it first. I struggled with this one because it is what I do all of the time with canning things … Continue reading






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Small House Hospitality






There is nothing inherently wrong with having a big house. I would still like to have one. It just makes me think of how if we can’t see the small house as a blessing and to open it up for family, friends, and strangers, then is a big house going to make things better?






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Refigerator Dilly Beans: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for April






April’s food preserving challenge for Food In Jars was quick pickles. There are a lot more options for pickles than simply cucumbers. There are many veggies and even fruit recipes out there. I chose to make Dilly Beans. I mentioned it … Continue reading






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Blackberry Cherry Jelly: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for March






Sadly, I still have bronchitis. Slowly getting better, very slowly.  The challenge for this month was shrubs, a vinegar fruit drink, or jelly. I wanted to do the shrub, but the stupid illness made things difficult. I had never heard … Continue reading






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Salt Preserved Foods: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for February






This month’s Food in Jars Challenge was to preserve food in salt. There were a lot of interesting ideas like preserving egg yolks, making a veggie soup base, herb salts, salt preserved lemons, and more. I’m a huge salt junkie. I have close to 15 kinds of salt in my house, so I was on board.






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Marmalade: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for January






I recently signed up for an interesting year long challenge on www.foodinjars.com. In the challenge we have a subject each month to explore and for January it is marmalade. I have never made marmalade, but I’ve been canning jelly, jam, and preserves since I was a kid. I was sick most of January and bummed because I was so looking forward to this challenge. Then one night in a moment of clarity amidst the stupor of my illness I thought “I could do this in the bread machine.”






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Distractions, Elections, and Drawing Close to God






The reality is that we can’t truly love like Christ to the masses. Each of us is called to be Christ to those around us. All of these concerns splashed across our screens each day, although valid, are, for the most part, keeping us looking at the distance and not the calling God has for us in our homes and communities.






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Turning 50 and Pondering My Roots






Recently some hometown friends came to St. Louis and we shared some really amazing time together. We reminisced about our shared history—playing as kids, marching band, etc.  The conversations were also peppered with something more. One friend reminded me how our … Continue reading






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Compassion For Women Who Have Experienced Abortion






Those who hurt in secret may not feel they have anyone to talk to because they have really been forgotten in this debate. If you are hurting because you had an abortion please know that healing can come. If you know someone who is hurting or who may be hiding their hurt then reach out to them.






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Prepping: Faith vs. Fear






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] A few months ago I wrote this post about whether or not prepping shows a lack of faith —http://thescholarlyredneck.com/2012/09/does-preparedness-show-a-lack-of-faith/ This past week a Facebook conversation led me to go deeper into this subject. I mentioned in passing … Continue reading






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