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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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How To Use Every Bit Of the Turkey






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] Thanksgiving is a week away, so I wanted to share with you how I recently cooked two turkeys out of my freezer and was able to use every bit of both birds. I had purchased them last … Continue reading






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Make Your Own Bonemeal






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] Found this great note on Facebook. It was interesting to me because I’ve got this goal to use every part of a chicken or turkey with nothing thrown away. Bonemeal is an excellent garden amendment and can … Continue reading






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Homemade Laundry Detergent






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] I showed up at the church craft night a couple of weeks ago with boxes of old-timey cleaning stuff and a grater. Invariably, someone asked me what project I was working on. When I said I’m making my … Continue reading






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What Would Ma Ingalls Do?






I’m not giving up the world of modern conveniences, I’m just looking at things differently with an eye toward the past. When I think of what Ma Ingalls would do, I also think of how my grandparents lived. They didn’t have a lot of these things either. As I ponder these things I am finding a richness in remembering them and in finding a slower way of living.






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