Canning Marathon 2013

fresh picked peaches

Here’s how it went down- 2 days processing and canning peaches, a few days rest, then 2 days processing and canning tomato and tomato products, relish, salsa, ketchup and the like.  It would be fair to say that I went well off the deep end this year with canning. By the end I felt like […]

Off The Pickling Deep End

bushel of pickling cucumbers

It’s been my late summer/early fall habit for many years to preserve for the winter. I like to pretend I’m Ma Ingills and work from sun up to sun down getting ready for winter so my family doesn’t starve.  Last year with selling the house and packing up and moving and unpacking, canning didn’t get […]

8 Lessons from a Major Appliance Debacle

Last week featured a slew of first world problems at my house. Chief among them, we bought a brand new washer and dryer and the washer broke down on the very first day. Just a bit of background: my husband Ben is very handy, but has recently decided he is sick to death of fixing […]

Hooray For Harvest

burpees gold and chiogga beets

Our garden is going great guns. Some things we are harvesting daily and eating up, others we are still waiting on. The waiting is easier because we are busy eating up the tasty things we’ve harvested.  On the waiting end of the garden- Watermelon, we have 3 growing. The kids check them everyday hoping that […]

Bring On The Peaches!


  If I was forced to chose my most favourite of summer I would chose peaches. I mean really forced, like against my will, because choosing between summer fruit is like picking favourites between your kids.  Peaches are just starting to make an appearance at our farmer’s markets. But I’ve got an inside scoop on […]