I'm a lazy canner you guys... I adore canning and especially love surveying the pretty rows of brightly colored jars when I'm finished, but you can bet that if I can safely take a "shortcut," I will. Take my home-canned applesauce for example. The vast majority of applesauce recipes insist you peel the apples first. But if you're me, you simply quarter them, core them, and toss them in the pot, peels and all. (And if you have a food mill, it … [Read more...] about How to Can Pears Without Sugar
Archives for September 2014
I'm thrilled to be welcome Anni Winings of Homestead and Gardens to the blog as she shares her best tips for cleaning up your garden for the fall and giving it a boost! I'll be doing my garden clean up sooner than I originally planned, especially after our freak snowstorm last week! It's nearing the end of the season, and all that luscious growth in your garden will die back as the cold winter months come. Why not turn it into a big boost for … [Read more...] about Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Next Year!
“Cultivating the Homestead Community” It's been... a bizarre week. Our mild, yet pleasant, summer gave us an early dose of winter when we were blanketed with an inch or two of snow on Thursday night. I ended up having to intervene for my poor tomato plants and covered some of them with quilts while harvesting the others early. (I may or may not have been grumbling a bit while I harvested...) We are supposed to get back up into the 80s this … [Read more...] about Homestead Barn Hop #176
Confession time: If I have to choose between a sinfully rich chocolate dessert and a fruit dessert, I usually pick the chocolate. Scandalous, I know... It's not that I don't enjoy fruit desserts, because I do, (especially my homemade peach pie!), but chocolate will always hold a special place in my heart. Especially when it's combined with some sort of cream. I mean, can you really compete with that? However. The tables may have … [Read more...] about Rustic Pear Tart with Cream and Spice