Canned Spiced Pickled Beets


The pickled beets took weeks to get around to actually making. Mostly because I kept eating all the fresh beets. Oops. Finally this past weekend, I picked up a bunch of beets, a mix of golden and red ones, and took them home. And made myself can them ;-) Canned Spiced Pickled … [Continue reading]

Small Batch Strawberry Jam


End of July brings Everbearing Strawberries into season, and a small batch of jam doesn't take long to capture the bright taste of it. Small Batch Strawberry Jam Ingredients: 2 2/3 cups mashed strawberries (measure after mashing) 3 Tbsp Ball® Real Fruit™ Classic Pectin 2 cups … [Continue reading]

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches: Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Sandwiches


Awhile back I had received a review copy of Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches: Cool Recipes for Delicious Dairy-Free Ice Creams and Cookies, but only got … [Continue reading]

Iced Caramel Macchiato


Coffee was my life for years - I was a barista for nearly 9 years of it. Have you seen my ebook The Natural Barista: Latte Syrups & Drinks? It was … [Continue reading]

DIY Bathroom Cleaning Checklist


I'll be first to admit I am not the best in keeping an immaculate house. If I learned from my Mom anything...well, she passed her lazy gene on to me. … [Continue reading]

Sweet and Hot Pickled Green Beans


As I was prepping this batch of beans, I had decided to use a pack of Ball Heritage Collection Pint Green Jars. Looking at the side of a jar, molded … [Continue reading]

Seedless Marionberry Jam


I love marionberries. The bigger, tastier blackberry. We have two plants that grow out back - a Marion is a hybrid of Blackberries that produce a … [Continue reading]

Blueberry Jam: Canning Summer


Jam making isn't hard, if anything, it is one of the simplest ways to learn how to can! And...if you use pre-bought pectin it is even easier. Be sure … [Continue reading]

DIY Pantry Make Over


When Kirk and I were looking at our house, the owners had put two bookcases in the 'mud room', which sits off the kitchen and goes out to the garage. … [Continue reading]

DIY Roadside Chic Lawn Furniture


How do you embarrass your 16 year-old son so badly they want to slide into the foot well of the van? See a free piece of metal furniture on the side … [Continue reading]