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You might be wondering, how do tomatoes and swollen feet go together? That’s easy; I am 28 weeks pregnant (note: Sommer is not pregnant but me, Lindsey) and undertaking 3 bushels of tomatoes in 2 days… oh yea- by myself. Usually I try to convince one of my girlfriends or family to help me out- not this time. I purchased...
A staple in households for literally hundreds of years; the pasty is dated back to the 1300’s and the first recipe with pricing list is dated to somewhere in the 1500’s. If you look at food history you will find that Cornish women (smarty pants ladies) would make these ‘all in one meals’ for their miner husbands. They would...
I’m sure you can imagine that this time of the year becomes very busy for me. I am always planning, gathering, processing, and reorganizing (notice weeding didn’t make the list) all in an effort to have as many canned and frozen items for winter as we need… maybe a few cans too many. My latest and greatest task was...
This summer I am struggling with finding snacks that I can/want to eat. I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and about 80% of my meals are forced because of my a) lack of appetite b) sensitivity to smell and c) just because something tasted good yesterday- does NOT mean it is good today! I have had to get a...
Oh summer- how we have waited for you in northern Michigan! I am so glad you are here! Berry season is in full swing and I am right in the middle of it. Strawberries picked (thanks for coming with Karl and Joanne!), cleaned, and frozen in 5 cup vacuumed sealed bags for the winter. Raspberries will be making an...
Who doesn’t like to have a nice smelling house with clean counter tops, laundry done, gourmet dinner on the table, checkbook balanced, errands ran, garden weeded…. Oh yeah- in your spare time- come to my house and do all those things! This article will not be ‘how to be Suzie homemaker’ but better- how to be a greener, cleaner,...
In our house we are very avid hunters. Goose, duck, deer, rabbit, turkey, partridge, fish… you get the point right? There is almost always a hunting season going on and very often a dead animal is making its way into my garage to be cleaned and processed. I am not a huge fan of the ‘gamy’ taste that comes along...
I am always on the search for new recipes, and recipes that I can share. My friend Michelle has been nice enough to lend me this great Spaghetti Sauce recipe. I am really excited about this recipe because you do not need your canner (except to measure) and there are no real processing stages. So- for those of you...
My little friend Avery came to my house this week to help me with this article. He just about 11 months old and a professional baby food taster! Avery is the perfect guy to help out because he really lets you know if he likes something or not. Avery enjoys walks in his stroller, kissing puppies, smiling at pretty...
2 meals, 4 people, $4.74 In my ‘real job’ I work a funny swing shift. So, when I am on day shift I like to make a few meals at a time so then I can just pop it in the oven when I get home and POOF homemade meal. This week I came up with goulash and lasagna. Usually...
It’s official- it’s gardening time at my house! My greenhouse is mostly planted (thanks to the help of my mom) and I have about ¼ of my seeds in the ground.  After planting for a few hours yesterday, my mom and I were in the house taking a break and talking about how much money I have spent on...
Back to basics- Salsa 7 cups cored and peeled tomatoes 2 cups chopped onion 1 cup chopped green pepper 6-8 chopped jalapenos 3 cloves chopped garlic ½ tsp cumin ¾ cup white vinegar Squeeze of lime (optional) Cilantro to taste (optional) Add all ingredients together and cook for about 30 minutes. Stir frequently. Place hot salsa in hot jars and place 2 piece lids. Hot water bath can for...
Canning season is really not that far off (because we have such short summers). For me it isn’t just gardening- if I find good produce on a good deal (with or without the help of coupons) I buy it and freeze, dehydrate or can it! Carrots, Potatoes, Apples, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries are just to name a few of...
Green beans are easy to plant, easy to take care of, and grow rather fast. I don’t have kids- but I imagine that I am like a kid because when I plant a seed- I want a result… and the quicker the better! This is why I love growing green beans! They can be started in the house or...
I love Rhubarb. I love that it is like a sour patch kid if you eat it right off the stem and I love that it is ready to harvest so early in the growing season. I also LOVE rhubarb sauce which my Grandma Inez had made all while I was growing up. I have a very big family...
Today it’s snowing. SNOWING! I sit here drinking my coffee and all I can think about today is putting my greenhouse up for the year and building our new garden. With all this excitement in me it can only mean one thing….. TIME TO BUY SEEDS! Now I have to say- I do buy plants that are started for...
When I was younger I remember my great grandmother having a root cellar {I was petrified to go down there with all of the spiders} stocked full of canned beans, corn, jams and sauces. I remember the smell of vinegar and mayonnaise in my hair because this is how she would rinse and then condition my long stringy blond...
Couponing is all the rage! Saving a buck and having a stock pile to show your friends – it’s cool and everyone wants to know how you do it, where you get your coupons and how this “game” works. That’s how it seems when I watch TLC’s Extreme Couponing. Except, I am really bad saving the coupons, remembering to...
Sick of purchasing fruits and vegetables that  end up composted a few days later? I love my fruits and veggies but I hate the waste and cost. We all want to save money and minimize waste, right? Well I have been lucky enough to review two products that claim to do just that. So what makes the food spoil and...
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