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How to Can and Make Your Own Salsa Recipe
Making your own salsa from fresh homegrown vegetables or farmers market ingredients, isn't as hard as you might think. You can make yourself one small batch for some avocado tacos or several batches and can them for months of tasty goodness. I'm more of one jar at a time kinda girl but my friend Lindsey has a huge garden...
Simple and Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas
I dread going to the Halloween store with my children. In five minutes, I can spend $100, it is on something that won’t fit comfortably, is not well made, and that will be worn for less than an hour. My son has begged me to be an ape. He then refused to wear the mask because it made him...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Tis the season for packing lunches. I've gotten some emails asking for tips on how to pack a healthy school lunch and to "green" the lunch box. I have to say, when it comes to packing a healthy lunch I think parents have to keep in mind, the lunch room is competitive and there are lots of trades made....
Babies love to put things in their mouths; it's one of the ways that babies learn about their surroundings. These activities teach them about taste, texture, sound, and shape among many others. Exploring in this way is important for their development, so it is no wonder that the toy industry is a...
Come on the colors are orange and black! I love, love, love Halloween. I love the time of year and the cool fall nights. I love the idea that I don't have to buy gifts and wrap them up for everyone but I can still celebrate and have fun. Goblins, ghosts, and gremlins are part of the fun perhaps...