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Canning Dilly Beans -How To and Recipe
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...
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...
6 Things to Know About Shopping ALDI
If you’re a mom, you’re familiar with the grocery store. Very, very familiar! It’s the place where you spend hundreds of dollars, hours and hours of your time and you return there weekly. Over-and-over you fill the cart, pay big bucks, unpack the groceries, cook, feed the family and repeat. You might know the greeter, the stock boy and possibly even...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
There's a lot of talk these days about a recession, even a depression, being on the way, and for families trying to eat clean and green, it can be difficult to make our food budgets stretch any further. As a father, I believe that feeding my family the best foods that I can buy is good health insurance. We've found...
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...
I'm stuck. I'm confused. I'm unsure. Help. I use disposable diapers. Don't you dare point your finger and judge me. I'm a mom and that was my choice but maybe or maybe not a good one. I'm over it, kinda. I want to use cloth diapers but here's my dirty little secret...I thought you still had to use...