How to Can Jam at Home

Try as I might, I've never been able to make enough jam in one season to outlast the year—and my kids' appetites. Prepping several batches of all our favorite types—Strawberry, Blueberry, Wild Black Raspberry and Cherry—each year has become a family tradition, almost as much as eating a dollop of home canned jam on everything from vanilla ice cream to Sunday morning waffles—and I'm honestly not sure which is more beloved. ...more
@Diana That's true! I think sometimes we get deterred because of the fear of wasting food when ...more


Today is the first day of summer for us down here in New Mexico. I know it is still technically spring, but it's 91 degrees out here. We spent the whole day yesterday hooking up our a/c and now I am sitting enjoying the fruits of our labor while watching my husband build a delicious looking fruit salad, that ominously contains gelatin. Weird, don't much care for gelatin, but hopefully it's good. I think that today I am just going to focus on being cool and staying out of the sun as much as possible....more

Mamma's Cobbler

Today was 51 degrees and rainy - and its April 5. I know I should accept that fact that the Pacific Northwest has cold and rainy springs, but I did it anyway. I checked the weather at my parent's house in San Angelo, TX - 80 degrees and sunny. Sigh. ...more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T…That’s What Chocolate Means to Me

Yogi Castle Visit #33 Ddot and I went to Yogi Castle the other day....more

Does Strawberry Jelly Count as Fruit?

How many fruit servings should you eat per day? 2? 3? 5? Let’s consult the food pyramid. But do we still use the pyramid? I thought we were using a circle because it looks like a plate. What if all my plates are triangle shaped?...more



~Sparkling Grapes!

~Sparkling Grapes!   O...more

Little Bits of Red

Little Bits of RedPosted on November 2, 2011 by sonya...more

First First: Purple Apple-Pear Sauce

First First: Purple Apple-Pear SaucePosted on November 1, 2011 by sonya...more

Grilled Peach Salad with Feta and Honey Balsamic Glaze

Every time I hear the word peaches I immediately start singing the song “Peaches” by The Presidents of the USA. Sing it with me people:Movin’ to the country gonna eat a lot of peaches I’m movin’ to the country I’m gonna eat me a lot of peachesMay that song now be stuck in your head all day long. You are welcome....more