How to Make Sun-dried Tomatoes

    One of the easiest ways to preserve tomatoes, from the garden, is to make “sun-dried” tomatoes. This year, we processed half of our tomatoes by drying them. We purchased a food dehydrator back in spring, and it has been put to good use this summer! We use sun-dried tomatoes on pizzas, salad, pasta, […]

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How to Start Tomatoes from Seed

  Every year we usually do a mix of planting from seed and starts. In more recent years we have been planting more and more of our tomatoes from our own starts. Why? Why start tomatoes from seed when all the work has already been done, and sitting neatly on the nursery rack? We found […]

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Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

There almost isn’t a smell better than freshly baked bread. If you want in on a secret, our freezer is full of this bread because I bake it faster than we eat it–I just love filling our house up with the smell of fresh bread. Making our own bread on a regular basis (replacing our […]

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How to Make a Heart Shaped Fried Egg

Valentine’s day is right around the corner! Even though, to me,  it is a less significant holiday than Easter or Christmas, I still like to recognize it. I put little Valentine’s day touches around our home, and do something special on the day, however slight. It reminds me of being a kid at school right […]

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How to Make Mint Tea

I’ve been drinking quite a bit of mint tea since I have been pregnant because it is so relaxing in the afternoon. Mint, peppermint more specifically, has many health benefits including: stress reduction, lowering appetite, and soothing an aching tummy. There are many ways to make mint tea, if you have a teapot, or french press […]

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How to Have a Better Attitude About Weeding.

We’ve been doing a lot of weeding in the garden lately because over the holidays things got a little out of hand.Weeding is one of those tasks that is never-ending, like laundry, dishes or sweeping bits of food from underneath a high chair. It’s probably one of the least adored tasks of most gardeners, including […]

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How to Keep Pasta From Sticking Together

Since we have been eating less meat and poultry lately, our consumption of whole grain pastas has increased. One of my personal favorites is simple pasta which is just spaghetti cooked with a bit of olive oil or butter, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese delicious! I’ll get up a recipe for that one soon. For […]

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Why You Should Still Print Family Photos

The world is becoming more digital. This is pretty cool to me. I like the fact that I can buy only my favorite songs and store them on my ipod, rather than purchasing an entire album. Or take pictures, and immediately view them on my camera. I mean…do you remember film? You take an entire […]

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HOW TO STEAM ARTICHOKES

This seems like such a dorky post. How to steam whole artichokes? You throw ‘em in a pot with steamy boiling water! Hear me out though. There are some very simple steps of preparation that make the finished ‘choke much prettier, tastier, and easier to eat. This post will walk you through step-by-step on how […]

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HOW TO STERILIZE CANNING JARS

Sterilizing jars is quite simple and the most important step of the canning process. Thoroughly wash jars in a dishwasher on the hottest setting.If you do not own a dishwasher hand-washing is fine, (I hand-wash!) just use a good quality soap and hot water. Place washed jars in boiling water canner (just a big pot.) Fill […]

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