I have been hang drying sage in the kitchen and it was finally time to put it away today! For anyone interested in herbalism even if it's just growing kitchen herbs, I highly recommend the book, "The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual" by herbalist, James Green. It's a very pleasant, conversational, and enjoyable read, … Continue reading Herb Preserving
I did that thing I do...again... Where I have an idea of what I want to do, but there aren't any pre-specified instructions for it because no sane person has ever attempted it before. By golly, I may not be sane, but I am frugal, dangit! I had about 40 cherry tomatoes the size of … Continue reading Canning Cherry Tomatoes
Oh the joys of parenting a 2 year old and an 8 month old... Sometimes, I have to take them both to the grocery store with me and it ends up being a 4 hour event! I did make a grocery run. I spent too much money 😔 but it was a "restock" trip which … Continue reading “Whaddawegot” Soup
I referenced this in my pickle post and realized some may have no idea what I was talking about. So, for your culinary benefit, here's a thunder and lightning recipe. There's really no wrong way to do this one and it's always delicious. *Can be made a few days in advance and keeps well in the fridge … Continue reading Thunder and Lighting Recipe
It's Pickling Day! I say that, but I'm only processing 3 quarts. I'm pickling none the less! We've been getting about 3-4 cukes per week from our two space master bush type cucumber plants. I chose that variety partially on a whim and impulse buy from Walmart, and partially because I didn't want to mess … Continue reading Pickle Time!
I'm canning my first batch of garden produce today! The funny part is that it isn't from my garden's produce. And this is a God thing, so let me tell you what happened. June was set to be a rough month for us financially. We had some annual expenses to take care of at our … Continue reading Canning Time!
It's been HOT lately. Sakes alive! Average temperature for these parts in May is around 71°F and we've been hitting 90°F or so the last couple days. As such, it's been uncomfortable for the season, and none of my troop has much of an appetite. I've been cooking mostly outside so as to keep the … Continue reading Carolina Snowballs in Tennessee
Part of efficiency on the homestead is learning to work with what you've got. Today, I had a fridge full of left over mashed potatoes, some sweet potatoes that needed to be eaten, and a need for some apple cider vinegar So, for dinner tonight, I combined the potatoes to make some homemade gnocchi (NYAH-kee), and … Continue reading Resourcefulness