Cranberry Orange Marmalade

We got some oranges in our grocery bin this week so I decided to use them to make marmalade. It’s always been one of my favorite jams, but I’ve never actually made it before. Many of the recipes I’ve seen take a couple of days to make, as the oranges either have to soak overnight,Read more

My work here is done.

I’ve been posting so much about preserving lately that this is starting to look more like a food blog than anything else. Well, I’m happy to report that I think I’m more or less finished in the preserving department, so I might actually talk about something else for awhile. As we leave this topic (forRead more

Onion Marmalade

While reading my new favorite cookbook, The Farmhouse Cookbook by Susan Herrmann Loomis, I spotted this recipe for Onion Marmalade (despite the name, it doesn’t actually contain any citrus peel). We are real lovers of onions around here (my son eats them on almost everything), so I thought it would probably be a big hit.Read more

Pear Ginger Jam

While the pumpkins were cooking down yesterday, I used the last of my pears to make a batch of pear ginger jam. I’d never had this particular combination before, but have heard good things about it, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Not knowing any better, I went out and bought myself aRead more

Pumpkin Puree

The kids carved these very scary jack-o-lanterns yesterday morning, and after a full evening of scaring the neighborhood kids it was on to bigger and better things for this pair. The one on the left seems to know what I’ve got in mind for him. Since they were so lovingly grown in my mother’s gardenRead more

Skunks and Green Tomato Mincemeat

Don’t worry, I haven’t just invented the world’s worst holiday pie. At about 2:00 this morning, I was awakened by the sound of something squealing and squawking for dear life under my bedroom window, and then the burning stench of hell itself filled the house. I don’t know who was on the receiving end ofRead more

Apples, Tomatoes and Pears – Oh My!

The mother-in-law of one of the moms in my homeschool group grows organic apples in the Okanagan, and last week she apparently had a bunch that were not in good enough shape to send to market and asked my friend if she knew anyone who would want them. I was the lucky benefactor of theseRead more

Green Tomatoes

Just when I’ve totally given up on my tomatoes, the weather turns nice again! I made a batch of Green Tomato Mincemeat a month or so ago thinking that there was no way they’d ripen any more than they already had, but our weather has been incredibly sunny this fall, and it has really extendedRead more

What the…?

Can someone please tell me how this little fellow found his way to my nice clean towel that was hanging on the clothesline? It was hanging a good 10 – 15 feet above the ground! I can only assume that he spied the towel from the ground, decided that it looked like a good placeRead more

Pears, pears, everywhere

A good friend of mine (the one with the ruby slippers) has a pear tree in her backyard that she doesn’t particularly care for. Luckily for me, she hasn’t gotten around to chopping it down yet, so I get an annual box full to do with what I will. Since I’d already made my pearRead more