I bought myself a new toy this week with birthday money that my in-laws had given me months ago – I got a great deal on a Food Saver vacuum sealer that I couldn’t pass up. I’ve been debating the merits of these things for years now and finally made the decision to do it.Read more

Tomato Daze

I’m still dealing with tomatoes as they continue to ripen in dribs and drabs in our cool autumn weather. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm for the next week or so, and I’m hoping that the lack of rain will allow the rest of them to finish up. This morning I started drying what’sRead more


I finally made a big patch of pesto with the last of the basil from the garden, and froze it in ice cube trays for winter use (I then tap them out and store them in freezer bags). This is my favorite way of preserving pesto, as it retains it’s fresh, summery flavour, and theRead more

Calendula Salve

I made a batch of calendula salve recently with some of the flowers from my garden. It’s a wonderful thing to have around the house – helps to heal cuts, sun and windburn, eczema, fungal infections, and many other types of owies. The flowers look so pretty that I hate to do it… …but inRead more

Oven Baked Pear (or Apple) Butter

I was out at my aunt’s place on Tuesday following my grandmother’s funeral, and she was kind enough to load me up with pears from her tree before I left for home. I’d been wanting to make some of our favorite pear/apple butter while the fruit was readily available, and today I finally managed toRead more

Here Comes the Rain Again

We’re going to be at a concert tonight, so I’m doing a midday post. Well, I think the fall weather has officially arrived. It started pouring last night and has been raining ever since – my silly coastal kids were so happy that they were running around outside in their pajamas and raincoats while IRead more

A Cure for Onions

I harvested my onions recently and am pleasantly surprised by how well they turned out. I experimented with growing them from seed this year, which I’d never done before, and I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical while I was transplanting those piddly little green shoots that they would ever amount to anything,Read more

Blackberry Jam

Blackberry bushes are one of the most invasive plants that we have around here. Any untended space is quickly overrun with these opportunistic brambles – but you won’t hear me complaining! As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing that beats the flavour of a fully ripe, sun-warmed blackberry. I’ve been a blackberry gleaner for asRead more

We’re Jammin’

I recently finished reading Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal (on Tammie’s recommendation). It’s a lovely book, and I’ve been itching to try out some new recipes ever since. Having just picked up some gorgeous peaches and blueberries at the market on the weekend, I spent the morning making a couple of batches of jam.Read more


Mmmm…I love dill pickles and always wanted to try making them (especially since the organic ones are so expensive), but until recently I had never tasted a homemade pickle that I actually liked! I don’t like them sweet, or tasting of pickling spice, I just want a good, garlicky, Kosher dill pickle. Well, last yearRead more