Urban Gardening & Bruschetta in a jar

I am trying to become more self sufficient. Although I will never be fully independent like any homestead – livestock bylaws prevent chickens or goats (not that my husband would allow a goat – he would freak)- and our downtown backyard size, active boys and a dog it limits our options – so gardens it…

Chicken nuggets & Plum Sauce

Is there anything in the media that screams childhood more then Chicken nuggets? As a young parent I lived in the dillusion that nothing prefab would ever enter my child’s mouth. Then came a weekend at Grandma’s. My children mysteriously came home and knew the draw of the chicken Mcnugget and dip. When I asked…

Too much of a good thing – Small batch Peach BBQ sauce

Have you ever overdone it on a good thing? For my sister it was cotton candy ice cream. My mother it was dish-wear. For a friend it was wall paper… it looked good in the store. BBQ sauce and I have an assorted past. One summer I got it in my head I was going…

Breaking the Fussy Eater- Canned Sloppy joe

It may seem a little deep South to consider canning ground meat. I have found recently in this dead heat, home canned meat is extremely handy and tasty to have on hand. I totally understand why they can it now with all this heat – (insert Canadian whine about 40 degree temps) The evening went…

Netflix and Chill- Sweet spicy Peach Salsa

Peach salsa – fruity, slight tang, slight spice. Perfect summer accompaniment to corn chips. It is also my go to netflix and chill snack. Don’t judge I know you have one too… My husband HATES spicy foods. I love them – go figure. Peach salsa is our common food ground. I used to buy the…

School Lunch Envy – Fruit Cocktail

I always envied the kids that had wagon wheels or chocolate cupcakes or little Debbie brownies in their grade school lunches. It was like they struck pure gold. Every kid in the class would oh and awe when they opened their lunches – others look mournfully look at their own peanut butter sandwiches sadly. But…

Power of prayer, Puppies and Sour Dills

Un.Sol.ics.ited : Uninvited, not asked for, or done voluntarily. We have all had our share of unsolicited advice. I got some at the beach. A Repost – for Canning Season I had a puppy. 1 year has gone by since then and he is much bigger now. He is not a covid dog, impulse buy…

I will not can in a box – Beef stew (canned)

Ok I will admit I had huge fears when it came to canning. Ok not regular canning – pressure canning. It – along with many great things in life – has become taboo – I had heard the stories of great aunt Lucy having her canner explode. Stories of low acid veg going bad and…

A mustard seed ~ Honey Dijon Mustard

Can Mustard? Yes! You can can mustard! This super easy Dijon will take your canning to the next level. Imagine homemade salad dressings, or sandwiches with your very own mustard? Best of all it takes less them 30 minutes to make.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie filling

There is something magical about pulling out glistening jars of freshly canned preserves. They seem almost jewel like in colour and retain their natural beauty long into winter. June is strawberry season round here. Which means local farmers are up to their eye balls in berries and figuring out how exactly to get them to…