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  • Monday Food Post

    I have a hard time with my hands.  They hurt a lot of the time.  They are weak and I have a hard time doing some tasks such as cutting into big hard vegetables such as squashes and rutabagas.  I have some squashes here and decided today since my hands were not so bad today, […]

    Feb 13th, 2017 | Filed under Food Recipes, Uncategorized
  • Using Pantry Foods For a Dinner

    I made a chicken and noodle casserole today for dinner.  I mixed up 1/2 of a pint of chicken I had canned and 1 pint of vegetables canned in chicken broth into a quart casserole dish.  I stirred in some herbs/spices, 1 cup of the chicken broth, 1/2 cup of cream I had in the refrigerator […]

    Feb 10th, 2017 | Filed under Uncategorized
  • Winter Is Back…

    Yesterday all the snow was melting and it was 50 degrees. Birds were singing. Today…winter is back. So I decided it was a pea soup kind of day…  

    Mar 12th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized
  • More in the pantry

    Today: 5 more 1/2 pints of wild grape jelly – that’s the last of the juice from the grapes growing wild in the backyard.  Went to the Wyandotte Farmers market and got some more small potatoes to can (6 pints).  4 more pints of pickles from the last cucumbers from my garden. Glad I canned […]

    Sep 15th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized
  • Pantry Update

    Yesterday I reorganized the pantry AGAIN! I moved the jams, relishes and pickles to the chiffrobe in the living room because I will need to be able to get to them for gifting and the pantry was just too full to do that easily.  In the pantry I have tomatoes, juice, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, […]

    Sep 14th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized
  • Wild Grape Jelly

    After doing some research, I determined that the grapes growing on my shrubs were fox grapes (wild grapes), common in the US.  They are pretty sour to eat off the vine, but I decided to try and make some jelly with them.  I am really glad I did, as the jelly is delicious! So I […]

    Sep 3rd, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized
  • Tiny Grapes?

    This vine grows like crazy between my garage and the fence where there is only about 1 foot of space to move around in.  The vines grow out and over the large shrubs, and over the garage.  There are these tiny grape-like things which look like concord grapes except that they are so small.  I […]

    Aug 28th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized
  • My New Pressure Canner

    Last week I decided I really needed to get a pressure canner this year.  I tried several stores in the area, no luck.  Lots of jars, water bath canners, and supplies, but no pressure canners.  I had to go all the way out to the Trenton Walmart and they had ONE which I promptly bought. […]

    Aug 25th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized, urban homesteading
  • First Attempt At Soap

    1 cup olive oil 1 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup lye 1 cup rainwater

    Jul 30th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized
  • 2011 Garden

    This is my backyard vegetable garden so far this year.

    Jun 27th, 2011 | Filed under Uncategorized
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