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Home Canned Tomato Soup

This Home Canned Tomato Soup is a great way to add extra veggies to your family’s meal plan.

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How to Raise Pastured Poultry

Our 2017 Homesteading Year in Review

2017 was a big homesteading year for us.  Most notably, it was our first year to raise pastured poultry from start to finish.  What an adventure! There were triumphs (chickens) and defeats (broccoli).  We learned a lot and worked our tails off, and have spent the winter recuperating and gathering ideas and energy for year 2018…

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No Sugar Home Canned Applesauce

No Sugar Home Canned Applesauce

This no sugar home canned applesauce is thick, delicious, and filling.  It doesn’t even compare to the thin, runny stuff from the grocery store.  What a treat to pop open a jar of this tasty sauce long after fall apple harvests have passed, and savor the sweet goodness of freshly picked apples!

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Home Canned Salsa with Lime Juice

Home Canned Salsa with Lime Juice

Have I mentioned I’m married to a native Texan?  Back in Texas, salsa is practically it’s own food group.  And boy howdy, do we go through a lot of the stuff.

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Roasted Tomato Sauce for Canning or Freezing

Roasted Tomato Sauce for Canning or Freezing

It’s tomato season, y’all!  I’m dropping in from a long summer break to share a few of my favorite tomato canning recipes.  Stay tuned over the next week or so for a few more recipes, including salsa and tomato soup.  Here’s to that last great tomato harvest of the year–may yours be a bumper crop! …

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Green Beans

The Canning Bragging Club

I did it!  I finally learned how to can.  (Maybe there’s hope for my sewing skills…) Thanks to my friend Diana, who was so very generous with her time and with her canning equipment, I can now proudly inform folks that I am indeed from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  And mean it. Even without the sewing…

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Tomatoes & Green Beans for Canning

Learning to Can (Can)

Somehow, I spent an entire childhood in the beautiful farm country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and emerged without any knowledge or skills in the culinary art of canning. A family friend pointed out that the this likely had to do with the fact that my mother was born and raised in east L.A.  Canning was not…

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