Category: Canning & Preserving

Canned homemade spaghetti sauce

I am so lucky that I have three farmers markets within 30 minutes of my house. On any given weekend I can take a short drive and find anything I may need.  This trip I needed tomatoes to make a couple batches of my homemade spaghetti sauce since we didn’t have much luck with what we planted this year in our garden. Not only do I love visiting the local markets but I absolutely love the array of colors and shapes lines up in neat little rows of the vendors tables.  I grabbed my camera as I was heading...

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Canning tips for beginners

Canning Tips Are you new to canning? Do you want to jump right in so you can feel the satisfaction of seeing your pantry filled with all your hard work? If you’re looking for step by step canning tips for beginners I would highly recommend reading Balls Home Canning Guide, but if you want some tried and true canning advise from someone who has been canning for years and has had her share of mishaps please read on… Thank goodness I had a mother who I watched can from the time I could barely see over the counter to help...

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Homemade Orange Marmalade

I had never made marmalade, but the memories of my moms was all it took to give it a try.  Not only have I never made it, I have never made a jam that didn’t call for pectin.  I was a little nervous that I would waste all that sugar if it didn’t turn out, but it turned out great.  Thanks to my mom for putting up with 3 phone calls to make sure I was doing everything correct, and I even got my dad asking for some since its been a few years since she made any. After...

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Garden Harvest Salsa – Tasty Tuesday

With the garden winding down its time to use up the stragglers left behind with a fresh garden harvest salsa. Nothing will taste finer this winter then snuggling up with my hubby on a chilly Sunday afternoon to watch a movie with a bag of organic corn chips and a bowl of fresh salsa. Ingredients: 6 cups diced and skinned tomatoes 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped sweet green or red pepper 1 chopped jalapeno pepper 2 cloves minced garlic 1 – 6 oz can tomato paste 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro or 2 small cubes frozen cilantro...

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Fig Butter Recipe Made in a Crockpot

Fig Butter …Yum Yum! A friend of mine has a fig tree at her disposal and was nice enough to share a couple small bags of ripe figs with me.  Growing up in the north figs were not part of our diet, but since moving to the South we have fallen in love with this sweet fig butter recipe. I wanted to try fig preserves, but decided on trying fig butter instead.  Little did I know finding a fig butter recipe would be so difficult.  After hours of searching and a call to my mother, I finally decided if I wanted...

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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