Category Archives: Cooking Adventures

My Favorite Soup: Rustic Potato and Kale Soup

It has been rainy here and getting colder. My summer meal planning includes more outdoor cooking but when Fall comes we switch to soups about once a week. They are a yummy, simple meal. I will make cornbread or serve soup with some kind of bread

One of my favorite soups is Rustic Potato and Kale Soup. It is absolutely scrumptious. It is also easy and quick to make. I LOVE this soup. It never gets neglected as a leftover and in fact I double the recipe so I can have lots of leftovers. It’s right up on the top of my list of comfort foods.  Continue reading My Favorite Soup: Rustic Potato and Kale Soup

Family Applesauce Making with Variations

A couple years ago I started canning. It began with a simple longing to preserve some fruit to use through the year and a longing to save money.

This is our second year canning large quantities of applesauce. For the last several years we have had access to several apple trees. Due to this free supply of apples, ( free in cost, not time or labor) our first year of canning about broke even with the cost of store bought applesauce. Of course homemade applesauce is much better.  I had found an amazing deal on a large canner (holds 9 quarts) and a conical sieve at  a garage sale a couple years prior and so our expenses for that first year included: jars (with lids and rings), sugar, cinnamon and the energy to process the jars.

Apples, Apples, and more Apples
Apples, Apples, and more Apples

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Preserving the Harvest: Green Beans

There are a few things that I seem to grow well in the garden. One is Sugar Snap Peas and the other is Green Beans.

Last year I had three trellis rows of green beans and I was able to preserve 5 gallon bags of blanched frozen beans. Because 5 bags didn’t last us nearly all year, my goal this year was 12 bags of beans.  I went a bit crazy and planted 7 trellis rows of beans.  Continue reading Preserving the Harvest: Green Beans

Low-sugar Peach and Yellow Plum Jam

Ahhh…. Summer goodness! I love putting beautiful preserves in these lovely clear jars that I can open in the winter months. I can spread the goodness on a piece of toast (I am a bit addicted to toast) and remember that the leaves will soon return….  Continue reading Low-sugar Peach and Yellow Plum Jam

Meal Planning #1: One way I keep my sanity

If I were to pick one thing that helps me keep to a budget and keep my sanity while raising three children and schooling from home, I would say it is Meal Planning. Continue reading Meal Planning #1: One way I keep my sanity

Chicken Cordon Bleu

One of our favorite dinner time foods as a family is Chicken Cordon Bleu. It is ham and swiss wrapped up in a Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast then coated and baked. It’s very yummy. Especially with some garlic mashed potatoes… Continue reading Chicken Cordon Bleu

The proper Smores Fire

In our backyard we have a place for a burn pile. So I bought ingredients for Smores. (graham crackers, marshmallows, and small chocolate bars)

I was informed by my hubby that there is a perfect Smores fire. Lots of coals little flame. So we watched till it became perfect. And then… Continue reading The proper Smores Fire