Misty Sunset – Wordless Wednesday

mist rolling off the mountains at sunset

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Making and Canning Turkey Soup

Since family didn’t make it for Thanksgiving this year, we had a fair bit of turkey left over. We made soup!

I’m one of those weirdos with meat issues, so I try to only purchase free-range, organic, “petted, loved, and humanely slaughtered” meat. Doing so helps me get over the revulsion I generally feel when […]

Canning Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I always forget something. Every time I plan a holiday meal, even when I write down every single detail, I forget some little part of the meal. I have forgotten to mash the potatoes, butter the bread, and heat the canned grean beans.

Homemade and Canned Cranberry Sauce

This Thanksgiving, what I forgot […]

Evolution…of a Root Cellar

root cellar

Thanksgiving eve was a wish come true for me this year. With hubby leading the charge, we again renovated our cluttered and inefficient root cellar to better suit our needs. Ranger Tim does not enjoy handyman work, but he spent three hours with me emptying, cleaning, adding shelves, and arranging jars […]

Garlic Planting Time in the Shenandoah Valley

Frost-Killed Pepper Plants

It’s garlic planting time in our part of the Shenandoah Valley. Last week’s “Snowtober” storm and several hard freezes left the vegetable garden almost completely bereft of life. Some of the ornamental sages are hanging on as are some of the culinary herbs, but other than some shriveled beans that […]