Canning Tools and Stuff Storage

A couple of years ago a coworker decided to get rid of this cute entertainment center. I offered to take it off her hands, thinking it would fit perfectly in our second-floor hallway. I pictured it with added shelves, holding sheets and towels.

Well, it’s heavy, and we’ve never managed to get it up the […]

Meyer Lemon Marmalade – Wordless Wednesday

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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 of […]

Abra Cadabra!! Caramel Apple Jam

What do you get when you caramelize sugar, add applesauce, and top off with hubby’s good rum? Caramel Apple Jam!

I’ve had this recipe flagged in “The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves” since I bought the book in August, but I hadn’t made time to put it together.  Last week one of […]

Taste Testing Home Canned Peaches

It’s cold today in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s supposed to get up to 50, but my thermometer won’t budge past 40, so my plans of putting in the garlic and shallots is postponed till tomorrow.

I’m full of plans this time of year, and one of those involves maximizing my canning for next year. I’m […]