Archive for the ‘Cooking/Canning’ Category


coleslaw recipe, how to make coleslaw, great coleslaw recipeOn cold January days, that we really miss the garden. Buying produce from the store is just not the same. But you have to make do with what we have. This week I made some coleslaw which was enjoyable and reminiscent of when we harvested our over-sized cabbage head this last summer. We made several different dishes with the one head of cabbage and still gave some of it away as we couldn’t use it up fast enough. So I  thought to share this great recipe with you. Continue reading

Butternut Squash Soup

Squash SoupAnyone who has grown squash knows how well they can produce. We grew buttercup squash this last year, and now have a pantry full of them ready to be used. I like to add a bit of variety to my meals, and prepare them differently all the time. So I am always on the look out for a great new recipe. I ran across this recipe for making soup with squash and Continue reading

Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Are you looking for a great gift idea for the gardener in your life? Here is my top 10 list:

  1. Gardening Book. This is always a welcome addition to the gardeners library from the advanced to the beginning gardener, having a gardening book on hand is always welcome. You will most likely spend around $25 up to $40.
  2. Getting a window herb kit would be a great way to keep the avid vegetable gardener growing through the winter. Plan on spending anywhere from $25-$50 depending on the kit.
  3. Out door temperature gauge is a must for every gardener. We have our thermometor stuck to the outside of our kitchen window so that Continue reading

Backyard Fire Pit

One of the things I love most about fall is cooking dinner. It is a great time to use up your harvest from the garden in a very satisfying way. It is also fun to cook outdoors in the fall when the weather is cooler and you can sit back and enjoy life. We received an outdoor fire pit from Avant Garden Decor to review, and one of the things I was excited about was using it for outdoor cooking. Continue reading

Dinner In a Pumpkin

A fun way to celebrate the fall season is to have “Dinner in a Pumpkin.” Here is the recipe we did, but I am sure there are some other great ones out there. Please comment with any good casserole recipes that would go well cooked in a pumpkin. The kids seem to like this dinner, and it is even more fun for them that it is cooked in a “Jack-o-Lantern.”

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How to Make Fruit Leather

Preserving fruit to enjoy later is a great way to enjoy your harvest year round. I like to bottle, freeze, dry and even make fruit leather. Fruit leather is a great option if the peaches are small, bruised or over ripe because you blend them up and it doesn’t affect the look or the taste of it. It is also a great snack to take on the go. I just made some peach leather this week and this is what I did:

Tomato Soup

What do you do with your tomatoes are producing more than you can eat fresh, but not enough to make salsa? I like to make tomato soup! Here is my recipe, but if you have any improvements to it, or just want to post your recipe, by all means do! I love to try new and interesting recipes!4 cups tomatoes chopped (you can peel them if you would like, but it tastes great with out too)
1/2 onion Continue reading