How to Freeze Peppers

Hubby and I have been struggling to keep up with our vegetable garden this year. I haven't been able to get all the tomatoes canned before they wither on the vine. We were worried all the peppers would spoil until I had the genius idea to freeze them.  Okay, the genius idea wasn't mine ... I read somewhere that you could freeze them. It's so easy to freeze peppers and I want to share it with you in case you have the same surplus … [Read more...]

12 Vegetable Gardening Tips

Do you have gardening on your mind? Vegetable gardening that is!  More and more people are growing their own vegetables and herbs these days. It's fun, it's healthy, and it's rewarding to eat food that you grow with your own two hands. Whether you're just getting started growing your own veggies or you're an old pro, I've got 12 vegetable gardening tips to help you on this healthy journey. Special thanks to my fellow bloggers for allowing me to … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Sweet Corn

Driving down the country roads in Illinois, you'll see plenty of roadside farm stands selling sweet corn. In the summer you can smell the scent of corn fields from blocks away. If the wind is blowing just right, I can smell the corn fields from our house. I was inspired by Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin to freeze some corn for the winter months. It's so easy to do ... here's how to freeze sweet corn: My grandmother used to freeze sweet corn all … [Read more...]

How to Can Crushed Tomatoes

August is one of my favorite months because some of my favorite vegetables are in season ... sweet corn, green beans, and tomatoes! We grow our own tomatoes and I buy the rest at the local farm market. Then I get busy preserving them so I can enjoy their full flavor all year long (grocery store veggies aren't quite as good). Today I'm going to share how to can crushed tomatoes so you can try it yourself. It's not as hard as you might … [Read more...]

Enjoying My Garden in July

Wow. I can't believe we're more than halfway through July. I want summer to slow down because I'm a warm weather gal and I feel so alive during the summer months. The earth is bursting with flowers and plants, the birds are singing, the butterflies are winging, and I feel like Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder! Almost every day I take a little walk through my gardens because they're always changing. So without further adieu, here's my garden in … [Read more...]

Orange Braised Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes in July? Sure, why not?  Sweet potatoes are available year-round but typically eaten in the fall.  They've been stereotyped as a holiday food but I love 'em and enjoy them any time of the year. I especially like them baked in the skin but decided to try something different. I wanted to braise them (I love braised carrots) and found a recipe at Food Network's website ... which I tweaked to my liking (recipe at end of post). This … [Read more...]

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Almonds

When I became a vegetarian several years ago, it forced me to try new foods since I didn't want to eat the same old veggies day in and day out. About a year ago I added a small bit of fish back into my diet so technically I'm a pescetarian. I try to eat seasonal foods grown locally, so when hubby and I saw a farmer's stand on a country road with a big sign out front that said Sugar Snap Peas, I hollered, "Pull in!"  We bought a few items but I … [Read more...]

The Beginnings of Our Vegetable Garden

Our vegetable garden is off to a great start and this year I thought I would chronicle its stages throughout the season. We've made some simple changes to it this year but most importantly, hubby and I are committed to tackling the weeds more frequently than we have in the past. If you don't keep up with it, one good rainfall can leave you crying in tears when you see that the hundreds of weeds you neglected to pull have now doubled in size and … [Read more...]

Veggie Valentines for You!

Join us for Veggie Valentines! During the month of February, my daughter over at Flour N Friends and I will be cookin' up veggie dishes every Monday ... just for YOU! Kale, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Carrots,Swiss Chard, and who knows what else? We're celebrating these wonderful super foods by cookin' up a batch every week and sharing the recipes and photos with you every Monday during the month of February. Heart healthy Veggie Valentines … [Read more...]

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