The 20/10 Challenge – the scary kitchen drawers

Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school on Tuesday.  With the long vacation, our usual summer cleaning didn’t happen to I’m trying to squeeze some in now.  Today I employed the 20/10 strategy again – work 20minutes, rest 10 minutes.  The drawers in the kitchen island hold a lot of odds…

The 20/10 Challenge – the jam shelf

Today’s 20/10 challenge actually required 3 rounds (and I still need to find homes for the extra odds and ends).  The jam shelf is above the desk in the laundry room and right next to the door that the construction guys used to go in and out of the house to fix the dry rot….

Seedless Wild Blackberry Jam

I cooked down about 12 cups of blackberries with a bit of water and strained them to remove the seeds.  The pulp went into some vodka to make a Wild Blackberry Tincture to help treat sore throats, mouth ulcers, and gum inflammations. The juice was used in our family favorite – Seedless Wild Blackberry Jam….

The 20/10 Challenge – drawers and cabinets

I’m trying to get everything back in order after a summer of fun. I found a site, UfYH, that suggested lots of ways to make this more palatable.  Last night I tried “Clearing a Surface”.  Today, I decided to set a timer and try “20/10” – – 20 minutes of work followed by a 10…

Salt Fermented Dill Pickles

Ingredients 1-3/4 cups filtered water 1.25 Tablespoons (15 – 30 ml) high-quality sea salt cucumbers 1-2 in chunks or slices (I had a big, overgrown one) 2-4 sprigs fresh dill 1 bay leaf 1 Tablespoon pickling spice 5 – 6 cloves of garlic, peeled 1/2 teaspoon black tea leaves 2 clean grape leaves Instructions 1….

Flat Surface Challenge Continued

I woke up this morning to a nice, neat, organized bed side table (flat surface challenge part one).  It was lovely.  I decided to complete the challenge this morning in the kitchen/dining areas. I had done a deep clean-up on the dining room two days ago and the table was already cluttered – it is…

Quick Bread and Butter Pickle

Ingredients 2 pounds sliced cucumbers 1/2 sliced yellow onion 3 tablespoons kosher salt Brine 2 cups white vinegar 2 cups sugar 2 sliced cloves garlic 1 1/2 teaspoon pickling spices 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves Directions Place the cucumbers and onions in a bowl, adding the salt to coat the vegetables completely. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for…

Flat Surface Challenge

I bumped into an interesting website yesterday, UfYH (the long name is a tad unsavory).  I really liked their idea of “taking care of your physical surroundings”.  The site has a bunch of challenges, mini challenges and ideas for organizing your surroundings. I chose to start with the challenge – “Pick three flat surfaces (counter,…

Summer’s coming to an End…..Preserving the Harvest

Today was a “get stuff done day” run awry.  I was going to finish the blackberry jelly and the fig & ginger jam I started last night, make a batch of fig honey, brine the salmon fillets, clean up the living room, add cabbage to the sauerkraut jug, make another batch of zucchini bread and…

Vacation Photos – The road to PEI: Niagra Falls

On the fifth day of our Vacation, we drove from London, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec. Along the way we stopped at the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The town was lovely and the views along the view walkway were incredible. We didn’t get into Montreal until almost midnight, but the stop was definitely worth the…