Category Archives: 2017

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

Posted in August 2017 | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

Posted in July 2017 | Leave a comment

Vacation Photos – The road to PEI: Shashone Falls

Outside of our first stop, Twin Falls, Idaho. This is Shashone Falls on the Snake River. Shoshone Falls is 212 feet high, 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls, and flows over a rim nearly 1,000 feet wide. Tomorrow we head … Continue reading

Posted in July 2017, Uncategorized | Leave a comment