Not so festive.

I used to love Christmas. I was one of those annoying over-bakers and made all my gifts. I started sewing in July and my children always wore matching, homemade flannel pajamas to sleep on Christmas Eve.  Gingerbread houses, homemade marshmallows in three flavors, chocolate dipped everything while carols played from thanksgiving to Christmas. It was…

Jenni’s Heirloom Marinara

The funny thing about being a gardener is that the vegetables don't care how you feel. When they're ripe, it's time to can them or throw all your hard work away. It was a horrible year for my garden, so I am a slave to canning any and everything as soon as it's ripe. Yesterday,…

Salsa for Canning Recipe

This is absolutely my favorite recipe and it's taken a decade to perfect. Enjoy! Heirloom Salsa10 c chopped tomatoes 5 c bell peppers 5 c onions 2 1/2 c peppers. (Be sure to remove the seeds if you want to keep your salsa mild!) 1 1/4 c lime juice 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 bunch…

Mmmm…. and this is why.

My hands are destroyed a little... it's going to take some effort to return them to server hands. My nail polish is destroyed, my cuticles are ragged... BUT!!!!!!!!! A quarter of the garden is weeded and mulched. I'm exhausted... but it's finally coming together and I'm finally getting it on auto-pilot. We've had a slow…

Yummy

What's a self respecting sun worshiper to do? I'm FREEZING to death. Ok so perhaps that's a tad bit dramatic, but still... it's ridiculously cold and I hate it. Thankfully I have the answer... and it comes in a glorious 9X13 Pyrex pan of coconutty goodness. Behold! My very own toasted coconut marshmallows... and because…