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From canning to culinary, what do good moms love to do most. Can pickles!  Pickles are good for you. Fresh food from the garden is an awesome alternative to processed foods that may not be good for our families.

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Celebrating Easter and Passover 2014

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Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I profess to be a Christian and celebrate the traditional Jewish passover vs. the traditional Easter.  Don’t get me wrong, I rarely miss a holiday meal at my families.

Tell us how you celebrate Easter or Passover. 

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Christmas ribbon wreath

A very crabby Christmas wreath, New Orleans Fr...

A very crabby Christmas wreath, New Orleans French Quarter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s the most wonderful time of year again! The stockings are hung, the tree is trimmed, but oh no! – the wreath! You haven’t had time to purchase another, let alone make a new one. That is ok, you can always just spruce up the wreath you already have with the help of some ribbon.

Head to the fabric store and look for some red and white chevron ribbon. You can use this to give your wreath a modern and candy cane-like look. If your wreath is like mine, it’s been in storage for a year and is a little flat. To give your wreath some much-needed volume, purchase some small decorative pine cones, mistletoe, and holly berries. You can find all of these on the aisle where you find the fake flowers.

Start your wreath rescue by fluffing it back up – just like you do to the Christmas tree. Using the ribbon, wrap it in and around the wreath, leaving large and even spaces between the ribbon and the wreath showing through, until you complete the entire circle. Dab some hot glue on the back to hold the ribbon in place. Secure the berries and pinecones in and around the wreath randomly and evenly. Use your hot glue to secure each in place.

If you want to use some more ribbon, you could make a large bow to put on the top or bottom. If you want to brighten the wreath up a little more, you could give each pine cone a quick spritz of white spray paint to give it the look of a dusting of snow. If you have a wreath hanger already, you can hang your wreath with that. If you don’t, then use the remaining ribbon to tie a loop through the wreath and finish the loop off with a bow. From the bow, you can hang the wreath with a nail to your front door or wall.

Every couple of years you can do this and give your Christmas wreath a much needed facelift. It is an inexpensive way to give your winter holidays some extra color, and takes hardly any time at all.

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Fourth of July Ribbon Wreath

Fourth of July Ribbon Wreath

If you are like most Americans, you probably do not have a flagpole at your home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some patriotic decorations! Ribbon wreaths are great ways to share your patriotism with your neighborhood, and they are so easy to make! They can be used year after year, and are the perfect addition to your front door for this year’s Independence Day.

To start, you will want to visit your local fabric or craft supply store. You will definitely want to pick up a wreath form, but you will need to choose what size you want as that will determine how much ribbon you need. I would recommend at least a 12-inch size if you plan to put this indoors, but definitely larger if this will be on your front door.

Next you will need to pick out your ribbon. Since this ribbon wreath will be 4th of July-themed, look for your reds, blues, and whites. I think a darling and inexpensive way to have a red and white-striped look is with chevron ribbon. Look for the red and white print, and buy enough to wrap the entire wreath form you chose. If you would rather, there may even be a red, white, and blue chevron print you could wrap the entire form in as well. If you were feeling especially crafty, or you just can’t decide between a few spools of ribbon, you could wrap a pattern of the two around the wreath form and wrap each spool around the wreath but leave a space for the others to be wrapped around as well. You will also need to purchase or make some felt flowers. Again, the color choice will be up to you, but if you are doing just the red and white chevron print, look for mostly blue and white felt flowers of all different sizes. If your ribbon will be a mixture of red, white, and blue, then I would recommend a similar variety in felt flowers. The key to the felt flowers is to get a variety of sizes and designs. The last thing you will need is just a foot or two of grosgrain ribbon to hang your wreath with.

To put it all together, tightly wrap the wreath form with the ribbon(s) of your choice. To secure it, use straight pins or hot glue. Now, place the felt flowers wherever you want on the wreath. It looks really cute when you have a bunch of blue felt flower in the top left corner of the wreath as it makes it look more like the American flag. After you have decided where to place them, secure the larger flowers first with hot glue or pins. Then, fill in the spaces with the smaller flowers.

Last, but not least, you need to hang the wreath. This is where the grosgrain ribbon comes into the picture. The texture of this ribbon helps grip the wreath easier, and it is strong enough to support the weight of it while it is hanging on your door or wall. Loop the ribbon through the wreath, then tie a tight knot where you want it to hang from. For example, on my front door I want my wreath to hang about 6 inches, so I would tie a knot right about where the nail is to hang it. To cover the knot, tie a pretty bow over it. Now you will have the security you need to hang your latest creation!

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Canning with the kids 101

Gardening with the kiddos

Pickle Canning Equipment

Stainless steel,enamelware and glassware, are safe products to use when pickle canning.

Pickle Canning Equipment:

  • 1 medium to large kettle or pot
  • Canner ( a bigger pot to place the jars in once they have been cooked in teh brine in the first pot)
  • Canning jarsin!  Pint size works best!
  • Utensiles, spoons, forks, ladles
  • Jar grabber (so that you don’t have to touch the hot jar when taking them out of the canner)
  • Rings
  • Lids
    Utensils made of zinc, iron, brass, copper, or galvanized metal should not be used. The metal may react with acids or salts and cause undesirable color and taste changes in the pickles or make pickles unfit to eat. Likewise, enamelware with cracks or chips should not be used.

Fermented Pickles

Fermented pickles are pickles that have been in brine for several weeks.  The color of the cucumbers will change from a bright green color to a light or mild yellowish or green.  If you soak the pickles in the brine for at least 4 weeks the pickle is considered “fermented”.

An example of fermented pickles include: Sauerkraut which I personally love to make!

Summer 2012 Canning Season

It’s easy to can your pickles this season, easier than ever.  Why is the Summer 2012 canning season better than years previous?  It’s because we have learned the tricks and tips from our previous years successes and or failures.

Canning pickles is easy. This year, because I had so much pickle juice left from other canning projects, I merely used the previous years already existing juice, par-boiling the cut pickles to a gentle boil, then removing them from the water placing them directly into the used pickle juice.  I know this sounds like cheating but it works like a dream.  Simple sit your pickles in the fridge and within a week they’ll be ready to eat and enjoy.

Summer 2012 canning season, pickle canning that is, has been easier than ever before.

Pickle Talk

I know it sounds strange to talk about pickles, but trust me, there are zillions of pickle-lover’s worldwide.  Please post your favorite pickle recipe here!  We would love to hear from here.

Pickle Recipe

Give us all your pickle recipe’s please? We’ll be posting as the days go buy.

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