How To Make Homemade Sweet or Spicy BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Nobody has time in the heat of summer (and the unending harvesting) to make batch after batch of different sauces. This base recipe for BBQ sauce can stand on it’s own but also serves as a starting point for a variety of delicious sauces. Spicy and Smokey BBQ Sauce Starting with the 1/2 unstrained base […]

How to Make Sweet Cherry Amaretto Jam

Sweet Cherry Amaretto Jam

Back to back cherry recipes, what can I say? It’s cherry season and I love cherries. This recipe is absolutely delicious and one of my favorites. My Sweet Cherry Amaretto Jam is a popular friend and family request as gifts, and it’s easy to taste way. It’s absolutely worthy of the praise, sweet with a […]

How to Make Sweet Cherry Limeade Concentrate

Cherry Limeade

Cherry Limeade Cherry season is here and it is time to make one of my favorite concentrates! I love cherries and my cherry limeade concentrate disappeared so quickly last year it’s been a trial to wait for cherries to be in season to restock. I don’t currently grow my own cherries so I keep an […]

Lemon Curd – How to Water Bath Can this Zesty Sweet Treat

Lemon Curd

What is Lemon Curd? Lemon curd is a sweet and tangy treat that is great addition to add to your shelf of preserves. I love the taste of lemons, especially when this recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Add as a filling to your next batch of cupcakes or spread it on […]

6 Great Ways to Use Lemon in the Home

Whipped Lemon Sugar Scrub

I don’t live in an area known for its lemon production (West Virginia) so I tend to buy bulk lemons whenever I find a good deal. I use them for a variety of things from cleaning to baking. Experimenting is one of my favorite things to do so I will almost always try something new! […]

Fresh and Easy Mango Salsa – Great for Canning

Never Look a Gift Fruit in the Pit Who goes to a whiskey distillery tasting and walks away with a ripe mango? I did. That would be me. Schraver has been working with a local distillery here in WV and we stopped by so I could try some of their excellent libations (seriously, I’m not […]

Canning Orange Slices – A Quick and Easy How To Guide

Canned Oranges

Winter Citrus There’s nothing quite like the bright fresh flavor of orange and pineapple to make you think of hot summer days enjoying a Tiki drink by the poolside. Citrus always tastes of summer, even when it’s 20 degrees or below outside. I’m not a huge fan of spreads, jams and jellies, I use them […]

Preserving Pineapple Chunks – Canning How To Guide

Pineapple Chunks

Winter Canning Don’t let the lack of garden harvests fool you into thinking your canning days are over until spring. Winter is a great opportunity to clean out the freezer, can easy meals/sides (like beans) and keeping an eye on the local grocery ads for savings. My local Aldi has had pineapple on sale for […]

Classic Spicy Pickled Okra

Spicy Pickled Okra Ingredients

A paleolithic monster taking over a corner of my garden is not what I was expecting when I planted my first Okra seeds. I knew what the pods looked like, but somehow all my research had failed to prepare me for what would end up being the largest plant I would grow in my garden […]