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2017, Where Have You Gone??

I am not a big New Year’s resolution person. It’s totally fine if you are, it just doesn’t ever workout for me. Except twice. In 2015, a friend and I made a goal to run 15 races that year. We finished on December 31, 2015…in the dark…but we did it! The following year, she and I ran a half marathon…

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Homemade Applesauce

I have been waiting for this day for quite some time now…it’s applesauce day! Well, technically yesterday was applesauce day.  I had been accumulating apples throughout the week.  First from my Nana and Pap’s apple trees, and then from the farmers’ market.  My Nana and Pap’s trees produced apples like crazy this year!  Which is funny, because last year they…

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Home Canned Catsup

My husband and I live in a tiny neighborhood, with some really great neighbors.  Occasionally, one of the neighbors has an excess of vegetables in their garden and they share some with us.  That is how I got green beans and wax beans to can, as well as cucumbers for this dill pickle relish.  One evening our neighbor brought over…

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Blue Ribbon Pizza Sauce

At the end of the summer, I entered some of my canned goods in a local county fair.  One of the items I entered was pizza sauce that we made last fall.  This pizza sauce recipe came home with a blue ribbon! This sauce takes a while to cook down, as it needs to be thicker than the spaghetti sauce…

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Home Canned Spaghetti Sauce

In keeping up with tomato week, today’s post is about our spaghetti sauce recipe!  A few years back, my mom and I began processing tomatoes.  It began with freezing plain tomato sauce, then eventually my mom tried freezing some pizza sauce, and then we started to can spaghetti sauce. Some people prefer to can tomatoes and season them when they…

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Home Canned Tomato Soup

A friend of mine made some tomato soup this year, and I thought it sounded like a good idea!  My husband likes to cook pigeons (stuffed cabbage…not birds!) in the crock pot with tomato soup.  It also goes great with toasted cheese sandwiches, or as a nice hot lunch on a chilly fall Saturday. I am not a huge tomato…

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It’s Tomato Week!

The last two days have revolved around all things tomato in our house!  My mom came up on Saturday (it was the first day of archery season, so my husband and dad spent a good chunk of the day in the woods!) and both parents came up today to help get all of our tomato goodies made and processed. I…

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Tomato Sauce Canning Preparations

I have been so busy with tomatoes this year!  For as poorly as our peppers produced, our tomatoes made up for it!  My husband loves tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches, so he is a happy camper!  We make our own spaghetti and pizza sauce each year.  This year, because we have a bumper crop of tomatoes, we are going to try…

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Homemade Hot Sauce

When a good friend and I decided to take a trip to Root’s Market, I was looking forward to seeing the variety of produce.  Our pepper plants did not produce this year, so I wanted to get some hot peppers to experiment with.  I was looking through my pins on Pinterest from last year, and I found some hot sauce…

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