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Housekeeping 1915-style

I recently borrowed my mother-in-law’s Household Hand Book: Containing reliable hints and suggestions for the household, by Lily Haxworth Wallace. It was published by the makers of Runford Baking Powder in 1915. As you can imagine, many gems lie inside that worn cover.I’ve never been more ...

Apple Quince Pie

Quince has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. Some Biblical historians even suspect that Eve’s fruit of temptation might have been a quince rather than an apple. In the United States, quince was found in home gardens throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but apples were more ...

To Want But Little

With the holidays right around the bend it seems like the drumbeat of commercialism is hard to escape. It’s not even Thanksgiving but the bombardment of messages to buy, buy, buy seem to have already ratcheted up. If you’re like me, it’s hard not to fall into the trap of thinking that ...

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

We avoid processed cereal at our house, relying on simple, healthy, home-cooked food instead. That makes a quick breakfast difficult. We like oatmeal a lot. I wanted to try something new and came across steel cut oats. I tried cooking steel cut oats on the stove, but it always took too long and ...

Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

We grow a lot of pumpkin and winter squash. I like to make pumpkin soup, bread, waffles, cookies, you name it. Pumpkin makes everything better, right? This is a Sweet Meat pumpkin from our garden. Until recently I processed my pumpkins in the oven by cutting them open and baking them. But I ...

Easy Homemade Kale Chips

We grew kale this year for the first time. We didn’t know how much to plant and went a bit too far, I’m afraid. We ended up with a lot of excess kale. We also found out that we don’t really like kale that much! In an attempt to make it palatable, I started experimenting with kale chips. ...

A Time to Every Purpose

Anyone who tends a garden knows well Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” As gardeners we arrange our lives around the seasons and each season has a different purpose. In the spring we get everything started. In the summer ...

Canned Tomatillo Salsa

Even with only two tomatillo plants this year we harvested buckets of them. I made two batches of tomatillo salsa and still gave away three bags full.Tomatillo salsa is easy to make and doesn’t take as long as most recipes for canning regular tomatoes do. I tweaked the Ball recipe a little ...

Homemade Blueberry Muffins

A family friend owns a blueberry patch with a couple hundred large bushes. The patch has early, mid and late ripening berries, so the picking is good from August right through early September. It’s a bit of a long drive for us to go there so we try to make every visit worthwhile. We went a ...

Urban Fruit Foraging

Last year we picked about 25 pounds of apples from two abandoned fruit trees in our city. Both trees were in busy areas, but the free fruit they had was overlooked by everyone who passed by but me, I guess. We didn’t waste any of those apples, eating as many we could stand and canning the ...

Drying Time

One of the first things we did when we moved into our urban homestead was put up a clothesline. We have a semi-shaded backyard, but it does get enough sun to dry our clothes, especially in the summer. We’ve learned that clotheslines are considered a thing of the past. Although it is in our ...

Easy Canned Zucchini Relish

Canning condiments is a hobby, not a money-saving enterprise, to be sure. That said, there’s nothing quite like the sound of your jars sealing up as you pull a batch out of the waterbath. It’s music to the ears for canners! This photographs shows the zucchini and cucumber relishes I canned ...

Pumpkin Harvest Time

When the nights start to feel chilly and the calendar rolls around to September it means one thing at our house: time to harvest winter squash. Last year we grew over 150 pounds of pumpkin and winter squash. This year we aimed for 200 pounds, but we fell far short. Pumpkin is a staple at our ...

Can Your Own Ketchup

We’ve make our own mustard, relish and pickles, but I’ve never tried making ketchup. Our bumper tomato crop this year made me decide to try canning ketchup for the first time. Most ketchup brands at the grocery store have high fructose corn syrup, which we try to avoid. I figured why not ...

Canning Salsa

Our chest freezer is usually quite full of garden veggies by the time our tomato harvest rolls around. That doesn’t mean they go to waste, just that we have to can the majority of our tomatoes. I prefer canned tomatoes to frozen anyway, though it is far more work to can. Canning salsa is a ...

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