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The Austerity Diaries: Making Hay While the Sun Shines

making hay while the sun is shining

With the advent of “progress” we now live in a society in which nothing is really that urgent to most folks. But is this really progress?

How to Can Homemade Italian Marinara Sauce

jars of marinara sauce

I totally lucked out and got 15 pounds of end-of-season organic tomatoes last week.  My daughter was thrilled when she saw them because she knew exactly what that meant….homemade marinara sauce. A note: end-of-season tomatoes don’t look as smooth and lovely as mid-season tomatoes. This is because they expand andRead the Rest…

How to Pressure Can Food

How to pressure can without the fear of blowing yourself up

You are NOT going to blow up your house when you are pressure canning. It’s way easier than you think!

Autumn Garden Stew

root veg

  One great way to make use of all those tasty root veggies in your fall garden is with a hearty stew. Based on what you have available, you can mix and match the veggies below to your heart’s content.  Do not add flour or other thickener to your stewRead the Rest…

Bestern Southwestern Chicken Soup

bsw soup

I’m in the process of a looooooonnnnggg move.  Okay, it’s not quite cross country but still a 7 hour drive. So I am trying to use up the contents of my freezer and my garden in order to allow it to travel better. Also, if you think about it, I’mRead the Rest…