Growing: This month was an optimal month to start planting as the Houston temperature starts to cool. Winter is fairly non-existent here, so plants can survive and thrive outside until Spring. I'm really excited to see how this goes! We managed to plant or start... 4 Strawberry plants 4 Rhubarb pots from seeds (7 sprouts) … Continue reading September 2017 Reflections
On the most recent grocery trip I resisted the call of the plums and tomatoes. I was going out of town for several days and knew I wouldn't be able to process them all in time. However... I was not able to resist the pears. The pears were rock solid, though, so I figured I … Continue reading Canning: Pear Preserves
I have to admit... I'm not a big plum eater. It is a fruit I'm just not drawn to, but since the produce department has lots of them on sale I thought I'd give them a shot in jam. The poor little plums sat on the counter and ended up being the very final bit … Continue reading Canning: (Not)Spiced Plum Jam
I feel like my peaches got very little attention during the jam making phase. I was feeling rushed because I bought way too much fruit to put up for one week, and the peaches were most definitely ripe. All I could do one day was peel, chop, and get them mixed in with the sugar. … Continue reading Canning: Low Sugar Peach Jam
We established before that I LOVE pear, right? And I bought so many pears recently that I made a batch of Vanilla Pear Jam and Pear Bread, but I still had 3 pounds of pears left and they were super-ripe. I saw the recipe for Chocolate Pear jam and I was hesitant at first. … Continue reading Canning: Chocolate Pear Jam
I had extra pears from this week's grocery trip, and they were getting nice and squishy, so I whipped up my very favorite quick bread. Most of the time I'm using it for Banana Bread, because I always seem to buy more bananas than the family can eat up before they get too ripe. The … Continue reading Baking: (Multi-Option) Pear Quick Bread
I'm so excited because I have sprouts! All four of my rhubarb pots have little sprouts, and my beet pot is just full of them. Hurray! Last night we had a big storm with heavy rain, so I had to rush outside and move the strawberries and beets under cover. They got a good watering, … Continue reading Daily Journal: Sprouts!!
One of my very favorite parts of Fall is the abundance of fresh, inexpensive PEARS. Oh my goodness, this family loves pears. In fact, when I went on my recent grocery trip, I gathered about twice as many pears as anything else. This recipe for Pear Vanilla Jam called out to be because, pears of … Continue reading Canning: Pear Vanilla Jam
The local garden center was having a phenomenal sale on all plants this weekend: 70% off! What a great time to pick up some new plants. We have one orange tree in out backyard that has produced amazingly the last few years (it looks a little bare this year - I will have to research … Continue reading Daily Journal: Fruit Trees!
The September challenge from the Food in Jars website is Fruit Butters. I really enjoy fruit butter, but rarely buy it at the store. There is something indulgent about the texture and sweetness of fruit butters that prevented me from buying it as a home staple. This challenge piqued my interest, not only because I … Continue reading Canning: Maple Apple Butter