Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nearly every morning I get up between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. and go to sit down in what we call the “front room”. Really it is a parlor or sitting room, in the traditional sense, but it’s in the front of the house, so “front room” it is. I spend time reading the Bible and…

Friday, October 5 -Something To Look Forward To?

Here is a portion of what I canned last year. It feels very weird not doing ANY of this canning this year, but I remember how hard it was to do it. Something to look forward to next year?  Today, I plan on taking our orange cat for a check-up at the vet.  Then I’ve…

Slow-Roasted Applesauce

Slow-Roasted Applesauce Something that invokes the very essence of Autumn is the harvesting of apples, and from that the making of homemade applesauce.  To me, nothing smells as amazing as our house permeated with the scent of apples roasting in the traditional “fall” spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  (I also add cardamom. So good.)…

Cooking Basics: Making Garlic Oil

Basics:  Making Garlic Oil Nearly every October or November, Dad and I plant garlic.  Garlic is rather prolific.  From one clove, you’ll get a whole head of garlic.  And since you cover the garlic bed with straw, you have little weeding to do. Last year, Dad and the kids did the garlic planting for us…

Strange Weather Brewing

Is it just here in central IL or is the weather really strange where you are? As far as I can remember, I don't remember such a long stretch of cool(er) weather in August. We've had temperatures in the 70's and 80's since last week, and according to the forecast, we should expect this for…