Tuesday, October 20, 2020


The long hot days of summer are gone.

Morning and evening are chill and dark. Mist shrouds us each morning. The sun comes up in the middle of the day long enough to remind us it is here but a cool wind still blows and jackets are needed. When the sun smiles on us we exit our home to bask in the wilderness we love. Retreating to comfort as the dark and cold return for the night. The garden lies empty and forlorn. I can no longer go pick a pepper or cucumber for dinner. Most of the harvest is bottled. Shelved neat and snug they are a promise of plenty of food over the long winter. We hunker down, grateful for our wood piles and stove. It is a time of turning in, of reflection, of comfort, and healing.

Winter comes.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Canning Apple Pie Filling

Fall harvest is going on and food preservation is on our minds. Come join us as we bottle apple pie filling.

1 C cornstarch
4 1/2 C sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
10 C water
3 tbsp lemon juice.
Mix everything but the lemon juice. Boil until thick and bubbly. Take off heat and add lemon juice. pour into quart jars over apples. makes about 5-6 quarts. Process in water bath according to safe directions for your altitude.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Uh Oh

 For some reason the dishwasher isn't draining. Which means it isn't running. Want to see what dishes for a family of six looks like?

Time to start washing.