Stocking Up

8 Items to Stock Up {Preparing Your Home for Emergencies} @

Family Preparedness You can find the rest of the series here. I recently read a poll that suggested parents are doing very little to educate and prepare their families in the even of an emergency. And this info graphic shows what parents are or aren’t doing to prepare. So, this week I’ll be sharing ideas on how you can prepare your family for a crisis,

Apple Butter Goodness

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Preserving a Legacy of Family, Faith, and Food – November 1 – December 31 Written by Meghan Carver Few things usher in a holiday feel more than the aroma of simmering cinnamon and cloves, shiny gold and red apples, and a mug of warm cider. Add a plate of cookies and a fire crackling in the fireplace and life is complete. My family and I

Preserving a Legacy: Pickled Beets

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Article Written By Cleo Lampos On Thanksgiving Day, our family will gather around a table laden with the usual dishes: cranberries in Jell-o, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, oven-warm rolls, sliced turkey and pickled beets. Lots of pickled beets, for everyone from grandpa to preschoolers relishes that tangy taste from home grown and canned pickled beets. This love affair with pickled beets spans

Canning Stewed Tomatoes

Remember how we went to the Farmer’s Market in Asheville last Sunday and purchased 11 bushels of tomatoes? This year I decided to use part of the tomatoes to make Stewed Tomatoes which I love to eat with okra and cornbread. Yum! Melissa’s Stewed Tomatoes for Canning 2 quarts coarsely chopped tomatoes 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers 1/4 cup chopped onion 2 tsp. celery

What to Do with Summer Squash #1

I love summer time. The bounty of fresh from the garden (or farmer’s market) produce is such a blessing! Yellow squash and zucchini are usually found in abundance. Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, you probably have friends who do – and you will end up with some of their overflowing blessings! I just recently put up six quart bags of

Apple BBQ Sauce for Canning

I am still canning all those apples we bought back a few months ago. Who knew life would be so crazy the last few months? I’ve hardly had more than one day a week (if that, some weeks) to work on the canning. Thankfully I only have about 5 bushels of apples left and seven pumpkins left that need preserving. So, since we have enough

Enchilada Sauce for Canning

Okay, so I started getting all the produce put up. We bought 6 more bushels of tomatoes. That’s a lot of tomatoes! Plus the bushel of Pablano Peppers! All in all our trip to the Farmer’s Market in Asheville, NC gave me…  7 bushels of tomatoes 14 bushels of apples 1 bushel sweet potatoes 1 peck squash 1 peck eggplant 2 bushels red and green

Speaking of Mason Jars…


…it’s that time of year again. My husband went to the Farmer’s Market in Asheville, NC on Friday with plans for going back this coming Thursday for more produce. I love it, but that also means, the pressure is on! I have canned a lot of produce since January. Some of the produce I have to get put up came from our garden including habenero

Mason Jars


Have you missed me? This summer flew by, oh wait, summer been over for… weeks! Yes, fall is quickly passing me by as well it seems. I have had next to no time for my blog or website, much to my great disappointment. But I have learned over the years – 10 years blogging – that life needs to come first, family needs to come

Autumn Harvest – Canning Pumpkin

I was lucky enough this year to find ten perfectly good pumpkins next to a neighbor’s trash can after the Thanksgiving holiday. With my own two purchased pumpkins, that gave me a lot of pumpkins to can! If you don’t have a garden of your own, ask around – lots of people by pumpkins for fall decorations with no plans of eating them. I love