Diane’s Dill Pickles

I never thought I would get into to pickling, but one year one of Derek’s cousins sent me home from a family gathering with bowls full of pickling cucumbers and his Mom said she would help me pickle them, so there was my introduction to pickling.  I learned that pickling is easy!  It’s one of…

Cooked Plum Jam

I have this plum tree which it seems not matter what I do to it only produces these teeny little plums but tons of them.  I think it is the type of plum; they just don’t get big.  My kids love to eat them, but me not so much.  If you don’t pick them as…

Apple Chips

We have the most amazing apple tree in our backyard that produces these ginormous sweet red apples.  Everyone always asked me what kind they are and I really don’t know.  I feel like most people can apple sauce with their apples, but I don’t particularly like apple sauce.  We mostly dry our apples in ring…

Canned Salsa

I have to give props to my friend Julie Riley for teaching me the process of canning salsa.  When Derek and I moved into this house, but still didn’t have kids Julie offered to teach anyone interested how to can salsa.  Derek and I had planted a small salsa garden that year, and Derek loves…

Canned Peaches

Our peach tree just ripened this week and today was a slightly slower day than the others this week, so today was the day I canned peached.  Derek laughs at me every time I get on one of these canning sprees because I always vowed I would never be one of those women who canned….