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Cook Garden Tomato

Canning Mishap

I am canning tomato sauce this afternoon and just had my first mishap. I loaded the last jar (a short pint jar) in and lowered the basket into the almost boiling water. Then “plumpf.” Said jar then did a backflip, losing it’s bottom and much of the contents in the process. Boo. So now what […]

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Garden

Hornworms and Parasitic Wasps

I have spent the past month picking and smashing hornworms, all the while wondering where in the heck those wonderful parasitic wasps were. I guess they decided to make an entrance now that fall is banging down our door.

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Garden

Garden Pests – Have you seen these?

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my first year of organic gardening is that you can’t be afraid to get out there and squish a few bugs. Even when they are as big as your thumb. Have you seen any of these pests in your garden this year? What pests have you seen […]

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Cook Garden Tomato

Canning Tomato Sauce using the Omega 8004/8006 Juicer

With the bounty of tomatoes from my garden and those of our families I have been looking into canning. I have already canned tomatoes in their own juice, but I realized that we go through quite a few cans of tomato sauce each month making pizza and spaghetti and a few other dishes. I decided […]

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Daily Life

Could I ask an easy favor? Organic Gardening Photo Contest

I have exciting news. I submitted a photo to the 2011 Photo Contest from Organic Gardening and I was selected as one of the 10 finalists! My picture is number 5 – Picking Beans with Grandpa. It is a photo of my dad and my daughter picking green beans together. It is a treasured photo of […]

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Cook Daily Life

Spice Organization – Free Printable Spice Labels

I have been staring into my spice cabinet for months trying to decide just how to overhaul the whole mess. It needed to be neat and orderly, preferably with the jars or canisters all the same size. And I need to be able to find things easily. It wouldn’t hurt for it to be pretty […]