Mastery Food Challenge – Making plum butter and keeping my home free of evil spirits


You can’t evoke great spirits and eat plums at the same time.

George William Russell

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Frugal Endeavors – and just like that, summer comes to an end.

The lake in early fall

Aug 25 to 31

It seems like the end of August came from out of nowhere. The heat and smoke of summer is still here but there is a definite chill in the air in the wee hours of the morning.  Continue reading

Canning Mastery Challenge – Making Soup Base

The cold and wet weather of February cries out for a hot bowl of soup. This is how I made a soup base for this month’s canning mastery challenge.

Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and cheer? … Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it. You don’t catch steak hanging around when you’re poor and sick, do you?

Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

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