Sweet as vinegar

In addition to the peach-honey butter, apple butter, pickles, salsa, chips, and apple sauce that I threw together this year for Christmas gifts, I also decided to make my mom some cranberry-orange vinegar, since she eats a lot of salad. I thought it might make a nice, quasi-festive (read: cranberries) vinegar that she could useContinue reading “Sweet as vinegar”

Koch’s snowflake

My canning is done. All that is left is making cookies, chips to go with the salsa, and decorating. I performed an exhaustive search for ideas and felt no inspiration. I am not entirely sure if this is because of the hour, my generally foul mood, or that there is not much out there. IContinue reading “Koch’s snowflake”

Homemade apple butter – the extended edition

I am writing with the intention of sharing how Eric and I made apple butter last week for our DIY Christmas this year, but before I start, I just have to talk about yesterday. As some of you might know – hopefully all – on the 14th, The Hobbit will be released in theaters. ThatContinue reading “Homemade apple butter – the extended edition”

Another birthday

Yesterday Eric and I drove to Lake Odessa to visit with Mark’s family and celebrate October birthdays (Eric and Mark, in fact). Since Eric already got his gift, I didn’t bring it with us, but he got some very thoughtful gifts from the folks there. Mark is my mother-in-law’s boyfriend, and he is a wonderfulContinue reading “Another birthday”

Stairs hurt

So…I lied about being patient and reading and learning before canning. This weekend, Eric and I went and bought the final supplies for our canning adventures. And then we made peach-honey butter. Here are some things we learned: 1. We were given two pressure cookers, which is awesome, but unnecessary for things like jams andContinue reading “Stairs hurt”

Let canning season begin…

Since moving here, I have been increasing my desire to make things from scratch. I am quickly becoming addicted to the idea of saying “I made that,” and I am always looking for ways to make a meal just a few, if any, preprocessed ingredients. It was with this goal in mind that I askedContinue reading “Let canning season begin…”