{Food & Gardening} Making Gourmet Jam

peach_rosemary_jam

I picked the first ripe strawberry from my yard just yesterday. After splitting it 3 ways so the kids could each get a taste, I only had a tiny bite that left me wanting more but in a few weeks I know there will be fresh fruit everywhere! Summer is canning season at my house [...]

{Food & Gardening} DIY Pantry

Mayonnaise ingredients by Flickr user RJL20

Across America, the average family’s pantry looks something like this, though maybe not as neat and tidy. (Photo above is by Flickr user Mullica) Shelves and cabinets are crammed full of cans and boxes of prepared and quick-cooking food. Canned soup, jars of pasta sauce, boxes of macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing [...]

{Food & Gardening} The Case for Clover

Photo by Flickr user iantmcfarland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! In honor of this day, I thought I’d start us off with a photo of some clover, though it’s no lucky 4-leaf variety. Just ordinary clover. You know- that pesky weed that pops up all over our pretty lawn, ruining the infinite landscape of tall grass blades that most American [...]

{Food and Gardening} Choosing Seasonal Food at the Supermarket

grapes

The last several times I’ve gone grocery shopping my 4 year old daughter has begged me to buy grapes. While I’m happy to fill the cart with all sorts of other fresh fruits and vegetables, I’ve firmly denied her request for grapes. Why? This time of year they come all the way from Chile, over [...]