hot pepper butter

Hot Pepper Butter

I LOVE this hot pepper butter recipe. While the recipe says butter, this is more like a hot mustard…and very sweet. It’s a fabulous way to use excess peppers from the garden. Plus, you can adjust the peppers to make it hotter or milder, based on your family’s preference. The key is to simply keep…

strawberry jam

Strawberry Jam

If you want to make strawberry jam, this is the simplest way and requires very few ingredients. 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed and stemmed 4 cups sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice In a bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. If you prefer a smoother jam, you can dice/puree…

bread in a jar

Gingerbread “Bread in a Jar”

I heard about this years ago but did not give it much credence.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure if the jars would seal properly or if they would truly be safe to eat.  Well … I have been corrected in my thinking.  Yesterday I was meeting with my team from the Seeds of Faith…

canning venison stew

Canning Venison Stew

Canning venison stew is a great way to preserve your harvest and provide meals for your family later…without taking up room in the freezer. 4-5 pounds venison 1 tablespoon oil 3 quarts cubed & peeled potatoes 2 quarts sliced carrots 3 cups chopped celery 3 cups chopped onions 1½ tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon thyme ½…

pomegranate apple jelly

Pomegranate Apple Jelly

Pomegranate Apple Jelly is a delicious jelly…plus it’s very easy to make. Don’t double the recipe because it won’t set correctly, so you’ll need to make multiple batches if you have a lot of juice. 2 cups pomegranate juice 1 ½ cups apple juice 5 cups sugar 1 box pectin Combine the pectin and juices…

Canning Mustang Grape Jelly

One of our summer “to do’s” each year is to pick mustang grapes and turn them into jelly. We ran out of Mustang Grape Jelly a year or two ago and we couldn’t find any wild grapes in our usual spot. So, this year we completely ran out of our homemade jelly/jam (all the strawberry,…

planting guide for Central Texas

Planting Guide for Central Texas

I don’t know about you, but for me it helps to know when to plant specific plants. There are some plants that do better in the spring (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes) and summer (okra, basil, peppers) and others that do better in cooler temperatures (lettuces, broccoli, spinach, peas). To help you (and your garden) out, here…

Killing Aphids with Soapy Water

Killing Aphids with Soapy Water

My husband noticed white fuzz on our garden plants (mainly the blackberry bush and rose bush), as well as in other trees around our yard. After closer inspection, he realized these were aphids, which can destroy our garden. We have never seen an aphid problem this large before. Trees were turning white with this powdery…

harvesting-and-storing onions

Harvesting and Storing Onions

One of the easiest things to do is harvesting and storing onions. This past fall we planted 2 tubs of onions. (Please pay no mind to the weeds and baby Spanish Oaks mingled with the onions). Now that we’re into summer, it’s finally time to fully harvest them. We’ve been using them throughout the winter…

homesteading in the suburbs

Homesteading in the Suburbs

I bet there are quite a few homesteaders in the suburbs. This is a relatively new idea for me…one that I’ve been tossing around in my head for a few days. Are you homesteading in the suburbs now? I guess for me that would still include gardening, whatever I could do with what I had.…