Here are some easy and simple Christmas traditions you can start with your own family this year!

Christmas is right around the corner and maybe you’ve been pondering adding in some new traditions or thinking about simplifying the ones you already have. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.  I may make a small commission if you click on them at no extra cost to you.  Thanks for supporting my blog! I asked my girls the other day what their favorite traditions are. You know what? They loved the simple ones the best! So in the spirit of keeping life slow paced and easy going here are  10 easy and simple Christmas traditionsREAD MORE

Need help deciding what to do with your abundance of peppers? Learn about three options to preserve your garden harvest! #garden #peppers

Pepper Preservation Options Fall is here and gardeners everywhere are canning in overtime! Food preservation has been on my mind for the last couple months (gotta do something with all the garden goodies!), so I’m going to give you three totally different options for preserving your peppers! This post may contain affiliate links.  See my disclosure here.  Thanks for supporting my blog! Years ago, when I first started gardening, I was too chicken to do any canning, so I froze any of my garden surplus. Which totally works and brings me to my first (andREAD MORE

Homemade Tomato Soup| Canning Tomato Soup| Tomatoes| Gardening

Anybody else watching their tomato plants put on lots of green fruit?? Me, me! *hand raised* As I’m waiting for my first ripe tomatoes, my mind is already jumping ahead to canning season! Now, I’ll be honest, canning season is not my most favorite part of gardening.  I love the planting and the tending and the harvesting.  And I love seeing rows of colorful jars full of my season’s hard work lining my pantry shelves. But, the actual canning part? Yeah, not my most favorite. On that note, though, I have a fabulous, amazing, mouth-wateringREAD MORE

the best bread recipe ever

Don’t you just LOVE the smell of homemade bread baking??  And what better way to define your homesteading abilities than a proficiency at making homemade bread, right?? Well, I’m here to share the best bread recipe ever with you! Bread can be very intimidating to most people, but it really doesn’t have to be and its much more forgiving than you think.  Humans have been baking bread since the beginning of time, so, let me tell you, YOU CAN, too! So, 28 years ago, I was in 4-H (Yes, I’m going somewhere with this… justREAD MORE

So last week, I FINALLY started and finished my canning!  Hip-hip-hooray! On one hand, I actually enjoy the process and the feeling I get as I gaze at all my lovely jars filled with garden goodness, but on the other hand, the canning itself takes so much equipment and set up. I’ve been putting tomatoes in the freezer as they’ve been ripe, plus I had tomatoes left over from last year still in the freezer, so I spent four days and got them all done. This year, I tried something different. I have had aREAD MORE