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PostHeaderIcon Ball Jam and Jelly Maker: Apple Jelly #Recipe

Ball® Freshtech Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

Ball Jam and Jelly Maker 2When I first started canning, I knew that I was going to run right to the Ball Fresh Preserving website in hopes to find some help. I wanted to make jam and jelly so, where else would I go? After all, the Ball brand is the most well known for all things canning!

I tried the making jelly on the stove and let’s just say it was a bit of a nightmare. This was probably due to the fact that I had kids trying to talk to me and I couldn’t give it my full attention. Such is mom life, right?

While poking around on the Ball website, I came across something called a Ball® Freshtech Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker. Say what?! Automatic you say? Shut up and take my money! I was so excited and went on to read more about it. There had to be some catch. I couldn’t be that easy and I need to know more before I spend $90 on it!

Here is what Ball says about this machine: read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon When Your Body Asks, WTF but Your Garden is saying YES

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It is no secret to many that I am a horrible sleeper and I love my food, having a garden has helped. Almost 7 years ago, I became a single Mom. I was okay with it. It was a new journey that I was happy to take. Why? I was a very depressed person. Not happy with my life and I had gained a lot of weight. I was over 250 lbs when this chapter began. Over the course of the years, I managed to lose 50 pounds. This was a big accomplishment for me because I didn’t think I could do it. Stress is an amazing weight loss tool. Not that I recommend doing it that way. Over time I gained a few pounds back.

Currently I have hit that weight loss wall. I will be 40 next year and I know it gets harder to lose it as we women get older. I got to the point where I just ignored it. Out of sight out of mind, right? That just wasn’t working for me.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently started Thrive. I am currently on Day 5 and feeling great. I haven’t gone back to bed in 5 days and I am excited to see where this takes me. With the balance of sleeping and moving twice as much during the day, I am hopeful. Wish me luck!

With all of my new-found energy, I started to focus on my garden. I am determined to have an amazing crop this year. Last year we had a lot of cucumbers but nothing else really seemed to thrive. (See what I did there? Completely unintentional lol) So, I decided that I wanted to do raised beds. The ground moles got under the garden and ripped my root vegetables to shreds. I pulled up my radishes with such joy, only to find them chomped on. Very disappointing.

Garden Bed
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PostHeaderIcon I Like Big Crops and I Can Not Lie

Canning Mason JarsSome days I just want to stay in bed curled up under my blankie. Unfortunately, I have a family that likes to eat and have clean clothes. I always wondered how this became Mom’s job. I understand that back in the day, the men worked and the women did home stuff. Now that women work too, how is it we still do everything else? Food for thought.

I really don’t recall how it happened but, it happened. In August I started canning our garden. I began with pickles because we had an over abundance of cucumbers. After canning over 50 jars of pickles and eating a cucumber everyday for 2 months, I went out and pulled the vines. I had officially been cucumbered out. I learned a valuable lesson for this year. I really don’t need 3 cucumber plants. I am going with only 2 this year. We have so many and there are still 12 jars in my pantry.

After the pickle craze, I decided to go to out local orchard and pick a few bushels of apples. The kids had so much fun doing this but, we will definitely go on a warmer day this year. Everyone wanted apple sauce, which I am not a huge fan of. 25 pints later, it was a hit! It was so good that I had to bring all of my supplies 500 miles to my Mom’s to make her some, per her demand.. ahem… request. read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Trying to Figure Out a Garden for the First Time – Part 2

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The other day I told you about our adventures with being a first time gardener. As I mentioned earlier, it has been a complete learning process. The garden has been growing since Mid-May and it seems never-ending. Not that I am complaining but, wow!

Sugar Baby WatermelonI didn’t think about planting everything according to how long it would take to reach harvest time. I also didn’t factor in the fact that we planted 3 vine plants. Yep! So our pumpkins, watermelon and cucumbers are taking over the yard. We try to redirect them but, you can’t always catch it in time. The pumpkin vines will root themselves  into the ground and many times, it’s too late. You just have to suck it up and let it run.Vegetable Garden read the rest of this entry »

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