Kitchen

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pie

Oatmeal Pie

It’s a fact of life that nothing is so good that pure maple syrup doesn’t make it better. And where I live, March is the time of the year when tree sap begins to flow and maple syrup is made. It also just happens to be the time of the year when hens start laying…

How To Store Fresh Lemons In A Crock

Store Fresh Lemons In A Crock

For long-term storage, fresh lemons keep best in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. But if you don’t have a refrigerator or space in the fridge is limited, there is a time-tested low tech way to store fresh lemons. Fresh lemons will store very well for a couple of months by being completely…

Pictures of Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Glass Upper Cabinets & Shelf Above LP Range

My mother-in-law always hated my kitchen. She can’t understand why I would live with a low-tech make shift kitchen for 25 years. To her way of thinking, a kitchen without fitted cabinets and lots of modern small appliances and vinyl is just plain kooky. But in the middle of January my old farmhouse kitchen was…

Bread Machine – White Bread Recipe

Loaf Of Bread From A Bread Machine

After a lifetime of his mother’s baking, and more than 25 years with me, homemade is pretty much the only bread my husband will eat. He’s a spoiled man for sure. Usually I pick one or two days a month to batch bake. On those days I’ll bake 6 loaves of bread and make cookies…

Kitchen

Springtime Kitchen

My house was built in 1890. The kitchen in my house was at one time a dining room. The original kitchen built with this house was a small wing that came off the west side of the house. It burned down sometime in the mid 1920’s and was never replaced. Since I’ve lived here the…

Storing Canning Jars

Mason Jars Stored In Clear Plactic Tubs With Lids

Canning jar storage is almost always an issue for home canners.  I’m not sure an ideal storage solution has ever been found for empty jars. I store canning jars in an unfinished cellar in clear plastic tote tubs. The jars are stored without the bands. I keep the bands out of the cellar and away…

Jam Without Pectin – What You Need To Know

Free Peaches

Well wasn’t I hopping mad yesterday morning. I had plans to make peach jam from frozen peaches that had been in the freezer since last September. I like to use pectin when I make jams and jellies because it saves time and stove fuel. I also think pectin jams have a slightly better taste. But…