Pepper Jelly

Pepper Jelly is a wonderful treat that can be eaten on crackers with cream cheese. Below is a basic recipe but can be adapted to different flavor profiles and degrees of spice. Makes: 7 8oz jars Total time: 90 min Prep time: 15-30 min Ingredients: 4 1/2 cups finely chopped […]


        I always know it’s the end of summer when the basil stems get woody and the fight to keep them from flowering becomes futile. This signals PESTO TIME! Pesto is my husband’s favorite food. It was a “right of passage” of sorts to learn the recipe from my mother-in-law, […]

Keto Breakfast Cups

KETO BREAKFAST When you decide to follow a ketogenic diet, getting enough calories, particularly from fat and protein, can be challenging. When Sean and I began tracking our diets on myfitnesspal, it became apparent that our breakfasts needed to pack a punch. I found this recipe, and began playing around […]

Plan Your Meals!

Conscious meal planning can be one of the most successful ways to improve your diet and reduce monthly spending. For over a year now, we have been starting off every month with a single large, carefully planned grocery shopping trip. On this trip, we get all our protein, grains, shelf […]

Juglone, Walnuts, and Pecans Oh My! 4

Do you have a Walnut or Pecan tree? Does most of what you plant under and near it end up dying? This is because this family of trees produce an allelopathic chemical called Juglone. Juglone is an organic compound that stunts the growth of many plants by inhibiting enzymes that […]

Getting Trees for Cheap

Need trees but don’t want to spend a fortune? Here are resources for affordable trees.   Arbor Day Foundation You will get 10 free trees when you join the Arbor Day Foundation. Members get about a 36% discount on trees. We joined and a few friends joined giving us what […]

Making A Wort Chiller

Why spend $50-90 on purchasing a wort chiller when you can build one for about $25. Benefits to using the chiller is that you reduce the chilling time from hours to minutes. Materials needed: Copper tubing 3/8 Outside Diameter (OD) Vinyl tubing 3/8 Inside Diameter (ID) Tube clamp Compression fitting […]