Tag Archive: canning

Wow, it’s crazy out there! Things are growing fast and ripening ahead of schedule this year! Simple pleasure, enjoying the outdoor bounty in the fields and local woodlands.

Been picking black and blue berries, bagging them up and tossing them in the freezer almost every day.  some of course, also find their way into canning jars on shelves in ‘the back room.

Jelly, cobblers, muffins to come… I do love this time of year, don’t you?

An added bonus too, when you get to enjoy something like this while you are out there

Feel free to grab a bucket, swipe on some sassafrass to repel the bugs and join us on Sunrise Ridge, for all the grandness and some fine wild food.

You’re welcome here.

Consider this, I spend about one-third of my time in the kitchen. There is cooking, canning, baking, cleaning up and the chair I prefer to sit in to read and do paperwork. The table is great for eating, spreading a quilt to work on or enjoying a puzzle.

It’s a great place to sit and share time with family and friends as well.

My kitchen is a big part of my life, you see. I have tried to surround myself with things there that I love… so here is a corner of my kitchen for all the world to see.


March 29 the photo prompt for today is “feet”, I have two of them.

Early this morning I was enjoying my coffee out on the porch along with a grand opening to the day – wearing my flipflops


THe prompt for yesterday, March 28, was “trash”. During an outing with a friend we came upon an old houseplace. Actually a rock foundation overgrown with wild vegetation, however an old stove sat rusting inside the foundation and a bit farther on, the remains of a school desk and a half gallon jar lay on the ground.

     The wisteria and honeysuckle blooming and the faded daffodils tell me this place was once a woman’s pride. The desk means likely there were children here, the jar a home for winter food or maybe treasures.

I love finding these old places and all the countless thoughts they bring. And I wo9nder, where have they gone?


Here is how we make Easy Fried pies:  1/4 cup butter, (margarine, Crisco) 1 cup all purpose flour, 3 Tblsp hot milk, 1 egg yolk. BZlend together as any pie crust.  Roll out small portions of dough to about the size of a saucer. place 2=3 Tblsp pie filling near center or circle and fold over. Seal edges well. Fry in deep fat  (300 degrees) until golden brown. Glaze while still warm if desired with a thin powdered sugar glaze. The recipe is about right for one can of pie filling.

Grandson Brett helped make these delicious blueberry fried pies. Hubby and other guests applauded and asked for ‘more.’ That is why there are only four in the picture. I think that proves they are delicious.

Hubby wanted to build a greenhouse this year. However, on a shopping trip the other day he found this for far less than the materials we were after. Now this little green plastic covered ‘building’

is sitting in the front yard.


As of yesterday, it has plants in it. Maybe not ‘plants’, but at least the seed is in the potting soil and some of the shelves are filled with things we hope to eat in the future. Hopefully enough to have plenty of fresh veggies through the summer and some to preserve for later on. I look forward to the canning and freezing almost as much as to the growing and eating fresh!

That, of course, is the purpose of gardening here on Sunrise Ridge.

Tomatoes, brocolli, cauliflower among other things, were potted and placed there with faith they will grow.

The prompt for today’s photoaday challenge is ‘fruit’. Of course there is no fresh fruit around here this morning, sadly.

That is no reason to think I can’t do it, I got out some canned fruit and took some pics of that, blackberries, peaches and blueberries from past harvests. Jars of summers bounty.

While I was at it, I thought about all the pleasure of picking and canning it. Not only that, I promised myself  (and Hubby) that some of these beauties would become a nice dessert today.  Looks like blackberry cobbler is in our future.

Then, I realized the plum trees in the yard are starting to come out, promising fruit for this year, if the weather continues to be mild.