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Pumpkin Chips

This is the recipe I use for my odd ball pumpkins which do not grow big enough for me to make anything out of them. Ingredients:Small to medium sized pumpkinscinnamonpaprikaonion powderOlive oil or vegetable oil Step 1: Wash pumpkins (optional, peel them). Step 2:Cut Pumpkins open and remove seeds (you don’t have to remove theContinue reading “Pumpkin Chips”

Canning Pumpkin

We can Pumpkin and squash in order to enjoy our harvest year round, without the worry of checking on the squash of pumpkins to make sure they have not gone bad. Canned pumpkin can be used to make pumpkin pie and other squash dishes. Ingredients:Pie PumpkinsWater Step 1: Wash the pumpkins and peel off theContinue reading “Canning Pumpkin”

Pumpkin Spice Chips

Ingredients:Pie Pumpkins (small pumpkins)SaltCinnamonNutmegOlive oil or vegetable oil Step 1: Wash pumpkins and peel them. Step 2:Cut Pumpkins open and remove seeds. Click here for a pumpkin spice pumpkin seed recipe , click here for a regular pumpkin seed recipe. Discard the stringy pumpkin guts and save the pumpkin seeds if you plan on makingContinue reading “Pumpkin Spice Chips”

Roasted Sunflower Seeds

Ingredients:6 cups of sunflower seeds1 Cup of Salt Step 1: We grow our own sunflower every year. For us, obtaining sunflower seeds is a simple as walking out into our yard. Others may need to look for local farmers or farmers markets which provide sunflower heads.Obtaining sunflower’s is the hardest part of this step. OnceContinue reading “Roasted Sunflower Seeds”

Plum Pie Filling

Ingredients:2lbs of plum1tbls Citric Acid2 Cups of Brown Sugar (you can use white)1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract1/2 tsp salt1/2 Cup of Clear Jel1/4 cup water Before you begin working with the food, prep all of your materials.Fill your caner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are readyContinue reading “Plum Pie Filling”

Storing Zucchini

One of my husbands, and daughters, favorite treats is Zucchini bread. The hard part about growing your own is they come in fast and it is not possible to eat them all before they go bad. This last year, I learned that our ancestors dried squash during the summer to eat during the winter. ThisContinue reading “Storing Zucchini”

Cherry Pie Filling

Recipe is for 7 Quart Jars Ingredients:6 Quarts of Cherries7 Cups of Sugar1 3/4 cups of clear jel9 1/3 cups cold water1/2 cup lemon juice1tsp cinnamon(optional)1tsp Almond Extract (optional) Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your caner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it isContinue reading “Cherry Pie Filling”

Cherry Drizzle

Drizzle’s are my favorite way to can because they can be used in many ways. Drizzle’s can be used in place of sugar in recipes (i.e. one cup sugar = 1 cup drizzle). In my house we use drizzle’s for baking, cakes, syrup, salad dressing, oatmeal and more. Ingredients:This recipe makes 6 pint jars ofContinue reading “Cherry Drizzle”

Cherry Jam

Ingredients:This recipe makes 6 pint jars of jam. 5lbs cherries2 and 1/2oz powdered fruit pectin1 teaspoon butter7 1/2 cups of sugar. Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your caner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. WashContinue reading “Cherry Jam”

How to Make Sweet Dill Pickles Without Fermenting

This recipe should fill 4 pint jars. Ingredients:3 lbs cucumbers8 cloves of garlic4 teaspoons dill seeds8 sprigs of fresh dill2 cup apple cider vinegar2 cup water2 Cups Sugar3 tablespoons pickling salt Instructions: Step 1: Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready toContinue reading “How to Make Sweet Dill Pickles Without Fermenting”

How to Ferment Cucumbers

Ingredients for a 1 Quart Jar Three too four medium sized cucumbers2 Tablespoons Pickling Salt2 cloves of garlic1 teaspoon dill seeds2 sprigs of fresh dill1 teaspoon coriander 4 Cups Distilled Water4 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar Instructions Step 1. Wash Cucumbers in cold water and vinegar. Step 2. Wash jars thoroughly. Step 3. Place ingredients /Continue reading “How to Ferment Cucumbers”

Peach Drizzle

Drizzle’s are my favorite way to can because they can be used in many ways. Drizzle’s can be used in place of sugar in recipes (i.e. one cup sugar = 1 cup drizzle). In my house we use drizzle’s for baking, cakes, syrup, salad dressing, oatmeal and more. Ingredients:9 quarts of peaches.8 Cups Brown Sugar1/4Continue reading “Peach Drizzle”

Dried Peaches

Dehydrating fruits is my favorite way to store them for later use. Dehydrated peaches can be used for oatmeal, cakes and more. Step One: Wash peaches in cold water and vinegar. Step Two:Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop the peaces into the pot to boil for 5 minuets. While the peachesContinue reading “Dried Peaches”

DIY Peach Pit Art

This year, while canning over 40lbs of peaches, I found myself feeling like throwing away Peach Pits was kind of a waste. I guess my old foster grandams constant “waste not want not” sunk in further than I thought. I did a Google Search of Peach Pit art and did find quite a few uniqueContinue reading “DIY Peach Pit Art”

Peaches

Ingredients:8lbs of peaches3 Cups of Sugar8 Cups of water Directions: Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your jars, and lids, in soap and water. Most recipes youContinue reading “Peaches”

Dehydrating Catnip

Cut catnip in the early morning. This will ensure they have the most taste. Leave at least two inches of the plant behind for continual growth. Wash Catnip in cold water and vinegar. There are two options for this next step. Option 1. Take the leaves off of the stems place in dehydrator at 130Continue reading “Dehydrating Catnip”

Blueberry Gummies

This is a simple recipe for making fruit chews / gummies from fruits you pick yourself. They are a safer alternative to the chemical laden and fruit flavored gummies you buy in stores. Ingredients:1/4 Cup + 2tsp Clear-Jel1/2 Cup Sugar or 1/3 cup honey1 1/3 Cup Blueberries1Tbsp lemon juice (optional) Step 1. PrepDepending on theContinue reading “Blueberry Gummies”

Blueberry Syrup

Ingredients:9 quarts of blueberries.8 Cups Brown Sugar1/4 cup lemon juice1tsp Vanilla Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your four quart jars, and lids, in soap and water. Most recipes you see on line will tell you to cleanContinue reading “Blueberry Syrup”

Dried Blueberries

Dehydrating fruits is my favorite way to store them for later use. Dehydrated blueberries can be used for oatmeal, cakes and more. There are two ways to dehydrate blueberries. The more difficult way, which includes blanching the berries, I have found results in better flavor. I have listed both below. Step one for both options:Continue reading “Dried Blueberries”

Dehydrating Rosemary

Cut Rosemary in the early morning. This will ensure they have the most taste. Cut leaves from the bottom of the plant and leave the ones on the top. Wash Rosemary in cold water and vinegar. Place in dehydrator at 130 degrees. They will be done in 1-3 hours, depending on your dehydrator. Once dehydratingContinue reading “Dehydrating Rosemary”

Dehydrating Basil

Cut Basil in the early morning. This will ensure they have the most taste. Cut leaves from the bottom of the plant and leave the ones on the top. Wash Basil in cold water and vinegar. Place in dehydrator at 130 degrees. They will be done in 1-3 hours, depending on your dehydrator. Once dehydratingContinue reading “Dehydrating Basil”

Dehydrating Sage

Cut Sage in the early morning. This will ensure they have the most taste. Cut leaves from the bottom or cut green stems only. Wash Sage in cold water and vinegar. There are two options for this next step. Option 1. Take the leaves off of the stems place in dehydrator at 130 degrees. TheyContinue reading “Dehydrating Sage”

Dehydrating Mint

Cut mint in the early morning. This will ensure they have the most taste. Leave at least two inches of the plant behind for continual growth. Wash Mint in cold water and vinegar. There are two options for this next step. Option 1. Take the leaves off of the stems place in dehydrator at 130Continue reading “Dehydrating Mint”

Blueberry Preserves

Ingredients:5 Cups of blueberries2 1/2 Cups of Sugar2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice Instructions: Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your jars, and lids, in soap and water. MostContinue reading “Blueberry Preserves”

Blueberry Drizzle

Drizzle’s are my favorite way to can because they can be used in many ways. Drizzle’s can be used in place of sugar in recipes (i.e. one cup sugar = 1 cup drizzle). In my house we use drizzle’s for baking, cakes, syrup, salad dressing, oatmeal and more. Ingredients:12 Cups of blueberries8 Cups of Sugar4Continue reading “Blueberry Drizzle”

Blueberry Jam

Ingredients:6 Cups of blueberries4 Cups of Sugar2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice1 packet of SureGel Instructions: Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your jars, and lids, in soap andContinue reading “Blueberry Jam”

Melon Gummies

This is a simple recipe for making fruit chews / gummies from fruits you pick yourself. They are a safer alternative to the chemical laden and fruit flavored gummies you buy in stores. Ingredients:1/4 Cup + 2tsp Clear-Jel1/3 Cup Honey1 1/3 Cup Melon1Tbsp lemon juice (optional) Step 1. PrepDepending on the type of dehydrator youContinue reading “Melon Gummies”

Blueberry Pie Filling

Ingredients: 7 Cups of Blueberries3/4 Cup ClearJel2 Cups Cold Water2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice7 Cups of Sugar Instructions: Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your jars, and lids,Continue reading “Blueberry Pie Filling”

Dehydrating Oregano

Cut oregano in the early morning. This will ensure they have the most taste. Leave at least two inches of the plant behind for continual growth. Wash oregano in cold water and vinegar. There are two options for this next step. Option 1. Take the leaves off of the stems place in dehydrator at 130Continue reading “Dehydrating Oregano”

Teen Dating Violence. Facts All Parents and Teens Should Know

Prevalence of Teenage Dating Violence Social media, television shows, and Hollywood movies portray the teen years as the time in which adolescents begin exploring the world of romance by engaging in innocent dating relationships.  The media depiction of teen romance is accurate when reviewing research that indicates 61% of teen’s ages 13 through 18 wereContinue reading “Teen Dating Violence. Facts All Parents and Teens Should Know”

College Dropout Rates Highest for Minorities, Foster Youth, Low Income Students, and First Generation Students.

As promised I am sharing my research with those of you who work with foster programs and other orgs that help the disadvantaged. This is only a portion of the paper since much of the research is locally based. I put some of the graphs from the appendix in here from the national findings.  TheContinue reading “College Dropout Rates Highest for Minorities, Foster Youth, Low Income Students, and First Generation Students.”

Pickled Green Beans

Ingredients:4 Cloves of Garlic 4 fresh dill heads OR 1tbls dill seed2 tsp black peppercorns4 bay leaf3 tbls pickling salt6 cups of water Before you begin wash the large jar you will be using. Step 1: Place garlic, dill, peppercorns and bay leaf in the bottom of the jar. Step 2: Wash beans in waterContinue reading “Pickled Green Beans”

Dehydrating Chives

Cut chives in the early morning. This will ensure they have the most taste. Leave at least two inches of the plant behind for continual growth. Wash chives in cold water and vinegar. Cut chives into small pieces and place in dehydrator at 130 degrees. They will be done in 4-8 hours, depending on yourContinue reading “Dehydrating Chives”

Irish Moss

I have decided to keep track of the unique plants we plant that can be used for food.  This way as my friends begin to plant their own gardens I hope these notes will help them with their own garden and home cooking plans. As I go about processing the plants I will add notesContinue reading “Irish Moss”

Dried Strawberries

This is, by far, the easiest thing you can do to enjoy strawberries all year long. My kids add dried strawberries to their oatmeal, or eat them like chips.Step 1. Buy as many strawberries as you want. Step 2. Wash Strawberries in cold water and Vinegar. Step 3. Air Dry of Dehydrate A. Slice strawberriesContinue reading “Dried Strawberries”

Strawberry Pie Filling

Strawberry Pie FillingIngredients:8lb Strawberries4 Cups Sugar 1. slice strawberries into large chunks. Place strawberries in a large bowl and cover in sugar. Place in the refrigerator for an hour. 2. While the strawberries are chilling fill your canning pan with water and bring to a rolling boil. While the water is boiling thoroughly wash allContinue reading “Strawberry Pie Filling”

Strawberry Syrup

Ingredients:9 quarts of strawberries.8 Cups Brown Sugar1/4 cup lemon juice1tsp Vanilla Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your four quart jars, and lids, in soap and water. Most recipes you see on line will tell you to cleanContinue reading “Strawberry Syrup”

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Hi, I’m Elizabeth. I am a wife, mother, gardener, adjunct professor, philosopher, former foster child, former homeless adult and Master in Social Work. My blog covers all the things listed above!

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Strawberry Jam

Ingredients:12 Cups Sliced Strawberries1/4 cup lemon juice6 tablespoons pectin or 2 packs of Suregel.7 Cups of granulated sugar Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your four quartContinue reading “Strawberry Jam”

Strawberry Drizzle

Personally, I prefer drizzle’s to Jams and Jellies. Drizzle is still in a liquid state and can be used as flavoring for breads, cakes, drinks, ice creams and more. Drizzle’s are my favorite way to can because they can be used in many ways. Drizzle’s can be used in place of sugar in recipes (i.e.Continue reading “Strawberry Drizzle”

Rhubarb Jam

Ingredients: 4lb rhubarb3tbls lemon1 packet surjel (pectin)8cups sugar Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. Wash your four quart jars, and lids, in soap and water. Most recipes youContinue reading “Rhubarb Jam”

Mulberry Jam

This Recipe makes 6 8oz jars. Ingredients: 6 cups mulberries2 cups of water1 cup sugar1/2 cup lemon juice2 Packages of Pectin Before you begin working with the food prep all of your materials.Fill your canner bath with water and turn on the heat so that it is boiling when you are ready to can. WashContinue reading “Mulberry Jam”

Dilly Bean Recipe

My favorite part of summer is here! Harvest time.   At our house harvest time starts in the middle of June and lasts through October. Yesterday we enjoyed our first harvest of beans. We were able to get 5 lbs out of the first batch. Our bean harvest typically lasts 2 to 3 weeks so weContinue reading “Dilly Bean Recipe”

Freedom From Others or Of Others?

My thoughts on Freedom and Covid, with a nod to history.
Do we, as a nation, continue pointing to our founding fathers, twisting their words and ideals in a way to make our beliefs about freedom right?

Our City Garden

We currently live in a time of crisis. Within 60 years there will not be any farmable soil left on this earth. If things do not change, within our life time we will see mass starvation and our species will be brought close to extinction. My guess is that most of you reading this alreadyContinue reading “Our City Garden”

Anonymous Story

This story was shared with me by a survivor of extreme childhood abuse. She was never “rescued” into foster care, but her siblings were. At the end of this post she leaves a note for kids currently in the foster system today. My name is anonymous, and this is my story. I was never aContinue reading “Anonymous Story”

Impacts of Foster Youth Transitional Living Programs

Introduction             According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (2008), the primary mission of social workers is to enhance the lives of individuals who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty.  One of the most vulnerable, poverty stricken, and overlooked populations in the United States today is comprised of former foster children thatContinue reading “Impacts of Foster Youth Transitional Living Programs”

Problems stemming from the Adoption and Safe Families Act.

I wrote this paper, a few years ago, in grad school. It takes an in-depth look into the history of foster care, the introduction of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the negative consequences this act has had on foster youth. Negative impacts include high levels of homelessness, poverty, drug abuse and mental healthContinue reading “Problems stemming from the Adoption and Safe Families Act.”

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Mental Health

Each year, an estimated six-million youth experience child abuse (Child Help, 2014), and an estimated ten million children witness domestic violence (Children’s Bureau, 2003).  Of reported cases of child abuse, 64% of mothers and 36.8% of the fathers are found to be the main perpetrators (Children’s Bureau, 2006).  More than four children die every dayContinue reading “The Impact of Domestic Violence on Mental Health”

Stages of Racism

For my first Social Justice Blog, given the current world circumstances, I felt I should begin with the topic of Racism. Daily, as I scroll through social media, my heart hurts as I see all of the varying posts from friends and relatives on this topic. Rather than add more hate to the fire IContinue reading “Stages of Racism”

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