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How to Dry Herbs in your Oven

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SHARE THIS PAGE: If you’re a couple of years into your herb garden, you’ve likely realized that there are some herbs that you just can’t keep up with. Some of them – like our Thyme, Oregano and Savory – faired very well over the winter, had expanded their growth area and were bursting with new […]



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Lavender Vanilla Bean Strawberry Jam with Pomona’s Pectin

Lavender Vanilla Strawberry Jam & Pomona's Fillmore Container

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Strawberries were so plentiful and delicious this year that I found myself arriving home with flats of those glorious berries several times. We enjoyed strawberry shortcake for bedtime snacks, for breakfast, sometimes as an actual dessert and of course, a good amount of strawberry jam was put away for another season!   We had some […]



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No Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Bites for National Chocolate Chip Day

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SHARE THIS PAGE: So, the timing of this post is quite good for our household…as the last weeks of school are now upon us, and between concerts, field trips, end of year school projects & events, the normal stuff of work, and a daunting new project, I find I’m living with this constant sense that I’m forgetting […]



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3 Ways to Preserve Berries + Blackberry Jam & Jelly Recipe Round Up

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Several years ago we added a small patch of Blackberries – the thorn-less variety – to our little patch of the world. As it turns out, the kids don’t eat them out of the patch quite like they do the raspberries, so I actually get more opportunity to preserve some! Whenever I […]



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Homemade Shrubs or Drinking Vinegars – Cold Process

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Last week, we shared a recipe for this amazing Black Cherry Shrub and were so floored by the ease of making them and pleased with the flavor results that we’ve tried a few more variations. That Black Cherry version that we made spent some time on the stove in order to speed […]



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Black Cherry Shrub Recipe

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We’ve been enjoying locally made Shrubs for a couple of years now and have had it in my mind that I really need to try to make some homemade versions. Since Marisa’s Food in Jars Mastery Challenge has a focus on Shrubs this month, I had some frozen Black Cherries and fresh […]



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Polish Dill Pickle Soup or How to Use those so-so Pickles

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SHARE THIS PAGE: I recently came upon this Polish Dill Pickle Soup by  Sommer of A Spicy Perspective and was instantly intrigued. We love Dill. I love finding ways to rescue food. Our kids have been practicing their knife & sauteing skills. My father had recently delivered a load of potatoes. So, of course, we […]



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St. Patrick’s Day Printables

St Patrick's Day Fillmore Container

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on a large or small scale, we’ve got some festive details that will add some fun to your event. Our wide selection of containers & colorful Daisy and Straw Hole Lids & accessories, earth-friendly paper drinking straws,  along with the charming free printables available will help […]



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Food in Jars Mastery Challenge 2017

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SHARE THIS PAGE: It’s been a joy to see the tremendous response by so many preservers to Marisa McClellan’s Food in Jars Mastery Challenge! While her challenge has given well seasoned preservers another excuse to put things up or to branch out, it has also encouraged those who have very little preserving experience!   If […]



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Valentine’s Day

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We think these new Smooth-Sided jars from Ball are perfect for some Valentine’s Day fun. Fill them with treats to give someone sweet, or pair them with our Valentine’s Day straws and lids for a festive drink. We now carry over 40 paper straw designs/colors! From polka dots, to chevron, to hearts, […]



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