Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Product Downsizing

I wonder how many people notice when things are downsized yet still command the same price.  Maybe on purchases that you do not make every week or even every month.  Where I shop they do not sell cooking Sherry so I go somewhere else and buy a few bottles at a time.  Since I use the same brand for a couple of things I think my next purchases will be made at a liquor store at a better quality.

My older bottle is 16 FL. OZ., while the one on the right is 13.1 FL.OZ.  I know that product downsizing is nothing new but it is still disappointing just the same.  I would rather pay more for a better quality than to be downsized at the same price.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


While on the way back from the weekly food shopping trip my husband asked me when was the last time I canned relish.  It had been a while due to the decrease in garden size most relishes are made with cheap ingredients.  My neighbors behind us have a huge garden and they are done picking in June regardless of what continues to grow so we are able to glean from them.  People at church, the local farmers market and a man who comes to my work with flats of fruits and vegetable should be able to see us through also until we increase the garden again.  

Zucchini Relish (two days) 6pts

10 cups peeled and finely chopped small zucchini
6 - 8 bell peppers seeded and finely chopped
4 large onions or 6 small finely chopped
1/2 cup salt
2 1/2 cups white vinegar
4 cups white sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 t ground nutmeg
1 t turmeric
2 t celery seed
1/2 t ground black pepper

Put all your chopped vegetables in a stainless steel bowl or a crockery bowl.  Cover with salt and place a weighted plate on top to keep them in the brine.  Let sit overnight.
Rinse in cold water and squeeze out excess liquid by hand.  Mix your cornstarch and seasonings and add to the white vinegar in a large pot.  Heat until boiling and once the sugar has dissolved add vegetables and simmer for 30 minutes.
Pour into clean, hot, sterilized jars and process for 10 minutes in water bath canner (185F). Complete seals.

Friday, May 4, 2018


I am always excited when the tomatoes start coming.  That is when the real work starts, stink bugs will follow soon after.  Our garden is a lot smaller than in years past but we plan to extend it more next year.  We had lost one of our beds due to a tree, then had to take the tree down anyway.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Growing Great Garlic

I received this the other day, other people curl up with an epic novel:

I have never tried to grow garlic before though it is something I have always wanted to do.  I hope to take this on in the winter. 

It had me at the Preface:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Finishing Up Projects and New Links

Rainy cold weekend here in the south not much to do except finish up some things that have been laying around.  We actually had snow here this winter. First was socks, of course!
Very colorful, this pair is for me. 😄 
I know they all look the same just different colors, I use a basic pattern and really just need them to be functional.

There has been a two ingredient bagel recipe floating around the Internet so I figured I would give it a shot.

I used the recipe from Mess for Less.  I just used self rising flour and they are not over done, the color is from using an egg yolk wash instead of an egg white wash.  They are a little tangy from the yogurt and are less calories so win/win!  I baked for half an hour because I made them higher rather than wider, easier to cut.

For one of my more geekier hobbies, I spray painted an old cardboard display for an ink stand.   My boss owns a few businesses, one of which is a boutique store, with trendy clothing and items.  So on the rare occasion I have to work in the boutique, to keep my skin from crawling I try to see if there is something I can apply to my life.  It helps the time pass.  I took this from the discard pile.

Ink stand!  Not as it is,  just a few coats of spray paint.

With ink:

Not too bad. 

Also, I wanted to share a couple of links to where I have been hanging out.  You should check out
A Woodsman's Remedies, and Go Apocalypse great content, hope to see you there!

Friday, March 30, 2018

New Holster

Not the greatest picture, but it is well made by a retired Seabee.  I am very happy!