Of Course I Can! Blog Hop: What do I need?

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Of Course I Can! Blog Hop

If you have never done any canning before, you might be wondering what you need, other than food and a canner. Well, I am here to help!  I thought for this post I might just give you a little run-down, list style.  Here we go! Continue reading

Of Course I Can! Bog Hop: Pressure or Boiling-Water Bath?

As promised, here is an installment for the Of Course I Can! Blog Hop.  Please note that I am not an expert nor a professional in the field of food preservation.  My expertise comes from personal experience that has been passed down generationally.  Always refer to published, up-to-date guides for cooking times.  If you need help finding a resource for your area, please let me know.  Also, this is meant to pique the interest of the novice and assuage fears and insecurities.  I won’t be going into much of the science behind food preservation methods.

Now that we have taken care of the disclaimer, let’s get down to the question of the day: pressure canning or boiling-water bath canning?  I say: both!  There are many people out there, possibly you, who are deathly afraid of meth lab-like explosions happening in their kitchen thanks to those intimidating-looking pressure canners, but let me assure you, this is very nearly impossible.  Do you feel better?  I hope so.  In all seriousness, the pressure canner is essential.  If you don’t have one you can kiss your dreams of home-canned green beans and tuna fish goodbye.  Why you say? Because you would have to boil quarts of green beans for 4 hours, that’s why.  My maternal grandmother was one such anti-pressure canner and she, in all actuality, boiled batches of green bean for 4 hours at a time.  No thanks.

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Canning in 2012: How the heck did I do that?!?

Here is another recycled post from my old business blog.  It was originally posted on October 15, 2012 so please don’t get the impression that this happened recently!  With having a baby and two kiddos with medical problems, last canning season was a little dismal.  We did beets, banana peppers, green beans, sauerkraut, and frozen corn.  Not too bad, considering, but not really up to my standards.  We are hoping for a better year and our family is getting excited about the growing season! I hope to also post a practical skills/information post this month as we move toward our Of Course I Can! Blog Hop.

Canning.  A topic that is near and dear to my heart.  I am so very close to being done with this season’s round of canning: just 400 pounds of tuna and a few more pints of tomatoes to go.  Continue reading

Food: Our Sacred Duty

If you haven’t seen it yet, I am planning to host a blog hop this coming August.  The idea is to encourage more home canning!  I am not going to pretend to be an expert, but I do come from a long line of home canning enthusiasts and think this is such an important skill to cultivate.  Each month leading up to the blog hop, I intend to share a post to help the novice embark on this new adventure.  I will start that in March.  Right now, I have a couple posts from my old nutrition coaching site that I want to share to help provide inspiration before we get down to the nuts and bolts of the thing.  I have re-worked a few parts of this post, but if you want the original, un-edited version, please see the original post.

Borrowed from flikeflu.com

Back when I was pregnant with Teddy Bear and didn’t know it, I received the most incredible gift: my great-grandmother’s canning book from 1942.  I knew that my aunt would be sending it to me and I was so excited to forge a relationship with the great-grandmother I never knew by following the same recipes that she had used so many years ago.  What is even more wonderful about this gift is that each generation since the original purchase has followed this book.  I have a direct line to the women who came before me through this book.  For me, that is powerful. Continue reading

Living Thankfulness: An Abrupt Conclusion

I haven’t read their book, but do follow them on Twitter and they have great things to say 🙂

Back on November 30, 2013, I invited everyone to participate in a Living Thankfulness Link-Up.  I had just come off a great experience with 30 Days of Thanks on Facebook, and I wanted to keep the spirit of thankfulness rolling through the rest of the year.  I also wanted some action to come out of all of this thankfulness.  It is one thing to say you are thankful and another to truly BE thankful.  So my thankfulness challenge was born.  Wouldn’t you know it, I have done TERRIBLY with this. Continue reading

Spreading the Word About Mesothelioma

Borrowed from somalithinktank.org

I was approached by a man named Cameron Von St. James about sharing a video about his wife, Heather.  Her story really touched me and I, of course, agreed to share.  Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma only three months after giving birth to her daughter, but is now a cancer survivor!  When she learned of her diagnosis she knew that most only live 15 months once receiving the diagnosis.  I can’t even imagine how heartbreaking that would be.  My family also has cancer survivor stories and I am more than happy to share with all of you to spread awareness.

Enjoy!

Heather’s Story